Notes: BC product Andre Williams leads Giants over Bills

Giants’ rookie Andre Williams picks up yardage in the second quarter of the Hall of Fame Game. Jason Miller/Getty Images
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Giants’ rookie Andre Williams picks up yardage in the second quarter of the Hall of Fame Game.

Rookie Andre Williams scored on a 3-yard run in the New York Giants’ 17-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

Williams, from Boston College, finished with seven carries for 48 yards, filling the No. 2 spot behind Rashad Jennings. There is an opportunity for Williams with running back David Wilson (neck) out indefinitely.

Rookie receiver Corey Washington secured the win with a 73-yard touchdown catch up the right sideline from Ryan Nassib with 13:17 left.


Bills backup quarterback Jeff Tuel hit Robert Woods with a 2-yard touchdown pass. Giants starter Eli Manning went 6 of 7 for 43 yards; Buffalo’s EJ Manuel was 2 of 7 for 19 yards.

Bon Jovi loves Buffalo

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Jon Bon Jovi is hoping he’s written a hit with Buffalo Bills fans in a bid to stem concerns of whether his prospective ownership group plans to buy and potentially relocate the franchise to Toronto. In a letter published by the Buffalo News on Sunday, Bon Jovi wrote that it’s his ownership group’s objective ‘‘to make the Bills successful in Buffalo.’’

The letter, titled ‘‘Why We’re Bidding on the Buffalo Bills,’’ marks the first time the New Jersey rocker has publicly discussed his plans regarding the franchise. The team is for sale after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.

‘‘There has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it’s important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo,’’ Bon Jovi wrote. ‘‘I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I’m not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day.’’

At no point in the seven-paragraph letter does Bon Jovi name his two partners or mention they are both from Toronto. His group is rounded out by Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and the Rogers family, which controls Rogers Communications. The Toronto group’s intentions have been met with skepticism in Buffalo.

Patriots re-sign Morris


The Patriots re-signed rookie linebacker James Morris. The former Iowa star was signed by the Patriots as a free agent May 16 but released four days later. Morris, 22, finished his Iowa career with 400 tackles, 10½ sacks, and 6 interceptions as a three-year starter. The 6-foot-2-inch, 240-pounder was a team captain in 2013.

Falcons’ Jones carted off

Falcons offensive tackle Terren Jones was carted off the practice field in Flowery Branch, Ga., and taken to a hospital with an undisclosed injury. Jones was in a neck brace and strapped down when he was taken off the field and into an ambulance . . . Chiefs’ Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry (right heel) and starting cornerback Marcus Cooper (hamstring) were back at practice in St. Joseph, Mo., after missing much of training camp. That was the first bit of good news in a while for the Chiefs, who have struggled with injuries, especially in the secondary. Safety Sanders Commings is out indefinitely after having surgery on an ankle sprain and for a fractured fibula. Defensive backs David Van Dyke, DeMarcus Van Dyke, and Phillip Gaines have also missed time with injuries . . . The Browns claimed offensive lineman Michael Bowie off waivers from the Seahawks. Bowie made eight starts last year during his first NFL season but he needs shoulder surgery that will sideline him for 4-6 months, and he was cut by the Super Bowl champions Saturday.