August 7, 2014 at 1:00 am

Thursday's NFL roundup: Donald Trump meets with Bills

Two people familiar with the Buffalo Bills' sale process confirmed to the Associated Press on Thursday that Donald Trump was the first to receive a presentation. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)

Buffalo, N.Y. — The sale of the Bills entered the next phase with prospective ownership groups, including Donald Trump, meeting with team officials to prepare formal bids.

The New York real estate mogul was the first to receive a presentation. Trump’s meeting was held in the Detroit area on Wednesday. Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula and a Toronto group fronted by rocker Jon Bon Jovi reportedly also have scheduled meetings.

Former Sabres owner Tom Golisano also Golisano submitted a non-binding bid to the banking firm overseeing the sale.

The Bills are on the market after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March.

The Buffalo News first reported the development on its website.

During the meetings, prospective buyers receive extensive financial and background information on the franchise. Bids are expected to be submitted within three weeks.

A prospective owner is expected to be identified by the end of next month, and then presented to NFL owners for approval at league meetings in New York in early October.

Bills president Russ Brandon is involved in making the presentations on behalf of Morgan Stanley, the banking firm hired by Wilson’s estate to oversee the sale.

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and his brother Dan Kelly, who runs the family’s business interests, are also involved in the meetings. Though the Kellys have expressed interest in purchasing the team, it’s unclear if they have submitted a bid.

The Pegulas and Trump are considered the front-runners. Both have the assets to complete what is expected to be a $1 billion-plus purchase, and they also have expressed a commitment to keep the Bills in western New York.

Thursday's games

(At) N.Y. Jets 13, Indianapolis 10: Michael Vick led the Jets on a touchdown drive, capped by fellow newcomer Chris Johnson’s 1-yard scoring run.

(At) Baltimore 23, San Francisco 3: John Harbaugh beat brother Jim for the third time in three tries. Ray Rice gained 17 yards on three carries and was cheered by the crowd.

(At) Washington 23, New England 6: Kirk Cousins (Michigan State) threw a touchdown pass for Washington. Tom Brady didn’t play for New England.

(At) Kansas City 41, Cincinnati 39: De’Anthony Thomas’ 80-yard punt return highlighted the Chief exhibition opening victory.

(At) Denver 21, Seattle 16: Ronnie Hillman’s 1-yard TD run capped a 14-play, 61-yard drive for the Broncos in a penalty-filled exhibition game delayed 46 minutes due to lightning.

(At) San Diego 27, Dallas 7: Kellen Clemens’ 70-yard touchdown strike to Dontrelle Inman in the third quarter propelled the Chargers to an exhibition victory.

Extra points

An Illinois appeals court says the Bears owe $4.1 million to Cook County in amusement taxes, plus interest.

... Texans owner Bob McNair says he’s gotten a clean bill of health after a 10-month battle with two forms of cancer.

Personnel dept.

The Cardinals released linebacker Ernie Sims, a former Lion.

... Top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney says he’ll start the Texans’ exhibition opener Saturday at Arizona after missing practice time this week with an undisclosed injury.