Lindsey Meys/Batavia Daily News | Josh Allen ran onto the field at the start of Friday’s practice wearing a red helmet. Much to the dismay of Bills fans, the team announced later that it won’t be wearing the red helmet this season.

ORCHARD PARK — Over 35,000 members of Bills Mafia swarmed Highmark Stadium on Friday night for the team’s ‘Return of the Blue and Red’ practice — 35,911 to be exact,the highest number of fans ever to attend a Bills practice.

“I’ve been telling (the new guys), ya’ll have no idea. Now they see it,” said Dion Dawkins upon meeting with the media after practice. “The fans continue to show out and show up. This place is epic, and it’s electric here. I’m just happy to be a part of it and give these people some hope through playing ball. It’s a beautiful thing.”

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