— The Buffalo Bills announced that OL Kraig Urbik (pronounced ER-bick) has signed a contract extension with the team. In accordance with team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Urbik has started 26 of 34 games played with Buffalo since being claimed and awarded off of waivers from Pittsburgh on September 30, 2010. The 6-5, 324-pound Wisconsin product originally entered the NFL as a third-round (79th overall) draft choice of Pittsburgh in 2009. He spent his rookie season with the Steelers. At Wisconsin, Urbik made 50 starts en route to All-Big Ten Conference honors in 2007 and 2008.
— The Buffalo Bills promoted WR Chris Hogan and LB Gregg Lloyd to the 53-man roster yesterday, and placed LB Arthur Moats on Injured Reserve and WR Donald Jones on Reserve/Non-Football Illness. Full Story on BuffaloBills.com
— The Bills will take the practice field at 2:00 today in preparation for their 47th trip to Miami to face the Dolphins this Sunday. The week’s match-up will be the 94th meeting between the two teams in the regular season.
–The Buffalo Bills Toyota Rookie Club hosted a Holiday Party at the Jim Kelly Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium for 110 children from various charitable organizations throughout Western New York. Bills rookies and other veterans were on hand to enjoy a holiday-themed event and hand out presents to children in attendance. The Jim Kelly Club was decorated in a North Pole theme and included train rides, holiday food stations and holiday music.
THIS WEEK’S MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Wednesday, December 19th
Open Locker Room: 11:15 AM – Noon
Fieldhouse Players: TBD
Coach Gailey in Fieldhouse: Noon
Practice: 2:00 PM / Open to Media (Stretch & Individual only)
Post-Practice – Players Available Coming Off Field
2:00 PM or 4:15 PM – Dolphins Player (TBD) Conference Call
2:15 PM – Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin Conference Call
Thursday, December 20th
Open Locker Room: 11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Practice: 2:00 PM / Open to Media at Approximately 2:00 PM (Stretch & Individual only)
Coach Gailey Post-Practice Injury Update
Friday, December 21st
Practice: 11:00 AM / Open to Media at Approximately 11:00 AM (Stretch & Individual only)
Open Locker Room: 12:30-1:15 PM
Coach Gailey Post-Practice Injury Update
THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
December 19, 1990 – EIGHT BILLS NAMED TO PRO BOWL
Eight Bills were named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad — Cornelius Bennett, Shane Conlan, Kent Hull, Jim Kelly, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Steve Tasker and Thurman Thomas. Later two more Bills would be added, Darryl Talley and Will Wolford making their first trip to the Pro Bowl would give the Bills 10 players in the game. Kelly would go on to be named the Player of the Game that year.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
CEO Russ Brandon on WGR 550 this morning
Q: How far away are the Bills from being a playoff team? How far away do you think this team is?
A: I am very optimistic that I think we are very close because we are a couple plays away this year from being into the mix right now heading into this game, but we are not. I can sit around and say that all day long, but the focus is from a personnel standpoint you look at where we were a few years ago and you look where we are today. Look where our offensive line is, look where our rushing attack is and look at our defensive line—the building blocks that Buddy (Nix) has put into place from the draft over the last three years are certainly paying dividends at this point. I truly believe we are close, but we can talk about it all day long and you have to put the proof in the pudding. Right now we are 5-9. As Bill Parcells says ‘You are what your record says you are.’
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Many Bills players, including DE Kyle Moore and WR T.J. Graham, attended the Holiday Party at the Jim Kelly Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium for 110 children from various charitable organizations throughout Western New York.
Bills RB C.J. Spiller and DE Mario Williams signed autographs and posed for pictures last night at the Best Buy store at the Galleria Mall after handing out Verizon Wireless gift cards to mall patrons as a random act of kindness.
Buffalo News-Urbik receives extension
Associated Press-Bills sign RG Urbik to 4-year contract extension
Associated Press-Season’s over for Bills WR Jones, LB Moats
Associated Press-AP Pro32 comments about Bills
Canandaigua Daily Messenger-Wilson, Seahawks Embarrass Bills – Week 14 report card
Business First-Toronto hits Spot with Bills more than you think
Wellsville Daily Reporter-Bills are more than a QB away from playoffs
Olean Times Herald-Problems with Bills start at the top (Nix)
BuffaloBills.com-Stevie Johnson closing in on 1K
BuffaloBills.com-OL Kraig Urbik inks multi-year extension
BuffaloBills.com-WR Jones, LB Moats placed on reserve, Bills shuffle roster
Bills Rewind: Buffalo-Seattle Highlights
Inside The Bills
Urbik-”The pieces are in place”, Tuesday John Murphy Show, Bills add 2 to practice squad, Teammates congratulate Urbik
Pro Football Talk
Bills shut down two players for the season
2012 Season Over For Buffalo Bills’ Donald Jones, Arthur Moats
Buffalo Sports Daily
Money Won’t Be Determining Factor On Fitz Decision
AFC East Daily
Bills extend would-be free agent guard Kraig Urbik
NFL Rapid Reports
Bills re-sign RG Kraig Urbik
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