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Bills 3 Pro Bowlers all 3-timers

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2013 – 12:35 am

The Bills have three players from their roster who will be headed to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, and all three are returning players.

Mario Williams, Jairus Byrd and Kyle Williams were all named to their third career Pro Bowls. It’s the first for Mario Williams with the Bills.

This is also the first time three Bills defenders were named to the initial Pro Bowl roster since 1997 when Bryce Paup, Ted Washington and Bruce Smith were named starters.


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S McCourty doubtful, OT Solder ques for Pats

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2013 – 4:36 pm

The Patriots have a host of questionable players on their injury report for Sunday’s game with the Bills. Their safety Devin McCourty, who has also been a Bills killer in recent meetings is doubtful with a concussion. OT Nate Solder is also questionable after he too suffered a concussion. Here’s the rundown of Patriots players on their injury report.

OUT
WR Josh Boyce – Ankle

DOUBTFUL
DB McCourty, Devin – Concussion

QUESTIONABLE
CB Arrington, Kyle – Groin
CB Dennard, Alfonzo – Knee / Shoulder
WR Dobson, Aaron – Foot
LB Fletcher, Dane – Groin
S Gregory, Steve – Finger / Knee
DE Ninkovich, Rob – Ankle
OT Solder, Nate – Concussion
LB  Spikes, Brandon – Knee
OT Svitek, Will – Ankle
WR Thompkins, Kenbrell – Hip
RB Vereen, Shane – Groin

PROBABLE
WR Amendola, Danny – Groin
QB Brady, Tom – Right Shoulder
OT Cannon, Marcus – Ankle
TE Hoomanawanui, Michael – Knee
CB Talib, Aqib – Hip


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Marrone: Lewis got the reps he needed

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2013 – 1:05 pm

He didn’t get all the practice reps this week because the team was waiting to see if EJ Manuel’s knee injury would come around as the week progressed. So Manuel and Thad Lewis split practice reps on Wednesday and Thursday. But come Friday the reps with the first team offense were all given to Lewis in preparation for his fifth start Sunday as they decided Manuel would not be healthy enough to play in New England this weekend.

Marrone believes Lewis got enough time under center this week to be prepared for the Patriots.

“Before the base offense is in both players have a very good feel for that,” said Marrone. “As we go along during the week the reps do become limited especially today with red zone and increased third down reps. So after going through all the film and the process we got (Thad) all the reps he needed to be productive. I don’t feel we’re lacking anything from that aspect. He took all the reps (Friday).”

Lewis agreed with his head coach feeling he’s ready for Sunday.

“Preparation was great. I feel like I got an ample amount of reps to be able to go out and compete,” said Lewis. “It’s just another great opportunity to try to go out and make the best of it and help this team get a win.”


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Training plan in place for EJ in offseason

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2013 – 1:01 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone confirmed that Manuel’s knee injury is a sprained LCL, the second such sprain this season. Even though the injury will keep the rookie signal caller from making his 11th start this season, Manuel’s knee problems will not require offseason surgery, and the team already has an offseason training program in place for the quarterback to reduce the odds of such an injury happening in the future.

“It’s an LCL (knee sprain), it’s a non-surgical procedure,” said Marrone. “It’s one that when people have asked me before, do you worry about him being injury prone, out of the three injuries, one we can see from Cleveland. The other two we think that’s an unusual circumstance, kind of like the odds are against me type thing. When we look at that and see it.

“We have a plan for after the season to strengthen both of those knees, to build the muscles around the LCL so the risk factor becomes low, even though LCL injuries are one of the lowest risk injuries in football.”


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Aaron, Stevie out; Easley added to report

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2013 – 12:51 pm

Bills WR Stevie Johnson and S Aaron Williams have been declared out for Sunday’s game at New England. Marcus Easley meanwhile was a Friday addition to Buffalo’s injury report.

Easley sustained a knee injury in practice Friday and was listed as a limited participant. He’s listed as probable for Sunday’s game. Here’s the full rundown of players on Buffalo’s injury report.

OUT
S Aaron Williams – ribs
WR Stevie Johnson – not injury related

DOUBTFUL
QB EJ Manuel – knee

PROBABLE
WR Marquise Goodwin – knee
WR Marcus Easley – knee
RB Fred Jackson – ribs
DT Kyle Williams – achilles


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EJ lobbied coach to play Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2013 – 12:41 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone confirmed that EJ Manuel was pushing to play in Sunday’s season finale, and lobbied to start. But it was Manuel’s lateral mobility that convinced Marrone to start Thad Lewis, fearing that Manuel would be at risk in his current condition.

“The decision with EJ is very simple,” said Marrone. “It did not progress the way that I wanted it to. I give him credit. He’s disappointed. He did everything he could when he was out there. At the end of the day the decision process was injury related, meaning that he was not able to do the things at 100 percent that in my opinion we need to do to win this game. At the end of the day I made a decision not to put him out there for no other reason than because I thought Thad would give us the best chance to win this game with EJ’s injury not progressing.

“I mean you have a player, he’s telling me he’s ready to go, whatever we have to do it’s going to get better. That’s why I think it’s difficult to say from the field, you see the little things, like the lateral stability not being where I’d like it to be. That’s what it came down to. The ability to vertically move is there, it’s the lateral stability. He has an LCL (sprain) and we feel our quarterback is going to have to move laterally at some point during this game.”


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Lewis to start at QB, Manuel doubtful

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2013 – 12:10 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced after Friday’s practice that Thad Lewis will start Sunday. EJ Manuel is listed as doubtful for the game with a sprained LCL.

It’s a non-surgical injury for Manuel. More details at Buffalobills.com.


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Fan Friday 12-27

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2013 – 11:31 am

Sunday will be the final step in trying to post a winning record in the division for the first time since the 2007 season. Let’s see if the Bills can get their first win ever in Gillette Stadium. Here’s your latest edition of questions on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,
Coming into this season knowing the Bills were going to draft a QB and most likely be our starter, I would of thought Coach Marrone was going to bring in a OC with NFL experience and a reputation with teaching young QB’s. I was really shock when he named Hackett his QB coach and OC. I was not thrilled with this move and I still do not think he is the right guy for this job. He does not use the players the way he should , like CJ Spiller who was unstoppable last year and this year he’s been shut down for the most part mainly in the receiving area. His play calling is horrible and his short passing is getting old real quick. Atlanta game Goodwin and Graham both should of had career games as bad as Atlanta’s pass defense was and correct me if I’m wrong but did either one have a catch over 10 yards. he is not the guy for the job and I hope Marrone sees this and fixes this problem after the season. I like EJ Manuel and I feel with an experienced guy working with him he can become the QB this team needed in a long time, I just don’t think Hackett can do this. Your thoughts and thanks for doing a great job.

RR21RaceFan

CB: I’m going to disagree with you on this one. I think there is a reason that the Bills were one of the most frequent rushing teams in the league. It’s because they had a rookie quarterback. I believe as the season wore on the hope was that EJ Manuel would progress in his play to the point where they could become a more balanced offense, but that went out the window with Manuel’s midseason knee injury. Now his third knee injury has cost him more time on the field.

So running the ball became the offense’s identity, and to their credit they’ve done a great job with it. They lead the AFC in rushing yards per game. This despite the fact, as you mention, that C.J. Spiller has not been the weekly game-breaking talent that he was last season.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why that has been the case. Spiller by all accounts is pretty healthy now, but his effectiveness as a runner has not improved a whole lot from where he was at when he was dealing with the high ankle sprain.

I think in Hackett’s defense he had a lot more to deal with at the quarterback position than anyone anticipated. When Manuel was hurt, he didn’t have a veteran QB to lean on, which was the plan with Kevin Kolb. So he instead he had to invest extra time trying to get another inexperienced QB ready in Thad Lewis and in one case Jeff Tuel (vs. KC).

I’m confident that if coach Marrone knew he wasn’t going to have a veteran QB in the room healthy and ready to back up and provide counsel to EJ Manuel that he may have given greater consideration to hiring a quarterbacks coach. Not because Nathaniel Hackett isn’t capable, but because of how much time and instruction would be required to school up three inexperienced QBs.

As for Hackett’s qualifications as an offensive play caller, he is more than qualified and I’ll again remind you that with a rookie QB who is learning on the job you are inherently limited in how much of the playbook you can use week to week.

2 – Dear Chris,

Thanks for all of your great coverage!  My question was about Chris Gragg. Why aren’t the bills using him more? All he’s done is make plays and I think he’s going to be a great weapon for EJ
Mike

CB: Coach Marrone has said it has been their intention to get Gragg as well as Marquise Goodwin more playing time for several weeks now, but it’s been easier said than done. Here were some recent comments he made about Gragg.

“With Chris (Gragg) it’s been tough for us at times to get him up and more involved at times, but when he has been in there he’s shown that he’s able to play and he’s able to be a tough matchup as far as how he can run,” said Marrone. “His blocking from a standpoint of willingness and movement is probably better than what his height and weight show that he should be able to do at that position so that’s encouraging also.”
3 – Hi Chris,

My question is in regards to the Bills offense. It seems that EJ is becoming more comfortable in throwing the ball “between” the numbers and play action. He threw some nice strikes to Chandler and Gragg against the Jags. Why does it seem that it takes getting into late 2nd Quarter or in the second half to start calling more of those plays? Is it because the running game has to be established first for those plays to be successful? Or is it just the way that Coach Hackett likes to call the plays?

Thanks, Tim in Niagara Ontario

CB: Once again I’ll defer to coach Marrone on EJ Manuel’s slow starts in games this season. Here’s what coach said after his most recent slow start at Jacksonville.

“I think you can see it in spots at times. But there’s no doubt that he got off to… I wouldn’t say slow, and he knows it, we talked to him, he got off to a very poor start,” said Marrone. “But the one thing about the kid, which you’ve seen over the course of him playing is he can fight his way through that and learn. Now are there some things that caught us yesterday the second time around where we would’ve liked not to make the same mistake, absolutely. But again he’s a young kid, he’s in here today working hard already watching the film getting ready to go. That’s what you want from your quarterback and keep getting better and keep playing through that.”

 

4 – Thanks Chris for all your Coverage of our Buffalo Bills!

When Aaron Williams went down on Sunday, Jim Leonhard came in and once again made 2 huge plays. It shows how important depth is on an NFL football team. Every time he has played, he has made big plays. Do the Bills make a Valiant effort to resign some of these key backup players like Leonhard?

Thanks, Eileen in St.Catharines Ontario

CB: Leonhard has been known for the big play since his college days at Wisconsin. He had 16 interceptions in his college career. He’s a savvy player who makes plays despite not being the most physically gifted safety around. He is a free agent after the season.

His return to the Bills could be directly tied to what happens with Jairus Byrd another free agent safety for Buffalo. If Byrd is re-signed I think it lessens the likelihood that Leonhard is also back knowing there are two young safeties on the roster in Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks. If Byrd is not back, then Leonhard becomes a much more viable option to re-sign as I see it.

 

5 – Chris,

I’m wondering why the Bills are using Graham more than Goodwin? IMO, the Bills are not effectively using Goodwin, as they continue to throw him an occasional deep pass to him every game. In the last Jets game, where Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods were out due to injuries, Goodwin had his best receiving game of the year as Goodwin was catching passes all over the field, and IMO, the Bills had one of their best offensive outputs of the season. I feel Goodwin can be more effective catching passes in the slot, and other parts of the field, besides going for the deep routes a couple of times a game. So far, Graham has proven to be very inconsistent as he has dropped numerous passes, and does not get the same consistent separation as Goodwin does. At this point, it seems EJ Manuel has more chemistry with Woods and Goodwin, than he does with Johnson and Graham. I would rather see Woods and Goodwin as the Bills top 2 WR’s, with Johnson in the slot as this could help Manuel’s development.

Thanks for all the hard work that you do covering the Bills!

Steve
Fredericksburg, VA

CB: Goodwin has produced when given more time on the field. I think he has demonstrated dependable hands this season even in traffic. The slot might be an interesting spot for Goodwin to line up more often moving forward, though Woods could be effective inside too. The depth chart at receiver that you’re suggesting could shift in that direction going into next season. It’ll all come down to competition at training camp.


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Brady confirms prep that Bills ‘D’ demands

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2013 – 9:29 am

Patriots QB Tom Brady has seen defensive schemes like that of the Bills before. At the same time he admits that with the myriad of defensive looks and disguises that Mike Pettine’s defense offers, he and his offensive unit will need to be familiar with an awful lot of pre-snap formations.

There’s a lot to prepare for, no question,” said Brady. “It’s one of those defenses that does a lot of different things. Similar to how when we played the Jets; they’ve got a lot of calls and a lot of looks, and they try to confuse you. They’ve got a lot of coverage looks, a lot of front looks, a lot of blitzes, so they put pressure on you in a lot of areas. I think it’s just – you’ve got to study what they do, kind of like we do every week. It’s just a lot of mental preparation.”

Brady’s stat line in Week 1 against Buffalo was 29-52 passing for 288 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He was sacked twice and had a passer rating of 76.4.


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Is this Jackson’s career year?

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 26, 2013 – 8:31 pm

He’s only 164 yards away from the 1,000 yard mark. And he’s scored nine touchdowns this year, more than twice as many as last season.

This could be the best year in the career of Bills RB Fred Jackson.

His 111-yard performance against the Dolphins last Sunday put Jackson within striking distance of the 1,000 yard milestone. But in an appearance on The John Murphy Show Thursday night, the 7-year vet said even though he’s had more yards (1,062 in 2009) this very well may be his best year ever.

“It could be considered that,” he said. “I’ve been able to do some things differently than just picking up yards. I’ve scored more touchdowns this year, leading a little bit more, things like that. It’s arguably, statistically, one of my best years, and it’s one of those you want to continue to build on. If I get an opportunity to go out and have a monster game this weekend, it can be statistically one of the best I’ve had rushing. That’s still out there and that’s something I want to attain.”

Jackson and the Bills have been determined to run the football this season. The team has 511 rushing attempts through 15-games this season, more than any other team in the league. And the Bills have run the ball 48-percent of the time. Only the 49ers and the Seahawks have a higher percentage of running plays.

“We think we can run the ball against anybody,” Jackson told host John Murphy.

“I think that’s our identity. We want to be known as one of the better rushing teams in the league. By doing that, we take a lot of pressure off our young quarterbacks, it makes their jobs easier.”

The entire interview with Bills RB Fred Jackson is available here


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Fred Jackson’s place in franchise history

Posted by johnmurphyshow on December 26, 2013 – 7:50 pm

It was a great moment in last Sunday’s game, when Bills RB Fred Jackson joined Thurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson as the only backs in franchise history to rush for more than 5,000 yards. And Thursday night, on The John Murphy Show, Jackson took some time to reflect on that milestone.

Jackson told host John Murphy that he has thought about the mark this past week, since he ran for 111-yards against the Dolphins.

“When you play this game you want to be remembered,” he said. “You want to etch your name in stone in a franchise. That’s what I think we all should work at. If you’re doing that, you’re putting up some good numbers and help your team win.”

This season Jackson added some bulk and became much more of an inside presence in the running game. He says that’s the way he thought he could help this team the most.

“Being downhill in the schemes we have, you want to make one cut and go north,” he said. “That’s what I’m trying to do. That’s where I’m able to keep drives going. Keep us in front of the sticks. Make that one cut, and get behind my pads. I put on a little bit more muscle this offseason, and that’s what I’m trying to use. As long as I can continue to do that, I can continue to be productive and they’ll continue to have some use for me.”

The entire interview with Fred Jackson is available here


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Pats DE Ninkovich added to injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2013 – 7:12 pm

The Patriots had another defensive player added to their injury report Thursday. DE Rob Ninkovich was added to the injury report with an ankle injury. He was listed as a limited participant. Starting S Devin McCourty missed practice again following last week’s concussion.

Did not practice
WR Josh Boyce – ankle
CB Devin McCourty – concussion

Limited in practice
CB Kyle Arrington – groin
OT Marcus Cannon – ankle
CB Alfonzo Dennard – knee/shoulder
WR Aaron Dobson – foot
LB Dane Fletcher – groin
S Steve Gregory – finger/knee
DE Rob Ninkovich – ankle
OT Nate Solder – concussion
LB Brandon Spikes – knee
OT Will Svitek – ankle
WR Kenbrell Thompkins – hip
RB Shane Vereen – groin

Full practice
WR Danny Amendola – groin
QB Tom Brady – right shoulder
TE Michael Hoomanawanui – knee
CB Aqib Talib – hip


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Kyle, Dareus make PFF Pro Bowl

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2013 – 4:01 pm

The stat crunchers and film reviewers at Pro Football Focus have released their Pro Bowl teams and Buffalo’s two interior defensive linemen both got the nod.

Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus were both honored for their play this season. Williams was selected as a “starter” while Dareus was listed as a backup. Here’s what they wrote.

Defensive Tackle: Gerald McCoy (TB), Ndamukong Suh (DET), Jurrell Casey (TEN) and Kyle Williams (BUF)

Backups: Dontari Poe (KC) and Marcell Dareus (BUF)

There are a lot of players who might feel wronged here. The nose tackle types who only play on early downs like Damon Harrison and Brandon Mebane are victims of their own limitations despite their excellent work against the run, while there simply wasn’t the room for Randy Starks or Jason Hatcher. It’s been a tremendous season for the DT spot, with us treating Kyle Williams as one because it’s the role that most closely resembles his on field work.


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TBT: Gilmore’s hometown a hotbed of NFL talent

Posted by Anna Stolzenburg on December 26, 2013 – 2:36 pm

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When you’re from a small town that’s produced over 20 NFL players, many of whom are household names, it’s not such a shock when you too make it to the big leagues. Stephon Gilmore’s hometown of Rock Hill, S.C. is also home to former Bills Ko Simpson and Jeff Burris, current Bill Jonathan Meeks, and many other NFL players, and Stephon says he owes some of his inspiration to his hometown’s winning traditions.

“I’ve always wanted to be the person who made it and come back and tell the kids how you made it and what it takes to get there,” he said. “Growing up in a small town, we grew up playing football all the time. It’s good when people that already made it come back and show us the ropes and teach us how to play football.”

He said knowing that guys who were brought up in the same setting as him helped him to realize it how great his opportunity was to become a professional football player. And now, he goes back often to let the next crop of Rock Hill’s NFL greats know that they’re next.

“I go back all the time to talk to the elementary and middle school kids,” he said. “A lot of people don’t know what it actually takes to get there. It’s not easy and I try to tell them that, to show my face and let them know that they can make it too.”


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EJ and Lewis both take reps

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2013 – 1:10 pm

Bills head coach Doug Marrone updated the situation at quarterback with EJ Manuel trying to return from a knee injury.

Marrone said both Manuel and Lewis practiced Thursday. Manuel was listed as a limited participant, but Marrone said he and Lewis both took starter reps during the team portion of practice.

More details later on Buffalobills.com.


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Goodwin, Jackson, Manuel practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2013 – 12:06 pm

Three Bills offensive players, who all appear on the team’s injury report this week are practicing here on Thursday.

WR Marquise Goodwin (knee), RB Fred Jackson (ribs) and QB EJ Manuel (knee) were all participating during the media viewing portion of practice. We’ll get their official practice participation post practice from head coach Doug Marrone.

Stevie Johnson and Aaron Williams (ribs) were not in attendance.


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BDC 12/26: Bills Prepare for Patriots

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on December 26, 2013 – 10:40 am

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DAILY REPORT
– The Buffalo Bills will travel to face the New England Patriots in the team’s final regular season game of the 2013 season on Sunday, December 29 at 1:00 p.m. This week’s game will mark the 107th regular season meeting between Buffalo and New England, with the Patriots holding a 64-41-1 advantage in the series.

– After big performances Sunday, Bills RB Fred Jackson has been nominated for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week and CB Nickell Robey has been nominated for the Pepsi Max Rookie of the Week.

To vote for Jackson, who rushed for a game-high 111 rushing yards on 19 carries eclipsing the 5,000 career rushing yards mark to become just the third Bill to achieve the feat, click here.

To vote for Robey, who produced 2.0 sacks in Buffalo’s 19-0 shutout victory over Miami, click here.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Thursday, December 26
Practice: 11:30 a.m. / Open to Media at Approximately 11:30 a.m. (Stretch & Individual only)
Coach Marrone Post-Practice Media Availability
Open Locker Room: Open for 45 minutes following Coach Marrone’s Availability

Friday, December 27
Practice: 11:10 a.m. / Open to Media at Approximately 11:10 a.m. (Stretch & Individual only)
Coach Marrone Post-Practice Media Availability
Open Locker Room: Open for 45 minutes following Coach Marrone’s Availability 

PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Jerry
LB Jerry Hughes is one of three Bills defenders to have tallied double digit sacks this season. Hughes, who has racked up 10.0 sacks in 2013, along with Mario Williams (13.0) and Kyle Williams (10.5) are the second Bills trio in franchise history with 10-plus sacks in a season (Bryce Paup-17.5, Bruce Smith-10.5, Phil Hansen-10.0 in 1995).  In addition, the Bills trio is the first trio in the NFL with 10.0 sacks since La’Roi Glover (17.5), Joe Johnson (12.0) and Darren Howard (11.0) accomplished the feat for the New Orleans Saints in 2000.

QUOTES OF THE DAY
Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills Head Coach
Q: What do you think of Jerry Hughes and what he’s been able to do in finding a niche here?
A: I’ll tell you what. It’s amazing when you look at players sometimes. Sometimes it’s just a change, sometimes it’s schematic change, sometimes it’s a cultural change, sometimes it’s just a change of scenery, but Jerry’s production has been outstanding, it really has. We’ve asked him to do a lot and I think that we’ve settled in to more of a role with nickel and being able to use those traits more and more as the years goes on. Early on he was in there on the normal downs and still producing. I think Jerry is excited about the job that he’s done, we as an organization are excited that he’s here. Who knows now what the future holds for him because of his production. I think that there’s a point where, and this is what can help us, when people start saying, ‘Ok wait  a minute now, on third down you have Mario (Williams), you have Marcell (Dareus), you have Kyle (Williams) and then all of the sudden wait a minute now we’ve got this Jerry Hughes kid on the other side.’ It reminds me of teams we faced that I always had a difficult time playing when you have two very good productive defensive ends. Jerry, it’s interesting when you watch Jerry and study what he does, the first thing that comes to mind when you see him is his speed, but he has power. That’s what is important, that he is able to do both of those things and that’s why he is that productive. 

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News- Bills seek winning record vs. AFC East

Rochester D&C- Leodis McKelvin shines for new Buffalo Bills coaches

AP- Bills-Patriots Preview

Video/Audio/Photo
BuffaloBills.com
Better Half of the Bills: Morgan

WGRZ
The Bills have plenty to play for in the season finale

TWCN
Bills Wrap Up Season on Sunday

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Belichick tips hat to Kyle WilliamsCarpenter closing on Christie

Pro Football Talk
McKinnie thinks Bills knew snap count

ESPN.com Buffalo Bills Blog
Bills taking Christmas day off
EJ Manuel injury update
Stat check: Defense finishing strong

NFL.com
Bryant McKinnie: Bills knew Ryan Tannehill’s cadence

Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Rumblings Podcast No. 21: hanging solo


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EJ listed as limited

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2013 – 10:10 am

Bills starting QB EJ Manuel practiced on Tuesday. On Wednesday the team did not practice, but had to list what the participation level would have been if the injured players had practiced. Manuel was listed as a limited participant.

Also listed as limited was WR Marquise Goodwin, who sustained a knee injury in last week’s game and did not return.

Four players were listed as non-participants.

RB Fred Jackson – ribs
DT Kyle Williams – achilles
S Aaron Williams – ribs
WR Stevie Johnson – not injury related

Backup QB Thad Lewis was also listed as a full participant with a left shoulder injury.


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Several Pats DBs nicked

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2013 – 10:07 am

The New England Patriots have a lengthy injury report this week, which includes several starting defensive backs as limited participants.

Starting S Devin McCourty (concussion) did not practice. Starting CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee/shoulder), S Steve Gregory (finger/knee) and primary subpackage CB Kyle Arrington (groin) were all limited in practice Wednesday. RB Shane Vereen was also limited with a groin injury.

Did not practice
WR Josh Boyce – ankle
CB Devin McCourty – concussion

Limited in practice
CB Kyle Arrington – groin
OT Marcus Cannon – ankle
CB Alfonzo Dennard – knee/shoulder
WR Aaron Dobson – foot
LB Dane Fletcher – groin
S Steve Gregory – finger/knee
OT Nate Solder – concussion
LB Brandon Spikes – knee
OT Will Svitek – ankle
WR Kenbrell Thompkins – hip
RB Shane Vereen – groin

Full practice
WR Danny Amendola – groin
QB Tom Brady – right shoulder
TE Michael Hoomanawanui – knee
CB Aqib Talib – hip


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Sack plan now is get Dareus to 10

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2013 – 9:03 am

Coming off of Sunday’s resounding season-high seven sack performance, the Bills now have three players with 10 sacks or more on the year with Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Jerry Hughes all in double digits. Their plan now is to get Marcell Dareus to 10 in the season finale at New England.

That according to Marcell Dareus himself, who with 7.5 on the season, will need to have a whale of a day to get Tom Brady on the ground 2.5 times.

“We reached the goals towards the end of the year,” said Dareus. “We wanted to break the sack record. The single season sack record with the team. We want all the guys to get 10, they’re waiting on me now.  They’re going to try to get me free so I can get there.  We reached all the goals, Kyle got his 10, Jerry got his 10, Mario has his 13—everything is coming together.”

Brady has been sacked 39 times this season.


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