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Pats QBs Brissett & Garoppolo questionable 

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2016 – 5:49 pm

New England’s quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills. 

Both signal callers were again limited in practice Friday. Most national reports are indicating that Brissett will start at quarterback Sunday. Some media outlets are reporting that Garoppolo has a second degree shoulder separation in Weeks 2 against Miami. 

No word as to whether Garoppolo would be able to serve as a backup Sunday. 

Here is the rest of New England’s injury report. 

QUESTIONABLE

OT Marcus Cannon – calf

G Jonathan Cooper – foot

LB Jonathan Freeny – shoulder

TE Rob Gronkowski – hamstring

LB Dont’a Hightower – knee

CB Eric Rowe – ankle

QB Jacoby Brissett – right thumb

QB Jimmy Garoppolo – right shoulder 


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50-50 raffle winner from Bills-Cardinals game announced

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 30, 2016 – 2:26 pm

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The Buffalo Bills Foundation is proud to announce that Andrew Krolczyk, of Central New York, has won the 50-50 raffle for the Bills-Cardinals game! Krolczyk attended Buffalo’s Week 3 matchup with his father, who is a valued Buffalo Bills Season Ticket Member. The jackpot was $106,673, with a winning ticket for $53,336.50.

Congratulations, Andrew!

For details on the Buffalo Bills Foundation’s 50-50 raffle, visit here.


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Down Salas & Watkins, will Bills add at WR?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2016 – 1:10 pm

They went into last week’s game with just four healthy receivers when Greg Salas and Sammy Watkins were out with injuries. It’s likely they do that again, but long term might they look to add at the position? Head coach Rex Ryan was asked that very question Friday.

Ryan did not rule out the possibility of seeking help at receiver.

“I know we always look to upgrade our team,” said Ryan. “If that’s a possibility at receiver or wherever then we’ll definitely look into that.”

Buffalo does have Dez Lewis on their practice squad, who would be the most logical call up if that was the course the front office and coaching staff decided to take. If they want to look outside the organization there are veteran options out there to consider.


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Fan Friday 9-30

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2016 – 11:45 am

It’s just about October and the Bills have a giant division game Sunday at ‘The Razor.’ Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills chances the #bills shut down Watkins the entire year? Curious as to why no urgency in adding another WR with 2 down?

Frank Miosi@miosi37

CB: I don’t think the Bills are at that point yet, but I’ve got to believe that if the medical staff gets to a point where they determine that Watkins’ foot even with rest is not improving to where he can play on it then the discussion to shelve him for the season could come up.

I’m not a doctor so I’m not going to pretend to know the protocol for how that decision is ultimately reached. But it Watkins can’t play this Sunday after not playing on it for 17 days it could beg the question if the foot will ever be good enough to play on in its current state.


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@ChrisBrownBills with the poor QB play, what are the chances the Bills get serious about the position, be it thru a trade or the draft

Uncle Rico@RckyMtnBillsFan

CB: I don’t believe after three games that the Bills are actively seeking other options at quarterback. I do believe they need more passing game production out of Tyrod. I like Anthony Lynn’s approach with Taylor of identifying the best matchup pre-snap instead of working his way through the reads. Find the best matchup and exploit it.

The trade market on quarterbacks is typically limited unless someone wants to give up a lot, like Minnesota did to save what they believe can still be a playoff run type season. I believe much like everyone anticipated Tyrod will be given this entire season to prove he can advance his game and take the next step. If he can’t then perhaps a change in course will take place like you’re describing.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills #bills how will the bills defense attack qbs since both have quick release and can run?

lisa marinucci@LisaNucci1967

CB: Buffalo’s defense relies on disguise and a multitude of looks to slow the opposing quarterback down just enough with his decision making for pressure to get there and disrupt the opponent’s passing game. Properly utilized in the right down and distance situations this can be very effective.

Through the first three games the Bills have been more aggressive with their blitz packages on the whole. Even early in the Jets game they brought some pressure just to disrupt the timing of the Jets pass game. I suspect there will be pressure packages and some new looks from Buffalo’s defense for the Patriots QB this week whether it’s Garoppolo or Brissett.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills was our “great secondary” a product of getting pressure rushing only 4?

Steve Tucciarello@24Tuch24

CB: I don’t think anyone will argue that the improved pass pressure helped last week. But I will also say that Buffalo’s coverage players made more plays on the ball even when the pressure wasn’t generated up front. Against the Jets there were jump ball situations where the Bills corners and safeties just didn’t win. Against the Cardinals more often than not they did.

Perfect stat line to illustrate that – passes defensed.

Against the Jets – 4 pass breakups, 0 interceptions on
Against the Cards – 10 pass breakups, 4 interceptions
5 – @ChrisBrownBills has Spikes contributed to our better run defense so far this year or has it been more the change to full 3-4?

Sean joyce@Seanjoy93765788

CB: It has unquestionably been the scheme. The defensive unit just looks more comfortable in this run front defensively. The defensive linemen have done a great job of constricting the rush lanes in this scheme. Preston Brown and Zach Brown have been the biggest factors at the second level. Brandon Spikes has only played 13 of 224 defensive snaps so far this season. He was inactive in Week 2.

Spikes has been used as a strong side OLB up on the line of scrimmage on obvious run downs in the limited time that he’s been on the field defensively. I think that’s a good spot for him since he’s a bigger LB and can set the edge. He could have a bigger role this week if LeGarrette Blount is on the field as much as he’s been for the Patriots over the first three weeks of the season.

 


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Thurman: Very few things that Z. Brown can’t do

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2016 – 9:59 am

Bills defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman is not one to hand out praise easily. So when he had some for Bills ILB Zach Brown it served as indication as to just how productive he has been through the first three games this season.

Zach is a very talented individual,” said Thurman. “Physically he’s as gifted as most linebackers in this league. He can run, he can hit, he can cover, he can tackle well, he can blitz. I mean there’s very few things that he can’t do. Anytime you see a guy that has talent, you want to maximize that talent, get it out of him, and Zach’s playing at a high level for us right now.”

Brown is tied for the league lead in tackles with 34.


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Brissett, Garoppolo, Gronk all limited again

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2016 – 4:09 pm

The Patriots injury report had few surprises on Thursday. Both quarterbacks were again listed as limited participants.

That’s because New England’s Thursday practice was just a walk through after the team practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The team under NFL rules has to list players based on what their level of participation would be if it were a full scale practice. Rob Gronkowski was also listed as limited.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday Participation Thursday
Brissett, Jacoby QB Right Thumb LP LP
Cannon, Marcus OT Calf LP LP
Cooper, Jonathan G Foot LP LP
Freeny, Jonathan LB Shoulder LP LP
Garoppolo, Jimmy QB Right Shoulder LP LP
Gronkowski, Rob TE Hamstring LP LP
Hightower, Dont’a LB Knee LP LP
Rowe, Eric CB Ankle LP LP

 


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Salas, Watkins unable to practice

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2016 – 4:01 pm

The Bills knew that Sammy Watkins was going to be a question mark for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. Whether he practiced this week was another up in the air scenario. And at this point it sounds as though he’ll go another week without practicing.

After Watkins missed practice Wednesday and again Thursday, head coach Rex Ryan was asked if Watkins would be held out of practice Friday.

“That’s a real possibility,” said Ryan.

As discouraging as that prospect might be, Ryan, much like last week, is willing to push Watkins availability right up until game time.

“I guess there’s a concern, but we’ll just see how this thing goes,” said Ryan of Watkins. “This is what the plan was, try to get him there on Sunday and see how he feels and if he’s ready to roll then turn him loose.”

Meanwhile Greg Salas sat out practice Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Ryan did not sound surprised saying Salas didn’t do much on Wednesday. But his availability for Sunday appears to be up in the air too.

Jonathan Meeks was another player who was limited on Wednesday, but was unable to practice Thursday.

On the positive side, Charles Clay returned to practice after missing Wednesday albeit on a limited basis. And Cordy Glenn, though limited, practiced for a second straight day.

“We’re hopeful that he can go,” said Ryan of Glenn. “I’m encouraged that he’s been out there two days in a row.”

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday Participation Thursday
Patrick Lewis OL Knee DNP DNP
Cyrus Kouandjio OL Ankle DNP DNP
Sammy Watkins WR Foot DNP DNP
Greg Salas WR Groin LP DNP
Jonathan Meeks DB Foot LP DNP
Charles Clay TE Knee DNP LP
Cordy Glenn OL Ankle LP LP
Colt Anderson DB Foot LP LP
Ronald Darby DB Hamstring LP LP
Cardale Jones QB Right shoulder LP LP
Aaron Williams DB Ankle LP LP

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Shady wins FedEx Ground Player of the Week

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2016 – 3:19 pm

Good job Bills fans! Your voting helped LeSean McCoy earn NFL Week 3 FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors.

McCoy rushed for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Buffalo’s big home win over the Arizona Cardinals last week. Fans voted Tuesday through Thursday as McCoy was up against fellow candidates Christine Michael and LeGarrette Blount, but emerged victorious.

Because of his win, $2,000 will be given to The USO in McCoy’s name.


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Glenn: Would love to play, but going day by day

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2016 – 2:58 pm

Bills LT Cordy Glenn is not about to get ahead of himself now. Almost three weeks removed from re-injuring the same ankle he hurt in training camp, Glenn is just trying to take each day as it comes as he tries to make a return to the lineup.

Glenn, who confirmed it is the same high ankle sprain that forced him to miss the entire preseason schedule, doesn’t believe he’s ahead of schedule because he hasn’t put a timetable on his injury.

“I think we’re just being smart about it,” he said. “That’s the path we’re on right there. Just taking it day by day. That’s all I can do.”

Glenn has practiced on a limited basis each of the last two days and head coach Rex Ryan said he was encouraged by the back-to-back days of work for the left tackle.

Tyrod Taylor’s blind side protector was asked if it was up to him would he play on Sunday.

“If it was up to me could I play Sunday? Yes, I would love to be out there,” Glenn said. “I’m just taking it day by day. Not trying to get too high or too low.”

 


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Ed Reed to be inducted into Louisiana Sports HOF

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2016 – 9:00 am

Bills assistant secondary coach Ed Reed has been elected a member of the 2017 induction class of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

The nine-time Pro Bowler is part of a class that includes PGA 11-time tour champion David Toms, three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel, and World Series champ Juan Pierre headlining the class.

 

Reed and the rest of the class will be enshrined Saturday, June 24, in Natchitoches to culminate the 2017 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration June 22-24.

Reed was born in St. Rose, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana.

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Photo credits – Baltimore Ravens, LSU, Lou Hodges Jr.

 


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Glenn, Darby limited; Watkins, Clay sit

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2016 – 4:40 pm

Charles Clay and Sammy Watkins headlined the list of players who did not practice Wednesday. Cyrus Kouandjio was a new addition with an ankle injury and also sat out practice. But LT Cordy Glenn and CB Ronald Darby were limited as they get closer to returning to full strength from ankle and hamstring injuries respectively.

Head coach Rex Ryan is hopeful that Glenn and Darby’s participation are positive signs for their availability on Sunday. Aaron Williams (ankle) and Jonathan Meeks (foot) were new adds among the limited participants.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Patrick Lewis OL Knee DNP
Cyrus Kouandjio OL Ankle DNP
Sammy Watkins WR Foot DNP
Charles Clay TE Knee DNP
Cordy Glenn OL Ankle LP
Colt Anderson DB Foot LP
Ronald Darby DB Hamstring LP
Cardale Jones QB Right shoulder LP
Greg Salas WR Groin LP
Aaron Williams DB Ankle LP
Jonathan Meeks DB Foot LP

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Garoppolo, Brissett, Gronk all limited

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2016 – 4:14 pm

It was an all limited injury report for the Patriots on Wednesday, but both Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo did participate in practice.

Brissett and Garoppolo were limited participants along with the half dozen other Patriots, including TE Rob Gronkowski, who only played 14 snaps last week in his return from a hamstring injury. There was video from Patriots reporters of Garoppolo throwing passes as long as 30 yards downfield, so signs appear promising that Garoppolo could be available Sunday when New England hosts Buffalo.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Brissett, Jacoby QB Right Thumb LP
Cannon, Marcus OT Calf LP
Cooper, Jonathan G Foot LP
Freeny, Jonathan LB Shoulder LP
Garoppolo, Jimmy QB Right Shoulder LP
Gronkowski, Rob TE Hamstring LP
Hightower, Dont’a LB Knee LP
Rowe, Eric CB Ankle LP

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Kyle Williams awarded full sack in scoring change

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2016 – 2:03 pm

Coming out of last Sunday’s win over Arizona, Kyle Williams was credited with four tackles, a sack and a pair of quarterback hits. On Wednesday the league made a scoring change to boost Williams stats even more.

At the 8:04 mark of the first quarter of last Sunday’s game, Williams teamed up with Lerentee McCray for a sack of Carson Palmer. However, upon further review it’s clear that Williams was responsible for the sack from the beginning, so the league instead of giving Williams a half sack is awarding him the whole sack.

So Williams finished the game with 1.5 sacks.

That brings Williams career sack total with the Bills to 37 to put him in a tie for eighth place on the Bills all-time list with Sherman White.


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Bills & ADPRO Sports High School Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on September 28, 2016 – 1:41 pm

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The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2016, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer through the High School Coach of the Week program.

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The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week for Week 3 is Dean Santorio, head coach of the Grand Island Vikings. Playing the North Tonawanda Lumberjacks on the road on Friday, September 23, Grand Island put together a 38-35 comeback win. Down 21-0 early in the second quarter, the Vikings rallied behind quarterback Conner Buzby, who put up 357 yards passing and four touchdowns, to come away with the victory. The Vikings, now 3-1, are set to face Williamsville East on Friday, September 30.

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The Rochester Region Coach of the Week for Week 3 is Steve Lian, head coach of the Brighton Barons. On Saturday, September 24, Brighton took on Canandaigua on the road. Coming into the contest, both teams were undefeated at 3-0. After a strong Brighton performance, led by quarterback Shea McDonald, the Barons upset Canandaigua 21-20 to move to 4-0 on the season. Brighton’s defense also contributed significantly to the win, as the unit came up with a big interception on Canandaigua’s two-point conversation attempt. Brighton’s next matchup will take place at home on Friday, September 30 against Greece Athena.

Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to the John Murphy show each Wednesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. All Coach of the Week winners will receive $1,000 for their high school football program and will be recognized on-field prior to the Bills vs. Browns game on December 18. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!


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Report: Garoppolo still has pain in shoulder

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2016 – 11:30 am

Reports out of New England have been mixed on the health of Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s injured throwing shoulder. Both he and Jacoby Brissett were at practice Tuesday as New England got a day head start coming off their Thursday night game last week. But according to Comcast Sports Network’s Mike Giardi, Garoppolo is still experiencing pain in his throwing shoulder.

The report certainly indicates that Garoppolo is not yet 100 percent. As for Brissett, though he had tape on his injured thumb and wrist, said he was in “tip top” shape.

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As seen above ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that one of the QBs should be available for Sunday’s game against the Bills.


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Report: Brissett & Garoppolo at practice Tuesday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 2:58 pm

According to the New England Sports Network, the Patriots two injured quarterbacks were both at practice on Tuesday.

The report said that both Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett were at practice. Coming off a Thursday night game the Patriots are getting a one day head start on their practice week. Garoppolo, who is dealing with a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder and Brissett, who sustained a thumb injury starting in place of Garoppolo last week, both were on the practice field.

Brissett had his injured thumb wrapped in tape as well as his wrist according to NESN. It said that Garoppolo was also on the practice field, but during the media viewing portion of practice neither quarterback attempted a pass.

ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that when seen in the locker room that Garoppolo did not have his injured shoulder in a sling of any kind.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said the Bills probably won’t know who is starting at QB for the Patriots until kickoff.


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Bills hopeful OT Glenn can return to lineup

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 2:52 pm

He’s missed the last two games with an ankle injury. There are no guarantees he’ll be ready this week either, but there is hope that LT Cordy Glenn might be able to return to the lineup.

Bills GM Doug Whaley, in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550, said they’ve got their fingers crossed.

“He continues to progress. No setbacks,” said Whaley of Glenn. “We’ll know a little bit more this week when we get back on the field Wednesday and see how he progresses on the practice field if we can get him out there and see how he does this week. Right now we can say there haven’t been any setbacks and are cautiously optimistic.”

 


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Pats add DL John Hughes

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 1:50 pm

The Patriots made an addition to their defensive line this week. New England signed veteran DL John Hughes.

Hughes, 27, originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick (87th overall) of the Cleveland Browns out of Cincinnati in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played in the 2016 season opener for Cleveland in a reserve role before being released on Sept. 20. The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder, has played in 53 NFL games with 10 starts and has 123 total tackles, 5½ sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

In addition, the Patriots announced that they have signed WR Da’Ron Brown to the practice squad. Brown, 25, originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (233rd overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs out of Northern Illinois in the 2015 NFL Draft. The 6-foot, 199-pounder, spent his rookie season on the Kansas City practice squad. He was released by Kansas City on Sept. 3, 2016.


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McCoy a finalist for FedEx Ground Player of Wk

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 10:42 am

The NFL announced that LeSean McCoy is a finalist for this week’s FedEx Ground  Player of the Week award for his outstanding performance against the  Arizona Cardinals with 110 yards on 17 carries (6.5 average) and two touchdowns . This is McCoy’s first nomination this season. Information on how you can vote for McCoy is below. Here’s who he is up against for top Week 3 performances.

Christine Michael of the Seattle Seahawks rushed for 106 yards on 20 carries (5.3 avg.) and two TDs in the Seahawks’ 37-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

LeGarrette Blount of the New England Patriots rushed for 105 yards on 24 carries (4.4 avg.) and 2 TDs in the Patriots’ 27-0 victory over the Houston Texans.

LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills rushed for 110 yards on 17 carries (6.5 average) and two TDs in the Bills’ 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

 

Every week, following the Monday Night Football game, through Thursday at 3 pm ET, fans can vote for their candidate of choice at NFL.com/FedEx or tweet using #AirandGround and the nominees’ last name to cast their vote. FedEx and the NFL will announce the winners every Thursday afternoon and then FedEx will award a $2,000 donation in the winning players’ names to The USO.


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Watkins update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2016 – 9:12 am

The Bills were without WR Sammy Watkins in last Sunday’s win over Arizona. Long term Watkins’ availability is critical to the success of Buffalo’s passing game. His ailing foot however, is compromising his availability. Bills GM Doug Whaley provided an update on Watkins status in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550.

“We lean on our medical staff and if they clear him and say he’s ready to go… the one thing we know for sure is Sammy is a competitor and wants to play,” said Whaley. “So if the medical staff says he’s ready to go and there’s no further damage or anything that can happen to his foot that will set him back for a long period of time then we’re going to let him play because that’s what he wants to do and helps us to keep on stacking these ‘W’s.”

Head coach Rex Ryan said Monday that they’ll see how he gets through the week. He’s hopeful that Watkins comments on social media last Saturday that he was good to go are an encouraging sign, but that he won’t know for sure until he sees him on the practice field.


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