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Miami RB Williams & S Thomas out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2017 – 7:15 pm

Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder/illness) and S Michael Thomas (knee) did not travel and will not play in Sunday’s game against the Bills 


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Miami unlikely to have RB Williams, CB Tankersley

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2017 – 4:18 pm

The Dolphins look like they’ll be without RB Damien Williams and starting CB Cordrea Tankersley. Both are doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Bills. That means that Brice McCain will start in place of Tankersley again as he did on Monday night.

The bulk of the run game burden looks like it will fall on Kenyan Drake again as well. Neither Ndamukong Suh nor Cameron Wake practiced on Friday, but they were not listed on the injury report. Both are expected to start Sunday.

OUT

G Jermon Bushrod – foot 
DOUBTFUL

RB Damien Williams – shoulder/illness

QB Matt Moore – foot

S Michael Thomas – knee

CB Cordrea Tankersley – ankle/shoulder
QUESTIONABLE

DE Andre Branch – knee

CB Xavien Howard – illness

DT Jordan Phillips – ankle


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Peterman out for Sunday’s game, Benjamin ques.

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2017 – 2:47 pm

It looks like Joe Webb is a lock to serve as the backup quarterback on Sunday. That’s because Nathan Peterman has been declared out for Sunday’s game on the team’s final injury report Friday.

Peterman did not clear the final step of the return-to-participation protocol this week even though he practiced fully each of the past two days. John Miller is the only other player declared out for Sunday’s game.

Meanwhile WR Kelvin Benjamin is questionable for Sunday’s game with his knee injury. He was limited in practice all week after aggravating his knee injury in last week’s snow game.

All other players who appeared on the injury report this week were full participants in practice and removed from the Friday game status report. All of them are expected to be available for the game.


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Fan Friday 12-15

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2017 – 11:55 am

Big division and conference game with the Dolphins this week. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

If the #Bills make the playoffs do you see Kyle Williams sticking it out for one more year?

Adventures with Dan
@DanHocieniec

CB: I don’t get the sense from Kyle that his decision on continuing his career is tied to the playoffs. Yes, he wants to play on a team that is successful, but I think it’s more about how his body feels. If he believes he can still perform at a level he is satisfied with and whether mentally he can get through the grind of another season.

I will tell you this. In talking to him about his physical health, he did tell me that having had both of his Achilles repaired after bone spurs were removed from his heels just a year apart from one another, he believes his “wheels” are a bit younger than that of most 34-year olds.

I believe he can still be a productive player going into next season, and if they can draft a bigger, sturdier defensive tackle who can command double team attention it should free Williams up more to make the plays we’re used to seeing from him. Fingers crossed.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

What do you think Tyrod has to do for the rest of the season to be a bill next year? Or do you think his fate as a buffalo bill is over?

Craig Renaud
@Renaud14C

CB: I believe if the Bills as an organization believe they can do better than Tyrod Taylor that they will move on from him. While I would certainly feel bad for Tyrod if that were to happen, knowing what a dedicated professional he has been in his three seasons here, that is just how the league works.

It’s a cut-throat league. A team is always looking to upgrade at all positions, but quarterback perhaps more than any other.

Last offseason, Buffalo did not feel they could do any better than Tyrod and he was retained, albeit at a reduced price. It was clear this season that coach McDermott wanted to see what Nate Peterman could offer the offense.

What it all comes down to is the staff’s evaluation of Taylor’s performance at the end of the season, and whether they feel they can advance the offense further with another option that’s realistically available.

 

3 –  @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think this is Jordan Matthews surgery is good for another team and not us?

Bills MR. E
@iamdmre

CB: I know what you’re getting at here. Jordan Matthews is going to be a free agent in March. Here’s the challenge in re-signing Matthews if the Bills are interested in doing so. Matthews’ value as a receiver has been hurt by two things. One, his injuries this season and two the lack of a productive passing game.

If I’m Jordan Matthews I need to know what a prospective team’s quarterback situation is before I sign. That’s obviously in the best interest of a receiver. There’s a good chance Buffalo’s quarterback situation may not have a definitive resolution by the time free agency opens in mid-March.

That could complicate the task of convincing Matthews to re-sign with the Bills.

Of course after an unproductive season and coming off knee and ankle surgery it’s hard to know if Matthews will have all that many suitors should he hit the market.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Are there significant injuries on the Dolphins?

Buffalo Fan
@rw952

CB: Starting DE Andre Branch, C Mike Pouncey and CB Cordrea Tankersley look like the biggest question marks for Miami this week in terms of regular contributors. Whether any of them are declared out later today is tough to peg right now. I’d expect all of them to at least be questionable for Sunday.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

As Gillislee has been a regular scratch for the Pats, do you see him being released in the offseason and if so, do the Bills try to resign him?

Troy Rossignol
@rozzimbt

CB: The Patriots are known as a cost-conscious club, but his cap figure actually goes down in 2018 to just $2.4M. Even for a backup running back that’s not a break-the-bank type contract at all. I suppose he could be a roster cut option since he would leave no dead money on New England’s cap next year, but he represents less than 1.5 percent of team’s cap.

 


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Branch, Pouncey, Thomas all sit for Miami

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2017 – 4:50 pm

DE Andre Branch, C Mike Pouncey and S Michael Thomas were all non-participants for a second straight day at practice Thursday for Miami.

Branch and Thomas have been dealing with knee injuries, while Pouncey’s affliction is a hip ailment.

A handful of Dolphins went from non-participants on Wednesday to limited practice players on Thursday including starting CB Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankersley.

DID NOT PRACTICE
DE Andre Branch – knee
C Mike Pouncey – hip
S Michael Thomas – knee

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Jermon Bushrod – foot
CB Xavien Howard – illness
CB Cordrea Tankersley – ankle/shoulder
QB Matt Moore – foot
RB Damien Williams – shoulder

FULL PRACTICE
DT Jordan Phillips – ankle
DT Ndamukong Suh – knee


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Benjamin, Clay, Kyle limited Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2017 – 4:43 pm

WR Kelvin Benjamin, TE Charles Clay and DT Kyle Williams participated in practice on a limited basis. Head coach Sean McDermott provided an update on Benjamin following Thursday’s practice.

“He’s working,” said McDermott of Benjamin. “He did a little bit more today than he did yesterday.”

OT Cordy Glenn and WR Andre Holmes also returned to practice on a limited basis after missing Wednesday’s practice.

QBs Tyrod Taylor and Nate Peterman were both full practice participants.

 

 

DID NOT PRACTICE
G John Miller – ankle

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Kelvin Benjamin – knee
TE Charles Clay – knee
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
WR Andre Holmes – neck
DT Kyle Williams – groin

FULL PRACTICE
OT Seantrel Henderson – back
CB Leonard Johnson – knee
RB LeSean McCoy – knee
QB Nate Peterman – concussion
QB Tyrod Taylor – knee


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Peterman practices fully, still in concussion protocol

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2017 – 4:38 pm

Bills rookie QB Nate Peterman practiced for a second straight day with his teammates Thursday, but head coach Sean McDermott said at this point he remains in concussion protocol.

Peterman is currently on step 4 of the return to participation protocol, where he’s permitted to participate in football specific activities, like practice on a non-contact basis.

Step 5 of the return to participation protocol is full clearance for football activity including contact. Whether Peterman gets to that step before the end of the week remains to be seen.

 

 

 

 

Kelvin
“He’s working. He did a little bit more today than he did yesterday.”

McCoy
“I would say similar to where he was last week. He didn’t do much at all yesterday and came out today and did some things. We’re just trying to be smart overall with his situation.”

 


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McCoy wins FedEx Ground Player of week

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2017 – 4:36 pm

Good job Bills fans. LeSean McCoy has won FedEx Ground Player of the Week honors for his Week 14 performance in the win over Indianapolis in overtime.

Shady had 156 yards on a career-high 32 carries along with the game-winning touchdown in overtime in the 13-7 victory over the Colts.

McCoy is currently fifth in the league in rushing as he also went over 1,000 yards for the season (1,007).

The weekly FedEx Ground® Player of the Week Awards also wins for the local community. Along with the player award, FedEx makes a $2,000 donation in each of the winning player’s names that will go to the USO through FedEx Cares. The donation will be used to support USO programs that keep service members connected to family, home and country as they depart the military and find a new path in civilian life.


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Matthews confirms knee & ankle surgery

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2017 – 2:34 pm

Bills WR Jordan Matthews was placed on injured reserve last week. On Thursday he confirmed via his own Twitter account that he underwent knee and ankle surgery.

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No word from Matthews on how long his rehab is supposed to take. In the photo link he shows his surgically repaired left knee in a heavy brace and his right ankle in an immobilizer boot.

The receiver is scheduled to become a free agent in March.


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Dolphins down a lot of bodies Wednesday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2017 – 2:23 pm

Fresh off their Monday night win over New England, there were a lot of Dolphins players still healing up from the game on Wednesday. As a result more than a half dozen Dolphins did not practice, most notably Ndamukong Suh and CB Xavien Howard.

DID NOT PRACTICE
DE Andre Branch – Knee
G Jermon Bushrod – Foot
CB Xavien Howard – Illness
QB Matt Moore – Foot
C Mike Pouncey – Hip
DT Ndamukong Suh – Knee
CB Cordrea Tankersley – Ankle/Shoulder
S Michael Thomas – Knee
RB Damien Williams – Shoulder

LIMITED PRACTICE
DT Jordan Phillips – Ankle

 


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Tyrod a full participant

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2017 – 2:13 pm

Tyrod Taylor was a full participant Wednesday after it was initially believed he would be a limited participant.

“At this point it’s pain tolerance. It feels good today,” Taylor said. “I expect it to continue to keep getting better. Since this happened I haven’t had any setbacks with it fortunately.”

Cordy Glenn, Andre Holmes and Kyle Williams were non-participants at practice on Wednesday.

Glenn fell ill and couldn’t participate. Holmes woke up with terrible neck stiffness and couldn’t even turn his head. Williams is dealing with a groin injury that first cropped up last week.

Kelvin Benjamin and Nate Peterman were limited as was LeSean McCoy.

Here’s the full Bills injury report for Wednesday.

 

 

 

DID NOT PRACTICE
OT Cordy Glenn – illness, foot/ankle
WR Andre Holmes – neck
DT Kyle Williams – groin

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
WR Kelvin Benjamin – knee
TE Charles Clay – knee
OT Seantrel Henderson – back
RB LeSean McCoy – knee
QB Nate Peterman – concussion

FULL PRACTICE
CB Leonard Johnson – knee
G John Miller – ankle
QB Tyrod Taylor – knee


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Vote for Shady for Clutch Player of the Week

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2017 – 11:10 am

Running back LeSean McCoy in addition to being up for FedEx Ground Player of the Week is also up for Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week for his game-winning touchdown run with 1:33 left in overtime against the Colts.

He’s in a pool of nominees with Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger, Carolina QB Cam Newton, Green Bay WR  Davante Adams and Jacksonville CB A.J. Bouye. The Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Week is the best performer or performance of the week that represents strength in key moments.

Fans can vote for Shady through Friday at 3 PM ET to determine the CASTROL EDGE CLUTCH PERFORMER OF THE WEEK. The winner will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and then posted on NFL.com.


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McCoy up for FedEx Ground POW

Posted by Chris Brown on December 12, 2017 – 9:34 am

It’s the third time he’s been nominated. Bills feature back LeSean McCoy is up for FedEx Ground Player of the Week after his 156-yard rushing performance in a lake effect snowstorm last Sunday.

McCoy was nominated along with Chicago’s Jordan Howard and Miami’s Kenyan Drake. The Bills back had the game-winning touchdown with 1:33 left in overtime to life Buffalo to a 13-7 victory.

Voting for McCoy can be done here is open until Thursday at 3 pm. Fans can also vote on Twitter using #AirandGround and the nominee’s last name.


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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2017 – 6:34 pm

Here’s a look at the stats that stood out in the Bills overtime win over the Colts.

227 – rushing yards by the Bills
92 – passing yards by the Bills

4.9 – McCoy’s yards per carry
3.6 – Gore’s yards per carry

11 – tackles by Matt Milano (led team)

25% – Colts third down conversion percentage
56% – Bills third down conversion percentage

50% – Colts red zone touchdown efficiency (1-2)
100% – Bills red zone touchdown efficiency (2-2)

 


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McCoy’s workload has been key to Bills wins

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2017 – 10:45 am

It certainly isn’t the only variable that can be attributed to Bills victories, but LeSean McCoy’s workload has an impact on Buffalo’s success in posting ‘W’s.

This season when LeSean McCoy gets 20 carries or more the Bills are 5-0. When he gets less than that the Bills are 1-6. Here’s a look at Buffalo’s stats this season on offense when McCoy gets 20 or more carries and when he doesn’t.

McCoy 20 or more carries McCoy less than 20 carries
Won-Loss record 6 and 0 1 and 5
Points per game 25 12.8
Rush yds/game 83 59
Rushes/game 21.3 13.2
Rushing TDs 3 1
1st down rushes 25 16
Rec yds/game 35.3 15.3

 


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Colts have trouble holding teams down

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2017 – 9:58 am

By now most Bills fans know that no other NFL club has given up more points than the Colts this season. Not only have they given up a league-leading 330 points in 12 games this season, their point differential of minus-125 ranks 31st in the league.

The Colts have been outscored in every quarter but the second quarter this season, where they’ve scored 10 more points (89) than they’ve given up (79). Their problem quarter is the fourth. Indianapolis has been outscored by an astounding 92 points.

That’s a franchise worst for the Colts. Since 2000, only the 2005 Texans (-95) and 2007 Rams (-107) fared worse in terms of point differential come the final stanza in a game.

The Bills have outscored their opponents 90 to 68 in the fourth quarter. In fact the fourth quarter is Buffalo’s highest-scoring quarter this season.


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Colts C Ryan Kelly out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2017 – 6:01 pm

Colts C Ryan Kelly was expected to be available for Sunday’s game, having just a couple of tests remaining to pass this week before he was cleared from the concussion protocol. On Friday, however that did not happen. Kelly has been ruled out of Sunday’s game.

Complicating matters for the Colts is Kelly’s backup, Mike Person is questionable for Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. Third on the Colts depth chart at center is Anthony Fabiano. Fabiano has appeared in five career NFL games with one start.


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Moncrief, Melvin both out for Colts

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2017 – 2:54 pm

The Indianapolis Colts will not have their two starting cornerbacks on Sunday.

Already without Pierre Desir, who went on injured reserve earlier this week with a shoulder injury, the Colts also ruled CB Rashaan Melvin out with a hand injury. That leaves the Colts secondary with five cornerbacks who have a combined four games of NFL experience, which includes three rookies. Two of those rookies, Kenny Moore and Quincy Wilson are expected to start.

Meanwhile CB Chris Milton was added to the injury report with a neck injury and is now questionable.

Also out is WR Donte Moncrief with an ankle injury. TE Darrell Daniels is also out with a hamstring injury. Here’s a look at the Colts injury report for Sunday.

Starting RT Denzelle Good is also questionable with an illness.

(WR) Donte Moncrief                                     Ankle                     Out
(CB) Rashaan Melvin                                       Hand                     Out
(TE) Darrell Daniels                                          Hamstring           Out

(C) Mike Person                                                 Ankle                    Questionable
(OL) Denzelle Good                                         Illness                   Questionable
(CB) Chris Milton                                              Neck                      Questionable

 


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Taylor, Kyle among 5 listed as questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2017 – 2:48 pm

It was no surprise to see Tyrod Taylor listed as questionable on Buffalo’s injury report. Joining him however, were Kyle Williams and Leonard Johnson.

Cordy Glenn and Seantrel Henderson are also listed as questionable. Henderson appears to be less likely to dress after he was unable to practice on Thursday and Friday. Glenn was limited each of the last two days.

Taylor will be a game time decision.

OUT
G John Miller – ankle

QUESTIONABLE
OT Cordy Glenn – foot-ankle
OT Seantrel Henderson – back
CB Leonard Johnson – knee
QB Tyrod Taylor – knee
DT Kyle Williams – groin

 


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Fan Friday 12-8

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2017 – 12:13 pm

It’s a gotta-have-it game on Sunday. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Is there any indication that Dennison Is on the hot seat?

Del Smith
@delsmithmusic

CB: I don’t get that sense right now. The performance and production of the offense will be reviewed and evaluated at the end of the season by head coach Sean McDermott. As I see it the key in the evaluation of the offense was whether it was held back by the play at quarterback or by the play calling of the coordinator. It could very well be a combination of both.

There are other factors as well. The constant churn at wide receiver due to in season additions and injuries. The offensive line having a hard time changing to a completely different blocking scheme from the one they had a lot of success in a year ago.

The future direction of the offense will hinge on where McDermott felt they came up short and why and what parties were most responsible for those shortcomings.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Do you think Bills will make playoffs? Yes or No?

Charles Barber
@bubbabarber77

CB: The AFC playoff picture is too convoluted to give a yes or no answer. With four games to play, the Wild Card spots are a jumble at best. Three different teams could still win the AFC West. The Bills obviously want the Chargers to win the West, so they don’t have to worry about the head-to-head tiebreaker with that team, knowing they have head-to-head edges over Oakland and Kansas City in a Wild Card tiebreaker scenario.

I did see that Football Outsiders in the playoff simulations had the Bills with a 43 percent chance of making the playoffs if they finish 9-7 with their only loss coming at New England. If they finish 8-8 they reach the playoffs in less than one percent of their simulations.

I think that pretty much paints the picture right now. It’ll be an uphill battle, which is usually the case when you need help from other teams.

 

3 –  @ChrisBrownBills

With the addition of Benjamin will the Bills start throwing the ball more? That would help open McCoy

Why am I
@AlwaysN_Trouble

CB: I think assuming the Bills will throw more with Benjamin in the lineup is a bit of an oversimplification. This is a team that remains rooted in a run-first philosophy and understandably so. With Benjamin on the field there will be more opportunities for the Bills to make plays in the pass game because he’s capable of making a play even when he’s covered due to his length alone.

But his insertion into the lineup won’t dramatically change the run-pass tendencies. It just gives them a more reliable option. That could increase pass attempts to a degree, but I don’t see a sharp increase overall.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any news on why Henderson isn’t playing? He has to be better than mills

Hayden Ricci
@haydenricci

CB: Well as for right now, Henderson had a setback this week with a back injury and may not even be available. When he was active and in the lineup as a sixth lineman or tackle eligible the last couple of weeks head coach Sean McDermott had this to say about Henderson.

“I think he’s done a good job,” said McDermott. “He’s obviously a big body that has some power and length to him. So he protects the quarterback well and can fire off the ball and move the line of scrimmage. He’s done a good job for us so far.”

I think Henderson’s five-game suspension really set him back in terms of consideration in unseating any starting tackle. He served as the swing tackle the last few weeks, but now with this back injury he’s got another setback to get through.

He’ll be an interesting decision for this coaching staff in the offseason. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent. He has uncommon athleticism for the position and great length and strength, but his opportunities have been limited.

I know one team that would scoop him up immediately in free agency and that’s Jacksonville. Henderson was a pick Marrone got to make at the end of the draft by former GM Doug Whaley back in 2014.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

With Charles Clay’s knee issues and contract size will the bills move on due to “availability issues”? And when would the best time to do so be?

Schmian Schmampbell
@comedianian98

CB: For an offense that doesn’t exactly have a bounty of consistent playmaking weapons it’d be hard to part with Charles Clay going forward. His cap figure actually holds steady for the remainder of his contract. It was $9M this year and will be the same next year and the year after that. Knowing the cap itself will likely go up $10-12M each of the next two years, his hit in terms of percentage of Buffalo’s cap is lessened each year.

While the new front office has made it clear they’re not shy about cutting what they feel are not good values on their roster, it’d be hard to say that about Clay, who even now despite missing three games, still leads the team in receiving yards. If your top tight end is still producing better than any receiver on your roster in a year where your pass game is struggling I think it only emphasizes his value all the more to your offense. That’s a reason to keep him as I see it.


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