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Dolphins injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2016 – 3:46 pm

The Miami Dolphins have been without TE Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims due to concussions. They’ve also not had rookie CB Xavien Howard due to a knee injury. It looks like Pro Bowl S Reshad Jones is not only out for this week, but likely the season with a torn rotator cuff.

That according to Miami head coach Adam Gase.

“Yes, he will be out,” said Gase of Jones. “We won’t get him back this season. It’s a big impact. Any time you’ve got a Pro Bowl player and you lose a guy … the leadership that he has brought for us has been something that I’ve asked of him about him speaking up on certain things and becoming more of a vocal leader, which was something that was outside of what he had really done in the past. But he embraced that role and has really done a great job as far as leading on and off the field. The thing we have to do now is we have to step up. Guys have got to move into some positions here that they need to make some plays and we’ve got to play great team defense.”

Here’s the rest of the Dolphins injury report.

TE Jordan Cameron – Concussion
CB Xavien Howard – Knee
S Reshad Jones – Shoulder
DE Jason Jones – Not Injury Related
TE Dion Sims – Concussion

CB Tony Lippett – Hamstring

RB Arian Foster – Hamstring
LB Jelani Jenkins – Groin

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Jim Kelly receives room dedication at ECMC

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 19, 2016 – 1:45 pm


Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and ECMC dedicated a new room to the hospital on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The “Kelly Tough Room,” where Kelly received care at ECMC during his bout with cancer, features memorabilia donated by Kelly. In attendance at the dedication ceremony were a few special guests including, the Kelly family, ECMC caregivers and some of the physicians and nurses who attended to Jim during his cancer treatment.

The Kelly Tough Room will provide a source of inspiration to patients and their families who receive care at ECMC.



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NFL & NFLPA make concussion protocol enhancements

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2016 – 1:41 pm

The NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement on the handling of the concussion protocol involving Cam Newton in Week 1 and Bills QB Tyrod Taylor in Week 2. Here were their findings on head referee Ed Hochuli’s decision to remove Taylor from Buffalo’s game against the Jets.

The NFL and NFLPA have conducted reviews of the application of the Concussion Protocol in the September 15th Bills-Jets game. That review showed Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor sustain a big hit that included helmet-to-helmet contact.  Mr. Taylor seemed to be unsteady on his feet.  Prior to any actions by the club physician, Booth ATC Spotter and/or UNC, referee Ed Hochuli directed Mr. Taylor to the sideline for the required sideline examination. The club medical team and UNC reviewed the video and conducted the required examination, cleared Mr. Taylor and returned him to the game.

The league and the Players Association review also said that the parties involved acted appropriately in the Cam Newton case as well and that the delay in examining Newton on the sidelines was due to a technology glitch when the UNC and team doctor for the Panthers requested video replay of the hit sustained by Newton and could not review it in a timely fashion. The NFL & NFLPA statement concludes by saying they have implemented enhancements to the concussion protocol which will be the below.


  • Concussion Protocol to require the Booth ATC Spotter to remain in contact with the club medical team and provide video support until the medical team confirms that a concussion evaluation has occurred;
  • The NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee, together with the NFLPA Medical Director will conduct a conference call with all UNCs to review changes to the Concussion Protocol;
  • The NFL, in consultation with the NFLPA, will use Referee Ed Hochuli’s actions in Buffalo as an example of the appropriate application of the Concussion Protocol and proactive officiating in this realm as part of its continuing training of game officials;
  • The NFL and NFLPA are reviewing the merits of supplementing the Booth ATC program with a Booth UNC program as part of their continuing evaluation of the Protocol to ensure the best possible care of our players. 


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Lawson anxious to get career started

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2016 – 11:15 am

He’s had to wait an extra six months to work with teammates and begin his NFL career. Today he’ll hit the practice field with the Bills for the first time since his shoulder surgery. Over the past six months he has been in player meetings so he’s up to date on the scheme. According to the vets on the defensive side of the ball, he’s about as eager as a rookie could be to play again.

“For sure. I just see him when he’s in there getting treatment he’s always asking us questions. He tells me he’s watching the game and how excited he is. So when you hear that and that he’s paying attention and watching us on TV and everything he’s seeing and how exciting the defense looks. When you hear that you know he’s really anxious and that’s cool. He’s young and eager to join us.”

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Final look: Taylor, Douzable with solid play in Wk 6

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2016 – 9:59 am

In the final review of Sunday’s blowout win over the 49ers, while Tyrod Taylor’s passing numbers didn’t pop off the stat sheet they were very efficient. Proof of that comes in ProFootballFocus’ game review of the win.

They pointed out how effective Taylor was in moving out of the pocket and making plays, by buying time and spotting targets downfield.

When blitzed he completed 83 percent of his throws for 133 yards and two touchdowns, which goes to show that Tyrod is comfortable when he’s moving the pocket. Going into today Taylor had the highest time to throw in the league at 3.22 seconds, most of that being contributed to him moving around giving his receivers time to separate. When he attempted passes 10 yards or farther down the field, there was success to be had as he completed five of seven for 103 yards and a TD. 

On defense it was Leger Douzable who was an under the radar performer in the win.

Douzable was especially effective against the run, earning an 83.9 run defense grade to lead the Bills defensive line. Douzable only had two tackles (both of which went for stops) but he dominated the interior of the 49ers offensive line all game long, squeezing gaps shut and clogging up the point of attack. 

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Season Ticket Member of the Game – Tim Gibney

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 19, 2016 – 9:01 am


Tim Gibney, a dedicated, long-time Buffalo Bills fan, has proudly supported the team for over 30 years. As a Season Ticket Member, Tim attends each home game with his brothers, John and Chris. For Tim and his brothers, coming to Bills games is an opportunity to spend quality time with one another–especially during the tailgate.

The Gibney family’s tailgate ritual includes getting to the parking lot early to toss around a football, play a few games, and have a cook out. Over the years, Tim has come to cherish game days at New Era Field. From the comradery in the parking lot, to the exciting atmosphere during each game, Tim can’t get enough of Bills football.

When reflecting on his fondest Bills memories, Tim and the whole Gibney family can agree that “The Comeback Game” is their favorite. Committed to the Bills, Tim always stays until the end of each game and “The Comeback Game” against the Houston Oilers was no different.

Throughout his time as a Season Ticket Member, Tim has enjoyed watching many Bills players take the field. His all-time favorite is linebacker Darryl Talley and his current favorite is quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Congratulations, Tim!

The Buffalo Bills would like to thank Tim for his 30+ years of being a loyal Bills Season Ticket Member and our first Season Ticket Member of the Game for the month of October. In addition to Tim being selected as a Season Ticket Member of the Game, he received three pregame on-field passes to the Bills versus 49ers game on October 16, a club seat upgrade, an autographed football, and select 2016 Bills merchandise.

If you would like to nominate a Season Ticket Member of the Game, email us the account number, name, and the reason for your nomination to Please use the subject line, “STM of the Game Nomination.”

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Bills family supports Eric Wood at Flights & Bites

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 18, 2016 – 4:27 pm


Bills center Eric Wood hosted his second annual Flights and Bites event in downtown Buffalo on Monday, Oct. 17. The event, which followed the team’s big win over the San Francisco 49ers, featured many players who chose to spend their time off supporting their teammate. Coming together for a good cause, the evening consisted of both silent and live auctions to benefit the Eric Wood Foundation, which seeks to provide aid to families of sick children.

“Just a fun…Monday night, (it’s a) chance for a lot of the guys and coaches to come out and interact with a lot of the fans and raise money for sick children and their families here in Western New York,” said Wood. Especially after a win yesterday (Sunday, Oct. 16), the spirits are always high and people are in the giving spirit in times like that.”

The support from the Bills family proved truly tremendous, as over 30 Bills players and coaches attended the event. The turnout included, Bills general manager Doug Whaley, head coach Rex Ryan, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, safety Aaron Williams, guard Richie Incognito, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, linebacker Reggie Ragland, safety Colt Anderson, cornerback Kevon Seymour, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, kicker Dan Carpenter, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and many more.

For more information on the Eric Wood Foundation, visit here.

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Game-worn jerseys now available on Billieve Auction

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 18, 2016 – 4:23 pm

Bills fans, there’s still time to bid on special game-worn and autographed pink merchandise at the Buffalo Bills Foundation Billieve Auction held on Bills Experience!

In addition to autographed items, including cleats, footballs, and signage, game-worn jerseys from the Bills vs. 49ers Week 6 matchup are now up for bid. The jerseys available include, center Eric Wood, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, linebacker Preston Brown, safety Aaron Williams and linebacker Jerry Hughes.


A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Buffalo Bills Foundation and will be designated to breast cancer related charities.

Bids can only be made on Bills Experience, which is available on Bills Mobile/My One Buffalo App. The auction will close on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. ET.

To bid now, click here.

The Buffalo Bills Foundation supports organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life in our region. This will be achieved through philanthropic investment in our community along with supporting NFL and team charitable initiatives.

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Vote for Shady

Posted by Chris Brown on October 18, 2016 – 10:24 am

Bills RB LeSean McCoy is up for FedEx Ground Player of the Week again after his 140-yard, three touchdown day against the 49ers. But he’s got stiff competition this week, including a Dolphins running back who went off last Sunday.

This is McCoy’s third nomination this season. Here’s a look at his competition.


Ground Nominees

  • Jay Ajayi of the Miami Dolphins rushed for 204 yards on 25 carries and two TDs in a 30-15 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills rushed for 140 yards on 19 carries and three TDs in a 45-16 win over the San Francisco 49ers
  • David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals rushed for 111 yards on 22 carries and three TDs in a 28-3 win over the New York Jets.

Every week, following the Monday Night Football game, through Thursday at 3 pm ET, fans can visit 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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Dareus update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2016 – 8:23 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said there was no timetable on when Marcell Dareus would return to the lineup. They just have to let the defensive tackle’s injured hamstring heal.

When asked about the chances for Dareus to suit up this week, Ryan was withholding judgment.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Ryan said. “That hamstring kept him out of this game. It’s crazy. We spent a third of this season already and he hadn’t been out there. It’s also a positive thing in that we have to get the big dude back. Hopefully it’s sooner than later. There’s really no timetable for him that I’ve talked with our trainers about or anything else. It just has to get better.”

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Rex: Shaq might need week or so to be game ready

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2016 – 8:18 pm

Shaq Lawson will practice this week according to head coach Rex Ryan, but playing in his first NFL game this week might be a tall order. Here’s why.

Lawson is still on the Reserve/PUP list and can remain there as the team has a three week window in which to let him practice before they have to decide when they want to add him to the active roster. He could be added to the 53 as early as this week, but playing on Sunday in Miami after just three or four days of NFL practices under his belt seems like a big ask.

Ryan gave indication of that when asked what kind of role can be expected of Lawson this week with the Dolphins on tap.

“I don’t know if we can say for this week, but I think moving forward I think is get in there give some, spell some guys, and then maybe can he play in the sub team,” Ryan said. “Can he do different things? We are going to find out. We know he is a really good talent and I think combined with the players that we have, I think it will be good. I think as far as saying well is he a starter, well no he is not going to start now. I think Lorenzo Alexander has earned that. But we are going to work Shaq in there now.”

This week of practice will likely be designed to get his feet wet, let him physically rep plays and see where he fits best in terms of an initial role. Then as he gets on the field on game days and gains more experience and a feel for playing with his new teammates they can find ways to expand his role as long as he’s making progress.

Lawson missed all of the team’s OTA practices, minicamp, training camp and the preseason. He had one rookie minicamp practice out of pads before he underwent shoulder surgery. So it’s fair to think that it will take a week or so to get him back up to game speed and in some form of game shape. If I were to guess, I’d say seeing him make his debut in Week 8 is probably more likely than this Sunday in Miami.

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Taylor tops all QBs in rush yards

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2016 – 2:12 pm

Most who have watched Buffalo’s games over the past year know they have a quarterback who can pick up yards on the ground. Through the first six weeks of the season, Taylor leads all NFL QBs in rushing yards.

Taylor has 236 yards on the ground on just 34 carries to average 6.9 yards per rush. He has a long of 49 yards and a rushing touchdown to his credit as well.

When it comes to rushes per game however, Taylor is third (5.7). The recently benched Blaine Gabbert (7.8) and Cam Newton (6.2) are the only QBs who run more often than Taylor.

The next closest quarterback in terms of rushing yards is Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota with 196.


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Bills staying focused

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 10:45 pm

Not a lot of revelry in the Bills locker room following what is now a four-game winning streak. It’s all business, which is why they quickly shifted their focus to the Miami Dolphins.

“We’re just taking it week to week,” said Jerome Felton. “We’re not worried about how far we can go. We have a tough division game next week in Miami, who got a big win against Pittsburgh. It’s a tough league. So we’ll have a great week of practice, prepare well and go out and try to get a win.”


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Injury update: Clay & Seymour

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 10:16 pm

While the Bills dodged a major bullet with LeSean McCoy narrowly escaping a major knee injury late in the first half, another offensive playmaker did not finish the game.

TE Charles Clay left the game with an ankle injury in the second half. CB Kevon Seymour also left the game late in the second half. Head coach Rex Ryan provided an update.

“Yeah, he’s got an ankle, so we’ll see how that goes during the week but he did not finish the game with an ankle,” said Ryan of Clay. “And then (Kevon) Seymour did not finish the game with a shoulder injury.”

Robert Woods left the game briefly at the end of the first half, and though he returned and finished the game, contributing a touchdown catch in the effort, he was hobbling the rest of the contest.

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Stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 8:56 pm

Here’s a look at some of the figures from Buffalo’s big win over San Francisco that stood out Sunday.

312 – yards rushing for Buffalo
45 – most points scored by the Bills in a game since 2010.
7.1 – yards per carry average for the Bills
100% – Buffalo’s red zone touchdown percentage on offense where they went 4-for-4
0% – San Francisco’s red zone touchdown percentage on offense (0 for 2)
100% – Percentage of Justin Hunter receptions for the Bills that have gone for touchdowns
8 – sacks for Lorenzo Alexander, who now has at least a half sack in each game this season
35:11 – Bills time of possession Sunday
62% – Buffalo’s third down conversion percentage on offense
23% – 49ers third down conversion percentage on offense
23 seconds – game clock time elapsed between McCoy’s 18-yd TD run & Woods 5-yd TD catch
14 – number of years since Bills last had four rushing touchdowns in a game (ok almost 14 yrs. – 11/28/04)

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Dareus inactive

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 12:02 pm

Here’s a look at the Bills inactives for today’s game against the 49ers, which includes Marcell Dareus. 

DT Marcell Dareus
OT Cyrus Kouandjio

QB Cardale Jones

OT Seantrel Henderson

OL Gabe Ikard

OL Patrick Lewis

TE Gerald Christian

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49ers inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 12:01 pm

Here are the 49ers inactives for today’s game against the Bills. 

QB Christian Ponder

DB Jimmie Ward

S Jaquiski Tartt

DT Tony Jerod-Eddie

OL John Theus

TE Blake Bell

DT Taylor Hart

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Offense looking for more 2nd half production

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 11:00 am

Buffalo has gotten off to fast starts on their current three game winning streak, and the team has shown an ability to play strong enough defense to capitalize on those strong starts when they get up on the scoreboard first with an early lead. The problem is the last three weeks the offense has struggled to produce in the same fashion in the second half.

Here’s a look at the offensive production in terms of total net yards from first half to second half in Weeks 3, 4 and 5.

Game 1st half yards 2nd half yards
vs. Ariz. 251 127
at N.E. 238 67
at L.A. 210 86
Totals 699 280

Over the last three games almost 72 percent of their total net yards on offense have come in the first half. So what’s happening in the second half that’s rendering Buffalo’s attack so inefficient?

“You know, that’s a good question,” offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said. “I think sometimes (the opponent) makes adjustments, and they catch up a little bit to what you’re doing. Maybe I can change my tempo and make some adjustments myself to do a better job, but we definitely stalled out in the third quarter the last couple of weeks. But we feel like four drops (last week) didn’t help, and execution could be a little bit better. But I feel like I can put us in a better position to make plays too.”

Third down conversions are one area where the execution has been lacking. In the last three games, Buffalo was converting at a rate of 50 percent in the first half (10-for-20). In the second half it has dropped to 25 percent (5-for-20).

When I asked coach Lynn if those numbers motivate him to stay a step ahead with counter moves to his opposing defensive coordinator, Buffalo’s OC answered in the affirmative.

“Well, that’s my job so absolutely,” he said. “I try to stay ahead of the play-caller on the other side of the field and sometimes–he’s a pro too–sometimes he’s ahead of me, and that’s what I’m figuring out.”

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Rex: We’re not good enough to look past 49ers

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 10:25 am

The San Francisco 49ers have struggled out of the gate this season. Their 1-4 record is largely due to a lack of playmaking in games by their most talented players. It reached the point where head coach Chip Kelly had to make a change at quarterback, inserting Colin Kaepernick this week. But Bills head coach Rex Ryan said his team is not looking past the next opponent on the schedule at any point this season because they’re not good enough themselves to do that.

“This is a dangerous team, no question about it,” said Ryan of the 49ers. “And let me tell you, I get it we’ve won three games in a row, but we haven’t won four games in a row. We need to focus on this opponent, and believe me we will. If we lose, it’s not going to have anything to do with the fact that we overlooked somebody, that’s not happening here.

“We know, number one we’re not that good. We aren’t good enough to overlook anybody–let alone the 49ers. This is a good football team. They do a lot of stuff on offense man, they challenge you and it’s hard to simulate that kind of tempo that you get and then they are very multiple in the way they attack you. And then on defense, (SF defensive coordinator) Jim O’Neil is dialing them up and doing a lot of different things so the preparation has to be great. The attention to detail has to be great just to give us an opportunity to be successful.”

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Why McCoy should be able to do what he does

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 10:23 am

In the last three wins the Bills have averaged a little over 178 yards per game rushing. They’ll no doubt aim to do that again today against San Francisco, a team that ranks 31st in run defense and surrenders more than 145 yards on the ground per game. LeSean McCoy should have a day if recent history for the 49ers is any indication.

Below is a list of the last four running backs that have faced San Francisco and their individual rushing totals as we pointed out in our Scouting Report this week.

Wk 2: Fozzy Whittaker 100 yards

Wk 3: Christine Michael 106 yds 2 TDs

Wk 4: Ezekiel Elliott 138 yds TD

Wk 5: David Johnson 157 yds, 2 TDs

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