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McKelvin practicing 

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2015 – 11:26 am

The Bills are a pretty healthy bunch heading into their Monday night matchup with New England as one of their veteran DBs returned to practice Saturday. 

Leodis McKelvin, who missed practice on Thursday and Friday due to illness is back practicing today. 

Head coach Rex Ryan said he expected McKelvin to play Monday. 

We’ll have the full injury report later today for Monday’s game. 

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Pats LB Collins misses practice, 4 OL limited

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2015 – 3:31 pm

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The shoe is on the other foot here in the second half of the season. After the Bills experienced life without their top two running backs, their starting QB and their top two wide receivers, it’s the Patriots that have a laundry list of injuries.

New England LB Jamie Collins, one of the biggest playmakers on their defense, did not practice for a second straight day. He’s missed the last two games. Their top pass rusher, Chandler Jones, who leads the league in sacks was also limited for a second day with an abdominal injury.

Meanwhile four of their offensive linemen including their two starting offensive tackles were limited again Friday in practice. Both tackles missed last week’s game against the Giants.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday Participation Friday
Coleman, Justin CB Hand DNP DNP
Collins, Jamie LB Illness DNP DNP
Edelman, Julian WR Foot DNP DNP
Branch, Alan DL Elbow LP LP
Cannon, Marcus OL Toe LP LP
Jackson, Tre’ OL Knee LP LP
Jones, Chandler DE Abdomen LP LP
Martin, Keshawn WR Hamstring LP LP
Mason, Shaq OL Knee LP LP
Sheard, Jabaal DE Ankle LP LP
Vollmer, Sebastian OL Concussion LP LP

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Rex expects McKelvin & Karlos to play Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2015 – 2:58 pm

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Bills DB Leodis McKelvin missed a second straight day of practice due to illness and Karlos Williams also fell victim to illness at practice on Friday and was limited. But head coach Rex Ryan doesn’t see it affecting either players’ chance of playing against New England Monday night in Foxborough.

“I expect him to play,” said Ryan of McKelvin. “Same thing with Karlos.”

With the game on Monday night both McKelvin and Karlos Williams have the benefit of an extra day to prepare for the game. Here’s the updated injury report for Friday. Player status for the game will be posted Saturday with the game being on Monday night.
CB Leodis McKelvin – illness
DT Kyle Williams – knee

OL Richie Incognito – shoulder
RB Karlos Williams – illness

OT Cyrus Kouandjio – knee

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Watkins named NFLPA Community MVP

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2015 – 2:11 pm

Bills WR Sammy Watkins was honored for his efforts in the community off the field by the NFLPA Friday. The Players Association named the receiver their Week 11 Community MVP.

The wide receiver hosted more than 50 students from local Boys and Girls Clubs and the Cheektowaga Little Loop, and all were treated to rounds of bowling, pizza, photos and autographs. The Cheektowaga program is the area’s longest running and lowest cost youth football and cheerleading organization.

“My favorite part of the event was definitely just to the see the smile on the kids’ faces,” Watkins said. “It’s so rewarding to see the way that the kids react and how something as simple as bowling has such an impact.”

Founded in 2012 by Joe Allen, Strikes For Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to benefit youth enhancement programs like Make-A-Wish, The Boys & Girls Club, The United Way and Children’s Hospitals across the country.

“I’m a regular,” Watkins said. “I own three bowling balls myself! During the offseason I can sometimes bowl 20-30 hours a week. It’s a great way to hang out with the guys, and it’s actually a fun sport when you get good at it.”

Joining Watkins were Buffalo teammates Alex Carrington, Johnathan Meeks, Bacarri Rambo and Tony Steward. Despite bowling a 180 at the Strikes for Kids event, Watkins admitted with a laugh that Stewart and Rambo were the leading scorers for the day.

The event, in its first year, drew a crowd of 200 guests. The proceeds will go towards the Sammy Watkins Strikes for Scholarships Fund, which will grant two scholarships annually to youth in the Buffalo area.



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Fan Friday 11-20

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2015 – 12:49 pm

The Bills are trying to pull off an impressive trifecta in their gauntlet run through the division, and the hardest hurdle to clear is next with the Patriots in Foxboro Monday night. They’re 2-0 so far. We’ll see what Monday night holds. Here are your latest edition of questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

any chance they let robert woods do something besides block this week?


CB: I know Woods hasn’t had a whole lot of opportunities to make plays in the passing game lately. Part of the reason is the reduction in pass attempts the last few weeks. Tyrod Taylor has averaged just over 18 pass attempts a game in his last three appearances. It’s not like they haven’t made an effort to get Woods the ball. His eight targets in the last two games are second only to Sammy Watkins. Charles Clay and LeSean McCoy are the only other players who have been passing targets the last two games.

So while Woods hasn’t been able to make a giant impact in the passing game, when the Bills do go to the air he is a part of the plan. The passing game has just taken a back seat to the run game of late.


2 – @ChrisBrownBills

biggest matchup advantage the Bills have this week?


CB: I really like Charles Clay in this game. Patrick Chung is a box safety and Devin McCourty is average at best in coverage. I believe Clay could have a day against the Patriots in the passing game and serve as a valuable underneath and seam target for Tyrod Taylor.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills

the last few games, Bills have put a healthy DT on the inactive list, do you expect that to change against Blount?


CB: I don’t know that LeGarrette Blount’s presence on the opponent’s roster necessarily demands that another defensive tackle be active Monday night. The Jets’ Chris Ivory runs every bit as tough as Blount, and in my opinion runs with more power and Buffalo had a DT inactive last Thursday night.

The inactive list is put together with a lot of factors in mind. Injuries, game plan, matchups, etc. So I understand why you might expect with a big back that more DTs would be active, but knowing that Carrington and Mario can play end or tackle you have enough versatility in your defensive linemen that all of them do not need to be active on game day provided everyone is healthy.


4 – Chris;
I would be interested on your thoughts for handling Gronk ?
My thoughts are assigning someone to shadow him every play, a player who is big enough and tough enough to match him physically . My thoughts, Hughes or Lawson on D, maybe Gregg or Gray who know TE plays ??
We need to think outside the box on him.

Jim in Florida

I had a new idea about how to handle Gronk that came to me this week. Unfortunately with Leodis McKelvin’s status up in the air I’m not sure it will work. In any case, with Julian Edelman out of the lineup Buffalo can afford to deploy their defensive backs differently.

Let’s assume for now that Leodis McKelvin is available to play. If that’s the case I would put McKelvin outside opposite Ronald Darby, leave Nickell Robey in the slot and put Stephon Gilmore on Rob Gronkowski.

He’s the most physical defensive back on the team. He can clearly run with Gronk and has the physical skill set and size to defend passes against him. Without game-breaking threats elsewhere you can afford to put your top corner on Gronk in my opinion. You’ve got nothing to lose as I see it.


5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Will EJ be the backup QB on Monday or not dress? #Bills


CB: Rex Ryan said that EJ Manuel is his backup for the rest of the season and that last Thursday night was a special circumstance in making Josh Johnson the backup QB and making Manuel one of the team’s seven inactive players.

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Tyrod glad he has 2nd crack at Patriots

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2015 – 9:04 am

Tyrod Taylor was anything but happy with his performance against New England back in Week 2. Though he threw three touchdown passes to help Buffalo climb back into the game, he also threw three interceptions and was sacked eight times. That’s why he’s aiming to redeem himself with a productive and consistent performance Monday night in Foxborough.

“Every time you go out there and perform I definitely take it personally,” said Taylor. “Whether it’s a good performance or a bad performance.  Every time you get a chance to go out there and prove yourself, those bad performances are in your head. You definitely want to go out there and show people what you can do and who you are. I look forward to that every time I step on the football field.”

Taylor stressed that he won’t be trying to do anything that’s outside the scope of the game plan unless he’s forced to improvise.

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Cordy Glenn shrugs off contract questions

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2015 – 5:23 pm

He’s in a contract year. Bills starting left tackle Cordy Glenn is playing out the final year of his rookie contract here in 2015. Naturally he’ll be looking for a big money second contract this offseason. When asked about it by the media on Thursday however, Glenn said it’s not the time to be talking about personal priorities.

Right now, I’m just trying to get better and whatever happens at the end of the season, happens,” said Glenn. “Of course I would love to be here. Right now, I’m just focusing game by game, week by week, and everything will take care of itself after the season. The most important thing is doing my job so that’s what I’m focusing on.”

Glenn was Buffalo’s second-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft. He’s made 54 career starts for the Bills. The left tackle has started 50 consecutive games heading into Monday night.


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Section V Coach of Week 11

Posted by on November 19, 2015 – 4:19 pm

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The Section V Coach of the Week for week 11 of the 2015 high school football season is Chris Battaglia head coach of the Aquinas Institute Little Irish Football Team.  The Little Irish defeated the Section VI Orchard Park Quakers by a score of 42-7 to maintain a perfect record of 11-0 and advance to the Class AA State Semifinals.  Aquinas will face Section III champion Liverpool this Saturday in Syracuse.

Against Orchard Park, Aquinas quarterback Jake Zembiec led the Little Irish offense, passing for 230 yards and four touchdowns.  Wide receivers Jamir Jones and Earnest Edwards were strong contributors to the win catching six passes for 78 yards and a touchdown and three passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns respectively.

Jones also provided a solid performance for the Aquinas defense accounting for 8 tackles and an interception.

Congratulations to Coach Battaglia and the Aquinas Institute Little Irish from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!

Check back on on December 28th for a video feature announcing the Section VI and Section V Coach of the Year winners.

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Pats LB Collins still not practicing

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2015 – 4:05 pm

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He’s missed each of the last two games for New England. Athletic LB Jamie Collins has been out with an illness and on Thursday he was unable to practice again. He and WR Julian Edelman were the only non-participants for New England.

The Patriots three injured offensive linemen all participated on a limited basis Thursday. Marcus Cannon, Tre’ Jackson and Sebastian Vollmer all missed last week’s game against the Giants.

The NFL’s sack leader, Chandler Jones, was also limited with an abdominal injury.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Coleman, Justin CB Hand DNP
Collins, Jamie LB Illness DNP
Edelman, Julian WR Foot DNP
Branch, Alan DL Elbow Limited Participation
Cannon, Marcus OL Toe Limited Participation
Jackson, Tre’ OL Knee Limited Participation
Jones, Chandler DE Abdomen Limited Participation
Martin, Keshawn WR Hamstring Limited Participation
Mason, Shaq OL Knee Limited Participation
Sheard, Jabaal DE Ankle Limited Participation
Vollmer, Sebastian OL Concussion Limited Participation

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Illness sidelines McKelvin

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2015 – 2:34 pm

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Bills DB Leodis McKelvin did not practice on Thursday. It was the first practice session he’s missed since coming off the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.

McKelvin was absent due to illness on Thursday. No word on whether he’ll be back on the practice field Friday. DT Kyle Williams (knee) was the only other non-participant.

OT Cyrus Kouandjio (knee) was a limited participant with a knee injury.

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Bills issue statement on passing of Flutie’s parents

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2015 – 10:26 pm

In the wake of the unfortunate news that both of former Bills quarterback Doug Flutie’s parents passed away on the same day Wednesday, the organization issued the following statement. 

Everyone within the Buffalo Bills organization was deeply saddened today to hear the news of the passing of Doug Flutie’s parents. Doug remains one of the most beloved figures in our franchise’s history and our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Doug and his entire family during this most difficult time.

Flutie played three seasons for the Bills from 1998-2000 helping the team to a pair of playoff berths in ’98 & ’99. He also went to his only Pro Bowl in 1998. 

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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2015 – 4:45 pm

Here’s where you can find Bills players on the radio airwaves Thursday.

7:30 am – Charles Clay on WGR 550 – Buffalo


2:00 pm – Stephon Gilmore on FAN 590 – Toronto

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Brady on replacing Edelman

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2015 – 1:50 pm

With the Patriots losing WR Julian Edelman indefinitely to a broken foot, most expect Danny Amendola to fill Edelman’s role in the slot this week against the Bills. New England QB Tom Brady however, believes that even though Amendola is in his third season with the Patriots he won’t be able to duplicate everything that Edelman does right away.

“I think when you’ve had that quality of player go down, you definitely have to adjust,” said Brady. “So I would say it’s football season, and a lot of teams go through similar things, [losing] certain players that are really critical. You just have to figure out a way to kind of keep producing and scoring points.

“It may be different than the way that it’s been. You wish you could just plug someone else in, but that’s, you know, it’s impossible to plug in those … Julian Edelmans just aren’t sitting out on the street or else they’d be playing for another team, but the guys who are going to be in there, we’ll have confidence in the things that they can do well. And I think the expectations are still the same. We expect to go out there and score points every time we touch the ball, and it may take a little different shape. You just have to rely on some different things that are a part of your offense and just do the best you can do.”

Buffalo’s defense doesn’t expect much to change with the Patriots attack despite the fact that New England has lost their feature back and top receiver in the last two games.

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Oliver’s Restaurant – Chicken Milanese Recipe

Posted by Alexandra Vitale on November 18, 2015 – 10:00 am

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¾ canola oil

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup white balsamic vinegar

1 shallot bernoise

¼ basil & parsley chiffonade

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Place vinegar in mixing bowl & vigorously whisk in oil to emulsify. Add shallot, herbs & salt.


1 cup all purpose breadcrumbs

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Zest of 2 lemons

¼ cup chiffonade basil & parsley

1 teaspoon kosher salt

¼ cup grated romano cheese

Gently combine all ingredients



1 cup halved grape tomatoes

1 teaspoon minced garlic

Lightly coat tomatoes in white balsamic vinaigrette and add fresh minced garlic. Let marinate for 30 minutes.



Place 2 cups balsamic vinegar in medium sauce pot and reduce by two thirds. Let stand to room temperature.



Peel 1 english cucumber, cut lengthwise into quarters & seed. Slice on the bias to make spears. Thinly shave red onion on mandolin or sharp knife.



Butterfly chicken breast & light pound with mallot until even thickness is achieved throughout. Season with salt and pepper. Dredge in all purpose flour,

dip in eggwash & Coat in breadcrumbs. Place medium saute pan over high heat, once hot add three tablespoons of a canola/olive oil

blend & one tablespoon butter. Fry the chicken until golden brown on both sides and season with salt, chiffonade basil & parsley, juice of one lemon

& grated romano cheese. Remove from pan, slice into thirds and place on plate. In a separate bowl mix baby arugula cucumbers, onion, tomato,

basil dressed with white balsamic vinaigrette. Place chicken breast on plate, and top with dressed salad. Drizzle with aged balsamic.

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Watkins: No margin for error with Patriots

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2015 – 8:38 am

The Bills learned the hard way back in Week 2 that if you commit unforced errors when playing the Patriots they will inevitably make you pay for it. That lesson is serving them well this week in their preparation for the rematch with New England on Monday night. Sammy Watkins and company know all too well that they have to have a virtually air tight performance if they want to have a legitimate chance to win the game.

“Going against the New England Patriots you got to really watch a lot of film on those guys,” Watkins said. “Those guys are so good at what they do, you got to really know what you are doing. Nobody can mess up, everybody on the field, got to be on the right page, all 11 guys got to be prepared. You got to eliminate all the mistakes, and go out there and play fast and play hard because they are going to do the same thing.”


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Pats sign WR Harper

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2015 – 6:47 pm

The Patriots added a receiver to their 53-man roster Tuesday in the wake of the injury to Julian Edelman. 

The Patriots signed rookie WR Chris Harper from the practice squad. Harper, 21, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Cal and he made the 53-man roster out of training camp. 

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder, played in the season opener vs. Pittsburgh as a reserve wide receiver, but did not record any statistics. He was released by the Patriots on Sept. 15, and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 17.

To make room for Harper on the roster the Patriots released OL Chris Barker.

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Dareus to be back at practice Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2015 – 2:58 pm

On Tuesday Marcell Dareus was one of two players absent for practice. Head coach Rex Ryan provided an update on the whereabouts of the Pro Bowl defensive tackle.

“Yeah he’ll be back, but he had a personal thing he had to deal with,” said Ryan of Dareus. “He’ll be back when we practice on Thursday. He’ll be back for meetings and all that stuff. The players day off is actually (Wednesday).”

With the game on Monday night, Ryan has pushed the team’s schedule back a day this week.

The other absent player was WR Denarius Moore, who missed a flight back to Buffalo. Ryan said he would be fined for his absence.

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Rex doesn’t dismiss hiring brother Rob Ryan

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2015 – 2:55 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan learned late Monday that his brother had been fired as defensive coordinator of the Saints. Ryan was asked about his brother Rob Ryan and his current situation.

“He’s a great coach and he’ll be fine. It’s the business. It’s the business that we chose. It’s going to happen,” said Ryan. “It happens to every coach. It happened to (Bill) Belichick and he’s the greatest coach of all time. It happened to him. It happens to everybody. Tough day, yeah I think I would’ve liked to have seen him finish out the season. I know that’s what he would liked to have done. But things are done for a reason and so be it.”

When asked if he would consider bringing him on to his staff, Ryan didn’t dismiss it.

“I’ll never say never, that’s for sure. I think we purposely set a path going to different teams. He’s his own man, I’m my own man and we’ve purposely set that path,” Ryan said. “With that being said I’m not going to lie to you. I think it’d be pretty fun and if it could help, obviously you would consider it and he’d have to consider it as well. We’ve got great coaches already here, but we’ll see.”

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Vote for LeSean

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2015 – 10:37 am

Bills RB LeSean McCoy had his second 100-yard rushing day of the season last Thursday night against the league’s number one ranked run defense in Buffalo’s 22-17 win over the Jets. His efforts led to a nomination for NFL FedEx Ground Player of the Week for Week 10.

McCoy had 112 rushing yards in the win and accounted for seven of the team’s 10-longest plays from scrimmage. He also was responsible for producing seven of the team’s 13 first downs in the game. Perhaps his best run was his four-yard gain on a critical 3rd-and-2 play when he cut his run back across the flow of the defense and left seven Jets defenders in his wake.

To vote for McCoy just go to the FedEx Air & Ground page and vote for Shady as much as you want. The winner will be announced Friday afternoon.

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Bills cover units getting recognized

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2015 – 10:25 am

Being the only game on TV Thursday night got the Bills cover units on special teams some national recognition. Peter King’s Monday Morning QB column recognized a couple of Buffalo cover men on both kick and punt coverage in Buffalo’s win over the Jets last week.

Here’s what King wrote in his ‘10 Things I Think.

j. Chris Hogan of the Bills, with a great piece of kickoff coverage against the Jets.

k. Ron Brooks of the Bills, with a great piece of punt coverage against the Jets.

In the win over the Jets, the Bills held New York punt returner Jeremy Kerley to just 14 total yards on four punt returns to average just 3.5 yards per return. Buffalo was equally effective in kick coverage where they allowed New York to less than 16 yards a return (15.7).

The Bills currently lead the league in kickoff coverage.

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