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Kaepernick not worried about Bills fans

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2016 – 9:50 am

Colin Kaepernick has successfully used his platform as an NFL player to stimulate conversation about what he terms racial injustice and oppression of people of color in the United States, “particularly black people,” as he put it in a conference call with Western New York media. Now as a starter he’ll be much more visible on the field and there have been rumblings that some Bills fans will be singing the national anthem as a means of distracting and disrupting the 49ers offense. Kaepernick indicated that’s the least of his concerns on Sunday.

“That’s not really what my concern is,” he said. “When I step on the field, I step on the field to try to help my team win games. And that’s all I’ll be worried about on Sunday.”

When asked if he’s encouraged that his status now as a starting quarterback will raise the awareness of his cause even further, Kaepernick stated that it was never his end game for that to occur, but he won’t be disappointed if it does.

“Regardless of my play this movement is going to be legitimate,” he said. “People’s lives are always going to be legitimate. They’re always going to be worthwhile and they’re always going to be worth fighting for. Now if me winning some games and playing well amplifies how much people want to listen to what I’m saying and what I’m fighting for, great. But regardless of what happens on the field, there is nothing that can de-legitimize what this movement is about.”


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Monday QB club at New Era Cap Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 15, 2016 – 10:34 am

Join Aaron Williams and Donald Jones at New Era Cap at 160 Delaware Avenue on Monday as part of the Monday Quarterback Club luncheon series.

Ryan DiNunzio from New Era is the featured speaker at the event. For more information and to register go to the Monday Quarterback Club site.

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LB Brooks questionable for 49ers

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2016 – 1:54 pm

The San Francisco 49ers have already lost LB NaVorro Bowman for the season to an Achilles injury. Their other talented linebacker Ahmad Brooks is a question mark this week.

Brooks is dealing with a groin injury and practiced only on a limited basis all week. There’s a good chance he plays. How long he goes is question.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday Participation Thursday Participation Friday Game Status
Jimmie Ward CB Quad DNP DNP DNP Out
Ahmad Brooks LB Groin LP LP LP Questionable
DeForest Buckner DT Foot LP LP LP Questionable
Glenn Dorsey DT Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Jaquiski Tartt S Quad LP LP LP Questionable

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Kouandjio, Henderson close to return

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2016 – 12:45 pm

For the first time since Week 3, Cyrus Kouandjio was participating on the practice field. He was only limited in practice Friday, but was encouraged by how his recovering ankle held up.

“It felt good,” Kouandjio told “I’m encouraged.”

Kouandjio suffered a high ankle sprain in the win over the Cardinals and had not been on the practice field until Friday. Kouandjio is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, but all that time off the field has head coach Rex Ryan thinking he needs a full week of practice heading into a game.

“In a pinch we could probably go with him, but I’m not so sure he’ll be active this game,” said Ryan. “Probably not, but he seems to think that he can go.”

Meanwhile fellow offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson got an entire week of work in after coming off the Reserve/Suspended list. Whether he’s ready to serve as a swing tackle appears to be undecided at this point.

“He seems to be doing pretty well for us,” said Ryan. “I’m excited about him just getting out there and really getting a full week of work in there. We’ll see what that means moving forward.”

DT Marcell Dareus – hamstring

OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
CB Corey White – shoulder
DT Corbin Bryant – ankle
P Colton Schmidt – quad
OL Patrick Lewis – knee
LB Zach Brown – ankle
S Aaron Williams – ankle
TE Charles Clay – knee
OT Cyrus Kouandjio – ankle

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Fan Friday 10-14

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2016 – 11:15 am

Week 6 and the Bills are going for four in a row. Let’s get to your questions from email at and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills was Reggie Ragland outperforming Zach Brown at camp, or was he slated to start due to the resources invested in him?


CB: Reggie Ragland was one of the most instinctive run defending rookies I’ve seen at the linebacker position in a while. Ragland has a much more physical game than Zach Brown and I think that’s what was most appealing to the defensive staff. I believe even if Ragland was healthy that Brown would’ve seen time on obvious passing downs due to his coverage ability.

Ragland out of the gate was probably one of the two best run defending linebackers on the roster with Preston Brown. That’s why he was in the starting lineup.


2 –@ChrisBrownBills Sir when you can, please let us fans know when Shaq going to play & Listenbee?


CB: I fully anticipate that Shaq Lawson will begin practicing with the team next week, but to think he’s going to play at Miami next Sunday after three or four days of practice I believe is a bit unrealistic, even though head coach Rex Ryan talked about Lawson playing right away in Week 7.

We have to remember that Lawson did not participate in a single team practice. His shoulder required surgery after a rookie minicamp practice. He’s never been on the field with any of the other players on defense. He’s never physically repped this defensive scheme with teammates, let alone at game speed.

I would expect him to at least get a couple of weeks of practice in before they begin to blend him into the defensive rotation. My guess would be the New England game provided he comes along and executes consistently in practice.

As for Listenbee, Ryan expressed doubt that he would be practicing any time soon. Here was his comment on Wednesday this week about Listenbee’s availability to practice.

“I don’t have the confidence with that as I do with Shaq,” Ryan said.

Listenbee has had some setbacks in his recovery from double sports hernia surgery. Every case is different and it appears that Listenbee’s recovery is going to take a little longer. If his inability to practice stretches beyond Week 10 then he won’t see the field at all this season.


3 – @ChrisBrownBills will the Bills open up the passing game more this week? Don’t remember too many deep throws past couple weeks


CB: The only deep shots I remember was the overthrow to Woods when he had his man beat down the left sideline in the second half last week and there was another to Goodwin that didn’t connect. I’d like to think there will be a couple more just to loosen up the defense. The 49ers though are really struggling to stop the run, so their weakness on defense kind of plays into Buffalo’s hands, so don’t expect the ball to be flying all that much.


4 – @ChrisBrownBills what’s up with Aaron Williams? Didn’t he leave last week’s game with a shoulder injury?

J Christensen-Sharpe@Snowbird_Killer

CB: Last week Aaron Williams left the game with what was reported by the team as a shoulder injury and he was questionable to return. But on the next defensive series Williams was back at his safety position and finished the game.

This week he has an ankle injury and has been limited in practice, but is expected to start.

5 – @ChrisBrownBills do you see an increased role for Bush anytime soon or are his days in Buffalo possibly numbered?

Nathan Bonner@NateB422

CB: They have certain packages in the offense designed with Reggie Bush in mind, but for whatever reason they’ve chosen not to make use of those to this point. I wouldn’t go so far as to say his days are numbered. I think he’s good insurance behind LeSean McCoy because he’s the only back on the roster that can do some of what McCoy can do.

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Pro Bowl voting now open for fans

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2016 – 3:15 pm

The polls are open for Pro Bowl voting. Starting today, fans may vote to select players for the 2017 Pro Bowl to be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida and televised live on ESPN.

Voting is available online and on web-enabled mobile phones by going to and will be open through Tuesday, December 13.

The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 16.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 20 live on NFL Network.

The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

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Rex less optimistic about Dareus Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 13, 2016 – 2:39 pm

He’s not ruling him out, but it’s looking more and more like Marcell Dareus will not make his season debut in Week 6 against the 49ers.

With Dareus missing a second straight day of practice with a hamstring injury, head coach Rex Ryan

“I would say probably (less optimistic) because he hasn’t practiced the last two days,” said Ryan. “We’re still not going to rule him out, but yeah I wish he could’ve practiced.”

Here’s a look at Buffalo’s injury update from Thursday.

OT Cyrus Kouandjio – ankle
DT Marcell Dareus – hamstring
LB Jerry Hughes – rest day

OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
CB Corey White – shoulder
DT Corbin Bryant – ankle
P Colton Schmidt – right quad
OL Patrick Lewis – knee
LB Zach Brown – ankle
S Aaron Williams – ankle
TE Charles Clay – knee

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Bills & ADPRO Sports High School Coach of the Week

Posted by Kelly Baker on October 12, 2016 – 8:03 pm


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.


The Buffalo Region Coach of the Week for Week 6 is Glenn Graham, head coach of the Cleveland Hill Golden Eagles. On Saturday, October 8, the Golden Eagles took on the Medina/Webber Mustangs at home. Coming into the contest, Cleveland Hill of Class C was ranked 10th in New York State and Medina/Webber of Class B was ranked 14th in the state. The matchup proved to be a low scoring defensive battle with Cleveland Hill coming out on top with a final score of 8-6. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles on defense were senior defensive lineman Nathan Pawlowski and junior defensive end Manny Al-Hemyari, who were each credited with two sacks on the game. On offense, senior quarterback Tyler Phillips put up 63 yards rushing and a touchdown. Cleveland Hill’s next game is set for Saturday, October 15 at Kennedy High School.


The Rochester Region Coach of the Week for Week 6 is Joe Marchand, head coach of CG Finney high school Falcons. On Saturday, October 8 the Falcons took on the Pembroke Dragons on the road. Coming into the contest, the Falcons were undefeated at 5-0. After a complete team effort, the Falcons defeated the Dragons 35-13 to propel CG Finney to 6-0 on the season. On offense, running back Cameron Odom put up 155 yards rushing for two touchdowns to put the Falcons in position to win the game. On defense, Maalik Thomas contributed with nine tackles. The Falcons will take on Alexander on the road on Friday, October 14 for the team’s next matchup.

Check back on 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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Kerley, Brooks on 49ers injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 5:21 pm

The 49ers suffered a terrible loss from their starting defense recently when LB NaVorro Bowman was lost to a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 4. This week their active players are pretty healthy for the most part.

Leading WR Jeremy Kerley and starting LB Ahmad Brooks were the most notable on San Francisco’s injury list. Both were limited Wednesday.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Jimmie Ward CB Quad DNP
Zane Beadles G Ankle LP
Ahmad Brooks LB Groin LP
DeForest Buckner DT Foot LP
Quinton Dial DT Knee LP
Glenn Dorsey DT Knee LP
Jeremy Kerley WR Ankle LP
Vance McDonald TE Hip LP
Jaquiski Tartt S Quad LP
Arik Armstead DT Shoulder FP
Cornellius Carradine LB Toe FP

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Dareus trying to work up to running

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 5:09 pm

Marcell Dareus suffered a hamstring pull late last week in practice. Knowing it hasn’t been a week yet since sustaining the injury, it’s clear the Bills athletic trainers are taking a slow and steady approach with the defensive tackle’s recovery.

When asked if he was willing to put odds on his chances to play Sunday, Dareus chose not to.

“I don’t know. I’m working with the trainers,” he said. “We’re trying to put it together and try to work my way up to running.”

Dareus confirmed that he pulled his hamstring when he went all out to catch EJ Manuel on a scramble out of the pocket.

“I had a little pull,” he said. “It just kind of keeps you from going all the way and opening up.”

And that’s what makes hamstring injuries troublesome. You feel fine walking, jogging and you can even steadily build up to running. It’s when you try to make that sudden burst to accelerate that you pull it again.

“They’re a little tricky,” said Dareus. “If you get out there a little too soon it can re-occur. So you want to make sure it’s treated properly and that it’s ready to go before they let you go.”

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Gillislee, Goodwin, Spikes all ill

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 5:03 pm

The injury list was a bit longer this week thanks mainly to illness on Wednesday, but there was another key player with a new injury.

Mike Gillislee and Brandon Spikes did not practice due to illness. Marquise Goodwin fell ill during practice and was limited.

Zach Brown is a new addition with a foot injury this week, but head coach Rex Ryan said he expects to have the team’s leading tackler on Sunday.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Cyrus Kouandjio T Ankle DNP
Marcell Dareus DT Hamstring DNP
Charles Clay TE Knee DNP
Cordy Glenn T Ankle DNP
Brandon Spikes LB Illness DNP
Mike Gillislee RB Illness DNP
Zach Brown LB Foot DNP
Lorenzo Alexander LB Not injury related (rest) DNP
Corey White CB Shoulder DNP
Corbin Bryant DT Ankle LP
Colton Schmidt P Right quad LP
Patrick Lewis C Knee LP
Aaron Williams S Foot LP
Marquise Goodwin WR Illness LP

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Steelers sign Karlos Williams to their prac. squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 10:02 am

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed RB Karlos Williams to their practice squad.

There were reports last week that the former Bills fifth-round pick was going to be re-signed by Buffalo. The Steelers likely see a benefit in having Williams’ older brother, LB Vince Williams on their roster to serve as a positive influence for a player who battled off the field issues and weight problems.


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Robey-Coleman makes it back to back for AFC Def. POW

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 9:30 am

For the second consecutive week a Buffalo Bill is the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. Last week it was Zach Brown for his 18-tackle performance in the win at New England. This week it’s Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Robey-Coleman had the game-turning interception return for a touchdown in the win over the Rams last week at the L.A. Coliseum. He also had a second INT in the waning seconds to seal the victory, Buffalo’s third in a row.

It’s the first time since 1991 that the Bills have had back to back AFC Defensive Player of the Week winners was 1991 when Nate Odomes and Cornelius Bennett won the award in two straight weeks. 



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Kaepernick to start at QB for 49ers vs. Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2016 – 1:46 pm

San Francisco head coach Chip Kelly announced Tuesday that Colin Kaepernick will be starting at quarterback for the 49ers when the visit the Bills on Sunday.

Kelly said it was a “football decision.” Blaine Gabbert had started the team’s first five games completing just 58 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and six interceptions. He has a passer rating of 69.6, which ranks 30th among starting NFL quarterbacks.

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Bills add K Marshall Morgan to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2016 – 10:25 am

The Bills made an addition to their practice squad Tuesday. They announced the signing of K Marshall Morgan.

Morgan rejoins the Bills after being released by the team on August 1. The 6-3, 194-pound Fort Lauderdale, Florida native finished his collegiate career ranking third all-time at Georgia and in the SEC in scoring with 407 points. Morgan successfully converted 215-of-220 extra point attempts and 64-of-84 field goal attempts—including a career-long 56-yarder at Tennessee in 2013.


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McCoy up for FedEx Ground Player of the Week

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2016 – 10:22 am

Bills RB LeSean McCoy is up for FedEx Ground Player of the Week after his 150-yard rushing performance in Buffalo’s win over the Rams last Sunday.

This is McCoy’s second nomination this season. Here are the nominees he’s up against this week.

  • David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals rushed for 157 yards on 27 carries (5.8 avg.) and 2 touchdowns in a 33-21 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys rushed for 134 yards on 15 carries (8.9 avg.) and 2 touchdowns in a 28-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills rushed for 150 yards on 18 carries (8.3 avg.) in a 30-19 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Every week, following the Monday Night Football game, through Thursday at 3 pm ET, fans can visit to cast their vote 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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Bills stats that stood out

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2016 – 1:21 am

Here’s a review of Buffalo’s win over L.A. from a statistical perspective, with a look at some of the more noteworthy numbers.

7.1 – The Bills yards per carry average against the Rams. Buffalo gets criticized for having inflated yards per carry averages because of Tyrod Taylor’s rushing. But LeSean McCoy’s 8.3 ypc avg. is what made this number so fat.

3.5 – The Rams yards per carry average, almost exactly half of Buffalo’s rushing average in the game.

4, 5, 6 – All of Buffalo’s touchdowns came from in close going for four (Justin Hunter), five (Mike Gillislee) and six (Marquise Goodwin) yards.

73 – Charles Clay’s receiving yardage total was a season high and the most for the Bills in the win. He represented almost 60 percent of the team’s passing yards Sunday.

2 – Total punt return yardage for the Rams.

25% – Los Angeles’ red zone touchdown percentage (1 for 4).

60% – Bills red zone touchdown percentage (3 for 5).

45.7 – Colton Schmidt’s net punting average.

7 – The number of plays Lorenzo Alexander hit the quarterback (3 sacks, 4 QB hits).

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McCoy: I should’ve had 200 yards rushing

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2016 – 12:16 am

Bills RB LeSean McCoy, was once again a dynamic weapon for Buffalo on the ground. Without him they probably don’t win Sunday’s game at L.A. He was averaging 9.6 yards per carry until he came out for the last series of the game and had a couple of carries for losses. So he finished with 150 yards even on 18 carries to average a shade over eight yards per rush. It was his fifth 100-yard rushing day for the Bills, but as has been his habit he can’t seem to enjoy them.

After games, even wins, McCoy is always critiquing his performance, and if there’s one play where he felt he left yardage on the field he’s on it quicker than he gets to the line of scrimmage. When asked Sunday after the game if his performance was his best in a Bills uniform he responded this way.

“I guess stats-wise, but there were some plays I missed,” he said. “I could’ve had like 200 yards. Just small things. I get so wrapped up in trying to make too many plays. Sometimes you do things where you make it hard for yourself. There were some plays where I could’ve picked up 10 or 15 yards and they had it blocked up and I just didn’t make the right cut.”

McCoy put the blame squarely on himself saying the line blocked well most of the day. There were some run plays where he was just a shoestring tackle from breaking to go the distance. Still, his 53 and 24-yard runs that each set up first-and-goal situations were two of the three-longest plays from scrimmage on offense for Buffalo.

He also had a key blitz pickup on a 3rd-and-19 in the first half that allowed Tyrod Taylor to escape the pocket and convert at 3rd-and-19 with a 22-yard scramble for a first down. That drive resulted in a touchdown.

“LeSean has been playing very well,” said Tyrod Taylor. “Guys in the backfield have been playing very well. The guys up front have been blocking and creating holes for LeSean to do the things that he’s been doing. He’s been playing with an extra gear to his game I guess you would say. But he’s definitely going out there and making plays and giving us offense.”

About halfway through his postgame press conference with the media, McCoy finally stopped with his self-criticism and took a moment to recognize the importance of the win on the road.

“A win is a win,” he said. “To get up here and nitpick about this and that. We got a ‘W’ against a good team, a 3-1 team. L.A. trip, we could’ve let all the distractions get to us and the long flight, getting in the day before. We didn’t do that. We made no excuses. We came out with the mindset to get a victory and that’s what happened.”

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Dareus update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2016 – 10:02 pm

As everyone knows Marcell Dareus was inactive due to a pulled hamstring suffered in practice Friday. Head coach Rex Ryan explained how it happened and his outlook moving forward after the Bills win over L.A.  

“He was ready to go until we had our Friday practice,” said Ryan. “He was looking fantastic guys, I mean absolutely fantastic and then he’s chasing the quarterback–E.J was breaking the pocket– and he’s chasing the quarterback full speed and he pulled his hamstring and it’s like, ‘You have got to be kidding me.’ We already missed him for four games and now we’re going to miss him against Todd Gurley and company. But, you know what, we did the right thing. We were never putting him out there, we need him healthy and we will see how it goes. 

“Hopefully he will get back on the field soon. You talk about some great tackles, you have this (Aaron) Donald kid who’ve I’ve said since day one is one of the best tackles in football (sarcasm), but you have our tackle who is pretty darn good too and he’s right there with him. I think he wanted to show everybody how good this guy is in Kyle Williams. It’s unfortunate he never got the opportunity today, but hopefully he’ll be out here this upcoming week.”

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Rams 3 DL all inactive

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2016 – 3:08 pm

They were all listed as questionable for today’s game after failing to practice or not at all. Now 3 of the Rams starting front four on defense are inactive for the game against the Bills today. 

DE Robert Quinn, DE William Hayes and DT Michael Brockers are all inactive for the game. 

The Rams promoted DE Morgan Fox to the active roster Saturday. 

Here are the other inactives for LA. 

QB Sean Mannion

RB Benny Cunningham

WR Nelson Spruce

OT Pace Murphy

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