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Player appearance Tues.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 14, 2011 – 10:40 am

Bills fans have the opportunity to meet several Bills players and alumni including Jairus Byrd, Chris Kelsay, Andra Davis and Mark Kelso at the 3rd Annual Friends of Children Celebration Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm in the Jim Kelly Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

Tickets for the event are only $20 each and proceeds will go to Gateway-Longview.  Gateway-Longview is a non-profit, child and family service organization that has been providing care, counseling and support to hundreds of at-risk children and families in Western and Central New York since 1890.

For tickets and more information visit www.friendsofchildrencelebration.com.


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Meet Bills players next Tues.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2011 – 9:54 am

Bills fans can have the opportunity to meet several Bills players and alumni including Jairus Byrd, Chris Kelsay, Andra Davis and Mark Kelso at the 3rd Annual Friends of Children Celebration.  The Gateway-Longview event will be held next Tuesday, Nov 15 from 6–8 p.m. in the Jim Kelly Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Tickets for the event are only $20 each and proceeds will go to Gateway-Longview.  Gateway-Longview is a non-profit, child and family service organization that has been providing care, counseling and support to hundreds of at-risk children and families in Western and Central New York since 1890.

For tickets and more information visit www.friendsofchildrencelebration.com.


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Shep grateful for vets support

Posted by Chris Brown on October 17, 2011 – 4:13 pm

Bills rookie LB Kelvin Sheppard, who is closing in on landing a starting role at ILB, even now can’t believe his good fortune being surrounded by veteran linebackers that aren’t afraid to take the time to share their knowledge of the game with him.

Andra Davis and Nick Barnett have been instrumental in tutoring the inexperienced but sharp LSU product. From the very beginning they valued him as a future contributor and now that the day for that to happen is coming quickly, Sheppard is glad he’s seen as more than a wide-eyed rookie.

“It’s good,” Sheppard told Buffalobills.com. “It just feels good to be in a locker room where I’m not just viewed as a rookie. I’m viewed as a guy that is having an impact on my team.”


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Meet Kyle Williams & Andra Davis

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2011 – 10:22 am

Bills Pro Bowl DT and team captain Kyle Williams and ILB and team captain Andra Davis will visit the Verizon Wireless kiosk in the Walden Galleria Mall to meet with fans and sign complimentary autographs tonight (Wednesday).

Williams and Davis will be at the Verizon Wireless kiosk from 6-7 pm.

The two Buffalo defenders are the spokespersons for Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program in Upstate New York.  Williams and Davis encourage all fans to make a difference in the life of a domestic violence survivor by donating their no longer used wireless phones at the Bills home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday Sept 25th.  Fans donating a wireless phone at the game will receive an Andra Davis poster at the entry gates.

You can also bring your no longer used cell phone when you come to meet Kyle and Andra tonight at the Galleria as well to donate to the cause.


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Shep good with debut

Posted by Chris Brown on September 1, 2011 – 11:02 pm

For Kelvin Sheppard his NFL dream was finally realized Thursday night against the Lions. By the end of the game he was the team’s leading tackler and had a pass breakup to his credit.

“It felt good,” said Sheppard of his NFL debut after missing the first three preseason games with a hamstring injury. “It’s a difference compared to the past two weeks just practicing going against your own teammates. It’s not the same. Being able to line up across from guys in another jersey that you don’t know, having a game plan for those guys and just going out there and doing what I love to do. This game was what I was working for my whole life to actually step on an NFL field in a game, so I just have to take whatever happened and move forward from it.”

For Sheppard the instincts came right back not long after he got on the field.

“After the first hit, it’s like, ‘Okay it’s just football. Let’s not make it more than what it is,’” he said. “But at the same time respect the game.”

What Sheppard has appreciated the most is the support he’s received from those that have years of NFL games under their belt. 

“I have great coaches, great teammates, the veterans here Andra Davis, Nick Barnett, I don’t think they missed a play,” said Sheppard. “Whenever I was on the field it was like, ‘Yeah Shep you could’ve got there a little quicker, but way to be physical.’ Just hearing things like that gives you a ton of confidence knowing that you’re not out there by yourself. Good teammates, good coaches that are there for you.”

So for a first go of it, Sheppard wasn’t satisfied, but believes Thursday night was something he can build upon.

“I felt pretty good,” he said. “You can always improve, but with it being my first game I felt pretty good.”


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Barnett ready to tutor rooks

Posted by Chris Brown on July 31, 2011 – 6:10 pm

Nick Barnett is entering his ninth year in the league and much like 10-year vet Andra Davis he’s open to showing the rookies the ropes, especially now that he’s officially signed. That’s huge knowing Buffalo has second-year man Arthur Moats learning the ILB position along with a pair of draft choices in Kelvin Sheppard and Chris White.

“Anything you can provide young guys growing up in this game is experience and giving them wisdom,” Barnett told Buffalobills.com. “Youth is no excuse, that’s what we’d say over in Green Bay we were a young team there. I think it’s better sometimes to have that young team their eyes are wide open and they’re ready to play, ready to go, so I look forward to getting those guys out there and start hitting people.”

Sounds like the young players will be well schooled. It also sounds like there’s going to be some attitude on the defensive side of the ball this season.


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Two more Bills arrive

Posted by Chris Brown on July 26, 2011 – 11:05 am

A couple of more defensive players have arrived at One Bills Drive.

Linebacker Andra Davis and FS Jairus Byrd are the two most recent players to set foot at the Bills practice facility.


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Top 10 Series continues

Posted by Chris Brown on July 7, 2011 – 9:29 am

Part 6 of our Top 10 Performances of 2010 series continues today with ILB Andra Davis, who had a solid game against Jacksonville last season despite a major injury.

Davis had 11 tackles and an interception despite playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder. This was his last game that he was able to play with it as he played a full four games after sustaining that injury in Week 1 against Miami. He was placed on injured reserve after that missing the final 11 games of the season.


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Torbor on the mend

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2010 – 12:33 pm

Bills LB Reggie Torbor, who went on I-R two weeks ago is on the mend after shoulder surgery.

Torbor, who had surgery a week ago to repair a torn labrum, said surgery was successful.

“It went well,” he said. “This kind of injury happens every time your arm gets fully extended and a player runs through you pulling your arm back behind your body.”

Linebackers seem to be the most frequent victim of torn labrums, since they often make the most tackles on defense. Andra Davis also wound up on injured reserve with a torn labrum that required surgery.

Rehabilitation time is typically four months, and Torbor would know having been through this rehab before.

“Back when I did my other shoulder it was a four month recovery,” said Torbor. “That’s why I’m glad I got it done now because this means I’ll be ready for the start of the offseason program at the end of March.”


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Bills have holes to fill

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2010 – 5:46 pm

With Andra Davis and Roscoe Parrish going on injured reserve, the Bills have some holes to fill.

Parrish was the team’s second leading receiver and a mismatch nightmare out of the slot. He was tied for fifth in the AFC in third down catches and second only to Stevie Johnson. Seeing this offense run as smoothly as it has of late, it’s hard not to think it’s going to take some time to adjust.

Buffalo’s receiving corps is all rookies behind Evans and Johnson, though David Nelson has shown a lot of promise and has been a consistent part of the offense. Donald Jones was the next man in, but with a full week to prepare for the slot role, Nelson is a possibility moving forward.

Of course a veteran will also be considered, but unless there’s some prior knowledge of Chan’s offense I don’t see how someone from the outside would work.

Fortunately on the defensive side of the ball Buffalo has a veteran in Akin Ayodele that can fill Davis’ run down role. He earned some praise from Chan Gailey for his play Sunday.

“I thought Akin went in there and did some good things in there against the run,” said Gailey. “And we’ve had the luxury of flipping Reggie Torbor in there as well, so we’re kind of taking two guys to replace one in there.”

Buffalo currently has 51 players on their 53-man roster. More moves to come for sure.


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LB Davis doubtful

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2010 – 11:55 am

Bills ILB Andra Davis is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game, but head coach Chan Gailey made it sound even less likely that Davis will be on the field Sunday in Toronto.

“Andra is going to have a hard time making it for the game,” said Gailey. “He’s doubtful right now.”

If Davis cannot go Sunday, it’s expected that Reggie Torbor would fill his role in the team’s base defense next to Paul Posluszny, though Akin Ayodele will be a consideration as well.

Playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder since Week 1, Davis has been gutting it out the past couple of months. With the injury not getting any better Gailey admitted that they may have to make a decision concerning the rest of the season.

“They’re doing more stuff and looking at him more,” said Gailey.

When asked if injured reserve is a possibility Gailey indicated that it could.

“It may be,” said Gailey. “We’ll have to make that decision.”


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Practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2010 – 10:33 am

It’s not looking good for one of Buffalo’s linebackers to be on the field Sunday in Toronto.

LB Andra Davis (shoulder) is not practicing for a third straight day this week and is unlikely to play against the Bears.

Everyone else on the roster was practicing, except for Shawne Merriman of course, who has yet to arrive.

Head coach Chan Gailey will provide an update on player availability for Sunday after practice.


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LB Davis update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 3, 2010 – 12:42 pm

LB Andra Davis is not in attendance at practice here Wednesday.

The team’s injury report will be released later today. Head coach Chan Gailey did say on Monday that some players might not make it back to practice until Thursday.

Davis who is playing through a shoulder injury is likely in that group.


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Foreign territory

Posted by Chris Brown on October 10, 2010 – 11:09 pm

For Bills players that have been on the roster for the better part of the last three or four seasons, Sunday’s result was unfortunately all too familiar. But Buffalo’s 0-5 start has caught some of the Bills’ newer free agent additions scratching their heads.

“I’ve never been through anything like this,” said Dwan Edwards. “I hate to make excuses. I’m not an excuse making guy. We’re definitely not getting it done on defense and we’ve got to do better.”

For Andra Davis he too was at a loss for finding an answer to their omnipresent defensive issues.

“Everything is bad right now,” Davis said when asked what the main issue is with the defensive performance. “There is no magic wand that you can wave. I have no idea.”

Buffalo will be very busy in all phases during the bye week as the team will be practicing right up until the weekend.


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LB Davis update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2010 – 3:39 pm

ILB Andra Davis practiced Wednesday, but he’s going to be playing hurt the rest of the season.

Davis told CBSSports.com that he sustained a torn labrum in Week 1 and has been playing with the injury until last week’s game against the Jets.

“I tore my labrum in the first game and I just kept playing,” said Davis. “They’ve been doing a good job of taking care of me and I’m going to do what I’ve got to do to suck it up and try to help the team.”


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LB Davis update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2010 – 11:12 am

Head coach Chan Gailey provided an update on LB Andra Davis, who missed last week’s game due to a shoulder injury.

Gailey said that Davis will practice with his teammates here on Wednesday. We’ll see how extensive his participation is this afternoon.


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Andra Davis appearance

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2010 – 10:15 am

Bills LB Andra Davis will be making an appearance at the Verizon Wireless kiosk at the Galleria Mall on Wednesday.

Davis will be signing autographs from 7-8 pm. He will be there to remind fans to bring their old cell phones to the Bills-Jaguars game on Sunday, which will be collected at the gates. 

The old cell phones get refurbished by Verizon and are then given to victims of domestic violence in the event that they need to call for help.


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Practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2010 – 12:57 pm

Three starting defenders are not practicing for the Bills.

The new addition is CB Terrence McGee, who was not seen anywhere on the field during the portion of practice in which the media is permitted to watch. We’ll check with Chan Gailey after practice to see if McGee has been officially added to the injury report or if he has an excused absence.

DE Marcus Stroud (ankle) and ILB Andra Davis (shoulder) are not practicing for a second straight day, lessening their chances of playing on Sunday. If Stroud is not available on Sunday it greatly increases the chances of Alex Carrington making his NFL debut against the Jets. The rookie third-round pick has been inactive for the first three games this season.

Another development in relation to Davis is LB Reggie Torbor is working at inside linebacker alongside Keith Ellison. With Davis out of the lineup, it was initially thought that Akin Ayodele would step in, but Torbor, who played ILB for defensive coordinator George Edwards in Miami the past two years, appears to be the one that would fill the void inside if Davis can’t go.

Torbor has been playing the weak outside linebacker position since he signed with Buffalo back in May, but he has familiarity with the ILB position from his time in the 3-4 system.


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Practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2010 – 12:55 pm

There are a few of starters not practicing.

Marcus Stroud is not practicing along with Andra Davis and Jonathan Stupar.

Stupar is working on the side with trainers. Davis and Stroud are absent.


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LB Davis knows Miami DC

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2010 – 8:02 am

Yes, Bills LB Andra Davis knows Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan well after playing under him last season in Denver, but as far as what he can offer Buffalo’s offensive staff with respect to his scheme is limited.

“There might be certain little things in terms of formations, but it’s nothing that the film doesn’t already show,” said Davis.

Davis believes with a whole group of different personnel in Miami that Nolan’s scheme will be different.

“He did the best he could with the group he had out in Denver. In Miami it’s a whole new group,” Davis said. “When he was in San Francisco, they did it totally different than what we did (in Denver) because we’ve got different players and different personalities, so he had to switch stuff around.”

What Davis did say was that Nolan has a definitive style to his play calling.

“I think he’s very aggressive,” said Davis. “That was our mindset last year in Denver, to be aggressive. Other than that, he’s been in this league for a while. So, everybody knows he’s a really good coach. I expect him to be aggressive though.”


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