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Clay, Milano limited in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on September 20, 2017 – 3:16 pm

The big news Wednesday was how Marcell Dareus and Cordy Glenn were both sidelined at practice due to ankle injuries. But a couple of key special teamers and Buffalo’s starting tight end also were unable to practice fully.

Charles Clay, Matt Milano and Colt Anderson were all limited in practice Wednesday. LB Deon Lacey was also limited. Here’s a look at Buffalo’s full injury report.

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DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Lorenzo Alexander – rest
DT Marcell Dareus – ankle
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
DE Shaq Lawson – foot
RB LeSean McCoy – rest
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
S Colt Anderson – foot
TE Charles Clay – knee
LB Deon Lacey – hamstring
LB Matt Milano – hamstring


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Clay, Glenn among the limited in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on September 13, 2017 – 3:56 pm

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DT Jerel Worthy was the only non-participant at practice Wednesday as he remains in the concussion protocol, but there were a few unanticipated limited players in practice.

The notables were TE Charles Clay with a shoulder injury and OT Cordy Glenn with his foot.

Head coach Sean McDermott was encouraged that Glenn had come out of the Week 1 game clean with his foot no worse for the wear despite getting 56 snaps.

“At this point it seems like we took a step forward,” said McDermott of Glenn. “Cordy did some good things in the game, obviously didn’t the play the entire game but his rep count certainly increased from the week before. We want to keep trending upward in respect to Cordy.”

CB EJ Gaines and LB Tanner Vallejo were also limited. Gaines is coming back from a shoulder contusion, but is expected to start Sunday. Vallejo returned to practice for the first time since getting his knee scoped a few weeks ago.

RB LeSean McCoy (wrist) and FB Mike Tolbert (knee) were both full practice participants.

 


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Chunk plays proved timely

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2017 – 3:52 pm

The big play passing game for Buffalo is going to be a work in progress with all the new pieces added to the offense throughout the course of the offseason. But on Sunday the Bills were able to hit on five pass plays of 20 yards or more, and LeSean McCoy chipped in with a few runs that went for big gains as well.

Run after the catch proved valuable as Jordan Matthews took a short pass 47 yards for the longest play of the day. Charles Clay pulled in the longest pass of the day as Taylor went deep to him for a 35-yard hook-up.

“It was big, especially when you get a team that likes to blitz a lot,” said Clay. “You want to take advantage of those opportunities and get some of those big plays in that situation, and kind of calm them down. We were able to do a little of that, and at the same time we have to improve on some of things, but we’ll go back and watch the film and get better at that.”

McCoy was then responsible for three of the next four longest plays, with two coming on the ground for 27 and 23 yards, followed by his 21 yards catch and run.

When asked why the Jets defense was hit with eight plays of 20 yards or more, Jets head coach Todd Bowles has simple answer.

“Missed assignments,” he said.


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Fan Friday 9-8

Posted by Chris Brown on September 8, 2017 – 11:54 am

Kickoff weekend is here! Finally Bills regular season football. Let’s dial it up Bills fans with your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

Can the D get back into the Top 10 or is the talent level too thin in year one of SM and BB?

Michael Kielma
@bubble_head716

CB: Depth is undoubtedly a concern, particularly at safety and linebacker. But if the Bills can stay relatively healthy, especially on the defensive line, they can flirt with being a top 10 defense. Sean McDermott’s defensive units typically rank high in sacks, run defense and takeaways, all critical elements in defenses that rank in the top 10.

Buffalo’s defensive line will be instrumental in all three of those defensive categories. As long as the front four can stay healthy they can contend for top 10 status.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Predictions on who leads the team in receptions? Dark horse of Charles Clay?

Kyle Yagielski
@DrMrPHD

CB: I don’t think Charles Clay is a dark horse at all. He had 87 targets last season to lead the team and led the team in receptions with 57. Granted that was due in part to the fact that Sammy Watkins played in just eight games, but in Rick Dennison offenses the tight end plays a large role in the passing game. The case will be much the same with Clay this season, especially with all the wide receiver turnover.

So I think Clay is the favorite to lead the team in receptions, with Jordan Matthews as his only real competition.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Shady o/u 100 yards Sunday?

Frank Propis
@Frankpropis

CB: The Jets run front is no joke, even with the trade of Sheldon Richardson. NT Steve McLendon was a nice pickup by New York last year from Pittsburgh. The key will be getting McCoy to the second level on Sunday.

McCoy barely played in the season finale against the Jets, which was kind of a lost game altogether. But in the Week 2 matchup, McCoy average 3.9 yards per carry and finished with 83 total yards from scrimmage.

I think he can do better than that because New York’s linebacking corps is a lot less proven than the group from a season ago. So if you’re asking total yards from scrimmage I say over 100, but over 100 yards rushing, I don’t know. That run front for the Jets is still pretty stout and they’ll be daring the Bills to throw in this game (eight in the box).

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

There is talk of “Tyrod not being a fit to Dennison’s system” , why would a coach have a system that does fit current roster? (ex. Rex)

Bryan Watson
@RealBryanWatson

CB: I find it funny how this has become the narrative for Tyrod in this scheme. Both head coach Sean McDermott and OC Rick Dennison have said on the record that Taylor is “a perfect fit” for this offense. Below is the direct quote I got from McDermott way back in March at the NFL combine.

“He absolutely fits what Rick wants to do,” said McDermott in reference to Taylor. “Having said that a lot of players fit what we want to do in our system. It’s a great system. That’s one of the reasons I hired Rick. We look forward to putting pieces together to build this team the right way.”

I think people are forgetting that what we saw offensively in the preseason is not at all what they’re likely to run come the regular season. So until we see that it’s premature at the least to say Tyrod isn’t a fit, especially when his coaches are telling us the exact opposite and with more emphatic language than usual.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

With the Bills only keeping 5 WR, do you think they have plans for someone like Logan Thomas to be a bigger part of the offense?

Adam Placzek
@iamFlowbee

CB: I do not expect Logan Thomas to be that guy. This is very much a developmental year for him and if he comes on ahead of the expected learning curve, I think he can make some contributions in the passing game in the second half of the season. I think both Charles Clay, as mentioned above, and Nick O’Leary along with Pat DiMarco and LeSean McCoy will be the ones getting extra targets in the passing game knowing Jordan Matthews, Zay Jones and Andre Holmes will be the top three receiving options at the WR position.


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TE Barnidge to work out for Jags

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2017 – 6:48 am

He’s been using his time waiting for what he feels could be an opportunity to start. Free agent TE Gary Barnidge apparently sees the Jacksonville Jaguars as a team where potentially starting is realistic. That’s why he’s working out for the Jags today. 

That according to First Coast News. Barnidge, who made a free agent visit with the Bills back in May, has been holding out for an opportunity to step into a starting role. 

That wouldn’t be the case in Buffalo with Charles Clay as the entrenched starter. But in Jacksonville after Julius Thomas was traded to Miami there is just a collection of largely unproven tight ends and an aging Marcedes Lewis on their roster. 

Barnidge won’t sign for peanuts so it will be interesting to see what the Jags are willing to commit to the veteran tight end after their busy offseason of free agent spending. 


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Fan Friday 6-2

Posted by Chris Brown on June 2, 2017 – 11:44 am

Last week of OTAs coming up on Monday with mandatory minicamp to follow. The offseason is winding down. Let’s get to your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and on email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

In OTA’s during the qb drills which backup qb is getting the most time with the 2s and which will get time with the 3s?

Chris soh
@Chrissohpher767

CB: I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been counting reps for the quarterbacks behind Tyrod. Here’s what I’ve witnessed thus far. Early in OTAs, T.J. Yates did not get many reps at all. That’s because he’s had multiple seasons in this offense going back to his time with Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison in Houston.

It was clear early in OTAs that they wanted to get the younger QBs up to speed with the scheme so Nate Peterman and Cardale Jones were rotated through more behind Taylor.

In week two of OTAs, Yates was rotated in as the second QB.

Here’s how team period snaps often went last week.

Taylor – 3 reps
Yates – 3 reps
Jones – 3 reps
Taylor – 3 reps
Peterman – 3 reps
End of team period.

So Taylor would get six snaps, while everyone else got three during each team period. We’ll see if that changes at all this week.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

How’s Zay’s knee?

Buffalo Bills NL
@BuffaloBillsNL

CB: We have not received an official update beyond him being week to week. That being said I did see him here at One Bills Drive this week in the hall. He was walking normally without any hitch in his gait, which is a good sign. Now that doesn’t mean he’ll be able to practice this coming week, but it is an indication that he’s made good progress since sustaining the sprained knee in the first week of OTAs.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

What is Clay’s contract situation? How much $ would @buffalobills have to eat if they cut him & target Barnidge?

Cory Fountain
@coryfountain

CB: Clay is going to make $4.5M in base salary each of the next three years. The prorated portion of his bonus, which impacts the salary cap, is also $4.5M annually, giving him a total cap figure of $9M each of the next three seasons.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any chance Dennison can get Tyrod to see and use the whole field in passing game, especially the oft-neglected middle of the field?

Matt Dermody
@MDermody88

CB: While I don’t debate that using the middle of the field consistently was a deficiency in Tyrod Taylor’s game, I’d encourage you to look at his last two starts from last season. I thought Taylor took a step forward when it came to reading the middle of the field and making plays between the numbers.

Against Cleveland and Miami, even though it was clear that swing passes and screens were part of the game plan designed to get receivers and backs out in space in both games, Taylor still worked the middle of the field.

In the Browns game five of his 17 completions in the game either went to the middle of the field or hit a receiver coming from the middle of the field on a crossing pattern or drag route. His only incompletion to the middle of the field in that game came on a pass under pressure.

Against the Dolphins, Taylor had his first 300-yard passing game. Again swings and screens accounted for a good portion of the completions, but he found Clay, Watkins and Woods for plays that worked the middle of the field, including the 34-yard flea flicker late in the game to Woods.

That’s why I was disappointed to see him not play in the season finale. I wanted to see a third straight game of him using the middle of the field, but he wasn’t given that opportunity.

To answer your question I think he has a chance to see the middle of the field even better this year knowing that Dennison will probably get him out on the move even more than the offensive staff did last year. That will enable him to see the whole field even better than he does from the pocket.

That’s not to say he can’t make plays over the middle from the pocket. His last two starts in 2016 are an indication that he is learning how. But designed rollouts and bootlegs in Dennison’s offense might have him on the edges even more this season.

 

5 – Hey Chris,

I briefly posed this a few weeks ago.

I am fascinated by the athleticism and potential of Logan Thomas. At 6’6″ and 250, he have great movement skills and good speed. Have you heard anything about his progress in converting to TE, or possibly even WR?  I know information may be extremely limited, but I could see him being a real sleeper for us.

Thanks for your time..
Have an abundantly blessed evening
Gary
CB: He has been working at tight end, and while he is still learning the nuances of the position, I agree he has rare athleticism for a player his size. Running full speed he made a one-handed catch in the end zone as he was going out of bounds along the left sideline and got his first foot down and dragged the back toe on the other for a good reception.

Even his teammates were wowed by it.

The good thing is he has a strong teaching coach in tight ends coach Rob Boras. It’s evident to me that the staff wants to try to groom that talent.

Does that mean he can help the Bills this season?

That’s hard to say. He’s still very young at the position, but with the right tutoring and commitment on his part I wouldn’t count him out.


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Clay heads up Bills inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2016 – 2:30 pm

Bills TE Charles Clay did not make the trip with his teammates to Oakland on Saturday, and the impending birth of his first child will keep him out of today’s game as he was unable to make it to the west coast in time for today’s game.

Here is the full list of Bills inactives.

WR Robert Woods
WR Percy Harvin
CB Ronald Darby
TE Charles Clay
TE Logan Thomas
DL Jerel Worthy


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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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Lynn: We’d like to target Clay more

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2016 – 10:29 am

After just 12 targets through the first three games, Bills TE Charles Clay hasn’t had much opportunity to make an impact in the passing game. Bills OC Anthony Lynn is hoping to change that.

He insists that Clay was part of the game plan last week, but circumstances prevented him from producing in the pass game in the win over Arizona.

“We had targets to Charles Clay last week. We missed him on one. One time the protection didn’t hold up,” said Lynn. “We do have Charles in mind and we know that he’s a playmaker so we’re trying to get him the football.”

 


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Clay, Glenn, Watkins sit Wednesday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2016 – 6:17 pm

The Bills were without three offensive starters on the practice field Wednesday. And a key defensive starter was limited with a hamstring injury.

Cordy Glenn, Charles Clay and Sammy Watkins were all sidelined with injuries. Moving forward it appears Watkins will have a reduced practice workload for the rest of the season in an effort to keep his ailing foot as fresh as possible for game days.

“He’s practicing once a week and you can only do so much,” said new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn of Watkins in an appearance on the John Murphy Show Wednesday.

Head coach Rex Ryan said at the beginning of the week that they were hopeful Cordy Glenn could return from his ankle injury and play Sunday. The chances of that happening will be better determined based on Glenn’s level of practice participation Thursday.

Ronald Darby’s hamstring injury did not surface in the game on Sunday according to head coach Rex Ryan, but it was enough to keep Darby from doing much at all in practice Wednesday.

“He got through the game and finished the game,” said Ryan of Darby. “Hopefully it’s not a serious injury.”

If Darby can’t go on Sunday, veteran Corey White is expected to step in at cornerback.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Sammy Watkins WR Foot DNP
Cordy Glenn T Ankle DNP
Charles Clay TE Knee DNP
Colt Anderson S Foot LP
Ronald Darby CB Hamstring LP
Cardale Jones QB Right shoulder LP

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Bills elusive weapons hard for Ravens to replicate

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

If there is one distinct advantage for Buffalo’s offense against the Ravens it’s their top weapons are extremely elusive. Earlier in the week Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees compared Sammy Watkins to perennial Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss. But Pees isn’t only worried about containing Watkins.

Preparing for Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy in the practice setting has been an issue because they don’t have any players on their practice squad or who they line up on their scout team during the week, who can effectively replicate what Taylor and McCoy can do on the field.

“We used some guys during some other practices and stuff, but Tyrod is one of the best athletes I have ever been around – ever,” said Pees. “Just watching him out here do things, even when he’d be out here catching a punt and doing things, he’s just a phenomenal, phenomenal athlete. I don’t know that you can simulate that. Our guys have tried to do a good job that we’ve put in there. The quarterbacks and running backs and all of those guys that have done that have done a great job with it. We just have to do a good job on defense of doing what we’re supposed to do – having good eyes and doing our technique, following our assignments and being where we’re supposed to be.

“[LeSean] McCoy is the same way. When McCoy runs a sweep, it’s like a punt return. You don’t know where he’s going to end up. I watched a film on him when he was four yards in the backfield on third-and-one, and he ended up gaining three, and nobody blocked anybody on the play. It was amazing.

“Those guys are phenomenal. It’s not just Tyrod. They have Sammy Watkins out there. They have [Charles] Clay, who I can still remember from Miami and is a heck of a tight end that’s got speed. They have a very, very talented crew. We have our hands full with all of them.”


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A passing game rendezvous

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2016 – 9:32 am

At the close of the 2015 season Bills QB Tyrod Taylor and WR Sammy Watkins both gave strong indication that there would be plans for some of the men in Buffalo’s passing game to get together on their own in the offseason to work on their on field chemistry. Some more details on that came to light Friday.

Bills GM Doug Whaley, appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Friday spoke to Taylor and found out where and who would be working together in the near future.

“I’ve talked to Tyrod and he, Sammy and Charles Clay are going to be in Florida working out together,” said Whaley.

As Whaley sees it that will only benefit the efforts to develop better overall consistency within the framework of Buffalo’s offense.

“All of a sudden next thing you know when we’re in a two minute drill there may not even be any verbal communication,” Whaley said. “There might just be some hand signs or some head nods where everybody is on the same page and that’s where you start to see an offense or even a defense make strides and take off.”

Whaley acknowledged that being able to keep offensive coordinator Greg Roman on staff will also do wonders for the offense as they’ll all be able to progress together.

“Just like any relationship the longer you’re together the closer you’re going to get and it gets to the point where Tyrod will anticipate what G-Ro is thinking and vice versa,” said Whaley.


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Clay unlikely for Sunday, McCoy a question mark

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2015 – 2:35 pm

Tight end Charles Clay has missed each of the last two games with a back injury, and head coach Rex Ryan isn’t optimistic that Clay will be able to suit up for Buffalo’s season finale. The status for RB LeSean McCoy isn’t much better as he is very much a question mark for Sunday’s game against the Jets.

“I don’t expect Charles Clay to play this week with that back,” said Ryan. “Shady… with LeSean I’m not sure. We’ll see how that goes during the week, but if it’s going to be one of these things that limit then we’ll err on the side of caution.”

McCoy did not play in Sunday’s win over Dallas.


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Bradham, Clay, McCoy out, Darby questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2015 – 10:15 am

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The Bills will be without three more starters on Sunday against Dallas with their top available cornerback a question mark for Sunday.

Buffalo declared LB Nigel Bradham, TE Charles Clay and RB LeSean McCoy out for Sunday’s game. For Clay it will be his second straight game in which he’s sidelined. For McCoy it’s the first game he’ll miss since Week 5 at Tennessee.

Meanwhile Ronald Darby, who is battling a groin injury is questionable after he was only able to practice on a limited basis Friday.

Player Pos Injury Game Status
LeSean McCoy RB Knee OUT
Nigel Bradham LB Ankle OUT
Charles Clay TE Back OUT
Ron Darby CB Groin QUESTIONABLE
Bacarri Rambo S Knee PROBABLE
Karlos Williams RB Shoulder PROBABLE
Eric Wood C Shoulder PROBABLE
John Miller G Ankle PROBABLE
Walter Powell WR Hip PROBABLE
Mario Williams DE Hand PROBABLE
Stefan Charles DT Shoulder PROBABLE
Boobie Dixon RB Knee PROBABLE
Ron Brooks CB Neck PROBABLE

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Darby doesn’t practice, Clay misses again

Posted by Chris Brown on December 24, 2015 – 2:21 pm

Bills CB Ronald Darby was limited in practice on Wednesday, but didn’t practice at all on Thursday. Charles Clay didn’t practice for a second straight as head coach Rex Ryan indicated that the Bills tight end is not where they thought he would be at this point in the week.

“You know obviously I wish they were out there at practice,” said Ryan of Darby and Clay. “But you know we’ll see how it goes. We were hopeful that both those guys would be able to play, but not sure right now.

“With (Charles) Clay, I don’t know if it’s a setback but we thought that he’d be ready to roll. But sometimes those backs can be tricky. (Ronald) Darby, you know he never got out of anything and now today he couldn’t go. So hopefully he’ll be feeling better tomorrow.”

If Darby can’t go that would leave Buffalo with Leodis McKelvin and Mario Butler as the team’s starting cornerbacks against Dallas on Sunday.

 


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Good chance Sunday for Clay & Karlos

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2015 – 2:48 pm

Buffalo TE Charles Clay missed the first game this season with a back injury last Sunday, but team doctors are encouraged by his progress. Karlos Williams saw limited action Sunday in his return from a shoulder injury and apparently came out of the game no worse for the wear. So he should be available this week against Dallas, which is important knowing that LeSean McCoy’s status is very much up in the air with a knee injury.

“Karlos Williams is sore, but he finished (the game),” said Ryan. “That’s a good sign.”

Charles Clay meanwhile did not play Sunday and that puts him in a good position to be available Sunday against Dallas.

“The Docs are real encouraged by the way he looks,” said Ryan of Clay. “It looks good. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go this weekend.”

Clay sat out last Sunday with a back injury.

 


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Bradham, Brooks, Henderson out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2015 – 1:00 pm

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In addition to TE Charles Clay there are three other players, including two starters, who are out for Sunday’s game at Washington.

LB Nigel Bradham did not practice on Friday as his ankle just wasn’t responding well to activity. He practiced on a limited basis during the week and called himself 75-80 percent recovered. Manny Lawson is expected to fill in for Bradham in his role with other linebackers rotating in to take Lawson’s spot on the strong side for portions of the game.

RT Seantrel Henderson is out with his illness so Jordan Mills will make his third straight start Sunday. And special teams ace Ron Brooks is out due to a concussion suffered late in the Houston game two weeks ago.

OUT
Charles Clay – back
Nigel Bradham – ankle
Ron Brooks – concussion/neck
Seantrel Henderson – illness

QUESTIONABLE
RB Karlos Williams – shoulder
S Bacarri Rambo – knee
DE Mario Williams – illness

PROBABLE
FB Jerome Felton – back
G John Miller – ankle
WR Robert Woods – hip
LB Preston Brown – hamstring

 


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TE Clay to miss first game this season

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2015 – 12:53 pm

He’s the team’s leading receiver, but for the first time this season TE Charles Clay is going to miss a game. Clay was declared out for Sunday’s game following Friday’s practice. He was unable to practice all week due to a back injury suffered in the first half of the loss at Philadelphia last week. For offensive coordinator Greg Roman, not having Clay in the lineup will hurt.

“When you don’t have Charles Clay, certain adjustments have to be made,” said Roman. “This guy has been such a good player for us in all phases. Blocking, pass protection, helping out in protection, getting out on routes, misdirection, play action, etc. I don’t think you can downplay what he has done for us.

“He helps get the run game where it is. He’s a big part of that. A lot of people can’t run to the tight end side, they just can’t, because their tight ends can’t block.  We got one we’re fortunately, that can. Other things he can do, too. As we grow as an offense, I think his talent level or production will definitely show more statistically than it has.”

The only other tight end on the roster who was considered to be as versatile as Clay was Marqueis Gray, but he went on injured reserve in the first half of the season with an arm injury that required surgery.

Buffalo goes into Sunday’s game with just Chris Gragg and rookie Nick O’Leary right now on the roster. FB Jerome Felton, who is probable for Sunday, may fill certain mutliple tight end sets offensively on Sunday if the team doesn’t make a roster move prior to Saturday at 4 pm.

The Bills did add a pair of tight ends to the practice squad this week in Marcel Jensen and Blake Annen.


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Karlos, Bradham, Clay all very iffy for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2015 – 3:21 pm

Bills TE Charles Clay missed a second straight day of practice Thursday making his status pretty iffy for Sunday along with RB Karlos Williams and LB Nigel Bradham, who are trying to return after missing each of the last two games.

If Clay can’t play Sunday it would be the first game he misses in Bills uniform this season.

“I don’t want to eliminate him, but obviously missing another day of practice it doesn’t look great,” said head coach Rex Ryan of Clay.

As for Williams and Bradham, both were limited again on Thursday, and Ryan is not sure either will be ready for Sunday’s game in Washington.

“Nigel I don’t think… I was more confident earlier in the week than I am now,” Ryan said. “With Karlos it’s going to be one of those iffy things. He looks good. I think his legs are ready, but how he feels with that shoulder is the main issue. We’ll wait a couple of days before we make a determination.”


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Clay a no go, Karlos, Bradham limited

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2015 – 3:13 pm

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Buffalo’s injury list has some new additions this week, but a couple of players who missed the last couple of games are closer to returning.

TE Charles Clay was a no go in practice Wednesday after suffering a back injury last week. RB Karlos Williams and LB Nigel Bradham were both limited Wednesday. Williams admits his shoulder is still pretty tender. He also said it’s going to be difficult to determine how much punishment his recovering shoulder can take knowing there isn’t much contact in practice this time of year.

“You really don’t know. You don’t know,” he said. “If it happens it happens this Sunday. If not, you’ve got to wait another week and play the next opponent. It goes day by day.

“Today was a very good day for me. I felt really, really good, running and bumping it a couple of times. Working with Boobie on punt return and punt team you could feel the soreness in it and you know it’s real tender. But when the adrenaline is pumping and you want to go out there and perform at a high level. You’re going to get bumped and bruised and feel those pains. It’s a part of the game, but today it felt better, a lot better than it has been the past couple of weeks. We’re still trying to do a lot of treatment on it. We’ve still got a ways to go before I get back on the field. But hopefully it’s this week, if not this week the next.”

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Charles Clay TE Back DNP
Seantrel Henderson T Illness DNP
Mario Williams DE Illness DNP
Nigel Bradham LB Ankle LP
Karlos Williams RB Shoulder LP
Ron Brooks CB Concussion/Neck LP
John Miller G Ankle LP
Bacarri Rambo S Knee LP
Jerome Felton FB Back LP
Chris Gragg TE Back LP
Preston Brown LB Hamstring LP

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