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Fan Friday 1-11

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2013 – 12:47 pm

Hey Bills fans, an exciting week here at One Bills Drive with the hiring of Coach Marrone and the coordinators Coach Hackett and Coach Pettine. I’ve met all three and I’m encouraged about what they’ll bring to the team in terms of their expertise. Let’s get to your questions from AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 - Hi Chris,

Just looking ahead at the possibilities of the Bills filling in some holes with Free Agency and how active they might be this coming off-season. I would love for them to make upgrades at corner, wide receiver, and linebacker (quarterback too, but that would likely be addressed in the draft). How much cap space do the Bills currently have to work with in the off-season? I know that re-signing Byrd and Levitre will be top priorities for them, but once they’re taken care of, how much room will they likely have to work with, if any at all? Would love to see Dwayne Bowe in a Bills uniform!

As always, love the coverage you provide for us … please keep up the great work!
Paul

CB: NFL clubs do not get the established salary cap for the new league year until March, but it’s projected to be around $121M. The Bills do not provide their cap figures as a team policy. Reports indicate they’ll be around $15M under. That number obviously is subject to change between now and the opening of free agency.

Bills GM Buddy Nix has already said a quarterback may be acquired in free agency. He also mentioned the need to add a “big receiver.” I don’t know if Dwayne Bowe is realistic even though he does want to go elsewhere. His price tag will be high. And you’re right Byrd and Levitre are quality players that would appear to be priorities.

 

2 – Hey Chris,
There has been a lot of talk about the QB position this year & the year before that & the …well you get what i’m saying . Fitz is a Bills kind of guy, hard working, hard nosed kind of QB. I was hoping & still do that he can be that guy. Going forward though in the draft this year a guy is coming out that fits all of the Parcells requirements to drafting a QB of the future . He is a SEC guy (best college conference) A senior , Has been in the program his full time in college , & is prototypical size for the NFL , good arm & college career but not a lot of people are talking about him & i was wondering your thoughts on him . The guy that i have been talking about is Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson, I think he could be a really good QB yet no one is really talking about him . What would your thoughts be on him & his future & the possibility of his & the Bills path crossing down the road ?? Then there is the Alex Smith situation, would you think there would b any for site in that direction as time ticks on ??

Once again Thank you !!
Mr.T from Fort Myers via Nashville
CB: I’m going to be honest and tell you I’m only now getting around to looking at the college players, so I can’t give you an assessment on Wilson. What I can tell you is Alex Smith will not be on San Francisco’s roster later this offseason. I’ve found that if Smith is on the 49ers roster April 1st, his entire 2013 salary will be guaranteed. The price tag? $7.5M. Now that he’s effectively San Francisco’s backup, I can’t see any way that he stays at that price in his current role.

The rub there is if the 49ers wait until the end of March to release him, it puts teams looking for a free agent QB in a bit of a bind. Free agency opens March 12th. Do you sit and wait on the 49ers clipping Smith and bypass other QB talent you might have your eye on? Or do you take what you can get at the opening bell of free agency and address the Smith availability when he’s available? Tough call.

 

3 – Hi Chris,

I applaud the decision to retain Mr. Nix for continuity. I am keeping my fingers cross for the next few years. My question is as follows.

When reporting injuries, the league uses terms like doubtful and probable, etc. What are all these terms exactly means?

Please keep up with the good work.
Regards,
C. J. Wong, Ph.D.

CB: The league allows for four possible listings for an injured player. They are Out, Doubtful, Questionable and Probable. There’s no need to explain out, but the league classifies the likelihood of the injured player playing with these designations as follows.

Doubtful – player has up to 25% chance of playing on Sunday
Questionable – player has up to 50% chance of playing on Sunday
Probable – player has up to 75% chance of playing on Sunday

 

4 – Chris, 

Can you break down the Bills new coaches’ philosophy and scheme? Run heavy or pass heavy? Since the roster was built for spread how does it affect CJ, Fred, and David Nelson? I know it’s very early to speculate with not all pieces in place or other coaches. What type of offense do you think they have run? Great job on the coverage this week. By far best team website and updates by you! 

Thanks, 
Josh 


CB:
Our web staff appreciate the kind words. From what I understand from coach Marrone and coach Hackett, they ran a pro-style offense with up tempo capabilities at Syracuse. I’ve been told to think of New Orleans offense, but with a heavier run game component by those that have observed the Syracuse offense the last few years.

Coach Hackett told me that he and Coach Marrone locked themselves in a room and culled together the best of what several offenses have to offer and came up with their current system. They intend to make use of that in Buffalo.

 

5 – Hi Chris:
First of all, I don’t miss a blog. Keep it up! Where do you think QB Nassib will fall in the draft, and would it be too risky or too much of a reach to go get him? Or what of the possibilities of a trade with Washington for K. Cousins- I thought we should have nabbed him in the draft last year and just missed by a couple of draft selections.

Thanks,
Mike from Orlando, FL

CB: I think at this point it’s hard to judge where Nassib will land, and even after the Senior Bowl, Combine and pro days it’ll be tough to predict where he goes because all it takes is one team to really like him and take him sooner than the so called experts project. That being said most draftniks see him as a second-round prospect. I know Coach Marrone and Coach Hackett have a lot of respect for his game and how he’s developed. However, I don’t think that guarantees they take him in the draft.

As for Kirk Cousins, I think the knee injury suffered by Robert Griffin almost rules out any chance of the Redskins parting ways with Cousins via trade this offseason.


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Kyle Williams limited

Posted by Chris Brown on November 17, 2010 – 4:16 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams was limited in practice Wednesday.

Williams is dealing with a hamstring injury according to the team’s official injury report.

Demetrius Bell and Eric Wood got their typical extra day of rest Wednesday and did not participate. Fellow OL Cordaro Howard is still sidelined with a shoulder injury and Corey McIntyre sustained an ankle injury in last Sunday, though he was able to return and finish the game.

As expected C.J. Spiller (hamstring), Spencer Johnson (hamstring) and Shawne Merriman (achilles) did not practice. All three have been ruled out for Sunday’s game.


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Bills injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2010 – 3:51 pm

Here’s the official injury report for the Bills, and Cornell Green’s injury as suspected was a knee injury.

Did not practice
OT Cornell Green (knee)
CB Terrence McGee (back)

Limited in practice
LB Keith Ellison (knee)
LB Arthur Moats (elbow)
NT Kyle Williams (ankle)

Full participation
TE Shawn Nelson (groin)
S Bryan Scott (knee)


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2010 – 2:50 pm

Good news on the injury front for Andy Levitre.

“He practiced the whole practice,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “He took the third to last rep, so I’m very encouraged about him.”

Since he didn’t make it all the way through the whole practice he was listed as a limited participant.

Keith Ellison got “dinged” in practice according to Gailey, but he said it was minor and shouldn’t be an issue. He was listed as a limited participant.

Gailey said Paul Posluszny is getting closer as he continues to work on the side with trainers, but is not expected to be dressed for Sunday’s game.


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Injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2010 – 3:36 pm

The injury report for the Bills was pretty straightforward on Wednesday.

The only non-participants were LB Paul Posluszny and LG Andy Levitre. Both worked on the side with trainers. Head coach Chan Gailey said that they hoped to have Levitre at practice Thursday, but all but declared Posluszny out for Sunday’s game.

Participating fully on Wednesday coming off a hamstring injury that kept him out of the Week 2 game at Green Bay was S Cary Harris.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 30, 2009 – 2:55 pm

Here’s the rundown of injuries the Bills are dealing with this week as well as their practice participation Wednesday.

Did not practice
QB Trent Edwards (ankle)
WR Josh Reed (ankle)
LB Bryan Scott (head)
OT Jonathan Scott (ankle)
S Todd Johnson (hamstring)
TE Jonathan Stupar (knee)
LB Nic Harris (knee)
DT Marcus Stroud (back)

Limited in practice
LB Ashlee Palmer (ankle)
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (ankle)

Fitzpatrick did take the majority of first team reps Wednesday with Brian Brohm serving as the backup.


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Bills injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on December 25, 2009 – 2:47 pm

Here’s the stàtus of Buffalo’s injured players for Sunday’s game.

QB Trent Edwards – out (ankle)
LB Bryan Scott – out (head)
S Todd Johnson – out (hamstring)

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – ques. (Ankle)
CB Drayton Florence – ques. (Illness)
LB Ashlee Palmer – ques.
WR Josh Reed – ques. (Ankle)

WR James Hardy was removed from the injury report Friday after practicing fully Friday. He missed Thursday’s practice due to illness.


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Injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2009 – 3:30 pm

Here’s the rundown of players that did not participate in practice or participated on a limited basis.

Did not practice
QB Trent Edwards (ankle)
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (ankle)
LB Bryan Scott (head)
S Todd Johnson (hamstring)

Limited in practice
LB Ashlee Palmer (ankle)


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Injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2009 – 3:11 pm

Here is the list of non-participants and limited participants in practice Wednesday.

Not practicing
OT Jonathan Scott (eye)
G Kendall Simmons (shoulder)

Limited in practice
FS Jairus Byrd (groin)
TE Joe Klopfenstein (ankle)
WR Justin Jenkins (knee)
OT Jamon Meredith (ankle)

Interim head coach Perry Fewell said he is “optimistic” that Scott will be able to start on Sunday despite the eye injury.


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Injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on December 9, 2009 – 2:53 pm

Here’s the official rundown of non-participants and limited participants in practice Wednesday.

Not practicing
OT Kirk Chambers (ankle)
OT Demetrius Bell (knee)
WR Justin Jenkins (knee)

Limited in practice
FS Jairus Byrd (groin)
S Todd Johnson (hamstring)
CB Ashton Youboty (ankle)
DE Ryan Denney (shoulder)
OL Andy Levitre (shoulder)
LB Chris Draft (neck)

This means that Terrence McGee practiced fully on Wednesday. The true indication as to whether McGee is ready to start will come on Thursday. If he can practice fully again Thursday the likelihood of McGee starting Sunday would be very good.


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Three Bills out for Thurs. night

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2009 – 3:25 pm

The Bills put out their injury report following Wednesday’s practice and three players are out for Thursday night’s game against the Jets.

OT Demetrius Bell (knee), DT John McCargo (calf) and CB Ashton Youboty (ankle) are all out for tomorrow night’s game at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

With McCargo out, native Canadian Corey Mace is almost guaranteed to dress for the game. He also played in last year’s regular season game in Toronto against Miami.

I had a chance to talk to Demetrius Bell in the locker room after practice Tuesday and asked him if he’s close. He said he didn’t believe he was. With five games left in the season, one would think he’d be coming back in the next week or two. We shall see.


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Injury report update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2009 – 1:34 pm

Here is the status of all injured players for Sunday’s game for the Bills.

Out for Sunday
OT Demetrius Bell
LB Keith Ellison
DT Marcus Stroud
CB Ashton Youboty

Questionable for Sunday
FS Jairus Byrd (groin)
WR James Hardy (groin)
CB Terrence McGee (knee)
DT Kyle Williams (knee)

Andy Levitre will start for Bell at left tackle, with Seth McKinney taking Levitre’s spot at left guard.

Spencer Johnson will start in place of Marcus Stroud at LDT.

Bryan Scott will start at OLB in place of Keith Ellison.

Justin Jenkins, who had a sinus infection and Roscoe Parrish who was also ill earlier in the week at good to go for Sunday.


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Injury report update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2009 – 2:33 pm

Here’s the official rundown of injured players for the Bills and their level of participation in practice Thursday. New to the injury list were Nic Harris, who watched practice due to illness and James Hardy, who was limited with a groin injury. DT Kyle Williams practiced on a limited basis.

With respect to Williams specifically, interim head coach Perry Fewell was glad to see the defensive tackle practicing.

“I was very encouraged,” said Fewell. “It’s always good to have him on the football field. Just to have him in a limited fashion was good.”

Did not practice
CB Terrence McGee (knee)
LB Keith Ellison (thigh)
FS Jairus Byrd (groin)
DT Marcus Stroud (knee)
OT Demetrius Bell (knee)
CB Ashton Youboty (ankle)
WR Justin Jenkins (illness)
LB Nic Harris (illness)

Limited in practice
DT Kyle Williams (knee)
WR James Hardy (groin)


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Injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2009 – 5:05 pm

Here’s the rundown and it’s a long one of the official injury report in terms of who did not practice Wednesday.

Not practicing
OT Demetrius Bell (knee)
FS Jairus Byrd (groin)
LB Keith Ellison (quad)
WR Justin Jenkins (illness)
CB Terrence McGee (knee)
WR Roscoe Parrish (illness)
OT Jonathan Scott (personal)
DT Marcus Stroud (knee)
DT Kyle Williams (knee)
CB Ashton Youboty (ankle)


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Titans injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2009 – 5:32 pm

Here’s the rundown of important Titans players on their injury report and the level of their participation in practice.

Did not practice
Starting CB Cortland Finnegan (hamstring)
Starting WR Justin Gage (back)
Starting OT David Stewart (hamstring)
RB Lendale White (illness)

Limited in practice
Starting LB David Thornton (hip)

Full participation
Starting CB Nick Harper (forearm)
DE Jevon Kearse (knee)


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2009 – 1:47 pm

The Bills will be without the services of six players on Sunday. Here’s the injury report rundown.

Out for Sunday
QB Trent Edwards (concussion)
FB Corey McIntyre (knee)
TE Shawn Nelson (migraines)
OT Jonathan Scott (ankle)
S Donte Whitner (ankle)
DT Kyle Williams (knee)

Doubtful
SS Bryan Scott (ankle)

Probable
DE Chris Kelsay (back)
CB Terrence McGee (knee)


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Texans injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 28, 2009 – 3:56 pm

Here’s the rundown of non and partial participants for the Texans Wednesday.

Not practicing
LB  Brian Cushing (foot)
WR Andre Johnson  (chest)
S Eugene Wilson (groin)

Limited Participation in Practice
DE Tim Bulman (ribs)
CB Dunta Robinson (hamstring)
LB DeMeco Ryans (groin)
G Chris White (ankle)
DE Mario Williams (shoulder)


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Panthers injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 23, 2009 – 2:24 pm

The Carolina Panthers could be without their leading tackler on Sunday.

WLB Thomas Davis is listed as questionable for the game after missing practice on Thursday and Friday due to a hamstring injury.

Four other Panther players are also questionable, but they did practice on Friday
LB Na’il Diggs (ribs)
FB Brad Hoover (back)
K Rhys Lloyd (ankle)
RB Jonathan Stewart (Achilles)

And don’t get too excited about Stewart being questionable. He’s been dealing with this sore achilles all season and has played in all five of Carolina’s games.


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Panthers injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2009 – 4:52 pm

The Panthers have added their leading tackler to their injury report.

LB Thomas Davis, who leads the team with 55 tackles was added to the injury report Thursday with a hamstring injury. He did not practice Thursday.

Fellow LB Na’il Diggs however, practiced fully after missing practice Wednesday, as did RB Jonathan Stewart, who has been battling a nagging achilles injury all season.


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Panthers injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2009 – 5:09 pm

Carolina’s injury report has a couple of key players on it this week.

Starting SLB Na’il Diggs did not practice Wednesday with a rib injury.

Meanwhile RB Jonathan Stewart, who had over 110 yards rushing on just 17 attempts last week, did not practice due to a nagging achilles injury that he’s been dealing with for some time.


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