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Pack signs Preston

Posted by Chris Brown on March 27, 2009 – 11:57 am

Bills free agent center Duke Preston is now a Green Bay Packer. After making free agent visits with the Raiders and Packers, Preston decided to play in the NFC North. That according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The Packers were looking to bulk up a bit in the pivot and add some athleticism according to Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy.

“He’s got a nice frame,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week. “He’s more of an athlete. We see him as an athletic frame. Once again, he’s young, too. He has a lot of football in front of him.”

Buffalo is not expected to re-sign Melvin Fowler or Jason Whittle so the Bills in addition to Geoff Hangartner will presumably have a new backup center as well. Drafting an interior linemen is quickly becoming a must even if it is for depth purposes.


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Fowler visiting with Raiders

Posted by Chris Brown on March 3, 2009 – 8:28 pm

Bills FA C Melvin Fowler is visiting with the Oakland Raiders out west today. The Raiders have a need at center now that they’ve lost Jake Grove, who signed with the Dolphins.

Fowler is not expected back with the Bills after losing his starting job last year to Duke Preston. If any of the three interior line free agents returns (Whitlle, Preston, Fowler) odds are it will be Preston, but likely as a backup to Geoff Hangartner.

Miami is putting together a nice offensive front, albeit at a pretty steep price. We’ll see if it pays dividends for them, as their running game struggled down the stretch last season.


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Fan Friday 2-20

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2009 – 3:24 am

It’s been a busy couple of days so I apologize for getting this up so late. You can send questions to me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net. I answered more questions this week figuring there would be more draft related questions, but nothing on the combine. Catch up with you next week.

1. Chris,

I know you think a pass rush DE is our likely 1st round pick, and other Mock Drafts have us picking a TE with that first pick (which I think is a huge reach at 11) but what about Aaron Curry, OLB from Wake? Assuming Crowell doesn’t re-sign after his issues with the front office this past season, we will be looking at hypothetically losing not only depth if Ellison doesn’t re-sign, but also potentially our starting OLB.

Todd McShay has the Seahawks picking him at #4, but I don’t see it– especially with glaring needs like WR, and people like Michael Crabtree likely being available when they pick. Curry is big, physical, and has the high motor that the Bills love (ie Kyle Williams)– so why not Curry at 11?

Thanks Chris,

Matt, Beverly MA

CB: I wouldn’t rule Curry out as a possibility, but I’d be surprised if he’s there at 11. I suppose it’s possible, but this guy is super on the field and super off. Squeaky clean and a playmaker. Jerod Mayo went 7 last year to the Patriots. I can’t see him dropping to the Bills at 11, but if he does I wouldn’t mind the Bills taking him at all. He’s one of the safest picks in the draft.

2. Chris with Mr. Wilson stating that our beloved Bills lack talent what do you see as a realistic off season as far as resigning our own or free agents go? Very interested in your response.
Scott Eustace

 

CB: I think some of the restricted players could be retained in addition to Jenkins and DiGiorgio like Keith Ellison and Gibran Hamdan, but I think Angelo Crowell will be allowed to test the market. If it’s lukewarm and he has trouble getting offers I think the chance of him returning increases. As for Greer, I fear that his asking price will be too high. Buffalo is heavily invested in Leodis McKelvin and could probably re-sign Terrence McGee to an extension as an alternative. I think Kirk Chambers and Duke Preston stand a good chance of being re-signed, but I think both would be reserve players if the Bills acquire what they want to in free agency and the draft.

3. Hey Chris,
I don’t agree that it is imperative to find an experienced backup QB. I think Trent will be fine. Of course the game is still a bit fast for him, he has only played a little more than one season. The second time he saw the 3-4 defenses and 8 in coverage he handled it. (The running game wasn’t exactly helping the first time through those teams either!). No one works harder wants to learn more, and don’t you think we may already have a decent backup??
Thanks, Ray Perez
Rochester

CB: While I agree with some of what you’ve said, I think an experienced backup would be a welcome sight for the Bills quarterback position. Talking to Turk Schonert at the combine today he too would like an experienced backup.

The reason why is he believes a veteran, that knows his role, can really help Edwards with some of the nuances of the game that he may not have experienced extensively as of yet. The problem is the free agent pool at quarterback is so thin that I don’t know that they’ll find a good fit for the Bills.

Finding an experienced backup, that knows his role, is actually a way to help Trent (and the team) not to threaten him with competition.

 

4. In your opinion, what needs to be upgraded more, offense or defense? I am of the opinion that offensive success is more due to strategy (ie: playcalling), and defensive success is more due to talent. I’d like to see the Bills draft defensively. Also, do you think Schonert will finally implement the no-huddle? It’s something the OC’s have talked about for a couple years now, but we’ve yet to see. What are your thoughts?
-John, Rochester NY.

CB: I think both offense and defense need to add playmakers. When opponents can double Lee Evans and shut down the passing game, that screams for more talent, despite the fact that I think Josh Reed and Roscoe Parrish are good complementary receivers. The added talent has to come at tight end to help Reed in the middle of the field. On defense you’re right another pass rusher, and outside linebacker that can start are two big pieces that need to be added.

As for the no huddle Turk Schonert addressed why they didn’t use it as much at the Combine today. I’ll let him explain.

“We didn’t use it a lot, not like we wanted to for various reasons,” said Schonert. “We’d use it for a series and we actually used it in the fourth quarter of the Oakland game and it helped us win the game and wore them out. We started a couple of games in no huddle, but we didn’t execute and weren’t very good so I got out of it in the first quarter.

“Last year we had to back off a little bit at the start of the season because of Jason’s (Peters) holdout. All of a sudden he’s coming into a terminology change so we had back off at the beginning of the season due to that. Then Josh (Reed) gets hurt, he’s out three games and we had a rookie flanker in there. Then Trent (Edwards) got hurt. We kind of hit these roadblocks that kept us from using it as much as we wanted to.”

As for 2009, Schonert said that they plan to use it more.

“We’re going to continue to work on it, we like it, we want to use it,” Schonert said. “But we’re going to use it, try to improve it and plan on having it in our arsenal.”

 

5. Hey Chris;
Is there any chance the Bills keep Greer? It would be tough to watch another player that has developed into a dependable starter at a vital position walk (Winfield, Clements). It would seem they want McKelvin to take that starting role with Youboty as the nickel, and Corner as the dime. It would be great to see McKelvin battle Greer for the starting role, with the player finishing second be the nickel. Greer seems to always come to camp prepared to compete, and would push McKelvin to do the same, or become the nickel, which would still give them 3 top corners, and solid depth.
 
The need for a solid starter at weak side linebacker needs to be addressed. How do you see the Bills taking care of that need? Crowell?
 
Thanks;   Dan from Williamsville

CB: As Russ Brandon told me today at the Combine they’ve maintained an open dialogue with Greer’s representatives, and have made it clear that they would like to bring Greer back. The problem is the money. My guess is that Greer’s agent is looking for $7-$9M a year in light of some of the recent contracts signed by comparable corners (Kelvin Hayden, Corey Webster). I can’t see the Bills committing that kind of money to Greer as much as they’d like to retain him. I think he hits the market.

As for the strong side linebacker position (Mitchell plays the weak side), there are options in free agency like Tyjuan Hagler, who could come in familiar with the system having played in Indianapolis in similar scheme. I think Morlon Greenwood would be an affordable option too.

 

6. Hey Chris,
 
I heard the Lions are leaning toward giving Culpepper the #1 spot and releasing Kitna.
How would Kitna fit in as a back up to Trent? How much do you think he would cost? Would any team look at picking up Kitna as a #1?
 
Randy
NL, CAN

CB: I think Kitna would be an interesting option. I think the first thing that has to be clear is that Kitna is willing to accept a backup role and realize in Buffalo he would not be able to compete for the starting job. As long as he can do that, I think he could be a capable backup. Kitna has always been prone to at least one big mistake in games, but as a backup that’s less likely to happen. He has seen a lot in this game and could probably assist Edwards in the quarterback room.

 

7. Hey Chris,
 
I really like Eric Wood (out of Louisville) at center.  I am a U of L fan so I have been able to watch this guy for a while.  Where do you see him going in the draft itself and could the Bills use him?
 
Thanks
Mike Lundert

CB: There’s no debating that the Bills need help at the center position. Jason Whittle, Duke Preston and Melvin Fowler are all free agents. I think Preston is the most likely to be re-signed before free agency opens, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they seek another veteran player, and add another interior linemen in the draft. It could be a player like Wood, who figures to go late 2nd to top half of the third round.

I like the way Wood finishes plays, but according to the experts drive blocking is where he needs to get better. I liked some of the tape that I saw on him and he seems to get to the second level pretty well. I think he’d be a good player to groom behind a veteran center to eventually take over the job in a couple of years.

8. Chris,
 
I know this may sound crazy but consider this. I  don’t think the Bills want to spend the money that Peters would be looking for thus making him an unhappy Bill. Trade for a top 5 pick and another solid pick. Bills won’t want to pay for a top 5 pick so trade down to near 10. Use the pick to get another tackle. Trade into top 10 with the other pick from Peters trade to get one of the top DE’s. Then use second round pick for TE?
 
After seeing what you wrote about the other OT getting big money I think there is trouble ahead with Peters.
Thanks,
Dave

CB: Sorry, but I’m going to have to disagree with you on this one. If it were up to me a bird in the hand (or in this case a franchise left tackle) is worth more than two in the bush. You have a bona fide Pro Bowl caliber left tackle on your team that is unhappy because he feels he’s underpaid, and he played like it last season.

I believe the Bills will find a way to rectify that situation in the form of a new contract for Peters. They’ll have to make some roster decisions to do so, but left tackle is the second most important offensive position after quarterback and you’ve got a guy that can play eight to 10 more years. I’m confident that if Peters gets a contract he is happy with he will be back to Pro Bowl form on the field.

 

9. Chris,
 
My question is what likelihood do you think there is that the Bills draft Pettigrew. He has character issues and I have to believe we will be very gun shy. A lot of the pundits have us drafting him with the first pick. I say “no way.” Have a good one.
 
Mark Tate

CB: I think Pettigrew is a very impressive player. He’s the only major all-around tight end and will be a first-round pick. His off the field blemish stemmed from a house party and he was charged with assaulting a police officer when he “elbowed” one in the chest as he was dispersing. Rest assured the Bills just like every other team will investigate it fully.

I felt Pettigrew came across well in his interview with the media. He seems very focused on his career and excelling at the next level.

I’m still a bit apprehensive about making him the 11th pick in the draft. There aren’t many picks of tight ends between 8 and 15 in the last 15 years that have proven worthy of a selection that high. Tony Gonzalez is one of the few exceptions.

And I think if you’re taking a tight end that high he has to be Tony Gonzalez good.

 

10. Chris,
 
What do you think about Torry Holt being traded to the Bills in a Stroud-esq. trade? He makes perfect sense considering he has two years on his contract, and we will have a solid receiver alongside Evans while Johnson and Hardy are learning the system and will prove to be the real deal or not. He’s played well on a terrible team and before this year had 83 receptions on a team that drafts top 5. He had a slight dip with comparable numbers to Lee Evans. With Holt, Edwards will have another great target and a better learning curve.
My concern is his transition from 6 games in a dome to 6 games in swirling winds and cold weather. He respects the Bills as he’s said prior to playing us and wants to be traded.
What do you think the likelihood is of us bringing him in and what would it take?
 
Thanks
Jonathan – Westchester, NY.

CB: I think it would take probably a third or fourth-round pick, but I’m just guessing. Holt is on the decline, but I like your thinking in terms of another weapon to work opposite Lee Evans. Holt is still respected by opposing defenses so it’s not a bad idea. A veteran receiver is what is needed not more youth.


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Fan Friday 1-9

Posted by Chris Brown on January 9, 2009 – 4:19 pm

As always you can send your questions to me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and I’ll get back to you either personally or here on Fan Friday. Here we go.

1. Hey Chris,
 
I started to see draft talk on some sites this week. I know this is a bit premature, but how do you see the Bills going this year? Could this be a year were trading for a player may make more sense than making a first round pick?
 
Randy
NL, CAN

CB: I doubt that the Bills are going to cough up their first round pick in a trade this year. I’m hoping the Bills take a defensive end with their top pick, provided the depth of talent is still there. I wanted to Buffalo to take a defensive tackle in 2003, but by the time the Bills were on the clock they were all gone and they took McGahee. But that would be my preference this spring.

 

2. Chris-
Is it too early to call James Hardy a bust and do you think the front office will add another receiver this off-season in case he is not able to contribute immediately next season?

CB: I think that is a possibility, but more so because James Hardy has a torn ACL to rehab from. He’s not a bust. Eric Moulds didn’t have a breakout season until his third year. The ACL is the issue. It’s usually 7-9 months before a player can come back. He tore it on Dec. 14, so he may not be full go for training camp. Missing all those spring practices and OTAs will hurt his development so I think they do need to add another receiver even if it’s just for a one or two-year deal.

 

3. Dear Chris,
Who do you think the Bills might pick up in this year’s free agency market?  There are some very high profile defensive ends (Suggs, Peppers), and some solid centers (Birk, Brown, Saturday, Meester) up for grabs.   The Bills have attempted to solve their biggest problems in the free agency market over the past two seasons.    Do you think they will try to make a splash at either of these positions?
Jack

CB: I think Birk and Brown are realistic. Saturday and Meester are more at the end of the line. As for DE Suggs and Peppers they will cost too much and Peppers has already been negotiating with Carolina to re-sign.

I believe the Bills get their pass rusher at the top of the draft this spring.

 

4. Hey Chris,
Were any Bills named pro bowl alternates?
-Sean

CB: Yes, I blogged this a while back. Marshawn Lynch and Marcus Stroud were Pro Bowl alternates. We’ll see if someone pulls out of the game with an injury.

 

5. Chris,
What is the contract status with regards to free agents, both restricted and un- restricted.
Thank you for your help,

Mike Czerwonka

CB: Unrestricted – Kirk Chambers, Angelo Crowell, Melvin Fowler, Jabari Greer, Teddy Lehman, J.P. Losman, Corey McIntyre, Duke Preston, Jason Whittle.

Restricted – John DiGiorgio, Keith Ellison, Dustin Fox, Gibran Hamdan, Justin Jenkins, George Wilson.


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Bills-Jets inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2008 – 4:53 pm

Buffalo Bills
25-Xavier Omon
33-Jabari Greer
35-Dustin Fox
65-Jason Whittle
77-Demetrius Bell
87-Jonathan Stupar
5-Trent Edwards – 3rd QB

New York Jets
1-Mike Nugent
16-Brad Smith
30-Drew Coleman
32-J.R. Reed
36-David Barrett
56-Vernon Gholston
57-Jason Trusnik
5-Brett Ratliff – 3rd QB


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Bills-Dolphins inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2008 – 7:59 pm

Buffalo Bills
17-Justin Jenkins
25-Xavier Omon
33-Jabari Greer
65-Jason Whittle
77-Demetrius Bell
87-Jonathan Stupar
94-Aaron Schobel
5-Trent Edwards – 3rd QB

Miami Dolphins
14-Chris Hannon
41-Joey Thomas
61-Shawn Murphy
71-Lionel Dotson
75-Nate Garner
81-Joey Haynos
90-Rodrique Wright
9-John Beck – 3rd QB

Lineup changes for the Bills
No. 7 J.P. Losman will start at quarterback
No. 92 Ryan Denney will start at defensive end
No. 28 Leodis McKelvin will start at cornerback


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Fan Friday 11-28

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2008 – 7:35 pm

Fan Friday 11-28

Here’s the latest edition. If you have a question you’d like answered just e-mail me at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1. Why haven’t we been utilizing James Hardy in the red zone, more specifically inside the five? 
GO BILLS,

Anil

CB: That’s a good question. While it’s been no secret that Hardy is still working on grasping the playbook, having him run a fade pattern in the end zone doesn’t appear to be something that requires a lot of playbook retention. I saw Hardy on the field in the red zone on one occasion last week at KC, but he did not run a route into the end zone.

I understand that he might be coming along slowly in terms of the entire offense, but there’s no denying he’s a physical mismatch in the red zone and would create coverage dilemmas for an opposing secondary.

2. What do you think the chances of Teddy Lehman eventually stepping in for Ellison to provide more strength are?
 
Adam

CB: I think they’re remote unless Ellison is injured and Lehman is healthy. Right now Ellison is nursing a lingering ankle injury and will be a game time decision for Sunday. Unfortunately for Lehman he’s not healthy to fill the void if called upon because he has a hamstring injury of his own. Right now Bryan Scott would be the next guy to step in at linebacker.

Ellison is a heady player with a bit more athleticism than Lehman and it appears that is what the coaching staff covets at that position especially with stouter linebackers alongside Ellison already in Poz and Mitchell.

3. Dear Chris,
 
The offensive line appears to have regressed significantly this season.  It seems to me the biggest change has been Coach Jim McNally’s retirement; your thoughts?
 
Thanks,
Dick Sheehy

CB: There’s no question the offensive line has had its share of problems this season. However, I don’t think coach McNally’s retirement is the only change. Peters was a holdout curbing his development into an elite tackle, Butler was out for three games and they got so thin inside at one point that Kirk Chambers had to play guard. Now I’m not completely excusing the offensive line of criticism because of injuries, but they do play a factor.

With all due respect to coach McNally, the run game and effectiveness in short yardage were issues for this line last year. Marshawn Lynch only has four 100-yard rushing games in his career counting his day against the Browns. So it’s not like they were ripping yards off in huge chunks last year either. And on 3rd-and-1 last season Buffalo was one of the last teams in terms of conversion percentage in the league.

I actually think they have some of the same problems from last year to be honest.

4. Chris,
 
I was wondering if you had a complete and up-to-date list of Buffalo’s free agents for 2009. I did some research and here’s what I’ve got so far:

CB: Here you go
Unrestricted free agents – Angelo Crowell, Kirk Chambers, Melvin Fowler, Jabari Greer, J.P. Losman, Teddy Lehman, Corey McIntyre, Duke Preston, Jason Whittle.

Restricted free agents – John DiGiorgio, Keith Ellison, Dustin Fox, Gibran Hamdan, Justin Jenkins, George Wilson

5. Hey Chris, i was wondering, from everything that i’ve read so far, tolbert is saying that steve has a better grasp of the bill’s offense and that he’s better at adjusting to the defense he’s seeing, if that’s the case, why has it taken so long to get him involved in the offense? i’m not saying replacing reed (when healthy), but being in there in place of hardy earlier in the season.

Ryan

CB: I think it’s due primarily to the fact that the grasp of the offense only started to happen for Johnson these past couple of weeks. Only in the past couple of weeks did the light bulb really go on for Johnson is how I understood Tyke.


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Bills-Chiefs inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2008 – 4:50 pm

Buffalo Bills
20-Donte Whitner
25-Xavier Omon
33-Jabari Greer
65-Jason Whittle
77-Demetrius Bell
94-Aaron Schobel
97-John McCargo
10–Gibran Hamdan – 3rd QB

Kansas City Chiefs
23-Patrick Surtain
30-Ricardo Colclough
45-Michael Merritt
55-Pat Thomas
59-Donnie Edwards
71-Andrew Carnahan
73-Adrian Jones
80-Jeff Webb

Starting Lineup Changes
#75 Duke Preston for #67 Melvin Fowler
#92 Ryan Denney for #94 Aaron Schobel
#28 Leodis McKelvin for #33 Jabari Greer
#37 George Wilson for #20 Donte Whitner


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 7, 2008 – 5:41 pm

Out for Buffalo on Sunday are G Brad Butler, WR Josh Reed, DE Aaron Schobel, S Donte Whitner and CB Ashton Youboty.

Questionable for Sunday are G Jason Whittle and LB Kawika Mitchell. Both practiced on a limited basis throughout the week. Dick Jauron wouldn’t elaborate on the likelihood of them playing on Sunday.

Odds are that Kirk Chambers will play right guard on Sunday. We’ll have more details on that on the home page later this afternoon.


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Chambers at guard

Posted by Chris Brown on November 7, 2008 – 3:59 pm

Bills swing tackle Kirk Chambers was lined up at right guard with the first unit during the portion of practice that is viewed by the media. There appears to be a chance that Chambers will line up there for the Bills on Sunday if Jason Whittle and Brad Butler are both not fit to play.

Both Butler and Whittle were out on the practice field, but have been limited in practice all week. We’ll have an update on their status for Sunday following practice.

Not practicing were Donte Whitner, Ashton Youboty, Aaron Schobel and Josh Reed.

Reed is the only one of that group in attendance.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 6, 2008 – 7:47 pm

Non-participants in practice were Ashton Youboty, Josh Reed and Donte Whitner.

Dick Jauron said there is no change in Whitner’s condition.

No word yet on what came of the consultation Aaron Schobel had with a nationally renowned podiatrist in Charlotte Wednesday.

“We’ll know a good deal more later (Thursday),” said Jauron. “He got back and he’ll have time to talk to our doctors and we’ll see where that thing goes too.”

NFL Network’s Adam Schefter however, did report that Schobel’s ailing foot would not require surgery for his reported lisfranc injury.

The good news is Kawika Mitchell was back at practice and according to Jauron performed well.

“He practiced and moved around fairly well,” said Jauron.

However Mitchell only practiced on a limited basis.

Brad Butler and Jason Whittle practiced, but both were limited as well.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2008 – 8:03 pm

Not practicing Wednesday were Kawika Mitchell (ankle), Josh Reed (ankle), Aaron Schobel (foot) and Donte Whitner (shoulder).

Limited in practice Wednesday were Brad Butler (knee), Jason Whittle (back) and Ashton Youboty (foot).

Dick Jauron said they were hopeful that Mitchell would be able to practice on Thursday. More details to come on the home page.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2008 – 10:15 pm

Donte Whitner has a right shoulder injury and had his arm in a sling.

Jabari Greer had x-rays on his left hand after the game, the results of which are not known.

Jason Whittle had a back injury suffered when he recovered the fumble by Lee Evans late in the game.

Marshawn Lynch was just nauseous in the first half.

We’ll have a full update on Buffalobills.com at coach Jauron addresses the media on Monday around noon.


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Bills-NY Jets inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 2, 2008 – 4:51 pm

Buffalo Bills
25-Xavier Omon
26-Ashton Youboty
60-Brad Butler
77-Demetrius Bell
82-Josh Reed
94-Aaron Schobel
97-John McCargo
1–Gibran Hamdan – 3rd QB

New York Jets
1-Mike Nugent
17-David Clowney
21-Justin Miller
26-Marcus Mason
33-Eric Smith
52-David Harris
88-Bubba Franks
5-Brett Ratliff – 3rd QB

Lineup changes for the Bills:
75 Duke Preston will start at center.
65 Jason Whittle will start at right guard.
81 James Hardy will start at wide receiver.
92 Ryan Denney will start at defensive end.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 30, 2008 – 6:23 pm

Brad Butler, Josh Reed and Aaron Schobel did not practice Thursday for the second straight day putting their chances of playing in doubt.

Everyone else on the injury report practiced fully. Trent Edwards was added to the injury report as a matter of policy.

Since his limp was brought up and addressed by head coach Dick Jauron on Wednesday he had to be added to the report Thursday, but he participated fully for the second straight day despite a minor ankle sprain.

Marshawn Lynch was back from his excused absence for family reasons.

John Wendling, Jason Whittle and Ashton Youboty all practiced fully.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2008 – 6:49 pm

Officially listed as not practicing were Brad Butler, Josh Reed and Aaron Schobel.

Limited on Wednesday was John Wendling who had a little ankle issue late in practice.

Jason Whittle and Ashton Youboty practiced fully on Wednesday as did Terrence McGee.


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Schobel trying to practice

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2008 – 3:54 pm

Aaron Schobel for the first time in two weeks is practicing. He appears pretty limited as he’s not doing individual drills, but rather agility drills on the side with the training staff.

Jason Whittle is also practicing as is Terrence McGee.

Ashton Youboty is also practicing, but appears a bit limited as well.


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Whittle, Reed update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 27, 2008 – 5:39 pm

Jason Whittle has a quad strain according to head coach Dick Jauron and Josh Reed has an ankle sprain in addition to his strained achilles.

No timetable was given for either player.


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Reed’s injury

Posted by Chris Brown on October 27, 2008 – 3:27 am

Josh Reed left the game early with a strained achilles and did not return. At the end of the game Dick Jauron had yet to be updated on the injury suffered by Jason Whittle.

When he left the game Melvin Fowler came in at center and Duke Preston moved to right guard.


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Bills-Dolphins inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2008 – 3:49 pm

Buffalo Bills
13-Steve Johnson
17-Justin Jenkins
25-Xavier Omon
26-Ashton Youboty
60-Brad Butler
77-Demetrius Bell
94-Aaron Schobel
1–Gibran Hamdan – 3rd QB

Miami Dolphins
18-Ernest Wilford
30-Casey Cramer
61-Shawn Murphy
71-Lionel Dotson
75-Nate Garner
90-Rodrique Wright

Lineup changes for the Bills:
75 Duke Preston will start at center.
65 Jason Whittle will start at right guard.


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