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Fibula for Troup

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2010 – 4:25 pm

Torell Troup was one of the non-participants in practice Wednesday and the injury report has revealed why.

Troup is dealing with a fibula injury suffered in last Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh. If Troup is unable to play Sunday, it makes Buffalo’s defensive line all the thinner as they’ll be without Dwan Edwards for sure in Minnesota.

Spencer Johnson is returning from a hamstring injury so he’s expected to start in Edwards’ place, but without Troup, Alex Carrington would likely move inside in Buffalo’s 4-3 looks. It also means there’s a strong chance that for the first time this season John McCargo is active on Sunday.

He’s been inactive the first 11 games this season.


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Spencer back Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 29, 2010 – 5:14 pm

Bills DE Spencer Johnson will return from a hamstring injury that’s forced him to miss the past two games. Being back for this game will hold a little extra meaning for the veteran defensive lineman.

Johnson got his start in the NFL as an undrafted rookie with the Minnesota Vikings and played his way onto the roster. Now he’ll face that Vikings team, which still has a lot of familiar faces.

Johnson’s availability comes at just the right time as he’s expected to start in place of the injured Dwan Edwards. Alex Carrington and John McCargo also figure to be active for Sunday’s game in Minnesota.

“We get Spencer back this week, but we’ve got a pretty good rotation there now,” said Chan Gailey. “We’ve got a lot of guys playing for us.”


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Fan Friday 8-27

Posted by Chris Brown on August 27, 2010 – 12:49 pm

Big preseason game test coming up Saturday night. Eager to see more progress from all three phases. As always questions can be sent to (AskChris@bills.nfl.net). Let’s get going with this week’s edition.

1 – Hey Chris it kind of seems from a fans prospective so far that the bills staff intends to keep Levi brown as the 3rd option, is that the case or still a little early to say?  

Frank (Bills fan in dolphin country) Miami, FL

CB: First, my condolences for having to live amongst Dol-Fans (man that’s a lame term isn’t it?). With respect to the quarterback contingent I believe that Levi Brown will be carried on the 53-man roster. I think there is too much potential there to risk putting him on the practice squad.

Bills GM Buddy Nix in a recent interview on the Shredd and Ragan show (103.3 The Edge) up here in Buffalo confirmed that they’re only keeping three. My feeling is that Brian Brohm and Ryan Fitzpatrick are likely the two QBs fighting for the one remaining spot. Brown will be the third QB, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be on the 53-man squad. 

2 – Chris,

Since Jackson’s injury seems to be longer term than Lynch, if Lynch performs well do you think he may become the feature back again? He has looked great in TC I hear, and if he is back to his 2008 form he could be in for a good season. I know some coaches stick with what works and if he is getting it done why fix it if its not broke. Your thoughts??

Thanks 
Wes

CB: I think anything is possible with respect to the so called number one role in the offensive backfield. As Chan Gailey has said, he doesn’t care about hurting people’s feelings, he cares about scoring points. Yes, Lynch had a good camp prior to the injury, but so did Jackson. Jackson is still shooting to be back by the opener, and I don’t count that guy out on anything he puts his mind to.

Personally I think if Jackson does come back by Sept. 12 that he’ll be getting the lion’s share of the rushing work.

3 – Chris,

This is the first time I have ever wrote to you about the Bills, but I ( like many other Bills fans) am getting extremly frustrated with the organization and its decision making process.  One question that has been bothering me is why wont the Bills trade Fred Jackson? 

We have a crowded back field and some decision needs to be made.  Jackson’s value is never going to be higher than it is right now!  He’s almost 30, and the Bills got him for practically nothing, so their return on their investment would be amazing.  I know he has had one season with over 1000 yards rushing, but Lynch has done it twice in 3 years.  In my opinion he would have reached that mark last year if he wasn’t suspended.  Lynch is a capable back that has been proven way before Jackson came along.  I guess my point is…we could trade him to get more draft picks in the upcoming draft, since we are committed to turning this organization around through the draft.  If need be trade Lynch as well to get more picks to solidify our lines!  That’s where football games are won anyway. Please let me know your thoughts!

Thanks,
Elbert.    Albany, NY

 

CB: Unfortunately you’re not the first person I’ve heard this line of logic from. While I completely respect the idea of dealing from a position of strength to fortify other areas of your team, the plan in 2010 is to lean very heavily on the running game. It’s shown great promise in the preseason and Chan Gailey has a history of success running the football.

Jackson can do everything well as evidenced by his season last year when he became the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards and accumulate 1,000 kick return yards in a season. He also LED THE LEAGUE in combined yards from scrimmage. More than Chris Johnson, more than Josh Cribbs, more than everybody. In fact it was the fourth highest combined yardage total in NFL HISTORY.

So if you want to get rid of that guy I think you’re nuts. I say keep all three in the fold and pound the rock in 2010.

4 – Chris, I’d be interested in knowing if you think any of these players will be on the 53 man roster opening day.  Donovan Woods, John McCargo, Donald Jones, Ellis Lankster.  Also, what is the status of Easley & Wang?

Pete Howell

Fairport

CB: I think Ed Wang is a lock despite his injury. Of the rest I believe Ellis Lankster has the best chance. Granted he didn’t have his best game against Indy in the preseason, but the fact is you can never have enough cornerbacks. If the Bills keep six corners, he’s the guy. Donovan Woods and Donald Jones are in the hunt. Marcus Easley’s season is over, he’s on I-R. As for John McCargo, he’s worked very hard to adjust to playing defensive end in a 3-4, but I think he’s caught in a numbers game at the position, and knowing the Bills are likely to keep just six defensive linemen, I think he could be on the outside looking in.

5 – Hi Chris,

After 2 pre-season games, the special teams performance has not been very good, particularly on kick/punt return coverage.  The tackling has been poor and it has resulted in some decent return yards for the opposition.  Do you think this is a reflection of the Bills trying out players who have not had experience playing special teams, a new scheme that the players are still learning under Bruce DeHaven or do you think this is a real cause for concern?  Also, in practices, do you think special teams is getting enough reps?

Thanks.
Shenif

CB: There’s no question that coverage on kicks and punts has been a bit suspect. I discussed this with head coach Chan Gailey in a one-on-one setting and here’s the answer straight from the head coach’s mouth.

“We have people in the wrong places,” said Gailey. “We’ve got to get people in the right places and staying disciplined in their lanes. Some of that is because guys haven’t done it since they were freshmen in college.

“Preseason is about teaching those guys how to play on special teams that haven’t played there before. And we’re looking at a lot of guys on special teams to find out if they can help us or not.

“So you really don’t have your starting special teams units on the field like you do on offense and defense early in the game because you don’t know how many punt returns or kickoffs you’re going to get so you have to get those guys out there early in the preseason games.”

I believe the new scheme and some turnover have been contributing factors as well, but I’m confident Bruce DeHaven will have things humming come the regular season.


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Bills get grant for football camps

Posted by Chris Brown on July 7, 2010 – 2:27 pm

Bills players Andra Davis, Dwan Edwards and John McCargo, who all hold football camps in the summer, were all beneficiaries of the NFL Youth Football Fund.

The NFL Youth Football Fund awarded $600,000 to 150 NFL players and coaches to support their free youth football camps. Davis holds a camp in Dowling Park, Florida every June, Edwards will hold his football camp this weekend in Billings, Montana and McCargo held his in Victoria, Virginia late last month (June 29th).

“We are pleased to help our players and coaches give back during the off-season,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who serves on the NFL Youth Football Fund board of directors. “These camps are an excellent way to help young fans learn skills and stay active and fit.”


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Fan Friday 5-14

Posted by Chris Brown on May 14, 2010 – 1:32 pm

OTAs are fast approaching and you fans have some roster questions. As always AskChris@bills.nfl.net to submit questions. Let’s get to it.

1 - Chris:
 I think the switch to a 3-4 could be good w/ the bills personnel. I think Ellis and Maybin should be outside LBs in a 3-4. I think Kyle Williams, Spencer Johnson and John McCargo could be DE in this line up?
Your thoughts or what you’ve heard about these guys playing these spots.
Thanks
Steve

CB: Well Chris Ellis and Aaron Maybin both lined up at OLB in the rookie minicamp. I thought Ellis showed improvement as the practices wore on. Still it will be an adjustment for both of them. Come training camp though they should both have their bearings with the new responsibilities there.

Kyle Williams I see primarily as a nose tackle, but I could see them kicking him out to end in certain down and distance situations. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s used as a three technique DT in a 4-3 passing down look either. I anticipate the defense to be more of a hybrid 3-4 than a true 3-4.

Spencer Johnson will be primarily an end as will John McCargo. At least that’s the plan going in. I think Johnson is a good fit on the edge.

2 – Chris,
Many fans suspect that Brohm may become the starting QB and would like an update on his status?
Could you provide some insight into where Brohm currently fits in?
If the Qb competition is truly “open” then Brohm should no longer be considered the third string QB.
As always, many thanks for all your work!
Go Bills!
Brendan F. Walsh

CB: I think it is truly a level playing field for Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brohm. Chan Gailey even responded to my question about Levi Brown being in the mix as having a legitimate chance. Gailey doesn’t harbor any favoritism for any of these veteran signal callers because he inherited them. He didn’t choose them to be on this roster.

Therefore I think he can truly be open-minded and objective and let their performance make the decision for him and his staff. The QB that performs the most effectively and consistently will win the job. So although Edwards and Fitzpatrick might have more NFL experience than Brohm (1 career start), he will have every opportunity to compete.

In fact I anticipate that the reps will be pretty equal between those three with Brown likely seeing fewer reps, particularly with the first unit.

 

3 – Hi Chris,
What is the latest news on Eric Wood? If Brain Brohm manages to snag the starting QB job, does Wood move inside to Center because they played together in College?
Thanks,
Mike

CB: Eric is still not ready to participate in on field workouts, though there is an outside chance that he could do some work in late June. He will be full go for training camp, which is most important barring any setbacks.

Your question regarding his familiarity with Brohm is an interesting one. However, it appears as though they’d prefer to leave Wood at guard and Hangartner as the starting man in the pivot.

4 – Chris,

I was wondering what actually happened during the Bills voluntary workouts. More specific, did the QB’s workout like the draft prospects?

Thanks
Alan, A.K.A. BuffaloGeek; A.K.A. Hardcorebillsfan

CB: If you’re referring to the offseason conditioning workouts the quarterbacks have been participating on a pretty regular basis. Brohm, Edwards and Fitzpatrick were all here doing classroom work with the playbook, weight room work and on field conditioning. They also do walk through work with respect to the offense with teammates.

If you’re referring to the recent rookie minicamp, only first and second-year players could participate with the rookies as it was explained to me. Brohm is a second-year player, which is why he was allowed to practice. Edwards and Fitzpatrick were not eligible to participate.

 

 

5 – Chris,
What are the Bill’s plans with Chris Kelsay this year? I don’t see him getting on the field as a OLB.
I though his best move would have been to put on some weight and move to end in the 3-4.
He is one of the highest paid players on the team and not a top option at LB.
Ron

CB: You might not see Kelsay as a 3-4 OLB, but the Bills do. I anticipate he’ll be on the strong side when he lines up in OTAs. So you know Kelsay played some OLB in college at Nebraska, so it’s not something that’s completely foreign to him.

I don’t know if Kelsay is someone you want to write off before seeing him on the field first. There aren’t many players on Buffalo’s roster as focused and determined as that guy when it comes to a challenge like a position switch.


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Spencer’s sports festival a hit

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2010 – 11:12 am

Bills DL Spencer Johnson held his 2nd annual Sports Festival in his hometown of Gilbertown, Alabama for 500 local students this past weekend and had some help from some of his Bills teammates.

Taking place at Johnson’s alma mater, Southern Choctaw high school, the focus of the free festival was to promote academic achievement, physical fitness, character development and a drug free lifestyle in area youth. Bills players Drayton Florence, John McCargo and Chris Ellis were among those on hand.

The two day Sports Festival kicked off on Friday evening with the Amazing Race Event, where the winning team of Chris Ellis (Bills) , Corey Mace (former Bill), Janaica Dailey & Pam Brown won the race in a time of  51:22 minutes (see photo below).

Saturday featured the free football and cheer camps, where area youngsters were provided the opportunity to learn from the experts and listen to Spencer talk about what it takes to be successful in school, sports and life. Here is Spencer addressing some of the kids attending the football clinic.


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Fan Friday 3-19

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2010 – 1:15 pm

On the heels of some starting caliber free agent additions for Buffalo’s defense here is the latest installment of Fan Friday. As always questions can be sent at AskChris@bills.nfl.net. And you can review my blog scroll right here instead of just a post at a time if you’re playing offseason catch up. Let’s get going.

1- Hey Chris, I’m a grad student down at Penn State and have seen a lot of Jared Odrick, and he seems to be a really good player. I think that he would be worth a late 1st round, early second round pick. Do you think he would be a good NT? What do you think the odds are of the Bills being able to pick him up, whether they take him at rd 2, pick 9 or trade up/down for him?
-Chris

CB: I like Odrick’s game a lot. I don’t think there is anything about his game that an NFL head coach would be wondering about on Sunday. This guy gives maximum effort every snap. I think he’s capable of filling a role at nose tackle, but I don’t think he can be a full time NT. I think his ideal position is as a 3-4 defensive end.

Knowing that I think it’s unlikely that the Bills make a move for him whether it is up or down the board. That being said I think your range for him is dead on, late first, early second-round pick.

2 - Chris,
I thought the Bills did a pretty good job getting young linebackers like Harris and Palmer…they seem to me like they would have the athleticism to be good 4-3 linebackers…but I’m not sure where they fit in a 3-4. Do you think they might move Harris back to strong safety and in general what do you think the plan is with the linebackers?
-Chris

CB: A lot of Chris’ with questions this week. I thought that Harris moving back to safety could be a possibility until the team re-signed veteran Bryan Scott. With Scott and George Wilson tendered as a restricted free agent, I believe it’s less likely that it happens.

Nic Harris however, does have the frame to add some muscle mass in my opinion, so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of plans the new staff has for Harris. As for Palmer he was released by the club and is better suited to a 4-3 system.

3 - Hey Chris,
I agree with you that the Bills should draft an Offensive Left Tackle in the first round. That said, what quarterbacks that are either Free Agents or could be acquired via trade, would you go after?
Bob

CB: Truthfully, I wasn’t impressed with most of what was out there and available. The Seahawks traded for Charlie Whitehurst who has barely played in the league. Cleveland acquired Jake Delhomme coming off a career worst season. It’s tough times if you need a QB.

That’s why it would not surprise me if the Bills spent most of their roster shaping efforts addressing their other positional deficiencies this year (OT, NT, LB, TE) and let this year play itself out at QB. Then based on the performance of whichever one of the QBs that plays make a wholehearted effort to address the position once and for all in 2011.

4 - Chris,
Do you think Rashaad Duncan or Lonnie Harvey are viable DT candidates in the 3-4, or are they still too raw? We haven’t hear much talk about John McCargo as a NT prospect in the 3-4 – where do you see him? What about Corey Mace as a DE? Do you see Chris Kelsay or Chris Ellis as OLB candidates in the 3-4, or would they not be fast enough off the edge?
Thanks, Mike, Pittsford

CB: I think Duncan and Harvey will both be given an opportunity through the offseason and in camp to show the new staff what they’ve got. With nose tackle currently a position that’s short on proven talent, it’s a good opportunity for both of those young men.

As for McCargo, I’m concerned about his future. He doesn’t look like a fit at all in this system and he has struggled mightily with his consistency. He has tools, he just doesn’t use them often enough. Mace was not re-signed. Kelsay and Ellis will be OLB candidates.

5 - Chris,
Not sure I thoroughly understand the thinking of those who feel we need to draft a quarterback in the first round of the upcoming draft. This is especially true in light of the fact that the two top rated QBs are injured and still have questions about their potential.

Also, what good it does us if we get a QB but cannot protect him as was the case last year. My thinking is that we need a solid offensive LT with our first pick followed by the best DT on the boards in Round 2.

We should then be looking to LB in Round 3. Build the nucleus first and then get a driver to run it hard and fast.

Also, any thoughts about trading a future pick to gain an extra pick this year, especially given we are moving to a 3-4 defensive alignment? As always appreciate the coverage your provide to us Bills fans outside the western New York area.

Jim Allentown, Pa.

CB: Jim, you’re speaking my language. OT first, provided one of the top 4 are there at 9 (worried a bit one might not be there now) and then best NT on the board in round two. I’m thinking the Bills have the same idea we do, which is spend this offseason filling the other holes and then go hard core after a QB or do whatever you have to next year to get to the top of the draft board to get Jake Locker. And because that could very well be their approach I think trading a 1st or 2nd round pick from 2011 is unlikely.


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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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Three players out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 27, 2009 – 12:45 pm

Interim head coach Perry Fewell declared three Bills players out for Sunday’s game.

OT Demetrius Bell (knee), DT John McCargo (calf) and CB Ashton Youboty (ankle) are all out for Sunday’s game.

McCargo’s absence could put Buffalo in a tight spot at the defensive tackle position. With Marcus Stroud questionable with a knee injury, if he is unable to go the Bills would have just two defensive tackles in Kyle Williams and Spencer Johnson. The thinking however, is that Stroud will play on Sunday.


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Lynch injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2009 – 2:16 pm

Interim head coach Perry Fewell provided an update Monday on RB Marshawn Lynch, who left Sunday’s game in the first half with a shoulder injury.

“Marshawn Lynch, he’s feeling much better today,” said Fewell. “We’ll see (Tuesday) how he feels and continue from there.”

Lynch was labeled day-to-day by Fewell. Having him available for Sunday’s game is critical as Buffalo has just one healthy running back on the roster in Fred Jackson along with fullback Corey McIntyre. If Lynch’s shoulder does not improve quickly enough, the Bills may have to sign another running back.

RB Bruce Hall is on Buffalo’s practice squad.

DT John McCargo, who sustained a calf injury Sunday, is also listed as day to day.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2009 – 4:56 pm

Eric Wood suffered the most serious injury, but three of his teammates also suffered injuries.
Guard Seth McKinney suffered a knee injury and did not return. DT John McCargo suffered a calf injury. And Marshawn Lynch suffered a shoulder injury in the first half and did not return.

We’ll have updates on their status for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins when Perry Fewell holds his Monday press conference though he did say McCargo, Lynch and McKinney are day to day.


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Kyle Williams shoulder

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2009 – 3:33 pm

Kyle Williams addressed the state of his shoulder injury with the media, which has kept him out of practice each of the past two days.

“It’s getting better, just trying to get a little of the strength back and just trying to determine whether the pain is from the trap that I pulled off or from the separation. It’s kind of a minute by minute deal.”

Williams said he’d like to try and play, but isn’t sure the training staff would let him in his condition.

“It’s obviously not my decision because I would try it,” he said. “I tried it after I did it (last) Sunday and I just couldn’t do anything. I’ll just keep treating it and hopefully I’ll be able to go on Sunday. But I think that’s what our coaches and training staff is here for. They’re going to try to protect guys from themselves especially my case because I’d probably need something like that because I want to go. But they’re being really cautious with it because it’s a pretty significant deal.”

Williams official status for Sunday’s game will be announced after Friday’s practice, but it certainly does not sound promising. That would mean Buffalo is down to three defensive tackles for the game in Marcus Stroud, Spencer Johnson and John McCargo. Ryan Denney is capable of kicking down inside on passing downs.


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Fan Friday 10-16

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2009 – 1:47 pm

Fan Friday 10-16
We plow ahead into Week 6. The Bills might be struggling, but we press on with Fan Friday. Questions go to AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

 
1. Chris,
 
Quick question.  With the injury to Poz, who on the defense has the ‘headset’ in the helmet?  Is it Buggs, or is it Ellison?  Thanks.
 
-Paul
Lifelong Bills Fan, Ex-WNYer now living in Maryland

CB: Well when Poz first went out and was replaced by Marcus Buggs, Buggs had the radio helmet. When he was replaced by Kawika Mitchell, he had the radio helmet. And finally when Mitchell was hurt last week against Cleveland, Keith Ellison grabbed the radio helmet.

But with Poz expected to start this week (he’s probable), Poz will have the radio helmet with Ellison as the backup provided he plays. Catch all that?

 

2. Chris,
 
I was wondering why McGee hasn’t been taking kickoffs in place of McKelvin? In my opinion, McGee was one of the best kick returners we had in many years. Thanks!
 
Steve Barker
Fredericksburg, VA

CB: Truth be told Buffalo’s kick return average has improved from the first week McKelvin went out until now, albeit marginally (20th to 18th). That being said, you will get no arguments from me about putting McGee back there. He’s one of the best kick returners I have ever seen. However, he is nursing a sore knee so giving him extra work really isn’t an option this week.

 

3. Chris,
Has the NFL addressed the possible expansion of the 53 man roster due to all the injuries on every club,every year?
Al in Syracuse

CB: I don’t see it changing because more players means more payroll and less profit for NFL owners. I know coaches would like to see it, but unless the new CBA negotiations add games to the regular season schedule (18 game regular season) I can’t see the roster size increasing.

 

4. Chris;
 
Thanks for taking my question.  Do you think Coach Jauron has any thoughts on playing Jamon Meredith to see what he has?  I do not see the Bills doing much this year and with Butler on I-R.  At least get some game action with Meredith and see what he can do.  He can’t be any worse.
 
Also, why was Seth McKinney playing goal line defense in Miami?  Was it merely a case that McCargo was inactive and they needed an extra wide body?
 
Thanks,
Pete  

CB: Jamon Meredith is expected to start Sunday with Jonathan Scott out due to an ankle injury. So it seems they’re willing to try him there, but making your first NFL start on the road alongside another rookie is a precarious situation as I see it. Guess we’ll find out what he can do in a hurry.

As for McKinney, you’re correct. McCargo was inactive for the Miami game, so with just three defensive tackles active, they needed another wide body in there for goal line defense.

 

5. Hi Chris,
 
2 part question for you:
1. Wondering how James Hardy’s rehabilitation is going with his knee? I think I remember you writing that the Bills have the first 6 weeks of the season to decide whether or not to bring him to the active roster or to permanantly place him on IR for ’09. 
2. If they bring him back, which player comes off the roster at this point?
 
Thank you,
Anthony

CB: James is doing very well. What can happen after Monday Oct. 19 is he can become eligible to begin practicing with the team if they feel he is ready to do so. That would begin a 21-day practice period in which he can practice with the team, but he does not have to be added to the active roster during that time.

At the end of the three week practice period the team must decide at that time whether to add him to the active roster or put him on season-ending injured reserve. And yes another player would have to be waived to make room for him on the roster. Who that player is would be up to the coaching staff.

The staff does not have to begin practicing him this week. They could wait another week or two weeks to begin the 21-day practice windown period.


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Bell, Byrd, McCargo probable

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2009 – 4:43 pm

Buffalo should have their left tackle back on the field Sunday when they host the Browns.

Demetrius Bell (groin) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday, but on Friday he practice fully and is listed as probable.

FS Jairus Byrd (hip) and DT John McCargo (calf) were also limited earlier in the week, but practiced fully on Friday as well. They too are probable for the game.


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Thurs. injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2009 – 6:00 pm

The players not practicing on Thursday were all on the defensive side of the ball for the Bills.

Donte Whitner (thumb), Bryan Scott (ankle), Paul Posluszny (forearm) and Chris Ellis (absent) did not practice.

Limited on Thursday were John McCargo (calf), Demetrius Bell (groin) and Jairus Byrd (hip).

Head coach Dick Jauron on the limited players.

“They were limited because they probably didn’t do as much as they normally do, but they did a good deal (of work),” said Jauron.

Considering that Thursday was a padded practice and Bell, Byrd and McCargo did a good deal of work, their chances of being available to play Sunday are probably pretty good. We’ll have their official injury status on Friday after practice.


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Practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2009 – 3:58 pm

Donte Whitner and Bryan Scott are still not practicing here on Thursday.

Also not practicing is Paul Posluszny and Chris Ellis who is still absent.

John McCargo and Demetrius Bell are practicing. We’ll see if they did more work today than Wednesday when both were limited as Dick Jauron will provide an update after practice.


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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2009 – 8:46 pm

Demetrius Bell was back participating on the practice field Wednesday, but it was only on a limited basis. Bell told Buffalbills.com he felt good in the work that he did do and intends to put the pads on in practice Thursday.

Also limited in practice were John McCargo (calf) and rookie Jairus Byrd, who sustained a hip injury in last Sunday’s game.

Not practicing were Paul Posluszny (arm), Bryan Scott (ankle) and Donte Whitner (thumb). All three were in attendance at practice. Scott was doing some light walking with an ankle brace on.

Chris Ellis was absent from practice as he’s still tending to the family matters connected with the sudden passing of his mother last weekend.


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Bills injured players week to week

Posted by Chris Brown on October 5, 2009 – 5:06 pm

According to head coach Dick Jauron all of Buffalo’s injured players from last week are still hobbled.

“The injury report, we came out of the game in pretty decent shape,” said Jauron. “In terms of the injured list going in all of those guys are kind of week to week now. So we’ve just got to watch them and see how it comes out on Wednesday and Thursday as we move through the week of practice.”

The players that fall under that week to week category are as follows.

Donte Whitner
Bryan Scott
Paul Posluszny
Demetrius Bell
John McCargo


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Bell, McCargo, Scott, Whitner out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2009 – 4:28 pm

Head coach Dick Jauron just announced that Demetrius Bell, John McCargo, Bryan Scott and Donte Whitner are all out for Sunday.

None of the four players practice at all during the week. More details on the home page of Buffalobills.com.


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Bell not practicing again

Posted by Chris Brown on October 2, 2009 – 2:58 pm

LT Demetrius Bell is not practicing for a third straight day putting his availability for Sunday in doubt. We’ll have a full status update from head coach Dick Jauron after practice.

If he can’t go Jonathan Scott mans left tackle with Kirk Chambers on the right.

Also not practicing are Donte Whitner, Bryan Scott and John McCargo. Leodis McKelvin went on I-R Thursday.


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