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Steelers sign Karlos Williams to their prac. squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2016 – 10:02 am

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed RB Karlos Williams to their practice squad.

There were reports last week that the former Bills fifth-round pick was going to be re-signed by Buffalo. The Steelers likely see a benefit in having Williams’ older brother, LB Vince Williams on their roster to serve as a positive influence for a player who battled off the field issues and weight problems.

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Karlos hoping to get a shot Saturday

Posted by Chris Brown on August 15, 2016 – 3:57 pm

He was just activated on Monday off the Non-Football Illness list, and he’s had just one practice, but Karlos Williams is hoping he can get some carries in Buffalo’s next preseason game Saturday.

“Oh yeah. Most definitely. I want to play and that’s the goal for me,” said Williams of Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants. “It’s to prove to the coaches that I’m in shape and that I’m ready to play, I know the plays, I can line up, line assignment technique and I can perform at a high level, the way they want me to.”

Head coach Rex Ryan said he’s not ruling Williams out for Saturday’s preseason game, but likely wants to see how he makes it through the week first.


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Kyle counsels Karlos

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2016 – 6:12 pm

While the intensity of practice Monday went on in front of them, the longest-tenured player on the roster had a long talk with a second-year running back in need of some guidance.

Kyle Williams took a long walk with Karlos Williams during Monday’s practice at Bills training camp. The four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle was a fifth-round pick just like the second-year running back. While Kyle Williams’ career was on an upward trajectory from the time he put a Bills jersey on, this past offseason for Karlos Williams has taken a dubious turn.

Reporting to minicamp overweight in June, his weight problem has not improved a whole lot at the outset of camp. That combined with a league-imposed four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy has him on a short leash at a position that just got deeper with the signing of Reggie Bush.

All the credit that Karlos Williams built up as a dynamic rookie, who tied for the team lead with nine touchdowns, is just about gone, and Kyle Williams, a leader on the team for years took it upon himself to dispense some much needed advice to the second-year back.

The pair walked together around the practice field, taking three full laps. The discussion focused on the steps Karlos needs to take to stabilize his pro career and family life at home. After the conversation was over, Kyle, who is still on Active/PUP went to do more rehab work. Karlos went to observe the rest of practice and take mental reps.

Here they are as their conversation reached a close.

Kyle, Karlos

 

 

 

 

 

Will the message sink in? Only Karlos knows the answer.


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Bills and RB Bush still talking

Posted by Chris Brown on July 26, 2016 – 1:43 pm

Whether the Bills and free agent RB Reggie Bush are able to consummate a deal remains to be seen, but the lines of communication between the two parties remain open.

Buffalobills.com has learned that the two sides are still talking. Bush seems content to bide his time at this point, no doubt waiting to see if a more favorable opportunity presents itself somewhere else in the league due to injury once training camps open this weekend.

The Bills currently have six running backs on the roster, but Karlos Williams will be lost for the first month of the season due to violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.


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Fan Friday 6-17

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2016 – 11:36 am

Spring practices have come to a close. Just six weeks until training camp. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills Has Dez Lewis secured a place on the roster? And does he have any exp of kick/punt returning? #bills

Dave G@freshie1975

CB: We will have a feature story on Dez Lewis this Monday on how he has advanced his game entering his second season. I think if Lewis continues on his current path he will undoubtedly be on the 53-man roster. But what he did in the spring has to continue in training camp when the pads go on, especially for a 6-4 receiver like Lewis. In fact Lewis’ game should go up another notch knowing how he can assert his physicality on the field. Hopefully that proves to be the case. As I wrote today in ‘What we learned about the Bills in offseason practices’ he has the inside track on the No. 3 receiver role.

His punt/kick return experience is minimal. He had just two punt returns in college and no kick returns.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills how serious is Karlos’s weight issue. Have Gilislee and J Williams over taken him in terms of a roster spot#bills

Dave G@freshie1975

CB: There is no debating that Karlos has a formidable task in front of him. He has so much weight to lose that Rex Ryan said this week that getting him back to his playing weight by the start of training camp might be too much in too short a period of time.

His weight loss has to come in stages. So in late July when players report it’s unlikely that Williams will be at his playing weight of 230 pounds. Depending on what his report weight is Williams practice regimen could be limited to avoid the risk of injury. When you’re carrying excess weight, especially at a position like running back you’re risk of injury increases significantly, with hamstrings being the most susceptible to problems.

So I would expect a similar approach early in camp with Williams where he’s doing individual position drill work and then going to the side to work with the strength and conditioning staff to continue to shed weight.

As for the running back pecking order, it’s clear that the offensive staff is high on Jonathan Williams. In minicamp with LeSean McCoy’s ankle injury keeping him out of team work and Karlos Williams weight keeping him out of team work, Jonathan Williams was first in the rotation at the position followed by Mike Gillislee.

Jonathan Williams has a lot of the same physical skills of Karlos Williams. If Karlos Williams’ weight loss process last into the preseason I think it’s very possible that Jonathan Williams is your backup running back and Gillislee remains the third back as he was last season.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills Do you think Kyle Williams will be more effective in a shared rotational role with Adolphus Washington?

i carn’t spel@NickTheCrowe

CB: I believe that Kyle Williams will still be a starter on this defensive line in 2016. Will he play as many snaps as Marcell Dareus or Adolphus Washington? Probably not. But I expect him to start at right defensive end next to Dareus and kick inside at times on obvious passing downs. Washington will man left defensive end with Dareus on the nose.

It’s my belief that Williams is still a very effective and productive player even at 33-years old. I suppose we won’t know for sure until we see how he looks in training camp in return from a bad knee injury that required surgery. But most seem to forget this guy is a four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman. He’s a grinder. So I don’t see a rotational role for him unless that knee injury robbed him of his trademark explosiveness off the snap.

 

4 – Chris,

Does it concern you that Rex is simplifying his scheme to appease his players?  It concerns me that we won’t be running the same system that has such a long track record of success, because players aren’t smart enough to pick it up.  How did the Jets defense pick it up in the first year, but here we are in year two in Buffalo and they have to simplify the checks.  Not very encouraging.  Maybe this team needs to put a greater premium on intelligence, like Belichick does; you have to be a college graduate to be a Patriot.

Mike S.

CB: After talking to Preston Brown about that very thing I’m not concerned. I asked Brown directly as to whether the defensive scheme has been pared down. He said the only part of the defense that has been “altered slightly” (his words) is there aren’t quite as many pre-snap checks on certain down and distances. Otherwise Ryan’s defensive scheme is largely the same.

The key difference this year is Ryan is no longer blending elements of the old Jim Schwartz scheme from 2014. Rex tried to blend elements of Schwartz’s successful scheme in 2014 with his own as an olive branch to the defensive players who were successful and productive in that system. By midseason he knew it was a mistake.

So going into this season it’s Ryan’s more traditional 3-4 system that has a proven track record in this league for 15-plus years. What’s more the players have completely committed themselves to learning the scheme. So I would not be concerned about the effectiveness of Rex’s scheme. I think it will work with a lot more success this season for the reasons mentioned above.

 

5 – Dear Chris:

Thank you for all of your coverage that you do on the Bills day after day, hope you continue the game day chat box, very helpful.

My question is regarding Shaq Lawson; is there a timetable for his return as of yet? What for surgery/operation was done on his shoulder? Could he potentially miss the start of the regular season and most of training camp, as reports I have read so far have indicated, or could he potentially rehab his heart out in time to make the end of training camp, as shoulder injuries can take time to heal. This is very much concerning me as I have not much info on how long it could be until he gets back to full health.

Sincerely
John from Pennsylvania

CB: I think the most important thing is that Shaq’s surgery was successful. Now the rehab process begins, but rehabbing from this procedure is going to take time, typically four months or more knowing each case is different. So I believe it’s likely that Lawson misses training camp and the preseason. The team has stated he’s also likely to miss the early stages of the regular season.

What benefits the Bills coaching staff is they have time to adjust their plans for the loss of Lawson from their defensive lineup. It’s reasonable to believe he’ll be good to go for at least the second half of the season. At what point in the first half of the season he returns is a timetable that can’t be pinned down until he’s further along in the rehab process.


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The plan for Karlos

Posted by Chris Brown on June 14, 2016 – 3:29 pm

With Karlos Williams coming into minicamp overweight he’s limited to individual position work and then he heads over to work with the strength and conditioning staff for the remainder of practice. That was the plan on Tuesday and it’ll repeat itself on Wednesday and Thursday. Head coach Rex Ryan says they’ve already got a plan in place to get the second-year running back closer to his actual listed playing weight of 230 pounds.

At the same time dropping that much weight in what will amount to about six and a half weeks isn’t healthy, so the club has to take a more methodical approach according to Ryan.

“We’re not going to put a ridiculous weight number on him to get him back,” Ryan said. “But what you don’t want to do where he all of a sudden drops 20 pounds and he comes out here and gets hurt the first day of training camp. That’s what we’re trying to avoid. So we’ve got to get him to do the right things now. Obviously he’s not anywhere close to where he needs to be to play at a high level. So we’ve got to get some weight off him and he understands that.”

Williams said he plans to continue working with the strength and conditioning staff for another two to three weeks after minicamp closes on Thursday to get his weight more in line with where it needs to be.


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Finishing with top run game important

Posted by Chris Brown on January 3, 2016 – 10:13 am

The Bills enter Sunday’s game with the top rushing attack and they’d like to finish that way coming out of their final game with the Jets.

“It would be amazing. It would be amazing, especially with the group of guys we had carry the ball this year,” said Karlos Williams. “Some guys not here still, but the group of guys we’ve had running the football this year, Shady leading the way, it’s been amazing. So much to learn in this running back room and from this offense and from this coaching staff and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

“Absolutely, it’s important,” said Eric Wood. “We’re out of the playoffs, but that’s something you can hang your hat on going into the offseason. We’d rather have the win in all cases, but we’re proud to lead the league in rushing.”

It won’t be easy with the Bills facing the top run defense in football in the Jets. However, New York was the top run defense the first time Buffalo faced them and the Bills rolled up 148 yards on them, the most by any team this season.


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Fan Friday 12-25

Posted by Chris Brown on December 25, 2015 – 11:48 am

Merry Christmas Bills fans! We know the players and coaches would’ve liked to leave a bit more under the tree for you this season. It might be hard to see it now, but there are a lot of encouraging signs for the 2016 season. Here are your latest questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

How does Karlos look for this week? Starting? Or gillislee taking reps with the ones?

Ethan_Diep

CB: Barring any setbacks with his shoulder I’d expect Karlos Williams to start in place of LeSean McCoy. Mike Gillislee will have a role however on Sunday serving as a complement to Williams.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Isn’t there value in continuity? The most successful organizations have it, right?

XKC4338

CB: Yes, most of the most NFL franchises have some clear measure of continuity. In many cases it’s aided by having a franchise quarterback. Buffalo has found a promising QB in Tyrod Taylor. There are a lot of encouraging elements to Taylor’s game that should only improve heading into next season with another year in Greg Roman’s system. That being said the jury is still out on whether he can be a franchise caliber signal caller.

I’m guessing your question stems from concern about the state of the Bills front office and coaching staff amid a flurry of media reports this week. I will say that things did not go according to plan with this team this season. There is no debate about that. I don’t think making wholesale changes are the way to go or in the offing.

Doug Whaley has proven himself as a talent evaluator in his short time as GM of the Bills. Anyone who can flip Matt Cassel for a fifth-round pick and get a Pro Bowl running back for a linebacker that has had a pair of ACL knee injuries is doing something right. And all the criticism for the draft day trade of Sammy Watkins looks like it has missed the mark.

Rex Ryan despite a disappointing defensive season has been a top 10 defensive coach in this league for all but two of the seasons in which he has been either a coordinator or head coach. He’s a proven innovator in this league and it’s my contention that he’ll be doing some more innovating this offseason to gain the upper hand again on opposing offenses next year.

I know it again sounds like empty promises. Believe me I get it. I’ve been here to witness each of the last 16 seasons. As I’ve said many times, frequent change hasn’t brought much in the way of improvement for this team. I doubt such sweeping change will make this team better in 2016.
3 – @ChrisBrownBills

Thoughts on Tyrod as long term answer for Bills?

TheGreatMikesby
CB: I think Tyrod has certainly made himself the best candidate for that role right now. As I said above Taylor still has some more evidence to provide that he can be that guy, which means making progress in some areas of his game.

The thing that hasn’t made sense to me is the criticism he’s received for not making enough plays in the fourth quarter, leading his team from behind to a victory, etc. The positive things he has done for that position in a brand new offense for every player on that side of the ball should be applauded.

To have the numbers he has, which include an astounding 4:1 touchdown to interception ratio (20 to 5) and a passer rating that is on pace to be the best in team history (yes, better than HOF’er Jim Kelly) and has been over 100 almost all season, is remarkable.

What goes by the board for most fans because they’re not around him every day is the leadership he has demonstrated for this team in his role as QB. I have covered this team since Kelly’s last two seasons with the Bills and having seen all the quarterbacks since then, the only one who led as effectively as Taylor was Ryan Fitzpatrick. The only one who did better was Drew Bledsoe.

But Bledsoe came in the door with a proven resume that included Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl appearance. So stepping in and leading was easy.

Taylor came in as part of a three-man QB competition, no time on the field in the league and in less than a season not only won over the locker room, but produced on the field and then did all the right things off it in terms of vocal leadership, running extra offensive meetings by himself with teammates and counseling younger players on the practice squad (e.g. Dez Lewis, Walt Powell).

In my opinion, Taylor has earned the right to be this team’s starting quarterback next season. If the Bills happen to acquire a quarterback who is superior in every way this offseason then things are different, but until that time this is a quarterback fans should get behind.

 

4 – Chris,

Do you think the Bills will utilize Bill Polian as a team Consultant?  I totally agree with Mr. Polian’s recent comments, Improve the Offensive Line with talent (a need for past 15 years that has not been properly addressed), add a WR to compliment Sammy on the other side, and add a true quality back-up QB to Tyrod Taylor, while also drafting a young QB to develop for the future.

In addition, my thought is use a defensive scheme that matches the strengths of the Bills personnel.

Randy Culp

CB: I’m not going to pretend to know what Terry and Kim Pegula are thinking with respect to hiring a consultant. What I can tell you is Bill Polian’s job at ESPN is in direct conflict with him having any kind of NFL consultant job with an NFL club. He recently said on Sirius NFL Radio that he would not want to give up his ESPN job to do that.

All due respect to Bill Polian, who is a Hall of Fame executive, but the offensive line is not old and slow. Of the seven offensive linemen who have seen the most time on the field this season, their average age is 26.5-years old. Two of the oldest, Richie Incognito and Eric Wood are Pro Bowl alternates and the team leads the league in rushing.

For you to say the offensive line hasn’t been addressed is also incorrect. They drafted four in the last two drafts. Cordy Glenn, who the team has said is a priority to re-sign, is entering the prime of his career (also a draft choice – 2012).

And I wouldn’t be surprised if they invest in the offensive line again this offseason in the draft. Adding a quarterback I think is also on the to-do list.

Doug Whaley in two short years as GM has done a solid job of fortifying this roster with quality talent. What’s more he’s retained the most important talent on this roster instead of letting it escape to play for other clubs. So I’m having a hard time understanding the criticism for the team’s personnel boss.

 

5 – ​Hi Chris,

I really think Doug Whaley does a tremendous job identifying talent…but I think he needs some help (as well as Rex) building a TEAM.  As Talley said, and I totally agree, we have a collection of all-stars but no team unity.  Fred Jackson was the glue on this team and Whaley showed me he doesn’t understand the “team” concept this offseason (was Bryce Brown really that talented??  Did anyone not think Goodwin would be hurt in his first game?? With Shady being hurt..cut someone else).  When KW and AW went down that was a huge blow and now young men are trying to become leaders and that will take time.  More so than talent this offseason, I’m really looking for the Bills to become a team and look like the enjoy playing together.  Your thoughts?

Chris
St. Louis
CB: I agree that losing Kyle Williams and Aaron Williams for the season were costly losses. They were the primary leaders on defense. I think it would’ve been harder for Fred to lead here in a vastly reduced role that might have found him inactive in certain weeks.

As the season is winding down it is encouraging to see a couple of 2014 draft choices step forward in Preston Brown and Sammy Watkins and take on more of a leadership role in the final weeks. Hopefully they continue to serve this team in that capacity going into next year.

If the productive players on the field are the ones leading off of it everybody follows. It’s unfortunate that a pair of 22-years old have to fill that kind of void, but when veterans choose not to a team has no choice.

As Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells once said:

“Blame nobody – expect nothing – do something. Losers sit around in small groups, b**ching about the coach, the system and other players. Winners come together as a team.”


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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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Mario looks good, Rambo, Karlos still iffy

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2015 – 1:08 pm

All three are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Washington, but one appears to have a much better chance to play than the others.

Mario Williams, who missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, was able to get out on the field and practice on a limited basis Friday. It was an encouraging sign for head coach Rex Ryan.

“That’s a good sign,” said Ryan. “He practiced so that looks good. He was in the meetings this week and had a mask on (so he didn’t spread germs). But we think he’s going to be ready to roll.”

Bacarri Rambo (knee) and Karlos Williams (shoulder) are both bigger question marks for Sunday.

Rambo was able to return to practice Friday after suffering a setback in Wednesday’s practice that forced him to sit out Thursday’s session.

“I think he looked good,” said Ryan of his Friday practice. “We’ve just got to be careful with him because he’s been dealing with that knee for quite a while. But it’s good to have him back out there.”

For Karlos Williams it’s a contact issue. Without there being much contact in practice this time of year when bodies are worn down it’s hard to ascertain just what kind of punishment Williams injured shoulder can take.

“You really don’t know. You don’t know,” said Williams. “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.”

“We’ll see. He’s doing well,” said Ryan of Karlos Williams. “He’s running great out here and he’s trying and pushing so hopefully we get good news on it. But you’re not going to put a guy out there if he’s not ready for contact. If he’s not, we’re not putting him out there.”


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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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Karlos makes top 5 on rookie list

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2015 – 11:10 am

Karos Williams has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, but what he’s done on the field has earned him a spot on a ProFootballFocus top 5 list. 

ProFootballFocus has put together a list of top eight late round draft pick or undrafted performers this season. Karlos was ranked third on the list. Here’s what they wrote

3 – Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills

Draft Position: 5th round pick

Injuries have given Karlos Williams two separate spells on the sidelines, and thus have limited the talented FSU product’s carries to just 66 on the season, but he has been a real difference-maker for Buffalo when able to contribute. With a +5.9 overall grade, he is the highest rated runner on Buffalo’s roster, and his 5.7 yards-per-carry is the best in the league for of any running back with at least 50 carries. In a healthier season, pushing LeSean McCoy for starter’s reps—and even challenging for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award—would not seem that far fetched.
Head coach Rex Ryan is taking a wait and see approach on whether Willims can return to the offensive lineup this week. 


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Bradham, Gilmore, Karlos updates

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2015 – 3:17 pm

The Bills were without two of their defensive starters Sunday in Philadelphia, but there’s a decent chance they can get one of them back for the Washington game.

Nigel Bradham is trying to return from an ankle injury suffered in the loss at Kansas City a couple of weeks ago. Rex Ryan is hopeful that Bradham can improve to the point where he can play.

“I feel good about Nigel, I think that one, we’ll see,” Ryan said. “He’s desperate to play and I think there’s a real possibility he’ll play.”

As for Stephon Gilmore, Ryan is not as optimistic. In fact he admitted it’s a possibility that Gilmore might not see the field again this season with just three games to play.

“Stephon, I doubt it, right now I don’t think that looks good,” said Ryan. “That’s something with that shoulder, a dislocation – could it be a possibility? I’m not ruling it out.”

Ryan is also not sure about the availability of Karlos Williams for Sunday with his shoulder injury also suffered in Kansas City. He called it a wait and see.


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Bradham, Gilmore, Karlos all sit Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2015 – 4:25 pm

For the second straight day Buffalo was missing two starters on their defense and LeSean McCoy’s understudy on the practice field Thursday.

LB Nigel Bradham, CB Stephon Gilmore and RB Karlos Williams were all non-participants at practice Thursday. Head coach Rex Ryan is not optimistic about any of them playing on Sunday.

“I think it’s pretty obvious,” said Ryan of Gilmore’s chances of playing. “I’m not going to declare him out yet, but I would say all those guys don’t look real good to play this week.”

Ron Brooks also missed a second straight day of practice due to a concussion suffered last week and is unlikely to dress for the Eagles game as well.


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No go for Bradham and Karlos Thursday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 3, 2015 – 2:36 pm

LB Nigel Bradham has all but declared out by Rex Ryan as he has already named Tony Steward as his replacement in the lineup for Sunday. But Karlos Williams is a player that Ryan isn’t giving up on at this point.

“It doesn’t look great right now, but I don’t want to count him out just yet,” said Ryan. “You’ll give him an opportunity. You don’t want to count Henderson out either. We’ll see, but I think tomorrow will be a big indicator on both those two guys.”

Ryan admitted that if Karlos Williams can’t play Sunday that the team would have to make a roster move at running back with just LeSean McCoy and Boobie Dixon the only healthy running backs.


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Status of Karlos up in air for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2015 – 3:14 pm

It’s just too early in the week for Bills head coach Rex Ryan to make an assessment on Karlos Williams for Sunday’s game against Houston after he sustained a shoulder injury in Kansas City. Williams left the game in the first half and did not return. Ryan right now is playing wait and see with the rookie back.

“Karlos’ shoulder we’ll see how it progresses through the week,” said Ryan. “Obviously it’s not near the severity of Alex’s injury, but hopefully we’ll see where he’s at later in the week. Hopefully he can play, we’re not 100 percent sure.”

Buffalo’s running back contingent is a bit thinner after the team waived Boom Herron last week. Healthy and fit to play right now are LeSean McCoy, Boobie Dixon and Jerome Felton. RB Mike Gillislee is on the practice squad.

 


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Rex expects McKelvin & Karlos to play Monday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2015 – 2:58 pm

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Bills DB Leodis McKelvin missed a second straight day of practice due to illness and Karlos Williams also fell victim to illness at practice on Friday and was limited. But head coach Rex Ryan doesn’t see it affecting either players’ chance of playing against New England Monday night in Foxborough.

“I expect him to play,” said Ryan of McKelvin. “Same thing with Karlos.”

With the game on Monday night both McKelvin and Karlos Williams have the benefit of an extra day to prepare for the game. Here’s the updated injury report for Friday. Player status for the game will be posted Saturday with the game being on Monday night.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Leodis McKelvin – illness
DT Kyle Williams – knee

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OL Richie Incognito – shoulder
RB Karlos Williams – illness

FULL PARTICIPATION
OT Cyrus Kouandjio – knee


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Vote for Karlos for NFL Rookie of the Week

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2015 – 9:41 am

Bills RB Karlos Williams had his second 100-yard rushing day of the season in his return from injury last week against the Dolphins. The rookie also had a pair of touchdowns in Buffalo’s win, all of which earned him a nomination for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week.

Williams had an 11-yard touchdown run and a 38-yard scoring run to close the door on the Dolphins in Buffalo’s 33-17 win last week. But the Bills power back has some competition from the likes of Tennessee QB Marcus Mariota, who threw four touchdown passes and Eagles LB Jordan Hicks, Raiders WR Amari Cooper and Bears RB Jeremy Langford.

 

Fans can vote for Karlos as many times as they want right here. Voting runs through Friday at 3 pm ET. The Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 9 will then be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.


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Karlos moving up on points list

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2015 – 1:41 pm

After a two-touchdown day in Sunday’s win over the Dolphins, Karlos Williams has scored in each of the five games he has played this season. And though his games played total is almost half of that for the other running backs in the league he’s still tied for the fourth-most points by running backs in the NFL.

Williams has a total of 36 points this season with his six touchdowns. That’s tied with Miami’s Lamar Miller, who also had two touchdowns Sunday and Arizona’s David Johnson.

The only backs who have scored more points than Williams are Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman with 66 points, the Jets’ Chris Ivory with 42 points and Cincinnati’s Jeremy Hill with 38.


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