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Groin injury adds Lawson to injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 28, 2017 – 2:53 pm

Shaq Lawson was added to the Bills injury report Thursday with a groin injury. Lawson told Buffalobills.com that it’s been sore more than anything else, but he was pulled from practice early on Thursday to avoid making things worse.

“It’s just been sore,” Lawson said. “I think I’ll be alright.”

Lawson, who has a sack in each of his last two games against NFC opponents, is looking to make it three in a row on Sunday against Atlanta. His likelihood of playing against the Falcons will be listed in the team’s Friday injury report.

In the meantime here is where things stand following Thursday’s practice, with Marcell Dareus a full practice participant.

DID NOT PRACTICE
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle/foot

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
DE Shaq Lawson – groin

FULL PRACTICE
DT Marcell Dareus – ankle
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion
RB LeSean McCoy – wrist

 


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Glenn doesn’t practice, Dareus limited

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2017 – 2:54 pm

OT Cordy Glenn was not able to practice Wednesday due to an ailing ankle. Meanwhile DT Marcell Dareus practiced on a limited basis.

“I’m feeling good. We’re going to take it day by day and see how things go,” said Dareus. “Just trying to get used to the braces I have now and get my feet under me. Just trying to check the soreness and keep moving forward.”

Here’s Buffalo’s full injury report.

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DID NOT PRACTICE
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
LB Lorenzo Alexander – rest
DT Kyle Williams – rest

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
DT Marcell Dareus – ankle

FULL PRACTICE
RB LeSean McCoy – wrist
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

 


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Dareus held out of practice, Glenn returns

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2017 – 3:11 pm

Head coach Sean McDermott expressed concern about Marcell Dareus’ availability for Sunday’s game after suffering an ankle injury last weekned. Dareus missed a second straight day of practice on Thursday.

The only other player who did not participate in practice Thursday was DT Jerel Worthy, who remains in the concussion protocol.

The good news is Cordy Glenn returned to practice from an ankle injury suffered in last week’s game. Glenn was limited. The key will be how he feels Friday morning and whether he can practice a second straight day.

Shaq Lawson also returned to practice from a nerve contusion in his foot, but was limited.

WR Kaelin Clay was added to the injury report as a limited participant Thursday as he had to step out of practice with a foot injury. TE Nick O’Leary was another new addition with a hamstring injury and was limited.

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Here’s the full report for Thursday.

DID NOT PRACTICE
DT Marcell Dareus – ankle
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

LIMITED PRACTICE
S Colt Anderson – foot
WR Kaelin Clay – foot
OT Cordy Glenn – foot/ankle
LB Deon Lacey – hamstring
DE Shaq Lawson – foot
TE Nick O’Leary – hamstring

FULL PRACTICE
TE Charles Clay – knee
RB LeSean McCoy – wrist
LB Matt Milano – hamstring

 

 


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Clay, Milano limited in practice

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

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

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

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

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


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Dareus practices fully

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2017 – 3:22 pm

In addition to LeSean McCoy being limited in practice Thursday there was one other change to the team’s injury report.

Marcell Dareus went from being a limited participant in practice Wednesday to a full participant Thursday. Dareus has been dealing with a nagging hip injury.

McCoy was limited with a stomach bug, but finished practice.

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DID NOT PRACTICE

LB Tanner Vallejo – knee

DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

S Colt Anderson – foot

RB LeSean McCoy – illness

FULL PRACTICE

DT Marcell Dareus – hip

OT Cordy Glenn – foot

WR Jordan Matthews – chest

QB Tyrod Taylor – concussion


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Dareus limited in practice 

Posted by Chris Brown on September 6, 2017 – 5:46 pm

The good news at practice Wednesday was that Cordy Glenn, Jordan Matthews and Tyrod Taylor were full participants. Marcell Dareus however, was not.

Dareus was limited due to a nagging hip injury. He’s been dealing with it for the better part of the last two weeks. Colt Anderson was also limited with a foot injury.

Here’s the injury report for Wednesday.
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DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Tanner Vallejo – knee
DT Jerel Worthy – concussion

LIMITED PARTICIPTION
DT Marcell Dareus – hip
S Colt Anderson – foot

FULL PRACTICE
QB Tyrod Taylor – concussion
OT Cordy Glenn – foot
WR Jordan Matthews – sternum


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McDermott on why Dareus was in pads for game

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2017 – 11:31 pm

Most of Buffalo’s regular starters had their jerseys on for Thursday night’s preseason finale, but most did not have pads on as there was no intent to put them in the game against the Lions. But Marcell Dareus was one of a handful of players in full pads. After missing last week’s game for a team rules violation it was thought that Dareus might get some playing time. But it did not prove to be case. Head coach Sean McDermott explained why Dareus was suited up.

“We just wanted to see him get out and test his hip situation and warm up,” said McDermott. “I thought he looked good in warm-ups. He looked good in practice (Wednesday). So were just testing him to see what it felt like.”

 


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Dareus sent home by Bills for rule violation

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2017 – 5:45 pm

Buffalobills.com has learned that Bills DT Marcell Dareus has been sent home by the team for violation of a team rule. He will not play tonight. 

Head coach Sean McDermott has preached to his players in his first year as coach that there will be a process the team will take with how they approach each and every day of work to earn the right to win. And that everyone must respect that process. 

Dareus’ violation is disappointing to say the least knowing just a month ago that Kyle Williams at the outset of training camp expressed that Dareus appeared as focused for a season as he had ever been. 

Dareus has served league suspensions and been late for team meetings previously in his career.  


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Dareus values his relationship with Kyle

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2017 – 4:00 pm

As we covered on Buffalobills.com in our Top 3 things to know about day 5 at Bills camp, Marcell Dareus is determined to have a big bounce back season in 2017. The new scheme has him believing he can have a major impact on the game. But the first thing Dareus mentions when he talks about why he’s pumped up for the 2017 season is that he knows Kyle Williams will be lining up next to him for a seventh season.

“I just really want to be prepared for what we’re going for and what we got planned for this year. Kyle Williams coming back was a good thing for me, so I just want to do the best I can for him and my teammates,” Dareus said. “I just want to come in, in shape and ready to go. From there, it’s just falling into that role and being the best person and teammate I can be for my teammates.”

As a young player Dareus relied on Kyle for on field direction if there was an adjustment pre-snap. Now they are so accustomed to lining up together they just use a lot of non-verbal communication to create havoc.

“This is our seventh year playing together. I haven’t been in too many situations without him. I mean, we’ve been doing pretty well together and having fun out there,” said Dareus. “He would be my ‘work wife.’ And we have good communication, so we don’t fight and we don’t argue. We just kind of go with the flow.”

Of course if Kyle Williams finds out that Dareus called him his ‘work wife,’ we just might have the first throw down in this seven-year relationship.


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Fan Friday 2-17

Posted by Chris Brown on February 17, 2017 – 11:30 am

Veteran cuts are happening around the league as team’s look to create more favorable fiscal situations with their cap. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Hi Chris,

With the coaching shakeup we head in the off season with a new head coach, and with our limited cap space for next year already, do you see the following players being in a Buffalo uniform next year?
Tyrod Taylor?
Lesean McCoy?
EJ Manuel?
Charles Clay?
Goodwin?
Stephon Gilmore?
Jerry Hughers?
Kyle Williams?

CB: Taylor is a true question mark. As I said last week I think it’s a situation that could go either way.

McCoy, Clay and Hughes are back. As long as Kyle Williams wants to continue playing I believe he’s here as well.

I’d be surprised if Manuel was re-signed. Goodwin is unlikely knowing they drafted his replacement last year in Kolby Listenbee, who offers the same speed and more size.

Gilmore will depend chiefly on the money he demands.
2 – Hey Chris,

I was wondering with everything aside do you see Whaley re-signing Robert Woods this off season?  Also, do you think they will give Mike Gillislee a contract and get him locked up?

Thanks as always,
Jillian

CB: I think unless the Bills bowl him over with a contract offer that he’s going to test the market. Woods numbers could put him in line for a contract that averages about $9M a season. If there’s a competition for Woods, I don’t see the Bills getting in a bidding war for him.

I do believe they try to sign Mike Gillislee to a long-term contract rather than tender him for one year.
3 – Chris,

I don’t think Tyrod Taylor has proven he can read defenses and make NFL throws over the middle.  I can’t see paying that much for a running QB.  With that in mind, do you think Doug Whaley would target QB Mike Glennon in free agency.

RC from DC

CB: I know it was only one example, but his performance against Miami in Week 16 was an encouraging sign of progress in throwing over the middle. He found targets there with consistency when the Dolphins were daring him to throw there. Taylor threw for over 300 yards in that game.

If the Bills elect to pursue a free agent like Mike Glennon, it would be a complete 180 in philosophy with respect to their quarterback. That’s not to say that it’s wrong, but it would be a vast departure from what they’ve done previously.

Taylor’s skill set is capable of fitting into OC Rick Dennison’s offensive scheme. They’ve worked together before. That’s why I believe the possibility still exists that Taylor is here in 2017.

For what it’s worth, Taylor has a higher completion percentage and a better touchdown to interception ratio than Glennon, who is strictly a pocket passer. Then add on Taylor’s 500 rushing yards a season and in my opinion you’ve got a better option in Taylor than Glennon. But that’s just me.

 

4 – Chris,
My Question is this: Obviously I’m very frustrated with the play of Dareus and Hughes, after they signed huge contracts.

Dareus, specifically, has not produced like a 95 million dollar player should IMO, along with his suspension and injuries.

Is there any chance we try to trade him in the off-season or release him after the 2017 season (if I understand his contract correctly) ?

-David from Rochester

CB: I don’t think trading Dareus is realistic. If you did he’d be a $14M cap hit and put more than $30M in dead cap on your books.

It’s my contention that this new defensive scheme will get back to maximizing the strengths of both Dareus’ and Jerry Hughes’ game, which is getting up the field and penetrating and putting heat on the quarterback.

The scheme under DC Leslie Frazier and coach McDermott will allow them to attack, which is what they like to do best. Dareus was forced to stand in the gaps and grind with offensive linemen under Rex Ryan and let the linebackers run and make plays. Dareus is a playmaker. He was miscast in Ryan’s system.

Hughes is also a more effective player in a 4-3 scheme. It’s where he had back-to-back 10-sack seasons. So I’d give it the 2017 season to reassess if the struggles of Dareus and Hughes were self-inflicted or if they were a victim of a scheme that didn’t fit either of them.

 

5 – Hi Chris,
Thank you for everything you do in regards to covering the bills. If the bills let Woods walk, do you think Kendall Wright from Tennessee could be a possible addition? Reports say he is leaving and could need some new scenery. I feel like he could catch on well with the bills in the slot.
Thank you,
Max

CB: There’s no question that Wright would be a more affordable option than Woods. He’s not as athletic as Woods and is probably a slot receiver only. What will be of concern to potential suitors is the fact that Wright has not made it through a 16-game season since 2013, when he had a 94-catch season, which was his only 1,000-yard receiving year.

Buffalo has experienced all too many problems in recent years with receivers who are not available due to injury. Knowing Wright has an injury history could be a deterrent.


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Bills will go big to fix goal line defense

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2016 – 2:05 pm

Head coach Rex Ryan is never afraid to tell it like it is and when it’s come to his team’s defense in goal-to-go situations it hasn’t been good at all. Over the last five games their red zone defense has slipped from first in the league to 19th, and the main culprit is goal-to-go situations. But Ryan and his defensive staff have come up with a very logical solution.

According to Ryan the Bills have given up 12 touchdowns on 22 goal-to-go plays. When opponents have been in 1st-and-goal situations anywhere from the five-yard line or closer they have scored 100 percent of the time against Buffalo.

Ryan said getting Marcell Dareus back in the lineup on a regular basis will help their goal line defense. Dareus is coming off his best game of the season against Jacksonville. He had eight tackles including three for loss along with a pair of sacks. But there’s another part of the plan to pair with Dareus on goal line defense.

“Having Marcell back will certainly help and we’re going to activate (DeAndre) Coleman a 340-pound defensive tackle,” said head coach Rex Ryan in his weekly appearance on Coffee with the Coach presented by Tim Horton’s. “I think that’s going to help us also.”

Coleman was just called up from the practice squad this week, and based on Ryan’s plans will see action at least in the goal line situations.


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Harvin, Woods, Darby out; Goodwin, Dareus to play

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2016 – 1:38 pm

Buffalo will be down another couple of receivers and one of their top cornerbacks against the Raiders high flying offense. Fortunately Marquise Goodwin will be available Sunday after leaving practice early Thursday with a wrist injury.

“I think he’s okay,” said Rex Ryan of Goodwin. “He practiced (Friday).”

Marcell Dareus is also ready to play on Sunday as he’ll be able to perform through an abdominal strain.

“He made it through the week well,” said Ryan. “He’s ready to go.”

OUT
WR Percy Harvin – migraines
WR Robert Woods – knee
CB Ronald Darby – concussion

QUESTIONABLE
G Richie Incognito – neck
DT Marcell Dareus – abdominal
RB Mike Gillislee – hamstring
TE Charles Clay – knee
S Sergio Brown – hamstring
G John Miller – shoulder
WR Sammy Watkins – foot
OT Cordy Glenn – back
S James Ihedigbo – ankle
LB Lorenzo Alexander – ankle
WR Marquise Goodwin – wrist


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Groy to start, Rex feels good about Dareus

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2016 – 2:03 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan put the starting status of a few positions up for grabs this week in practice in an effort to foster competition and improve consistency. On Friday he only confirmed who will be manning on starting role on Sunday.

“We’re going to start (Ryan) Groy at center, but that’s really the only lineup change that I’m comfortable saying right now,” said Ryan.

As for Marcell Dareus, who is battling his way through a groin injury, Ryan is optimistic that his defensive tackle will be able to suit up in Cincinnati.

“I don’t want to ‘cat’ myself, but I’m feeling pretty good about the big man,” he said.


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Dareus, Tate, Woods among limited Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on November 16, 2016 – 4:01 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said his team is the healthiest it’s been in a while and he’s got an injury report to prove it. Only DT Corbin Bryant was unable to practice Wednesday. A handful of players were limited.

The only real question mark for Sunday’s game among the limited participants is DT Marcell Dareus, who is still working his way back from a groin injury.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Corbin Bryant DT Shoulder DNP
Brandon Tate WR Concussion LP
Jerry Hughes LB Hand LP
Walt Powell WR Hip LP
Robert Woods WR Foot LP
Marcell Dareus DT Groin LP

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Dareus, Bryant, Tate all out for Monday night 

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2016 – 12:16 pm

Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was unable to practice Saturday and has been ruled out for Monday nights game at Seattle with a groin injury. 

This will be the fourth game Dareus will miss due to injury this season. Fellow defensive tackle Corbin Bryant will also miss the game with a shoulder injury. Jerel Worthy is expected to see a lot of snaps in their absence. 

All of Buffalo’s other injured players are questionable for the game including running back LeSean McCoy. McCoy was limited again in practice on Saturday, but head coach Rex Ryan has stated that he thinks McCoy is really close and has a good chance to play Monday night. 

OUT

DT Marcell Dareus – groin

DT Corbin Bryant – shoulder

WR Brandon Tate – concussion

QUETIONABLE

TE Charles Clay – knee

OT Cordy Glenn – ankle

RB LeSean McCoy – hamstring

LB Lorenzo Alexander – hamstring

RB Reggie Bush – groin

LB Lerentee McCray – knee

WR Robert Woods – foot

LB Jerry Hughes – hand


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Dareus “really limited”

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2016 – 3:22 pm

Bills head coach Rex Ryan gave an injury update post practice on Friday on a couple of starting defensive tackles.

Kyle Williams missed practice, but it was due to illness not an injury. Meanwhile Marcell Dareus practiced on a limited basis and according to Ryan he didn’t do a whole lot.

“We said limited and we mean really limited,” said Ryan. “We hope the fact that he did a little something today is hopefully a good sign.”

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DT Kyle Williams – illness
DT Corbin Bryant – shoulder
WR Brandon Tate – concussion

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
TE Charles Clay – knee
RB LeSean McCoy – hamstring
LB Jerry Hughes – hand
WR Robert Woods – foot
LB Lerentee McCray – knee
LB Lorenzo Alexander – hamstring
RB Reggie Bush – groin
DT Marcell Dareus – groin

FULL PARTICIPATION
WR Marquise Goodwin – concussion


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Fan Friday 11-4

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2016 – 2:25 pm

Prime time game for the Bills on Monday night. Tough place to play, but hopefully they put their best performance together in all three phases for this one. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills do you see the #bills picking up Tyrod’s option if they finish at or below .500 & don’t make playoffs?

Ben Reich
@Ben_Reich

CB: I know there have been a lot of opinions about where this team should go with Tyrod Taylor moving forward. The expectations were high and the passing game has taken a step back this season. I don’t think there’s any debate about that. Not having Sammy Watkins in the lineup is certainly a factor, along with just about every member of the supporting cast in the passing game missing some time.

Here’s what every Bills fan that wants to move on from Tyrod Taylor needs to think about no matter what the Bills record is at the end of the season.

Can you do better?

I understand fans WANT better production and more consistent production from the quarterback position. But the bigger question is CAN you find better production and more consistent production in another quarterback?

Any quarterback in the draft is just a projection, an educated guess. Set to become free agents are QBs like Case Keenum, Kirk Cousins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer (injured), Geno Smith, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder.

Everyone has an opinion on the quarterbacks listed above, but one would be hard pressed to say that you could do better drawing from that list.

I do still want to see more from Taylor and there’s a half of a season to play. So let’s see what he provides and hopefully it convinces everyone one way or the other.

I just think before anyone decides to toss him overboard that you see what the alternatives are and think long and hard about what you’re wishing for and what’s really out there.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills 

It seems as though @ajwilliams23 was the leader in secondary, who do you see stepping up and fillin that leader role #Bills

Nick amidon@namidon1004

CB: As we covered in our daily Bills Today column earlier this week, Robert Blanton is going to be the primary replacement at safety and will line up alongside Corey Graham in the secondary at safety. Aaron Williams is a loss from the defensive backfield.

As far as leadership however, Corey Graham is a more than capable leader and a vocal one at that. So in terms of veteran leadership they’re covered there.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills 

Is Dareus tradeable this offseason? Large contract to unload but even if we could walk from it for someone else with those $

BC72
@bchud1972

CB: Short answer here. Not tradeable. If you traded him you would have more than $45M in dead money accelerate onto your cap. Not a viable option. Not an option next year either. Dead cap money would still be upwards of $32M.

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills what should we expect from Percy this week? What’s the timetable on Sammys return?

Jon Snow 2016@RobRage38

CB: I think if Harvin plays we’re going to see a package of plays from him, something like 15-20 plays. While he is in shape to perform like we’re used to seeing Harvin perform, I don’t think he’s in the kind of football shape that would allow him to play 50-60 plays on Monday night. I think you risk exposing him to injury if that kind of demand is put on him after not being in a football setting for more than a calendar year.
5 – @ChrisBrownBills Is Reggie Bush going to be KR/PR? Powell?

Kevin@KevinMassare

CB: With Brandon Tate not expected to play Monday night (concussion protocol) Reggie Bush would be the next man up on kick return. Mike Gillislee is another consideration there. If he dresses for Monday night there’s always a chance that Percy Harvin gets a crack on a return as well.

 


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Dareus: For me Monday night is TBD

Posted by Chris Brown on November 3, 2016 – 2:52 pm

Marcell Dareus headlined the list of non-participants at practice Thursday. Unfortunately for Dareus it’s a new injury. Up until last Sunday it was a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined, but now Dareus has a groin injury.

“Man, if it’s not one thing, it’s another,” said a frustrated Dareus. “I’m just constantly trying to stay strong and be here for my guys and get better.”

Dareus said that he injured his groin on one of the last plays of the game when he tackled LeGarrette Blount. As for playing on Monday night, Dareus said that decision has not yet been made.

“It’s to be determined right now,” said Dareus. “I’m steadily working with it and steadily working at it, trying to get it to a point where I can go.”

Here’s a look at the practice participation for Thursday.

DID NOT PRACTICE
LB Lorenzo Alexander – hamstring
DT Corbin Bryant – shoulder
RB Reggie Bush – groin
DT Marcell Dareus – groin
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
WR Brandon Tate – concussion
LB Lerentee McCray – knee

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Charles Clay – ankle
WR Marquise Goodwin – concussion
LB Jerry Hughes – hand
RB LeSean McCoy – hamstring
WR Robert Woods – foot


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Bills unlikely to have Dareus or Woods

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2016 – 2:57 pm

While the chances of Marcell Dareus and Robert Woods are at about 25 percent to play Sunday and LeSean McCoy is a true question mark for the game, there are a couple of questionable players expected to take the field at Miami.

DT Kyle Williams, OT Cordy Glenn and TE Charles Clay are probably the most likely questionable players who will suit up Sunday.

Rex Ryan said he wasn’t ready to completely rule out Dareus or Woods, but they’re seen as long shots at best. Here is Buffalo’s full injury report.

OUT
OT Seantrel Henderson – back

DOUBTFUL
DT Marcell Dareus – hamstring
WR Robert Woods – foot

QUESTIONABLE
TE Charles Clay – ankle
FB Jerome Felton – back
CB Kevon Seymour – shoulder
OL Patrick Lewis – knee
OT Cordy Glenn – ankle
DT Kyle Williams – neck
RB LeSean McCoy – hamstring


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Fan Friday 10-21

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2016 – 11:28 am

Big division game this week. Good to see McCoy practicing here on Friday. Let’s get to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter at @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

What is the plan for Zach Brown after the season? He’s played at such a high level, any plans to re-sign him?

COLIN SCHULTZ
@Schultzy0620

CB: At the rate he is performing I would be stunned if the club didn’t make efforts to re-sign Zach Brown. He’s currently on a one-year contract. Brown has proven himself as a valuable every down player. Even though Reggie Ragland will be back in the fold next season, Brown is simply too versatile and plays well off of Preston Brown inside.

Even if the team was to start Ragland next year, I would expect Brown to play a role in the subpackages knowing how strong he is as a coverage player. So I’d look for the Bills to make every effort to keep him in the fold.
2 – @ChrisBrownBills

Any plans to get Justin Hunter more involved in the offense?

Natalie Roberts
@nr_roberts

CB: I would say that’s a given more out of necessity than anything else. Hunter is a big target who can run. As the offensive coaches have said they’re working on Hunter’s sense of urgency, more so in practice, to do everything the same way that he does in a game so he’s as prepared as possible. As he gets more and more familiar with the offensive scheme I would expect his role to increase provided he continues to perform.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

With Sammy out and Woods being banged up, any chance Bills make a deal for a WR before trade deadline? Alshon Jeffery?

Bills_Chick
@Bills_Chick

CB: While I would never rule out a trade knowing Doug Whaley’s willingness to listen to just about any offer, I don’t see Jeffery as a viable option. First, he’s way too expensive. He’s playing on the franchise tag this year at $14.55M. So he’s going to be expecting giant money after this year.

I would also expect the Bears to ask for a king’s ransom knowing they need to rebuild that roster with talent. Chicago has one of the weakest rosters in terms of talent in the NFL (San Fran and Cleveland are the others). And to trade away assets for a guy you may only have for 10 games is not a wise move.

Buffalo is winning right now with the pieces they have. If that changes pursuing a trade might become a more realistic option for them. They have until Nov. 1st with the trade deadline pushed back a couple of weeks from where it used to be.
4 – @ChrisBrownBills
Good lord! This is week 3 for Dareus and the hammy? Is it really the hammy or is he just badly out of shape? Weird

Joe bach@jbach127

CB: I’m not going to pretend to be a doctor or an athletic trainer, but I have pulled my hamstrings multiple times in my more athletic days as a college athlete. I can tell you that hamstring pulls can sometimes take up to four or five weeks before the muscle tissue has healed to the point where they can withstand the burst in acceleration needed in athletic competition.

Here’s what you have to understand. A hamstring pull or strain will feel fine when a recovering player is jogging or slowly builds up their speed. That doesn’t happen in an NFL game, maybe ever. It is a game played in five to 10 second increments where linemen go from an idle stance to 100 miles per hour in a second.

Dareus’ entire game as a defensive lineman is based on explosion or instant acceleration.

A hamstring pull becomes vulnerable when the athlete makes a sudden burst to get to a ball or take down a ball carrier in Dareus’ case. It’s the demand put on the hamstring muscle when a burst of speed is made that it can pull again if not completely healed.

Dareus has to explode out of his stance about 50 times a game, so his hamstring muscle has to be healed number one, and then have enough strength and endurance built back into the muscle before he can go out and play 50 snaps at top speed. Otherwise it will pull again and you’re looking at another three to five weeks with him on the sideline.

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills what can we expect from Shaq?

Adam Smolka
@A_Smolka_17

CB: I think we can expect to see Shaq Lawson play a decent amount of snaps, maybe 20-30 if I had to guess. He’s apparently been pretty impressive in practice this week. I know he had an interception on a pass to the flat in practice Wednesday. If he comes out like a house on fire, it could be more.

Knowing Lerentee McCray is coming off a knee injury I would anticipate that Lawson could get some of his snaps that he gets rotating in for Alexander and Hughes, even if McCray is dressed and able to play.

 


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