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BDC 12/1: Dotson promoted

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on December 1, 2011 – 9:31 am

— The Buffalo Bills announced that the team has promoted DE Lionel Dotson to the 53-man roster. In accordance with team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Dotson has spent the first 12 weeks of the season on the team’s Practice Squad after being claimed by Buffalo off of waivers from Miami on July 31st.  The 6-4, 290-pound Arizona product originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round (245th overall) draft selection by the Dolphins in 2008. Dotson will continue to wear No. 97.

Buffalo placed NT Torell Troup on Injured Reserve.

The Bills signed LB Robert Eddins to the Practice Squad. The 6-3, 248-pound Indiana product joined Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in July and spent the first week of the season on the 53-man roster, making his NFL debut at Kansas City (9/11). He was placed on Injured Reserve on September 14th before reaching an injury settlement and being released from Injured Reserve on September 20th. Eddins will wear No. 48.

— The Davey O’Brien Foundation announced Jim Kelly as the recipient of the 2011 Davey O’Brien Legends Award, in honor of his outstanding contributions to the game of football both on and off the field. Kelly will be presented with the award at the 35th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 20, 2012 at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

 “I’m very humbled to receive the Legends Award,” said Kelly. “It’s an honor to be included among some of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.”

Thursday, December 1
Practice: 2:00 PM / Open to Media at Approximately 2:00 – 2:25 PM (Stretch & Individual only)

DAILY LINKS – Troup to I-R; DL Dotson promoted – Fitz still in hunt for Pro Bowl nod – Bills players help kids and Salvation Army

Buffalo News – Lack of pass rush puts defense on edge

Buffalo News – Hairston brings fire to blind side

Buffalo News – Johnson confirms he’ll pay a price for TD celebration

Rochester D&C – Injury robs Buffalo Bills’ Fred Jackson of promising season

Associated Press – Bills face closing season with 3 TV blackouts

Associated Press – AP Source: NFL fines Bills WR Johnson $10,000

Associated Press – Bills place DT Torell Troup on injured reserve

Olean Times Herald – Bills weren’t that bad in loss to Jets

Audio/Video/Photo Clips
Bills Roundup: Team Returns Home, Troup to I.R.
Stevie Johnson Wednesday Interview
Fred Jackson talks about his injury
Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference
Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference

WKBW – Fred Jackson Frustraded by Injury

Bills’ Stevie Fined $10K by NFL
Bills’ Jackson Keeps Faith in Nix for New Contract

WHAM – Bills’ Jackson Frustrated With Season’s Finish

Fred Jackson Frustrated by Injury
Bills Roundtable – Pre Titans

Spiller gets big chance against low-ranked Titans run defense
Bills ready for Titans

Additional Clips
Inside the Bills Blog
Chan on Dareus pre-game speech, Titans injury report, Bills injury report, Pro Bowl talk for Fitz & Levitre, Jim Kelly wins award, George feeling better, Wilson defends his def. coordinator, Roosevelt returns, Wilson, McKelvin update, Troup to go under knife, Jersey #s for Dotson and Eddins, Picture at nose tackle, Titans 4th down aggressiveness

AFC East Blog ( – Steve Johnson’s $10K fine is too light

Billboard Blog (Buffalo News)
Fitz on the Titans
McKelvin OK, Wilson still iffy
Defensive mistakes costly
Troup’s 2nd year washes out

Bills Beat Blog (WGR) – Troup to IR, Bills Promote DE Dotson

The Sports Xchange (
Johnson’s ‘shot’ hits him in wallet
Strategy And Personnel
No full house for Bills’ return home

Head Coach Chan Gailey
On how to improve the pass rush:
We’ve probably beat this horse a thousand times. I don’t know how many different ways you can try to do it. You try to blitz and sometimes you get there, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes when you get there you don’t get the guy on the ground and then if you don’t blitz you’ve got to get it with the four-man rush and right there we’re not getting there with our four-man rush. So try to get better at technique and try some different angles to come at people from. That’s about what you can do. There’s only so many ways you can try it until you realize it’s not going to happen this way so you better try it the next way and keep moving things around till you can find a way.

On how CB Aaron Williams played in last week’s game, getting a lot of playing time since his injury:
He played pretty well. Starting at corner and playing against some good receivers I thought he did a pretty good job. He was around the ball a lot, competed for the ball and competed with their receivers. He did a pretty good job for the first time out.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
On building off of the Jets game last week:
I think going into that game we talked about kind of finding ourselves on offense again, not really worrying too much about our opponent but figuring out what we needed to do. And I think we took a step in the right direction.  This week is very similar. They’re a fast defense that flies around and it’s going to be more about us just again finding ourselves, doing the right things, being in the right spot, making the plays and that’s our focus this week.

RB C.J. Spiller
On the wheel route he ran up the left sideline on Sunday:
That was just something we’ve seen on film how they were playing.  We knew that they were probably going to have a spy on me because they didn’t want to let me get free. I just tried to do a great job of selling it and was able to get by the defender.

S George Wilson
On how communicating can help slow down Titans RB Chris Johnson:
You definitely have to make sure everybody is on the same page this week. The Titans got Chris Johnson on track last week with almost 200 yards rushing.  He’s very quick, elusive and has a great ability to make people miss in space. So we have to win at the line of scrimmage, play on their side of the line and not allow him to hit these runs downhill and make sure we’re swarming to the ball, getting off of blocks and gang tackling.

On “coaching” up the guys while he’s been hurt during games:
I almost lost my voice just from trying to be a big cheerleader and trying to communicate to the guys on what I was seeing.  I even got to exchange some words with Bart Scott one time on the sideline, but I miss the game. I try to be there and be that voice and communicating to the guys when they come on the sideline or if I see something out on the field when somebody is close to the sideline trying to yell to him what I see.


Bills players Aaron Williams, Mike Caussin, Ruvell Martin and Tyler Thigpen joined Bills alumni Jeff Nixon, Adam Lingner and Mark Brammer at the Salvation Army on Tuesday evening.  The event included making red, white and blue fleece scarves and was intended to raise awaremess for the Bills and M&T Bank’s Gift of Warmth program.

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