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No Spiller vs. Lions

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2010 – 2:50 pm has learned that RB C.J. Spiller will not play in tonight’s preseason finale against the Lions in Detroit.

Head coach Chan Gailey has chosen not to dress Spiller simply to rest him up for the regular season. With Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch out the past two weeks, Spiller has endured a heavy workload as the primary back in each of the last two preseason games. Gailey would like to rest his top pick for the season opener.

Marshawn Lynch will get the start with the first unit tonight, but will not see more than the 12-14 reps that the rest of the starters will get because he’s still working his way back into game shape after returning to practice this week. That means Chad Simpson, Joique Bell and Andre Anderson should all see significant playing time this evening.

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Bills returners tonight

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2010 – 1:38 pm

It’s final audition time for some players on Buffalo’s roster in the preseason finale, and often the ones that can show they can help on special teams in addition to offense or defense are the ones that help themselves the most. Here is the list of kick returners and punt returners for tonight’s game agains the Lions.

On kick return Joique Bell, Donald Jones and Chad Simpson will be the primary returners.

On punt return Naaman Roosevelt and Ellis Lankster will be the returners.

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RB Simpson okay

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2010 – 12:01 am

Bills RB Chad Simpson got his bell rung in his attempt to convert a 4th-and-1 play Saturday night.

Simpson was down for a minute or so, but eventually got to his feet after getting the first down following a violent helmet-to-helmet collision between him and Bengals cornerback Brandon Ghee.

Ghee was knocked out cold as soon as the helmets collided. He stayed down for a few minutes while doctors tended to him. He eventually got to his feet and had movement in his arms and legs.

Head coach Chan Gailey said after the game that Simpson would be okay.

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Couple players back

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2010 – 9:22 am

Two players on the offensive side of the ball are back practicing.

RB Chad Simpson and WR David Nelson are both back practicing after missing time late last week.

Nelson was expected to be out “a while” according to Chan Gailey last week, but missed just 3 days of practice.

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New non-participant

Posted by Chris Brown on August 6, 2010 – 7:08 pm

The Bills had a new non-participant at practice Friday night at the RB position.

Chad Simpson, who has shown well in camp thus far is not practicing. We’ll get an update after practice from Coach Gailey.

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The word on Simpson

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2010 – 4:51 pm

An NFL personnel man outside the Bills organization gave me an unbiased opinion on Chad Simpson as a player.

When asked what two things stand out about Simpson he told me that he has excellent speed and is extremely tough.

Hearing that assessment from someone in the know is encouraging. 

Strong competition has been added to Buffalo’s roster.

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Competition steep at returner

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2010 – 4:44 pm

Bills GM Buddy Nix said from the get go that competition makes everybody better. If that’s true the Bills are going to have a whale of a kick returner.

Bills top pick C.J. Spiller already ratcheted up the competition level at kick returner when he was taken ninth overall. Adding him in with Leodis McKelvin and Roscoe Parrish made things steep enough.

Now with the Bills signing of free agent Chad Simpson there’s going to be even more competition. Quality competition. Simpson averaged better than 23.5 yards a kick return last season. That’s not a world beater average, but it’s respectable. He also had a 93-yard touchdown return, so he can take it all the way.

Bills special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven is going to have the kind of dilemma coaches dream of having. There’s probably not going to be a wrong answer between those return candidates.

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