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3 Bills questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on October 29, 2010 – 12:01 pm

A couple of defensive backs and a linebacker are questionable for Buffalo’s game Sunday at Kansas City.

“(Jairus) Byrd, (Terrence) McGee and (Keith) Ellison are all questionable,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “Cornell Green is out.”

Gailey said that Byrd, McGee and Ellison will all be game time decisions.

McGee is believed to be the biggest long shot to play. Though he participated in practice all week he was limited. Byrd has a better chance of being in the lineup Sunday.

Cordaro Howard will get his second NFL start this week at right tackle in place of Green.

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Scott, Ellison could be out

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2010 – 2:35 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey provided an update on his injured players following Thursday’s practice and he admitted that he could be without Bryan Scott and Keith Ellison Sunday.

When asked about whether Keith Ellison could miss some time due to his knee injury Gailey said the following.

“He’s not gone for a long time,” said Gailey. “He might miss a game or two.”

Gailey also followed up by saying that Bryan Scott was in a similar situation. Scott typically serves as a nickel linebacker with Paul Posluszny. If he can’t go he’s usually replaced by Keith Ellison. LB Reggie Torbor or S George Wilson would be the most likely replacement options for that subpackage, but we’ll see for sure on Sunday.

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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2010 – 12:41 pm

Looks like two players on Buffalo’s injury report will be able to start this week.

LG Andy Levitre and LB Keith Ellison both practiced fully on Friday and are expected to start. Ellison will be starting in place of Paul Posluszny, who is about a week away from returning from a knee injury.

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Practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2010 – 10:35 am

Andy Levitre is back practicing fora second straight day.

Levitre was working with the first team offensive line and looks ready to return to the starting lineup this Sunday against the Patriots. We’ll get official word from Chan Gailey after practice.

LB Keith Ellison, who was added to the injury report Thursday after suffering a minor knee injury was back practicing here on Friday. Whether he’s limited or not remains to be seen.

Paul Posluszny was the only non-participant.

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Veek speaks for Keith

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2010 – 8:42 am

Bills LB Kawika Mitchell, who went on I-R last week with a foot injury, was quick to heap praise on teammate Keith Ellison, whose role once again has gotten considerably larger on defense with Paul Posluszny out a couple of weeks.

KawikaMitchell    Keepin Keith Ellison best move Buffalo made n 2010. 56 has always stepped up when needed and produced. And hes 1 of our best Sp.Tms. players

Head coach Chan Gailey had similar praise for the fifth-year LB.

“He’s one of those guys that have instincts. He’s around the ball a lot. He studies. He works at it. There have been a lot of great undersized linebackers in this league. He makes up for his lack of size with savvy and the way he plays the game.”

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Ellison to handle Poz’s spot

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2010 – 11:53 am

Bills head coach Chan Gailey indicated on Wednesday who is going to be handling most of Paul Posluszny’s responsibilities on Sunday. With Poz out with a knee injury Gailey pointed to a veteran LB as the chief replacment.

“I think Keith is the guy that’s going to have to play the majority of the time,” said Gailey. “But the other guy will see quite a bit of action.”

The reason Ellison is probably going to see more of the action Sunday is because the Packers are likely going to spread the field with three and four wide sets and Ellison is a better coverage linebacker and a good fit in the nickel and dime packages. Look for Bryan Scott to factor into the subpackage linebacking coverage roles as well.

“This is an old habit for me,” said Ellison. “Ever since I’ve been here, something happens where I’m forced to play. So, my job is just to be ready and step up for this team.”

The other guy Gailey is referring to recently signed LB Akin Ayodele. Ayodele’s ability to familiarize himself with Buffalo’s defensive terminology will determine how much he does play, but being an eight-year veteran and having experience in 3-4 systems the past four seasons should shorten his learning curve and enable him to contribute on Sunday. He’ll line up in the Bills base package if it’s ever on the field.

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Bell, Wood should play Thurs. night

Posted by Chris Brown on August 16, 2010 – 8:51 pm

According to head coach Chan Gailey there’s a good chance that the Bills will have starting left tackle Demetrius Bell and starting right guard Eric Wood in the lineup for preseason game number 2 Thursday night.

“That is the plan today, yes,” said Gailey following Monday night’s practice. “I don’t know how many right now, but I think they’ll get in for some snaps.”

Gailey also indicated that Paul Posluszny, Chris Kelsay and Keith Ellison, all of whom missed the first preseason game could also see some brief action.

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3 other vets declared out

Posted by Chris Brown on August 13, 2010 – 5:15 pm

It was believed that TE Derek Schouman would not play and that will be the case tonight in the preseason opener. Two defensive veterans will also not play tonight.

DE Spencer Johnson and LB Keith Ellison, who were both considered doubtful will not play tonight against the Redskins. OLB Chris Kelsay will also not play tonight. Though he returned to practice late last week from a shoulder injury it’s believed this is a precautionary measure for the veteran.

With Kelsay out, Chris Ellis will be afforded a big opportunity to see extensive playing time.

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Poz and Ellison back

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2010 – 9:07 am

Paul Posluszny said it would be 2 weeks before he was back on the practice field, but it looks like it’ll just be a week and a half.

Poz is warming up with his fellow LBs here at practice this morning. He has minor groin surgery 2 weeks before camp opened.

Keith Ellison is also back in action. It’s been a long time coming, but Ellison is also back in pads here Monday morning.

For Ellison its his first practice action since participating sparingly in the spring.

We’ll have further updates after practice.

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Two LBs not participating

Posted by Chris Brown on July 29, 2010 – 2:17 pm

Paul Posluszny is not the only LB not participating in the first practice.

Keith Ellison is also a spectator. Ellison missed portions of the spring workouts with an undisclosed injury.

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Fan Friday 2-5

Posted by Chris Brown on February 5, 2010 – 1:56 pm

Plenty of speculation out there about how the roster will be re-shaped this offseason at some key positions like QB and OT. Remember you can email me at Let’s get to this week’s edition.

1. Hey Chris,
Who are some players you think the bills should look at in free agency and the draft that you yourself are pretty high on?  Also are there any trade possibilites you can think of ?  And any chance some of the current bills players under contract get traded this offseason?  I think we need more picks in the draft do you?
Thank you.
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CB: First, I don’t think the Bills are hurting for draft picks. They have nine total with an extra six and seven. I would not be surprised however, if they trade out of the ninth pick to move down in round one and scoop up an extra three.

I do think free agency in this uncapped year is going to restrict player movement to a certain degree, but there are still some big names out there like Karlos Dansby, Julius Peppers and Vince Wilfork, though I do see Wilfork getting franchised. Players I wouldn’t mind the Bills targeting would be New England DE Jarvis Green, San Fran NT Aubrayo Franklin or Baltimore DE Dwan Edwards.

Signing restricted free agents away from other teams will prove difficult. Poison pill offer sheets really won’t exist anymore for restricted free agents because there’s no cap.

I think trading for a QB might prove to be the best means of getting someone in here to either take hold of the starting job or compete for it. It’s going to depend a lot on who is made available by what teams and what they’re looking for in return.

As for players on this roster that could be traded, I believe with a new defensive system and a new coaching staff that almost any player is fair game.

2. Hi Chris,
Can you please give us an update on Keith Ellison’s recovery?  Do you think he will be back with the team next year?  Even with missing 1/2 the season he is 8th in tackles on the team? 

CB: To my knowledge Keith’s injury wasn’t one that was going to require a major offseason of rehabilitation. As to whether he’ll be back with the team next season, I believe it’s more in doubt now with the 3-4 defensive scheme being implemented by defensive coordinator George Edwards. I don’t see him as a fit in that scheme.
3. Hey Chris, 

Do you actually think that the Bills will take McClain at 9? I think it would be the best option for them, but as of right now they are projected to be taking a tackle in that spot.

I know we are in desperate need of a tackle, but is it worth taking the 4th best tackle at 9, when you can get the top LB, or one of them at that spot to help improve our run defense.

CB: I think a lot of fans believe it makes more sense now that the Bills are moving to a 3-4 defensive scheme. There’s no question that certain positions like RB or LB are spots where talented college prospects can make an instant impact for an NFL team as a rookie.

But I still stick to the philosophy of getting your big people early in the draft. The left tackle spot needs to be addressed with a player that is NFL ready. The players at the top of the draft have the best skill set and in many cases the greatest chance to succeed sooner rather than later (see: Michael Oher).

With the 3-4 being implemented NT is a bigger need now as well. I do like McClain, but I’m having a hard time overlooking the OT need of the Bills after last season’s struggles up front for Buffalo’s offense.

4. Hey Chris
 Who do you think the bills would draft if they moved up 1 or 2 or more picks in the draft?  Also do you think that they could trade aaron schobel to another team for maybe another draft pick and have two 1st round picks or two 2nd round picks?

CB: I don’t see the Bills moving up in round one. If anything I see them moving back a bit into the mid-teens. If they could find a willing trade partner close to Schobel’s Texas home like New Orleans or Houston I don’t see a 32-year old defensive end fetching a 1st or 2nd round pick. Believe a 3rd is more like it.
5. Hi Chris,

George Edwards seems like a good hire, but I’m curious about the 3-4 scheme. By my count, we don’t have a true nose tackle for a 3-4 defence and we’re already short on linebackers before adding another to the field.

Moving Maybin to LB means we have to get two new DEs to replace Schobel and Kelsay in a year or two, plus a true nose tackle, plus we still need another linebacker like we would have in a 4-3 — meanwhile it turns Stroud and Williams from playmakers into role players since neither of them really fits the nose tackle position.

That means instead of needing one DE and one LB to shore up the front seven in a 4-3 scheme, now we need two DEs, a NT and a LB for a 3-4 scheme.

Seems like we’re making life tough on ourselves from a personnel standpoint in the rebuilding process (I’m scared to think how we can rebuild the offence with all this to focus on already). Am I off base?
Thanks a lot,

CB: I’d agree that there will be more of a personnel focus on defense now with the new 3-4 alignment as I had suspected. I agree that Stroud is not a true nose, but could play it in a pinch. He’s better suited as a five-technique DE like a Richard Seymour.

I believe Chris Kelsay could bulk up to play end and I think Spencer Johnson is a perfect end in a 3-4 as well. Kyle Williams is athletic enough to play end in a 3-4 and on passing downs he can kick inside to the nose.

At LB I’d see Mitchell going inside alongside Poz, with Maybin at one OLB and depending on what they think of Nic Harris, maybe draft a 3-4 LB.

The biggest need though as you point out is a true NT, and they’re not easy to find. Fortunately it is a deep class of DTs this year. How many are capable of playing two gap in the NFL remains to be seen. OT and NT are the two biggest positional needs right now. Without an elite QB prospect I think OT and NT must be addressed early in the draft.

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LB Draft takes Buffalo kids to movies

Posted by Chris Brown on January 8, 2010 – 10:41 am

Bills LB Chris Draft has taken 200 select Buffalo school kids to the movies with him to see ‘The Blind Side.’ But it’s more than just a few hours out of the classroom.

In partnership with the Buffalo Public Schools, the Chris Draft Family Foundation offered 200 students (selected based on academics, leadership and extra-curricular involvement) the opportunity to participate in a discussion and a the movie, featuring a private screening of ‘The Blind Side.’

As part of the Chris Draft Family Foundation’s Character Team™, Bills linebacker Chris Draft, along with teammates Jon Corto, Keith Ellison, will lead a discussion of the film, allowing the students to discuss the importance of character as a theme in the movie.

Following the film and discussion, the students will participate in an essay contest, encouraging them to use the film as a vehicle to convey their thoughts about history, current events, perseverance and other positive character traits. The student with the winning essay will have the opportunity to have dinner with Draft the weekend of January 16.

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Stroud out for Sunday’s game

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2009 – 12:39 pm

Bills DT Marcus Stroud (knee) could not go for a third straight day of practice and as a result has been declared out for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville.

Interim head coach Perry Fewell thought Stroud’s knee would improve as the week went on and allow the 3-time Pro Bowl DT to play Sunday, but it did not respond.

Keith Ellison, Ashton Youboty and Demetrius Bell were also declared out for Sunday.

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Practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2009 – 11:03 am

Here’s the list of players not practicing Friday.

Not practicing
OT Demetrius Bell (knee)
CB Ashton Youboty (ankle)
LB Keith Ellison (thigh)
DT Marcus Stroud (knee)

Interim head coach Perry Fewell was optimistic earlier in the week that Stroud would be able to play on Sunday despite his injury, but we’ll have to see if Fewell’s assessment changes with Stroud not practicing at all this week.

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Scott position update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 18, 2009 – 12:01 pm

Bryan Scott’s position looks like it will remain the same this week.

With Keith Ellison not practicing again Wednesday, Scott is his replacement at OLB.

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Bills Inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2009 – 12:13 pm

Here are the Bills inactives.

Roscoe Parrish
Terrence McGee
Keith Ellison
Jonathan Scott
Chris Ellis
Kyle Williams
James Hardy

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Three defensive starters out

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2009 – 1:33 pm

Buffalo will  again be missing some key defensive starters for Sunday’s game.

Declared out for Sunday’s game are Terrence McGee, Keith Ellison and Kyle Williams.

The three starters are three of the team’s top eight tacklers, with Ellison being the team’s leading tackler thus far this season.

We have more information on their replacements on the home page of

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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2009 – 2:37 pm

Here is the official rundown of participation at practice Thursday among Buffalo’s injured players.

Did not practice
CB Terrence McGee (knee)
LB Keith Ellison (quad)
WR Terrell Owens (hip)
DE Aaron Schobel (groin)
DT Kyle Williams (knee)

Limited in practice
FS Jairus Byrd (groin)
FB Corey McIntyre (knee)
OT Jamon Meredith (knee)
S Donte Whitner (ankle)

Both Schobel and Williams worked with trainers on the side. Head coach Dick Jauron however, was not overly encouraged by that development.

“Well they’re further ahead than (Wednesday),” said Jauron. “But not far enough where they could practice.”

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Scott to start at LB?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2009 – 4:42 pm

It’s by no means a lock, but Bryan Scott began his second week of practice with the linebackers Wednesday.

The veteran strong safety has been working with the linebackers in practice since the bye week as injuries have decimated the position. Kawika Mitchell and Marcus Buggs have already been lost for the season and Keith Ellison’s status this week is up in the air with a quad injury.

With only rookies and special teamers behind the starters on the depth chart, the defensive staff has elected to give Scott an opportunity.

“We’ve been so unlucky there that it gives us what we think may be our best shot,” said head coach Dick Jauron.

Scott got some first team reps at linebacker Wednesday. We’ll let you know if that changes as the week unfolds. Nic Harris seems to be the alternative to Scott.

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Injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2009 – 4:38 pm

Here’s the official rundown of injured Bills players and their level of participation in practice Wednesday

Did not practice
LB Keith Ellison (quad)
CB Terrence McGee (knee)
WR Terrell Owens (hip)
DE Aaron Schobel (groin)
DT Kyle Williams (knee)

Limited in practice
FS Jairus Byrd (groin)
FB Corey McIntyre (knee)
OT Jamon Meredith (knee)
S Donte Whitner (ankle)

Full participation (players coming off injury)
QB Trent Edwards (head)
TE Shawn Nelson (migraines)
S Bryan Scott (ankle)
OT Jonathan Scott (ankle)

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