Williams Signed; Cieslak Released: The Bills added some depth at running back by re-signing Shaud Williams. He was released in the final cut this summer after being with the team the previous two years. He was needed after Anthony Thomas was placed on injured reserve. Brad Cieslak was released to make room for Williams. Front Office Page.
Jauron Optimistic About Lynch: Dick Jauron said after today's practice that he's optimistic that Marshawn Lynch will play on Sunday against Miami. Jauron liked the way Lynch made it through yesterday's practice. He took the majority of the first team reps in practice today with pads on. He was officially limited in practice since he didn't take his normal amount of reps but he did enough that appears he will play on Sunday unless there is a setback. He is still getting treatment but he woke up feeling good although he is still a bit sore. Injury Page.
Extension Given: The NFL gave the Bills a 24 hour extension to sellout Sunday's game in time to have the blackout lifted. There are still about 1,000 tickets available and the team now has until 1pm tomorrow to sell them or have them bought up by area businesses. In the past Ralph Wilson has bought tickets and donated them to charity.
Bills Make Roster Move: The Bills have placed Anthony Thomas on injured reserve ending his season. Last week Dick Jauron thought he wouldn't need to be placed on the injured list. He is the 13th player to hit the injured reserve list. He has a torn muscle behind the knee above the calf. The Bills re-signed LB Leon Joe to take his roster spot. The injury to Coy Wire leaves the Bills short at the position. Joe was released on November 23rd and signed by Jacksonville but released last week. Depth Chart.
Seven Miami Starters Sit Out: The Miami Dolphins are as banged up as the Bills as seven starters sat out yesterday's practice with various injuries including RB Jesse Chatman and LBs Joey Porter and Channing Crowder. No word on if any of the injured players will miss this week's game. In other Dolphins news, former Bills coach Mike Mularkey is now calling the plays once again, he had those duties taken away when Cam Cameron took over as head coach. Injury Page.
Blackout Possible: The Bills are in danger of having their first television blackout of the season. There are approximately 1,000 tickets left for Sunday's game against Miami. If they aren't sold, or bought by an entity, by 1pm today the game will be blacked out. There are also approximately 1,500 tickets left for the last home game against the Giants in two weeks.
1-2 Punch At RB? Many of the questions in yesterday's media day press conference revolved around the play of Fred Jackson and his role once Marshawn Lynch is 100 percent healthy. Jackson said he was told by RBs coach Eric Studesville that they would like to use Lynch and Jackson as a 1-2 punch since they have different styles. Jackson said he and Lynch have had similar conversations about how good that would be. There is also talk of using them in the game together since both are receiving threats as well. Lynch said he feels better about not rushing back before he's ready because of the way Jackson has played.
Wednesday December 5, 2007
Lynch Practices: Marshawn Lynch split first team reps iin practice today with Fred Jackson. He practiced fully but his ankle got more sore as it went on. He hopes to return Sunday but feels he'll definitely be ready by the Browns game. Not practicing today were Ryan Denney, Copeland Bryan, Chris Kelsay, Anthony Thomas, Coy Wire, and Jerametrius Butler. Jason Peters practiced on a limited basis after injuring his groin in the win on Sunday. Injury Page.
Lindell Honored: Rian Lindell was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his five field goal effort against Washington. his 36 yarder with :04 left was the game winner. He has now hit a club record tying 17 straight field goals.
No Looking Ahead: The Bills must make sure they don't look ahead to a potentially huge game next week in Cleveland. They must take care of business against the winless Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium first. A loss against their arch rivals giving them their first win would be devastating on many fronts and end their playoff hopes. Complete Preview.
Tuesday December 4, 2007
Fans In Holiday Spirit: It was a hard fought surprising win for the Bills on Sunday. A win that is enough to put fans like Tony Bogyo in the holiday spirit despite the tragic death of Sean Taylor surrounding the game in Washington. It was enough for Tony to write a new holiday classic. Complete Story.
Monday December 3, 2007
Emotional Win: Dick Jauron called it a very emotional day for everyone in the league but particularly for the Redskins and the Bills since they had to play them. He thought both teams played hard and its unfortunate that someone had to lose. He feels good about his guys as they play hard and did just enough right to come up with the win. The players play with a lot of heart and while they can certainly improve they believed they would win. The coach felt Larry Tripplett made a number of outstanding plays yesterday.
Bryan Hurt In Win: Dick Jauron held his Monday press conference and said he will address all the previous injuries on Wednesday. Copeland Bryan seems to be the lone serious injury from the game. He suffered a knee injury and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday as well. Jauron feels Terrence McGee and Jason Peters will be ok since they both returned to the game after getting banged up. The coach is hopeful that he may get Marshawn Lynch back this week. He feels he's made a lot of progress but they aren't ready to say yet that he's ready to play. They will see how it goes when they test in on Wednesday. He practiced on a limited basis on Friday. Injury Page.
Playoff Picture Looks Brighter: What a difference a day makes in the NFL. The Bills come from behind win in Washington has significantly helped their playoff aspirations. Thanks to losses by Cleveland, Denver, and Houston the Bills are back in the hunt. They are currently in fourth place in the wild card race with two teams making the playoffs. They are a game behind Cleveland and Tennessee, the only other winner in the race this weekend. If the Bills don't lose focus and take care of business against the winless Dolphins next week, the following week's game in Cleveland will be huge.
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