Denney Has 2nd Surgery: Ryan Denney underwent a second surgery on his injured foot today, a day after being placed on injured reserve. He battled through the pain to play over the 2nd half of the season but they needed to go back in and fix it again. Copeland Bryan and Robert Royal were held out of practice again today while Coy Wire was limited. Injury Page.
Losman May Be Back: Ralph Wilson told AP that don't rush J.P. Losman out the door just yet. It has been widely believed that the Bills will try to trade Losman this offseason since he has just one year left on his contract. Wilson talked about the rash of injuries at the quarterback position and that you need two quarterbacks, saying "we'll have to think long and hard on that one." It's unclear on how Losman would feel about coming back as a backup. Wilson said that Trent Edwards will remain the starter and that Dick Jauron is "very, very, high" on him. The owner also said that he's "very, very impressed" with the job Jauron has done getting the team to where it is despite all the injuries. He feels the future is really bright and they are looking forward to another draft to fill some holes. Wilson is not a big fan of free agency and the team will be "very selective" in free agency again this year.
Two Added To Practice Squad: The Bills filled the two openings on the practice squad today by signing DE Khari Long and CB E.J. Underwood. The spots were open because of the promotion of Blake Costanzo to the active roster and the signing of Orien Harris to the Saints active roster. Long was a sixth round pick of the Chiefs in 2005 and spent most of the last two seasons on the Bears and Cowboys practice squads. Underwood was released by the Jets last month and was on injured reserve with the Giants last year.
Everett Expected In Buffalo: As we reported last week, it's expected that Kevin Everett will be in Buffalo for Sunday's game against the Giants. In a twist of irony, the guy he hit when he got hurt will be there too. Domenik Hixon was released by Denver shortly after that fateful play and he now plays for the Giants. He has been informed that Everett will be there on Sunday. Everett's agent also confirmed to WIVB-TV that his client will be there. Marv Levy said preparations are being made for Everett's arrival but it isn't confirmed yet. Dick Jauron said it will give the team an unbelievable lift to see him but it won't carry over to the game itself. Do you think it will give the team a lift on the field? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!
Peters Thanks Mularkey: Jason Peters thanked Mike Mularkey for giving him a chance to play tackle when he met with reporters after his Pro Bowl selection. Peters wanted to play and told Mularkey to put him somewhere and keep him there. They moved him from tight end to tackle and the rest his history. He didn't know a lot about the position but his technique came along quickly under the guidance of offensive line coach Jim McNally.
Schobel An Alternate: While Jason Peters is the lone Bill on the Pro Bowl squad, Aaron Schobel is a first alternate. That means if a defensive end backs out, he'll be on the squad. Schobel didn't do well in fan balloting but did well with coaches and players and feels honored to be an alternate despite his dwindling sack total. The starters at the position in the Pro Bowl are Jared Allen from Kansas City and Kyle Vanden Bosch from Tennessee. Jason Taylor of the Dolphins is the lone backup.
Wednesday December 19, 2007
Denney On IR; Estes Signed: The Bills have ended the season of Ryan Denney by making him the 15th player to be put on injured reserve this year. Denney has been struggling with his surgically repaired foot since returning to action. He has been sitting out Wednesday's practice each week. The Bills filled his spot by signing offensive tackle Patrick Estes. He's a former 7th round pick of the 49ers in 2005 and has eight career games to his credit. He was released by San Francisco before the season started. Front Office Page.
Jauron Not Worried: Dick Jauron said he's not worried about getting a good effort from his team on Sunday despite being out of the playoff race. He called it a big game for both teams and knows his team will be ready and they want to win these next two games. He doesn't believe that winning these games will have a lot of carry over to next year except in the form of attitude. They did fall behind a bit in preparation since they lost Monday morning with the travel delays leaving Cleveland.
Denney, Bryan Not Practicing: The Bills active players are fairly healthy. Only three players did not practice today. Ryan Denney was held out, he has been held out nearly every Wednesday to rest his ailing foot. Copeland Bryan remain out with a knee injury. Robert Royal was held out with a sore foot. Coy Wire returned to practice but was limited. He's missed three games with a neck stinger. Injury Page.
Bills Want To Finish Strong: The Bills are now playing for pride and playing the spoiler role as the Giants need a win to wrap up a playoff spot on Sunday in Buffalo. The Bills motto is looking to finish 9-7 and should play hard despite being eliminated from playoff contention. Game Preview.
Tuesday December 18, 2007
Giants Game Soldout: The Bills announced today that Sunday's game against the Giants is now soldout. It completes a soldout season for the Bills as all eight games have been in front of a full house and on local television. The game had 1,500 tickets available a few weeks ago and was down to single seats.
Peters To Start In Pro Bowl: Jason Peters has been selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad. He has been selected as a starter, this is his first Pro Bowl. He has developed a good reputation over the last two years and many were touting him as a Pro Bowl candidate since before the season started. He is the first offensive tackle for the Bills to make the squad since 1993. Not bad for a player who was signed by the Bills as an undrafted free agent as a tight end four years ago. He is the lone member of the squad this year from the Bills.
Snowy End: The Bills season came to an end for all intent and purposes with the loss in snowy Cleveland. Things got worse when they had trouble getting home. It was another painful end for all Bills fans and Tony Bogyo gives us his "realist" take on the game. Complete Story.
Monday December 17, 2007
Bills Bus Back: It continues to get worse on the aftermath of the loss yesterday. As we reported earlier, the team was stuck in Cleveland overnight when their charter was cancelled because the weather closed the Cleveland airport. The team was going to try and take a flight this morning but instead they were forced to bus it back when the plane got stuck in the mud. The pilot took an unusually wide turn while taxing without the players on board. It normally is a 25 minute flight, instead the team is on a three hour plus bus ride on interstate 90. The team is expected to arrive home by early afternoon and do not have practice today. They have their usual day off tomorrow and will prepare for the Giants game starting Wednesday.
Weather The Worst: The Bills players never used the weather as an excuse for the loss. Afterall both teams had to play in it and the Browns made a few plays, the Bills none. The Browns one the field position battle that was key especially on a day like they had yesterday. To a man, whether players came from cold weather hometowns or warm weather hometowns, none of them have ever played in conditions like they were in Cleveland yesterday. The media also agreed that they never saw conditions like that. For the Bills California duo of Trent Edwards and Marshawn Lynch hopefully they will never see it again.
Bills Stuck in Cleveland: To add insult to injury, the Bills had to spend last night in Cleveland. Their charter flight was cancelled because of the weather in Cleveland and Buffalo. They are expected back in Buffalo today.
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