Bell To IR: The Bills have placed Demetrius Bell on injured reserve ending his season. He has been battling a lingering knee injury that has had the trainers a bit baffled. He was suppose to return by now so they decided to shut him down. They activated OT Andre Ramsey from the practice squad. Depth Chart.
Three Out; McGee To Start: Terrence McGee will start on Sunday. Perry Fewell confirmed that after McGee practiced fully again today. Demeterius Bell, Justin Jenkins, and Joe Klopfenstein have been ruled out. Klopfenstein was a late add to the injury report today after he did not practice. Five players are listed as questionable but all of them are expected to play including Kirk Chambers who will likely start at right tackle. Jonathan Scott will start at left tackle for Bell. Shawn Nelson is probable with his shoulder ailment. Injury Page.
Special Teamers Go Outside: It's always fun to play football in the snow and Rian Lindell, Brian Moorman, and Garrison Sanborn went outside during yesterday's practice in blizzard like conditions. They practiced kicking field goals and punts under the watchful eye of Bobby April while the rest of the team stayed warm and dry in the fieldhouse.
Tolbert Leaving: WR coach Tyke Tolbert has reportedly accepted the same position at LSU. As we reported on Tuesday, he interviewed for the job last weekend and his future in Buffalo was very much in doubt anyway with the coaching change. He is expected to stay with the Bills until the end of the season.
Thursday December 10, 2009
McGee Likely To Start: Terrence McGee practiced fully for a second straight day today and will likely start on Sunday barring any setbacks. Ashton Youboty will also likely return to action after practicing fully today giving an added boost to the defensive backfield. Justin Jenkins and Demetrius Bell remain sidelined with knee injuries and will likely sit on Sunday. Chris Kelsay missed practice today for personal reasons. Kirk Chambers returned to the field on a limited basis. The players braved a massive snowstorm in the south towns of Western New York to make it to practice. Injury Page.
Mace Back: The Bills roster juggling continued today when they re-added Corey Mace to the practice squad today. He was released from the active roster on Monday as the team is getting healthier at defensive tackle with John McCargo set to return to action. There was an open spot on the practice squad when Anthony Waters was signed by the Saints.
Bills Will Play To Win: Many fans would like to see the Bills start playing younger players to find out if they have some diamonds in the rough of a lost football season. This way they can get a jump on the rebuilding project that is ahead. Perry Fewell said that won't happen and that they will play the players that will help them win football games. This makes sense for the interim coach who is basically on a seven week job interview for the permanent job or building a resume for a head job elsewhere. Many specifically want the Bills to play QB Brian Brohm but even he says he's not ready to play after joining the team just a few weeks ago. It would also be interesting to see Aaron Maybin play more but Fewell squashed that saying he isn't as good as Chris Kelsay at this point. What do you think they should do? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!
Bills, Chiefs To Battle: The Bills and Chiefs will begin playing out the string with a battle at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. It will likely come down to which team is more committed to winning down the stretch instead of looking forward to the offseason. These teams played a wild game last year in Kansas City. Could another wild game be on the horizon or will it be a bore fest? Complete Preview.
Wednesday December 9, 2009
Three Not Practicing: The Bills returned to practice today and had three players sitting out completely while six were limited. The good news is the return to full practice of Terrence McGee and John McCargo. Sidelined were Demeterius Bell, Kirk Chambers, and Justin Jenkins. Chambers did do some work on the sidelines. Injury Page.
Bills Lose Practice Squadder: The Bills lost one of the players on the practice squad as the Saints have signed LB Anthony Waters. He was on the Bills practice squad the last eight weeks. He was with the Saints this offseason. Front Office.
Tuesday December 8, 2009
Tolbert Leaving? A report says that LSU is looking to lure Bills receivers coach Tyke Tolbert to the same position at the university. The website footballcoachscoop.com reports that the two sides may have met on Sunday. It may be in Tolbert's best interest to make a move since the Bills will likely have an entirely new coaching staff next year since whoever comes in will want his own people.
Monday December 7, 2009
McGee Hopes To Be Ready: The Bills held a closed door practice today and Perry Fewell did not talk to the media so there were no injury updates. Terrence McGee did talk and said he hopes to be ready to shoulder a full load on Sunday. He played very sparingly on Thursday night only when Reggie Corner was banged up for a few plays. He feels it is still day to day but he thinks the extra rest this weekend will help him get back on the field. He did confirm that he will likely play with pain the rest of the year. Injury Page.
Klopfenstein Re-Signed: The Bills juggled roster spots today by re-signing TE Joe Klopfenstein 9 days after releasing him. They now have three tight ends once again on the roster. To make room the Bills released Corey Mace who was signed off the practice squad when the team had injury issues at defensive tackle. Mace will likely be re-signed to the practice squad once he clears waivers. Depth Chart.
Back To Work: The Bills go back to work today after a three day weekend to rest the injured players. It is unknown if they will practice in full pads or not. Monday is usually nothing more than a walk through but since they have had three days off they may go full out.
Revenue Sharing Dead? In a move that could really hurt small market teams like the Bills, the NFL owners are planning on getting rid of a portion of the revenue sharing plan in March. The players association is expected to fight it in court. If this goes through the Bills would lose some extra money that they have received since Senator Chuck Schumer flexed his muscle and was able to get the owners to put $100 Million in a fund for the small market teams. With next year being an uncapped year, it could be really hard for the Bills to compete for players in free agency especially without the extra money.
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