Starting Safeties Out: The Bills have ruled out four starters for Sunday's game including both starting safeties and the starting quarterback. As expected the Bills will be without Trent Edwards, Bryan Scott, Jonathan Scott, and Donte Whitner. With both Whitner and Bryan out the Bills will go with Jairus Byrd and George Wilson at safety. Jamon Meredith will get his second straight start at right tackle. Kyle Williams is questionable and likely a game time decision after practicing on a limited basis today. Terrence McGee is expected to play while Shawn Nelson is doubtful. Injury Page.
No Edwards Or Owens: Trent Edwards did not practice today which all but rules him out of Sunday's game against Carolina. He should be officially ruled out later today. Terrell Owens was on the sidelines as well. No word yet on why he did not practice. On the positive side, Kyle Williams did practice some today. Donte Whitner, Bryan Scott, Jonathan Scott, and Shawn Nelson remain sidelined as well. Xavier Omon, Terrence McGee, and Chris Kelsay all practiced.
Parrish Unhappy: Roscoe Parrish spoke about his benching with the media yesterday. He said he's frustrated that he was not in the lineup last week returning punts and doesn't understand why he has fallen so much on the depth chart. He understands he made a mistake when he muffed the punt against Cleveland but feels everyone makes mistakes and he's being singled out. He also can't understand why he would be benched after being the top punt returner in the league the past two years. He has not had an answer from the team. Parrish did say he will help Fred Jackson anyway he can and doesn't want to be a distraction. Who do you think should be returning kicks and punts? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know.
Thursday October 22, 2009
Flu Bug Hits Bills: It appears the Cleveland Browns aren't the only team in the league with the flu bug. The Bills have two players that were not in attendance today because of flu like symptoms as Shawn Nelson missed his second day with the illness and Xavier Omon not being at One Bills Drive today. Dick Jauron is trying to keep the numbers who get infected down since it's easy for it to spread in the locker room environment.
McGee Returns; Edwards Remains Out: Terrence McGee returned to practice today and participated on a limited basis after missing yesterday's session with a chest injury suffered against the Jets. Trent Edwards remains sidelined and was not in attendance during practice again but did make in appearance at the team's facilities to visit with the doctors. Bryan Scott and Chris Kelsay were also limited. Jonathan Scott, Donte Whitner, and Kyle Williams did not practice. Williams said he would like to try and play Sunday but the training staff may not allow it. Injury Page.
Bills Face Tough Running Attack: The Bills head to Carolina with some confidence after their win last Sunday. They do face a tough matchup with the Panthers who are coming off back to back victories. The Bills run defense needs to get better fast as the Panthers have perhaps the best one-two punch at running back in DeAngleo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Both backs ran for over 100 yards last week. Complete Preview.
Jackson Remains In Role: Dick Jauron said on Wednesday that he will stick with the roles from last Sunday in the return game. That means Fred Jackson will remain as the main return man on kicks and punts and Roscoe Parrish will likely be inactive for a second straight week. He continues to say that he wants to get Jackson more touches which has become more difficult now that Marshawn Lynch has returned to action. Parrish has led the league in punt return average the past two years and is the all-time league leader in return average. He has struggled this year. Depth Chart.
Hardy Not Expected To Play This Week: Now that James Hardy has begun to practice the team has until November 10th to either activate him to the 53 man roster or place him on season ending injured reserve. The latter is highly unlikely but don't expect to see Hardy in uniform this week. Dick Jauron basically put the kabosh on that in his media day press conference yesterday saying that it would be careless to rush him back this week. Injury Page.
Wednesday October 21, 2009
No Edwards: As expected Trent Edwards did not practice with the team today. He was not even in attendance. Jonathan Scott and Donte Whitner were not in attendance either but Whitner was getting treatment on his injured ankle. In attendance but not practicing were Terrence McGee, Shawn Nelson, and Kyle Williams. On the good news front as we reported earlier James Hardy was practicing. Bryan Scott was on the field but did not practice. Chris Kelsay has an eye issue that limited him in practice today. Injury Page.
Hardy Hits Field: The Bills return to practice today after getting two days off following the win over the Jets. James Hardy is expected to join his teammates on the practice field for the first time since tearing his ACL last December. His impending return to the lineup raises questions on who will leave the roster. Many felt Roscoe Parrish would be traded to make room for Hardy but the trade deadline past yesterday with no deal being made. The team does not need to activate Hardy until he plays in a game, they have three weeks to do that or place him on season ending injured reserve which is not likely since Hardy appears ready to go.
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