Three Linebackers Hurt: The Bills are hurting at linebacker as Kawika Mitchell joins Reggie Torbor and Antonio Coleman on the sidelines. Mitchell was limited today with a foot injury that was not known prior today to the media. Coleman and Torbor missed practice with a chest and hamstring injury respectively. Jairus Byrd participated fully. Leodis McKelvin and Terrence McGee practiced and are not on the report. Injury Report.
Spiller #1: Chan Gailey confirmed that C.J. Spiller is the starting running back. He has shown he is a very good player and has a chance to be for a very long time. He is starting because he has gotten more reps than anyone else and has done a good job, so he's earned the spot. Gailey feels they have three starters at tailback and they make them rank them but they all are going to play and be valuable members of the football team. He will try to use them in a lot of different ways as the season goes on. They do want to be very smart with how they handle Spiller especially early in the year. They want to watch his snaps but it shouldn't be an issue because of the backs they have. Depth Chart.
Jackson Will Play: Chan Gailey thinks Fred Jackson will play although he will be a hampered a bit. They did a good job protecting the hand and he is practicing so he should play. Jairus Byrd is practicing and doing better everyday. They will determine later in week if he'll be able to play. Reggie Torbor and Antonio Coleman did not practice today. Torbor is struggling in his return from injury and is less likely to play if he can't stay on the field. Leodis McKelvin and Terrence McGee are back on the field today and should practice fully tomorrow and Friday and play on Sunday. Injury Page.
Captains Picked: The players have picked the team captains for this year and they are Trent Edwards, Chris Kelsay, Brian Moorman, Lee Evans, Marcus Stroud, and George Wilson. They picked two offensive, two defensive, and two special teams players to be the leaders of the team.
Bills Add Practice Squad Player: The Bills rounded out their practice squad by adding TE DajLeon Farr to it. He was an undrafted free agent who spent the summer with the Cowboys. He is more of a receiving tight end but he gives them insurance at a position that is low on numbers until Shawn Nelson comes back from his suspension. The team has also waived Derek Schouman from injured reserve. He was placed there after being waived/injured on cutdown day. Practice Squad.
Media Day: Wednesday is the weekly media day in the NFL as the coaches and top players meet with the media from their town and their opposition's town. We should find out today if indeed C.J. Spiller is the number one back as has been reported. The team hits the practice field after having their usual day off on Tuesday. We should no more about the availability of Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin after practice. We will be updating our injury page with the first injury report of the season later today. This latest news page will be updated with snippets from Coach Gailey's press conference and more as part of our media day coverage.
Tuesday September 7, 2010
Fitz #2; Spiller #1? Chan Gailey admitted the obvious yesterday by saying Ryan Fitzpatrick is the number two quarterback. The weekly game release also lists C.J. Spiller as the number one running back and Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch as co-number twos. This may be more of a result of Jackson's injury situation than Spiller actually being number one. A couple of weeks ago Gailey said the depth chart hasn't changed at the position despite the solid play of Spiller in preseason games. Depth Chart.
Season Ticket Sales Down: The Bills have released the final season ticket figures and they aren't pretty. The Bills old 43,295 season tickets which is 20% off last year when they topped 55,000 season tickets. It still is the fifth highest total since 1995. Many factors figure in the decline including a raise in ticket prices, the economy, and the lack of winning football over the last decade. Two games are soldout including Sunday's opener. The Jets game is close to selling out but the other four home games have plenty of tickets available.
Hopes High For Jackson: Reggie Torbor, Fred Jackson, and Jarius Byrd all practiced again yesterday and there is a chance that they all may play on Sunday. Chan Gailey said Jackson is doing well and they are protecting his hand well. Torbor practiced some but did not finish and Byrd is progressing well. Jackson is the most likely to play of the three. They will see how Torbor practices later this week to see if he can go. With Byrd it depends what kind of game shape he's in. Injury Page.
Monday September 6, 2010
Harris Added: The Bills have added Dominique Harris to the practice squad a day after they released him. This move was not a surprise as it was expected once he cleared waivers. Practice Squad.
McIntyre Gets Extension: The Bills have confirmed that they have given FB Corey McIntyre a two year contract extension worth $1.85 Million.
Top Corners Not Practicing: Three players did not practice today including both starting cornerbacks Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin. McGee had his foot iced up during Saturday's practice but Chan Gailey said it was minor. McKelvin has had a wrap on his hamstring after the Bengals preseason game but has been practicing. Cordaro Howard was also watching from the sidelines today. The two newest Bills, TE David Martin and G Kraig Urbik, were on the field with their new teammates.
Two Added To Practice Squad: The Bills have added two more players to the practice squad leaving two spots open. They have added LB John Russell and WR Paul Hubbard. Russell was an undrafted free agent with the Packers this year before going on to Kansas City. He was released in their final cuts. Hubbard has spent the last two seasons on practice squads of the Raiders and Browns. He was a sixth round pick of Cleveland's in 2008. Practice Squad.
Brown Pissed: Levi Brown went from surprised to pissed, according to his twitter post, when he wasn't added to the Bills practice squad. He didn't think he'd be in this position. It sounds like the Bills have told him they won't offer him a spot on the squad depsite the fact that there are four openings.
Urbik Was In High Demand: It appears the Bills aren't the only team that wanted Kraig Urbik when he was released by the Steelers. The Bengals, Jets, Dolphins, and Broncos also put waiver claims in for the second year guard but the Bills were awarded him based on a higher position on the waiver board because of a worse record than the other four last year. Let's hope they find a diamond in the rough.
Regular Season Mode: The Bills are now in their regular season practice schedule as they will be on the field this afternoon for a 2:15 practice session. They have their usual day off on Tuesday before going back to work on Wednesday which is media day. Head coaches for both teams meet with their media and the opposing team's media along with top players from both teams. Thursday afternoon brings another practice as does Friday morning. Saturdays during the season are travel days for road games and walk through days for home games.
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