Gameday Grades: Poor offensive gameplan along with injuries didn't give them enough firepower to get the road victory despite the defense forcing three turnovers. Gameday Grades.
Bills Blitz: A.J. Green caught seven passes for 189 yards including a 77 yard touchdown reception as the Bengals beat the Bills 20-16 to force Buffalo into a three way tie for first play in the AFC East. The Bills forced three turnovers and had the advantage of a big punt return by Brandon Tate along with a penalty that brought it to the Bengals 12 yard line but it wasn't enough as a poor offensive effort led to the loss. Tate caught a 12 yard touchdown pass from Taylor for the Bills only touchdown. It was his first receiving as a Bill. Taylor threw an interception in the Bills final drive ending the game and a streak of 18 quarters without a turnover. Bills Blitz.
Injury Update: Charles Clay injured his knee on a low hit late in the first quarter and did not return. He was carted off the field after spending time on the blue tent. He was originally listed as questionable to return. Leonard Johnson hurt his hamstring in the second quarter and did not return after being listed as questionable to come back. Injury Page.
Inactives: Cordy Glenn, Shareece Wright, and Micah Hyde are active for today's game despite being listed as questionable. E.J. Gaines is inactive with his groin injury. He joins Jordan Matthews and Ramon Humber who were ruled out on Friday after undergoing thumb surgeries this week. The healthy inactives are: John Miller, Khari Lee, Conor McDermott, and Jerel Worthy. Miller and Worthy being inactive are surprises. Vlad Ducasse will get the start at right guard after being inactive the first four weeks of the season. Worthy being inactive allows Adolphus Washington to be active after being inactive last week. Joe Banyard is active for the first time since opening day. Dion Dawkins will start at left tackle despite Glenn being active as he isn't 100%.
Rain Likely: It looks like the Bills could be in for their first bad weather game of the season. It will be warm and muggy with a high of 70° and periods of rain possible with precipitation more likely as the afternoon progresses. The wind will remain light at 6mph out of the ESE.
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Saturday October 7, 2017
Mabin Promoted: As expected the Bills have activated Greg Mabin from the practice squad because of the rash of injuries at defensive backs. This likely means E.J. Gaines will sit out tomorrow's game. He is listed as questionable and did not practice on Friday. Micah Hyde and Shareece Wright are also questionable but more likely to play. A bit of a surprise the Bills made room by releasing Philly Brown leaving just four healthy wide receivers which includes Brandon Tate who is used mostly as a returner. Depth Chart. Front Office Page.
Friday October 6, 2017
DBs Banged Up: The Bills have three cornerbacks listed as questionable on the final injury report and they likely will have to activate Greg Mabin from the practice squad. E.J. Gaines, Micah Hyde, and Shareece Wright are on the report. Gaines did not practice today and is the most likely to miss the game. Hyde and Wright both were limited today and say they will play. Cordy Glenn is also questionable but practiced fully on Friday. Chances are Dion Dawkins will start again but Glenn has a good chance at being active. All the other banged up players practiced fully and should be good to go because they are not on the final injury report including Marcell Dareus. Injury Page.
McDermott Presser: Ramon Humber and Jordan Matthews have been ruled out as expected. E.J. Gaines will not practice after practicing on a limited basis the past two days. He will be listed as questionable for the game but not practicing is not a good sign. Cordy Glenn will be full practice today which is a good sign for his availability for Sunday. The coach admitted to being banged up at corner but they are confident they will figure it out. Shareece White was added to the report yesterday when he was limited with a back injury. He is fairly confident that they are headed in the right direction for Sunday with Marcell Dareus, Shaq Lawson, Eddie Yarbrough, and Micah Hyde. McDermott said they have to continue to improve and know their team. It takes until mid to late October to really know your team. They are a balanced football team but they need to continue to evolve in all three phases. They expect to win in all three areas. They are confident in all three areas but have work to do in all three areas. The coach is very impressed with the growth of LeSean McCoy as a teammate and a leader. He has matured so much since their time together in Philadelphia. He takes pride in himself and he is a great competitor who has embraced the football team in a very unselfish way putting the team first. It was great to see some of their guys over at the Sabres game last night. Injury Page.
Practice Squad Release: The Bills have released S Orion Stewart from their practice squad. The team signed two safeties this week so they may have not needed one on the scout team. That leaves an open spot on the practice squad for future use. Front Office Page.
Thursday October 5, 2017
Thursday Injury Update: The Bills had some changes to their injury report today. Mike Tolbert was removed along with Jerel Worthy. Kyle Williams was added but was full go with a thumb injury. Shaq Lawson, Kaelin Clay, and Taiwan Jones were all full go after being limited on Wednesday. Eddie Yarbrough and Shareece Wright were limited after not being on the report yesterday. The team added DE Eric Lee to the practice squad. Injury Page.
Game Preview: The Bills are flying high as they head to Cincinnati to play a Bengals team that has had an offensive resurgence the past two games after firing their offensive coordinator. The Bills are underdogs in this game but many are calling it a trap game as one they should win to keep their hot start going. Game Preview.
Wednesday October 4, 2017
Injury Update: Sean McDermott addressed the local media before hitting the practice field today to continue preparations for Sunday's game in Cincinnati. He updated the injury situation saying with Micah Hyde the newest addition to the report. He has general soreness in the knee and is day to day but trending in the right direction. They need him desperately Sunday as he is likely the player they can least afford to lose besides LeSean McCoy. Shaq Lawson will be back and limited in practice today with his groin injury. E.J. Gaines will be limited with his groin injury suffered against the Falcons. The coach also thinks they will be able to ramp up Marcell Dareus more a week after his ankle injury but would not committ to him as the starter. Charles Clay misses practice because of a death in the family. Injury Page.
Hauschka Honored Again: Stephen Hauschka has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second straight week. That has never happened before for this award from a Buffalo Bill. He hit three field goals including a 55 and 56 yarder. He has now hit 11 in a row from outside of 50 one shy of the NFL record. He is the first Bill to hit multiple 53+ yard FGs in back to back games.
Tuesday October 3, 2017
A Flurry Of Roster Moves: The Bills made a flurry of moves today signing three players, releasing two, and placing Colt Anderson on injured reserve. One of the signings was Philly Brown being brought back that was reported earlier in the day. The team also brought in a pair of safeties bringing back Trae Elston and signing Shamarko Thomas. Elston was with the team the first two games of the season and Brown was among the final cuts this summer. Thomas was fourth round pick of the Steelers in the 2013 draft and played mostly special teams for them appearing in 48 games over four years in Pittsburgh. To make room they released Eric Lee and Robert Blanton to go along with the IR move on Anderson. Lee and Blanton were recently signed. Depth Chart.
Bills Bring Back Brown: The Bills filled the void at wide receiver today by brining back Philly Brown according to a report by Ian Rapoport. He brings experience in the league and on this offensive unit. He was with the Bills all offseason and summer. No word yet on who the Bills will move off the 53 man roster to make room for him. Front Office Page.
Bogyo Column: Tony Bogyo takes a look at the Bills second straight win against an unbeaten opponent. Tony is called cynical and pessimistic a lot but this team may be turning him around as he asks if they have really changed this time. One thing is for sure things look different. Complete Story.
Monday October 2, 2017
Powell Released: On the same day he came off of his suspension the Bills have decided to release Walter Powell. It's a bit of a surprise considering the injury to Jordan Matthews will have him sidelined for around a month. Sean McDermott told WGR they are heading in a different direction on the football team and they have other guys they have confidence in them. His release had nothing to do with him being suspended in the first place. They have had conversations throughout the day to figure out how to improve the roster and they will look at everything including waiver wire, trade, and the practice squad to help at wide receiver. Depth Chart.
McDermott Presser: Sean McDermott addressed the media a day after yesterdays thrilling victory over the Falcons. He started by saying everyone is in their thoughts and prayers from the tragic shooting in Las Vegas. Injuries are a damper to the celebration as Jordan Matthews and Ramon Humber suffered long term thumb injuries. He confirmed both players are having surgery but said it is still too early to tell how long they will be out. Colt Anderson is also having surgery with a forearm injury and he also has no timetable for return. E.J. Gaines is day to day with his groin injury but they don't know exactly at this point if he'll miss the game. With the rest Shaq Lawson got yesterday they hope he's improved but they will know more Wednesday. He will discuss their options at WR with Brandon Beane this afternoon one of those conversations is seeing where Walter Powell fits in. He says he feels good about what they have on the roster and the practice squad at the position. They have some young guys that are developing and they could look to bring one of them up. They have faced adversity before and these injuries add to it but good teams respond to it. They have to handle this the right way. Communication and tackling could have been better but these are things they need to continue to work on. He spoke about how they need to improve on special teams especially the 61 yard kickoff return. They have a lengthy list to improve on and the team has to be focused on the Bengals. Substitutions is another area they need to improve on as he confirmed there was just 10 men on the field on the finally 4th and 1 play. They knew they had 10 men on the field but couldn't do anything about it since you can't call back to back timeouts. They have to get better can't have 10 men on the field in critical situations. Handling winning is a big part of sustaining success and that is what they need to concentrate on especially with the adversity of the injuries. At this point he expects Matt Milano to start for Humber next week. They are getting good contributions from their young players and they are getting valuable experience. He looks forward to Matt to continue to improve this week after a good individual performance.
Humber To Miss Time: The euphoria of yesterday's huge win is being tempered by the injury updates coming out today. Ian Rapoport reports that Ramon Humber will miss time with a broken hand. He injured it yesterday and did briefly return to the game with a big bandage on his thumb before the pain got too bad and he had to leave the game again. Matt Milano will be the man stepping in for him. He played pretty well yesterday. Injury Page.
Matthews To Miss A Month: Sal Capaccio of WGR reports that Jordan Matthews is having surgery to put a pin in his injured thumb and he will miss around a month. The Bills do get help back with Walter Powell coming off of suspension this week but the struggling wide receiver corps is now further depleted. Injury Page.
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