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Smith Back:Lee Smith was back on the practice field today after sitting out yesterday with an illness. The Bills originally were going to have Thanksgiving off and practice Tuesday but that wasn't possible once the game was moved to Monday night in Detroit. Chris Gragg and Jairus Wynn remain sidleined with knee injuries. Injury Page.
Browns Preview: It looks to be another emotionally charged crowd on Sunday as the Bills look for their first win at Ralph Wilson Stadium in their second game their in six weeks. The Browns comes to town with playoff aspirations as the Bills look to hold on to their slim postseason hopes. Complete Preview.
Bills Add Returner: With C.J. Spiller and Leodis McKelvin out the Bills needed help in the return game and think they found out by claiming WR Marcus Thigpen off of waivers from Tampa Bay. To make room they released DE Bryan Johnson. The move may serve notice to Marquise Goodwin who was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career against the Jets because of the gameplan. Fred Jackson has been returning punts but it isn't ideal to have the oldest running back in the game returning punts. Thigpen was a solid kick and punt returner for Miami in 2012 and 2013. He has little experience at receiver and running back. Depth Chart.
Whitner War:Donte Whitner will definitely be public enemy #1 when the Bills and Browns battle it out at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. The game is officially soldout and Jim Kelly will be leading the charge for the game that just got more spice when the Bills responded to twitter comments made by Whitner over the summer. The former Bill joked about the team moving and told Sammy Watkins to be quiet when he said he's looking forward to playing the Browns. Aaron Williams defended the rookie before Whitner got into a heated twitter war with Darryl Talley. Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller, Boobie Dixon, and Williams all made comments about Whitner today with Jackson being the most candid saying he can't respect the man for saying idiot comments.
Woods Limited: Coming off his spectacular game against the Jets it was a bit alarming to see Robert Woods limited in practice with an ankle injury. Doug Marrone fully expects him to play on Sunday. He did come up a bit lame after one of his catches. Dan Carpenter was also limited with a groin injury which landed him on the report last week as well. Jairus Wynn, Lee Smith, and Chris Gragg sat out practice. Gragg suffered a knee injury on Mondahy night, Wynn has been sidelined almost a month with his knee injury and Smith was out with an illness. Baccari Rambo was added to the report as limited with a hamstring issue. Injury Page.
Dixon Honored:Boobie Dixon was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week thanks to his blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by Manny Lawson. Dixon becomes the third Bill to win the award this year, C.J. Spiller and Dan Carpenter have also won the weekly award.
Time To Give Thanks: It has been a crazy week for the Bills, their fans, and most of all the people of the south towns around Buffalo. Tony Bogyo's latest article breaks down the wacky week that culminated with the biggest blowout win for the team in 22 years. Complete Story.
The Ralph Is Ready: The Bills held a press conference on Tuesday and announced that Ralph Wilson Stadium is ready for Sunday's game against Cleveland. They will have all official stadium parking lots ready to go as well. The Ralph did suffer some minor damage including some burst pipes but it would have been much worse before the renovations. There was no structural damage ot the facility or the fieldhouse where practice will take place this week beginning tomorrow.
Gameday Grades: The Bills were suppose to be at a total disadvantage going into this game after the trials of the week where the Bills were stuck in the houses while the Jets practiced and prepared for this game. What ended up happening was a dominating effort by Buffalo as they won a game for the frazzled fan base of Western New York. Gameday Grades.
Bills Blitz: The Bills took all the emotion of a very unusual week and took it all out on the New York Jets as the Bills won a "home" game in Detroit against the Jets 38-3. Kyle Orton completed 24 of 32 passes for 230 yards including touchdown passes to Robert Woods and Scott Chandler. Woods made four fantastic catches including a David Tyrell type catch and a great acrobatic catch for his touchdown. Boobie Dixon blocked his second punt of the season that was recovered by Manny Lawson for a touchdown. A Duke Williams interception setup a Fred Jackson touchdown run in the rout. The Bills defense had seven sacks including two each by Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes. Bills Blitz.
Injury Update:Chris Gragg suffered a knee injury late in the win over the Jets and did not return. The Bills didn't seem to suffer any other injuries. Injury Page.
Gameday Inactives:Fred Jackson is playing after being listed as questionable with a groin injury. Ron Brooks will also play, he was also listd as questionable with a groin injury that caused him the last two games. Jairus Wynn is inactive after being ruled out, he did not make the trip to Detroit. Marquise Goodwin and Frank Summers were listed as probable but are inactive. The other six probable players are playing. The other inactives are Bryan Johnson, Cyrus Kouandjio, Randell Johnson, and MarQuies Gray. Mike Williams is in the lineup for Goodwin.
Browns Game To Be At The Ralph: Adam Schefter reports that a Bills source says Sunday's game against Cleveland will indeed take place at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills have tweeted they no longer need shovelers as they are in good shape getting the field ready for six days from now. They got help from Mother Nature as temperatures soared today melting the snow and not causing widespread flooding that was feared. Tonight the team is indoors at Ford Field in Detroit. They are traveling back to Buffalo after the game and are expected to practice in the fieldhouse Wednesday thru Saturday.
Bills Expect To Play At Home Next Week: Jason LaCanfora reported on CBS's pregame show that he spoke to Russ Brandon and the Bills are planning on playing the Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium next Sunday. The team continues to plan on practicing in the fieldhouse this week. They will have their normal day off Tuesday instead of having Thanksgiving off like originally planned before the storm. The team had a morning light practice and will have a walkthrough this evening so they will get their usual amount of work in albeit in a very odd way.
Shovelers Needed: Now that the travel ban is lifted the Bills are once again looking for shovelers to work as they are doing round the clock shoveling of the snow to get the stadium ready for next Sunday's game against Cleveland. Shovelers will get paid $10 an hour and will get a ticket to one of the remaining two home games based on availability after working a minimum of 8 hours. The team is still planning on heading back to Buffalo after Monday night's game and will make a decision on Tuesday whether or not to practice at the fieldhouse the rest of the week or go back out of town.
Game A Sellout: The Lions started giving out free tickets at 10am today and by Noon they were all gone. They did say a limited number of tickets will be available on Monday night at the box office. Russ Brandon said that he expects it to be a sellout and that all season ticket holders will be given perferred seats between the 20 yard lines.
Jackson Questionable: The Bills have released their official injury report for Monday night's game. Fred Jackson and Ron Brooks are questionable with lingering groin injuries. Dan Carpenter, Manny Lawson, Kyle Orton, Kraig Urbik, Chris Hogan, Marquise Goodwin, Sammy Watkins, and Frank Summers are all probable. Jairus Wynn has been ruled out. Expect all the players on the report, besides Wynn, to play with the possible exception of Brooks who has missed two games. Injury Page.
Afternoon Practice Today: The wacky week continues for the Bills as they have a rare Saturday afternoon practice in Detroit before Monday's "home" game against the Jets. The Bills held a 90 minute practice session last night, their first in 10 days, and will hit the field at 4:45 today. Doug Marrone acknowledged the team is at a disadvantage as they are on the road and not home with their families as well as having a makeshift locker room at the Lions training facility. He praised their hosts as saying the Lions have done things for the Bills that doesn't happen in the league. Monday night's game will be re-aired on NFL Network at midnight on Tuesday. The Bills were not required by the league to give an injury report yesterday. The Jets listed all their banged up players as probable. Free tickets for the game are available on the Lions official website. Injury Page.
Tickets For Game Are Free: The Lions announced today that tickets for Monday night's game will be available free of charge to everyone. Tickets will be general admission and Bills and Lions season ticket holders are getting first crack today before it is opened up to the public tomorrow. The Lions also announced they will host a raffle to benefit the American Red Cross of Western and Central New York Disaster Relief Fund. The Bills are now in Detroit as every player an coach made the trip. The team will practice tonight and tomorrow night and will likely have a walk through on Sunday.
Everyone Onboard: Adam Schefter is reporting that all 53 players and coaches are at the airport and headed to Detroit for Monday's game. There are pictures on twitter of players being picked up by snowmobiles and taken to the stadium where they boarded buses to the airport. Players from less affected areas drove themselves to the airport. Pro Football Talk reports that the league is looking ahead to next week with looking at alternatives in case the game against Cleveland cannot be played at the Ralph. Detroit will be an option once again since the Lions play on Thanksgiving. The league probably won't allow the game to be played in Cleveland because it would give the Browns in extra home game while battling for a playoff spot.
Wrong Number Given For Refunds: Bills fans trying to get information about refunds and credits for Sundayís game that was moved to Monday night in Detroit are likely running into problems. The Bills apparently mistakenly gave out an incorrect phone number for its ticket office. Information on the Bills Website instructs ticket holders to call 1-877-228-4357. But thatís actually the phone number for a domestic violence crisis center in Ohio, which has been receiving a barrage of calls from Bills fans. The center is asking people to stop calling the number because it needs to keep its lines open for people who need their services. The correct number for the Bills is 1-877-228-4257. The ticket office is expected to reopen Monday.
Bills Looking To Practice Tonight: The Bills are hoping to get the majority of the players out of town this afternoon and the plan is to practice at the Lions training facility outside of Detroit tonight at 7:15pm to prepare for Monday night's game against the Jets at Ford Field. Orchard Park is still under a travel ban but the team is hoping to use snowmobiles to get the players to the stadium. Chris Hogan tweeted he was walking to the stadium. Orchard Park is still under a travel ban but the town supervisor said they are working to get the players to the stadium to board buses for the airport. Russ Brandon told Peter King that he doesn't expect to get all the players on the team charter to Detroit and that some of them may have to come on commercial flights later today or tomorrow. The Bills will also practice Saturday afternoon after the Lions leave for New England and their game with the Patriots. The NFL did announce that they are letting DirecTV broadcast the game to Sunday Ticket customers. CBS affiliates in Binghamton, Albany, Elmira, Watertown, Rochester, Erie, and Syracuse will broadcast the game as well. Check out our updated preview on our gameday homepage. Complete Preview.