Three Ruled Out: Percy Harvin, Ronald Darby, and Robert Woods all missed practice again today and have been ruled out for Sunday's game against Oakland. The good news is all other banged up players were on the field and will likely be available for the game and are listed as questionable. That list includes Marquise Goodwin and Sammy Watkins. Goodwin injured his wrist near the end of yesterday's practice but was on the field with a bandage on the injury. Watkins was on the field which is a good sign that he will play as well. Injury Page.
Watkins Still Has Broken Bone: Sammy Watkins was limited in practice today and Rex Ryan said he looked good and barring any setbacks he should play on Sunday. Offensive Coordinator Anthony Lynn sang a different tune. He said Watkins still has a broken bone in his foot and he's playing through the pain. He only took three snaps in practice and he doesn't know if he will play this week or be able to finish the season. Ryan also said he doesn't think Percy Harvin or Robert Woods will play this week and wasn't optimistic Ronald Darby will play either. Woods was in the locker room with a sleeve on his leg according to the Buffalo News and he said he will be back this season. More injury woes at wide receiver, Marquise Goodwin couldn't finish practice after injuring his wrist. Injury Page.
Watkins On Field: Sammy Watkins was back on the practice field today during individual drills but was back to working on the side with WR coach Sanjay Lal. Also returning to practice were Cordy Glenn, James Ihedigbo, Lorenzo Alexander, and Charles Clay. Ronald Darby and Percy Harvin did not practice, so it looks like an extreme long shot that either player will play on Sunday. The same goes foer Robert Woods who did not practice. On the field, Kevon Seymour is taking the first team reps on the outside in place of the injured Darby. Injury Page.
Practice Squad Move: The team has signed S Shamiel Gray to the practice squad. To make room they placed Joe Powell on the practice squad/injured list. Gray was an undrafted free agent originally signed with the Patriots in 2014. Front Office Page.
Game Preview: The latest must win game is the toughest of all as the Bills travel to the West coast for the third time this year to take on AFC powerhouse Oakland. This is a city where the Bills have not won in 50 years. They did beat the Raiders while they were in Los Angeles. The Bills should be able to move the ball on their defense but slowing down MVP candidate Derek Carr will be a very tough task. Game Preview.
Watkins Sits: It's Wednesday so as usual the injury list is very long as players usually rest their bumps and bruises on the first practice day of the week. Sammy Watkins did not practice today which could be disturbing news. He was scheduled to practice on a limited basis but he ended up sitting out totally with soreness in his foot. It will be interesting to see what he does, if anything, tomorrow. Marcell Dareus practiced on a limited basis with the abdomen injury suffered on Sunday and Mike Gillislee also returned on a limited basis with his hamstring injury. Rex Ryan seems to think both will play on Sunday. Also limited today were Richie Incognito and Preston Brown. They are both new names on the list as is James Ihedigbo who missed practice today. Also sitting out were Robert Woods, Ronald Darby, Percy Harvin, Lorenzo Alexander, Charles Clay, and Cordy Glenn. Each of these players have missed Wednesday practices on a fairly regular basis. Tyrod Taylor was full go but on the injury report with groin soreness. He was limping some during the Jags game and there was a report a couple of weeks ago that he has had ongoing groin issues. Injury Page.
Christian Back: Gerald Christian is back on the Bills practice squad. He has been back and forth between the practice squad, the active roster, and being released. He was last let go last week and will fill one of the two open spots on the practice squad opened up when Dez Lewis and DeAndre Coleman were activated. The other practice squad spot was filled by G Isame Faciane. He was with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and then there practice squad. He entered the NFL as a defensive lineman before switching sides to offense. Front Office Page.
Roster Moves: The Bills have activated WR Dez Lewis and DT DeAndre Coleman off of the practice squad and have placed Corbin Bryant and Walter Powell on injured reserve ending their seasons. Bryant has battled a shoulder injury most of the season and Powell hurt his ankle on Sunday. Lewis is a former 7th round draft pick who made a splash during offseason workouts but fell behind in training camp. Coleman is a big nose tackle who has been on the practice squad all year. The team also filled Seantrel Henderson's roster spot by signing former QB converted to TE Logan Thomas off of the Lions practice squad according to a report by Fox Sports. He is a development project who has upside but doesn't really know how to block yet.
Henderson Suspended: It is now official. The Bills received word today that Seantrel Henderson has been suspended for 10 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy for the second time this year. He has been told to use marijuana in the past to battle his Crohn's Disease. If the Bills don't make the playoffs he won't be able to play until week 6 of next year. The team now will have an open roster spot to use.
A Win Is A Win: Our columnist Tony Bogyo breaks down another win he calls ugly but he will certainly take it like all Bills fans. A big win that keeps the Bills alive in the playoff race. Now is the time for Tyrod Taylor to prove he is a franchise quarterback. Complete Story.
Gillislee Good To Go: Rex Ryan addressed the media on Victory Monday and said that he thinks Mike Gillislee should be good to go this week after missing the Jaguars game with a hamstring injury. He also said LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins got through the game fine. The coach won't estimate if Watkins will get more playing time this week as they want to be smart with him. He said Ronald Darby, Marcell Dareus, and Percy Harvin will be watched during the week. Darby is in concussion protocol while Dareus has an abdominal strain and Harvin is bothered by migraines. Thad Brown of WROC is reporting that Robert Woods is expected to miss another two weeks and they are hoping to have him back for the Cleveland game. Ryan was upset with the red zone defense and the pass protection from the offensive line against Jacksonville.
Gameday Grades: The defense struggled most of the day but made plays down the stretch. The offense was awful early but used a last minute first half touchdown to get them going towards a big home win. Gameday Grades.
Bills Blitz: LeSean McCoy rumbled 75 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second half to wake the Bills up from a first half slumber. It ignited a second half offensive attack that led to a 28-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Bills did nothing early on as the Jaguars took the opening kickoff and marched down the field to take a 7-0 lead that lasted until McCoy ran it in from 7 yards out just before halftime to get the Bills on the scoreboard. Dan Carpenter's missed extra point had the Bills down 7-6 before McCoy's explosion after halftime. For a 2-8 team the Jags were resilient as they responded to the first two Bills second half touchdowns with TDs of their own to take a 21-20 fourth quarter lead. The Bills final scoring drive ended in a magnificent touchdown grab by Justin Hunter and McCoy's two point conversion gave them the final margin of victory. The defense came up with a fourth down stop and McCoy clinched it with a third down conversion in the final minute. Bills Blitz.
Injury Update: Walter Powell suffered a second half ankle injury and had to get carted off. He was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. Ronald Darby took a knee to the head in the first quarter. He walked off wobbly and went straight to the locker room. He did not return as he entered concussion protocol. Marcell Dareus left the game late with an abdominal stain. Rex Ryan hopes it's not serious. Injury Page.
Gameday Inactives: Percy Harvin and Seantrel Henderson are inactive after being listed as questionable for today's game. Harvin has migraine issues while Henderson is facing a suspension. Corbin Bryant is out for a third straight game with his shoulder injury he was listed as doubtful. Mike Gillislee and Robert Woods were ruled out on Friday. Robert Blanton was also ruled out on Friday but he was placed on injured reserve so he doesn't count among the inactives. With Harvin and Wood out the Bills are getting Sammy Watkins back at the right time although he will be on a pitch count. The healthy scratches are Brandon Spikes and Cardale Jones. Jordan Gay is active after being brought back to sure up the kick coverage unit that has slipped in recent weeks.
Harvin Out; Henderson Suspension Coming: Reports say that an old issue for Percy Harving has raised its ugly head and he will not play today. He missed the last two days of practice with an illness. It's now being reported that he is suffering from migraines which is a problem that plagued him early in his career. In other news, Ian Rapoport is now confirming a Jay Skurksi report from earlier this week that Seantrel Henderson is indeed facing a 10 game suspension. He reportedly is appealing it and may take the league to court over it. It is likely he is facing it for marijuana which he is being told by his doctors he should be using for his Crohn's Disease. Right now he is officially not suspended so he could play today but he is listed as questionable after missing two days of practice this week because of the birth of his son.
Gameday Weather: Decent Late November weather for today's matchup at New Era Field. The gametime temperature will be 41° with the winds out of the West at 11mph but diminishing during the game. It will feel like it is in the 30s. No rain in the forecast as the game will be played under partly sunny skies.
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Watkins Activated: The Bills have activated Sammy Watkins from the injured reserve-designated to return list. They also have brought back kickoff specialist Jordan Gay once again. To make room they placed Robert Blanton on injured reserve and released TE Gerald Christian. Blanton injured his foot last week in Cincinnati and the Christian would like have been a healthy scratch anyway. Depth Chart.