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Bills Get Run Over In Everett's Return

AP Photo - Kevin EverettRun Defense, Special Teams Fail: The Bills used an inspirational appearance by Kevin Everett to get an early lead after that they stunk up the field. First special teams failed twice, then the run defense was a sieve especially in between the 20s. Finally the offense did nothing after the first 15 minutes as Trent Edwards appears to be a quarterback that can't play in bad weather. Gameday Grades.

Bills Lose 38-21: In a game filled with many momentum changes the Bills fell to the Giants 38-21 thanks to almost 300 yards rushing by the Giants and three fourth quarter interceptions by Trent Edwards. Two of them were returned for scores to break open a tight game. The Bills took the wind and the momentum from a pre game meeting with Kevin Everett to open a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. Edwards threw touchdown passes to Michael Gaines and Lee Evans. The Giants controlled the ball on the ground but several turnovers and good defensive stands by the Bills kept them in the game until late in the game. Game Review.

Peters Knocked Out Of Game: Jason Peters got banged up when he fell backwards over Edwards on a bull rush. He re-aggraved his groin injury and did not return. That was a huge injury since it made little used Kirk Chambers go up against Giants Pro Bowler Omi Umenyiora. He had his hands full and the Bills had to adjust their offensive gameplan to help Chambers out as the Giants instantly starting getting better pressure when Peters went out. Fred Jackson left the game late in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. Brian Moorman hurt his kicking leg in the 2nd quarter when he tried to field a low snap from center and run with it. He was able to remain in the game and appeared ok. Injury Page.

Parrish Active: Roscoe Parrish is active and will play. He was listed as questionable after suffering a shoulder injury in practice on Thursday. Inactive for the Bills are: Coy Wire, Shaud Williams, Jerametrius Butler, Christian Gaddis, Ryan Neufeld, and Copeland Bryan. Gibran Hamdan is the emergency third QB. Wire and Bryan are the only inactives because of injury.

Everett At Game: Kevin Everett is at the game today and addresses his teammates this morning. He did not walk on to the field before the game because of the weather conditions. He watched the game from Owner Ralph Wilson's suite.

Everett Not Coming? The Buffalo News reports that sources close to Kevin Everett say that he decided against coming to Buffalo because he has reservations about being the center of attention. This is all unconfirmed however and weather may also be an issue if he doesn't come as it will be very windy with heavy rain.

Rainy Day: There won't be a snow storm for the Bills game this week but there will be a rain storm. It will be rainy and windy throughout the day with unseasonably warm temperatures. Gametime temperature will be 47° with an 80% chance of rain. It will be very windy with winds coming out of the south at 27mph.

Saturday December 22, 2007

Everett Expected To Walk On The Field: Reports continue to that Kevin Everett will be in Buffalo for Sunday's game. Now reports say he will walk on to the field with Domenik Hixon. He is the player that Everett tackled when he was injured. A strange twist of fate has Hixon a Giant now after being released after four games by Denver. There still is no confirmation that Everett will be here from the Bills, only that they he may come. It may depend on weather conditions for him to come and at this point it should be unseasonable warm and raining.

Friday December 21, 2007

Parrish Questionable: Roscoe Parrish has been added to the injury report and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants. Parrish injured his shoulder late in practice yesterday when he fell on it. He developed some soreness and did not practice today. Robert Royal returned to practice today and is probable with his sore knee. Coy Wire and Copeland Bryan have been ruled out of the game. Injury Page.

Thursday December 20, 2007

Denney Has 2nd Surgery: Ryan Denney underwent a second surgery on his injured foot today, a day after being placed on injured reserve. He battled through the pain to play over the 2nd half of the season but they needed to go back in and fix it again. Copeland Bryan and Robert Royal were held out of practice again today while Coy Wire was limited. Injury Page.

Losman May Be Back: Ralph Wilson told AP that don't rush J.P. Losman out the door just yet. It has been widely believed that the Bills will try to trade Losman this offseason since he has just one year left on his contract. Wilson talked about the rash of injuries at the quarterback position and that you need two quarterbacks, saying "we'll have to think long and hard on that one." It's unclear on how Losman would feel about coming back as a backup. Wilson said that Trent Edwards will remain the starter and that Dick Jauron is "very, very, high" on him. The owner also said that he's "very, very impressed" with the job Jauron has done getting the team to where it is despite all the injuries. He feels the future is really bright and they are looking forward to another draft to fill some holes. Wilson is not a big fan of free agency and the team will be "very selective" in free agency again this year.

Two Added To Practice Squad: The Bills filled the two openings on the practice squad today by signing DE Khari Long and CB E.J. Underwood. The spots were open because of the promotion of Blake Costanzo to the active roster and the signing of Orien Harris to the Saints active roster. Long was a sixth round pick of the Chiefs in 2005 and spent most of the last two seasons on the Bears and Cowboys practice squads. Underwood was released by the Jets last month and was on injured reserve with the Giants last year.

Everett Expected In Buffalo: As we reported last week, it's expected that Kevin Everett will be in Buffalo for Sunday's game against the Giants. In a twist of irony, the guy he hit when he got hurt will be there too. Domenik Hixon was released by Denver shortly after that fateful play and he now plays for the Giants. He has been informed that Everett will be there on Sunday. Everett's agent also confirmed to WIVB-TV that his client will be there. Marv Levy said preparations are being made for Everett's arrival but it isn't confirmed yet. Dick Jauron said it will give the team an unbelievable lift to see him but it won't carry over to the game itself. Do you think it will give the team a lift on the field? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!

Peters Thanks Mularkey: Jason Peters thanked Mike Mularkey for giving him a chance to play tackle when he met with reporters after his Pro Bowl selection. Peters wanted to play and told Mularkey to put him somewhere and keep him there. They moved him from tight end to tackle and the rest his history. He didn't know a lot about the position but his technique came along quickly under the guidance of offensive line coach Jim McNally.

Schobel An Alternate: While Jason Peters is the lone Bill on the Pro Bowl squad, Aaron Schobel is a first alternate. That means if a defensive end backs out, he'll be on the squad. Schobel didn't do well in fan balloting but did well with coaches and players and feels honored to be an alternate despite his dwindling sack total. The starters at the position in the Pro Bowl are Jared Allen from Kansas City and Kyle Vanden Bosch from Tennessee. Jason Taylor of the Dolphins is the lone backup.

Wednesday December 19, 2007

Denney On IR; Estes Signed: The Bills have ended the season of Ryan Denney by making him the 15th player to be put on injured reserve this year. Denney has been struggling with his surgically repaired foot since returning to action. He has been sitting out Wednesday's practice each week. The Bills filled his spot by signing offensive tackle Patrick Estes. He's a former 7th round pick of the 49ers in 2005 and has eight career games to his credit. He was released by San Francisco before the season started. Front Office Page.

Jauron Not Worried: Dick Jauron said he's not worried about getting a good effort from his team on Sunday despite being out of the playoff race. He called it a big game for both teams and knows his team will be ready and they want to win these next two games. He doesn't believe that winning these games will have a lot of carry over to next year except in the form of attitude. They did fall behind a bit in preparation since they lost Monday morning with the travel delays leaving Cleveland.

Denney, Bryan Not Practicing: The Bills active players are fairly healthy. Only three players did not practice today. Ryan Denney was held out, he has been held out nearly every Wednesday to rest his ailing foot. Copeland Bryan remain out with a knee injury. Robert Royal was held out with a sore foot. Coy Wire returned to practice but was limited. He's missed three games with a neck stinger. Injury Page.

Bills Want To Finish Strong: The Bills are now playing for pride and playing the spoiler role as the Giants need a win to wrap up a playoff spot on Sunday in Buffalo. The Bills motto is looking to finish 9-7 and should play hard despite being eliminated from playoff contention. Game Preview.

Tuesday December 18, 2007

Giants Game Soldout: The Bills announced today that Sunday's game against the Giants is now soldout. It completes a soldout season for the Bills as all eight games have been in front of a full house and on local television. The game had 1,500 tickets available a few weeks ago and was down to single seats.

Peters To Start In Pro Bowl: Jason Peters has been selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad. He has been selected as a starter, this is his first Pro Bowl. He has developed a good reputation over the last two years and many were touting him as a Pro Bowl candidate since before the season started. He is the first offensive tackle for the Bills to make the squad since 1993. Not bad for a player who was signed by the Bills as an undrafted free agent as a tight end four years ago. He is the lone member of the squad this year from the Bills.

Snowy End: The Bills season came to an end for all intent and purposes with the loss in snowy Cleveland. Things got worse when they had trouble getting home. It was another painful end for all Bills fans and Tony Bogyo gives us his "realist" take on the game. Complete Story.

Monday December 17, 2007

Bills Bus Back: It continues to get worse on the aftermath of the loss yesterday. As we reported earlier, the team was stuck in Cleveland overnight when their charter was cancelled because the weather closed the Cleveland airport. The team was going to try and take a flight this morning but instead they were forced to bus it back when the plane got stuck in the mud. The pilot took an unusually wide turn while taxing without the players on board. It normally is a 25 minute flight, instead the team is on a three hour plus bus ride on interstate 90. The team is expected to arrive home by early afternoon and do not have practice today. They have their usual day off tomorrow and will prepare for the Giants game starting Wednesday.

Weather The Worst: The Bills players never used the weather as an excuse for the loss. Afterall both teams had to play in it and the Browns made a few plays, the Bills none. The Browns one the field position battle that was key especially on a day like they had yesterday. To a man, whether players came from cold weather hometowns or warm weather hometowns, none of them have ever played in conditions like they were in Cleveland yesterday. The media also agreed that they never saw conditions like that. For the Bills California duo of Trent Edwards and Marshawn Lynch hopefully they will never see it again.

Bills Stuck in Cleveland: To add insult to injury, the Bills had to spend last night in Cleveland. Their charter flight was cancelled because of the weather in Cleveland and Buffalo. They are expected back in Buffalo today.

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