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Watkins To IR: The Bills have made the decision to shutdown Sammy Watkins and has placed him on the reserve/injured list. He is not automatically out for the season. He can be the player they end up designating to return and he could come back in eight weeks. Teams no longer have to make that designation when they place the player on IR. The team filled his roster spot by claiming Justin Hunter off of waivers. He played for Tennessee and Miami since entering the league in 2013. He has appeared in 36 career games with 68 receptions for 1,116 yards and 8 TDs. Depth Chart.
Watkins Out:Sammy Watkins was not on the field during today's practice and has been ruled out of Sunday's game. Rex Ryan said his foot is becoming a major concern and there is no timetable for his return. Ian Rapoport says that the foot is still structurally sound it is just a matter of being able to play through the pain and rest should help. More bad news at the receiver position as Greg Salas has been ruled out as well. Leaving the Bills with just Marquise Goodwin, Robert Woods, Walter Powell, and Brandon Tate has healthy wideouts. There is a chance they could make a roster move and add Dez Lewis from the practice squad. Cyrus Kouandjio, and Patrick Lewis have also been ruled out. Cordy Glenn, Jonathan Meeks, Colt Anderson, Aaron Williams, and Ronald Darby all practiced today increasing the likelihood they will play on Sunday. Injury Page.
Thursday September 29, 2016
Game Preview: The Bills look to keep up the momentum of last week's win with a big matchup against the Patriots. It will be interesting to see who plays quarterback for New England with Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo coming off injuries. The one person we are sure not to see is Tom Brady who serves the last game of his suspension. Complete Preview.
Watkins Sits Again:Sammy Watkins sat out practice again today adding to the concern that he will sit out a second straight game this week. He is not expected to practice tomorrow but they are hopeful he will fly with the team to New England. Greg Salas, Cyrus Kouandjio, Jonathan Meeks, and Patrick Lewis sat out practice. Cordy Glenn and Ronald Darby were out there for a second straight day while Charles Clay returned to practice. Injury Page.
Wednesday September 28, 2016
Three Don't Practice:Cordy Glenn returned to practice today on a limited basis which is a good sign for him according to Rex Ryan. Charles Clay, Cyrus Kouandjio, and Sammy Watkins did not practice. Glenn's possible return comes at a perfect time with Kouandjio's injury. Aaron Williams, Kyle Williams, Grag Salas and Marquise Goodwin are also limited today. Ryan pranked Julian Edelman jumping on his conference call with the Western New York media and asked him if he was playing quarterback this week. Edelman didn't recognize the voice. Injury Page.
Bills Sign OL: The Bills have filled the open roster spot vacated by the release of Jordan Gay. They have signed OT Michael Ola. They may need an extra tackle since Cyrus Kouandjio rolled his ankle late in the win over the Cardinals and Cordy Glenn has been sidelined since re-injuring his ankle in the opener. Seantrel Henderson is back from his suspension on Monday. Ola has 19 career starts in 23 games played. He played for Aaron Kromer in Chicago. Depth Chart.
Tuesday September 27, 2016
Gay Released: The Bills have opened up a roster spot by once again releasing their kickoff specialist Jordan Gay. They also released LB Carlos Field and S Damian Parms from the practice squad while adding WR Ed Eagan and C Terran Vaughn to that unit. Eagan spent time with the Cowboys and the Browns. Vaughn spent time with the Raiders. Both players were undrafted free agents in this year's draft. Front Office Page.
Whaley On WGR: Doug Whaley joined Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR this morning. Among the highlights Whaley said getting the first win under their belt felt good since it's been a long time coming. He saw a good flow and rythym with Anthony Lynn running the offense and they took it to the defense which was encouraging. They need to exploit the running ability of Tyrod Taylor but they need to continue to pound into him that he has to run smart. His passing skills still need to improve his comfortablitiy in the pocket. He needs to learn to slide around it a bit more. He can throw over the middle even with his size he needs to just find the passing lanes but moving around. On Sammy Watkins, Whaley said they are leaning on the medical staff. They know Sammy wants to play and if there is no further damage to the foot that can come by playing they will let him play. The medical staff seems to feel that is the case. There have been no setbacks on the progression of the ankle injury to Cordy Glenn so they will see how it goes this week. They are cautiously optimistic he will get on the field in practice this week. Whaley praised the way Cyrus Kouandjio is playing even after getting his ankle rolled late in the win over Arizona. The GM says Shaq Lawson is on schedule to begin practicing when he's allowed to after week 6. He assumes Marcell Dareus will be rotated in the first game or two he is back to ease him into football shape. Injury Page.
Monday September 26, 2016
Ryan Presser: Rex Ryan had his normal Monday press conference and was in a good mood as you can imagine. He started out mimicking Bill Belichik and said he has an idea who will play QB for the Patriots but he assumes they will keep them guessing right up until kickoff. The coach said defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman will call plays again this week after he was successful last week. He praised the play of Lezer Douzable and Kyle Williams. He said it hurt to only see Williams play six games last year.
Sunday September 25, 2016
Bills Blitz:LeSean McCoy ran for two touchdowns while Tyrod Taylor added a touchdown run as the Bills pulled off a 33-18 upset win over the Arizona Cardinals at New Era Field. Aaron Williams pretty much clinched the win when he picked up an errant snap on a field goal attempt and returned it for a touchdown in the second half. Bills Blitz.
Injury Update: The Bills seemed to get through the game without any new injuries which is nice to hear after the tough run they have had. Sammy Watkins and Greg Salas sat out along with Ronald DarbyInjury Page.
No Watkins Or Darby: As if today's game wasn't an uphill battle already the Bills will have to do it without Sammy Watkins or Ronald Darby. Despite tweeting last night he was good to go several reports today say Watkins is out. Jason LaCanfora is also reporting that Darby won't play. He is battling a hamstring injury.
Beautiful Weather: It's a beautiful day for football at New Era Field. The gametime temperature will be in the low 60s topping out in the mid 60s under crisp clear skies with light winds out of the Northwest at 5mph. Bills Daily will be at the game today so there will be no grades this week but our Blitz article will be up sometime tonight.
Watkins Says He'll Play:Sammy Watkins tweeted that "he is ready to go out there and compete at the highest level". So it seems like he will play despite not practicing all week.
Bills Meet With Coughlin? There is a report out there that the Bills have met with Tom Coughlin. It is unknown if the meeting was part of Coughlin's job with the NFL's front office or if the Bills are looking for him to possibly join the organization in some capacity.
RV Lot Soldout: The Bills have announced that the RV lot has soldout not only for tomorrow's game but for the home games against San Francisco on October 16th and the New England game on October 30th as well. That means the whole first half of the home schedule has that lot soldout already.