McCoy, Karlos Williams, Rambo Out: As expected LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams, and Bacarri Rambo have been ruled out for Sunday's game in Tennessee as none of them practiced at all this week. McCoy told reporters today he suffered a grade 2 sprain of the hamstring that he made worse by playing on it against Miami. He said he was told he would be out 3-4 weeks after that game but says he's a quick healer and hopes to be back before that. He has been out two weeks already and hasn't done anything. Sammy Watkins is listed as questionable, he took 3-4 reps today which is 10% of the reps he normally would take on a Friday. He is a gametime decision and the doctors will make the call after he works out before the game. All the other banged up players are listed as probable including Aaron Williams, John Miller, and Marquise Goodwin. Williams and Miller are expected to start. Goodwin is expected to make the trip and hopes to make his season debut. The coach also said he plans on having both kickers active unless there is something unexpected on the injury front. IK Enemkpali is not going to be activated in time for the game. The team has a roster exemption for him until Monday. Injury Page.
Carpenter To Kick FGs: On Wednesday Rex Ryan was coy on what he planned to do with new kicker Billy Cundiff but on Thursday he was more decisive. He told the team's website that Dan Carpenter will kick field goals and Cundiff will be the kickoff specialist. There was speculation that the Bills may be having an open competition this week in practice and would release one of the kickers to open up a roster spot for IK Enemkpali who is eligible to be activated from the suspended list. The team has a roster exemption for him and don't have to activate him until Monday.
Thursday October 8, 2015
Watkins Getting Close: Rex Ryan said that Sammy Watkins is getting close to returning to action but his status for this week is up in the air. He is being listed as did not practice but media members in attendance said he took part in individiual drills. The coach said it would be a reach for Karlos Williams to play as he missed practice again today and is still in the concussion protocoal of the league. LeSean McCoy remains sidelined he was in the weight room during practice. So it seems almost certain that Boobie Dixon will get the start. Greg Roman said it is likely that Boom Herron will be in the gameplan. John Miller continues to work back from his groin injury as he split reps with Kraig Urbik today. Injury Page.
One Buffalo Day: Rex Ryan changed before his press conference after practice today into a Sabres hat and jersey and said it is a big night for Buffalo and he will be there to root on the Sabres. One year ago today the Pegulas closed on the sale of the Bills and today the Sabres open up the Jack Eichel era at home. It has been even named One Buffalo Day.
Titans Game Preview: The Bills look to get back on track as their roller coaster season continues down in Music City. Nashville hasn't been too kind to the Bills over the years and the Bills have struggled in general with Tennessee losing five games in a row to the Titans. The Bills need a win to get back to being above .500 as they look to ramp up their pass rush against a rookie quarterback. Complete Preview.
Wednesday October 7, 2015
Aaron Williams Expected Back: Rex Ryan said that he expects Aaron Williams to be back in the lineup when the Bills face the Titans on Sunday. This is a good thing especially with Bacarri Rambo sidelined with a quad injury. Karlos Williams, Sammy Watkins, and LeSean McCoy did not practice today but none of the three have been ruled out for Sunday's game at this time. Watkins is expected to test his calf in practice on Thursday. Boobie Dixon will be the main running back on Sunday if Williams and McCoy can't go according to the coach. John Miller was limited in practice today and is getting closer to returning from his groin injury. Percy Harvin got his usual Wednesday rest day and Kyle Williams also sat out today with a calf issue. Injury Page.
More Roster Moves: The Bills continue to tinker with the roster as they have announced the signing of K Billy Cundiff and WR Denarius Moore. They have released two specialists, kickoff guru Jordan Gay and returner Marcus Thigpen. Cundiff is also an accomplished field goal kicker so his signing could be a message to inconsistent Dan Carpenter. Cundiff was with the Jets in training camp in 2013 before joining the Ravens for the 2013 and most of the 2014 season. His career field goal percentage is 8 points lower than Carpenter's. Moore was a fifth round pick in 2011 and spent three seasons with the Raiders where he had 130 receptions for 2,054 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is also an accomplished returner. Depth Chart.
AFC East Quarterly Report: It's hard to believe the season is a quarter over already. Our latest edition of the AFC East roundtable gives out quarterly awards for the division. The AFC East has its share of storylines through the first quarter of the season. The New England Patriots are at the top of the division once again at 3-0. The New York Jets have gotten off to a surprising 3-1 start. The Buffalo Bills have been inconsistent at 2-2 and the Miami Dolphins have already fired head coach Joe Philbin after getting off to a 1-3 start. Our friends from New York Jet Fuel, PatsFans.com, and Phin Maniacs gives their thoughts on where each team finishes. Complete Story.
Tuesday October 6, 2015
Roster Moves: The Bills have signed Dan Herron to bolster their injured running backs corps. To make room they have placed TE MarQueis Gray on injured reserve ending his season with the broken forearm suffered against the Giants. The team also filled their open spot on the practice squad by adding WR Walter Powell. Rex Ryan is familiar with Powell who was released from the Jets practice squad this week. Herron has spent the past two years with the Colts and has three career starts. He was placed on IR after getting injured in the preseason and then released. He has 87 career carries for 389 yards and a touchdown. He also has 22 career catches for 230 yards. He was a 6th round pick of the Bengals in the 2012 draft. Front Office Page.
Karlos Williams Has A Concussion: Doug Whaley said on WGR today that Karlos Williams suffered a concussion against the Giants and his status for this week's game against the Titans is uncertain. Combine that with the injury to LeSean McCoy and the Bills are dangerously thin at a position of strength going into training camp. Whaley admitted they may add a running back and Bryce Brown would be a consideration. The team is working out running backs today. The biggest name of note is former first round pick Trent Richardson. Whaley also said the injury to Sammy Watkins doesn't appear to be serious but you never know with soft tissue injuries. Injury Page.
Bad Loss To Giants: Our columnist Tony Bogyo is trying to figure out if this team is a playoff caliber team or the team that got beat by the Giants on Sunday. Somehow Tony remains optimistic finding some positives in the bad loss to New York. Complete Story.
Monday October 5, 2015
Ryan Takes Responsibility: Rex Ryan sang a different tune today when talking to reporters. He took accountability for the penalties saying the 13 personal fouls this year is on him. He knows he has to get the penalties under control and it keeps him up at night. He said he's talked to the coaches on his staff and other staffs along with talking to the league to try and fix the problems. He said he has ideas but will talk to the players about it. He also said Jerry Hughes can't act like a vigilante out there.
Gray Has Broken Arm: Rex Ryan said during today's press conference that Marquies Gray suffered a broken forearm against the Giants. There is no word yet on how long he'll be out. Bacarri Rambo was the only other new injury of note as he suffered a quad injury. No word on how long he'll be sidelined. There is no update yet on LeSean McCoy's and Sammy Watkins as the players were off today. We may know more tomorrow when they return to practice. Injury Page.
Sunday October 4, 2015
Gameday Grades: The Bills just imploded in this game behind penalties and undisciplined play. The offense was beyond sluggish for most of the game and it all resulted in poor grades from this game. Gameday Grades.
Bills Blitz: The Bills played an undisciplined, uninspired, sloppy football game as the Giants defense smothered the Bills most of the game to give them a 24-10 win to even both teams records at 2-2. The Bills couldn't get out of their way as the yellow flags rained down on the field with two touchdowns nullified by penalties. Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes to lead a workmanlike offensive effort from the G-Men. They built a 16-3 halftime lead with the Bills finally getting into the end zone on a 23 yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor to Karlos Williams. The Bills started moving the ball in the second half but a holding penalty on Kraig Urbik negated a 31 yard touchdown run by Taylor. A chop block penalty in the final minute on Richie Incognito negated a touchdown pass to Charles Clay who led the team with 9 catches for 111 yards. Bills Blitz.
Injury Update: The Bills suffered several bumps and bruises in the game but the only banged up players not to finish the game were Marquies Gray and Bacarri Rambo. Gray hurt his arm. Rambo got banged up twice the second time he suffered a leg injury. Travis Taylor seemed to get his legs tangled up in the final seconds and limped around a bit at the end of the game. Cordy Glenn left the game in the first quarter after injuring his ankle. He had it re-taped and tried to return but last one play before leaving again. He returned in the second half however. Corey Graham left the game after getting shaken up on the first play of the 2nd half but returned after one play. Nickell Robey got banged up in the first quarter but quickly returned. Ronald Darby was run into by Rambo for the third time in two games. They were both shaken up but returned. LeSean McCoy didn't play but there was no injury news on him. Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports that he has a new tear and will need 3-4 weeks to recovery if he wants to be 100% before playing again. That would likely keep him out until after the midseason bye. Injury Page.
Gameday Inactives: With five players ruled out on Friday the Bills have only two healthy scratches for this game. Aaron Williams, LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins, John Miller, and Marquise Goodwin were already listed as out. Tony Steward and Alex Carrington are the healthy inactives. For the Giants Markus Kuhn, Robert Ayers, Victor Cruz, and Jerome Cunningham were ruled out on Friday. LT Ereck Flowers is active for the Giants after being listed as questionable.
Gameday Weather: It will be a nice fall day for today's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It will be mostly cloudy with a gametime temperature of 58° with temperatures rising into the 60s during the game under clearing skies. Wind shouldn't be much of a factor as it will be out of the East at 8mph. The home crowd will be pumped as the RV lot soldout on Saturday for the third straight time this year.
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