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Bills Daily - Top News Friday December 9, 2016

No Kyle Williams: The Bills practiced outside in the stadium today with piles of snow surrounding them on the sidelines. The big story from today is the absence of Kyle Williams from the practice session. Rex Ryan said his back locked up on him last night and he is now questionable for the game. The coach said he's very concerned about his availability on Sunday. Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods practice again and Ryan said they are both ready to roll. Injury Page.

Whaley On WGR: Bills GM Doug Whaley had his regular appearance on WGR this morning and spoke on a variety of topics. He spoke about the loss in Oakland and how they didn't play 60 minutes in all three phases. It was a learning experience for the team in finding ways to finish games. They don't like being in the place where they don't hold their own destiny. They need to handle their business starting this week with Pittsburgh. Whaley feels a lack of focus and consistency has contributed to the 6-6 record. They have showed they can play with anyone but they need to put all three phases together for 60 minutes. If they can do that Sunday they will show the league what they can do. On Tyrod Taylor they have to wait for the end of the season to evaluate him. They will sit down with the management and the coaches after the season to decide if they will pick up the option on him. He has done some things really good to get them to six wins but there are plays he wishes he could do over. In the last four games of the season they would like to see improvement from him. They would like him to eliminate plays he would like to have back down the stretch and of course he would like him to help them run the table. The GM believes Cardale Jones is on track but still has development to do. They are highly encouraged with where he is at and they really like what he's doing off the field in his preparation. He has a natural feel where to go with the ball and his command of his arm is very impressive. He does not want to see him hit the field this year because that would mean things aren't going well. Whaley feels Charles Clay may not have the stats but they feel this has been his best season in Buffalo. John Miller has been a bright spot and they see a big future for him. On Shaq Lawson he is excited what he has done and what he will do in the future. He will continue to grow and get better as he gets more time on the field.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Watkins Practicing: As expected, Sammy Watkins is practicing today after getting a day off to rest his foot yesterday. This will likely be standard operating procedure the rest of the year. Robert Woods is also on the field today for a second straight day as he tries to come back from a knee injury. If Woods and Watkins both play then they will both be in a game together for the first time since week 2. Cordy Glenn and Lorenzo Alexander also both returned to practice after missing yesterday. Glenn has been sitting on Wednesdays to rest his back. Alexander had a veteran rest day yesterday. The only player that didn't practice was Lerentee McCray who is sidelined with a concussion. Rex Ryan said the team will likely use their open roster spot to call up Bryson Albright from the practice squad. He's a good special teams linebacker and is the perfect choice to replace McCray. Injury Page.

Game Preview: The Bills come home for the first of a three game homestand. This is the toughest game left on the schedule for the Bills as the red hot Pittsburgh Steelers come to town and will be bringing thousands of their legions of fans with them up the I-90. A loss and the fantasy of the Bills making a run at a playoff spot will be gone for even the most optimistic of fans. Game Preview.

Wednesday December 7, 2016

Woods Returns: The Bills came out of Sunday's game with only one new injury (Lerentee McCray suffered a concussion and sat out practice today). They seem to be slowly getting other players back. Robert Woods and Ronald Darby returned to practice today on a limited basis. Rex Ryan admitted that this is a good sign. There was a report they were targeting next week for Woods to play but the magnitude of this game may be pushing up the timeline. Darby his out of concussion protocol. Also limited today is Charles Clay. The coach said Sammy Watkins came out of the Raiders game healthier than he came out of the Jagaurs game. He sat out today's practice to rest his foot and they will see how he does the rest of the week. Lorenzo Alexander and Cordy Glenn also sat like they normally do on Wednesday. Tyrod Taylor is listed as a full participant. Zach Brown limped off of the practice field very early on but returned quickly. Injury Page.

Tough Matchup: Rex Ryan said in his press conference that they know if they lose the playoffs are not possible. He talked about how hard it is to bring Ben Roethlisberger down and he joked the smaller players may not be able to do it. He said they will have a gameplan for that situation and will try to knock the ball out instead of going for the tackle. The coach re-iterated his support for Tyrod Taylor saying he has a chance to become an outstanding quarterback but stated everything will be evaluated at the end of the year and that their focus right now is only on Pittsburgh.

Bills Add Practice Squader: The Bills filled the open spot on their practice squad by signing CB Charles Gaines. He was a 6th round pick of the Browns in the 2015 draft. He had 15 tackles, two passes defensed and one forced fumble while in Cleveland. He's a converted wide receiver. The Bills still have an open roster spot that was made when Percy Harvin was put on the Reserved/Non-Football Illness list. Front Office Page.

Monday December 5, 2016

Harvin Season Over: The Bills have placed Percy Harvin on the reserve/non-football illness list ending his latest stint with the Bills. That opens up a roster spot. Rex Ryan spoke to the media today and said the team just imploded in all three phases after getting the 15 point lead. Robert Darby is now out of concussion protocol but Lerentee McCray is now in it after developing concussion symptoms today. John Miller is fine after being cleared of a concussion during the game yesterday. Injury Page.

Sunday December 4, 2016

Gameday Grades: These grades would have been great for the first 35 minutes but unfortunately the NFL is a 60 minute game. Gameday Grades.

Bills Blitz: The Raiders woke up just in time to blow past the Bills so fast that Buffalo couldn't get a look at the train that just steamrolled past them. Buffalo opened up a 24-9 third quarter lead when the Raiders took charge scoring 29 unanswered points in less than 15 minutes of gametime to take control of a 38-24 victory that likely puts a daggar in the Bills playoff hopes. The Bills opened up their lead thanks to two Mike Gillislee touchdown runs and a Tyrod Taylor scoring run. David Carr threw two touchdown pass and Latavius Murray ran for two for the Raiders. Taylor turned in a solid two and a half quarters then was terrible the rest of the way as he couldn't move the offense and unlike him, he turned it over twice with an interception and a fumble. It was just the third time since 2000 that the Bills blew a 15 point lead. Bills Blitz.

Injury Update: John Miller left the game and went into concussion protocol. He did not return but was cleared. LeSean McCoy suffered from cramps and missed a couple of plays but returned and played very well. Injury Page.

Gameday Inactives: Charles Clay is inactive after not making the trip to Oakland because of the impending birth of his child. Percy Harvin, Robert Woods, and Ronald Darby were inactive after being ruled out on Friday. The healthy scratches are Logan Thomas, Jerel Worthy, and Cardale Jones. With Worthy inactive big nose tackle DeAndre Coleman is active. He was just added from the practice squad this week.

Gameday Weather: Partly Sunny and seasonable for Northern California with a gametime temperature in the upper 50s approaching 60° during the second half of the game. Winds will be light out of the West at 7mph.

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Saturday December 3, 2016

Clay Not With Team: Charles Clay was not on the team flight to Oakland as his wife is about to give birth to their child. He remains listed as questionable for the game so there is a chance he will fly out in time for the game. Just in case he doesn't play the team has activated Gerald Christian one more time off of the practice squad and released Jordan Gay. Front Office Page.

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