Crowell Signs Extension: The Bills announced late today that they have signed LB Angelo Crowell to a contract extensions. Terms were not disclosed or immediately known. Crowell moved into the starting lineup after Takeo Spikes went down with his Achillies tendon tear. Crowell constantly plays almost every play of the game and has played very well in Spikes' place. He was due to become a restricted free agent in the off season. It would have taken a large tender to keep other teams at bay. He joins Terrence McGee and Aaron Schobel as young defensive stars that have signed long term deals. Schobel signed a deal just before last season and McGee signed an extension earlier this year keeping him from becoming a restricted free agent as well.
Both QBs May Play: Coach Mularkey said today that it is likely that Kelly Holcomb will start since he's taking the first team reps but J.P. Losman took a number of reps and he's being careful with him. He doesn't want to put him in a situation where further injury could occur. Even if Holcomb starts, the coach would like to get Losman some work during the game so there is a good chance you will see both quarterbacks on Sunday. He admitted the play of Holcomb has made it easier for him to put him in the lineup. He said the QB situation has unfolded like he thought it would. Holcomb was brought in for his experience to help out J.P. who is still taking steps in being the quarterback they figure he will be.
Wire Out: The Bills have only three players on the injury report. Coy Wire has been ruled out with a hamstring injury while Mike Williams has been upgraded to questionable with his chest muscle pull. Neither player practiced. J.P. Losman remains probable but it is now the thigh injury keeping him on the report not the shoulder injury. They continue treatment on the thigh but the shoulder is fine and he's throwing the ball well. Sam Adams missed practice today with a bug and the doctor was looking at him. Jason Peters missed ¾ of practice today with a personal issue. The Jets have four players on their report. Injury Page
McGahee Takes The Blame: Willis McGahee said his season has been alright but it could have been better. He said he will take the blame for his bad second half, it hasn't gone as he expected it and you just have to overcome it. He will take this game personally since his buddy Jonathan Vilma is on the other side. They are looking for a win to build on for next season.
Holcomb Takes First Team Reps: Kelly Holcomb took the reps with the first team at Quarterback today but didn't know if he would start or not. J.P. Losman is struggling from a thigh injury. The shoulder is better but the leg he bruised against New England is not. He felt like the team finally developed some consistency last week and he hopes it carries over to this week's game against the Jets. He won't look ahead to next year, he wants to finish this season strong after getting the big win last week. He said he's never content to being a backup but he knows his role with this team.
Mularkey Confident In McGahee: Coach Mularkey addressed the media in his usual Wednesday press briefing. He feels Willis McGahee has proven to be a good, durable back that needs to be the focal point of the offense. He thinks he's very, very good when he just hits the holes. In other news, Inactivating Rashad Baker the past two weeks has been a result of numbers not his play. He said he's not approaching this game any differently because his job may be on the line. On special teams, he said they do more work than most teams and it has shown up on the field including Terrence McGee, who has a knack for returns as he goes full throttle and trusts the guys he works with.
McGee Honored: Terrence McGee was named the AFC Special Teams Player Of The 20kick return yards, one shy of the team record. His five returns averaged 44 yards a return. This is the third time he's won the award and the 2nd time this year that a Bill has one the award, Brian Moorman received the award in the win over Kansas City.
Looking To End On High Note: The Bills will be looking to end the season on a high note when they battle the Jets at the Meadowlands on New Year's day. It has been a tough road for the Bills but 6-10 sure sounds better than 5-11. They had a great game last week but it is unknown if they can match the intensity against another team just playing out the string. Complete Preview
Tuesday December 27, 2005
Who Will Start Sunday? Everyone is weighing in on the quarterback debate. Coach Mularkey should give insight during his media day press conference on Wednesday. If J.P. Losman doesn't get the starting nod it means he has officially lost his starting job for the 2nd time this season. That should open it up for a fair competition in training camp. If Losman starts, then the job appears to still be his. Take our poll on our homepage if you haven't already. Almost ¾ of all fans voting so far think the Bills need to start Losman on Sunday.
Monday December 26 2005
QB Controversy Again? The Bills appear headed for another quarterback controversy. It could be an off season one that plays out through training camp next year. It could ge as early as this week. Coach Mularkey went with Kelly Holcomb against Cincinnati with J.P. Losman apparently healthy enough to play. Now what does he do this week? He knows Holcomb gives him the best chance to win but Losman needs to play to develop. Mularkey is also trying to save his job, he may have already did that thanks in part to Holcomb's play in Cincinnati. It creates an interesting dilemma. Let us know what you think the Bills should do against the Jets by taking our poll on our homepage.
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