Villarrial, Neufeld On IR: The Bills placed two of the four players listed as out this week on injured reserve. Ryan Neufeld and Chris Villarrial are now on the list and their seasons are over. Neufeld is suffering from plantar Fasciitis which is an injury to the foot and Villarrial has a tendon injury to his right ankle that will likely require surgery. No word yet on who will be activated for the Bills to fill the open roster spots but it appears obvious that practice squad TE Brad Cieslak will be activated. Injury Report.
Losman More Mobile? In his Wednesday press conference Dick Jauron indicated the Bills may be willing to move J.P. Losman out of the pocket a bit more. It would probably help him as he is good throwing on the rund and should help with the pass protection problems. Jauron said Losman has the green light to run when things break down but don't want that to be his first option. He also said he expects Losman to take advantage of his mobility more as time goes on.
Roster Move Possible: With the injury to Ryan Neufeld the Bills are down to just two healthy tight ends making a roster move a possibility. Dick Jauron said they can go with just but will wait unti the end of the week to make a decision. The most likely move would be to activate Brad Cieslak off of the practice squad. They can make room for him by placing Chris Villarrial on injured reserve if he elects to have surgery on his ankle tendon injury.
Ellison Injury Happened Sunday: The one surprise on the injury report was to Keith Ellison. He injured his knee during the loss to the Colts but did finish the game. They were surprised how it got progressively worse since the game on Sunday. He is day to day at this point. Injury Report.
Wednesday November 15, 2006
Villarrial Likely Out For Year: Dick Jauron said today that it is likely that Chris Villarrial is out for the year with the ankle injury suffered against the Colts. Jauron said it is a good chance his season is over with a tendon injury that is very painful because it moves across the ankle. Surgery is being considered as an option. Duke Preston will start in Villarrial's place. Injury Report.
Four Players Out: The Bills have ruled Josh Reed, Chris Villarrial, Ryan Neufeld and Willis McGahee as out for Sunday's game against the Texans. McGahee is much improved but not ready to return with three broken ribs. Reed remains out with his kidney injury and Villarrial and Neufeld are out after getting injured against the Colts. Keith Ellison is the only surprise on the report, he's questionable with a knee injury. Injury Report.
Let Losman Loose: All fans have weighed in on the J.P. Losman controversy in recent weeks. Tony Bogyo takes his stab at it this week in his column. Is Losman the guy? Is the offensive line the problem? Bogyo feels it's time to find out by letting Losman loose and give him a chance to prove himself. Complete Story.
Sunday's Game Winnable: The Bills head to Houston this week to take on a Texans team with the same record they have. It is a winnable game but the Bills must get past the tough loss in Indianapolis that seemed to hit them hard. It will also be a time for Eric Moulds to catch up with his former teammates. Do you think the Bills will win on Sunday? Take our poll on our homepage. Game Preview.
Tuesday November 14, 2006
Charge Expected To Be Dropped: The harassment charge against Donte Whitner is expected to be dropped today. The prosecutor is recommending the dismissal to the judge after receiving a letter from Whitner's girlfriend requesting it. In the letter she said she did not requre medical attention after police were called ot their home on November 5th. The charge is a violation called simple harassment, it is not a misdemeanor.
Monday November 13, 2006
Neufeld Has Plantar Fasciitis Injury: The Bills updated the injury to Ryan Neufeld after the game. It is a Plantar Fasciitis injury. That is an inflammation of the band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the base of the toes. He was carted off the field in the fourth quarter and taken to the locker room and did not return. Injury Report.
Offense Needs To Punch It In: J.P. Losman called the loss tougher since they were in it all the way. The protection issues are missed assignments, they aren't getting overmanned physically. They need to get that cleaned up. He said he still has faith in his line and they just have to do it. The offense needs to find a way to get the ball into the end zone especially when they get the ball down close like they did on the long kickoff return. They will go back to the drawing board to see how to get those things done. The offense needs to execute whatever is called by the coaches. They need to expect to score but until they do it they won't have confidence to get it done but they definitely need to pick it up in the red zone. Losman is sure the defense and special teams are very frustrated by the lack of scoring. Those units did everything possible to make the offense successful and it starts with him. He doesn't have the answers but he knows it takes time. He thinks they are capable of doing great things but there are glaring things on offense that they need to pick it up.
Painful Loss: Dick Jauron said it was a painful loss to be that close and not take it in the end. The guys played hard but did enough things to hurt themselves. Winning the turnover battle gave them a chance. They played close to the kind of game they needed to but not up to where they needed to be. It was just very disappointing. The gameplan was to keep the ball away from the Colts. A big problem once again was protecting the passer. He said Rian Lindell was crushed by his missed field goal and when he does miss it you are surprised since he's been automatic all year. The coach said the players were down after the loss.
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