Gameday Grades: Our first position by position grades aren't pretty. A good performance by the special teams kept them in the game as the defense gave up too many yards and the offense only moved the ball on the ground. Gameday Grades.
Everett Likely Paralyzed For Life: The doctors held a press conference today and said Kevin Everett did show some movement but they cautioned it is very early in the long process of healing. They also said that a complete recovery isn't likely and it is unlikely that he will walk again. They only gave him about a 10% chance of a full recovery although the doctor was encouraged by what he saw this morning. It is a very serious injury and they are still very concerned. They don't expect to have any updates on his condition for 48-72 hours as he is sedated at this point. They did everything they could possibly do for him in a very expeditious time. It is still too early to make predictions about his prognosis. They are also worried about other issues including breathing functions but he was able to breathe on his own this morning but again cautioned it was too early too tell anything from that.
Bills Re-Sign Murphy: The Bills re-signed TE Matt Murphy and placed Kevin Everett on injured reserve. Muprhy was cut on Saturday and one of two tight ends added today as they signed Michael Gaines earlier in the day. Front Office Page.
Bills Almost Stole Game: It was a heartbreaking loss in more ways then one yesterday. It was a game the Bills could have and probably should have stolen. In the end it was the Broncos who stole the game on the final second. It was an emotional loss for many reasons as everyone was thinking about the injured Kevin Everett and the other injured clubs. A nightmarish start to the season. How will they come back from this? Let us know what you think in the poll on our homepage. Game Review.
Simpson, Webster Likely Out For Season: Dick Jauron said in his press conference this afternoon that Ko Simpson and Jason Webster both had surgery today and will both likely be lost for the season. Simpson broke his ankle while Webster broke his forearm in the loss. Coy Wire has a level 2 sprained MCL and it is unknown how long he'll be out but it is probably not season ending. The coach knows the team needs help and they may plan on bringing in a safety or a linebacker but plan to use Ashton Youboty as Webster's main replacement. Injury Page.
TE Signed: The Bills added a tight end to fill the open roster spot vacated by Matt Murphy when he was released. Former Carolina Panther Michael Gaines is the newest Bill. He was a seventh round draft pick of the Panthers four years ago. He has 21 starts in 42 games and had a career high 15 receptions last year. He is known as more of a blocking TE then Murphy. Front Office Page.
Everett Update: The Bills will update the status of Kevin Everett at 4:30 this afternoon with the team doctor. His agent was on WGR this morning and said they would be overjoyed if he can come out of this and walk. The agent believes the surgery was to repair a break between the third and fourth veterbrae. He will be sedated for one to two days. Reports say he does have some sparse movement and the surgery was successful. Injury Page.
Sunday September 9, 2007
Murphy Released: The Bills made a roster move yesterday by releasing TE Matt Murphy. That leaves them with an open roster spot. It wouldn't be a surprise if the team re-signed Murphy after Everett's devastating injury today.
Everett Has Surgery: Kevin Everett is undergoing emergency surgery tonight because of spinal injuries suffered in today's loss. He went down in a helmet to helmet hit during kick return coverage duties. He remained motionless and was taken off on an ambulance.
Bills Suffer Four Injuries: To add insult to injury the Bills lost four players to injuries in the loss to the Broncos. The scariest injury was to Kevin Everett. He was taken off in an ambulance with a cervical spine injury. His condition will be updated tomorrow. Ko Simpson was carted off in the first quarter with a fractured ankle. Coy Wire left the game with a sprained MCL in his knee. Jason Webster broke his forearm late in the loss. These are four critical injuries as they all appear to be long term injuries. Injury Page.
Bills Lose Heartbreaker: Jason Elam hit a 42 yard field goal as time expired to give the Bills a heartbreaking 15-14 loss to the Denver Broncos. The Bills led throughout until the final second kick which came after Elam missed two previous kicks. Marshawn Lynch led the way for the Bills with 90 yards rushing including a 23 yard touchdown run. The Broncos dominated the game statistically including 139 yards rushing for former Bill Travis Henry. J.P. Losman threw for just 97 yards in the loss. We will have our usual complete review and gameday grades tomorrow afternoon when we return from the game.
Saturday September 8, 2007
Rain Possible: The soldout crowd for tomorrow's season opener better pack their ponchos. While it isn't expected to be a total washout it could be wet. There is a 50% chance of scatter thunderstorms during the game. It should be mild with temperatures around 70° with light winds out of the East at 10mph.
Friday September 7, 2007
Bills Get Through Week Healthy: The Bills made it through the week's workouts without any new injuries. That means the only two players on the injury report remain Ryan Denney and Keith Ellison who are out. Friday is the day the injury designations change back to the normal doubtful, questionable, and probable along with who is out. For the Broncos, three players are questionable including veteran TE Stephen Alexander and fourth CB Karl Paymah. Starting G Ben Hamilton will miss the game with a concussion. Injury Page.
Hargrove Plea Deal? Anthony Hargrove may take a plea deal to end his legal problems. He was in court today for a pretrial hearing and the case was adjourned until Oct. 11th. In that time they will try to strike a deal. Hargrove was arrested on August 5th after a dispute outside a Rochester nightclub.
Ticket Sales Updates: The Bills have fewer then 15,000 tickets left for any games this year. The first five games are soldout. The game against Cincinnati has a few scattered tickets left. The final two games against Miami and the Giants have about 6,500 tickets each available. That leaves the team with fewer individual game tickets available then in any season in recent memory. Season tickets are up 12% to their highest total since 1993. The negative is the very lucrative suite sales are down. Three of the 164 suites remain unsold. 200 of the 6,878 outdoor club suites aren't filled and approximately 300 of the 1,800 indoor club suites remain vacant. The Bills call this alarming, especially the outdoor suites that have been soldout the past two years.
Thursday September 6, 2007
Bills Announce Captians: The Bills announced six captains for the season. J.P. Losman and Lee Evans will be the offensive captains. Chris Kelsay and Angelo Crowell are the defensive captains and Brian Moorman and Coy Wire are the special teams captains. The NFL is placing greater emphasis on captains this year, they will wear a C on their jerseys.
Jefferson At End? Backup DT Jason Jefferson is getting a look at end. Dick Jauron did say earlier in the week that one of the ways the team will combat the shortage at defensive end was to slide a tackle outside. Jefferson appears to be the guy he was talking about. He has never played the position but the experiment began on Monday and will continue this week. It isn't known yet on if they will try it on Sunday or not.
Wednesday September 5, 2007
Jauron Believes In Team: Dick Jauron spoke to the media which will be the case every Wednesday during the season. He called the start of a season a very exciting time that is a long race not a sprint. He likes the team and he believes they are better then they were but they will see what happens. He said the players need to play at a higher level then they ever have before to play consistently which leads to win. There are a lot of questions but they will start to get their answers now.
Two Out: The Bills announced that only two players are listed on the injury report and they are both out. As was already known Ryan Denney and Keith Ellison are out and will be out for quite a while. All other players are practicing fully this week. How they practice is the new way to label players on the injury report before Friday. Injury Page.
Tuesday September 4, 2007
Eakin Added To Practice Squad: Dick Jauron said the team would likely add a third quarterback to the practice squad and they did. The signed Kevin Eakin to that squad. He was with the team throughout training camp and saw action late in one preseason game. He at least knows the offense in case of an emergency.
Old vs. Young: Sunday's game will be battle between a very young squad in the Bills, and a veteran laden squad in Denver. One of the youngest starters on the Broncos is second year QB Jay Cutler who is being counted on to bring big things to Denver this year. Ex-Bill Travis Henry will be the key here, the Bills need to slow him down for a chance to win. Broncos Game Preview.
Monday September 3, 2007
Neill A Snapper, Not DE: Conventional wisdom says the Bills kept Ryan Neill to be the long snapper over Mike Schneck because he also fills a need at defensive end where the team is very thin. Dick Jauron squashed those theories yesterday when he said they want Neill to concentrate on snapping and he will only play defensive end in an emergency. Of course with only three other ends on a roster this may be an emergency very quickly. Jauron said that the team may still look to add an end but if they don't they will do things like slide a tackle out to end under certain circumstances.
Third QB Likely: Dick Jauron also said yesterday the team will likely add a third quarterback but that addition will most likely be to the practice squad. There is one open spot on that unit. Jauron said it depends on who they add, where they will be but they will add one somewhere.
Continuity an issue on OL: It was a shock that Dick Jauron decided to start Brad Butler at right guard. The big issue is that he has had no reps in the preseason with right tackle Langston Walker. Butler missed the whole preseason with his hamstring injury except for the Lions game. When he came into that game Walker was already out. Walker said he doesn't see it as a big problem since Butler is smart and knows the offense. He did say they will have to keep it simple and will not be able to make false calls and hand signals like players do when they are used to playing together. So do you think it was the right move going with Butler? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!
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