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NEWS ARCHIVES - SEPT 11TH - SEPT 16TH, 2007 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Fall Flat In Pittsburgh 26-3

AP Photo - Offense Fails Again: The Bills failed again on offense for the second straight game. They couldn't do anything through the air except during garbage time. The defense struggled as well but did make at least a few plays. These grades are as ugly as the game was. Gameday Grades.

Losman Starts Finger Pointing: J.P. Losman was frustrated still when he took the podium for his post game press conference. He told reporters that they need to go out and let it rip and stop being conservative with running the football so much. He wants the team to get aggressive and attack early. Of course, Losman needs to be much more accurate before they will open up this offense. His comments were a shot at offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild and may start some finger pointing. Do you think Losman is right? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know.

Bills Lose Ugly: The Bills came out very flat as the Pittsburgh Steelers dominated the game from start to finish to whip Buffalo 26-3. The defense played a decent bend but don't break philosophy in the first half allowing four field goals, but they broke in the 2nd half as the offense bumbled its way through another pitiful effort getting some garbage yards late in the game but even then couldn't get into the end zone. Marshawn Lynch had 64 yards rushing and 21 receiving in the loss. J.P. Losman looked timid and undecisive as he continues to journey back to his rookie season. Game Review.

Cornerbacks Dinged: The Bills couldn't afford any more injuries especially to the defense but two cornerbacks got banged up in the loss. Terrence McGee was knocked woozy late in the game and walked off very slowly, he didn't return. It appears to be an injury to the ribs . Ashton Youboty was banged up late in the 2nd quarter and was helped off the field. He later returned in the 2nd half. It appeared he had a lower left leg injury. Everyone else seems to be ok. Injury Page.

Reed Among Inactives: Josh Reed is inactive for the game after missing practice all week with a thigh contusion. He tried to warmup this morning but was going through the motions gingerly. The following players are also inactive for today's game: Ryan Denney, Coy Wire, Keith Ellison, John Wendling, Duke Preston, and recently signed Bryan Copeland. Fred Jackson is the emergency third QB.

Wilson Visits Everett: Ralph Wilson visited with Kevin Everett yesterday before he made the trip to Pittsburgh for today's game. Wilson's connections with the Miami Project, thanks to his generous donations over the years, has been credited with helping Everett get the quick, expert care he needed right after the injury.

Everett's Mom Visits Team: Kevin Everett's Mom Patricia Dugas visited with the team and took in Friday's practice. It was the first time she ever went to a practice of her son's team. Afterwards, she met with the players and told them to play and work hard for him but stopped short of asking them to win for him. She hugged many of the players at the end of the visit.

Nice Weather In Pittsburgh: Weather will not be a factor for the Steelers home opener agianst the Bills. It will be sunny skies with only a 10% chance of any precipitation. Game time temperature will be chilly around 62°. There will also be very little wind.


Saturday September 15, 2007

Kelsay Fined: Chris Kelsay was fined $5,000 for a hit in last Sunday's loss to the Broncos. The hit in question was on Jay Cutler after he released a pass that was completed in the second quarter. The league thought he could have let up. There was no penalty called during the game on the play.

Bengals Game Soldout: The Bills announced yesterday that the Bengals game on November 4th is now officially a sellout. It becomes the 6th sellout of the season leaving just the December 9th game against Miami and the December 23rd game against the Giants with tickets left.


Friday September 14, 2007

Everett Wiggles Fingers: The news continues to improve for Kevin Everett, last night he was able move three fingers in his right hand. He had no movement whatsoever in his hands before then. The source said he moved them more than a little bit but not with great force.

Reed Misses Practice Again: Josh Reed missed the entire week of practice as he was held out again today. He has a thigh contusion that hasn't responded well enough to treatment. He suffered the injury against Denver but finished the game. He is officially listed as questionable but since he didn't practice all week there is a good chance he will sit this game out. Injury Page.

Webster Victim Of Numbers Game: The broken forearm suffered by Jason Webster was not necessarily a season ending injury but he was placed on injured reserve anyway. When Lawyer Milloy broke his forearm he missed about seven weeks of action which would put Webster back on the field mid season. He is now lost for the season because of the move. The reason the move was made Dick Juaron said was because there were too many injuries and they needed the roster spot for a healthy player. Keeping Ryan Denney active forced the Bills hand and they had to end Webster's season.

Wilson Makes Statement: Ralph Wilson made a statement yesterday regarding the injury to Kevin Everett, the owner said: “The devastating injury to Kevin Everett last Sunday has been extremely emotional for football fans everywhere, but especially for those of us within the Bills organization. For me personally, it is difficult to put into words the depth of my concern I feel towards this courageous young man. I want to express my truly heart-felt best wishes for Kevin and his mother, Patricia, and their entire family during this challenging time. I will remain optimistic for Kevin in the days ahead and I encourage everyone to keep Kevin in your thoughts and prayers. I also want to personally thank our medical staff, Dr. John Marzo and Dr. Andy Cappuccino, who performed the surgery on Kevin, for their outstanding efforts through this ordeal. I also want to thank our great team of athletic trainers, Bud Carpenter and his staff, for their first-class handling of this situation.” Wilson's strong relationship with the Miami Project is considered in part some of the reason why Everett may walk again because of their quick involvement with the injury.

Goodell Visits: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell flew to Buffalo yesterday and met with Everett and his mother at his bedside. No details were given about the meeting that lasted about 90 minutes. A league spokesman said that Goodell just really wanted to see the injured players.

Reed Absent Again: Josh Reed missed practice again on Thursday with a thigh contusion. He's expected to practice today and may play on Sunday depending on how he responds to treatment. Marshawn Lynch was back on the field after missing Wednesday's session with a stomach ailment. John DiGiorgio practiced with a soft cast on his right thumb. He sprained it in the opener but will be able to play with the cast. He may get the start on Sunday on the weakside. Injury Page.


Thursday September 13, 2007

Bills Add LB: The Bills made another roster move today. They added LB Leon Joe and made room by placing Jason Webster on injured reserve. Joe has shuffled between Chicago and Arizona since being drafted in the fourth round in 2004. Since he was back with the Bears last year he knows the Bills system well. He's the 2nd player picked up with Chicago connections this week. He has played mostly on special teams in his career and that will probably be his initial role with the Bills. With all the injuries special teams are taking hit because of all the players moving into the starting lineup. Depth Chart.

LB Shuffle: When Coy Wire went down with his knee injury against Denver and made the Bills go to their third option at outside linebacker. They moved Angelo Crowell to the weakside and put Mario Haggan at his more comfortable position, the strongside. As we reported yesterday, the Bills have made a move to strengthen from within the injury riddled linebacking corps. They moved Crowell back to the strongside which is his more natural position because of his size. They gave first team reps to John DiGiorgio on the weakside for the first time in his young NFL career. He practiced exclusively in the middle in training camp and last year. He said the move went well and he has the technique down but still needs to work on some of the adjustments. Since the Bills use smaller backers anyway they consider all three positions rather interchangeable. It appears this is the unit the Bills will go with on Sunday against the Steelers. Depth Chart.


Wednesday September 12, 2007

Everett Continues Improving: The doctors updated the condition of Kevin Everett today and said he showed marked improvement yesterday and continues to improve today as he has had movement in his legs and some movement in his arms, especially with his triceps. He has little movement in his biceps and no movement in his hands. This is the opposite of most of these cases. They have elevated his temperature and took him off a respirator today. Futures surgeries are possible but none his scheduled at this point. They have many more answers now then they had at the beginning but many more need to be answered according to the doctors. They also said that walking is now a realistic goal although he won't walk out of this particular hospital like was reported yesterday by the Miami Project. The speed of his recovery is a great sign that they have seen before. They feel the recovery process will take months.

DiGiorgio Moves Outside? Chris Brown reports for the Bills official website that John DiGiorgio saw some practice time with the first team unit at the weakside linebacker spot. Mario Haggan played there against Denver after Coy Wire's injury. DiGiorgio has played strictly in the middle for the Bills since coming to Buffalo. Depth Chart.

Lynch, Reed Miss Practice:Marshawn Lynch missed practice today because of a stomach bug, possibly because of something he ate. Josh Reed did not practice because of a thigh contusion but they don't think it is serious. These two are on the injury report with the other players that are out. Injury Report.

Jauron Knows A Challenge Is Ahead: Dick Jauron addressed reporters today in his usual media day press conference. He said there will be a medical update later this afternoon around 4pm. The team's prayers are with him and his family. They have one open spot on their roster and they may or may not make a move. Talking about the game coming up, he said the Steelers know what they are doing and do it well. Offensively they score some points and the Bills have their work cut out for them this week. On defense, Pittsburgh is very active and do good with zone and man pressures that they mix up giving the team a lot to prepare for. The Everett situation isn't occupying all their time and they have had good meetings and good practices and they need to perform better. He doesn't see the situation has being an issue but does see it a challenge getting everyone focused. He does think the team is very professional and they care about what they do and he expects them to be ready to play and expects the players stepping in for the injured players to know their role and step up and do the job.

Near Impossible Task Ahead: The Bills have a very tough assignment this Sunday against the Steelers. They are battling the huge home field advantage that Pittsburgh always has. It is magnified by this being their home opener. The team must overcome losing three defensive players to injury. They also must try to play hard after the emotional injury to Kevin Everett. Complete Preview.

Bills Add Two Players: The Bills filled out their roster by signing two players today. The newest Bills are safety Bryan Scott and DE Copeland Bryan. Scott was a 2nd round draft pick of the Falcons in 2003. He has 201 career tackles and four career interceptions in 47 games. He played for the Saints last year in a reserve role and was released by the Titans this summer. Bryan doesn't have the experience Scott has. He was signed off of the Bears practice squad where he spent last year as well. He is familiar with the Bills defensive scheme since it's similar to Chicago's scheme. Depth Chart.

Bills Looking at LB: With two open roster spots at the moment and several holes to fill on defense, the Bills are taking a look at former Jaguars LB Nick Greisen today. He started 10 games for Jacksonville last year and had a career high 82 tackles. He was released in the final cuts this offseason. He can play all three linebacker positions. Depth Chart.

Everett Continues Improving: The miraculous recovery of Kevin Everett continues. A consulting doctor who is the president of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis said that the fact that they put Everett in a hypothermic state almost immediately after the incident made a difference in his recovery. Dr. Barth Green now says he would expect that Everett could eventually walk out of the hospital. He has movement in his legs and arms and is stronger in his legs than his arms.


Tuesday September 11, 2007

Everett May Walk Again: There seems to be a dramatic improvement in the condition of Kevin Everett. Reports late this afternoon say he now has voluntary movement in his arms and legs. His doctor is now a lot more optimistic about his long term recovery chances then he was just yesterday and now says he may walk again calling it a possible "minor miracle". His sedation levels were lowered on Tuesday and was able to answer questions. The latest MRI now shows that the swelling of the spinal cord is minimal. Injury Page.

Simpson Placed On IR: The Bills officially placed Ko Simpson on injured reserve. That ends his season after breaking his ankle in the season opener. The Bills will likely bring in a veteran safety to challenge Jim Leonhard for the starting job. Depth Chart.

Powell Cut: In a surprise move, the Bills released the only backup defensive end on the roster. Eric Powell has been released leaving just long snapper Ryan Neill on the depth chart behind the starters. With Simpson going on IR look for the Bills to announce signings at safety and defensive end as well as maybe linebacker real soon Front Office Page.

Statement From Everett's Mother: Patricia Dugas, the mother of Kevin Everett, released this statement through the Bills media relations department: “On behalf of my son and our entire family I want to thank the fans and everyone for their prayers, warm wishes and general thoughts about Kevin. I especially want to thank the hospital staff and the Bills organization for their tremendous support during this difficult and challenging time. I would ask for everyone to continue to keep Kevin in their prayers.”

No Humor In Loss: Tony Bogyo returns this season with his weekly articles. Tony usually brings a humorous look at the Bills games each week. Unfortunately like all Bills fans he couldn't find anything to be funny about it in this devastating loss on the field and off it. Complete Story.



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