Bills Lose 2nd Straight Division Matchup
Whitner In Sling; Greer Also Hurt: An update on the injury to Donte Whitner, he had his shoulder in a sling after the game no word on how serious the injury is but if he was to miss time that would be a huge blow to the reeling team. Another injury that came out after the game was to Jabari Greer who hurt his hand and had it x-rayed after the game. No results were immediately available. Injury Page.
Defense Wears Down In Loss: There is plenty of blame to go around in the loss to the Jets but the defense wearing down in the end when they should have been energized rates at the top. Jabari Greer's interception return for a score should have got them fired up but the Jets ran the ball down the Bills throat something that shouldn't happen at home especially. Of course, the two first quarter turnovers by the offense didn't help matters as neither unit will grade out well. Gameday Grades.
Jets Beat Bills 26-17: Trent Edwards turned the ball over three times as the Jets wore down the Bills in a 26-17 victory over Buffalo. The Jets now move into a tie with the Bills in the division a half a game behind the Patriots who play tonight. Both teams had interception returns for a score and the Jets took control of the game after Abrahm Elam had a 92 yard return for a score. They held control the rest of the way despite Jabari Greer's defensive score. Edwards hit Derek Fine for a first quarter touchdown but a fumble deep in his own territory setup a Jets field goal. The Jets would go on a more than eight minute drive after Greer's pick for the clinching field goal. Game Review.
Lynch Gets Ill: After a strong first quarter Marshawn Lynch was forced to leave the game as he was suffering from nausea. He left after frantically trying to rundown Abrham Elam on his 91 yard interception return for a score. He did return in the second half. Donte Whitner and Jason Whittle both left the game late with injuries. Whitner suffered a shoulder injury and did return but went to the locker room before the game was over. Whittle suffered what appears to be a leg injury. Injury Page.
Youboty Inactive: Another blow to the banged up Bills is that Ashton Youboty is inactive. He did practice all week and was listed as probable so it is a bit of a surprise that he is not playing. Aaron Schobel, Josh Reed, and Brad Butler also head the Bills inactives list as they are all out with injuries. Also inactive are: Xavier Omon, John McCargo, and Demetrius Bell. With all the injuries the rookies get a chance to show what they can do. Steve Johnson is active for only the second time this year and is expected to get some playing time along with Justin Jenkins to help replace the absence of Reed. Of course James Hardy needs to also step up with Reed out. Chris Ellis is active and may get a chance to rush the passer with Schobel out. Leodis McKelvin may get some playing time with Youboty not playing.
Nice Fall Weather: It will be a beautiful fall day in Western New York for today's game. The gametime tempearture is expected to be about 48° with winds out of the east at 13mph making it feel a few degrees cooler. It will be partly cloudy with little chance of rain.
Saturday November 1, 2008
Injuries To Play A Role: Injuries for both teams will play a role in the pivotal contest tomorrow between the Bills and the Jets. Without Aaron Schobel the Bills will need to find a way to get a rush on Brett Favre or else he will sit there and pick the Bills apart. They also need to find a way to get better coverage on the receivers with Ashton Youboty and Terrence McGee not 100% yet although they are much better than last week when Youboty didn't even dress. The Jets may be down to a third string player at inside linebacker which could open up some holes for the Bills struggling running game. New York may also be down two of their tight ends and safety Eric Smith has been ruled out. Whichever team has a better scheme to deal with their injuries and exploit their opponents injuries will most likely win the game.
Friday October 31, 2008
Schobel, Butler, Reed Out: Dick Jauron made it official after practice today, Aaron Schobel, Josh Reed, and Brad Butler are all out for Sunday's game. Schobel was back in a walking boot on Friday as the Bills are taking it very cautiously to get him back 100% hopefully sooner rather than later. The Bills hope that Butler is closer to returning next week. Ashton Youboty is listed as probable after practicing all week. Injury Page.
Schobel, Butler, Reed Don't Practice: Aaron Schobel, Josh Reed, and Brad Butler all missed practice again today and will likely be out of Sunday's game. We are awating the official Friday report to see if they are ruled out. Ashton Youboty is practicing but according to Chris Brown on the team's website he still appears limited and may have his availability limited for Sunday's game. Injury Page.
Thursday October 30, 2008
Wendling Ok: No real changes to the Bills injury status from Wednesday to Thursday. John Wendling, who left practice early on Wednesday with a tweaked ankle, practiced fully today. Trent Edwards is now listed on the injury report but practiced fully for a second straight day. Injury Page.
Preston Starter?: It appears like the Duke Preston has unseated Melvin Fowler as the starting center. Preston was getting a few more reps in practice before Fowler was hurt. Last week, Fowler was active but Preston still started although Fowler came in late when Preston had to move to guard because of the injury to Jason Whittle. With Whittle looking ok to play on Sunday he will likely start at guard with Preston, not Fowler, starting at center. Preston took most of the first team reps in practice yesterday. Dick Jauron wouldn't say that Preston is the starter but he didn't exactly deny it either. Depth Chart.
Wednesday October 29, 2008
Lynch Absent: Marshawn Lynch was not in attendance during today's practice. He had an excused absence for personal reasons according to Dick Jauron. He's expected back on the field tomorrow and injury wise he is fine.
Edwards Dinged: Trent Edwards practiced fully today but he is a bit dinged up as he has some ankle soreness. He had treatment on it on Monday but he is ok. Jason Whittle and Ashton Youboty both practiced fully. Aaron Schobel is out of the walking boot and doing some sideline work. Josh Reed is now in the walking boot and not practicing along with Brad Butler. John Wendling left practice early with an ankle injury that isn't expected to be serious. Injury Page.
Another Tough Division Battle Ahead: The Bills look to get back on track as Brett Favre and the New York Jets invade Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. The Jets are looking at this game as a chance to get back to the top of the division standings as they are a game behind the Bills and Pats. The Bills may have a bit of desperation in them as they have lost two of three and are coming off a division loss. Game Preview.
Smith Heads Hall List: Bruce Smith heads the preliminary list of names on the ballot for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2009. Smith is a virtual lock to go in his first time being eligible. That may hurt other former Bills who are on the list. They include owner Ralph Wilson, Steve Tasker, Andre Reed, Kent Hull, Darryl Talley, Fred Smerlas, Larry Centers, Chris Spielman, and Cornelius Bennett along with former coach Chuck Knox.
Tuesday October 28, 2008
Reed Out: While Dick Jauron wouldn't comment on the status of his injured players yesterday, it appears Josh Reed will be out for a while. Having a sprained ankle to go along with a strained Achilles means it will be a shock if he plays on Sunday against the Jets. The strained Achilles is usually at least a 2-3 week thing. The Bills are weak at wide reciever without him. James Hardy will need to step up his game and Roscoe Parrish will be counted on more. Parrish says he's aching to get more involved in the offense but the truth is he has never had a big impact when given the chance at reciever. The team may try to take a look at 7th round pick Steve Johnson or special teams vet Justin Jenkins for a spark. Injury Page.
Monday October 27, 2008
Reed, Whittle Injury Updates: Dick Jauron said today that Josh Reed suffered a sprained ankle and an Achilles strain in the loss to the Dolphins. Jason Whittle has been diagnosed with a quad strain. Those were the two big injuries from yesterday's game. No timetable was given to how long either player will be out. We may know more on Wednesday when the team starts practicing for the Jets to come to town on Sunday. Injury Page.
McGee Gutted It Out: Terrence McGee played yesterday despite being still slowed by his strained knee. Dick Jauron admitted McGee wasn't 100% but healthy enough to play. It was obvious he wasn't himself as he got burned time and time again by the Dolphins receivers, specifically Ted Ginn Jr.. The fact that he stayed in the game, although he took a few extra plays off than usual, shows the lack of depth at the position. It didn't help that Ashton Youboty was hurt but it shows the lack of confidence in rookies Leodis McKelvin and Reggie Corner.
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