Players Enjoy 4 Days Off During Bye
Gonzalez Rumors: The NFL trading deadline is Tuesday and like everyone knows this isn't a big deal since major trades rarely happen in the NFL especially during the season. One player gaining some headlines is Tony Gonzalez as he has asked out of Kansas City and an ESPN report as well as others report that the Bills are one of the team's interested in him. It appears the asking price is very high (more than a first round pick) but the ESPN reports said the Bills have contacted the Chiefs to show interest. The Giants are reportedly the front runner and several teams are interested. More likely than not nothing will happen. What do you think the Bills should do? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know!
Saturday October 11, 2008
Bye Week Break: Many players have left Buffalo to enjoy their four day weekend. They got the extra day off on Thursday in exchange for all the players taking a flu shot on Wednesday. Among the players that left Buffalo is Donte Whitner. He is acting as honorary captain for his alma mater Ohio State in their game today against Purdue. He will address the team before the game and call the coin toss that will have his likeness on it. Keith Ellison went to Southern California to see his younger brother play, he is a safety for USC. Chris Kelsay headed home to Nebraska.
Friday October 10, 2008
Wilson Fined: The league has fined Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson $25,000 for his hit on Trent Edwards last Sunday that knocked the Bills quarterback out of the game with a concussion. The league said he violated a rule that stated, "a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw him down and land on top of him with all or most of the defender's weight." The rule compels defensive players to "strive to wrap up or cradle the passer with the defensive player's arms." The league also sent a letter to Wilson warning him that another hit like that would bring stiffer penalties. Wilson has been called for more personal fouls since 2001 than any other player in the league. He was not penalized for the hit on Edwards.
Thursday October 9, 2008
Players Off: The players got an extra day off today by Dick Jauron. They were scheduled to run three brief but hard practices this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. After running two of them, Jauron decided to give the players an extra day off by cancelling today's session. The players have a four day weekend and return to their normal in season routine on Monday.
Wednesday October 8, 2008
Edwards Sent Home Again: Trent Edwards once again showed up at the Bills practice facility today. For the third straight day he was sent home early as he did not practice. The team is following their protocol regarding his concussion but there is little word on how he is recuperating from the Bills front office. A few players have commented on his condition including Lee Evans, Donte Whitner, and Gibran Hamdan. Everyone seems to say he's doing alright but nobody will speculate on his potential return except Whitner who feels he will play against the Chargers. Injury Page.
Tuesday October 7, 2008
Bills Taking Precautions: Dick Jauron really didn't give much of an update on the injury to Trent Edwards when he addressed the media yesterday. The Bills have their own protocol in dealing with concussions and they are following those precautions. Edwards was at the practice facility for part of the day yesterday. He was also there today but sent home according to the team's website. Lee Evans said yesterday that he seemed to be doing alright but nobody would speculate how long he'd be out. The team is practicing today and will have a three day weekend for the bye. Not practicing besides Edwards are John McCargo, Aaron Schobel, Marcus Stroud, Roscoe Parrish, Terrence McGee, Ashton Youboty, and Chris Kelsay. The team is obviously giving more players rest than they normally would get during a regular week. McCargo was not in attendance as he was excused for personal reasons.
Monday October 6, 2008
Third Down Defense Fails: Many things went wrong for the Bills in the drubbing they took in the desert yesterday. The defense failed miserably for the first time and you don't need to look any further than the third down defense. The Bills entered the game number one in getting off the field on third downs. The short passing game that was so effective for the Cardinals was even more effective on third downs as they converted 9 of 15 third downs to keep drives alive.
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