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Bills Daily - Top News Tuesday September 30, 2014

QB Change Sad: Many fans are very excited over the change at quarterback but as Tony Bogyo breaks down in his weekly column, it is just sad that the Bills seemed to have failed again with a top draft pick at the most important position on the team. Complete Story.


Monday September 29, 2014

Manuel Benched: Doug Marrone announced that the Bills have benched EJ Manuel and Kyle Orton will start Sunday against Detroit. The coach said the move isn't just for this week but it isn't necessarily for the rest of the season. Seems like Orton will be have to prove he should have the job long term. The coach said they have a playoff caliber team and they need to do what gives them the best opportunity to win and he came to the decision this afternoon that this is best for the team. Marrone said it was his call but that Doug Whaley is in full agreement. They are all in to win now the coach said and they weren't headed in the right direction. Marrone said EJ handled it well but has a tough road ahead to see if he's mentally tough enough to handle the move. The coach said this is a great time for Manuel to sit back and work on correcting his issues. This move shows once again that the pressure is to win now with the ownership change about to happen next week. Orton is the highest paid backup in the league, the move to sign him before the season showed that Manuel would have a short leash this year. In any other year he likely would have been given more time.


Sunday September 28, 2014

Gameday Grades: The offense struggled mightily most of the game and unlike other failures this time they turned the ball over twice. The first pick was returned for a score and the 2nd one clinched the game. The defense made some plays but not enough to overcome the poor play of the offense. Gameday Grades.

Bills Blitz: J.J. Watt put the icing on top of his dominating effort with an 80 yard interception return for a touchdown to spark the Texans to a 23-17 win over the Bills. The Bills had a 10-7 lead at that time and were looking for more when EJ Manuel's third down pass was read perfectly by Watt to swing the game. Besides the interception Watt got up close and personal with Manuel all day long hitting him nine times. Manuel struggled mightily most of the day but gave the Bills hope with an 80 yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams early in the fourth quarter to pull the Bills within three after the Texans had reeled off 20 unanswered points. Sammy Watkins also caught a touchdown pass but he dropped three passes as well. The Bills still had a chance late in the game as they were driving for a possible winning score when Manuel threw his second interception of the game at the Texans 25 with 1:14 to go to wrap up a terrible loss. Bills Blitz.

Bradham, Kyle Williams Hurt: Nigel Bradham was injured after he intercepted a third quarter pass. It was a lower leg injury and he was carted to the locker room after being helped to the sidelines. He did not return. Kyle Williams injured his knee on a sack. He limped off and went to the locker room and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. Ron Brooks suffered a shoulder injury late in the game and did not return as well. Scott Chandler got banged up when he took a hit to his left knee but he returned to the game quickly as Marcell Dareus did after getting shaken up late in the first half. Injury Page.

Gameday Inactives: Marcus Easley, Chris Williams, Marquise Goodwin, and Randell Johnson were ruled out and lead the inactive list. Keith Rivers returns to the lineup after being active for the first time since injuring his groin injury in the opener. The three healthy inactives are Cyrus Kouandjio, Bryce Brown, and Ross Cockrell. Cyril Richardson to get the start in place of Williams. Arian Foster and punter Shane Lechler are active for the Texans they were both considered gametime decisions.

Hot Day In Texas: It may be fall but the weather will be downright hot in Texas as the Bills battle the Texans in Houston. A high temprature of 89° is expected under partly cloudy skies with no rain in the forecast. The retractable roof is closed so the temperature will be a comfy 72°.

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Saturday September 27, 2014

Williams, Goodwin Out: Marquise Goodwin and Chris Williams both will miss the game against Houston tomorrow after not making the trip because of injuries. Goodwin suffered a concussion in practice on Wednesday and had been listed as doubtful. Williams has been bothered by back problems since the summer and was also doubtful after not practicing all week. They join Randell Johnson and Marcus Easley as the four players who have already been ruled out leaving three more inactives. Injury Page.


Friday September 26, 2014

Chris Williams Sits Again: It looks like the Bills will be without starting guard Chris Williams when they face the Texans in Houston on Sunday. He missed practice for a third straight day with his ongoing back problems and is listed as doubtful. Rookie Cyril Richardson will be active for the first time this year but Doug Marrone hasn't decided if Richardson or Kraig Urbik will get the nod if Williams can't go as expected. Also sitting out today were Marcus Easley, Ron Brooks, Randell Johnson, and Marquise Goodwin. Easley and Johnson have been ruled out. Goodwin is doubtful and does indeed have a concussion. Brooks is new to the list of players sitting out but is listed as probable for the game. He missed today with an illness. Keith Rivers and Da'Norris Searcy practiced again on a limited basis increasing the likelihood that they will play, both are listed as probable. Injury Page.


Thursday September 25, 2014

Goodwin Going Through Concussion Protocol: After being listed as limited with an illness on Wednesday Marquise Goodwin is now in the NFL concussion protocol program and did not practice on Thursday. He got shaken up late in the loss to the Chargers. Keith Rivers was limited again. Chris Williams, Marcus Easley, and Randell Johnson did not practice for a second straight day. Easley has already been ruled out for Sunday's game. Doug Marrone had hoped Williams would get back on the field today. C.J. Spiller was added to the report with a chest issue but he did practice fully. Da'Norris Searcy was limited again with an ankle injury suffered against the Chargers. EJ Manuel is on the report for an abdominal injury but practiced fully for a second straight day along with Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins. Injury Page.

Texans Preview: The Bills look to get back on the winning trail as they travel to Houston to take on their former QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Texans. Mario Williams' former team is also trying to get back on track after they suffered their first loss of the season against the Giants last week. Game Preview.


Wednesday September 24, 2014

Rivers Practices: The Bills had three players sidelined in practice today but Keith Rivers wasn't one of them. Chris Williams, Marcus Easley, and Randell Johnson did not practice. Rivers was limited as he battles back from his groin injury. Doug Marrone said Williams may practice tomorrow and Easley has been ruled out for this weeks game already. Johnson missed the Chargers game with a knee injury. Da'Norris Searcy was limited with an ankle injury suffered against the Chargers and Marquise Goodwin was limited with an illness. Nigel Bradham was excused because of the birth of his baby boy. He did show up near the end of practice. EJ Manuel is on the report for an abdominal injury but practiced fully along with Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins. Injury Page.


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