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Watkins Honored:Sammy Watkins earned the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors for his performance against Minnesota. He had 9 catches on 14 targets for 122 yards and two touchdowns including the game winner with :01 left. The winner comes from an online vote on NFL.com.
Brooks Added To Report:Ron Brooks is a new name on the injury report for the Bills as they finished their practice week for Sunday's game against the Jets. He tweaked his groin in practice and is listed as probable. Doug Marrone doesn't expect it to be a concern for the game. As expected Fred Jackson and Ty Powell have been ruled out of the game this week. Marquise Goodwin did not practice again today with his hamstring injury but he has yet to be officially ruled out. He is listed as doubtful. The likely gametime decisions are Aaron Williams and Marcus Easley who are questionable. The key for Williams will be rest for his injured neck. Easley is trying to work his way back from a sprained MCL he suffered all the way back in the San Diego game. Brandon Spikes, Sammy Watkins, and Mario Williams are also probable for the game. Injury Page.
No Changes: The Bills had no changes to their portion of the injury report from yesterday to today. Marcus Easley and Aaron Williams were limited again while Ty Powell, Marquise Goodwin, and Fred Jackson sat out practice. Sammy Watkins, Brandon Spikes, and Mario Williams were full participants again. Injury Page.
Jets Preview: The Bills head to the Meadowlands looking for their first victory ever at Met Life Stadium. The last time they won in New Jersey was in 2009 at Giants Stadium. The Jets welcome Percy Harvin to the team as they bring their 1-6 record back home coming off a near upset against the Patriots. They have three extra days to prepare for the Bills after the close loss a week ago from today. Game Preview.
Easley Returns:Marcus Easley returned to practice today on a limited basis. He has missed four games with a knee injury but originally wasn't expected to return until after the bye. Ty Powell, Marquise Goodwin, and Fred Jackson sat out practice today while Aaron Williams was on the field after leaving the Vikings game early after aggravating his neck injury. Sammy Watkins was added to the injury report as a full participant with a groin injury that Coach Marrone said isn't a concern. Mario Williams also made an appearance on the report as a full participant with a thumb problem. Injury Page.
Urbik Gets First Team Reps: There was a change to the offensive line as was expected after another poor performance by the unit against Minnesota. Kraig Urbik took the first team reps today at left guard instead of Cyril Richardson. Urbik was the starter last year for all 16 games at right guard but has fallen out of favor with the coaching staff. Doug Marrone said he now has to step up but wouldn't committ to Urbik getting the start saying he's just one of many options they are expoloring at the moment. There were no other lineup changes on the line during today's practice.
Spiller On IR Designated To Return: The Bills used their special designation of injured reserve for C.J. Spiller. He is on the IR designated to return list which means he could come back week 16. He had surgery yesterday for the broken collarbone. Since they only have two healthy halfbacks they used his roster spot to add RB Phillip Tanner. He spent three years with the Cowboys after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2011. In 39 career games he has 149 yards rushing on 56 carries and two touchdowns. ESPN reports that the Bills initally tried to sign Antonio Andrews off of the Titans practice squad but they added him to their active roster instead of losing him.
Win Doesn't Feel Great: Yes the Bills did escape Sunday's game with a victory which is what matters most. It was ugly by everyone's standard and it is nothing to get excited about how poorly they played and with the big injuries to the top two running backs. Check out Tony Bogyo's latest column breaking down the Vikings game. Complete Story.
Spiller Has Surgery:Fred Jackson confirmed on WGR this morning that C.J. Spiller went in for surgery on his collar bone. Jackson said his own injury could have been worse. He won't need surgery on his injured groin and it is a 3-4 week injury, with the bye in two weeks he may only miss a game or two. Spiller is likely gone for the season although the injured reserve designated to return list could be an outside possibility. No update on the condition of Aaron Williams who left the game in the fourth quarter after aggravating his neck injury. He was already basically playing with one hand as his wrist was heavily bandaged. Injury Page.
Bills Blitz:Kyle Orton hit Sammy Watkins for a two yard touchdown pass with :01 left to lift the Bills to a 17-16 win over the Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Orton hit Chris Hogan for a 28 yard catch to the two as the clock was running out. Earlier in the drive Orton found Scott Chandler on 4th and 20 to keep the drive alive. Orton also hit Watkins for a 26 yard touchdown to give the Bills a short lived 7-3 lead in the first half. Blair Walsh hit field goals from 40, 55, and 33 yards that gave the Vikings the edge most of the way until the Bills final drive. Bills Blitz.
Spiller, Jackson Leave With Injuries: The Bills lost their top two running backs to injuries in today's win over the Vikings C.J. Spiller suffered a broken collar bone after a long run in the first half. He was in the game because Fred Jackson suffered a severe groin injury earlier. Both players were ruled out quickly after being carted off. Spiller's season is over and Jackson underwent an MRI that revealed he will be sidelined at least two weeks. Injury Page.
Fall Weather Is Here: The first game with an Autumn feel will take place today at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Skies will be mostly cloudy at kickoff with a gametime temperature of 44°. It will be windy which will make it feel cooler. The winds will be out of the West Northwest at 16mph. Bills Daily is at the game so there will not be any gameday grades this week. Look for our usual Bills Blitz article later tonight!