Bills Daily - Top News Wednesday October 22, 2014

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.


Tuesday October 21, 2014

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.


Monday October 20, 2014

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.


Sunday October 19, 2014

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!

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Friday October 17, 2014

Goodwin Ruled Out: The Bills have ruled out three players for Sunday's game with the Vikings. Marquise Goodwin is one of the players that won't go on Sunday. He did not practice today after leaving practice on Thursday with a hamstring injury. Ty Powell and Marcus Easley were also ruled out. Powell injured his ankle during last week's game against New England. Easley has been sidelined for nearly a month with a knee injury suffered in the Chargers game and will likely return after the bye. Aaron Williams, Kyle Williams, Brandon Spikes, Da'Norris Searcy, and Garrison Sanborn are all listed as probable after being limited in practice this week. Injury Page.

Bills Add To Practice Squad: The Bills filled the open spot on their practice squad by signing WR Travis Harvey. He was an undrafted free agent in 2013 and spent that offseason with the Titans. He was signed by the Giants this past offseason before being released. Front Office Page.


Thursday October 16, 2014

Goodwin Injures Hamstring: Marquise Goodwin injured his hamstring in practice today and was officially limited. Garrison Sanborn was a full participant on Thursday after being limited Wednesday with a knee injury. Marcell Dareus returned to practice after being excused on Wednesday for personal reasons. Aaron Williams, Da'Norris Searcy, Brandon Spikes, and Kyle Williams were all limited again with their lingering injuries. Marcus Easley and Ty Powell remain sidelined. There is a report that says Easley will return after the bye. Injury Page.

Kouandjio At Guard: Cyrus Kouandjio is finally getting work at guard as Doug Marrone now feels he may work out there. He practiced for the first time ever at the position today. Mike Williams was back taking first team reps at wide receiver and with the hamstring injury to Marquise Goodwin there seems little doubt he will be active this week.

Vikings Preview: The Bills look to bounce back from last week's defeat as they welcome the Minnesota Vikings to town. The NFC North squad is reeling as well coming to Orchard Park on a two game losing streak. Game Preview.


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