Meeks On IR; Dean Signed: The Bills have placed Jonathan Meeks on injured reserve ending his season. He suffered a neck injury in the preseason and never could get back on the field despite practicing on a limited basis. His spot on the roster was taken by LB Larry Dean. He signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and played in 48 games over three years mostly on special teams with Minnesota. Front Office Page.
Bills Fairly Injury Free: There was a rash of injuries in the NFL during week two action but the Bills came away relatively unscathed. On Monday, Doug Marrone only reported two injuries, Stefan Charles suffered a hip injury and Randell Johnson injured his knee. The coach said Sammy Watkins had just soreness after the game as he battles his painful rib injury. Keith Rivers was due to test his injured groin yesterday and today to see if he's ready to practice at all this week. Injury Page.
Great Start to Season: The Bills are now 2-0 and in sole possession of first place in the AFC East for the first time in three years. Tony Bogyo's weekly column examines the good start by the Bills and where we go from here. Complete Story.
Gameday Grades: Total team effort in the win as the defense made big plays while the special teams were shades from the glory days as they made huge plays on teams. The offense moved the ball efficiently enough to lead the team to the victory. Gameday Grades.
Bills Beat Dolphins 29-10: It was a festive playoff atmosphere all week in Buffalo and it spilled into Ralph Wilson Stadium all afternoon long helping the Bills take early control of the Dolphins enroute to a 29-10 victory to push the Bills to the top of the AFC East with a 2-0 record. Sammy Watkins had a huge day despite battling his ongoing rib injury all day long. He caught 8 passes for 117 yards and his first NFL touchdown. C.J. Spiller broke open a close game in the third quarter when C.J. Spiller returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown. Dan Carpenter hit five field goals as the special teams had a huge game that included a blocked punt and fumble recovery and solid coverage. The defense had four sacks as they were in control most of the afternoon. Bills Blitz.
Injury Update: Sammy Watkins left the game a couple of times as his ribs were bothering him but it didn't hurt his production on the field. C.J. Spiller got banged up returning the opening kickoff of the game causing cat call from the fans that don't think he should be returning kicks. He came back to have a huge 2nd half roll including a kick return for a score. Nigel Bradham limped off in the first series but was back out to start the second series. Stefan Charles left the game for a bit but returned to get a sack and Marcell Dareus had cramps. Injury Page.
Gameday Inactives: No surprises on the inactive list as Jonathan Meeks, Keith Rivers, and Lee Smith are out with injuries. Rivers was ruled out on Friday while Meeks and Smith were listed as doubtful. Healthy inactives are Cyril Richardson, Cyrus Kouandjio, Bryce Brown, and Ross Cockrell. Check out our the 2014 season debut of our gameday grades and Bills Blitz coming up shortly after the game on our gameday homepage!
Beautiful Weather Today: The weather is picture perfect for a home opener filled with emotion and euphoria as the Bills long term future in Western New York is settled. There will be a celebration of Ralph Wilson's life and a ceremony before the game. Jim Kelly will be there celebrating being cancer free and Andre Reed will be leading the charge. All that and first place is on the line with the arch rival Dolphins in town. The weather will be fall like with a temperature of 56° at kickoff under sunny skies with winds out of the WNW at 7mph.
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RV Lots Filled: For the first time in Ralph Wilson Stadium history the RV lots are all filled up a day before the game. Another note in the unbelievable enthusiasm for tomorrow's home opener against the Miami Dolphins. Everyone is in a glow after the news that Jim Kelly is cancer free, the victory over Chicago, and the news that the Pegulas will buy the Bills guaranteeing their future in Western New York.
Surgery Possible For Kelly: While the news Jim Kelly is cancer free is amazing news, there is a spot of concern that the doctors are looking at. Kelly told the Rochester D&C that they are weighing surgery as an option. The radiosurgery they are thinking about does come with risks. Kelly is expected to take a hunting trip in early October before deciding whether or not to have the surgery.
Williams Probable; Rivers Out: Aaron Williams is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Miami while Keith Rivers has been ruled out. As expected Sammy Watkins, Chris Hogan, and Stephon Gilmore are all listed as probable and should play. Jonathan Meeks and Lee Smith are listed as doubtful and will likely sit even though both practiced on a limited basis this week. Injury Page.
Rivers May Miss Two Weeks: ESPN is reporting that Keith Rivers will miss two games with his groin injury. He hurt it in the second half against the Bears and has not practiced this week. He will likely be replaced on the strong side by Preston Brown who started on the weakside last week and played every snap. Nigel Bradham will be back at the weakside after serving a one game suspension last week. Ty Powell is likely also in the mix for playing time on the strongside. Depth Chart.
Smith Returns: Lee Smith hit the practice field in hopes to be ready for his season debut he was limited after missing Wednesday's practice. Keith Rivers sat once again with his groin injury while Jonathan Meeks and Aaron Williams were limited but Williams did a bit more. Stephon Gilmore, Sammy Watkins, and Chris Hogan were full participants. Williams is in the NFL concussion protocol program with what is being called a mild traumatic brain injury. Injury Page.
Wilson To Be Honored: Ralph Wilson will be honored in a pre game ceremony for Sunday's soldout home opener against the Dolphins. Andre Reed will lead the charge on to the field. The team officially announced the sellout lifting the blackout. The game is not only soldout, tickets are in high demand and prices are rising on after market ticket websites.
Dolphins Preview: The Ralph is guaranteed to be rowdy for the home opener with the sale of the team, Kelly being cancer free, and the opening day upset of the Bears. All the good feelings would end quickly if the Bills lost to the Dolphins. A fast start will really be helpful and they need to guard against a letdown or even coming in over confident. Game Preview.
Gilmore, Williams Practice: Aaron Williams and Stephon Gilmore were back on the practice field today as the Bills begin preparations for the Miami Dolphins. Williams is in the NFL concussion protocol program but was dressed and took part in limited drills. Gilmore was back on the field after missing the opener with a groin injury and was a full participant. Keith Rivers and Lee Smith did not practice at all. Rivers suffered a groin injury against the Bears and Smith has been battling a toe injury since training camp. Injury Page.
Carpenter Honored: Dan Carpenter has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the Bills week 1 win over the Bears. Carpenter was 3 for 3 on field goals including a 50 yarder and the game winning 27 yarder in overtime. It is the first time he has won the award as a Bill and the fifth time in his career that he has won it.
Kelly Statement: Jim Kelly released a statement today regarding the sale of the Bills saying: ďI am so happy to hear that the Pegulas will be the new owners of the Buffalo Bills. Itís an exciting day for Western New York. As Iíve said for many years, my first and foremost concern has been ensuring that, when this time came, the team would stay in Buffalo. Terry and Kim Pegula have done a lot for our community; their commitment to Buffalo and Western New York is second to none.Ē Kelly was partnered with Jeffrey Gundlach in a search for a majority partner to buy the team but they were unsuccessful. Gundlach also released a statement which read: ďAs someone who was born and raised in Buffalo, the news today that the Pegulaís will be the next owners of the Bills could not be more welcome and exciting. Terry and Kimís commitment to the city of Buffalo is emblematic of the great pride so many Western New Yorkers take in our region, our history, and the heritage that is the Buffalo Bills.Ē