Spiller Activated; Listed As Probable: The Bills announced they are activating C.J. Spiller for the game against the Raiders and have listed him as probable. He is one of eight Bills listed as probable on the final injury report. Marcus Thigpen was added to the injury report Thursday and was limited with swelling in his foot. He is one of the probable players and is expected to play on Sunday. Both injured safeties are probable as well. Duke Williams has gone through the concussion protocols of the league and Da'Norris Searcy hamstring injury has improved. Chris Gragg is listed as questionable with his knee injury. Injury Page.
Thigpen Limited: Marcus Thigpen was added to the injury report today, he was limited with swelling in his foot. He is expected to play on Sunday. Scott Chandler was back today after being out with an illness yesterday the rest of the report was the same. C.J. Spiller looked good and was explosive according to Doug Marrone but has yet to be activated off of the IR/designated to return list. All signs point to that happening in time for the game. They have until Saturday at 4pm to do so for him to play against Oakland. Injury Page.
Raiders Preview: The Bills enter the second to last week of the season and we are still talking about playoff scenarios how about that? The Bills need to avoid the letdown or even a trap game as they travel out West to take on the two win Raiders. Complete Preview.
Spiller Limited: C.J. Spiller has yet to be activated from the IR/designated to return list but was limited in practice today. Scott Chandler was the only player sitting out as he was ill. Chris Gragg was back on the practice field for the first time since injuring his knee against the Jets. Duke Williams is still going through the concussion protocols but was limited in practice today along with fellow safety Da'Norris Searcy who has a hamstring injury. Injury Page.
Brandon Praises Marrone: Russ Brandon spoke glowingly about Coach Marrone during his WGR radio appearance. He said he has done an incredible job in the past year especially after you reflect on the major changes that the club has had over the past year including the stadium renovations, prolonged training camp, historic snowstorm, death of the owner, and ownership change in the middle of the season. To be in the position they are today is a credit to him. He has brought a level of consistency and empowerment and he has everyone holding themselves accountable. He doesn't even know why Marrone returning would even be a topic of discussion and seemed very irritated by the questioning during his weekly appearance on the team's flagship station. He feels it is a great partnership between Marrone and Doug Whaley saying they have done a great job.
Summers Released: The Bills made room on the 53 man roster today to activate C.J. Spiller. They released FB Frank Summers who had been inactive the past few weeks. He was the only true fullback on the roster although TE MarQuies Gray has seen time in the backfield. Doug Marrone said yesterday that they plan to activate Spiller. Depth Chart.
Huge Win: Tony Bogyo breaks down the monumental victory over the Green Bay Packers. He can't help wonder what could have been with at least an average offense in losses to Kansas City, Houston, and Miami. Complete Story.
Spiller To Be Activated: Doug Marrone said today that C.J. Spiller has been cleared to play and will be activated by the team for this week's game against Oakland. The coach reserved judgement on if he will play until he sees how he is in practice. The coach also said that Duke Williams continues to go through the NFL's concussion protocol and that Da'Norris Searcy will be limited in practice on Wednesday with his hamstring injury. Injury Page.
Win Doesn't Help Playoff Chances Much: Many are talking about the shocking 21-13 win over Green Bay as a monumental win for the franchise but the bottom line is it didn't help their playoff chances that much. Their chances of making the playoffs only went up very slightly with less than a 10% chance of making the playoffs. To qualify for the postseason for the first time in 14 years they need to win out which would include their first ever win at Gillette Stadium. They would then need only two of following five teams to finish with 10 wins, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Kansas City, and San Digeo. The Bills don't hold the tiebreaker against any of these teams. The Chiefs and Chargers have the same 8-6 record as the Bills. Baltimore and Pittsburgh are 9-5 while Cincinnati is 9-4-1. The players have the day off today for victory Monday to celebrate what was a great defensive and special teams effort in getting a huge win regardless of playoff implications.
Gameday Grades: A fantastic effort by the defense and special teams along with the roar of the crowd allowed the Bills to overcome another terrible performance by the offense. The result was a satisfying 21-13 win thanks to some spirited play by two of three units. Gameday Grades.
Bills Blitz: Marcus Thigpen returned a punt 75 yards for the Bills only touchdown and Mario Williams clinched a great defensive effort with a strip sack that resulted in a safety to give the Bills a huge 21-13 victory over one of the best teams in the league in the Green Bay Packers. It is the first time since 1971 that the Bills had a punt return TD and a safety. The win clinches at least a .500 season for the Bills for the first time since 2004. League MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers became the second straight future hall of famer to have one of the worst games of his career against the vaunted Bills defense. He was just 17 of 42 for 185 yards and for the first time in his career was held without a touchdown pass while throwing two interceptions. Bacarri Rambo of all people had both picks when he came in the game for the injured Duke Williams. The Bills offense played awful and every drive unraveled as they got close but Dan Carpenter was money as usual hitting all four field goal attempts. Kyle Orton completed just 14 of 27 passes for 158 yards and an interception as they used a short passing attack. Fred Jackson had 71 yards on 20 carries. Bills Blitz.
Duke Hurt In Game: Duke Williams left the game in the third quarter with concussion like symptoms. Stephon Gilmore went down with an apparent left shoulder injury on the 2nd play of the game but came back out for the second series. Injury Page.
Gameday Inactives: Chris Gragg and Da'Norris Searcy were ruled out on Friday. Jairus Wynn was listed as questionable after missing a month with a knee injury. He is also inactive. The healty scratches are newly signed Deonte Thompson, Cyrus Kouandjio, Randell Johnson, and Frank Summers.
Nice Day For Home Finale: Can't complain about the weather for a December home finale in Orchard Park. The gametime temperature wil be 37° and the game will be played under cloudy skies but no precipitation is expected. The wind shouldn't be too much of a factor either as it will be out of the west at 11mph.
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Searcy Ruled Out: Despite practicing on a limited basis again on Friday, Da'Norris Searcy has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Packers at soldout Ralph Wilson Stadium. Duke Williams will start in his place. Chris Gragg has also been ruled out after once again missing the week of practice with his knee injury. Jairus Wynn is listed as questionable after he returned to practice this week, he has been out a month with a knee injury. Stephan Charles and Dan Carpenter are both probable for the game. Injury Page.