Woods Returns: The Bills came out of Sunday's game with only one new injury (Lerentee McCray suffered a concussion and sat out practice today). They seem to be slowly getting other players back. Robert Woods and Ronald Darby returned to practice today on a limited basis. Rex Ryan admitted that this is a good sign. There was a report they were targeting next week for Woods to play but the magnitude of this game may be pushing up the timeline. Darby his out of concussion protocol. Also limited today is Charles Clay. The coach said Sammy Watkins came out of the Raiders game healthier than he came out of the Jagaurs game. He sat out today's practice to rest his foot and they will see how he does the rest of the week. Lorenzo Alexander and Cordy Glenn also sat like they normally do on Wednesday. Tyrod Taylor is listed as a full participant. Zach Brown limped off of the practice field very early on but returned quickly. Injury Page.
Tough Matchup: Rex Ryan said in his press conference that they know if they lose the playoffs are not possible. He talked about how hard it is to bring Ben Roethlisberger down and he joked the smaller players may not be able to do it. He said they will have a gameplan for that situation and will try to knock the ball out instead of going for the tackle. The coach re-iterated his support for Tyrod Taylor saying he has a chance to become an outstanding quarterback but stated everything will be evaluated at the end of the year and that their focus right now is only on Pittsburgh.
Bills Add Practice Squader: The Bills filled the open spot on their practice squad by signing CB Charles Gaines. He was a 6th round pick of the Browns in the 2015 draft. He had 15 tackles, two passes defensed and one forced fumble while in Cleveland. He's a converted wide receiver. The Bills still have an open roster spot that was made when Percy Harvin was put on the Reserved/Non-Football Illness list. Front Office Page.
Harvin Season Over: The Bills have placed Percy Harvin on the reserve/non-football illness list ending his latest stint with the Bills. That opens up a roster spot. Rex Ryan spoke to the media today and said the team just imploded in all three phases after getting the 15 point lead. Robert Darby is now out of concussion protocol but Lerentee McCray is now in it after developing concussion symptoms today. John Miller is fine after being cleared of a concussion during the game yesterday. Injury Page.
Gameday Grades: These grades would have been great for the first 35 minutes but unfortunately the NFL is a 60 minute game. Gameday Grades.
Bills Blitz: The Raiders woke up just in time to blow past the Bills so fast that Buffalo couldn't get a look at the train that just steamrolled past them. Buffalo opened up a 24-9 third quarter lead when the Raiders took charge scoring 29 unanswered points in less than 15 minutes of gametime to take control of a 38-24 victory that likely puts a daggar in the Bills playoff hopes. The Bills opened up their lead thanks to two Mike Gillislee touchdown runs and a Tyrod Taylor scoring run. David Carr threw two touchdown pass and Latavius Murray ran for two for the Raiders. Taylor turned in a solid two and a half quarters then was terrible the rest of the way as he couldn't move the offense and unlike him, he turned it over twice with an interception and a fumble. It was just the third time since 2000 that the Bills blew a 15 point lead. Bills Blitz.
Injury Update: John Miller left the game and went into concussion protocol. He did not return but was cleared. LeSean McCoy suffered from cramps and missed a couple of plays but returned and played very well. Injury Page.
Gameday Inactives: Charles Clay is inactive after not making the trip to Oakland because of the impending birth of his child. Percy Harvin, Robert Woods, and Ronald Darby were inactive after being ruled out on Friday. The healthy scratches are Logan Thomas, Jerel Worthy, and Cardale Jones. With Worthy inactive big nose tackle DeAndre Coleman is active. He was just added from the practice squad this week.
Gameday Weather: Partly Sunny and seasonable for Northern California with a gametime temperature in the upper 50s approaching 60° during the second half of the game. Winds will be light out of the West at 7mph.
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Clay Not With Team: Charles Clay was not on the team flight to Oakland as his wife is about to give birth to their child. He remains listed as questionable for the game so there is a chance he will fly out in time for the game. Just in case he doesn't play the team has activated Gerald Christian one more time off of the practice squad and released Jordan Gay. Front Office Page.
Three Ruled Out: Percy Harvin, Ronald Darby, and Robert Woods all missed practice again today and have been ruled out for Sunday's game against Oakland. The good news is all other banged up players were on the field and will likely be available for the game and are listed as questionable. That list includes Marquise Goodwin and Sammy Watkins. Goodwin injured his wrist near the end of yesterday's practice but was on the field with a bandage on the injury. Watkins was on the field which is a good sign that he will play as well. Injury Page.
Watkins Still Has Broken Bone: Sammy Watkins was limited in practice today and Rex Ryan said he looked good and barring any setbacks he should play on Sunday. Offensive Coordinator Anthony Lynn sang a different tune. He said Watkins still has a broken bone in his foot and he's playing through the pain. He only took three snaps in practice and he doesn't know if he will play this week or be able to finish the season. Ryan also said he doesn't think Percy Harvin or Robert Woods will play this week and wasn't optimistic Ronald Darby will play either. Woods was in the locker room with a sleeve on his leg according to the Buffalo News and he said he will be back this season. More injury woes at wide receiver, Marquise Goodwin couldn't finish practice after injuring his wrist. Injury Page.
Watkins On Field: Sammy Watkins was back on the practice field today during individual drills but was back to working on the side with WR coach Sanjay Lal. Also returning to practice were Cordy Glenn, James Ihedigbo, Lorenzo Alexander, and Charles Clay. Ronald Darby and Percy Harvin did not practice, so it looks like an extreme long shot that either player will play on Sunday. The same goes foer Robert Woods who did not practice. On the field, Kevon Seymour is taking the first team reps on the outside in place of the injured Darby. Injury Page.
Practice Squad Move: The team has signed S Shamiel Gray to the practice squad. To make room they placed Joe Powell on the practice squad/injured list. Gray was an undrafted free agent originally signed with the Patriots in 2014. Front Office Page.
Game Preview: The latest must win game is the toughest of all as the Bills travel to the West coast for the third time this year to take on AFC powerhouse Oakland. This is a city where the Bills have not won in 50 years. They did beat the Raiders while they were in Los Angeles. The Bills should be able to move the ball on their defense but slowing down MVP candidate Derek Carr will be a very tough task. Game Preview.