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Buffalo Bills News - November 25, 2015

Marker NFL admits errant call on Bills' final play vs. Patriots [5:52 PM]
USA Today reports: '"It's a judgment call," Blandino said. "In the head linesman's judgment, he felt that the player gave himself up. ... A player can certainly give himself up - a runner going to the ground and making no attempt to advance - but you certainly want to give that player the opportunity to get out of bounds, especially inside of two minutes."'

Marker Bills' Ryan want to get Sammy Watkins more involved [5:51 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've got to find ways to get him the football," Ryan said, "because he is that talented and that’s a challenge to our staff. Even our quarterback. Let’s get Sammy Watkins involved more and regardless of what people play because he is such a talent. It’s almost like, if you don’t use LeSean McCoy, that’s a mistake."'

Marker Bills RB LeSean McCoy set to face old pal Andy Reid again [5:50 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Had some words for me, encouragement," McCoy said. "So it will be something special. He’s a good coach, man. But we have to win and going in there we’ll talk a little bit. But the main concern is beating the Chiefs."'

Marker Bills bring back returner Marcus Thigpen, sign G Ryan Groy [5:50 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For his career, the 5-foot-9, 200-pound Thigpen has returned 86 punts for 848 yards (9.9 avg.) and two scores with 93 kickoffs for 2,226 yards (23.9 avg.) and one score. After McKelvin's brutal night in a 20-13 loss to the Patriots, the Bills have decided to turn back to Thigpen. And with wide receiver Percy Harvin on injured reserve, Thigpen might handle punts and kicks.'

Marker Chiefs have adjusted to life without Jamaal Charles [5:49 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Charcandrick West has stepped into a larger role with 98 carries for 373 yards and three touchdowns. And when West was hobbled with a hamstring last week, in came Spencer Ware. He ripped San Diego for 96 yards on 11 attempts with two scores in a 33-3 win.'

Marker Bills-Chiefs scouting report [5:48 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Chiefs 23, Bills 20.'

Marker The Bills' playoff chances: An AFC snapshot [5:46 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills own one of the least desirable streaks in all of sports, having missed the playoffs for 15 straight years. What needs to happen for that to end? Read on and we'll tell you.'

Marker Bills' Tyrod Taylor says he'll play against Chiefs [5:45 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Wednesday following the Bills' walk-through practice, during which he did no throwing, Taylor said he's fine, and he'll be good to go when the Bills play their most important game of the season Sunday in Kansas City against the red-hot Chiefs.'

Marker Buffalo Bills bring back Marcus Thigpen days after he trolled the team on Twitter [5:43 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'In fact, Thigpen may come back to the Bills with an even bigger role than when he left. With Moore and Herron off the roster, Thigpen appears to be the best candidate to return kicks in addition to the punt return duties he had earlier this season.'

Marker Rex Ryan confirms Ray Lewis spoke to Buffalo Bills before Monday Night Football [5:43 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I'm not choosing nobody else but Rex Ryan," Lewis said on the pre-game broadcast. "If you're asking me Bill Belichick or Rex Ryan, I'm taking Rex Ryan all day because Rex relates to players as well as myself more like a father."'

Marker NFL: officials erred on Bills' final play against Pats [5:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Appearing on NFL Network on Tuesday night, Blandino said head linesman Ed Walker should have stopped the clock when Bills receiver Sammy Watkins rolled backward out of bounds without being touched at midfield.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign offensive guard Groy and receiver Thigpen [5:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Groy fills an immediate need after being signed off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad Wednesday. Starting right guard John Miller is out indefinitely with a high left ankle sprain sustained in a 20-13 loss at New England on Monday.'

Marker Bills hope to have QB Taylor for critical game vs. Chiefs [5:39 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Today I did most of the handoffs," he said. "They wanted me to rest on throwing today, but I'll be back out on the field practicing tomorrow. I feel good, ready go, short week, gotta prepare for Kansas City, looking forward to this game."'

Marker Bills searching for ways to get Watkins involved [5:38 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I'm not saying there are concerns, but it's more that we have to find ways to get him the football," said Ryan. "He is that kind of talent. That's a challenge to our staff and our quarterback. Let's get Sammy Watkins involved more. It's almost like if we don't use LeSean McCoy, that's a mistake."'

Marker Bills sign KR Thigpen, G Groy [5:37 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Thigpen was the Bills' primary punt returner in the first four games of the season, but averaged only 5.2 yards per return, with a long of 14 yards. He also averaged only 9.7 yards on three kickoff returns.'

Marker Rex believes Tyrod will play Sunday [5:35 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ryan wasn’t so optimistic on defensive end Mario Williams or wide receiver Marcus Easley.'

Marker Top 8 storylines for Bills-Chiefs this week [5:32 PM] reports: '“Guess what? We’re in the playoffs now,” Whaley said Tuesday in an appearance on the Bills Buffalo flagship radio station, WGR Sportsradio 550. “That’s our mindset. This is a playoff game against Kansas City. Because if we don’t beat Kansas City, we’re looking up and hoping for things to happen. We control our own destiny and that’s the only thing you can ask for. Our mindset now-this is a playoff week-our playoff week.”'

Marker Bills bring back returner Thigpen; sign OL Groy [5:31 PM] reports: 'Thigpen had been with the club at the start of the season serving as the team’s primary punt returner in the first four games. He averaged just 5.2 yards a return with a long of 14 yards. He did rotate in on kick return where he managed just 9.7 yards on three attempts.'

Marker Bills 'D' got to Tom Brady, now must wreak havoc vs. the non-Bradys [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Alex Smith (Kansas City), Brian Hoyer (Houston), Sam Bradford or Mark Sanchez (Philadelphia), Kirk Cousins (Washington) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (New York) are all on tap with one All-Pro, Dallas' Tony Romo, along the way.'

Marker Report: Officials had three indefensible errors in Bills/Patriots game [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Tuesday, a source from the NFL Referees Association cited three indefensible errors in the game to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin --- the inadvertent whistle that prevented a possible touchdown pass to Danny Amendola, a James White touchdown run that should've been whistled dead and the final play of the game. Buffalo's Sammy Watkins rolled out of bounds with two seconds left but officials mistakenly let the clock run out.'

Marker Rex: QB Tyrod Taylor should be able to play at KC [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There was no press conference held on Tuesday at One Bills Drive, but Rex Ryan did speak to WGR 550 and the Bills coach said that he expects quarterback Tyrod Taylor to play at Kansas City this week. Taylor suffered an apparent shoulder injury in the fourth quarter of Buffalo's 20-13 loss to New England but should be good to go for this critical AFC match-up.'

Marker Upon Further Review: Bills blew a great chance [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Rarely do you get a chance like this against New England, yet when the final whistle blew on another blown call by an official - Sammy Watkins not being ruled out of bounds with two seconds to go - the scoreboard told another frustrating, heartbreaking story for the Bills. They fought and they scrapped, but they still weren’t good enough to beat the Belichicks and you get the feeling that they may never be as long as the curmudgeonly one is prowling the Patriots sideline.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sack hunger with blitz of turkeys [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This Thanksgiving and through the holiday season, 1,000 families in the Buffalo area will sit down to a warm meal thanks to the Bills' kindness, generosity and belief that it’s their responsibility to give back to a community that gives so much to them.'

Marker Bills First Super Season Week 12: Loss to Oilers [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills were concerned with Houston's run-and-shoot passing, led by Warren Moon, and played dime defense all night, but it was RB Lorenzo White who hurt them most as the eight-game winning streak ended.'

Marker Buffalo Bills make Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski look human [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Pro Football Focus credited the Bills with 15 quarterback hurries on Brady Monday night. Hughes had six of those, including one hit. He was in the backfield constantly and is looking well worth the contract the Bills handed him this offseason.'

Marker Mike Tirico calls out NFL's 'screwed up' officiating on ESPN's broadcast of Bill [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'ESPN's Mike Tirico, a Syracuse grad, was pretty blunt as he signed off on the broadcast of the game last night and seems fed up with the NFL's officiating.'

Marker Buffalo Bills QB hurts shoulder, clouding status for Week 12 [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Taylor wasn't made available to the media after the game, and Ryan isn't sure what his status will be for the Bills' pivotal game against the Chiefs next week. "I have no idea," Ryan said. "I hope he's ready."'

Marker NFL calls interference on Transit Drive-in [1:50 AM]
Lockport Union Sun & Journal reports: 'According to the letter, out-of-home broadcasts of NFL games are prohibited unless no admission fee is charged, the game is shown on a television commonly used at home and the establishment is engaged in the business of showing regular and daily sports programming to its patrons.'

Marker Bills coach Ryan expects QB Taylor to play at Kansas City [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Ryan said it was too early to tell if defensive end Mario Williams can play because of a foot injury. And the coach ruled out starting right guard John Miller (high left ankle sprain) and backup receiver Marcus Easley (concussion).'

Marker Bills-Patriots Arrow Up/Arrow Down [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Like always, we have come up short many times, being here where you think you've got them [the Patriots" target="_blank"> on the ropes. But at the end of the day, they find ways to win. And that's what championship teams do. We're not at that level right now, but I can promise you one thing, we're gonna work our tails off to get there."'

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