NFL fines Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes $8,268 for head-butting Rich Ohrnberger [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While Spikes was fined for the second time for a personal foul penalty this season, it wasn't the same offense on each personal foul, which may explain why Spikes' fine didn't increase as a repeat offender.'
NFL fines Bills WR Mike Williams $11K for red socks in violation of league dress code [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I do it to keep the distractions off the team, put all the distractions on me," Williams said on Sunday. "Take the distractions off our quarterback, put it on me. Everybody looking at me like I'm not dressed right. That's why I do it, but I do it every week. I do it for the team."'
Chris Williams doubtful, Keith Rivers probable [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I feel real prepared," Richardson said. "I've been getting a lot of work in, and I want to make sure I get extra work. The veteran guys are doing a good job of helping me out in any area that I need help in."'
Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes finally stepping out of Dwight Freeney's shadow [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Hughes is learning the struggle of the year-to-year volatility of the NFL. After 10 sacks in 2013, Hughes has one through three games in 2014, and that was the only time he's been able to hit the quarterback. The Bills have been getting a ton of pressure from the interior of the defensive line, leaving Hughes fighting to get his production back on track.'
Two teams heading in similar directions and 5 things to watch [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The last time Mario Williams returned to Houston to the play against the team that drafted him No. 1 overall back in 2006, the Bills defensive end had a sack and five tackles. He's already made it clear that this game doesn't mean anything extra to him, but he's still going to play a major role in the game. Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown has looked beatable at times this year, and the Bills' defensive line should be able to get after it on Sunday.'
NEXUS enrollment expedited next month for Ontario Bills fans [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Those who sign up and pay online for a NEXUS card by a week from Sunday (Oct. 5) can avoid the usual months-long wait and have their enrolment interview conducted just over a week later, on either Oct. 14 or 16.'
Super Mario returns to old haunts [1:49 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'But you can bet Williams wants to make a statement about his ability, and he'd love to show his former team what it is missing.'
Saturday's Houston Coverage [1:48 AM]
As final arbiter on all Texans calls, O'Brien must be a multi-tasker (Houston Chronicle)
Super Mario returns to old haunts (Houston Chronicle)
Foster, Lechler not yet cleared to face Bills (Houston Chronicle)
Texans' Foster a game-time decision (The Sports Network)
Can Texans stop speedy Bills weapons? (CSN Houston)
Johnson feeling comfortable on O & returning (CSN Houston)
Foster, Lechler listed as questionable (CSN Houston)
Texans' Foster, Lechler could miss Sunday's game with Bills (KILT-AM)
Magic Number For Fitzpatrick, Texans Sunday Against Bills: 30 Pass Attempts (KILT-AM)
Texans Share Keys To Victory: Execution, Execution, and Execution (KILT-AM)
It’s Been A While Since Texans Last Won Without Foster, Who May Not Play Sunday (KILT-AM)
5 Things to Watch: Texans vs. Bills (HoustonTexans.com)
Foster, Lechler questionable vs. Bills (HoustonTexans.com)
Friday Injury Report: Bills at Texans (HoustonTexans.com)
Behind Enemy (Side)lines: Buffalo Bills (HoustonTexans.com)
Texans Quotes: September 26 (HoustonTexans.com)
Chris Williams doubtful for Sunday's game [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Rookie Cyril Richardson has lined up in Williams' place at left guard at practice and is the favorite to start against Houston. Though Bills coach Doug Marrone said Buffalo may use both Richardson and veteran Kraig Urbik at left guard.'
Familiarity abounds when Texans and Bills meet [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"We have a great relationship through the year, except for this week," Marrone said. "And I'm sure he'd say the same."'
Bills' Williams doubtful [1:45 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (concussion) and linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) are also doubtful, while wide receiver Marcus Easley and linebacker Randell Johnson are both out with knee injuries.'
Week 4 preview: Bills vs. Texans [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Our pick: Texans.'
Bills' Goodwin, C. Williams doubtful vs. Texans [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams, who has dealt with a back injury since August, missed all three days of practice during the week due to the ailment. Head coach Doug Marrone said the team has been trying to rest the left guard for each of the last three days while holding on to hope that he could be able to play. If he can’t, however, rookie Cyril Richardson is the likeliest candidate to start in his place.'
Bills' Richardson likely to start where it all began [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"There's some things that he showed that I have no doubt, having coached that position before, to say that he's a future starter," Marrone remarked.'
Watkins and Hopkins: Football brothers [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“From the time I got there, just being around him, we connected,” Watkins said. “We initially were the same type of people and he took me under his wing and taught me the way. Taught me the ins and outs of Clemson. And basically just life and football and that helped me out with my process and that made me 10 times better.”'
Scouting Report: Bills at Texans [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Texans have two fantastic weapons on the outside in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, and both are great in accumulating yards after the catch. In fact through the season’s first three weeks only the Cincinnati Bengals have a receiving tandem (Green, Sanu – 201 YAC) with more yards after the catch than Houston’s Johnson and Hopkins (177 YAC). After giving up five pass plays of 20 yards or more last week, Buffalo’s defensive backs have to rebound in a big way.'
Bills aren’t disappointed with Manuel on the run [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re OK with it,” Marrone said of the number of Manuel’s rushing attempts. “Are there a certain amount of touches? A lot of that is dictated by what we’re seeing. We don’t have a problem, as long as we’re running smart, which I have thought we’ve been able to do. He’s been good with the reads. He’s done a nice job.”'
Rookie Richardson likely to get first start Sunday [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m real excited,” Richardson said Thursday. “I’ve put a lot of good work in this week.”'
Bills’ Brown has what it takes [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He leads the Bills — and all NFL rookies — in tackles (16 solo, 15 assisted) and has been on the field for every defensive snap.'
Doug Marrone and Bill O'Brien joke about long-standing friendship [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '“Exactly true," O'Brien said. "I would say the same thing. His wife is a lot cooler than him.”'
Cyril Richardson could start with Chris Williams out [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Kraig is our backup center and swing guy as a part of the seven," coach Doug Marrone said on Monday. "We have a hard time dressing eight. We could, if it comes down to that. I think as the week goes on and we see where everybody is, we'll start making decisions on that."'
C.J. Spiller added to injury report with a chest issue [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills are still waiting to find out whether guard Chris Williams (back), linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) and safety Da'Norris Searcy (ankle) will be in the lineup for Week 4.'
Dwight Freeney says Chargers made a point to pressure, confuse EJ Manuel in win over Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think that was one of our game plans to get after him a little bit, don't give him clear-cut anything, any looks," Chargers defensive end Dwight Freeney said. "Just put some pressure on him. We did. When you have a performance like that defensively, it's a collective deal. That means from the top down, coaching staff, you know, everybody."'
Friday's Houston Coverage [1:52 AM]
Texans have nothing but praise for veteran center Myers (Houston Chronicle)
There's no reason to give up on Texans' Fitzpatrick (Houston Chronicle)
Johnson can catch Harrison for record (Houston Chronicle)
It's premature to judge Texans' 2014 draft class (Houston Chronicle)
Pickett expected to contribute immediately (Houston Community Newspapers)
Boswell signed to practice squad, could punt Sunday (Houston Community Newspapers)
O'Brien puts his mark on Texans in 1st season (AP)
Texans to face tough Bills' defensive line (CSN Houston)
Texans' Lechler unsure if he’ll play Sunday (CSN Houston)
Injuries: Swearinger more comfortable with brace (CSN Houston)
Texans Defense Aware Bills Present Huge Challenge (KILT-AM)
Lechler’s Status for Sunday Still Unclear (KILT-AM)
Swearinger Ready to Bounce Back Against Speedy Bills (KILT-AM)
Fitzpatrick faces friends, former teammates on Sunday (HoustonTexans.com)
12 reasons Buffalo's offense is a challenge (HoustonTexans.com)
Shane Lechler: "I'm feeling better" (HoustonTexans.com)
Arian Foster still a game-time decision (HoustonTexans.com)
Thursday Injury Report: Bills at Texans (HoustonTexans.com)
Bills' Goodwin misses practice with head injury [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills announced Thursday that Goodwin was going through the NFL's concussion testing protocol, which he must pass before being cleared to play. It's unclear when the injury happened, but Goodwin was limited in practice a day earlier because of an illness.'
Bills-Texans Preview [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"It will be for bragging rights," Buffalo veteran Fred Jackson told his team's official website. He still considers Fitzpatrick a close friend and called the Harvard graduate "by far the smartest player I've ever played with."'
Bills-Texans Capsule [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick played in Buffalo from 2009-12 and is third in team history with 80 passing touchdowns. He threw three interceptions last week, his first turnovers this season.'
Buffalo (2-1) at Houston (2-1) [1:48 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Texans 26, Bills 24.'
Bills add Spiller to injury report [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Spiller was added because of a chest injury. He participated in practice and is not expected to miss any time.'
Bills not toying with Kouandjio at guard [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Perhaps a move to guard, even if not permanent, might be a good one. The Bills and head coach Doug Marrone don't agree, and identified the focus for Kouandjio both now and moving forward.'
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