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Buffalo Bills News - October 20, 2016

Marker Bills could be down several big pieces vs. Dolphins [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Meanwhile, Robert Woods – the Bills No. 1 receiver with Sammy Watkins on injured reserve – was still wearing a walking boot on his right foot/ankle in the locker room.'

Marker Lawson takes part in his first regular-season practice [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm just happy to get back on the field with my teammates," Lawson said. "It's been a long, long journey, but I'm just glad to be back there with my teammates and be back on the practice field. ... I felt great out there. I felt better than I've ever been. I felt completely healthy, so it was just great to be out there."'

Marker Unsung and undaunted, call them the Anti-Marios [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' recent success is a testament to their competitive will and character. It's a team filled with players who were unheralded, underpaid and, in some cases, undrafted. Many of the players on the roster – and that includes the likes of Tyrod Taylor, Kyle Williams and Preston Brown – feel they have something to prove.'

Marker Rex recalls Dennis Byrd's emotional address [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm a fan of football, so I really admired him from afar," Ryan said. "When he got paralyzed, I was aware of that. The way he came in my life, I got a package from him. I was sitting back and thinking, 'Dennis Byrd? This is interesting'. It was his jersey that they cut off. That was amazing.'

Marker Rex Ryan wouldn't mind losing assistants to head-coaching jobs [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I hope we do, I hope we do," he said. "Because they earn it. That's what you want. You want guys to move on and become head coaches. That would be awesome. And I hope it happens."'

Marker Dolphins coach recalls living in WNY, time at Williamsville South [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That feels like forever ago," Gase said. "I think I was there three years. I remember high school a little bit but I don’t remember much before that. I remember going to a lot of Buffalo Bills games with my dad when Jim Kelly and those guys were still playing.'

Marker Ryan's secret for beating Dolphins in Miami? 'Good Mexican food' [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked about handling the heat in South Florida, Ryan said, "We're very aware of the heat. I think the key is you've got to hydrate the whole week. It's not like one of those things you go out and hydrate the day before or the day of. You've got to be getting your rest, you've got to hydrate and getting off the field on third down will help us."'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Offensive change for the better [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Making a blanket statement that Roman's scheming and play-calling were the reason for the Bills' 0-2 start and would have continued to be an anchor weighing down the offense and the team if he remained on the job seems like a bit of an overstatement.'

Marker A long time coming, but Shaq Lawson returns to Bills [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I was happy; I’ve been happy since last week when I saw my last doctor,” Lawson said Wednesday after he participated in his first official full-team practice as a member of the Buffalo Bills. “I’m just happy to be back with my teammates. It’s been a long, long journey.”'

Marker Bills' McCoy tweaks hamstring, could miss Miami game [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Losing a player like Shady definitely hurts a team, losing a guy with his type of ability,” said quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who might also have to carry some of the rushing load. “I think he’ll be OK, but we have guys - Reggie, Mike, Jonathan (Williams) - that are ready to step up and take the challenge. All those guys have proven they can play and they’ll accept the challenge.”'

Marker A year after death of his mom, Bills guard John Miller returns home a changed man [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"A lot of prayers got me by," Miller said Monday. "Just trying to block it out and trying to keep football the main thing. Sometimes it was tough. There were some nights I couldn't sleep. But I knew I still had a job to do and I was depending on myself and I know I teammates depending on me to get the job done on Sundays."'

Marker Buffalo Bills are better off without Mario Williams, who is floundering in Miami [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills have 11 more sacks through six games than they did a year ago. Lorenzo Alexander, who came into the year with a career high of 2.5 sacks in a season, is leading the league with eight sacks. The Bills have allowed just one team to go over 20 points in a game after allowing three teams to do it in this span a year ago. Put simply, the defense is in a far better place now.'

Marker Dolphins coach Adam Gase explains Mario Williams' decrease in snaps [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We've made some changes, we're moving some guys around, trying to find the best lineup for what we're doing," Dolphins coach Adam Gase said in a conference call with Buffalo media. "We cut back some of his snaps to try to make sure we use him as efficient as possible and put him in on some situations that are more pass down emphasis. Just trying to make sure when he's able to go it's full go. We've had a lot of snaps on defense leading up to and in this last game. We were averaging like 75 plays a game on defense and guys were playing a lot against the run. Between Mario and J.J. they were getting pounded on pretty good and I think it finally had caught up to us in terms of those guys taking so many snaps."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy injures hamstring during practice, will be evaluated [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rex Ryan announced the injury after practice. The team plans to evaluate McCoy throughout the week before determining his availability for the Bills' Week 7 game against the Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' playoff odds over 70 percent according to two site projections [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: ' has Buffalo's playoff odds at 72 percent. This is up seven percent from last week's odds. In addition to Buffalo having 72 percent odds of making the playoffs, FiveThirtyEight also gives the Bills a 39 percent chance of winning the AFC East, a 25 percent chance of a first round bye and a six percent chance of winning the Super Bowl.'

Marker Bills first-round pick Shaq Lawson returns [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Getting used to pads and things like that,” Lawson said.'

Marker Bills’ LeSean McCoy injured in practice Wednesday, locker room reaction [1:43 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Behind McCoy, Mike Gillislee has 18 carries for 116 yards with two touchdowns, Jonathan Williams has eight carries for 23 yards and Reggie Bush has six carries for five yards.'

Marker Rex talks Mario, Dolphins [1:42 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“’All in’ had nothing to do with Mario. It’s just what everyone has to be in this building. (Williams) wasn’t here when we came up with it,” Ryan said.'

Marker Richie Incognito on Jonathan Martin: ‘I have nothing to say’ to him [1:41 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '“I let him know everybody makes mistakes in life,” Ryan said. “I'm one that's made several in my life. But everybody deserves another opportunity as well. There's no do-overs; he owned it and did everything. He has been unbelievable here. He's a leader here. Every teammate respects him. People in our community look up to Richie. Everybody loves him. He's been outstanding on the football field and in our community.”'

Marker Bills' Richie Incognito still searching for 'lesson' from Bullygate [1:40 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: '"I think the story has kind of played itself out. Jonathan and I were close friends. I cared about him. If anybody was there for Jonathan it was me. Jonathan had his troubles. He had his demons, like we all do," Incognito said. "He left for whatever reason and he handled it the way he did. Then the story takes on a life of it's own.'

Marker Time for the Miami Dolphins to step up against Rex Ryan and the Bills [1:39 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Look out for more smash-mouth football, then, from a Buffalo bunch that led the NFL in rushing last year and are doing it again at an average of 5.61 yards per carry. If McCoy is unable to play against Miami because of a hamstring injury that popped up this week, the job probably goes to Mike Gilleslee, a former Dolphin and Gator, and he probably makes it work.'

Marker Shaq Lawson comes out punching in Bills practice debut [1:38 AM]
AP reports: '"Yeah, I did hit the bag hard," Lawson said. "I wanted to test it out a little bit. But it felt great. Everything."'

Marker Bills runner McCoy hurts hamstring, doesn't finish practice [1:37 AM]
AP reports: '"We feel good about the guys that we do have, but that's assuming he won't play," Ryan said, when asked how McCoy's possible absence would affect the game plan. "We'll see how it goes."'

Marker Incognito says he and Martin haven't patched up differences [1:36 AM]
AP reports: 'Martin retired last year. He posted on Facebook that difficulties in the profession led him to attempt suicide multiple times.'

Marker Dolphins' Williams a backup as he prepares to face Bills [1:35 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams said he feels no extra motivation facing his former team, which may elicit snickering from Bills fans who complained he lacked motivation last year.'

Marker Bills pursue first five-game win streak since 2004 [1:34 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo has taken a winning record into a game at Miami four times since 2000 and lost all four of those games.'

Marker Rookie Lawson close to returning to Bills [1:33 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills have some wiggle room because Lorenzo Alexander has played so well in the edge rusher position the Bills thought Lawson would be occupying when they picked him No. 19 overall out of Clemson in the 2016 draft.'

Marker McCoy's status up in air after injuring hamstring in Bills' practice [1:32 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'McCoy's 587 rushing yards rank second in the NFL this season and his 5.6 yards per carry is tops in the league. McCoy trails only Dallas rookie Ezekiel Elliott (703) in yards, but the Bills have surpassed the Cowboys as the No. 1 rushing offense in the league, averaging 166.1 yards per game, including an average of 211.8 the last four games.'

Marker Injury knocks McCoy out of Bills practice [1:31 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"He was tight in the hamstring, so we'll see what happens with our medical evaluation and all that," Bills coach Rex Ryan said after practice. "I'm not going to look into (his availability Sunday), but we'll see how he comes back."'

Marker Bills in wait-and-see mode with RB LeSean McCoy [1:30 AM]
ESPN reports: 'If McCoy cannot play Sunday, backup Mike Gillislee would be expected to take most of the carries.'

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