Seantrel Henderson opens up on his battle with Crohn's disease, drug suspension [9:31 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“That wasn’t the case at all,” he said. “I hadn’t even been thinking about marijuana until it was brought up to me by a doctor. Since I’ve been in the league, I’ve been in the program. I got drug tested three times a week. There’s no recreational use. There’s none of that.”'
Bills have long-term concern for Aaron Williams, Rex Ryan says [9:31 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don’t think there’s any doubt there’s some long-term concerns there," Ryan said Thursday, though he added Williams has been taking part in meetings this week.'
Former Bills WR Hogan to Patriots writers: Anchor Bar over Duff's [9:30 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With the New England Patriots heading to Buffalo this weekend, former Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan offered Boston writers his advice on where to get chicken wings: Go to Anchor Bar, he said, not Duff's.'
How the Bills rank (or don't rank) in NFLPA merchandise sales [9:30 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Only six NFL teams failed to place anyone on the NFLPA’s new list of the top 50 players in officially licensed merchandise sales. The Buffalo Bills are one of them.'
Jay Skurski's 3 thoughts: O-line, injuries, Dez Lewis not looking good [9:29 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That may sound odd for a team that's second in the NFL in rushing yards, but the Bills are averaging 3.63 adjusted line yards per carry, which Football Outsiders formulates by taking all running back carries and assigning responsibility to the offensive line based on the length of the run. The Bills rank 28th in "power success," at 47 percent. That's the percentage of runs on third or fourth down needing 2 yards or less to achieve a touchdown or first down. They are 27th in "stuffed" plays, at 22 percent, which is when the running back is tackled for no gain or a loss.'
Bills are succeeding with their new kickoff strategy [9:27 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'However, this rule change has backfired a bit. Some coaches — Rex Ryan and his special teams coordinator, Danny Crossman, among them — see it the other way. Why kick it into the end zone and give the opposition 25 free yards? Let’s kick it to the goal line or thereabouts, make them return it, and go down and tackle the ballcarrier inside the 25, or even inside the 20.'
Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry fined for hit on Bills S Aaron Williams [9:25 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'After the game, Bills center Eric Wood said he would be curious to see what the fine would be and whether it would exceed the fine players have received for excessive celebration. Landry's $24,309 fine was equivalent to the fine Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown received for twerking in the end zone after a touchdown against the Chiefs.'
Buffalo Bills S Aaron Williams to decide future in NFL after season, says AP [9:24 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'This is not Williams' first neck injury. He had surgery last year after injuring his neck and missed 13 games.'
Bills kicking duo talks Sunday Night meltdown [9:23 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Everyone’s going to have a miss at some point; you obviously don’t want it to be in a situation like that. All you can do is just move on. You can’t worry about it and move on to the next one,” Carpenter said.'
Injured Bills safety Williams to decide future after season [9:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Anthony Williams told the AP by phone Thursday that while the topic of retirement has yet to be broached, he intends to involve his entire family in a discussion to "make the best decision that's right for him."'
McCoy or no McCoy, Pats focused on slowing Bills run attack [9:18 PM]
AP reports: '"Those guys are very capable of getting on the edge," he said. "You gotta be wary of that, and you have to know what your job is ... because it might not be the same thing each play."'
AP source: Dolphins' Landry fined $24,309 for illegal block [9:17 PM]
AP reports: 'One of the people said a letter disclosing the fine was sent via email on Tuesday to Landry, his agent, the Dolphins and the NFLPA.'
Bills DT Dareus primed for 2016 debut [9:16 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We've gone the whole year and he hasn't played a single snap yet, so we're hoping that he's out there," head coach Rex Ryan said. "Obviously he's one of the best players at his position in the league so it'd be a big boost for us if he's ready to play."'
Bills RB McCoy sits with sore hamstring [9:15 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, safety Aaron Williams, left tackle Corey Glenn and linebacker Zach Brown also missed their second practice of the week on Thursday.'
Week 8 GameScout: Patriots at Bills [9:14 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Patriots, 24-13.'
McCoy's status up-in-the-air for Sunday after missing another practice [9:11 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '“It’s probably similar to last week,” Ryan said. “We’ll see how he progresses the next couple of days.”'
Landry fined for hit on Aaron Williams [9:11 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams suffered a neck injury in Week 2 of the 2015 season against the New England Patriots where he was carted off the field. Williams tried to make a return three weeks later until he experienced numbness in his left arm late in the game. Williams would go on injured reserve three days later, and later had surgery to repair his injured neck.'
Patriots Game Preview [9:10 PM]
Bills Daily reports: Patriots 38, Bills 10
Bills O-line looks to rebound in pivotal division matchup [9:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“They (Miami) called perfect against us at times,” center Eric Woodsaid. “Tough finding a rhythm last Sunday. When it was all said and done we were up, 17-6 at the end of the third quarter and we have to pull that one out. We have to do a better job blocking up front.”The Bills still lead the league in rushing yards per play and are second in rushing yards per game, averaging 152.'
Belichick still tight-lipped with media [1:21 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In a span of some seven minutes, he said, well, not much.'
Bills don't see any flaws in ageless Brady [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You are" looking for signs of decline "and you don't see it," said outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. "I think a lot of it is he doesn't take a beating, he doesn't take a lot of hits, so he's fresh. Peyton Manning was still a great quarterback (at 39 and in his final NFL season in Denver last year), but he had the neck injury, so his arm started to fade. Tom's arm isn't fading, so he's still able to make all the throws he was able to make when he was 25. But now he's smart. He has all that experience, so it's even harder to kind of game plan for him because he's seen everything."'
Brady as good as ever as he pushes 40 [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Brady continues to defy the skeptics, performing at an elite level at an age when most top QBs have retired or spiraled into irrelevance. He has said he expects to play well into his 40s. Last year, on a Boston radio show, he said he could play for 10 more years. That would make him 48, which was George Blanda's age when he threw his last NFL pass.'
Tom Brady: 'Coaching wouldn't be for me' [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Coaching wouldn't be for me," Brady said on a conference call with Bills writers. "No, certainly not. I like playing. I wouldn't be a good coach. I don't have the patience to be a coach."'
Bills DBs: If Patriots run through our warmups Sunday, another scuffle is coming [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's going to be the same reaction they got last time," said cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who was fined more than $9,000 earlier this month. "There ain't no other way around that situation. Respect each other's sideline and move on."'
Marcell Dareus: 'I'm playing Sunday' vs. Patriots [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I did whatever the team needed me to do," Dareus said. "Whatever our trainers requested of me, whatever our strength coaches felt was best, stuck to a strict plan and hopefully this time it works because I don’t need any more minor setbacks. I’m ready to play, man. Sitting on the bench isn’t even fun."'
Bills' Aaron Williams has neck injury but no concussion; Dareus, Woods return to practice [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan implied Williams is unlikely to play against the Patriots but seemed slightly more optimistic on McCoy and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.'
Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Maybe we've seen Taylor's ceiling [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor's game isn't a total train wreck, unlike that of Houston's Brock Osweiler, who received an unconditional franchise-level deal to leave Denver as a free agent. That matters, too, especially considering that Taylor's available targets keep dwindling.'
Buffalo Bills transcripts of Rex Ryan, Lorenzo Alexander, Tyrod Taylor, Richie Incognito & seven [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well I hope he’s ready to play Sunday. We’ve gone the whole year and [Dareus] hasn’t played a single snap yet so we’re hoping that he’s out there. Obviously he’s one of the best players at his position in the league so it’d be a big boost for us if he’s ready to play.'
Tom Brady is back, and if possible he's better than ever [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He’s just so knowledgeable about what you’re trying to do,” Alexander said Wednesday. “Even if you’re (disguising your defense), he’ll tell you what your responsibility is. He’s calling out numbers and letting the offensive linemen know, ‘that guy’s dropping, that guy’s blitzing,’ and you’re sitting there as a defender saying, ‘What do I do? Should we change it?’ By the time he snaps it, he makes a big play. We’re going to have our hands full.”'
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