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Buffalo Bills News - October 13, 2015

Marker For Josh Johnson, NFL life is a daily uncertainty [8:53 PM]
USA Today reports: '“The hardest part, honestly, is dealing with the outside world's perception of what's really going on. The perceptions is, people see you get cut over and over, so they think you're not working being an NFL player,” Johnson told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “The way I look at it is, I've got an opportunity. There are multiple teams that, if I'm on the street, have shown interest in me, so obviously I'm heading in the right direction.”'

Marker Bills' run defense set to face its greatest test of the season [8:52 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'he undefeated Cincinnati Bengals don't only boast the fifth-best passing attack in the NFL --- they're armed with two very different, very dangerous No. 1 backs in Jeremy Hill (6 foot 1, 235 pounds) and Giovani Bernard (5-9, 205). One wants to run through you, the other leaves you grasping for air. Bills linebacker Preston Brown knows tackling each one is a different challenge.'

Marker Bills’ Taylor may miss several games [8:19 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'According to an NFL source, Taylor “apparently is hurt pretty bad,” because the Bills spent a good portion of Monday and the first part of Tuesday trying to address their quarterback depth in the event Taylor is out for the Bengals game and possibly longer.'

Marker Trading Cassel doesn’t look good right now [8:18 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whaley did the Cowboys a huge favor at his own team’s expense. The decision has come back to bite him. The Bills could use Cassel right about now, wouldn’t you say? Ryan would certainly be turning to him against the undefeated Bengals, and not Manuel, if that option wasn’t mysteriously taken away from him two games into the season.'

Marker Fred Jackson understands those fans who want to pull their hair out [8:17 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although he hadn't yet heard reports that Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor won't play Sunday, Jackson claimed Boobie Dixon and Dan Herron can handle the workload. "With the running style they have, it's going to be a lot of fun to see what they do," Jackson said. "Boobie and Boom Herron should be able to pound the ball and do what they need to. "I know The Ralph is going to be rocking."'

Marker Bills' Tyrod Taylor could miss Bengals game [8:16 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills are concerned enough about Taylor's status to the extent that they signed veteran free agent quarterback Josh Johnson Tuesday, and one of the reasons Johnson was brought in, beyond his availability, is that he has a valid passport. The Bills travel to London Monday for their game next Sunday against Jacksonville.'

Marker Tyrod Taylor injury: Bills QB could miss multiple games with knee sprain (report) [8:15 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Taylor's injury came when Titans linebacker Zach Brown horse-collar tackled him at the end of a third-and-23 run. Taylor managed to finish the game, but he was in obvious pain.'

Marker Bills QB Taylor ailing, Manuel could start Sunday [8:13 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Bills head coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Taylor has been dealing with an ankle injury all season, a day after the quarterback took several hits while rushing for 76 yards in a 14-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans.'

Marker Reports: Bills' Taylor to miss start vs. Bengals [8:12 PM]
WKIBW-TV reports: ' later reported that Taylor would, in fact, not be able to play against the Bengals -- which means backup and former first-round pick EJ Manuel would be in line to get the start.'

Marker Bills add QB Johnson, raise concerns on Taylor [8:12 PM]
WKIBW-TV reports: 'Johnson, 29, is in his seventh NFL season, and is familiar with Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman. The quarterback signed as a free agent with San Francisco in 2012 before being released ahead of that season. He then hooked back on with the 49ers in 2014 on various weeks to serve as a backup to the team.'

Marker Top 7 storylines to follow for Bills-Bengals [8:10 PM] reports: 'One key player to watch is WR Sammy Watkins who has missed the last two games with a calf muscle injury. After a vigorous on field workout Friday and another one Sunday in Tennessee, Rex Ryan is optimistic about Watkins chances of returning to the lineup.'

Marker Bills QB Tyrod Taylor could miss multiple games with MCL sprain [2:58 PM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Meanwhile, Taylor's absence means former first-round pick EJ Manuel will make his first start of the season when the Bills host the undefeated Bengals.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign QB Josh Johnson, providing injury insurance for Tyrod Taylor [1:52 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'If Taylor isn't able to play against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6, EJ Manuel would be in line to start for the Bills.'

Marker With starter Taylor limping, Bills sign QB Josh Johnson [1:51 PM]
AP reports: 'Johnson was signed a day after being released by Indianapolis.'

Marker Bills sign QB Johnson with Taylor ailing [1:50 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'A fifth-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2008, Johnson has started five of 29 career NFL games while also spending time with San Francisco, Cleveland, Cincinnati and the New York Jets. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has completed 96 of 177 career passes for 1,042 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions.'

Marker Bills sign QB Josh Johnson; K Cundiff released [1:49 PM] reports: 'Johnson spent most of the 2015 offseason with Cincinnati after signing as a free agent with the Bengals last April. He appeared in one preseason game for Cincinnati going 11-21 passing for 175 yards. The Bengals released him in late August and he was signed by the New York Jets where he appeared in their preseason finale going 7-12 passing for 82 yards. He also ran for 76 yards on seven carries. He was released by the Jets during final cuts in early September.'

Marker Bills just may have saved their season [1:07 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Afterward, Ryan maintained, “(Our) quarterback’s got the biggest heart. Man, it was tough sledding, but he’s got guts, he’s got heart. He wasn’t playing great, but at the end of the day he’s the reason we won the game.” How often have the Bills been able to say that about a quarterback over the last decade-and-a-half, especially given Sunday’s situation with offensive personnel?'

Marker It's time for the Bills to unleash their quarterback [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yet when the Bills slip into these offensive funks, offensive coordinator Greg Roman probably should feature Taylor's mobility. How many quarterbacks resemble a real-life Willie Beamen?'

Marker Bills need to put the heat on Dalton [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Dalton is no Tom Brady. He’s a well-chronicled 0-4 in playoff games. But the Bengals figure to be as challenging a test for the Bills’ defense as Brady’s Patriots were in Week Two. As of Monday, they were first in the NFL in total offense, first in yards per pass, second in yards per play, third in passing, seventh in rushing.'

Marker Bills coach Ryan sheds light on Tyrod Taylor's ankle injury [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills were fined $20,000 during the 2012 season for not properly reporting a wrist injury suffered by Mario Williams to the league. Although Williams played every game and took every rep in practice, the league determined the injury was significant enough to merit being listed.'

Marker Stephon Gilmore coming up big for Bills [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This guy is really playing well, and I would have to believe some of the Gilmore hate will start to subside. For some reason fans have really ridden the 2012 first-round draft choice, and while he may not have been an instant star his first two years, he was tremendous last year, and he's been even better this year. He had three more pass breakups against the Titans, plus the game-securing interception with 1:32 left to play.'

Marker Bills have 2 of league's best cornerbacks [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'For those keeping score at home, Pro Football Focus has Gilmore and Darby as their No. 2 and No. 3 ranked cornerbacks in the entire NFL this season. Pro Football Focus doesn't have the definitive word on the matter, but considering Gilmore and Darby are the top two cornerbacks in the NFL in passes defended with 10 and 11, respectively, it's safe to say they are playing pretty well.'

Marker Bills' Rex Ryan says QB hasn't been 100 percent all year with ankle [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's always a concern, there's no question," Ryan said. "I can tell you this: He is beat up right now. He's sore. You ought to see him. He is sore. We knew he would be. Guys, he hasn't been 100 percent all season. He's had an ankle even through training camp. We really haven't seen the 100 percent Tyrod Taylor. Of course, you're always concerned when you're quarterback takes off with it."'

Marker It's time to give Buffalo Bills' defense more credit after win over Tennessee Titans [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Consider this: The Bills' offense mustered only 209 yards, and the Titans had the ball for 11 minutes longer than the Bills on Sunday. Normally that's not a formula for winning football games, but that's the benefit of having a dominant defense. And yes, this Bills group has shown plenty of signs in the first five weeks that it can be that type of defense.'

Marker Will the real Buffalo Bills please stand up? [1:52 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'I don't know why this is, but doesn't it seem that it takes a team two weeks to actually miss missing players. Buffalo was without playmakers Sammy Watkins, LeSean McCoy and McCoy's replacement Karlos Williams. The Bills made do a week ago but Sunday they were inept without them.'

Marker Bills in line to welcome back Watkins, running back Williams [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'As for Williams, Ryan said the rookie was still taking part in the NFL's concussion protocol. However, Ryan indicated Williams is expected to be cleared after saying the Bills had no plans to add a running back; Cierre Wood went on season-ending injured reserve Monday.'

Marker Bills place running back Wood on IR; activate Enemkpali [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Starting running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring) is out indefinitely. Backup Karlos Williams (concussion) has a chance to return Sunday, when Buffalo (3-2) hosts Cincinnati (5-0).'

Marker Ryan: Bills QB Taylor 'is beat up right now' [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Buffalo offense is a mess without wide receiver Sammy Watkins and running backs LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams. With no one really stepping up to fill those voids, Taylor's burden has been enormous. He couldn't make it work in Week 4 against the Giants, and he was probably fortunate to be playing a young Tennessee team that hasn't figured out how to close games.'

Marker Bills add LB Enemkpali to roster, place RB Wood on IR [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Enemkpali was signed by the Bills on Sept. 11, the same day he was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season stemming from the incident in which he punched and broke the jaw of former New York Jets teammate quarterback Geno Smith. Enemkpali's roster exemption expired Monday.'

Marker RB Wood to IR; updates on Karlos, Sammy, Tyrod [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Starting running back LeSean McCoy has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. Ryan said it’s too early in the week to tell if Williams or McCoy will be available to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, he said he is “encouraged” by the progress of wide receiver Sammy Watkins and his chances to suit up next weekend.'

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