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Buffalo Bills News - November 28, 2014

Marker Pettine has found a home in Cleveland [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pettine called his decision to leave the Bills “bittersweet.” “I just felt we were headed in the right direction with the culture we were building, especially in the defensive room,” he said. “I thought that was a special group, and they’ve continued to prove it this year.”'

Marker Browns deal with incident involving rookie Manziel [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We tell our guys, and I know a lot of staffs do throughout the league, you just have to be careful. Careful who you surround yourself with and what situations you put yourself in. Nothing good happens after midnight. That’s the biggest teaching moment that we can take from it,” Pettine added.'

Marker Mike Pettine put his stamp on Bills [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Make no mistake about it, Mike did an excellent job here, along with the other coaches that were here,” said Bills head coach Doug Marrone, referring to 2013 Bills assistants Jim O’Neil, Anthony Weaver, Chuck Driesbach, and Brian Fleury who followed Pettine to the other side of Lake Erie. “They did a great job when they were here and then the coaches this year came in and took the players and are doing a good job now.”'

Marker Josh Gordon playing with something to prove heading into Browns' game against Bills [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Those other guys did a nice job in his absence, but now you have an elite player, a game-changing type of player," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "From a schematics standpoint, they're still doing the same things but are just doing it with him in there now."'

Marker Jarius Wynn, Chris Gragg still out at Buffalo Bills' practice Thursday [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee), tight end Chris Gragg (knee) and safety Bacarri Rambo (hamstring) all didn't participate in the Bills' practice on Thanksgiving. Coach Doug Marrone said Rambo was injured on the second-to-last play of practice on Wednesday.'

Marker Week 13 Preview: Browns at Bills [12:37 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The quiet intensity in the Rust Belt rivalry has taken on an extra edge this week, and Buffalo returns home after its Monday night detour in Detroit to make yet another statement with a defense that can stop the run and create more QB unrest in Cleveland.'

Marker Browns Game Preview [12:32 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Bills 24, Browns 20.'

Marker Three Bills unable to practice on Thanksgiving [12:32 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Defensive end Jarius Wynn (knee), tight end Chris Gragg (knee) and safety Bacarri Rambo (hamstring) all were defined as non-participants at practice Thursday. According to head coach Doug Marrone, Rambo injured his hamstring on the second-to-last play during Wednesday's session. The availability for all three players on Sunday has yet to be revealed.'

Marker Can Kyle Orton be like Andy Dalton? [12:31 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 2014 Bills are very similar to last season’s Cincinnati team. But since Buffalo’s playoff chances this season are very slim, we have started to turn our attention to whether Orton should be the starting quarterback in 2015 and if he could lead them to the playoffs and beyond.'

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November 27, 2014

Marker Former Bills star Talley suffers from depression [6:54 PM]
AP reports: '"I'm not convinced that I'm dead yet," Talley said. "But the future doesn't look bright."'

Marker Bills’ Jackson fires verbal volley at Whitner [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You can’t respect anybody that would say something about whatever it may be – a race of people, or somebody’s beliefs or anything like that,” Jackson said. “If you talk down to anybody, you can’t be respected. That’s just me, that’s how I feel about it. For him to say stuff about that, about people that we love in this organization, he’ll never get my respect for that.”'

Marker Twitter battle may light a needed spark for Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The question is how much emotional energy the Bills have left. They haven’t played a good game at The Ralph since the second week of the season, after the news broke that Terry Pegula had won the bid for the franchise. It’s about time they played their best game in their actual home.'

Marker Signing of Thigpen may be omen for Goodwin [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Goodwin was in a red scout team jersey at the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday. He has just one reception this season – a 40-yard gain in Week Five at Detroit – and hasn’t found much success as a kick returner. He’s averaged 21 yards per return on four attempts.'

Marker Broke and broken [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He’s 54, but his body is a wreck and continues to crumble. He suspects collisions from playing linebacker for 14 NFL seasons, a dozen with the Buffalo Bills, have damaged his brain. He’s often depressed beyond the point of tears.'

Marker Donte Whitner's Twitter comments resurface ahead of Bills game [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"That's just him being him; Donte is a guy that likes to ruffle feathers," Jackson said. "He found any way he could to try and ruffle Buffalo's feathers, knowing he had to come up to us. That's just him doing what he does, but at the same time, I mean, it's annoying. It's just dumb for him to do, and talk about people like that, and talk about the city of Buffalo like that. But at the same time, you've just got to take it with a grain of salt and say it's just some dude that's being an idiot about some stuff."'

Marker 3 sit out practice, Browns game sold out [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Three Bills did not practice Wednesday and two of them may not be available for the game. Defensive end Jarius Wynn and tight end Chris Gragg both sat out with knee injuries. Tight end Lee Smith was sick, but he is expected back to practice Thursday. Two key defensive players for the Browns will miss the game - linebacker Karlos Dansby and defensive back Tashaun Gipson, both with knee injuries.'

Marker Browns coach Mike Pettine says he wouldn't be where he is without Doug Marrone [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I thought he and (Bills president) Russ (Brandon) and (general manager) Doug Whaley were so supportive when the process was kind of dragging on, there were a couple times where I considered pulling my name out, just because I didn't want to put the Bills in a lurch, knowing that if I left that now they were going to have to scramble to maybe fill some jobs on the defensive side. But they were great, and again I can't be thankful enough."'

Marker Fred Jackson, other Buffalo Bills say they have no respect for Browns 'idiot' Donte Whitner [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm not going to get into that," Browns coach and former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. "I've had situations in games where players have had back and forth. I really can't speak on Donte's time in Buffalo because I wasn't a part of it. I just know for us, he's been great. He's been a great leader. He's a fierce competitor. He's a big part of why we've had the success that he's had."'

Marker Browns' Donte Whitner not sorry about Twitter comments, thinks he's in Buffalo Bills' heads [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"(The Toronto Bills comment) wasn't excessive," Whitner added. "It wasn't a joke. I knew that it would get to them. I knew it would ruffle a feather. If they're over there talking about this, maybe we are in their heads. Maybe I'm in their heads. Maybe. We don't know, but the goal is to go 1-0, the goal is to get them talking about things other than football, and I guess that's what they're doing."'

Marker Robert Woods limited participant on Buffalo Bills' Wednesday injury report [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The more noteworthy item on the injury report, however, was wide receiver Robert Woods being listed as limited with an ankle injury. Coach Doug Marrone insisted that Woods would be find to play in the game on Sunday after having his first career 100-yard receiving game on Monday against the Jets.'

Marker Ex-Buffalo Bills quarterback arrested for DUI, was asleep in Wendy's drive-thru [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyler Thigpen was arrested for allegedly driving drunk over the weekend, according to multiple reports.'

Marker War of Words: Cleveland Browns' Donte Whitner says he might be 'in the heads' of the Buffalo Bills [1:48 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: '"I didn't say anything really too disrespectful," Whitner said. "Anybody else that I was talking to, they were cursing and going back and forth. Maybe you should take that up with them."'

Marker Whitner plays word games with Bills [1:47 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: 'Whitner might want to confer with retired NFL linebacker Bryan Cox, who had two run-ins with Bills' fans while playing for the Miami Dolphins. Cox was fined $10,000 for making an obscene gesture at fans he said threw batteries at him and shouted racial slurs.'

Marker Browns safety Donte Whitner unapologetic about feud with Bills: ‘The goal is to get them talking abo [1:46 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: '“I think they might greet Donte maybe a little bit worse than me, kind of knowing the history there,” Pettine said. “That’s a great crowd. It’ll be hostile.”'

Marker Bills receiver Sammy Watkins holds no grudge over Browns’ trade, strives for greatness [1:45 AM]
Akron Beacon Journal reports: 'Haden said Wednesday he thought Watkins would end up a Brown. Coach Mike Pettine has said that if the Browns hadn’t made the trade with the Bills, they would have selected Watkins. Watkins said at the NFL rookie symposium that Browns General Manager Ray Farmer flew to Clemson to meet with him just before he left for the draft in New York.'

Marker Whitner: Just words, nothing personal in spat with Buffalo [1:44 AM]
Fox Sports Ohio reports: '"No, I'm not sorry," Whitner said. "I'm not sorry that that happened. It's something that happened and I was called out by somebody that I knew and I responded and they responded and that's where it went. If anything, I didn't really say anything too disrespectful."'

Marker Mike Pettine and the Browns gearing up for emotional game in Buffalo [1:43 AM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: 'Weaver said we’ll get to see how much the Bills players respect Pettine during pregame warmups. The Browns’ assistant coach doesn’t expect there to be any pregame hugs, but the Bills respected their former defensive coordinator’s poise, his approach to coaching and appreciated the intricate knowledge he brought to them to help elevate their level of play.''

Marker Thursday's Cleveland Coverage [1:42 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
War of Words: Cleveland Browns' Donte Whitner says he might be 'in the heads' of the Buffalo Bills (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Mike Pettine challenges Josh Gordon to be more aggressive in 'going up and attacking' contested balls (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Mike Pettine understands Josh Gordon feeling a cool reception by some Cleveland Browns, but 'he's well-liked, he's come a long way' (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Karlos Dansby on Josh Gordon feeling snubbed by some Browns: 'You're going to have that disconnect, you need to find yourself' (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
As Jordan Cameron continues to practice, Mike Pettine considers him 'day-to-day': Cleveland Browns quick slants (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Whitner plays word games with Bills (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
Pettine downplays Manziel ‘altercation’ (Warren Tribune Chronicle)
Josh Gordon quickly adjusting after return (Willoughby News Herald)
Browns key Buffalo pass rush (Willoughby News Herald)
Dansby “close” to returning against Buffalo (Willoughby News Herald)
Browns believe in Gordon as player, person (Elyria Chronicle Telegram)
Brian Hoyer, Joe Thomas believe in Josh Gordon, understand why he felt people treated him differently during suspension (Elyria Chronicle Telegram)
Browns safety Donte Whitner unapologetic about feud with Bills: ‘The goal is to get them talking about things other than football’ (Akron Beacon Journal)
Bills receiver Sammy Watkins holds no grudge over Browns’ trade, strives for greatness (Akron Beacon Journal)
Josh Gordon says he felt some alienation while waiting out suspension (Akron Beacon Journal)
Keys to the game for Browns at Bills (Akron Beacon Journal)
Gordon says he felt alienated during suspension (AP)
Browns' Gordon, Hoyer must get on same page (The Sports Xchange)
Gordon felt slighted during suspension (The Sports Xchange)
Josh Gordon felt disassociated (ESPN)
Browns get first close-up comparison of Bills WR Sammy Watkins v. CB Justin Gilbert on Sunday (ESPN Cleveland)
Tony Grossi's Scouting Report: Buffalo Bills (ESPN Cleveland)
Whitner: Just words, nothing personal in spat with Buffalo (Fox Sports Ohio)
Browns' Dansby aims for Sunday return (Fox Sports Ohio)
Browns S Donte Whitner Not Sorry For War Of Words With Sammy Watkins, Bills Fans (WKRK-FM)
Johnny Manziel’s Status Unchanged Following Incident Early Saturday (WKRK-FM)
Mike Pettine and the Browns gearing up for emotional game in Buffalo (ClevelandBrowns.com)

Marker Bills' Jackson takes exception to Whitner comments [1:41 AM]
AP reports: 'Whitner says he isn't sorry.'

Marker Bills claim receiver/return specialist Thigpen [1:40 AM]
AP reports: 'Thigpen who doubles as a return specialist has appeared in 36 NFL career games. The 28-year-old appeared in four games this year with Tampa Bay, and spent the previous two seasons with the Miami Dolphins.'

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