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Buffalo Bills News - December 2, 2016

Marker WR Watkins back at practice for Bills [1:45 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills likely would turn to Justin Hunter and/or Brandon Tate should injuries force their hand on Sunday.'

Marker Week 13 GameScout: Bills at Raiders [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Raiders, 28-24.'

Marker Bills unsure how much WR Sammy Watkins will play vs. Raiders [1:43 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Ryan said it's "not looking good" that receivers Robert Woods (knee) and Percy Harvin (illness) will be able to play after missing practices Wednesday and Thursday. The status of Marquise Goodwin, who is expected to start in Woods' place, is also uncertain; he left Thursday's practice with a wrist injury.'

Marker Several Raiders defenders yet to practice this week [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Both McGee and Latham are dealing with ankle injuries while Hayden is nursing an injured hamstring. According to The Mercury News, the rookie Latham was seen in the locker room earlier in the week with a boot on his right foot and walking with the use of a cane. He has started in all nine games he’s played in this season.'

Marker Lynn: Watkins still playing with broken foot [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Watkins was activated from injured reserve last week Saturday before Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Watkins had three catches is the game for 80 yards in his first game action since Week 2 of the season against the New York Jets.'

Marker Bills' OC Anthony Lynn says Watkins is still dealing with broken bone in his foot [1:40 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"He’s not 100-percent," Lynn said on Thursday. "The guy has a broken bone in his foot. I don’t know if he’s going to play one play or 20 plays, so we’ll just see how big his role is. I’d like to keep him in the whole time. I can’t say. He’s tough. He’s very determined to stay on the football field and help us win games, but, he has a broken bone in his foot at the end of the day."'

Marker Raiders Game Preview [1:39 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Raiders 34, Bills 30.'

Marker A second chance for Dez Lewis to make a first impression [1:38 AM] reports: '“And don’t just assume opportunities come around all the time, because they don’t,” Ryan added. “We will see. He’s got the size, and we drafted him. We thought he had that kind of ability that he could play in this league, and now he has to prove it.”'

Marker Lynn: For Watkins it's a pain tolerance thing [1:37 AM] reports: '“The guy has a broken bone in his foot,” said Lynn. “He’s tough, he’s very determined to stay on the football field and help us win games, but he has a broken bone in his foot. It’s a pain tolerance deal and I think he’s tough as hell playing through it.”'

Marker Bills Today: Dareus expected to play Sunday [1:36 AM] reports: '“I think he’s going to be okay. He’s limited,” said Ryan. “I’m no doctor so I can’t tell you the issue that he had, but he feels confident that he’s going to be ready to roll and I feel the same way.”'

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Marker After toilet quip, Dez Lewis hears Rex's message loud and clear [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s got to poop or get off the pot, so to speak,” Ryan said, in a classic Rex-ism. “It’s going to be an opportunity for him. Don’t assume opportunities come around all the time, because they don’t. We’ll see. He’s got the size. We drafted him because we thought he had that kind of ability that he could play in this league, and now he has to prove it.”'

Marker Bills look to keep Mack from making them 'sick' [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'll be definitely ready for him and I can't wait for the matchup," Mills said of facing the former University at Buffalo star. "He can make some tackles sick, but you've got to have that confidence, no matter what he does, in your technique, that your technique is sound, and you know you're a great player also and you've just got to handle your business.'

Marker Hard to remember big road wins in December [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This isn't exactly news to fans who have lived through a 16-year playoff drought.December is the month when the Bills' chronic mediocrity comes calling, when regrettable early-season losses leave them on the outer fringes of the playoffs. Of course, they're usually good enough to keep hope alive and string people along.'

Marker Soreness keeps Sammy Watkins out of Wednesday's Bills practice [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Watkins was officially listed as "did not participate" on Wednesday's injury report. He played 25 plays (45%) in the win over Jacksonville, catching three passes for 80 yards. He declined interview requests in the locker room after Wednesday's practice.'

Marker Khalil Mack: 'I'm trying to play ball better and better each week' [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When you talk about our offense going down there and end up getting the go-ahead score, kicking a field goal to put us up, and putting the defense back out there on the field, it's up to us at that point to end the game," Mack said. "That's what me and (quarterback) Derek (Carr) talked about before that series, and we wanted to make sure we went out and did it."'

Marker Bills sign former quarterback Logan Thomas to play tight end [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Is he a project? Yes, certainly it’s a project," coach Rex Ryan said. "[I" target="_blank"> don’t anticipate him doing anything right now because he doesn’t know the plays or anything, but let’s take a shot, see what we got in this young man and maybe he can do some things."'

Marker Credit Tyrod Taylor with a fourth-quarter comeback vs. Jaguars [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor's overall numbers in these situations aren't great, but Sunday was one of his better statistical performances. He completed three of his four passes for 49 yards, including a nicely thrown 16-yard touchdown to Justin Hunter in the front corner of the end zone.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Ryan knows better than to take on fans [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That was why Ryan wasn't about to take the bait the other day when a reporter asked him about the fact there was quite a bit of booing in the first half of last Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.'

Marker Buffalo Bills transcripts of Rex, McCoy, Tyrod, Worthy plus five more players [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I lied. No, I mean, we’re okay. We’ll be okay. We’ve had some, but you’re right. A couple of weeks ago, we had come back off that bye and we felt good. But, you know, it’s the National Football League and things happen. And that’s why your depth – what did Marv Levy used to say? Depth is a great thing as long as you don’t have to use it. But I think – in this league, you have to use it. Hopefully, we’ll get these guys back sooner than later.'

Marker It's a New Era at 'the Ralph' [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We picked New Era Field because it sounds really intimate and homey," Marciniak said. "Even though there’s 70,000 people in the stadium, it feels more personal."'

Marker Hope springs eternal for diehard Bills fans [1:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I see us as a good, hardworking community that deserves better, but wonder what dastardly thing the City of Chicago did to warrant Cubs fans having to wait 108 years between championships. Heck, at this point, I’m only asking for a playoff appearance, not a world championship.'

Marker Protecting ball may be top strength for Bills' Tyrod Taylor [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I think the big thing, something we don’t talk about, is how we protect the football,” Ryan said. “I think it’s an NFL record now, through 11 games, the least amount of turnovers, and I think that bodes well for us. I know our record is not great right now, 6-5, but, if you continue to play like this and we’re able to get some turnovers on defense, I think that’s obviously how you win in this league.”'

Marker Rex Ryan: Seantrel Henderson must abide by NFL rules [1:47 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We support every player we have, but you have to move on and that’s exactly what we have to do,” Ryan said. “We support him, he’s got the ability to play in this league a long, long time, but every player, not just Seantrel, has to abide by the rules set forth by the NFL.”'

Marker Does the Bills secondary stand a chance against Carr? [1:46 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '"They do a lot of different things," linebacker Preston Brown said. "I mean we all know they got a great quarterback back there, dealing the ball to all good receivers, good running backs. They do a lot of different formations, five wides, extra tackle, bring in guys and run the ball downhill."'

Marker Raiders offense a big test, regardless of Bills injuries says Rex [1:45 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“They’re fourth in the league in passing, 10th in rushing. We know it’s an outstanding offense,” Ryan said. “They have a lot of weapons; we’re going to struggle to match with them regardless.”'

Marker Bills are stingy in having just 6 giveaways in 11 games [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo's six turnovers are the fewest through 11 games in NFL history. The previous low over that span was eight shared by five teams, most recently Kansas City last year. The single-season record is 10, set by New England in 2010 and matched by San Francisco the following season.'

Marker Bills receiver Watkins held out of practice due to sore foot [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'The severity of the injury is unclear and it's not known whether it will affect his status for Sunday, when Buffalo (6-5) plays at Oakland (9-2). Watkins declined to speak to reporters during a brief appearance in the locker room.'

Marker Bills sign tight end Logan Thomas off Lions' practice squad [1:42 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills become Thomas' second team in three days. He was signed Monday by the Lions, who listed him as a tight end. Thomas played quarterback with the Giants in the preseason.'

Marker Bills' QB Taylor has critics, but he takes care of the ball [1:41 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Everybody in the league is trying to protect the football and take it away on defense, but I think our quarterback in particular is vastly underrated in that area," Ryan said.'

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