McNair out; Volek makes first NFL start [1:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Titans quarterback Steve McNair's 43-game starting streak ended Sunday because of a left ankle injury, and Billy Volek made his first NFL start.'
Communication is Key: Bills Play at Coliseum [12:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We have to score regardless of if they score first or we score first," fullback Sam Gash said. "Offensively we have to dictate the tempo of the game. We have to take it to them as oppose to waiting for them to score first and then reacting. We have a lot of confidence in our defense that they can hold them down."'
Plot thickens for Williams' return to Nashville [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills could be thinking what might have been this year because of a four-game midseason losing streak. They seemed to have righted themselves, but did they do it too late?'
Gilbride willing to take the heat [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I know why we've struggled. And I'd rather be the recipient and keep at least a little of the pressure off those guys. Then they can look and say, "Here's a guy who through example has shown us how to deal with the tough times. We're going to follow his footsteps and keep battling through it.'"'
Even 9-7 record shouldn't be enough to keep Williams [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills need a proven coach who can hold his own against the best minds in the game. Most of all, they need a guy who can stand up to Bill Belichick, the coaching standard in the AFC. Williams beat the Pats in the opener this season, but there's been a six-game swing in the standings in New England's favor since then. If anything, the gap has gotten larger.'
Home Run Flashback [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't want to talk about it, really," said Brown, the pain of the game's outcome still too real. "It hurts. It still hurts to this day. I know a lot of guys may have gotten over it, but I haven't. It bothers me. It's a hard one, I'm not going to lie. I really don't want to talk about it."'
Bills look to return miracle [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Gregg, when he was here, he was one of the first to stand up — and I mean he’d give his house up — over the fact that it was a lateral and the day he left (for Buffalo), all of sudden it’s a forward pass,” said Fisher.'
Q&A: Ross Tucker [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'How good is Travis Henry?
“He’s unbelievable. My rookie year with the Redskins, I played a little bit with Stephen Davis, who led the NFC in rushing, and last year I started seven games with Emmitt Smith. I tell you what, Travis is phenomenal. He makes us look good."'
Bills in the playoffs? It all comes down to today [5:15 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But, if Denver downs Cleveland today, as expected, Buffalo’s only path to the post-season is the unlikely scenario of the Bills winning out and Tennessee losing out.'
Williams has a friend in Fisher [5:14 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We approach this no different than any other game. You look at what they’re doing, you break them down and you put your game plan together. But you do have to caution yourself there’s some family on that other sideline.”'
Too little, too late if Bills top Titans today [5:13 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Wins by San Francisco at Cincinnati, Cleveland at Denver and Philadelphia at Miami, added to a Buffalo win, would ensure another week of hope. It also would make next Sunday's visit from the Dolphins more than just another Sunday in December that spoils Miami's season.'
Bills' Henry thrives despite fractured leg [5:12 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"You literally have to knock him unconscious to stop him," Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher says of Henry. "He's impressive to watch. He can humiliate defences."'
Kearse ready to hit the sack for Titans [5:11 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''If it is a pass, I want to be the one that pressures the quarterback. If it is a run, I want to beat my block and make the tackle. Now it is like everyone be selfish, but in a good way. Selfish for the whole team.'''
McNair will warm up to see if he can play [5:10 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'McNair didn't take part in a light walk-through practice at Baptist Sports Park as backup Billy Volek worked with the first-team offense. But he was in cleats for the first time since last Sunday.'
Olson, Adams mix it up on line [5:09 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''He is one of the better defensive tackles in the league. He is able to move side-to-side very well. He brings both power and quickness to the line of scrimmage. I am sure Sam increases his level of play when he plays us.'''
As contract talks stall, Kearse eyes Williams [5:08 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''We feel comfortable with our position and naturally the Titans feel comfortable with theirs,'' Rosenhaus said. ''Right now we are not particularly close.'''
Growth on Fisher's chin must mean Titans need a win [5:07 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'The Titans enter the stretch drive with all the momentum of a snail on sedatives.'
Titans vs. Bills: Who has the edge? [5:06 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Titans 20, Bills 16.'
Titans Q & A: Rocky Boiman [5:05 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Q: What conference should Notre Dame play in?
A: ''If they are going to go to one, and I don't necessarily think they should, I'd say Big Ten. We are more of a Midwest style of football scheme and I think we'd fit best in the Big Ten.'''
Joe Biddle’s Random Ruminations [5:04 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Give a Titans salute today to Van Miller, radio voice of the Bills for 37 years. This is his last trip around the frozen lake and he will be in the Bills booth today. Miller won't divulge his age, only admits to being a bus boy at The Last Supper.'
Henry's rushing stats make McGahee look like also-ran [5:03 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'General manager Tom Donahoe agrees, but he thinks there will be room for both tailbacks next season. "We don't have any decision to make," Donahoe said. "We'll go into next year with two outstanding running backs, and we'll see what happens."'
HOF member Joe DeLamielleure will be appearing in Richmond VA [1:59 AM]
TBD reports: Joe DeLamielleure will be appearing in Richmond, VA, Sunday (December 14th) at an autograph show. Held in the spacious Exhibition Hall at the Richmond International Raceway complex, the show has been a fixture on the sports collecting landscape for 12 years. Each show typically features 12 to 15 autograph guests.
Coaches put friendship aside in push for playoffs [4:28 PM]
AP reports: 'This will be the Bills' first important game in Nashville since their AFC wild-card loss to the Titans, which propelled Tennessee to the Super Bowl in 2000. Only six Bills remain from that team, which now looks like a northern version of the Titans, with cornerback Dainon Sidney and four former Tennessee coaches. ''They're bizarro Titans,'' Tennessee left tackle Brad Hopkins said. Add to that three former Tennessee Volunteers on the Bills' roster, and Sunday's game feels like a family reunion albeit one with very high stakes. Henry alone will have 25 friends and family in the stands.'
McNair's a mighty mess, as usual [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There's no doubt in my mind he'll answer the bell," said Bills coach Gregg Williams, the Titans' defensive coordinator from 1997-00. "He's one of the toughest football players in the league, and playing at a very high level. You know he's playing at a level that many are considering maybe an MVP candidate. I thought he was last year, too."'
Bills fans blindsided by parking rule [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We had parking attendants go out there earlier than they normally would be and made the authorities aware, "Let's enforce this more than we have before,' " said Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold. "A lot of the fans had entered in illegally, actually, when they came into the parking lots before that," he said. "We're paying a lot more attention to that, and we're enforcing it a lot of more readily now, and fans should be aware of that."'
Hut 1, hurt, too…hike [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“You don’t take a week off. This is football. You play,” said Bledsoe. “If I’m able to play I’m going to play and that’s the way I’m going to be until I quit playing the game.”'
McNair making progress [5:19 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''He's got a little less swelling in the ankle joint than he did (Thursday). And that's the key right now, to get the swelling out of there, because there's so much swelling and bleeding in the joint it's not operating,'' Fisher said. ''If we can continue to get the swelling out then he'll have a chance to get out on the field and see if he can go.'''
Volek not counting on start [5:18 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''Drew has helped me out a lot and I appreciate everything he has done. What he has done in this league is phenomenal,'' Volek said.'
Williams' time in Buffalo may be dwindling [5:17 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'That said, if you mentioned Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as a candidate to become the next Bills' head coach, I wouldn't laugh at you.'
McNair a game-time decision, Fisher says [7:21 PM]
AP reports: '``He's got a little less swelling in the ankle joint than he did yesterday,'' coach Jeff Fisher said after practice Friday. ``And that's the key right now, to get the swelling out of there because there's so much swelling and bleeding in the joint, it's not operating.'''
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