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.'''
The Bills Are All Healthy Minus One [7:13 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams said Willis McGahee once again practiced with the offense this week. Last week the head coach said he'd consider using McGahee for the first time all season. He didn't play on Sunday. This week Williams said, "I wouldn't go out on a limb and say that he'll play."'
Moulds Returns to Practice; Moore Sits Out [7:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Wide receiver Eric Moulds will be shown giving a tour of his home on "NFL Under the Helmet" Saturday morning at 12 noon ET on FOX in the Buffalo area.'
Tops Game Ball Winner: Travis Henry [6:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: Watching football as a kid, what was your "team" that you always tried to watch and wanted to play? Did you expect to be playing for the Buffalo Bills today? - Alex (Olean, NY) TH: The Buffalo Bills were my team. I watched them through the Super Bowl runs. A particular player I admired growing up was Emmit Smith, but the Buffalo Bills were my team.'
Coach Fisher's Friday practice report [6:58 PM]
TitansOnline.com reports: 'On Drew Bledsoe: Your rush approach is a little different when you’ve got a quarterback who is not as likely to take off and run or break contain and throw on the run. He could still move around. He’s a pocket passer and a very good one and he’s been making good decisions as of late. His success has been tied to the running game the last three or four weeks.'
Bills' Moore misses second straight practice; Moulds returns [3:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams added that rookie running back Willis McGahee is unlikely to make his NFL debut against Tennessee.'
Bills Defense Continues To Impress [12:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We've got some good offensive teams we are going to play against coming down the stretch but our defense has done a very good job again this past week of not allowing a touchdown against a team with really one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league throwing touchdown passes," head coach Gregg Williams said. "That speaks volumes for our defensive pride. We're not allowing big plays. That's making the opponents' offense earn everything."'
No catch: Tight ends embrace their role [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's not about me or Dave or Ryan or how many balls we catch," said Campbell, who leads the tight ends with 25 catches but has been shut out the last three games. "We just want to contribute in any way we can. It's about team success."'
Freakish challenge doesn't worry Sullivan [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think you have to give credit where it's due, but I think a lot of tackles that go against him psyche themselves out before the game even starts," Sullivan said. "When you play a guy like that, you have to focus on your own technique. Of course, he has the great speed and long arms. But you have to worry about what you have to do. I just have to prepare myself physically and mentally, and then let my ability take care of the rest."'
Fletcher's heart is soul of Buffalo D [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This year, playing for a markedly improved defense, Fletcher won’t approach those gaudy tackle numbers, but he still has a team-leading 132 through 13 games.'
If Williams stays as coach, Bills may get Kearse-d next year [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“A little bit, I can’t lie,” said Kearse when asked if thought about joining Williams in Buffalo.'
Sound of Miracle still echoes in Music City [5:15 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Bills Coach Gregg Williams was defensive coordinator for the Titans at the time of the controversial play (the Bills contended Wycheck threw a forward lateral). When he moved to Buffalo in 2001, he hung a painting of the play in his home. A gift from Titans Coach Jeff Fisher, it stayed there until a visit from some new Buffalo friends.'
McNair off crutches but doesn't practice [5:14 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''He's off the crutches so that's encouraging,'' Titans Coach Jeff Fisher said. ''He's hoping to play … We still have a long ways to go and he wants to play very badly.'''
Titans mix up signals vs. Bills [5:13 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Because the Bills may try to steal signs, Fisher said he could have as many as four people sending in defensive signals from the sideline at the same time, with only one providing the true call. Fisher said he expects the Bills to make similar adjustments on their defensive calls.'
Defense has changed since Williams [5:12 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: '“I think if Gregg was here, you would have seen a lot of the same changes. What you’ve got to do is adjust,” Schwartz said. “You have to constantly evolve in this league. There’s things people try to take advantage of; there’s trends in the league, different things that offenses are doing and different things that you have to take away."'
Keys to the Game [5:11 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: 'Buffalo needs this game to keep its skimpy playoffs hopes on life support. The Titans need it for peace of mind in the wake of last week’s four-turnover disaster vs. Indianapolis. If the Titans can reverse their turnover tendencies of the past few weeks, they should rebound, though it won’t be easy as Gregg Williams knows them better than most. Prediction: Titans 21, Bills 20.'
Moulds Is Sick While Moore Is Hurting [10:24 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Moore sat out practice with a leg injury and is questionable. Moulds is probable as he was sent home sick.'
Titans defense first against rush, last against pass [8:07 PM]
AP reports: '''You don't ever want to be in your position as far as the secondary to get looked at as being the worst in the league. You don't want to be the worst in anything. But take it for what it is. It's just a number,'' he said. ''All that matters to me is the wins.'''
Banged-up Bills offense finally showing some fight [8:06 PM]
AP reports: '''We didn't give up where I think a lot of people might have,'' said Gilbride, whose team prepares to play at Tennessee on Sunday. ''To me it's more of a reflection of character, confidence.'''
Bills WR Moulds ill; TE Moore has strained hamstring [8:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Three other Buffalo players are listed as questionable: starting OG Mike Pucillo (toe); backup RB Sammy Morris (sprained knee) and backup DE Keith McKenzie (strained right quadriceps).'
Bills add WR Bonner to practice squad [8:04 PM]
AP reports: 'Bonner was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Texas A&M Commerce signed by Seattle before being released by the Seahawks prior to the start of this season.'
Third QB Travis Brown Says He Feels Great [4:13 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I kind of feel like I never left in some aspects, it's the same people, the same system, and the same routine from week-to-week so I feel like I'm right back in the swing of things," Brown said after Thursday's workout with the team.'
Bills Add Bonner To Practice Squad [12:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bonner takes the place of running back Nick Maddox, who was signed off the Bills practice squad to the Cleveland Browns 53-man roster.'
Fans waver on playoffs, Williams’ future [12:05 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'There’s an ever-so-subtle murmur that fans, adamant that coach Gregg Williams had to go as the Bills dropped four straight, think he should get another chance. After all, they reason, if the Bills win out, they would be 9-7 ... a game better than a year ago. The implication is that dismissing offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, and possibly line coach Pat Ruel might be enough. But that conclusion is flawed.'
Oh, Henry's running like a thoroughbred [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He needs 300 yards in the final three games to surpass last season's total, which was fifth-best in team history. It won't be easy. Check out the run defense rankings for the Bills' final three opponents: Tennessee: No. 1; Miami: No. 3; New England: No. 4.'
Titans coach comes to Gregg Williams' defense [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills assistant coaches Jerry Gray, Kevin Gilbride, Les Steckel, Steve Jackson and Dan Neal all worked with Fisher in the Titans' organization. Fisher said the familiarity of the staffs is a factor. "You do have to remind yourself that there is some familiarity," he said. "Jerry did a great job while he was here and understands our offensive concepts, as did Gregg. . . . It's going to be interesting what approach all four coordinators take in this game. The key early is going to be our ability to adjust."'
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