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Buffalo Bills News - September 28, 2014

Marker Chris Williams, Marquise Goodwin downgraded to out [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'On Friday, coach Doug Marrone wouldn't commit to who would replace Williams in the starting lineup, but rookie fifth-round pick Cyril Richardson could be in line to take over. Veteran lineman Kraig Urbik will also be available, but he's the team's backup center, so the Bills like to have him available as a swing man.'

Marker Nathaniel Hackett trying to keep Mike Williams, rest of Buffalo Bills wide receivers happy [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"My mom made a little joke with me yesterday," Williams said. "She said, 'Dang, you went from getting 89 passes a year to one-and-a-half a game. I'm like 'Yeah, things change.''

Marker Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett on Ryan Fitzpatrick departure, EJ Manuel development [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It's one of those things, when you're a first-time coordinator, a young coordinator, you pick and choose your battles," Hackett said. "I mean, they knew how I felt about Fitz. I had a great relationship with him. I really respect him as a quarterback. I was excited to work with him, but this is a business, too, and I have to trust all of the guys that hired me. I mean, they hired me, so I trust them already. There's so many things that go into that kind of process, it's like I'm just here to coach the guys that they are going to put in the room and I go from there."'

Marker Bond between O'Briens and Marrones endures [1:51 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Since 1995, Marrone has turned a playing career that included just five NFL games and a brief NFL Europe run in London into three collegiate and four pro coaching stints.'

Marker Sunday's Houston Coverage [1:50 AM] reports:
Contingency plans would behoove Texans (Houston Chronicle)
Bond between O'Briens and Marrones endures (Houston Chronicle)
McClain's guide to Texans-Bills game (Houston Chronicle)
Blue gaining confidence (Houston Community Newspapers)
NFL preview: Houston Texans vs. Buffalo Bills (Houston Community Newspapers)

Marker Bills rule out Williams, Goodwin for Sunday [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee) and linebacker Randell Johnson (linebacker) are also out. Linebacker Keith Rivers (groin), safety Da'Norris Searcy (ankle) and cornerback Ron Brooks (illness) are probable.'

Marker Goodwin, Williams out for Bills [1:48 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Goodwin is recovering from a concussion and Williams is out with a back injury.'

Marker How Hopkins, Johnson make Fitzpatrick dangerous [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It is pretty apparent that they make him better. How? Take a look...'.

Marker 5 things to watch for during Bills - Texans [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With so many advantages at key spots, the Bills have the talent to pull out another victory on the road. The Texans are a well-coached team with very good players at defensive end, running back, wide receiver and cornerback, but they lack an overwhelming amount of talent throughout their roster. It gets to the point where this game should be a victory for Buffalo, regardless of the struggles the offense had in Week Three against San Diego. The Bills have the superior team and now they need to be able to prove it. The sting of last week’s loss resides with the team, which would make it fair to expect a much more mentally strong approach. If they don’t, they could be staring at a ‘should have had that one’ style of game once the season wraps up and people look back on what could have been.'

Marker Chris Williams, Marquise Goodwin downgraded to out [1:45 AM] reports: 'Head coach Doug Marrone said that Richardson and Urbik each took reps with the starting unit at practice during the week. He also stated that Urbik is the team’s backup center, giving indication that he might be leaning toward having Richardson make his first career start.'

Marker Countdown to kickoff: Bills at Texans [1:44 AM] reports: 'Sunday’s game will be the seventh meeting between the Bills and the Texans and the series is currently tied 3-3.'

Marker Top 7 reasons why the Bills are pumped to play the Texans [1:43 AM] reports: 'It’s 1,482 miles from Ralph Wilson Stadium, but there will be more Bills fans at NRG Stadium on Sunday than you might suspect. The Bills Backers of Houston are a force to be reckoned with. Not only is their chapter president Katherine O’Brien predicting over 1,000 Bills fans in the stands on gameday, she’s lined up a whole weekend of activities so no Texas Bills fan feels alone.'

Marker Broadcast Information: Bills at Texans [1:42 AM] reports: 'Spero Dedes (Play-by-play), Solomon Wilcots (analyst).'

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Marker Mario has faith defense can stop Texans [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Huge, huge,” Williams said of his faith in Buffalo’s defenders doing their part to help the team rebound from last week’s loss against San Diego. “And I think that’s just out of respect for the guys that I know that I have beside me, and the accountability that they have in myself and that I have in them.”'

Marker Bills need to put ball in the hands of Spiller and Jackson [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Put this game firmly in the hands of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson from the start. There should be no debate here whatsoever.'

Marker Bills expect J.J. Watt to be a handful [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I think since 2012 there has been many different ways people have tried and continue to try,” Watt said. “It’s always something, but I think that’s part of the game and that’s partly what you hope for. You want to play well enough to the point where people have to do that. I know every week that it’s going to be a point of emphasis for them, and so I can only go out there and play as well as I can so that I can combat it. It just makes it that much more sweet when you do make a play.”'

Marker Marrone's, O'Brien's friendship began at Ga. Tech [1:56 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Marrone’s wife introduced O’Brien to his eventual wife, after she had introduced Marrone to the woman he would marry.'

Marker NFL fines Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes $8,268 for head-butting Rich Ohrnberger [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'While Spikes was fined for the second time for a personal foul penalty this season, it wasn't the same offense on each personal foul, which may explain why Spikes' fine didn't increase as a repeat offender.'

Marker NFL fines Bills WR Mike Williams $11K for red socks in violation of league dress code [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I do it to keep the distractions off the team, put all the distractions on me," Williams said on Sunday. "Take the distractions off our quarterback, put it on me. Everybody looking at me like I'm not dressed right. That's why I do it, but I do it every week. I do it for the team."'

Marker Chris Williams doubtful, Keith Rivers probable [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I feel real prepared," Richardson said. "I've been getting a lot of work in, and I want to make sure I get extra work. The veteran guys are doing a good job of helping me out in any area that I need help in."'

Marker Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes finally stepping out of Dwight Freeney's shadow [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Hughes is learning the struggle of the year-to-year volatility of the NFL. After 10 sacks in 2013, Hughes has one through three games in 2014, and that was the only time he's been able to hit the quarterback. The Bills have been getting a ton of pressure from the interior of the defensive line, leaving Hughes fighting to get his production back on track.'

Marker Two teams heading in similar directions and 5 things to watch [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The last time Mario Williams returned to Houston to the play against the team that drafted him No. 1 overall back in 2006, the Bills defensive end had a sack and five tackles. He's already made it clear that this game doesn't mean anything extra to him, but he's still going to play a major role in the game. Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown has looked beatable at times this year, and the Bills' defensive line should be able to get after it on Sunday.'

Marker NEXUS enrollment expedited next month for Ontario Bills fans [1:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Those who sign up and pay online for a NEXUS card by a week from Sunday (Oct. 5) can avoid the usual months-long wait and have their enrolment interview conducted just over a week later, on either Oct. 14 or 16.'

Marker Super Mario returns to old haunts [1:49 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'But you can bet Williams wants to make a statement about his ability, and he'd love to show his former team what it is missing.'

Marker Saturday's Houston Coverage [1:48 AM] reports:
As final arbiter on all Texans calls, O'Brien must be a multi-tasker (Houston Chronicle)
Super Mario returns to old haunts (Houston Chronicle)
Foster, Lechler not yet cleared to face Bills (Houston Chronicle)
Texans' Foster a game-time decision (The Sports Network)
Can Texans stop speedy Bills weapons? (CSN Houston)
Johnson feeling comfortable on O & returning (CSN Houston)
Foster, Lechler listed as questionable (CSN Houston)
Texans' Foster, Lechler could miss Sunday's game with Bills (KILT-AM)
Magic Number For Fitzpatrick, Texans Sunday Against Bills: 30 Pass Attempts (KILT-AM)
Texans Share Keys To Victory: Execution, Execution, and Execution (KILT-AM)
It’s Been A While Since Texans Last Won Without Foster, Who May Not Play Sunday (KILT-AM)
5 Things to Watch: Texans vs. Bills (
Foster, Lechler questionable vs. Bills (
Friday Injury Report: Bills at Texans (
Behind Enemy (Side)lines: Buffalo Bills (
Texans Quotes: September 26 (

Marker Chris Williams doubtful for Sunday's game [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Rookie Cyril Richardson has lined up in Williams' place at left guard at practice and is the favorite to start against Houston. Though Bills coach Doug Marrone said Buffalo may use both Richardson and veteran Kraig Urbik at left guard.'

Marker Familiarity abounds when Texans and Bills meet [1:46 AM]
AP reports: '"We have a great relationship through the year, except for this week," Marrone said. "And I'm sure he'd say the same."'

Marker Bills' Williams doubtful [1:45 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (concussion) and linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) are also doubtful, while wide receiver Marcus Easley and linebacker Randell Johnson are both out with knee injuries.'

Marker Week 4 preview: Bills vs. Texans [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Our pick: Texans.'

Marker Bills' Goodwin, C. Williams doubtful vs. Texans [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams, who has dealt with a back injury since August, missed all three days of practice during the week due to the ailment. Head coach Doug Marrone said the team has been trying to rest the left guard for each of the last three days while holding on to hope that he could be able to play. If he can’t, however, rookie Cyril Richardson is the likeliest candidate to start in his place.'

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