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Buffalo Bills News - December 1, 2016

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.'

Marker Bills have tough task vs. Raiders [1:40 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo has not won a road game in December while still in playoff contention since 2004. The Bills were 8-6 when they traveled to Oakland two years ago and were knocked out of playoff contention with a 26-24 loss to the 2-12 Raiders.'

Marker Bills hold Sammy Watkins out of practice with sore foot [1:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The development is potentially concerning for Watkins, who missed nine games because of lingering foot soreness stemming from offseason surgery to repair a broken bone in the left foot.'

Marker Bills have long list of players out or limited Wednesday [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Typically, both lists are longer on Wednesdays as players recover from minor ailments the previous game and rest anything that may be bothering them at all throughout the season. But the names and numbers this week were still eye-catching.'

Marker The 3-2-1 [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'We had a caller this week say this about Tyrod Taylor. While I’m not ready to lock Taylor in as the starter for the next few years, I have to agree (on a much smaller level obviously). The Bills are a more fun watch than they’ve been in other years of the drought. I know most would take boring and playoffs, but its worth noting that simply wanting to watch your team play is something a sports fan needs. Hey look! Someone exciting or good! Why did we support the tank? Why do I still have about 3,000 people on a text list that just loved the tank? Because of last night. A Tuesday game in Ottawa was infinitely more interesting and exciting because of one player. Building around him is the tough part. It’s having him that will truly engage so many fans in the rest of the building process. Thurman Thomas and Eric Wood tweeting their excitement during pregame should tell you what you need to know. The opening night shell shocked performance should tell you. That’s Jack’s team.'

Marker Bills' Watkins a surprise addition to DNP list [1:36 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Right after the practice let out, the Bills announced that Watkins had been changed his practice status to 'did not participate,' and said that Watkins talked to trainers and complained of soreness in the same foot that he had surgically repaired.'

Marker Joe B All-22 Review: Grading Bills vs. Jaguars (11/30/16) [1:35 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'DL Marcell Dareus: Snaps on the Field: 43/68: Grade vs. Jaguars: A.

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills HC Rex Ryan (11/30/16) [1:34 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The Buffalo Bills weren’t sure what they were going to get when the practice week started with stud defensive lineman Marcell Dareus. Against Jacksonville, Dareus suffered an abdominal strain late in the third quarter and didn’t return to the playing field for the rest of the afternoon. On Monday, all Rex Ryan would say was that the team was hopeful that the defensive lineman would be able to play, but offered up no real definitive statement on his outlook. On Wednesday, though, it was a different story.'

Marker Ihedigbo takes chameleon approach with Bills [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It was tough, believe me,” Ihedigbo said. “I’m a competitor. That’s the part of the game I love the most, just competing at a high level. So it kind of irked me a little bit, but it was patience and trusting in the Lord in everything that he was going to give me an opportunity.”'

Marker Bills sign TE Logan Thomas [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills also announced that the team has signed G Isame Faciane (pronounced I-sem FA-shawn) to the team’s practice squad.'

Marker Top 7 storylines for Bills-Raiders this week [1:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It’s the matchup of strong suits—Buffalo brings the NFL’s top pass rushing team to play against the number one pass protection unit in the league. The Bills have 33 sacks so far this season. The Raiders have allowed just 13.'

Marker Bills Today: Unbeaten when Shady hits 100 [1:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'That’s because the Bills are unbeaten when Shady rushes for 100 yards or more. Buffalo is 7-0 over the past two seasons and 4-0 this season when McCoy reaches triple digits rushing. As a team the Bills lead the league in rushing yards per game at just over 157 yards per game.'

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Marker What - or who - is to blame for Bills having NFL's second-worst sack rate? [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here’s a look at each of the five sacks against Jacksonville, and an attempt at assigning responsibility, keeping in mind that it’s impossible to know what every player’s job is on a specific play without knowing the call.'

Marker Report: Bills sign quarterback-turned-tight end Thomas from Lions [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Thomas has ideal size for the position, at 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, with a 35.5-inch vertical jump. All of his combine numbers, which included a 7.05-second 3-cone drill, 4.18-second 20-yard shuttle and 118-inch broad jump, were among the best recorded by quarterbacks.'

Marker Bills place Powell, Bryant on IR; promote WR Lewis, DT Coleman [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Powell suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's 28-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Bryant has missed the past three games because of a shoulder injury.'

Marker Seantrel Henderson suspended 10 games by NFL [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henderson maintains that his marijuana use is for medicinal purposes as it relates to his battle with Crohn's disease. A league source told The News that Henderson could pursue legal action against the NFL if he were to be suspended a second time.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills don't need to press to beat Raiders [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Teams have been putting up points against the Raiders all season, and the Bills have shown they're capable of scoring. They should be even better equipped to reach the end zone more often now that Sammy Watkins is back from the foot issues that put him out of action for eight weeks.'

Marker CBS' top two announcing teams to call next two Bills games [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The game isn’t being played on a CBS doubleheader weekend but it will be shown in 27 percent of the country, most likely because of the Raiders' success this season.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Maybe a playoff run is thinkable [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills of old would self-destruct. They would unravel.'

Marker What to know about new Buffalo Bills tight end Logan Thomas [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Thomas has been asked about switching positions all the way back to high school. Despite playing quarterback in high school, Thomas was considered the No. 1 tight end recruit in the 2009 class. He was recruited to Virginia Tech to be a tight end but ended up switching to quarterback. At 6-feet-6-inches tall and 250 pounds, Thomas certainly has the size for the position. The 24 rushing touchdowns he scored at Virginia Tech show he has the athleticism for it as well. He was also a standout basketball player in high school.'

Marker Buffalo Bills promote WR Dez Lewis, place DT Corbin Bryant, WR Walt Powell on IR [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Coleman was signed to the Bills' practice squad after spending the first two seasons of his career on three different teams. He has just four career tackles after going undrafted out of the University of California in 2014.'

Marker Buffalo Bills move up in Week 13 power rankings following consecutive wins [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Such an important win for the Bills on Sunday. At 6-5, they are still a game back in the wild-card race. Yet, two of the teams they trail are certainly vulnerable. The 7-4 Broncos still have games remaining against the Patriots, Chiefs and Raiders. The Dolphins are the weakest team in the NFL with seven wins or more. Buffalo will host Adam Gase's upstarts at New Era Field on Christmas Eve. Then Rex Ryan's outfit closes out the season in, of all places, MetLife Stadium against those lovable Jets.'

Marker Buffalo Bills OT Seantrel Henderson suspended 10 games for substance abuse violation [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Given that Henderson is a repeat offender, he will not have to serve a 10-game suspension after already serving a four-game suspension earlier this season. Henderson was diagnosed with Crohn's disease last season and had to battle back from multiple offseason surgeries. Marijuana is considered an effective treatment for Crohn's disease, but the NFL does not allow the use of marijuana under any circumstances.'

Marker Buffalo Bills tackle Henderson suspended 10 games by NFL [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Henderson's agent, Brian Fettner, called the league's decision "heartbreaking," and added he cannot appeal the suspension because the NFL doesn't allow an exemption for medical marijuana use.'

Marker Bills OT Henderson hit with 10-game suspension [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I've got doctors telling me this is the No. 1 medicine that would help your disease," Henderson told the Buffalo News last month. "You try to tell that to the league, and it seems like they didn't care too much."'

Marker Richie Incognito's rough edges are an asset inside the Bills locker room [1:46 AM]
ESPN reports: '"He's massive," says Bills coach Rex Ryan, chuckling in admiration of the Pro Bowl guard, "and he knows it."'

Marker Seantrel Henderson gets 10-game ban for violating substance abuse policy [1:45 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Henderson missed the final five games of last season after he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. The third-year tackle told The Palm Beach Post in August that he underwent surgery in January to remove 2½ feet of his intestines, resulting in him losing almost 50 pounds and having to wear an ileostomy bag until his intestines were reattached in April. He is on a strict diet that prevents him from eating gluten or certain vegetables.'

Marker Bills sign former QB Logan Thomas to 53-man roster to play TE [1:44 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bills must keep Thomas on their 53-man roster for the next three weeks because he was signed off another team's practice squad. He will likely serve as the Bills' third tight end behind starter Charles Clay and backup Nick O'Leary.'

Marker Bills Make Several Roster Moves, Move Powell and Bryant to IR [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lewis has been a member of the Bills' practice squad for almost two seasons, and was activated for one game last season. He has zero catches in his brief NFL career. Coleman, a 2014 undrafted free agent, has played in five NFL games in his career, all with the Miami Dolphins.'

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