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Buffalo Bills News - October 16, 2017

Marker '100 percent confidence' for warm, sunny Sunday at New Era Field [9:11 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '73 degrees and sunshine Sunday afternoon.'

Marker WR Brandon Reilly becomes the latest Bill to take Chicago-to-Buffalo Uber route [9:10 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'We had a "team meeting at 8 this morning. Couldn't miss it," Reilly said after practice Monday. "I ordered two and they saw where I was going so they canceled it. Some guy accepted and I called him to make sure he was cool with it. I got in and said 'it looks like we're about to get to know each other a little better."'

Marker Five things to know about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Bills' Week Seven opponent [9:10 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Who plays QB? Quarterback Jameis Winston suffered a right shoulder injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s game and did not return. X-rays were negative, but an MRI Monday reportedly revealed an AC joint sprain that Winston may be able to play through, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. "I tried, I tried to battle it out and I guess sitting on the sideline only makes it worse and it stiffened up. That's all,” Winston said, via "I fell on my shoulder. Yeah, I've had that injury before. If it was in my other shoulder, it would've been fine but the throwing shoulder is kind of tough." If Winston can’t go, the Bills would be in for another dose of Fitzmagic in ageless wonder Ryan Fitzpatrick, the former Bill.'

Marker Bills Notebook: Henderson activated, competition at offense, Dareus excused from practice [9:05 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henderson was diagnosed with Crohn's disease last season. He had used medicinal marijuana in 2016 to deal with the pain from the illness. However, there are no exemptions for medical marijuana under the NFL's current collective bargaining agreement.'

Marker Bills coach Sean McDermott on WGR: 'We're still so young and we're trying to build� [9:04 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sean McDermott: "We're still so young and we're trying to build — the players still haven't seen, haven't mastered the entire playbook."'

Marker If the season ended today, the Buffalo Bills would be in the playoffs [9:02 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills, as they always are, will be relegated to the wild-card race, and that’s where Sunday was a bonanza. The Ravens, Jets, Jaguars, Raiders and Broncos all lost, and if the season ended right now — I know that’s a ridiculous thing to say and I’m slapping myself for saying it — the Bills would own the first wild-card spot in the AFC.'

Marker Leslie Frazier says Buffalo Bills 'still have confidence' in Marcell Dareus [9:00 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"I think for us, being a new staff and all, he just, everyone has a new slate," Frazier said. "That's how we've kind of approached every player on our defense, and the slate was wiped clean from day one and that's the way we approached it. All we want Marcell to do is just build on what we saw last week. He did some really good things in the run game, had a good sack when the quarterback tried to step up. If we can build on that and just keep progressing, our defense will get better as he gets better as well, and that's a good thing for us. Really encouraged in what we saw last week against Cincinnati."'

Marker Buffalo Bills move beyond protest, plan 5 community events for off day [8:59 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Now, the Bills are planning to go beyond protest and will be going into their communities to try to create change.'

Marker Buffalo Bills activate OT Seantrel Henderson after suspension [8:58 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"This coaching staff is all about hard work and grit, making sure everybody is reliable and doing their job at all times," Henderson said. "That's most important with this coaching staff. No shortcuts, everything is about being on time, doing your job, and taking care of what you have to do in order to keep the team going."'

Marker Buffalo Bills WR Jordan Matthews making progress from thumb injury [8:58 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We're going to have to see," McDermott said. "He still has that deal with the thumb going on. It's day-to-day. We just have to see and make sure things heal up the right way. We'll know a little bit more tomorrow. Just coming off the bye, he made a tremendous amount of progress. We just have to see at this point how he looks going into Wednesday."'

Marker Bills: Matthews return possible, other post-bye injury updates (video) [8:57 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Officially, Matthews (thumb) is listed as day-to-day. Tight end Charles Clay (knee) and linebacker Ramon Humber (thumb) are listed as week-to-week. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will also miss practice on Monday due to a personal issue.'

Marker Bills: WR Brandon Reilly hears fans, says he’ll be ready [8:56 PM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“I see it every now and then. My buddies back home I think they check it more than me. They always tell me,” Reilly said. “It’s like how everyone will let you know they love the backup quarterback until he gets in. Hopefully if I do get moved up I can prove I belong and make a name for myself.”'

Marker Bills receiver Matthews has cast removed from right thumb [8:54 PM]
AP reports: '"I'm trying to make sure I hone in on all my other skills," Matthews said. "My left hand is my off hand, so I feel if anything, this is time for me to actually work on one of my deficiencies."'

Marker Bills surprisingly in playoff hunt [8:53 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Staying there, however, could be tricky. While the defense has played well all season, the offense has been unwatchable at times, with neither the running game nor the passing game able to establish much consistency. The two go hand in hand, and in the Bills' case, their complete lack of explosiveness through the air has directly affected their once strong ability to run.'

Marker McDermott eager to get back to work after bye week [8:51 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '"I think it gave us a good chance to do some self evaluation of ourselves as coaches, and look at our schemes and fundamentals. All of those areas were good for us to [take time to" target="_blank"> look at," McDermott said at his press conference on Monday at One Bills Drive. "We worked Monday through Wednesday, players were in here, and we got on the field a little bit as well. Just really to build some self-awareness as to what we did well, what we didn't do well and what we need to improve moving forward."'

Marker Wood likes the way the AFC standings are looking [8:50 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '"From a standings aspect, its good to see some teams that are usually in the playoffs not playing so hot, but we haven't talked a whole lot about it in the locker room."'

Marker McDermott on Cordy Glenn starting: "Opportunity is there for him" [8:50 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '"Plan was to dress him, start Dion Dawkins. Allow him to get his mind around playing, and gave him another week and the bye week to get better. Opportunity is there for him to start at left tackle."'

Marker Bills activate OT Seantrel Henderson [8:49 PM]
WGR-AM reports: '“My conditioning is there," he said. "I’ve been going at it like every day. Really, no days off. So I know conditioning-wise I’m good. As far as techniques and things like that, that’s really what I need to get back. The speed and just working at my craft so I can get out there and play.”'

Marker Joe B: 5 Buffalo Bills practice notes (10/16/17) [8:49 PM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'When the Bills opened up practice, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was not among the participants. According to McDermott, Dareus had been excused from the practice for “personal reasons,” to the extent of which we aren’t entirely sure at this time.'

Marker Bills active OT Seantrel Henderson, release CB Greg Mabin [8:46 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The tackle was using marijuana to help battle the pain symptom’s associated with the disease. Though legal is some states, using marijuana is illegal under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement.'

Marker Jordan Matthews: “I feel pretty good” [8:46 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The 4-year veteran wide out gave credit to the power of positive thinking. “I’ve been having a lot of close people around me praying for me. We’ve been speaking positively about the entire deal. I think that helps the healing process.” Matthews has not been cleared to catch footballs yet but if that happens he could return to the field for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.'

Marker Bills to participate in community outreach programs “to help change and improve legislation an [8:45 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'In a statement released on Twitter, Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander wrote the protest by players “have not been about our military nor our allegiance and appreciation for our country’s principles and privileges, but to start a conversation to begin the process of understanding, equality and love.”'

Marker Bills add Seantrel Henderson to active roster [8:40 PM] reports: '“My conditioning is there. I’ve been going at it like every day. No days off really, so I know conditioning-wise I’m good,” Henderson said. “As far as techniques and things like that, that’s what I need to get back. The speed and just working at my craft so I can get out there and play.”'

Marker Lorenzo Alexander announces plans for community outreach [8:39 PM] reports: '“As a team, we have decided to engage our community in two ways,” said Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander. “First, on Tuesday, October 17, we plan to go out into the community as an organization and serve Buffalo’s young people through five different community relations events. Our hope is that this is not just a feel-good moment, but from these events, relationships are birthed and are continued into the future and become sustainable for the men who come behind us. Secondly, we plan to meet with local public and political officials about how as players, we can help change and improve legislation and institutional culture.”'

Marker Jordan Matthews, ahead of schedule, eager to play again [8:38 PM] reports: '“I think positive thinking and I’ve been having a lot of close people around me praying for me. We’ve been speaking positively about the entire deal, so I think that helps in the healing process,” he said. “I think when you believe that you’re hurt, you’re going to be hurt and it’s going to take longer.'

Marker Quick Hits: WR Matthews makes encouraging progress [8:37 PM] reports: '“It’s day to day. Just coming off the bye he made a tremendous amount of progress,” McDermott said of Matthews. “We have to make sure that things heal up the right way. We’ll know a little bit more (Tuesday).”'

Marker Buffalo Bills and ECMC advocate for Crucial Catch this week [8:37 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and Erie County Medical Center have joined together to intercept cancer, as the team participates in the National Football League’s Crucial Catch.Throughout this week, the Bills and ECMC have created several initiatives that will focus on generating awareness to increase prevention of several forms of cancer including prostate cancer, pediatric cancer, breast cancer, and head and neck cancer.'

Marker Bills Today: Bye week moves Bills out of first place [8:36 PM] reports: 'Buffalo backed up one spot in the division standings after the bye. They’re 3-2 and sit in second place ahead of the Miami Dolphins (3-2) and the Jets (3-3). The Patriots have played one more game than the Bills and Dolphins, which certainly jumbles up the standings. After New England has their bye in Week Nine the standings should be clearer.'

Marker Bills don't face any Steel Curtains the next two months [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The next eight Bills opponents have defenses that all entered Week Six ranked in the bottom 10 in the NFL in yards allowed.'

Marker Could Ryan Fitzpatrick be the Bucs QB next week against the Bills? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He was replaced by Fitzpatrick, making Winston the next victim of the Fitzpatrick Curse. Much like in his previous stops around the league, Fitzpatrick signed to be the backup in Tampa Bay but is getting time because the starter got hurt.'

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