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Buffalo Bills News - November 22, 2014

Marker Bills flee Ralph Wilson Stadium to practice in Detroit for Monday night’s game [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I mean, they’re professional athletes and we’re more than halfway through the season, so we expect them to be ready to go, but obviously with those days you have to work some of those kinks out. That’s why we’re able to come out here and practice. The trainers and doctors will do a good job, and each player will do a good job of taking care of their body.”'

Marker Odd week for Bills will have fitting climax [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Especially with the younger players,” he said. “I’ve never been through a storm like this. It was just hard to believe. I was sitting in my house looking out and saying, ‘Wow! This is really going down. We can’t go in and everybody’s stuck.’ I wondered, ‘Are we really in Buffalo or in Antarctica?’ ”'

Marker All tickets for Bills’ Monday game are free [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All seating will be general admission.'

Marker Number to call for Bills fans seeking refunds, credits [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills apparently mistakenly gave out an incorrect phone number for its ticket office. Information on the Bills Website instructs ticket holders to call 1-877-228-4357. But that’s actually the phone number for a domestic violence crisis center in Ohio, which has been receiving a barrage of calls from Bills fans.'

Marker Country will be rooting for Bills [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I do hope the stadium is playable by then and the Bills and their fans, especially those folks in the ravaged towns south of Buffalo, can revel in their resiliency. Sports is good at providing escape, and boy do these people need it. A chance to remember lives lost, but also to come together and celebrate the spirit of neighborly love that dug this town out.'

Marker What Anthony Dixon, Buffalo Bills' players were saying about snowstorm in Western New York [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We've had a few deployment meetings throughout the day," Bills president Russ Brandon said before the team took off. "We broke down and basically geo-targeted our players and tried to find out what the biggest stress points were amongst our athletes and their families. It didn't matter if you were the VP of Administration or if you were working in stadium operations. Anyone who could assist in the process to get our players to the facility, whether it was via automobile, whether it was via snowmobile, even if we could get guys to the side of the road to be picked up as they left their areas.'

Marker Buffalo Bills give out wrong number for fans seeking refunds on tickets [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills mistakenly gave out 1-877-228-4357 as the number to call, but the correct number to call is 1-877-228-4257, and the Bills' ticket office is expected to open on Monday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills bring in 'Snow Dragon' to help clear buried stadium [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Using a front loader, the company scoops snow into the trailer where it melts. The hot water is filtered, then used to melt more snow nearby. New York City uses similar machines to melt snow and dump it into storm drains.'

Marker Saturday's New York Coverage [1:51 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Amid Snowstorm, Bills Shrug, Bundle Up and Make Their Way to Detroit (New York Times)
Detroit radio station urges fans to support NY Jets against Bills to spite former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz (New York Daily News)
NY Jets - Bills game in Detroit will be free to the public (New York Daily News)
Bills mistakenly direct fans to call domestic violence crisis center after NFL moves game vs. NY Jets to Detroit (New York Daily News)
Rex ‘scared’ of Sammy Watkins — so how do Jets stop him? (New York Post)
Why the Jets must be patient with Calvin Pryor (New York Post)
Ryan, Jets OK with facing Bills at neutral site in Detroit (New York Post)
Detroit radio station organizing Jets rally to spite ex-Lions coach (New York Post)
Bills give refund-seeking fans number to domestic violence center (New York Post)
Jets get advantage with change of venue (Newsday)
How difficult was it for Jets to make last-minute travel changes for game in Detroit vs. Buffalo Bills? (Newark Star Ledger)
Detroit radio station rallies city to root for Jets, against Buffalo Bills' coordinator Jim Schwartz (Newark Star Ledger)
Tickets for Jets-Buffalo Bills in Detroit are free to the public (Newark Star Ledger)
Why Jets' Michael Vick was 'worried' about playing Bills in Buffalo and happy the game moved to Detroit (Newark Star Ledger)
Rex Ryan details Jets' final, altered practice plan for Monday night game vs. Buffalo Bills in Detroit (Newark Star Ledger)
Amid Jets' cornerback attrition, coordinator Dennis Thurman says he thought about suiting up (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets not complaining about playing indoors vs. Bills (Bergen Record)
Jets head indoors to prepare for Bills in Detroit (AP)
Jets-Bills tickets free in Detroit (ESPN New York)
Locker Room View: Game Change No Big Deal (NewYorkJets.com)
Jets-Bills: 8 Things to Know (NewYorkJets.com)
Wilkerson a Cornerstone Piece (NewYorkJets.com)

Marker Saturday's Detroit Coverage [1:50 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Bills put in flurry of work to face Jets at Ford Field (Detroit News)
Free Bills-Jets tickets will be available online (Detroit News)
Bills ticket holders get wrong number for refund (Detroit News)
Displaced Bills arrive for practice at Lions' facility (Detroit Free Press)
Free tickets! No charge for Bills vs. Jets at Ford Field (Detroit Free Press)
Buffalo Bills rave about Detroit Lions' hospitality after team lands in Motor City for Jets game (Ann Arbor News)
Here's how to get your free tickets to Buffalo Bills-New York Jets game at Ford Field (Ann Arbor News)
Tickets free for Jets-Bills game at Ford Field (Oakland Press)
Free tickets available for Bills-Jets at Ford Field (Fox Sports Detroit)
Detroit honored to host Bills-Jets game (DetroitLions.com)
Tickets available for Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets at Ford Field (DetroitLions.com)

Marker Bills plan to return home after game in Detroit [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'It remains to be seen if the weather will cooperate.'

Marker Free tickets for Bills-Jets game in Detroit [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"We are pleased to be hosting the Bills and Jets for their game Monday night," Lions president Tom Lewand said. "While our thoughts are with the people of the Buffalo area during this difficult time, our team at Ford Field will do everything we can to be good hosts to their team this weekend."'

Marker S'No problem: Bills fan to keep game streak alive [1:47 AM]
AP reports: 'Johnson has every intention attending his 336th consecutive game on Monday night, even though the "home" game against the New York Jets will be in Detroit because of heavy snow in the Buffalo area.'

Marker Bills get in light practice in Detroit [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Tickets to the game will be free. Bills and Lions season-ticket holders were offered free tickets Friday. Tickets will be available at large on Saturday.'

Marker Marrone, Bills challenged, but not making excuses [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"We all know the situation. I think it is what it is. No one is going to feel sorry for us," Marrone said. "We've got to go out there and play, and when we play we've got to go out there and compete and win. That's what our job is. We understand that. As a coach, like I said before, I can't stand up here and say hey, this is a disadvantage, this is this, this is that. It is what it is, and we've gotta go play."'

Marker Bills take to the practice field in Detroit [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The only player that did not participate in the practice was defensive end Jarius Wynn, who missed the team's last game with a knee injury. The Bills were not required by the league to issue an official injury report for their practice on Friday.'

Marker Bills-Browns game unchanged at this point [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We’re going to prepare for that and do everything we can to get the facility ready, but it’s hard to predict what we face if the weather does warm up, if we do face flooding, how our facility handles it and see how we come through that over the next few days,” said Brandon. “We’ll continue to assess that, try to get through this weekend and then go from there. So we’re preparing to play at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the Browns, God willing, if the weather holds up for everybody.”'

Marker Bills players jump into another short work week [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We worked at it overnight to be in a position where we could get out this afternoon,” said team President Russ Brandon at the Buffalo airport shortly before the team’s departure. “It’s been a full organizational effort. We were just trying to make sure we could get our guys to the facility and over here and try to get on a plan to get some work done in Detroit.”'

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November 21, 2014

Marker NFL slow to make the right move on Bills game [12:43 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Did six feet of snow not immediately resonate with the NFL administration?'

Marker Planes, Bills and Snowmobiles [10:21 AM]
SI reports: 'I asked if every Bills players who would play Monday night would make it to Detroit sometime Friday, and Brandon said he didn’t think so. By Saturday, yes. But the Bills were planning to have as many players as they could hustle to Detroit by Friday afternoon, and hold a practice at the Lions facility after that. Then the players would meet back at their hotel Friday night.'

Marker NFL bumps Bills game to Monday night in Detroit [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“With the driving bans, it really wasn’t an option to try to play the game at any point Sunday, Monday or even potentially Tuesday based on what the forecast is. All the focus needs to be is on the safety of not only the fans, but of the community. Everyone needs to be focused on helping our neighbors.”'

Marker Polian knew his fate with Bills well in advance [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The day after our final preseason game of ’92, Mr. Wilson called me over to Detroit. “This is not working,” he said. “I can’t have this kind of contention in the organization. I appreciate everything that you have done, but it’s just not working. I have to make a change.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills, Jets to play Monday in Detroit [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The next step for the Bills is to somehow get their players rounded up Friday morning — there is still an active driving ban throughout the area where approximately seven feet of snow has fallen since Tuesday — and get them to the airport.'

Marker Report: Buffalo Bills' game against New York Jets will be played Monday night in Detroit [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But hey, at least it will be a Monday night game.'

Marker New York Jets coach Rex Ryan doesn't feel bad for Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'll be honest," Ryan told NJ.com. "Doug's a good guy. But I haven't thought one second about his situation. I mean, that's the truth."'

Marker Buffalo Bills claim tight end MarQueis Gray off waivers, release running back Phillip Tanner [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Listed at 6-foot-4 and 242 pounds, Gray appeared in eight games for the Minnesota Vikings this season. Last year, he had two starts in 12 games for the Cleveland Browns.'

Marker Buffalo Bills criticized for seeking shovelers, prioritizing snow removal at Ralph Wilson Stadium [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think everyone knows what kind of Bills fan I am. I've got season tickets," said Poloncarz, D-Erie County. "There should not be people driving to the stadium. I'm sorry Buffalo Bills, we have a major emergency going on and that matters more, truthfully, than whether we have a football game on Sunday."'

Marker Bills and Jets will play Monday in Detroit [1:52 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As of Thursday night, Bills officials were still attempting to figure out how to get players from homes to the ball park, or the airport. “A lot of the guys are in apartment complexes and they’re not accessible,” said Brandon. “It’s an ever-changing and evolving scenario.”'

Marker Making no excuses, Bills’ Marrone vows his team will weather storm [1:51 AM]
New York Post reports: '“Believe me, where I am we’re in great shape compared to rest of the people around here,’’ Marrone told The Post Thursday from his office. “We have power, water, food. We’re more than fine. I’ve never seen anything like this. You’ve got people stranded. It’s crazy. They have a ban. It’s against the law to travel here. They’re actually ticketing people, it’s a ban. You’re not allowed out.’’'

Marker Friday's New York Coverage [1:50 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Bills-Jets Game Is Moved to Detroit as Snow Blankets Buffalo Area (New York Times)
NFL makes it official: NY Jets - Buffalo Bills game will be played Monday night in Detroit (New York Daily News)
Moving NY Jets vs. Bills game to Monday night in Detroit is right call by NFL (New York Daily News)
Rex Ryan: NY Jets a ‘zillion’ ways better than before (New York Daily News)
CBS announcer Spero Dedes catches break as NFL moves NY Jets-Bills game to Detroit (New York Daily News)
Rex Ryan: Jets better ‘in a zillion ways’ since last debacle vs. Bills (New York Post)
Making no excuses, Bills’ Marrone vows his team will weather storm (New York Post)
Jets corner carousel turns — and where it will stop, nobody knows (New York Post)
Jets-Bills moved to Monday in Detroit (New York Post)
Rex Ryan: Jets are 'a zillion ways' better than last game vs. Bills (Newsday)
Jets-Bills game will be played Monday in Detroit, NFL announces (Newsday)
Players want Rex Ryan back (Newsday)
NFL officially moves Jets-Buffalo Bills game to Monday night in Detroit (Newark Star Ledger)
Ex-Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell: Buffalo 'gets an exemption from wussiness' for moving Jets-Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets' Rex Ryan says he isn't feeling sorry for snowed-in Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets linebacker Calvin Pace wants to play Buffalo Bills on Sunday at 1 p.m., to 'just get it over with' (Newark Star Ledger)
Buffalo Bills, who play Jets Sunday, unable to practice for second straight day because of snow (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets-Bills game moved to Monday night in Detroit (Bergen Record)
Rex Ryan looking forward to re-match with Bills (Bergen Record)
Rex: Jets 'zillion ways' better this time vs Bills (AP)
Coordinators' Corner, Pre-Buffalo Snow Edition (NewYorkJets.com)
Darrin Walls Is Back in the Saddle Again (NewYorkJets.com)
Jets Chatter: Bills Week (NewYorkJets.com)

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