Notes, quotes, anecdotes [4:59 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Donahoe continues to give off solid vibes that he likes Williams, whom he hand-picked three years ago. Williams just keeps plowing ahead, knowing the only thing he can control is what takes place on the field. "These guys have been working hard," he said of his players. "There's been a lot of good football played in that locker room without getting a 'W.' It wears on you. Our guys did good a job of battling through that, never wavering, and to the credit of a lot of the guys in there, guys are getting better and better."'
Season Over for Bills Offensive Tackle Jennings [4:58 AM]
Reuters reports: 'The offensive tackle has been a starter in each of his first three NFL campaigns. He started 12 games in 2001, 15 games in 2002 and all but one this season, missing last month's encounter with Dallas due to a hip injury.'
Strategy and personnel [4:58 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"They're checking me out," Bledsoe said. "The league as a whole has really changed their stance on the whole head injury thing now. Guys like Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Chris Miller who ended up ending their careers because of head injuries, the league is very careful. I have confidence our guys are going to do the right thing and analyze my situation the right way and if it's not safe to play, I wont play."'
Bledsoe Is Still Not All Healed As He Misses Practice [10:07 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As an insurance policy, the Bills resigned QB Travis Brown. He was given an injury settlement on September 4th after breaking the middle finger of his throwing hand in training camp. This was the first week the Bills could bring him back while other teams could've signed him.'
Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews NY Jets [10:05 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"They're checking me out. The league has changed their stance with head injuries. They are very careful about things now. When you have guys like Steve Young, Troy Aikman, and going back farther Chris Miller, who ended up ending their careers because of head injuries the league is very careful about stuff. I have confidence that our guys are going to do the right thing and analyze my situation the right way. If it's not safe to play I won't play."'
Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews NY Jets [10:04 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Jonas Jennings has a fracture of that toe joint and it's something that he won't be able to play with. We have put him on the IR. He is out for this week. Mike Pucillo is still doubtful. Terrence McGee, Keith McKenzie and Sammy Morris we have listed as questionable. We don't have to list Drew (Bledsoe) but we put him down as probable since it was a coaching decision on pulling him out of the ballgame. Dave Moore is also probable. Both of those guys have bounced back okay."'
Garnes comes up with big plays [10:04 PM]
AP reports: '''He definitely did things that opened some eyes, not just fans, but players as well,'' cornerback Ray Mickens said. ''He's a difference maker on our defense. He's had a lot of real big games. It was just another outstanding performance.'''
Bills place OT Jennings on IR [4:30 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The three-year veteran was hurt in the fourth quarter of Buffalo's 24-7 win over the Giants on Sunday. Jennings started 11 games this season, missing one due to a hip flexor injury earlier in the year.'
Bills place OT Jennings on injured reserve [4:29 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Jonas Jennings, a starter in each of his three years in the NFL, will miss the rest of the season with a toe injury.'
Bledsoe still dizzy after hit to head [2:03 PM]
AP reports: 'He is listed as probable, meaning there is a 75 percent chance he will play in Sunday's home game. This was the second straight week in which he took a blow to the head.'
Jets Heading to Buffalo, Hoping for Hot Winter [1:03 PM]
NewYorkJets.com reports: 'We need to win this game. These are very, very important games. All we're trying to do is beat the Buffalo Bills, and it will be a tough game, believe me. They had a big win here over the Giants, and Greg will have them going. They are playing at home. It will be a tough game, but it's one we need to win.'
Schobel Selected As AFC Defensive POW [1:01 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel has been selected as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in last Sunday’s win over the New York Giants.'
Bills Sign Brown; Place Jennings On I.R. [1:01 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills announced that the team has re-signed quarterback Travis Brown and placed offensive tackle Jonas Jennings on Injured Reserve (toe).'
Bills OT Jennings placed on IR [12:19 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills starting left tackle Jonas Jennings will miss the rest of the season because of a broken toe in his right foot.'
Bills' defense closing in on top ranking [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We said back in training camp that we wanted to be the No. 1 defense in football," Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said. "The best thing you can do is go out and play like it, no matter what the circumstances are. You wish that (won-loss) record was totally different, but it's not. You have to play with what you have. You can't change the past. The thing we're trying to do is keep going forward and play one game at a time."'
Changing their tune [9:14 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Playoffs for the Jets? It's still not something to bet the ranch on. Yet heading to cold Buffalo, the players are warming to the idea.'
Jets odds and ends [9:13 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell said the secret to the Jets' efficient containment of Tennessee's dangerous offense Monday night was not in being more aggressive with blitzes, but in "executing a lot better."'
There's Just Last Stands Remaining for the Jets [5:59 AM]
New York Times reports: '"He made it plain to us that we would not leave the stadium unless we were 5-7," Curtis Martin said. "And now we're 5-7. When our leader stands up and says something, you feel obligated to carry it out. I think we all feed off his fire."'
Chad, Jets stayin' alive [5:58 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Referring to Sunday's game against the Bills (5-7) in Orchard Park, he said, "This is probably the most important game we're going to play all year."'
Herm knows Jets must fly next year [5:57 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"A lot of it is on me, my fault," he continued. "I've got to do a better job. If I don't, I don't know. We've got to do something. So I've got to do a better job with this football team. I know that."'
Jet to be determined [5:56 AM]
New York Post reports: 'To those who believe the Jets have used up their supply of miraculous finishes the past two seasons, Ray Mickens offered these defiant words: "We ain't dead. We're still playing. We ain't going to let it die."'
Swayne catches big break [5:55 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Edwards, asked which loss this season eats at him most, said, "The first game of the season [in Washington, 16-13]. That was one where if we win that game it kind of propels you in a different direction. The game was tied, it was on the road with all the fanfare, and we had a chance to win it. If we win that game we get a little shot in the arm."'
Big Win Can Do Wonders [5:54 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"I'm just glad our head coach had the nerve to tell everybody we were going to win this game," defensive tackle Josh Evans said.'
Edwards Is a Preacher Man Who's Found His Believers [5:53 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'You can say all you want that the Jets are paid to play hard, that they're professional athletes, that if losing a few games is the worst that ever happened to them, then their lives are pretty blah blah blah. But it's not easy to do what Edwards has been able to do with the Jets after their 0-4 start this year.'
Jets still clinging to hope [5:52 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'The Jets play the Dolphins in Miami on the final Sunday of the season. If either Cincinnati or Baltimore, currently tied for the AFC North lead, and Denver go 2-2 to finish the season 9-7, and the Jets beat Miami, the Jets would clinch the last playoff spot because they'd have a 9-3 conference record and the other teams involved in this complex mess would be 8-4.'
Cottrell has reason for satisfact [5:51 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'For only the second time this season the Jets held an opponent to under 100 yards rushing.'
Pennington's memory bank pays big dividends [5:50 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'In the past two seasons, Pennington is 11-6 as a starter. He has completed 388 of 571 passes -- 67.9 percent -- for 4,510 yards, 34 TDs and 12 interceptions. He has a passer rating of 102.7.'
Sidelined Abraham frustrates club [5:49 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Abraham is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game versus Buffalo. He tried to return two weeks ago against Jacksonville and re-injured himself, saying he tried to come back too soon.'
Another wild ride for Jets? [5:48 AM]
New Haven Register reports: 'Already eliminated from defending their AFC East title — New England is 10-2 with four games left — and assuming the first wild-card berth goes to the AFC South runner-up between Indianapolis and Tennessee (both 9-3), the Jets would be aiming at the second wild-card spot. Miami (8-4) is leading the pack for that berth and it plays host to the Jets in the season finale Dec. 28. In order for the Jets to win that game and make the playoffs, they would need to also win their previous three (at Buffalo and against Pittsburgh and New England at home) while Miami wins no more than one of its next three (at New England, home against Philadelphia and at Buffalo).'
Edwards keeps Jets believing [7:04 PM]
AP reports: '``Playing under anxiety, that helps you too when you know you're playing with a respirator and that's about all you've got,'' Edwards said. ``You know when they cut the hose off it's over. We're playing that way. It's been dark for about two months now. There's a little glimmer of light."'
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