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Buffalo Bills News - December 13, 2014

Marker Bills' Searcy declared out vs. Packers [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Along with the safety, the Bills will also be without reserve tight end Chris Gragg on Sunday. A knee injury has prevented Gragg from playing each of the last two weeks. Gragg’s impact has been minimal on the season, accounting for just seven receptions, 48 yards and one touchdown.'

Marker Scouting Report: Packers at Bills [1:51 AM] reports: 'There’s no question Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is playing at an elite level right now, and Green Bay is sure to get their share of points. That’s why the defense needs to keep the Packers from reaching the end zone on every scoring opportunity they have and force field goals. Green Bay is 11th in the NFL in red zone touchdown efficiency (59.3%).'

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December 12, 2014

Marker Playoffs on line in home finale, and 5 things to watch in Bills' Week 15 game against Packers [7:45 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The Bills lost their composure against the Broncos. Their 11 penalties played a part in chipping away at any chance Buffalo had of escaping Denver with a win. Bills players admitted that they lacked focus on the big stage. Well, Sunday will be another big stage, so the Bills better hope they learned something at Mile High.'

Marker Bills’ Hughes says he’s learned his lesson after costly penalties [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Absolutely. You’ve got to walk away,” Hughes said, referring to his conversation with officials that got him penalized in the first place. “Given the importance of the games in December, I’ve learned from my mistakes. As a team, we’ve kind of learned from my mistakes. You don’t want to be that guy that kind of … eggs anything on, because at the end of the day, it hurts us as a team, so I think that’s really our main focal point is just getting better and smarter.”'

Marker Packers’ Starks raises his game, not his voice [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“James, you said you were excited about playing at home,” the reporter said. “How will we know when you’re excited?” The media people around his locker laughed. Low key? It was a gross understatement. But it was a valid question. How would they know he was cranked up about anything given his quiet demeanor? The guy has barely made a peep since he arrived in Green Bay as a sixth-round pick in 2010.'

Marker Injuries behind him, Tretter finds a place with Packers [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Sometimes that’s how it goes,” he said. “You have to bounce back and just continue to grind away, continue to work hard and do what you’re supposed to be doing – always be prepared for whatever the team needs you to do. As long as you work hard good things will happen.”'

Marker Congress reauthorizes Jim Kelly-backed newborn screening law [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It has been an honor to work with Jim Kelly and my colleagues in both parties to pass this bill on enhanced newborn screening, which will catch treatable conditions in thousands of infants each year,” Schumer said. “Screening is the first and most important line of defense in diagnosing and treating a number of rare, but potentially fatal diseases that can tragically cut short a precious, new life, and this bill will bolster that effort in New York and beyond.”'

Marker Bills-Packers game sold out [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'As part of the annual fan appreciation game, hot chocolate at the stadium will be half price, and hundreds of items at the Bills Store will be 25 percent off on game day.'

Marker Jerry Hughes says Buffalo Bills have learned from his mistakes against Denver Broncos [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"We can't do that," Hughes said. "If we want to be a playoff team, those are things we can't have done. You just take a look at the other side of the ball, how composed they kept themselves. They look like a playoff team. I didn't. I have to make sure I get that corrected in a way it doesn't hurt us in the future."'

Marker Buffalo Bills injury report Week 15 [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Safety Da'Norris Searcy is fighting through a hamstring injury. He missed practice on Wednesday but was limited on Thursday.'

Marker Mel Kiper Jr. says 2015 NFL Draft has no 'franchise' quarterback, disagreed with Bills' trade for Sa [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"When you move up to get a Sammy Watkins, I think everybody's going to look at it now and say what was said even on draft day," Kiper said. "Could you have gotten a receiver by not moving? That would have been Odell Beckham. You could have got Odell Beckham and given up nothing. That looks pretty good now to get Beckham."'

Marker Recapping Mike Williams' short, tumultuous career with Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Williams' career in Buffalo is all but over, and what an eventful year it was.'

Marker Friday's Green Bay Coverage [1:50 AM] reports:
Peppers eyes Super Bowl as playoffs draw near (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Hawk: 'I shouldn't be a storyline' (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Despite success, Matthews' future not at inside LB (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Lacy's status for Sunday's uncertain (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Packers have worked to limit hits on Eddie Lacy (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Packers' Sam Barrington gains notice (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Packers LB shuffle leaves less snaps for Hawk (AP)
Hawk wants focus on Packers winning, not his playing time and future (Fox Sports Wisconsin)
Hawk: ‘I shouldn’t be a storyline’ (WAUK-AM)
Julius Peppers calls for Packers defense to ‘step on the gas’ (
Bills defense worthy of attention (

Marker Bills' Hughes vows to keep his emotions in check [1:49 AM]
AP reports: '"I think Jerry's an outstanding football player that plays with a lot of emotion who has to learn that he needs to control them at times," Marrone said.'

Marker Packers-Bills Capsule [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Packers 0-5 at Orchard Park, and have never traveled to Ralph Wilson Stadium after Thanksgiving.'

Marker Green Bay (10-3) at Buffalo (7-6) [1:47 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Packers 30, Bills 24.'

Marker Week 15 Preview: Packers at Bills [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The threat is real from the Bills because of their pass rush and capable receiving corps, but it'll take near perfection from QB Kyle Orton and his offensive line to pull the surprise.'

Marker Mario Williams returns to Bills practice Thursday [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Both Williams and reserve offensive lineman Chris Hairston were able to fully participate in the Thursday session, and were then officially taken off of the injury report Both players are expected to be available in full for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.'

Marker Packers Game Preview [1:44 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Bills 26, Packers 24.'

Marker Packers 'D' could be tonic for Bills point production [1:43 AM] reports: '“We'd love to get it going in the passing game and obviously in the second half, Atlanta was able to do some good things against them,” QB Kyle Orton said, alluding to the Falcons loss to Green Bay last week despite putting up 37 points. “They ran good routes and the quarterback played well so we need to go out and replicate that and move the ball and score some points.”'

Marker Bills-Packers game sold out [1:42 AM] reports: 'Sunday’s game will include the annual Salute to High School Football celebration, including on-field acknowledgement of the Buffalo Bills and New York National Guard High School Football Coach of the Week winners from the Buffalo and Rochester regions and the recognition Dan Fichter of West Irondequoit High School (Section V) and Tom Langworthy of Jamestown High School (Section VI) as the Coaches of the Year from each region.'

December 11, 2014

Marker Common Council wants Buffalo to be a contender in push for new stadium [2:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Now, it might not happen today or tomorrow, but it’s probably in the cards in the foreseeable future,” Franczyk said. “If it’s going to happen, Buffalo at least should be out in front of this process, because I think those kinds of venues should be in cities.”'

Marker Packers’ Rodgers may be best of the best [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s the same type of quarterback” as Manning, “meaning they’re both great quarterbacks and probably going to be in the Hall of Fame, but there’s a little different dimension to what he brings.”'

Marker Staying with Orton means Marrone has little faith in EJ [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Every week, I’m going to make that decision,” Marrone said, “and if I get to 7-8 I will make that decision. But right now, absolutely, I will play Kyle Orton, because he gives us the best chance to win NOW.”'

Marker Marrone, Schwartz talk to Hughes on conduct [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked if he thought that Hughes was on the same page with him on the topic, the coach said, “I hope I’m on the same page with everyone on the team, because that’s been an issue with everybody, not just Jerry.”'

Marker Talley family to accept $150,000 raised by supporters of the Bills legend [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I still am not comfortable with the idea, but I’ve talked to a lot of people I trust,” Talley said Wednesday from his home in Orlando, Fla. “They said, ‘Darryl, you’ve got to do it.’ Otherwise, it would have been a slap in someone’s face.'

Marker Bills riding it out with Orton [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Clearly, of the quarterbacks Marrone has had the misfortune of playing in his 29-game tenure as Bills coach — Manuel, Lewis, and Jeff Tuel — Orton is the best of the bunch. However, according to the all-encompassing quarterback rating metric known as Total QBR, devised by the advanced stats crew at ESPN, that’s not saying much.'

Marker Mario Williams out sick at Buffalo Bills' practice Wednesday [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, safety Da'Norris Searcy, who left the game on Sunday with a hamstring injury, was on the field for the Bills but not participating in every drill with the defensive backs. Defensive end Jarius Wynn, who has missed practice the last few weeks with a knee injury, returned to the practice field as well.'

Marker Buffalo Bills will release Mike Williams once he recovers from injury [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Williams was due a $5.2 million salary next season, but the Bills will be able to get out from underneath the final four years of his contract without an injury settlement by releasing him once he has recovered.'

Marker Robert Woods calls Mike Williams a 'great teammate,' insists he can still make plays [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"His morale is always positive," Woods said. "Of course he wanted to play and be out on the field with us and he went hard every rep he had. Even when he was on practice squad, pretty much he went hard every rep. Great teammate, taking plays for us when we got tired, really just trying to make a good impression, putting his body on the line just to make sure we were good on Sundays."'

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