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Buffalo Bills News - September 26, 2014

Marker Bills-Texans Preview [1:50 AM]
AP reports: '"It will be for bragging rights," Buffalo veteran Fred Jackson told his team's official website. He still considers Fitzpatrick a close friend and called the Harvard graduate "by far the smartest player I've ever played with."'

Marker Bills-Texans Capsule [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick played in Buffalo from 2009-12 and is third in team history with 80 passing touchdowns. He threw three interceptions last week, his first turnovers this season.'

Marker Buffalo (2-1) at Houston (2-1) [1:48 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Texans 26, Bills 24.'

Marker Bills add Spiller to injury report [1:47 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Spiller was added because of a chest injury. He participated in practice and is not expected to miss any time.'

Marker Bills not toying with Kouandjio at guard [1:46 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Perhaps a move to guard, even if not permanent, might be a good one. The Bills and head coach Doug Marrone don't agree, and identified the focus for Kouandjio both now and moving forward.'

Marker Bills without LG Williams yet again [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The left guard re-aggravated the back during the first half of the team's loss to the San Diego Chargers and could only play on 15 of the team's 70 total offensive snaps. Williams first was listed with a back injury in August at St. John Fisher College for training camp, but is in jeopardy of missing a regular season game for the first time.'

Marker Bills Gameplan: How to Attack the Texans [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Texans are the 2nd worst-team in the league when it comes to rushing yards allowed per play at 5.18, and 25th in the NFL allowing over 141 yards per game on the ground.'

Marker Texans Game Preview [1:43 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Bills 16, Texans 14.'

Marker Cordy Glenn: the biggest man you'll never notice [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Glenn has just two NFL seasons under his belt, but veteran Steeler defensive ends know what doesn’t work against the Bills left tackle having faced him last year. That’s why when a rookie Steelers defensive end lined up opposite Glenn and chose to bull-rush, his teammates on the sideline began shaking their heads. The rep was over quickly as Glenn stoned the young pass rusher without surrendering any ground.'

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September 25, 2014

Marker Fitzpatrick still has fond memories of Buffalo [8:42 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Of his time in Buffalo, he admitted, “We were so comfortable (there) and really enjoyed it. When I first signed, everybody I knew was scratching their head ‘Why would you ever want to live there?’ I don’t think there are a lot of people (out of the area) who think highly of it. But we were welcomed with open arms right away and fell in love with the people. We really loved our four years there and made a lot of lifelong friends that we’ll keep in touch with forever.”'

Marker Bills to greet an old friend in Fitzpatrick [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s a special game for me, I think partly just because I’ve got so many great friends that are still over on the other side of the ball – guys that I’m sure are going to be excited to hit me and watch me play,” Fitzpatrick said. “Also, just the four years we spent there and just enjoyed the City of Buffalo and our neighbors and all the fans. What a great experience it was for us. I’m still trying to convince my 7-year-old (son, Brady), in this game, at least, to be a Texans fan and not a Bills fan. My youngest daughter was born in Buffalo, so we’re kind of a torn household now.”'

Marker Going for the glory goes both ways for Fitz [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fitz was always frank about his athletic shortcomings. He said he never got the benefit of the doubt, like a high draft choice. When he failed, he was a rag-armed Harvard guy again. But his greatest asset – and his biggest failing – was a refusal to accept his own physical limitations.'

Marker Watt clearly the bright light of Texans’ defense [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He intimidates a lot of players, and rightfully so,” Bills center Eric Wood said Wednesday. “He makes countless tackles for loss, sacks, batted balls, forced fumbles, whatever it may be. We have a lot of respect for him and we’ll key in on him.'

Marker Bottled water added to Buffalo Bills brand [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As of today, it’s being sold at Tops Friendly Market locations. With each case sold, 100% Natural Beverages will make a $1 donation to Hunter’s Hope Foundation.'

Marker Buffalo Bills struggle with overcoming leads [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the 19 games Marrone has been here, the Bills have trailed at some point in 16, and have won just five. Only two of those were of the fourth-quarter comeback variety — the 24-23 victory over Carolina in Week 2 last year when Manuel hit Stevie Johnson for the dramatic winning touchdown, and the 23-21 Week 7 win at Miami when the defense forced a Ryan Tannehill fumble in the final two minutes and Dan Carpenter kicked the deciding field goal.'

Marker Mario Williams doesn't care how he'll be received in Houston [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm not worried about my reputation," Williams said. "I just feel I have to step up and play and be held responsible for the other 52 guys on the field. That's all I'm worried about."'

Marker Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick says Buffalo felt like home, his son still roots for Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I'm still trying to convince my 7-year-old, in this game at least, to be a Texans fan and not a Bills fan," Fitzpatrick said on Wednesday. "And my youngest daughter was born in Buffalo, so we're kind of a torn household right now, but I'm trying to convince them that we have to root for the Texans now."'

Marker EJ Manuel added to injury report [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone said Manuel was dealing with soreness and was added to the injury report as a formality. Meanwhile, Marrone said wide receiver and special teams ace Marcus Easley will be out for the game against the Houston Texans.'

Marker Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bill O'Brien think Buffalo Bills are in good hands with Terry and Kim Pegula [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"You could tell right away he had a passion for hockey and football," O'Brien said. "He put his money where is mouth was on hockey. He gave them I think it was $120 million to build a beautiful hockey rink at Penn State and he's given money to the football program, too. He loves Penn State. That was my relationship with him, he was definitely passionate about both sports."'

Marker Texans' Hopkins, Bills' Watkins looking forward to Sunday reunion [1:50 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Added Watkins: "Yeah, I mean, we're basically brothers. He took me in." Once they had bonded, he said, "We were together about 99 percent of the time."'

Marker Fitzpatrick looking forward to facing former team [1:49 AM]
Houston Community Newspapers reports: '“Four years of my life being in Buffalo, had a great time, great people, great city,” Fitzpatrick said about what his time in Buffalo meant to him. “It’s definitely extra special for me to go against some of my lifelong friends. Guys that I’ll be friends with far after football. Really excited about it, really excited about getting out there and playing them.”'

Marker Friends Hopkins, Watkins ready to face each other [1:48 AM]
CSN Houston reports: 'Not only are they family; their families are family. Their parents became friends when the two were at Clemson. In fact, when Watkins was selected with the fourth-overall pick this spring, one of the phone calls he received was from Hopkins’ mother, Sabrina Greenlee.'

Marker Texans Fitzpatrick Eager To Face Bills [1:47 AM]
KILT-AM reports: '“Their front four, they’ve got one of if not the best in the game in terms of the way they’re able to not only stop the run but also get after the quarterback in the passing game,” Fitzpatrick said. “They wreak havoc up there.”'

Marker Tursday's Houston Coverage [1:46 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports: Texans' Hopkins, Bills' Watkins looking forward to Sunday reunion (Houston Chronicle)
Rookie Nix to sit out rest of season (Houston Chronicle)
Fitzpatrick looking forward to facing former team (Houston Community Newspapers)
Myers set for 100th start for Houston (Houston Community Newspapers)
Houston's Fitzpatrick eager to face former team (AP)
Texans sign NT Pickett; Nix to IR (The Sports Network)
Texans put Nix on IR, sign Pickett (The Sports Xchange)
Foster day-to-day, will be game-time decision for Texans (Fox Sports Southwest)
Texans' rookie NT Nix placed on injured reserve (Fox Sports Southwest)
New NT Pickett ready to help stop run (CSN Houston)
Friends Hopkins, Watkins ready to face each other (CSN Houston)
Sunday evaluation looms for Foster, Lechler (CSN Houston)
Texans Fitzpatrick Eager To Face Bills (KILT-AM)
Foster Limited In Texans Practice Wednesday (KILT-AM)
Texans Send Third Round Pick To IR; Sign Pickett (KILT-AM)
Tale Of The Tape: Buffalo Bills At Houston Texans (KILT-AM)
Chris Myers to crack century mark in starts (HoustonTexans.com)
New NT Ryan Pickett ready to help run defense (HoustonTexans.com)
O'Brien, Marrone share love of sarcasm (HoustonTexans.com)
Arian Foster "did some things" on Wednesday (HoustonTexans.com)
D.J. Swearinger to wear brace 3-4 weeks (HoustonTexans.com)
Wednesday Injury Report: Bills at Texans (HoustonTexans.com)
Texans sign Pickett, place Nix on IR (HoustonTexans.com)
Texans Quotes: September 24 (HoustonTexans.com)

Marker Bills' Mario Williams dismisses Houston homecoming [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"I don't know. I don't really care," he said. "I don't even understand why that is even is a topic of discussion."'

Marker Houston's Fitzpatrick eager to face former team [1:44 AM]
AP reports: '"I would have loved to have stayed in Buffalo and all that, but things happen, and things happen for a reason," he said. "I had a great experience in Tennessee last year and now moving to Houston, and getting a chance to start and play from Day 1, so things have worked out for me."'

Marker Bills' Marcus Easley won't play against Texans [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Marrone has not revealed the severity of the injury or provided a timetable for Easley's return.'

Marker Bills haven't been good in coming from behind [1:42 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We just have to do our job on offense and finish drives," wide receiver Robert Woods said. "We fall behind because we end our drives with field goals or we end up punting.'

Marker Texans' Fitzpatrick admits Bills game is ''special'' [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“Even watching the film, I think it's amazing that there are now more 14 jerseys that there were when I was there. I just think the support for me has really grown, especially in the last year for some reason since the draft, with all those 14 jerseys. I think that's really cool,” Fitzpatrick joked, before spitting out the punch line. “Wait, is there a new 14 on the team?”'

Marker Manuel pops up on Bills' injury list [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I'm fine,” the quarterback said. “I think anytime you bring something to a trainer they have put it up there. But I'm good to go.''

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