Bills at full health to kick off practice week [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Wide receivers Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods, each of whom sat out of Buffalo's November 17 win over the New York Jets, were back on the field and practicing for the first time since their individual injuries. Johnson injured his right groin against the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Woods suffered a left ankle injury against Kansas City the week prior.'
Bills' Meeks starts practicing, could return Week 15 [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Meeks suffered a high ankle sprain and the team elected to put him on the eight-week reserve listing with a need at quarterback that same week. Both the rookie and quarterback Thad Lewis suffered injuries against Cincinnati, and the Bills decided to put Meeks on IR and sign free agent Matt Flynn.'
Plenty to look for in Bills final five games [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Winning a road game might be at the top of the list. Manuel is 0-3(including the Cleveland game that was tied at 17 when he left). His two worst games have come on the road against the Jets and Pittsburgh. After Sunday's "home" game with Atlanta, the Bills will play at Tampa Bay and Jacksonville. Those two games seemed like sure fire wins a few weeks ago but the Bucs have won 3 straight after an 0-8 start and the Jags have won 2 of 3 after dropping their first 8 games of the season.'
Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods return to practice [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Yeah actually it was just a limited day,” said Johnson. “We’ve got five more games in the regular season so I tried to go a little harder than I was supposed and I was cool with it.”'
Bills bring the heat in-stadium [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'New radiant heaters are making the gameday experience in the Ralph Wilson Stadium sideline clubs feel like summer during the colder late-season games.'
OL Manase Foketi signed to Practice Squad [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Foketi entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Denver Broncos following the 2013 NFL Draft and was released prior to the regular season. The 6-5, 310-pound offensive lineman spent one year at West Texas A&M (2012) after two seasons at Kansas State (2010-11) and one year at Mt. San Antonio (CA) College. He played left tackle as a senior at West Texas A&M and earned the Gene Upshaw Division II Offensive Lineman of the Year award. Foketi will wear No. 63.'
Doug Marrone: ''We’re at full strength'' [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We’re looking forward to going up to Toronto and playing. It’s a great city, great place; we’ve got to learn to win. We’ve got to learn to win at home in Buffalo, we’ve got to learn to win in Toronto, we’ve got to learn to win on the road. I think those are the most important things. That’s what we’re doing, we’re getting ready to go play and we’re excited.'
Stevie Johnson: ''the Bills have to get the win'' [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We’ve got to do our part. They can do whatever other teams do; they can do whatever they want to. At the end of the day, the Bills have to get the win and that’s it. Not worry about anything else.'
Jairus Byrd ''open-minded'' to re-signing with Bills [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Of course, absolutely, open minded, absolutely. Definitely,” said Byrd. “I’m not going to close my mind on anything. I’m open to whatever might come. I’m leaving that to my agent and those guys. I’m out of it. I’m just going to play the best football I can for the team and try to win games and then that stuff will get handled eventually.”'
Robert Woods ''back in the swing of things'' [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It felt good. Felt good to be back out there with the guys at practice and get back in to the swing of things. Just feels good to be back out there.'
Marrone expects Bills’ rookies to steer clear of ‘wall’ [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Coming back, I don’t see it as much now,” Marrone said. “I think practices have changed. The last time I was in the league, we had a couple rookies starting for us in New Orleans and we went to the playoffs. We really made a conscious effort to make sure those guys didn’t do that,” referring to the team’s young players running out of steam in the season’s final month.'
Is it ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ – could Bon Jovi own Bills? [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the report also notes that league sources say Rogers Communications, a media conglomerate worth billions, is the “prime suitor” for the franchise.'
Fans need to be responsible for their behavior [1:57 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'You mean a sober, rational-thinking adult would be expected to conclude that risking a near-three story backwards fall from a stadium railing on a cold windy afternoon wasn’t the most cerebral choice?'
Jon Bon Jovi interested in buying Buffalo Bills: Report [1:56 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The main competition for Bon Jovi, of course, is Canadian communications giant Rogers Communications, which has formed a profitable relationship with Wilson that has resulted in the Bills playing one regular season game at Rogers Centre.'
Bon Jovi, MLSE livin' on prayers if they envision Toronto Bills before 2020 [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Even if the Bon Jovi/MLSE group were to purchase the Bills after Wilson's death, they'd almost certainly keep the club based in Buffalo through this decade, because of the lease deal.'
Jon Bon Jovi, MLSE give Toronto inside track on Buffalo Bills [1:54 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '“Jon and I are very good friends,” Leiweke said Sunday. “We talk weekly about his NFL ambitions. And so we’re actively engaged, but I think it’s still a work in progress.”'
Bon Jovi buying Bills, building new Toronto stadium would be a $2-billion play [1:53 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'The Rogers family’s net worth is estimated at $6.41-billion, which dwarfs even Tanenbaum and makes Bon Jovi a small player. Some insiders see Edward Rogers, 44, emerging as the majority owner in a bid with Tanenbaum and Bon Jovi, who is certainly handy as a front man for now, taking minority stakes. Indeed, there are already whispers of friction among the trio over just who will be the major player.'
Is Jon Bon Jovi going to buy and move the Buffalo Bills to Toronto? [1:52 AM]
National Post reports: 'Mr. Bon Jovi, whose ambitions to own an NFL team are well known in the industry, is reportedly a friend to both Mr. Leiweke and Mr. Tanenbaum — he was seen sitting between the two men at a Toronto Raptors game in October. As of late, the rock star has been steadily gaining a profile in Toronto, including an induction into the Air Canada Centre Hall of Fame earlier this month after playing his 17th concert at the venue.'
Jon Bon Jovi interested in purchasing the Buffalo Bills [1:51 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'Rock star Jon Bon Jovi is consumed with purchasing an NFL team, according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, and is among the parties positioning to purchase the Buffalo Bills when the team comes up for sale.'
Goodwin developing as offensive weapon [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Marquise is a guy you want to get him the ball, but not just deep routes,” said EJ Manuel. “He can also run great routes across the middle. He’s a very good, versatile receiver. He just happens to have a lot of speed and people only think you can throw deep balls to him, but he can run great routes across the middle too.”'
Marrone adjusts to late bye week [9:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“If we had a bye earlier, I think we’d do things differently. Normally, we do some work during that time, earlier (in the season) you’re going to do more work—in the middle (of the season) you’re going to do a little work. At the end and where we are right now, I think it’s more important to get everybody rested and ready to make a strong finish.”'
Bills’ offense remains in a hurry even as it evolves [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are on pace to set a team record for most plays in a season, offense and defense combined. Their offense has run the fourth most plays per game in the NFL this year, at 70.3 a game. Their defense has faced the seventh most plays per game, at 68.3 a game.'
Bills’ Alonso has the edge for defensive rookie honor [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'None of the top 10 picks in the draft is a factor in the Rookie of the Year races. The top offensive rookies so far are Cincinnati back Giovani Bernard and Green Bay back Eddie Lacy. Bernard has 809 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns. Lacy has 806 and five TDs.'
Hope appears out of the ruins for local sports fans [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Genuine hope in the Bills and Sabres appears to be making a resurgence after being absent from one or both for far too long. There’s a sense recently that Buffalo can claw its way from the depths of sports irrelevancy. In a refreshing departure from the past, the Bills and Sabres appear committed to winning rather than taking your money.'
Ralph Wilson made right call in wake of JFK's death [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson who did grasp the magnitude of the moment. According to the book Relentless, by my colleague Sal Maiorana, Wilson was the first AFL owner to call off a game in the wake of JFK's death and his fellow owners each followed suit.'
Bills’ Searcy catches Marrone’s eye [4:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think he’s a good safety,” Marrone said. “Obviously we have Aaron and Jairus back there. I think if something happened to one of them and we put Da’Norris back there, I’d be very fine with that. I wouldn’t be like, ‘What are we going to do? We have to get them healthy.’ But he is an outstanding dime complement for us.”'
Bills playoff chances merit some consideration [4:50 AM]
Medina Journal Register reports: 'It's all incredibly optimistic, I know. But take a look at the rest of the AFC, and it's easy to see how 9-7 gets in. The No. 6 seed is currently at 5-5, co-shared by the inconsistent Jets and the Incognito-marred Dolphins. Other than that, it's between San Diego, Cleveland, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Oakland and Tennessee, all at 4-6. And the Bills.'
Wilson convinced peers to do right thing after JFK's death [4:49 AM]
Rochester Business Journal reports: '"To me, the decision was a no-brainer," Wilson told me several years ago. "It was a slam-dunk that we shouldn't play. Fortunately (AFL commissioner) Joe Foss and his assistant (Milt Woodard) agreed with me. Some of my fellow owners were on the fence at first, hemming and hawing, but I was resolute in my decision. Had the commissioner forced us to play, I probably would have taken a forfeit-and we were in the playoff hunt at the time. That's how strongly I felt about it."'
Kiko heads Bills' list of promising rookies [4:48 AM]
AP reports: '"That's just people from the outside looking in because it hasn't been easy at all," Alonso said. "I prepare in practice just so I can perform well. Whatever comes along with it, rewards or whatever, is great. That's what I prepare for, to perform really well."'
Carpenter in position for Bills best kicking season [4:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Everyone’s been great here, very welcoming. My wife and I love it here. We’ve had fun so far enjoying Buffalo,” Carpenter said. “Just going to take this one kick, one game at a time and try to keep this going.”'
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