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Buffalo Bills News - October 20, 2016

Marker Buffalo Bills are better off without Mario Williams, who is floundering in Miami [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills have 11 more sacks through six games than they did a year ago. Lorenzo Alexander, who came into the year with a career high of 2.5 sacks in a season, is leading the league with eight sacks. The Bills have allowed just one team to go over 20 points in a game after allowing three teams to do it in this span a year ago. Put simply, the defense is in a far better place now.'

Marker Dolphins coach Adam Gase explains Mario Williams' decrease in snaps [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"We've made some changes, we're moving some guys around, trying to find the best lineup for what we're doing," Dolphins coach Adam Gase said in a conference call with Buffalo media. "We cut back some of his snaps to try to make sure we use him as efficient as possible and put him in on some situations that are more pass down emphasis. Just trying to make sure when he's able to go it's full go. We've had a lot of snaps on defense leading up to and in this last game. We were averaging like 75 plays a game on defense and guys were playing a lot against the run. Between Mario and J.J. they were getting pounded on pretty good and I think it finally had caught up to us in terms of those guys taking so many snaps."'

Marker Buffalo Bills' LeSean McCoy injures hamstring during practice, will be evaluated [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Rex Ryan announced the injury after practice. The team plans to evaluate McCoy throughout the week before determining his availability for the Bills' Week 7 game against the Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Buffalo Bills' playoff odds over 70 percent according to two site projections [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: ' has Buffalo's playoff odds at 72 percent. This is up seven percent from last week's odds. In addition to Buffalo having 72 percent odds of making the playoffs, FiveThirtyEight also gives the Bills a 39 percent chance of winning the AFC East, a 25 percent chance of a first round bye and a six percent chance of winning the Super Bowl.'

Marker Bills first-round pick Shaq Lawson returns [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“Getting used to pads and things like that,” Lawson said.'

Marker Bills’ LeSean McCoy injured in practice Wednesday, locker room reaction [1:43 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Behind McCoy, Mike Gillislee has 18 carries for 116 yards with two touchdowns, Jonathan Williams has eight carries for 23 yards and Reggie Bush has six carries for five yards.'

Marker Rex talks Mario, Dolphins [1:42 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: '“’All in’ had nothing to do with Mario. It’s just what everyone has to be in this building. (Williams) wasn’t here when we came up with it,” Ryan said.'

Marker Richie Incognito on Jonathan Martin: ‘I have nothing to say’ to him [1:41 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '“I let him know everybody makes mistakes in life,” Ryan said. “I'm one that's made several in my life. But everybody deserves another opportunity as well. There's no do-overs; he owned it and did everything. He has been unbelievable here. He's a leader here. Every teammate respects him. People in our community look up to Richie. Everybody loves him. He's been outstanding on the football field and in our community.”'

Marker Bills' Richie Incognito still searching for 'lesson' from Bullygate [1:40 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: '"I think the story has kind of played itself out. Jonathan and I were close friends. I cared about him. If anybody was there for Jonathan it was me. Jonathan had his troubles. He had his demons, like we all do," Incognito said. "He left for whatever reason and he handled it the way he did. Then the story takes on a life of it's own.'

Marker Time for the Miami Dolphins to step up against Rex Ryan and the Bills [1:39 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Look out for more smash-mouth football, then, from a Buffalo bunch that led the NFL in rushing last year and are doing it again at an average of 5.61 yards per carry. If McCoy is unable to play against Miami because of a hamstring injury that popped up this week, the job probably goes to Mike Gilleslee, a former Dolphin and Gator, and he probably makes it work.'

Marker Shaq Lawson comes out punching in Bills practice debut [1:38 AM]
AP reports: '"Yeah, I did hit the bag hard," Lawson said. "I wanted to test it out a little bit. But it felt great. Everything."'

Marker Bills runner McCoy hurts hamstring, doesn't finish practice [1:37 AM]
AP reports: '"We feel good about the guys that we do have, but that's assuming he won't play," Ryan said, when asked how McCoy's possible absence would affect the game plan. "We'll see how it goes."'

Marker Incognito says he and Martin haven't patched up differences [1:36 AM]
AP reports: 'Martin retired last year. He posted on Facebook that difficulties in the profession led him to attempt suicide multiple times.'

Marker Dolphins' Williams a backup as he prepares to face Bills [1:35 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams said he feels no extra motivation facing his former team, which may elicit snickering from Bills fans who complained he lacked motivation last year.'

Marker Bills pursue first five-game win streak since 2004 [1:34 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Buffalo has taken a winning record into a game at Miami four times since 2000 and lost all four of those games.'

Marker Rookie Lawson close to returning to Bills [1:33 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills have some wiggle room because Lorenzo Alexander has played so well in the edge rusher position the Bills thought Lawson would be occupying when they picked him No. 19 overall out of Clemson in the 2016 draft.'

Marker McCoy's status up in air after injuring hamstring in Bills' practice [1:32 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'McCoy's 587 rushing yards rank second in the NFL this season and his 5.6 yards per carry is tops in the league. McCoy trails only Dallas rookie Ezekiel Elliott (703) in yards, but the Bills have surpassed the Cowboys as the No. 1 rushing offense in the league, averaging 166.1 yards per game, including an average of 211.8 the last four games.'

Marker Injury knocks McCoy out of Bills practice [1:31 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"He was tight in the hamstring, so we'll see what happens with our medical evaluation and all that," Bills coach Rex Ryan said after practice. "I'm not going to look into (his availability Sunday), but we'll see how he comes back."'

Marker Bills in wait-and-see mode with RB LeSean McCoy [1:30 AM]
ESPN reports: 'If McCoy cannot play Sunday, backup Mike Gillislee would be expected to take most of the carries.'

Marker Source: "mild to moderate" hamstring strain for McCoy [1:29 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A source with knowledge of the situation says Bills running back LeSean McCoy suffered a “mild to moderate” hamstring strain Wednesday at practice and that the team is still hoping to have him available Sunday at Miami, but his status will most likely remain uncertain for at least the next couple of days.'

Marker McCoy leaves practice early with hamstring tightness [1:28 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Last season, McCoy had a hamstring injury, which hampered the early part of his 2015 season. McCoy did miss a couple of games with his hamstring injury, and was limited to just 895 rushing yards in 12 games. McCoy also missed the final two games of the 2015 season with a minor knee injury.'

Marker Bills top pick Shaq Lawson practices for the first time [1:27 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“As we know he hasn’t been to one practice yet, so we’re going to see how it is,” Ryan told the media before practice. “We’re going to err on the side of caution. But if he’s ready to roll, and we feel great about it, he feels great about it, the doctors feel great a about it, then you know, let’s let it rip.”'

Marker McCoy doesn't finish Bills practice due to hamstring [1:26 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'When asked if it will possibly impact McCoy's availability for Sunday, head coach Rex Ryan said that the Bills will see how it goes and would not commit to anything past that.'

Marker 5 takeaways from Bills HC Rex Ryan (10/19/16) [1:25 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The question remains: will the Bills actually have Lawson in any capacity Sunday in Miami? At this point, the Bills don’t even know.'

Marker Bills Today: LeSean McCoy exits practice with hamstring issue [1:24 AM] reports: 'None of McCoy’s teammates saw a particular instance where the running back pulled up in the middle of a play or something. They just noticed he exited practice early. So on the surface it does not appear to be a severe injury.'

Marker Healthy means a more dangerous Shaq Lawson [1:23 AM] reports: '“It’s going to feel better to know that I’m 100 percent,” Lawson told “We took care of the problem with my shoulder and went to see one of the greatest doctors in New York. Being 100 percent it’s going to be a better Shaq on the field.'

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October 19, 2016

Marker Trade Marcell Dareus? It's a good bar conversation, but wouldn't work for Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Another factor to consider is that the Bills are in no position to be trading away good players. Once he’s healthy, the addition of Dareus could take the defense from good to great.'

Marker Jim Kelly returns to ECMC, this time to dedicate 'Kelly Tough' room [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On one wall, facing the bed, a signed plaque offers an inspirational quote: "Make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow."'

Marker Vic Carucci's Take Five: Bills can't allow Ajayi to do what McCoy is doing [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The main reason for the Dolphins' success in their stunning, 30-15 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers was Jay Ajayi's 204-yard rushing performance. It was reminiscent of what LeSean McCoy has been doing against Bills opponents the past couple of games.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills Wake-Up Call: Fans should try to sit back & enjoy the ride [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of course, that's impossible, right? Holding onto the past is what the Bills' faithful does. Sixteen years of seeing hope melt into disappointment has created such a thick shell of cynicism, it can't be penetrated by anything positive. Anything like Sunday's 45-16 beat-down of the San Francisco 49ers when the Bills, thanks to LeSean McCoy and a dominant offensive line, put up the kind of rushing numbers that haven't been seen since the team was making annual trips to the Super Bowl.'

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