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Buffalo Bills News - September 27, 2014

Marker Bills' Williams doubtful [1:45 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (concussion) and linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) are also doubtful, while wide receiver Marcus Easley and linebacker Randell Johnson are both out with knee injuries.'

Marker Week 4 preview: Bills vs. Texans [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Our pick: Texans.'

Marker Bills' Goodwin, C. Williams doubtful vs. Texans [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams, who has dealt with a back injury since August, missed all three days of practice during the week due to the ailment. Head coach Doug Marrone said the team has been trying to rest the left guard for each of the last three days while holding on to hope that he could be able to play. If he can’t, however, rookie Cyril Richardson is the likeliest candidate to start in his place.'

Marker Bills' Richardson likely to start where it all began [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '"There's some things that he showed that I have no doubt, having coached that position before, to say that he's a future starter," Marrone remarked.'

Marker Watkins and Hopkins: Football brothers [1:41 AM] reports: '“From the time I got there, just being around him, we connected,” Watkins said. “We initially were the same type of people and he took me under his wing and taught me the way. Taught me the ins and outs of Clemson. And basically just life and football and that helped me out with my process and that made me 10 times better.”'

Marker Scouting Report: Bills at Texans [1:40 AM] reports: 'The Texans have two fantastic weapons on the outside in Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, and both are great in accumulating yards after the catch. In fact through the season’s first three weeks only the Cincinnati Bengals have a receiving tandem (Green, Sanu – 201 YAC) with more yards after the catch than Houston’s Johnson and Hopkins (177 YAC). After giving up five pass plays of 20 yards or more last week, Buffalo’s defensive backs have to rebound in a big way.'

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September 26, 2014

Marker Bills aren’t disappointed with Manuel on the run [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We’re OK with it,” Marrone said of the number of Manuel’s rushing attempts. “Are there a certain amount of touches? A lot of that is dictated by what we’re seeing. We don’t have a problem, as long as we’re running smart, which I have thought we’ve been able to do. He’s been good with the reads. He’s done a nice job.”'

Marker Rookie Richardson likely to get first start Sunday [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m real excited,” Richardson said Thursday. “I’ve put a lot of good work in this week.”'

Marker Bills’ Brown has what it takes [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He leads the Bills — and all NFL rookies — in tackles (16 solo, 15 assisted) and has been on the field for every defensive snap.'

Marker Doug Marrone and Bill O'Brien joke about long-standing friendship [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '“Exactly true," O'Brien said. "I would say the same thing. His wife is a lot cooler than him.”'

Marker Cyril Richardson could start with Chris Williams out [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Kraig is our backup center and swing guy as a part of the seven," coach Doug Marrone said on Monday. "We have a hard time dressing eight. We could, if it comes down to that. I think as the week goes on and we see where everybody is, we'll start making decisions on that."'

Marker C.J. Spiller added to injury report with a chest issue [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Meanwhile, the Bills are still waiting to find out whether guard Chris Williams (back), linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) and safety Da'Norris Searcy (ankle) will be in the lineup for Week 4.'

Marker Dwight Freeney says Chargers made a point to pressure, confuse EJ Manuel in win over Bills [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I think that was one of our game plans to get after him a little bit, don't give him clear-cut anything, any looks," Chargers defensive end Dwight Freeney said. "Just put some pressure on him. We did. When you have a performance like that defensively, it's a collective deal. That means from the top down, coaching staff, you know, everybody."'

Marker Friday's Houston Coverage [1:52 AM] reports:
Texans have nothing but praise for veteran center Myers (Houston Chronicle)
There's no reason to give up on Texans' Fitzpatrick (Houston Chronicle)
Johnson can catch Harrison for record (Houston Chronicle)
It's premature to judge Texans' 2014 draft class (Houston Chronicle)
Pickett expected to contribute immediately (Houston Community Newspapers)
Boswell signed to practice squad, could punt Sunday (Houston Community Newspapers)
O'Brien puts his mark on Texans in 1st season (AP)
Texans to face tough Bills' defensive line (CSN Houston)
Texans' Lechler unsure if he’ll play Sunday (CSN Houston)
Injuries: Swearinger more comfortable with brace (CSN Houston)
Texans Defense Aware Bills Present Huge Challenge (KILT-AM)
Lechler’s Status for Sunday Still Unclear (KILT-AM)
Swearinger Ready to Bounce Back Against Speedy Bills (KILT-AM)
Fitzpatrick faces friends, former teammates on Sunday (
12 reasons Buffalo's offense is a challenge (
Shane Lechler: "I'm feeling better" (
Arian Foster still a game-time decision (
Thursday Injury Report: Bills at Texans (

Marker Bills' Goodwin misses practice with head injury [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills announced Thursday that Goodwin was going through the NFL's concussion testing protocol, which he must pass before being cleared to play. It's unclear when the injury happened, but Goodwin was limited in practice a day earlier because of an illness.'

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] 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.'

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.'

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