NOV 20 ZACH WILSON BENCHED AFTER BILLS GAME The New York Jets lost 32-6 against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, and feel the need to make a change at quarterback.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Jets will start Tim Boyle at quarterback for their next game on Friday against the Miami Dolphins.
Boyle relieved Wilson in Sunday's game and completed 7 of 14 passes for 33 yards and an interception. Wilson had a similar stat line with 7 completions on 15 attempts for 81 yards, a touchdown and a pick.
NOV 13 JAMES COOK CRAZY PLAY Buffalo Bills running back James Cook started Monday night's game against the Denver Broncos with a fumble on the opening play. It marked only the second fumble of his career, and it looked like he had his third on a crucial drive in the fourth quarter.
Instead, it turned into one of the luckiest plays you'll see.
Cook was stripped of the ball by Denver safety Justin Simmons as he was about to break into the secondary. But instead of a Broncos recovery, the ball bounced off the turf and right back into Cook's hands, who continued running before being tackled on a 42-yard run.
Take a look:
The Bills capped off the drive with a six-yard run from Josh Allen to take a 22-21 lead with only 1:55 to play in the fourth.
NOV 11 BILLS VS BRONCOS INJURY REPORT The Buffalo Bills have revealed their final injury report ahead of Monday's meeting with the Denver Broncos at Highmark Stadium.
Buffalo has ruled out safety Micah Hyde (neck/stinger) and cornerback Christian Benford (hamstring) for the contest. Starting linebacker Terrel Bernard is questionable with a concussion.
Bills star receiver Stefon Diggs, who popped up on the Friday injury report with a back issue, was limited on Friday and Saturday. However, he does not carry an injury designation headed into Monday, and told reporters that he's "100%" ready.
Here's Buffalo's full injury report from Saturday:
NOV 10 BILLS INJURY REPORT Could the Buffalo Bills be without their top receiver on Monday Night Football?
Stefon Diggs was added to the Bills' injury report on Friday with a back injury that limited him in practice. Diggs' status for Monday will be revealed on Saturday.
Here is Buffalo's full injury report:
NOV 9 BILLS INJURY REPORT The Buffalo Bills have revealed their Thursday injury report ahead of Monday's meeting with the Denver Broncos.
All four players who were listed as DNP for Thursday's practice are on defense, as linebacker Leonard Floyd (illness), cornerback Christian Benford (hamstring) and safeties Micah Hyde (neck/stinger) and Jordan Poyer (shin) all sat out due.
Here's the full injury report:
NOV 5 MICAH HYDE INJURED The Buffalo Bills announced that safety Micah Hyde is questionable to return to the fourth quarter of Sunday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium due to a stinger.
Hyde landed hard on the turf while defending a pass to Ja'Marr Chase earlier in the game. He also took a blindside hit from Bengals offensive lineman Cordell Volson as a play was winding down, though Volson wasn't flagged.
Hyde had to be helped off the field afterwards and was in visible pain on the sidelines.
NOV 5 BILLS VS. BENGALS INACTIVES The official inactive lists have been revealed for Sunday night's contest between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. Here's the full list:
- S Damar Hamlin
- LB A.J. Klein
- LB Baylon Spector
- G Germain Ifedi
- T Alec Anderson
- DT Poona Ford
- CB DJ Ivey
- C Trey Hill
- LB Devin Harper
- OT D'Ante Smith
- DT Josh Tupou
NOV 3 JOSH ALLEN TO PLAY VS. CINCINNATI BENGALS After appearing earlier this week on the injury report, head coach Sean McDermott announced on WGR550 that Josh Allen will play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium.
Allen didn't practice on Wednesday because of his right shoulder, then was a full participant on Thursday, quelling much doubt that he'd be out on Sunday.
McDermott also announced that Damar Hamlin (illness) and Quinton Morris (ankle) are trending in the right direction after being full participants in practice on Thursday, while linebacker Baylon Spector (hamstring) and A.J. Klein are out for the game.
The Bills (5-3) face the Bengals (4-3) on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET.
NOV 2 JOSH ALLEN, DAMAR HAMLIN FULL PRACTICE Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was a full participant at Thursday's practice after being listed as DNP on Wednesday due to a injury on his throwing shoulder.
Allen injured his shoulder in Week 8's 24-18 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but didn't miss an offensive snap en route to going 31 of 40 passing for 324 yards, two touchdowns and one pick.
Damar Hamlin, who will be making his triumphant return to Cincinnati, was also a full go at practice after missing Wednesday due to illness.
Here's the full report:
OCT 31 BUFFALO BILLS CONNECTED TO JAYLON JOHNSON With numerous injuries ravaging the Buffalo Bills' defense, they could look to add another difference maker not just for the rest of this season, but for the future as well.
The Buffalo Bills are rumored to be one of the teams interested in Chicago Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson by Bleacher Report's Jordan Schultz. Johnson is in the final year of his rookie contract and talks about a contract extension have gotten to the point where he's been allowed to seek a trade. The San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers are also reported by Schultz to be in play for the young cornerback.
Johnson, 24, has two interceptions through six games this season and his play has earned him a grade of 84.4 from Pro Football Focus.
With Tre'Davious White out for the season due to a torn achilles, Johnson could step in and become cornerstone piece on the Bills defense for the future if traded to Buffalo.
OCT 26 JOSH ALLEN IN BLUE TENT Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen went into the blue medical tent on the sideline during the first half of Thursday night's home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It's unclear what he was being checked for, as the Bills didn't announce an official injury in the first half. However, Amazon Prime sideline reporter Kaylee Hartung pointed out that Allen was not lifting his right arm much on the sideline, but Bills coach Sean McDermott said "he's fine" when asked about it during the halftime interview.
Backup quarterback Kyle Allen was seen warming up on the sideline, but Josh Allen eventually exited the tent and began Buffalo's fourth possession of the first half.
The Bills lead 17-10 in the third quarter.
OCT 26 BILLS BETTING FAVORITES VS. BUCS The Buffalo Bills are getting ready for battle tonight against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and sportsbooks like their chances.
SI Sportsbook lists the Bills as an 8.5-point favorite just hours before kickoff.
The Bills and Bucs play at 8:15 p.m. on Amazon Prime.
OCT 23 DORSEY VOTE OF CONFIDENCE? It is sometimes called "a dreaded vote of confidence.'' And when we listen to Bills coach Sean McDermott dissect his team's 29-25 loss to the lowly Patriots on Sunday in NFL Week 7, we wonder if what he's saying about offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey comes under the heading of "dreaded.''
"I oversee all three phases, we have communication across all three phases,'' McDermott said, speaking generally about where the 4-3 Bills are. "Collectively, we need to continue to find answers.''
And specifically, about Dorsey? McDermott at the very least did not seem at great ease with the line of questioning.
"Yeah,'' he said. "I'm confident, confident in Ken."
This does mark three straight subpar performances for Buffalo; Bills Mafia has reason to be concerned, and the coaching staff has reason to be under fire, as it was even going into the game, when McDermott was asked about what chance there was of him changing play-callers.
"Zero,” he said flatly. ... surely knowing that while the line of questioning can be easily dismissed, the concerns can not.
OCT 20 BUFFALO BILLS RULE THREE PLAYERS OUT FOR SUNDAY Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott has ruled out defensive tackle Ed Oliver, tight end Quintin Morris and running back Damien Harris for Sunday.
Oliver is dealing with a toe injury, while Morris has an ankle injury. Harris is recovering from a neck injury along with a concussion that he suffered on Sunday and had to be driven off of the field in an ambulance.
Morris, Harris and Oliver were the only three players that didn't practice throughout the week.
Rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid is set to return after being out against the New York Giants with a concussion.
The Bills face the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
OCT 19 THURSDAY INJURY REPORT Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is limited in practice for the second straight day with a shoulder injury.
Given Allen's participation, signs look good towards him playing Sunday, but there is still some caution being used.
The Bills are relatively healthy going into this weekend's game against the New England Patriots, with only running back Damien Harris (neck), defensive tackle Ed Oliver (toe) and tight end Quintin Morris (ankle) not practicing.
OCT 18 ALLEN ‘CONCERN’? Buffalo QB Josh Allen is among those scheduled to practice on Wednesday. But …
Coach Sean McDermott is not hiding from having some level of “concern” for Allen, who sustained a shoulder injury in the Week 6 win which was followed by x-rays.
McDermott indicated that he an Allen have good communication on how the QB is truly feeling about the issue, “Right now it’s a one-day-at-a-time approach. So we’ll see.”
But McDermott also added: “I'll know more a little bit after today … ( injuries are) always a concern. …”
OCT 16 REX RYAN COACHING BRONCOS?
Former Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan may find himself back in the NFL soon.
According to ESPN's Pat McAfee, the Denver Broncos could be looking to change their defensive coordinator, and Ryan could be in the mix.
Ryan coached the Buffalo Bills from 2015-16. He also has defensive coordinator experience with the Baltimore Ravens from 2005-08.
OCT 15 BILLS VS GIANTS INACTIVES The Buffalo Bills and New York Giants have both revealed their inactives for Sunday's game at Highmark Stadium.
Here's who's out for the Bills:
- S Damar Hamlin
- CB Dane Jackson
- DE A.J. Klein
- OL Germain Ifedi
- OL Alec Anderson
- TE Dalton Kincaid
Here's who's out for the Giants:
- QB Daniel Jones
- S Bobby McCain
- S Gervarrius Owens
- C John Michael Schmitz
- OT Matt Peart
- OT Andrew Thomas
- DL D.J. Davidson
OCT 12 DANIEL JONES OUT VS BILLS The Buffalo Bills will not have to gameplan for New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones this Sunday.
Giants coach Brian Daboll said Friday that Jones' neck injury will keep him sidelined for Sunday night's contest at Highmark Stadium. He suffered the injury in New York's 31-16 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 5.
Jones has taken a beating this season behind a porous Giants (1-4) offensive line that has allowed 30 sacks, the most in the NFL.
With Jones is out, Buffalo (3-2) will face former quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who was the Bills starting quarterback from 2015 to 2017 and went 22-20 in that span. He helped lead Buffalo to its first playoff appearance since 1999.
Buffalo plays New York at Highmark Stadium on Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. ET.
OCT 11 BILLS WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT The Buffalo Bills have revealed their Wednesday injury report ahead of Sunday night's meeting with the New York Giants at Highmark Stadium.
The Bills held a walk-through during Wednesday's practice, meaning these participation designations are just estimates. Here's who was listed:
- CB Christian Benford (shoulder) - FULL
- CB Dane Jackson (foot) - DNP
- TE Dalton Kincaid (concussion) - Limited
- TE Dawson Knox (wrist) - Limited
- DE Greg Rousseau (foot) - Limited
- LB Baylon Spector (hamstring) - FULL
OCT 8 BILLS INACTIVES REPORT The Buffalo Bills have revealed their Inactives report ahead of Sunday's game in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars. And it’s good news for Von Miller but no go for Shaq Lawson …
Bills inactives vs. Jaguars:
CB Christian Benford (shoulder)
DE Greg Rousseau (foot)
DE Shaq Lawson (toe)
S Damar Hamlin
DT Poona Ford
OL Alec Anderson
OL Germain Ifedi
OCT 5 VON MOVING UP Thursday’s report …
Here's who's on the report:
Thursday injury report pic.twitter.com/MQtcYTVZnM— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) October 5, 2023
There's now some growing concern surrounding the availability of defensive end Greg Rousseau, as he's now missed back-to-back practices while dealing with a foot injury. The Bills could be getting Von Miller back, but the absence of Rousseau could be big. If he misses Friday's practice, it would seem unlikely that the young pass-rusher would suit up on Sunday.
OCT 3 RAMSEY SENDS WELL WISH TO WHITE Miami Dolphins defender Jalen Ramsey put aside divisional differences in a series of posts on X, ones that wished Sunday opponent Tre'Davious White well in the wake of a torn Achilles injury that he suffered in Sunday's win over Ramsey's Dolphins. Ramsey is likewise working off a long-term injury, having endured a knee ailment over the offseason.
"I hate injuries," Ramsey said while quoting a post referencing the White news posting his message next to emojis depicting disappointment and prayer. "Some elite corners with season-ending injuries I hate to see it for us. The game better with certain guys on that field, that’s just a fact. [sic]"
Though the Bills earned a crucial divisional victory over the Dolphins, there's no doubt that they'll miss the services of White, a two-time All-Pro who had three tackles and a pass breakup in the 48-20 win over South Beach.
OCT 1 SHAKIR INJURED Buffalo Bills receiver Khalil Shakir is being evaluated for a head injury after leaving late in the first half of Sunday's home game against the Miami Dolphins.
Shakir went deep for a pass by quarterback Josh Allen just after the two-minute warning, but could not make the catch and wound up injured on the play. According to the Buffalo News, Shakir went to the medical tent after the play.
The Bills lead the Dolphins 31-14 at halftime.
OCT 1 BENFORD INJURED Buffalo Bills cornerback Chrisitan Benford suffered an apparent shoulder injury in the second quarter of Sunday's meeting with the Miami Dolphins at Highmark Stadium.
He made a tackle on Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert, but then laid on the field for a bit before being replaced by Dane Jackson.
Per ESPN, Benford was helped to the locker room.
SEPT 29 BILLS FRIDAY INJURY REPORT The Buffalo Bills will be without one of their best players on defense when they host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at 1 p.m. Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced that safety Jordan Poyer will be out with a knee injury.
Buffalo cornerback Tre'Davious was the only other player who didn't practice on Friday, as he had a veteran rest day. He'll be good to play on Sunday.
Here's the rest of Buffalo's Friday injury report.
OL Ryan Bates (ankle) was a full participant
LS Reid Ferguson (wrist) was a full participant
DE Leonard Floyd (ankle) was a full participant
S Micah Hyde (hamstring) was a full participant
CB Taron Johnson (hip) was a full participant
DB Siran Neal (ankle) was a full participant
CB Tre'Davious (vet rest day) did not practice
S Jordan Poyer (knee) did not practice
SEPT 28 BILLS THURSDAY INJURY REPORT The Buffalo Bills have revealed their Thursday injury report ahead of Sunday's meeting with the Miami Dolphins at Highmark Stadium.
Here's who was on the report for Buffalo:
LS Reid Ferguson (wrist) - DNP
S Jordan Poyer (knee) - DNP
OL Ryan Bates (ankle) - Limited
DB Siran Neal (ankle) - Limited
CB Taron Johnson (hip) - FULL
S Micah Hyde (hamstring) - FULL
DE Leonard Floyd (ankle) - FULL
For the Dolphins, star receiver Jaylen Waddle is set to play Sunday after clearing concussion protocol.
SEPT 26 EPENESA 'HATES' TEAMMATES AFTER PAYING UP ON BET AFTER CAREER DAY Buffalo Bills defensinve end AJ Epenesa brightest football moment was followed by one of his darkest, albeit in good fun.
Epenesa was one of the headliners of the Bills' 37-3 victory over the Washington Commanders as part of Sunday's Week 3 action. The defender earned a sack of Sam Howell and also turned his first professional interception into a touchdown.
Sunday's showing likely helped Epenesa take his mind off his alma mater's disastrous outing in prime time: an Iowa alum, Epenesa had to watch his Hawkeyes harbor a 31-0 shellacking at the hands of the Penn State Nitanny Lions, a game that saw Iowa muster a mere 76 yards and four first downs.
One day after his best performance as a pro, #Bills DE AJ Epenesa had to pay up for losing a bet with some of his teammates on the Iowa-Penn State matchup from Saturday. He shared a picture of himself donned in Penn State gear today. pic.twitter.com/E59BXeMeiY— Ryan Talbot (@RyanTalbotBills) September 25, 2023
Alas for Epenesa, Bills teammates Ryan Bates, Connor McGovern, and DaQuan Jones, as well as assistant equipment manager Austin Skobel weren't so forgiving, forcing Epenesa to fulfill his end of a friendly wager that depended on Saturday's result. Epenesa shared the result to his Instagram story, as he was forced to don the blue and white of Happy Valley. The defender included the famed PSU battle cry of "We Are" in his post, while profession his facetious hate for the Nitanny Lions' contingent.
Epenesa's Hawkeyes will look to get back on the right track on Saturday night when they continue Big Ten play against Michigan State at home (7:30 p.m. ET, NBC).
SEPT 20 ALLEN NAMED AFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK Josh Allen was named the AFC Offensive Player Of The Week after his dominant outing in the Buffalo Bills' 38-10 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. The Bills quarterback has won the award 11 times in the last three seasons.
Allen completed 31 of 37 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns. Along with his efficiency, Allen's ability to take care of the ball and avoid turning the ball over was particularly encouraging after throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble in Week 1.
Allen and the Bills' offense will face a tough test in the Washington Commanders' (2-0) defense on Sunday at FedEx Field at 1 p.m. ET
SEPT 16 MILANO FINED Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano has been fined $10,927 for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he committed in Monday's 22-16 loss to the New York Jets, per the NFL's weekly update of league-wide fines.
After intercepting Jets quarterback Zach Wilson in the second quarter of the contest, Milano got in Wilson's face at the end of the play and received a 15-yard penalty as a result.
Here's the play:
Milano and the Bills will host the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday at Highmark Stadium.
SEPT. 15 BILLS REPORTER APOLOGIZES TO STEFON DIGGS - The damage has been done, but the reporter caught on a hot mic talking poorly about Bills' receiver Stefon Diggs has apologized. Maddy Glab, who writes for the team's official site, posted the apology to her Twitter.
"I should not have said what I said, and I apologize for that," Glab wrote. "Stef is not in the wrong, I am."
In the wake of the incident, both Diggs and his brother - Dallas Cowboys' cornerback Trevon - have responded.
Trevon suggested on Twitter that Stefon should force a trade out of Buffalo. The receiver said "the audio shared was very hurtful."
SEPT 11 RODGERS INJURY 'NOT GOOD' New York Jets coach Robert Salah took the podium after his team took down the Buffalo Bills 22-16 at MetLife Stadium on Monday night and quickly addressed the injury to star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
"Concerned with his Achilles, MRI is probably gonna confirm what we think is already gonna happen. So prayers tonight, but it's not good," Saleh said.
Rodgers exited the game in the first quarter on New York's first drive after being sacked by Leonard Floyd. He had to be helped off before a cart eventually got him from the sidelines.
UPDATE: The shelter in place at MetLife Stadium has been lifted. Here's a look at the beautiful orange sky that hovered over the field as players began to trot out for warmups.
SEPT 11 BILLS VS JETS DELAYED? The start of Monday night's matchup between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets could be in danger of being delayed from its original 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff time due to weather in the East Rutherford, N.J.
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter. MetLife Stadium issued a "shelter in place" for players and personnel, meaning they can't take the field for any early warmups. The report came out about three hours prior to the game.
Schefter also tweeted a screenshot of a public safety alert issued to the surrounding area. Here's what it said:
"From New Jersey State Police. There is severe weather approaching. All patrons may seek shelter inside the stadium, inside your vehicles or the walk over bridge to American Dream. Please do not gather at entrances. Event staff are available to guide and assist you."
Current scene at MetLife, where a shelter-in-place warning is now in effect. No players or personnel are being allowed on the field. pic.twitter.com/KDhO3Tqu3o— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 11, 2023
Another public safety alert was just issued at MetLife. pic.twitter.com/KwrsvK9hNu— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 11, 2023
AUG 29 BILLS CUTS CONTINUE The Buffalo Bills are making their final cuts ahead of Tuesday's deadline. Aside from the ones we've already covered at Bills Central on SI.com, here's some of the other names that have failed to make the 53-man roster:
- Cornerback Alex Austin, linebacker Travin Howard, running back Jordan Mims, safety Zayne Anderson, receivers Marcell Ateman, Tyrell Shavers and KeeSean Johnson, tight end Joel Wilson, cornerback Kyron Brown, offensive guards Greg Mancz and Nick Broeker, offensive tackle Richard Gouraige, defensive linemen Kendal Vickers, D.J. Dale, Eli Ankou, and Cameron Kline, and defensive back Ja'Marcus Ingram, per reports.
AUG 29 ANDY OUT The Bills have released wideout Andy Isabella, as first noted by Ryan Talbot of Syracuse.com
AUG 29 BILLS CUT TWO VETERANS Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, veteran blocker Dan Quessenberry is among the Bills' cuts. The 33-year-old played one season with Buffalo after nearly a decade between Houston and Tennessee. He was well-known for returning to NFL action in 2017 after a battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
The Bills also let go of offensive lineman Ike Boettger ahead of what would have been his fifth season in Orchard Park, per Joe Buscaglia.
AUG 29 MARLOWE OUT The Bills are releasing veteran safety Dean Marlowe as of Tuesday morning, the first of many moves on the day's horizon.
AUG 27 BILLS CUT FIVE MORE The Buffalo Bills announced Sunday that they've cut five more players. Defensive tackle Cortez Broughton, safety Jared Mayden, offensive tackle Garrett McGhin, receiver Dezmon Patmon and linebacker DaShaun White have all come up short of making Buffalo's 53-man roster.
AUG 27 The Bills make their first move of the day and have begun their collection of cuts by waiving receiver Isaiah Coulter, per NFL Network. And they follow it up with the release of tight end Jace Sternberger.
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