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Football teams are expected to score points every time they’re in the red zone. The only question is whether they’ll get three points or seven. But since field goals are thought to be a given from that area, red-zone efficiency grades offenses on the number of times they’re able score touchdowns from inside the 20, and it rewards defenses for forcing field goals. Tha…

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Bills rookie receiver Kolby Listenbee will be eligible to practice Monday after spending six weeks on the reserve/non-football injury list, but the speedster says he's still experiencing pain in his midsection after having a double hernia surgery in March. "I'm progressing everyday. I still have some pain but I'm getting better," said Listenbee, who ran a 4.39 in the 40…

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Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus missed practice all week with a hamstring injury and is doubtful for Sunday's game against the 49ers, coach Rex Ryan said Friday. None of the Bills players have been declared out yet for the game, though nine players are questionable: -- Left tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle) -- Linebacker Zach Brown (ankle) -- Cornerback Corey White …

HC Rex Ryan Opening Comments: Here’s the participation list. Guys that did not participate today-(Cyrus) Kouandjio with his ankle, (Marcell) Dareus hamstring, Jerry Hughes as we mentioned yesterday is not injury related. We’re just resting a veteran player. And then these players were limited in practice. Cordy Glenn ankle, Corey White shoulder, (Corbin) Bryant ankle, (…

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49ers coach Chip Kelly made the decision to start Colin Kaepernick at quarterback on Tuesday morning, and then he announced the news in a press conference shortly after. Kelly had an interesting answer when San Francisco reporters asked why he decided to tell the world his decision when he could’ve kept the Bills guessing all week. “We live in a society where there a…

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Bills coach Rex Ryan had a surprising addition to the team's injury report following Thursday's practice. "Might want to add Jack Eichel," Ryan said, referencing the Sabres star who suffered a high ankle sprain Wednesday. "That’s a lower-body for Eichel. Won’t be in the lineup tonight." Ryan said he was bummed out when he heard of Eichel's injury. "My thoughts are…

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Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus missed his second straight practice Thursday with a hamstring injury, making it less likely that he suits up Sunday against the 49ers. "Yeah, I would say probably [less optimistic], because he hasn’t practiced for two days," coach Rex Ryan said. "But we’re still not going to rule him out. I kinda wish he’d be able to practice." D…

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There’s no shortage of standout players on Rex Ryan’s suddenly resurgent defense. Middle linebacker Preston Brown has gone through an awakening. Next to him is Zach Brown – Reggie Ragland’s replacement – who leads the NFL in tackles. Then there’s edge rusher Jerry Hughes, who’s has been, well, Jerry Hughes. But the unsung hero of the defense so far has to be Lorenzo Alexa…

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RB LeSean McCoy Q: Is playing Chip still a big deal for you this year, or is that behind you now? A: For sure, way behind me. I think it was more just the team than Chip. Going back to my old team where I did so much there, you know I got there at 20 years old. You know I was there for quite some time so, so I think more it had to do with just going back home. You know…

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick spoke with Buffalo media for 11 minutes on a conference call Wednesday in advance of his first start of the season Sunday at New Era Field. Here are the highlights: On the idea that a lot of people around the country will be rooting against him: CK: “Well, I think there’s going to be a lot of people rooting for me as well. I think a…

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick attracts both scorn and praise everywhere he goes for his protests during the national anthem, and his visit to New Era Field Sunday isn't expected to be any different. But asked about the issue Wednesday, Bills running back LeSean McCoy urged fans to stay respectful toward Kaepernick. "Be professional. Be respectful. You know right…

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Dan Carpenter is the most accurate field-goal kicker in Bills history, but he struggled with extra points last season after the NFL changed the kicks from 20-yard chip shots to 33-yard attempts. Carpenter continued his sluggish performance on the former freebies Sunday against the Rams, failing to convert for the second time this year. He has also missed two field goals…

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The Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday signed former Bills running back Karlos Williams to their practice squad. Williams reportedly had a visit scheduled with the Bills last week after his four-game suspension ended, but his fiancée posted on Twitter that the team cancelled the visit. Williams had a productive rookie season, scoring nine touchdowns while rushing for 5…

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The Rams tried a fake punt late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Bills. It did not go well. The Bills stopped Bradley Marquez 3 yards short of the first-down marker and took over on the 25-yard line. They scored three plays later to stretch their lead to 30-19 and went on to win by that score. If the Bills appeared to be ready for the fake, that's b…

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Ole Miss quarterback and NFL Draft prospect Chad Kelly admitted Monday to making a "bad decision" by getting involved in a mid-game fight between two high school football teams last Friday that started when his brother received a late hit. "First, I mean, that’s a bad decision on my part that I made. If I could do it differently, I definitely would," Kelly said Monday i…