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Apparently, it was more than an illness that led to Ronald Darby being benched by the Buffalo Bills in Week Nine. Upon returning from their bye week Monday, Corey White lined up with the first team in Darby's usual spot. Afterward, White said coaches told him it would be an "open competition" for the job opposite Stephon Gilmore in the secondary. "I've just been work…

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Bills star receiver Sammy Watkins is now eligible to return to practice after spending six weeks on injured reserve. But as of Monday, Watkins still hadn’t gotten the green light. "The trainers have said they feel he's not ready to return this week," coach Rex Ryan said. "So we'll see how that goes." A customized pair of flip flops and a set of headphones were the on…

Our team is at One Bills Drive for today's Buffalo Bills practice (11:50) as the team returns from they bye. Coach Rex Ryan will meet the media at 11:25 a.m. while players will be available following practice. Follow updates from our team in the window below: Tweets from https://twitter.com/TBNSports/lists/bills-coverage !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElements…

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The Buffalo Bills' playoff chances took a big hit during Week 10, and they weren't even playing. The Bills could only watch from home during their bye week as the teams ahead of them in the AFC standings distanced themselves. The biggest concern for Buffalo right now is the AFC West, which has three teams with a very real shot of making the postseason. Kansas City le…

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Every week that Darrelle Revis gets beat makes the whispers grow a little louder. Is he finished as a cornerback? Is it time? Revis caused a stir this offseason by openly discussing a potential move from cornerback to safety, which several players have done to extend their careers. Revis stopped short of putting a timetable on the transition, and no one seemed to …

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There are lots of ways to lose football games, but the New Orleans Saints found a new one on Sunday. The Saints were about to take the lead, 24-23, it seemed against the Denver Broncos when their kicker Wil Lutz lined up to kick the extra point after a touchdown with 1:22 left. However, Denver safety Justin Simmons leaped over the center to block the extra-point kick, …

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Years ago, when I was a frustrated golfer at Tri-County Country Club, teaching professional Cindy Miller pulled me aside one day and asked if I had birdied every hole on the course. In fact, at one time or another, I had made birdie on all but one - the treacherous starting hole. "OK," she said. "Then you can shoot par." As ridiculous as it sounded, she was right. I …

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Bills coach Rex Ryan was spotted at Saturday's Clemson football game, when his son, Seth, was honored on Senior Day. Seth, a reserve wide receiver and the team's holder, is listed as a redshirt junior but is in his fourth year at the school. He could be getting honored today because he plans to graduate and move on after the season, or because it's a rare game his fathe…

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Shaq Lawson doesn't remember the exact play. He only remembers the moment. Falling forward. Sticking out both hands to brace himself. And wondering, just before hitting the turf in Hard Rock Stadium, if his right shoulder would survive its first major encounter with football-style stress since undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum last May. It did. Not a hint of…

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The Bills have a bye this week, but there's still plenty of football on television. Here are the games that will be shown Sunday in Western New York: 1 p.m. CBS: Denver Broncos at New Orleans Saints FOX: Los Angeles Rams at New York Jets 4:25 p.m. FOX: Dallas Cowboys at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30 p.m. NBC: Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots The Mo…

New England Patriots. This stat says plenty about their season: Tom Brady leads the NFL with a staggering 14.4 yards per pass attempt on third down. (1)   Dallas Cowboys. Amazing to think NFL MVP candidate Dak Prescott could be benched soon. (2)   Oakland Raiders. With stars and undrafted contributors, GM Reggie McKenzie is making a strong exe…

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I used to oppose the idea of the NFL hiring full-time officials. I don’t anymore. The league has no choice but to take the most drastic measures possible to bring some level of credibility back to an aspect of its game that is rapidly trending toward a joke. What happened in those ugly closing seconds of the first half in Seattle Monday night – a sequence of extre…

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Here are my five takes on the Buffalo Bills at the bye: 1. Continue to find ways to involve Robert Woods in the offense the way he was against the Seattle Seahawks Monday night. Woods' career performance of 10 receptions for 162 yards was no accident. Through game-planning and Tyrod Taylor's reads, the Bills made a concerted effort to get the ball into Woods' hands. His…

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A common criticism of the traditional stats used for players in situation-dependent positions like goaltender and pitcher is that the numbers are merely descriptive – they quantify what happened but can’t assign value to whether that outcome was good or bad depending on the situation that preceded it. Sometimes we can tell. But often, there's too much else going on to d…

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In the latest [BN] Blitz Podcast, Nick Veronica -- filling in for Jay Skurski -- and I do position-by-position grading of the Buffalo Bills as they reach their bye. We also discuss: *The Bills' playoff chances after a 4-5 start. *The impact that losing center Eric Wood to a season-ending broken leg will have on the Bills' postseason hopes. As always, we answer …