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A stalk of celery dipped into malaise is what 2017 Buffalo sports tasted like. The year was dominated by upheaval for the Bills and Sabres, with the biggest stories involving people being fired or traded. Record playoff slumps persist. The Bandits were terrible. The Bisons finished 21 games out of first place. None of the Big Four basketball programs made the NCAA To…

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Right on schedule, weeks before Christmas, the Buffalo Bills' season is over. Now it's time for the finger pointing and politicking at One Bills Drive. Western New York's most tiresome winter pastime is upon us, and this episode could be more blustery than normal. Reports fluttered Sunday like the snowflakes around New Era Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers left…

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The Buffalo Bills' right tackle competition came into a clearer focus Tuesday during the team's second spring practice. Seantrel Henderson, who started the 2015 season as the starter at that position, was not present. Jordan Mills got first-team reps Tuesday, ahead of 2014 second-round draft pick Cyrus Kouandjio. That's not a total surprise. Mills earned the job at the e…

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The Buffalo Bills' offseason program kicks into another gear Monday morning when the team holds its first of 10 "organized team activities." Although the sessions are voluntary, attendance at such spring practices is usually very good. The Bills, however, might be without one of their elite defensive players if cornerback Stephon Gilmore stays away, as the The Buffalo New…

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1. First it was "all in," the hokey, uninspired new slogan of the Buffalo Bills that was force-fed to fans as a way of showing them "this year will be different, we promise." Now, the team's PR machine has turned its attention to how much winning the team's first three draft picks did in college. Sure, Clemson's Shaq Lawson, Alabama's Reggie Ragland and Ohio State's Adolph…

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Jairus Wynn's release Monday showed how the NFL Draft can change a team's depth chart. Had the Bills used their first-round draft pick on someone other than outside linebacker Shaq Lawson, Wynn may very well still be on the team. Instead, he was released in a move that saved $1 million against the salary cap. Wynn, who misses all of last season because of a torn ACL, has…

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1. A case can be made for the Buffalo Bills taking a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft, but I won't make it. It's true the Bills need depth at the position, particularly when looking at future seasons, but in the short term, any wide receiver taken is likely the fourth option on offense in 2016 behind LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay. Depending …

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1. A case can be made for the Buffalo Bills taking a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft, but I won't make it. It's true the Bills need depth at the position, particularly when looking at future seasons, but in the short term, any wide receiver taken is likely the fourth option on offense in 2016 behind LeSean McCoy, Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay. Depending …

The NFL's top rushing offense showed no signs of slowing down in the first quarter Sunday. Playing without starting running back LeSean McCoy, the Buffalo Bills still managed to rip off 47 yards on the ground against the Dallas Cowboys at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Rookie Karlos Williams did most of that damage with a 26-yard run on Buffalo's touchdown drive, which was capped…

Welcome to the extended preseason. The Buffalo Bills begin the painful process of playing out the string at 1 p.m. Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys visit Ralph Wilson Stadium for the first of two meaningless games to end the 2015 season. The Cowboys similarly do not have anything to play for, and have already ruled out star receiver Dez Bryant (sorry, fantasy owners), mean…

1. Keep giving Sammy Watkins plenty of opportunities. Cornerback has been a weak spot for the Cowboys since Orlando Scandrick tore his ACL during training camp. Scandrick is Dallas’ best defensive player, and has proven difficult to replace. The Cowboys went more than a full season without a cornerback registering an interception until Terrance Mitchell picked off the Jet…

On a conference call with the Washington media this week, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan told reporters they would see his defense is "not as bad as you guys think." He's right -- it might be worse. The Bills offered no resistance in the first quarter Sunday against the Redskins, following behind, 7-0, after an 84-yard touchdown pass was capped by a 3-yard touchdown recept…

A week after having nearly their entire active roster to choose from against the New England Patriots, the Buffalo Bills have run into some significant injury concerns in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Rex Ryan has already ruled out defensive end Mario Williams (foot), wide receiver Marcus Easley (concussion), guard John Miller (ankle) and defensive tackle …

The Buffalo Bills are as healthy as they've been since the start of the 2015 season. Having played on Thursday night in Week 10, they've had plenty of time to rest – and draw up a game plan for the New England Patriots. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams in the only player who has been ruled out for Monday night's game. It's 50-50 as to whether he will be able to play again …

A short turnaround means less time for injured players to recover. The Buffalo Bills will experience that Thursday night when they visit the New York Jets. The Bills have ruled out only one player, defensive tackle Kyle Williams with a knee injury, but could also be without another because of the time between Sunday's game against Miami and Thursday night. Offensive tac…