Share this article

print logo

Bills Notebook: McDermott says he spoke to NFL about Benjamin call

Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula has publicly added himself to the list of people frustrated about the Kelvin Benjamin overturned touchdown call in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots.

"Everybody I talk to, and they're not Bills fans, they're not necessarily anti-Patriots, but they're all baffled by that call," Pegula said Tuesday in an interview with WGR-550.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott told media members in the afternoon he agreed with Pegula's comments and has aired his frustrations to the NFL.

"I support Terry and the statements he made," McDermott said. "I'm still at a loss. I have spoken to the league on it, and I remain at a loss."

Bills owner Terry Pegula: 'We have to fix' replay in the NFL

McDermott wouldn't say who at the league he spoke to, simply, "the necessary people." He also said he hasn't heard about anyone with the team being fined for criticism of the call.

Pegula said conversations have been had about the replay system and he expected more to come.

"I don't know what's going on, but we have to fix it," he said. "And I'm not saying that as the owner of the Bills, I'm saying that as a football fan. We can't have stuff like this happening in our league."

Now that the Bills have begun preparing for their Week 17 game against the Miami Dolphins, McDermott stressed the importance of turning the page on the Benjamin play and focusing on the future. He said one of his jobs as the coach is balancing his personal frustration with keeping his team focused.

"That's part of what we do," McDermott said. "We control what we can control and we move forward. I'm not going to get into the what-if's of that game. ... That's not helping us right now. We have to be mentally disciplined."

* * *

The Bills have added a replacement for running back Travaris Cadet, who was put on injured reserve after suffering a fractured ankle Sunday. McDermott announced the team has promoted two-year NFL veteran Marcus Murphy from the practice roster.

Murphy played minimally in 16 games with the New Orleans Saints over the 2015 and 2016 seasons, totaling just one rushing attempt for zero yards and catching one pass for three yards. Buffalo signed Murphy to the practice squad Nov. 6.

"On the practice squad, he's done a phenomenal job," McDermott said. "He's a young man that's shown up every day and put his best foot forward. ... I'm anxious to take a look and see what he brings to the table. He's done a good job. He's earned it."

Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said he won't know how frequently he'll use Murphy until he sees how practice goes this week.

The Cadet and Murphy moves were just two of several transactions on a busy day for the Bills. Wide receiver Andre Holmes was also put on injured reserve and defensive tackle Deandre Coleman was released. Wide receiver Malachi Dupre and defensive tackle Rickey Hatley were promoted from the practice squad in corresponding moves.

* * *

This isn't the first time McDermott has played for a playoff bid in Week 17. The Philadelphia Eagles needed a win and help to make the postseason when he was the team's linebackers coach in 2008. He said the biggest thing he takes out of that experience is to avoid scoreboard watching.

"If we don't win, it's not going to matter," McDermott said. "Through all the scenarios that are out there, the one common theme is that the Bills have got to win."

This week's Bills game, as well as the three games affecting the team's playoff chances (Cincinnati-Baltimore, Tennessee-Jacksonville and Oakland-Chargers) will all kick off at 4:25 p.m.

Bills-Dolphins game moved to later start time in Week 17

* * *

Cornerback E.J. Gaines, who missed Sunday's game with a knee injury, is improving, McDermott said. Fellow corner Shareece Wright is in concussion protocol.

Story topics: / / / / / / / / /

There are no comments - be the first to comment