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Ray-Ray issues a warning to Bills

It's not often an opposing player gets riled up to play the Bills in recent years, but that's not the case with Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis.

Still smarting from Sunday's overtime loss at New England, Lewis had a message for the Bills, who visit the Ravens on Sunday.

“We are going home and then we are going to the bye week,” Lewis told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s going to be rough on Buffalo.”

Call it bravado or confidence, but Lewis' statement reflected the ill mood of his Ravens teammates after losing to the Patriots, a team Baltimore dominated in the playoffs last year.

I thought the Ravens might be looking past the Bills if they had won Sunday. Doesn't look like that will happen now.

The Bills better have gotten plenty of rest during their bye, but they might be catching Lewis and the Ravens at a bad time.

---Allen Wilson


Gailey mum on potential changes, trade deadline

The NFL trade deadline looms at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Bills coach Chan Gailey addressed the deadline following Monday's practice.

"Right now Buddy and I have not talked about any changes on the horizon, but we've got until 4 o'clock tomorrow, so you never know what might happen," the coach said.

Gailey was also tight-lipped about potential lineup changes heading into Sunday's game at Baltimore.

"Well if I did [make any changes] I wouldn't tell you because you'd write it and Baltimore would know," he said. "There may be some changes and their may not be. ... We evaluate everybody every week and we've got some extra time to do that this week."

---Jay Skurski



McGee, Green not at practice

The Bills returned to work this afternoon following their bye week with nearly a full squad at practice.

Cornerback Terrence McGee and right tackle Cornell Green were the only two players not taking part in a late-afternoon workout on the grass field next to the fieldhouse.

Coach Chan Gailey will address the media following practice, at about 5 p.m.

---Jay Skurski

Bills add OL Rinehart to practice squad

The Bills signed offensive lineman Chad Rinehart to their practice squad Monday. To make room for Rinehart, defensive end Sunny Harris was released from the PS.

Rinehart, 6-foot-5 and 307 pounds, originally joined the NFL as a third-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins in 2008. He did not play and was inactive for 13 games as a rookie. He made four starts in 2009 at right guard, but was placed on injured reserve after breaking his fibula in a game at Dallas.

A product of Northern Iowa, where he played left tackle, Rinehart was most recently on the New York Jets' practice squad. The Jets released him Oct. 12. 

Rinehart, 25, paid $195 in fines in June after an Iowa judge found him guilty of public intoxication. He was arrested in January in Cedar Falls, Iowa, for pulling on a locked door of a local pizzeria.

---Jay Skurski 

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Injuries healing as Bills hit the bye

The Bills wrapped up their final practice before the bye weekend just after noon. Then, the race to the airport was on.

Not practicing Friday were cornerback Terrence McGee, linebacker Keith Ellison, right tackle Cornell Green and tight end Shawn Nelson.

Head coach Chan Gailey said after practice that McGee and Green are the only two players he expects might miss next Sunday's game against the Ravens. Green will be out with a knee injury, while McGee would fall into the questionable category as he comes back from surgery to repair a pinched nerve.

Cheap plug alert: To read about what some of the Bills will be doing over the weekend, check out my story in Saturday's News.

---Jay Skurski

Wade zings himself

That jokester Wade Phillips made light of the criticism being heaped upon him for the Dallas Cowboys' slow start. "We've got a lot of good players," Phillips told reporters Wednesday. "If we had any coaching at all we'd be in good shape.''

The loser of Sunday's game between Dallas and Minnesota won't be laughing. Both teams are 1-3.

---Mark Gaughan

O.J., Bruce on NFL Top 100

For those fans who receive the NFL Network, tonight's episode of the series, The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players, includes former Bills O.J. Simpson and Bruce Smith.

The series profiles 10 players each episode. This week's episode covers players who ranked 31-40 after a poll of many NFL observers. Simpson and Smith both are in that group. Simpson is presented in the video by journalist Chuck Klosterman. Smith is presented by MSNBC's Luke Russert. They're the first two Bills to be featured in the top 100. So it's apparent Jim Kelly did not make the top 100. QBs Troy Aikman, Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach, Kurt Warner, Fran Tarkenton and Joe Namath already have appeared on the list.  The show runs at 9 p.m.

---Mark Gaughan

RT Green out several games

The Bills will be without starting right tackle Cornell Green for several games, coach Chan Gailey said after Wednesday's practice.

"We rested a bunch of guys today," Gailey said. "The only one that looks like we will not have for awhile now is Cornell Green. We'll miss him for awhile."

Green had been bothered by a sore knee in preseason, but he has not missed any practice time the first five weeks. However, Green had to be relieved in the fourth quarter against Jacksonville on Sunday by rookie Cordaro Howard. Gailey would not be specific about Green's injury but he said it will not require surgery.

"It's stuff he's been dealing with," Gailey said. "It got a little worse, and we let it go. He probably pushed it too far last week and it's cost him a few games."

Asked if Howard will take Green's spot, Gailey said: "Right now, yes."

Howard moved up to the No. 3 spot at offensive tackle, ahead of Jamon Meredith, for the Week Three game against New England. Meredith worked as the No. 3 tackle all offseason and all preseason, but he was cut by the Bills after four games. Veteran Kirk Chambers worked as the No. 4 tackle on the roster much of the offseason. He was released at the end of the preseason. Rookie Ed Wang, who had surgery in August to repair a thumb injury, should be getting closer to being available.

---Mark Gaughan





Bills add LB to practice squad

The Bills have signed linebacker Thomas Williams to the practice squad. Williams was released by New England on Sept. 4. He's a 6-foot-1, 240-pounder from Southern California. He entered the NFL in 2008 as a fifth-round pick of Jacksonville. He spent parts of the 2009 season on the practice squads of the Seahawks and Patriots. Williams was not a starter for USC, which had a star-studded linebacking corps. He was a utility linebacker. He played in 13 games and finished with 56 tackles, an interception, five pass deflections and two forced fumbles.

---Mark Gaughan

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