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Fitz a game-day decision

Bills coach Chan Gailey would not rule out Ryan Fitzpatrick from Sunday's game in New York, but Brian Brohm took the snaps as the starting quarterback in Friday's practice.

"We're gonna list him as questionable going into the game," Gailey said of Fitzpatrick. "If he can get ready, then we'll have him out there."

Fitzpatrick has a sore knee and did not take any snaps in practice this week.

Fitzpatrick, however, said he's holding out hope he can play. He said if he feels good on Sunday, he's definitely playing.

“I feel OK," Fitzpatrick told reporters after undergoing about an hour of treatment with the team's trainers. "I have done the walk-throughs this week, but haven’t done a whole lot other than that. I’ve been throwing the ball around. It’ll be a game-day decision."

"I’ve gotten better every day," Fitzpatrick said. "Monday was not great. I’ve made strides every day."

Fitzpatrick acknowledged he needs to have good escapability to face the Jets.

"I think the biggest thing is just not being helpless back there and getting yourself in a situation where you can’t move," Fitzpatrick said. "It doesn’t help you to be out there because you can’t move. We’ll take a look at it and I’ll get some more treatment. We’ve got over 40 hours to kind of heal it up."

The Bills are expected to be without receiver Donald Jones due to the blow to the head he took in the game against New England last week. That leaves just three healthy wide receivers: Steve Johnson, Naaman Roosevelt and Paul Hubbard, who has not played a down this season. The Bills could promote Rod Windsor from the practice squad.

"Possibly we might make a move before the game," Gailey said. "If we don't, we'll go with what we've got."

Center Geoff Hangartner was limited in practice due to the knee injury that has kept him out of the lineup the past three games. Gailey said he's "ready to go" but would not say if he would start. It's believed Eric Wood will start the game at center.

---Mark Gaughan 

 

 

 

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Fitz not practicing

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was not practicing today with the team in the fieldhouse. Brian Brohm was taking the snaps as the No. 1 QB. Fitzpatrick was working on the side with trainers and was tossing some passes, but he still was not moving 100 percent on his sore knee.

We'll see what coach Chan Gailey says after practice. Also: receiver Donald Jones was not at practice. It looks like he's out for the game.

---Mark Gaughan

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Jets practice report

Quarterback Mark Sanchez (right shoulder) did some light throwing and worked on foot drills during the portion of practice the media is allowed to see Thursday. The assumption is Sanchez will play Sunday, though it is not known to what extend. 

Defensive end Shaun Ellis (back), safety James Ihedigbo (knee/ankle) and right tackle Damien Woody (knee) weren't on the field during the open media period. Cornerbacks Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and Antonio Cromartie (groin) and defensive tackles Trevor Pryce (hip) and Sione Pouha (back) practiced in a limited capacity for the second straight day.

---Allen Wilson

Fitz out again

Bills coach Chan Gailey expressed some concern about Ryan Fitzpatrick playing Sunday against the Jets after the quarterback was held out of practice again Thursday because of a sore knee.

 Fitzpatrick has played every down since becoming the starter in Week Three. If he can’t go Brian Brohm will get his first start of the season. That's a strong possibility if Fitzpatrick doesn't practice Friday.

“If a guy doesn’t practice, you’re concerned,’’ Gailey said. “We hope he can make it. I don’t know if he will or not, to be honest with you.’’

The Bills’ short-handed wide receiver corps might be without Donald Jones, who hasn’t practiced because of a blow to the head he took in last week’s game. Jones may have a concussion, though Gailey stopped short of calling it that.

 “I don’t know if [the team doctors] said that, but he got it banged around,’’ Gailey said. “I don’t want to say it is until they tell me officially what it is. But I know they are doing a bunch of tests on him, and he’s got to pass a bunch of stuff before he can play.’’

The Bills are already going to be without receiver David Nelson (ribs). They signed Paul Hubbard off the practice squad earlier this week. Safety Jon Corto and linebacker Mike Balogun also missed practice with illnesses. Balogun was added to the injury list Thursday.

Nose tackle Kyle Williams (hip), left tackle Demetrius Bell (knee), linebacker Chris Kelsay (knee), cornerback Terrence McGee (head) and nose tackle Torell Troup (back) returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday.

---Allen Wilson 

Kyle Williams first Pro Bowl alternate

Just because Bills nose tackle Kyle Williams wasn't voted to the AFC Pro Bowl team doesn't mean he won't be going to Hawaii.

Williams revealed Thursday that he has been named a first alternate at defensive tackle and would replace either New England's Vince Wilfork, Baltimore's Haloti Ngata or Oakland's Richard Seymour if one of them can't play in the game.

Wilfork and Ngata are on teams with a legitimate shot to reach the Super Bowl, which would eliminate one of them from the Pro Bowl, which is held January 30, a week before Super Bowl XVL.

Sounding like someone who didn't win the Academy Award, Williams said he was just happy to be nominated.

"It's always an honor to get recognized by your fans, guys you played against and the coaches that coach against you," Williams said. "So I'm honored with anything that I get."

Williams has established career highs with 75 tackles and a team-leading 5.5 sacks this season. Only Cleveland nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin (79) has more tackles among defensive linemen, according to NFL.com.

"If one of those guys can't go and I get the opportunity to go, I'd love to go and represent our organization, our team, obviously my family and things like that,'' Williams said. "That would be a great honor."

---Allen Wilson

Don't count on seeing Brohm

Bills coach Chan Gailey said Ryan Fitzpatrick will start Sunday's game against the Jets, which is no news. But Gailey also said there is no specific plan to get Brian Brohm in the game at some point, just to take a look at the backup quarterback. Gailey said if Brohm has to play, he would have confidence in him. But he said the plan is to win the game, and Fitzpatrick gives the Bills the best chance to win. Fitzpatrick will set out today's practice to rest some bumps and bruises, Gailey said. But Fitzpatrick is expected back in practice on Thursday.

---Mark Gaughan

Jackson named Bills man of year

Running back Fred Jackson was named the Bills' 2010 Walter Payton Man of the Year, as voted on by selected members of the Western New York community.

The award honors players who demonstrate outstanding balance in their lives between civic and professional responsibilities. Jackson is among the team's most active participants in Bills community programs. Jackson gets $1,000 to donate to the charity of his choice and is eligible for the league-wide NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

---Mark Gaughan

Don't count on Sanchez to play a lot

Jets coach Rex Ryan hedged when asked if quarterback Mark Sanchez will play Sunday against the Bills. Ryan said he's leaning toward having Sanchez play some in the game. But it sure sounds like Sanchez won't go a long way if he does play. The Jets' next two QBs are Mark Brunell and Kellen Clemens. Ryan said they would enter the game in that order in relief of Sanchez --- presuming Sanchez starts.

Said Rex: "You want to do the smart thing. With our quarterback in particular, he’s rolling pretty good lately. I want him to make sure he has his routine in place, but also don’t want him to get hurt. There’s a fine line. We’re working through it. I’m kinda leaning on him playing. How much he plays I’m not sure."

Sanchez has been dealing with a sore shoulder the past month or so.

Is Sanchez 100 percent? "I wouldn’t say that. He’s kinda beat up, just like he was last week at this time. He’ll be limited in practice this week. As the week went on last week he was great. It’s two weeks in a row that he’s finished (the game), that he’s played every snap. He’s been zipping the ball pretty good. But clearly if we think he’s not at or near 100 percent he won’t play. But I think theres a good chance he will be."

Bottom line: The BIlls have at least a slightly better chance to win this game than under normal circumstances.

---Mark Gaughan

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