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Urbik out two to four weeks

Starting right guard Kraig Urbik will be out two to four weeks with a left knee injury sustained in the second quarter of Sunday's victory against the Oakland Raiders.

Urbik will be replaced in the lineup by Chad Rinehart.

"He did a pretty good job," Bills coach Chan Gailey said of Rinehart. "There's a couple things he was rusty on, but he did a pretty good job. I've got confidence in him that he'll be able to handle it."

Rinehart briefly challenged for the starting left guard job during training camp, but will be returning to the position he started three games at last season for the Bills. The fourth-year man from Northern Iowa measures 6-foot-5 and 323 pounds.

Colin Brown, a 6-7, 328-pounder with no NFL experience, is currently the team's only reserve interior lineman.

---Jay Skurski

http://twitter.com/jayskurski 

Review Monday Morning QB live chat with Rodney McKissic

Explanation from Referee Carey

Here was the pool report I did with Referee Mike Carey on why his crew went back onto the field after the game to see if there was going to be a review of Da'Norris Searcy's game-ending interception in the end zone against the Raiders.

Q: Describe what happened after the call on the field of an interception?

MC: It was ruled an interception. We came into the locker room after delaying to see if it was going to be reviewed. I got a beep in the locker room, a buzz in the locker room, that said review. Went back out, put the headset on. They weren’t set up. But it was an erroneous transmission, and they had already confirmed the ruling on the field.

Q: What was an erroneous transmission?

MC: The beep that I got (on his beeper).

Q: Could you go over the process at the end if the booth thinks a review is necessary?

MC: On all instant replay reviews, the referee goes in an reviews the play – if there’s a review. I got a buzz that said review it. When I got out there they said it had already been confirmed. There was no need for a review. It was an erroneous transmission to my buzzer for review.

Q: Lastly, describe what is required to determine that there is simultaneous possession on a pass like that, a receiver needs to … ?

MC: He needs to maintain possession when he goes to the ground. If he doesn’t maintain possession then it’s either incomplete or an interception.

---Mark Gaughan

 

Hansen was a consummate professional

Allow me to add my two cents on former defensive end Phil Hansen being honored on the Bills Wall of Fame. Hansen, who will become the 27th member of the Wall, was among the classiest players and nicest people I've been around inside and outside of sports.

Hansen already was here as an established veteran when I returned to Buffalo from Philadelphia in 1995 while working for the Assiociated Press. My primary duty back then was covering football and picking up hockey when the Bills' season ended. Most people remember the Bills for their success, but I remember them as much for their personalities.

And Hansen was right at the top of the list.

Bruce Smith was one of the best -- if not the best -- player in team history, but much of his success came because he had Hansen on the other side. Hansen was an effort player who wasn't as blessed athletically as Bruce, but he gave the Bills everything he had and never complained. He also never became caught up in the massive egos that dominated the Bills in the 1990s.

It's not to suggest Hansen wasn't a great athlete. In fact, he was. The play people probably remember most was him intercepting Dan Marino's pass for a touchdown, but I can recall numerous plays in which his pressure from the left side flushed quarterbacks toward Bruce. In my opinion, Hansen was never given enough credit. Ask him, and he'd say he was given too much.

He was among the most humble athletes ever to wear a Buffalo uniform, a trait that clearly came from his hard-working upbringing. He often spoke about North Dakota and his hometown, which sounded like something out of a Norman Rockwell piece. He never lost his roots, either. On Mondays after victories, which were often in the 1990s, he used his day off to work on a farm off Route 20A.

Great player, great guy, great honor.

--- Bucky Gleason

 

Receivers hurting entering Week Two

It's early in the NFL season, but already injury concerns are creeping up for fantasy football teams.

Here's a look at a few of the bigger names who are questionable heading into today:

- Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd. He got in just one practice, but I'm keeping Lloyd in my lineup. Even though a groin injury for a receiver is troublesome, Lloyd's matchup against the Bengals at home in too favorable to pass up. If he can play, he'll put up points.

- Cowboys WR Dez Bryant. If you saw the end of last night's game against the Jets, you know Bryant was pretty useless after he suffered a bruised thigh. He didn't practice at all this week, and even though he made the trip to San Francisco, I'd sit Bryant. The issue is complicated by the 4:05 p.m. start, so take the safe route.

- Jets WR Santonio Holmes. He got hurt late in the practice week, and now is very questionable for today's game against the Jaguars. I took Holmes out of my starting lineup in place of Bucs WR Arrelious Benn. Holmes has more potential, obviously, but it sounds like he's going to be limited even if he does play.

- Don't worry about Lions stud Calvin Johnson. He missed some practice time, but should be good to go against the Chiefs.

At running back, Arian Foster looks like he's going to be close to 100 percent for the Texans against Miami. Start him, of course.

In Denver, former Bill Willis McGahee will start over Knowshon Moreno. McGahee's got good value today.

The Rams are holding out hope Steven Jackson can play tomorrow night against the Giants, but I'd sit him. If you handcuffed yourself with Cadillac Williams, give him the start. I expect 80 or so total yards (and hopefully a TD) from him.

In San Diego, it's not an injury update, but Mike Tolbert has taken over starting duties from Ryan Mathews. Tolbert's value skyrockets with this news, while Mathews becomes a handcuff.

Best of luck in Week Two!

---Jay Skurski

http://twitter.com/jayskurski

Bills Live kicks off at noon

A reminder that Bills live starts at noon, with myself and Jerry Sullivan.

Sully will be leading the talk until about 12:15. I've got a press conference to attend with Phil Hansen, who at halftime will be the 27th inductee on the Bills' Wall of Fame.

To get to Bills Live, click on this link.

---Jay Skurski

http://twitter.com/jayskurski

McGee out vs. Oakland

---Veteran corner Terrence McGee is out for Sunday’s home opener against the Oakland Raiders with a hamstring injury, coach Chan Gailey said today. McGee injured his hamstring on the first play from scrimmage in the Bills’ season opener last week at Kansas City.

Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (groin), who sat out Thursday's workout, practiced fully today and is probable for Sunday’s game as is linebacker Arthur Moats (knee), who missed last week’s game. Defensive tackle Torell Troup (lower back) was limited in practice and is doubtful for Sunday.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Review Inside the NFL chat with Mark Gaughan

Raider receivers ailing

The Raiders' top receiving threat, Darrius Heyward-Bey, left practice early today woth a sore knee. That puts the top three Oakland wideouts in question for Sunday's game at Buffalo. Heyward-Bey told reporters he would expected to be fine for the game. No. 2 wideout Jacoby Ford (hamstring) did not practice and seems likely to be out. No. 3 wideout Louis Murphy (groin) is out.

---Mark Gaughan

Practice update: Stevie rests

UPDATED: Bills receiver Stevie Johnson sat out practice in the fieldhouse today.

Coach Chan Gailey said he was rested due to a sore groin. Johnson said he expects to practice on Friday.

"Stevie's been having a nagging groin for a month, so we just gave him a rest today," Gailey said after the team's workout.

Johnson was the only player not suited up, aside from cornerback Terrence McGee, who is out with a hamstring injury. Defensive tackle Torell Troup (sore back) was in uniform but was limited. Linebacker Arthur Moats (sore knee) was limited, too, Gailey said.

On Troup, Gailey said: "He couldn't go the full way, but he got better. He did a litlte bit more today than he did yesterday."

The Raiders have some major issues at receiver entering Sunday's game. No. 2 wideout Jacoby Ford (hamstring) did not practice and seems likely to be out. No. 3 wideout Louis Murphy (groin) is out.

---Mark Gaughan

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