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League fines Johnson $10,000 for celebration

Bills receiver Stevie Johnson has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for his end zone celebration Sunday.

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Fitz on the Titans

Tennessee's defense ranks 17th in yards allowed and seventh in points allowed. The Titans are 22nd against the run and 13th against the pass.

Said Chan Gailey on the Titans: “They’re very aggressive and fast. They’re not the biggest people we’ve played, but they’re very aggressive and fast. They have a good pass rush and their linebackers are everywhere. Their secondary doesn’t have a ton of interceptions, but they’ve made some plays. So it’s an aggressive, fast defense. That’s what they are.”

Said Ryan Fitzpatrick: "They fly around. I think that’s the biggest thing you see with them on film. They’re fast they’re physical and they fly around. In terms of the different things they do, they wouldn’t be categorized as exotic. They do what they do and they’re good at it. So for us it’s going to be about executing our stuff. It’s going to be about finding holes in the zone. When we get the man coverage, beating their guys."

---Mark Gaughan

McKelvin OK, Wilson still iffy

Bills coach Chan Gailey was optimistic about the health of cornerback Leodis McKelvin entering the game against the Titans Sunday but was cautious about strong safety George Wilson. McKelvin bruised ribs in the loss at New York Sunday.

“Probably Leodis’ is less significant, so he has a better chance to practice today or tomorrow," said Gailey. "He might not get out there today, but I think he’s got a chance to get out there tomorrow.”

“This has been a long thing with George and it’s coming slowly," Gailey said. "He won’t be out there today, but we’re hoping we can get him out there one day end of this week.”

Said Wilson: "My chance of playing this week is far greater than it was last week. We’ll see how the week progresses."

---Mark Gaughan

Defensive mistakes costly

The Buffalo Bills' defense ranks 28th in points allowed and 22nd in yards allowed throgh 11 games.

The Bills had way too many mental mistakes in the 28-24 loss to the New York Jets last week.

"Last week we had, I believe it was 20-plus mental errors," said Bills safety George Wilson. "Any time you're making that many mistakes, you’re helping your opponents, and it's tough to overcome those mistakes and get victories."

The Bills' defense was on the field for 58 plays against the Jets. Obviously, there could be more than one mental mistake on any given play.

---Mark Gaughan

Troup's 2nd year washes out

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Torell Troup was placed on the injured reserve list today, ending his second season with the team. Troup was the second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and it's a pick that is looking shaky. Troup played in six of 11 games this season. He played 16 snaps a game in the six games he appeared. Over 11 games his average was only nine snaps a game. So his loss for the final five games isn't a big deal for the Bills. But  the fact he has made little impact over two seasons is a big issue for the team. Ideally, Troup would be a huge, run-stuffing asset as the No. 3 tackle behind Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams. But he's on the shelf due to back problems, not a good thing long-term for a 330-pounder.

Bills coach Chan Gailey said today Troup will need surgery to solve his back problem.

Troup started out training camp looking very good over the first week or two. But his back problems cropped up early on.

"He wasn’t at 100 percent really at any point this year," Gailey said. "It had been bothering him so they needed to go in and get it done.”

The Bills promoted defensive end Lionel Dotson, a 6-4, 290-pounder, to the active roster. They also signed outside linebacker Robert Eddins to the practice squad.

---Mark Gaughan

Injury updates on Bell, Roosevelt, Lindell

The decision to make offensive tackle Demetrius Bell inactive Sunday against the Jets was strictly related to his health, coach Chan Gailey said today.

"He was really sore after [last] Thursday’s practice when he took a lot of reps and we didn’t want to chance it," Gailey said.

Bell hasn't played since Week Four against Cincinnati.

Gailey also provided the following injury updates today:

- Kicker Rian Lindell, who has missed the past three games, did some work on the side last week. "I think he may get in to practice and kick some this week. The field goals are easier than the kickoffs and then there's always the tackling issue that we're going to have to address. I think that's how the decision will be made," Gailey said.

- Receiver Naaman Roosevelt, held out Sunday because of a shoulder injury, has a good chance to return against Tennessee. "His shoulder's feeling a lot better," Gailey said. Roosevelt is expected to return to practice Wednesday or Thursday.

- Rookie Marcell Dareus will be fine after missing the first eight snaps of Sunday's game because of a sickness.

- On George Wilson: "I don’t think he'll make Wednesday but let us see how he'll do Thursday to Friday to Saturday."

---Jay Skurski

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McKelvin makes an impression before being hurt

Leodis McKelvin just can't catch a break right now.

Having already fallen down the cornerback depth chart, McKelvin added injury to that insult during Sunday's loss to the New York Jets. McKelvin, who was having a solid game on special teams, got hit in the ribs late in the third quarter on a play in which he recovered a muffed punt by the Jets' Antonio Cromartie.

“He played outstanding on special teams. He really did. He was all over the field. He was a difference maker on special teams yesterday which was great for us," coach Chan Gailey said. "I hope we get him back this week.

"He got hit in the ribs pretty good and it's going to be close, but I think he's going to be fine."

It wouldn't be a surprise to see the team's first-round pick in 2008 miss a day or two of practice this week because of the injury.

So what did Gailey learn about McKelvin before he was hurt Sunday?

"It tells you he's a competitor. He wants to work his way back up and this is one way he can do it," the coach said.

---Jay Skurski

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Troup could be shut down for season

The lost season for nose tackle Torell Troup sounds like it's about to come to a premature end.

Troup missed Sunday's game in New York after the persistent lower back tightness that has plagued him all year flared up Saturday night. It then got worse on game day.

"It really locked up Sunday morning," coach Chan Gailey said. "They did more tests [Monday] and it’s not good. We’re going to have decide where we go with that in the next few days."

Gailey acknowledged injured reserve is a possibility for the second-year pro out of Central Florida. Troup has missed five games -- and been extremely limited in the six he's played this year. He's got just eight tackles, rarely being able to play more than about 10 snaps a game.

"He hasn’t been 100 percent in a long time and we had so much promise for him early in camp and early in the season, it’s been tough on everybody," Gailey said. "Especially losing Kyle [Williams] the way we did, It’s been hard."

Gailey wasn't sure whether surgery would be needed to correct the issue, but the 6-foot-3, 326-pounder will need to explore every avenue to correcting the issue. His usefulness as an NFL nose tackle depends on being able to push the pocket and clog up running lanes. Both of those tasks require a healthy back.

---Jay Skurski

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Audio from Johnson, Fitzpatrick and Gailey

Stevie Johnson's "shot" heard 'round the world was a big topic of conversation in the Bills' locker room today. Here are the audio interviews with the receiver, along with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and coach Chan Gailey.

Stevie Johnson

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Coach Chan Gailey

---Jay Skurski

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