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Fitz contract breakdown

Details of Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract extension are in, and as advertised, it makes him the 16th-highest paid starting QB in the league, with an average salary of $9.83 million a year. Fitzpatrick got a $10 million signing bonus this year. He gets a $5 million option bonus in March. His base salaries are $2.8 million next year, $4.25 million in 2013, $4.35 million in 2014, $7.2 million in 2015, $8.75 million in 2016 and $9.4 million in 2017. He gets $3 million roster bonuses in 2013 and 2014.

---Mark Gaughan

Wilson doubtful vs. Miami

---Strong safety George Wilson is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins with a neck injury, although coach Chan Gailey holds out the slight hope that his defensive leader will be able to play.

If Wilson can’t play, either veteran Bryan Scott or rookie Da’Norris Searcy will start at strong safety. Kicker Rian Lindell (shoulder) is out for the game.

Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (shoulder), defensive end Spencer Johnson (calf) and left tackle Demetrius Bell (shoulder) are all questionable but Gailey said they have a “decent chance’’ to play. Bell started the first four games but hasn’t played since injuring his shoulder in the loss at Cincinnati, a span of five games. Chris Hairston started two games at left tackle before suffering a high ankle sprain in the loss to the New York Giants and guard Andy Levitre started the last three games at left tackle. Now that Eric Wood (knee) is out for the season, Levitre will start at center on Sunday.

Linebacker Chris Kelsay (calf), right tackle Erik Pears (groin) and wide receiver David Nelson (ankle) are probable. Nelson was limited today after missing Thursday’s practice with an illness.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Inside the NFL chat with Mark Gaughan

Losman in waiting with Fish

Former Bills quarterback J.P. Losman is the No. 2 to starter Matt Moore with the Miami Dolphins. Losman was signed on Oct. 25 after Miami backup Sage Rosenfels was lost for the year to injury.

Losman tlalked about his role to the Dolphins' website on Thursday.

Losman on his time in Buffalo: “You just learn the business side of things. It was an exciting time when I came out. We had a great opportunity there in Buffalo and we just couldn’t get things going the way we wanted to from an organization standpoint for many different reasons. We had lots of change and it’s very hard to win when you have lots of change and there are a lot of things that play a factor. Now I’m just waiting for that next opportunity and you’ve got to work hard. It’s hard when you’re used to playing all the time, but that’s something you learn how to deal with.”

More Losman on Buffalo: "Of course there are memories and they’ve been able to string a couple of wins and it’s great for them and for the city. I love the city of Buffalo, but now we’re the opponent so obviously you want to win. … You would love to play against your old team and for that scenario to play out where you go in there, but I’ll be ready either way.”

Losman spent five seasons in Buffalo. After leaving the Bills he played a season in the UFL. Then he spent seven games on Oakland's roster in 2009, attempting just one pass. He was out of football in 2010. He has had seven offensive coordinators in his seven NFL seasons.

Here's the link to the story on him on Dolpins.com: http://www.miamidolphins.com/news/article-1/NOTEBOOK-Losman-Hasnt-Forgotten-His-Time-In-Buffalo/2cc35202-72b2-4ac4-9d6f-c79f1aa67d25

---Mark Gaughan

 

Bills-Dolphins injury report

---Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (shoulder) and right tackle Erik Pears (groin) returned to practice today after sitting out Wednesday’s session with injuries.

Both were limited but coach Chan Gailey said Pears took nearly every rep and while he couldn’t say for certain if Johnson would be available for Sunday’s game in Miami, he felt optimistic because he practiced.  

Strong safety George Wilson (neck), wide receiver David Nelson (ankle), defensive end Spencer Johnson (calf) and kicker Rian Lindell (shoulder) all sat out of practice although Gailey said Nelson would have participated had he not been hit with an unspecified illness.

Wilson is questionable for Sunday while Gailey hopes Johnson can return to practice on Friday and perhaps play against the Dolphins. Linebacker Chris Kelsay (calf) and left tackle Demetrius Bell (shoulder) were limited. 

“Stevie came out and did some things today which was good and that was a positive,’’ Gailey said. “He was limited but he did some things. We got him off the field early to get some treatment.’’

The only players listed on the injury report for Miami are tight end Anthony Fasano (ankle) and corner Nolan Carroll (hamstring). Carroll participated fully while Fasano was limited.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Easley won't comment on his health

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---Wide receiver Marcus Easley was in the Bills’ facility on Thursday but didn’t comment on his current health condition, what led the team to place him on season-ending injured reserve or if his condition is career threatening.

The Bills placed the former UConn wideout on IR in September because of a heart ailment, according to a source. When asked if he would be able to continue his NFL career, Easley said he wanted to keep matters private and remain optimistic. He was also placed on injured reserve last season after suffering a knee injury during training camp.

“As far as I’m concerned I’m still on the team and I’m welcomed to attend meetings and work out if I’d like to,’’ Easley said. “I’m trying to stay around, keep the team camaraderie and take my mind off things.’’

Easley wouldn’t comment on his current workouts or a timetable on his possible return.

 “I’m still here so right now I’m taking things day-by-day and worry about that when the time comes,’’ he said. “With the things that were going on, I really couldn’t do too much but right now I’m just taking things day-by-day and hoping for the best.’’

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Jackson 8th in Pro Bowl voting

BIlls running back Fred Jackson stands eighth overall in fan voting for the Pro Bowl.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers leads all players with 589,801 votes. The NFL released the voting totals from fan selections on NFL.com. New England QB Tom Brady is second at 537,780.

The rest of the top 10 are: Detroit's Calvin Johnson (487,547), Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (469,117), New England's Wes Welker (430,945), Green Bay's Greg Jennings (399,521), New Orleans' Drew Brees (396,436), the Bills' Jackson (384,771), Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace (377,615) and Chicago's Matt Forte (348,880).

Voting runs through Dec. 19. Fan voting accounts for one-third of the formula for choosing the players for the league's all-star game.

---Mark Gaughan

Fitz on losing star center

Bills guard Andy Levitre gets thrown into the fire at center this week against a powerful and underrated nose tackle in Miami's Paul Soliai, a 6-foot-4,355-pounder. Miami is 10th in the league against the run.

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on the loss of center Eric Wood to a season-ending knee injury: "Yeah, that’s really tough. He’s the anchor up there, he’s the guy just in terms of the communication, the center’s the guy that gets everything going and again, for Andy to kind of have to move around, it’s tough on him but he’s done a great job with it. Our heart goes out to Eric, it’s a really tough situation for him just to have to go through that whole rehab process again. He was playing at such a high level and had really become a leader not only on that offensive line group but for the team and he’s a guy that we look at as a leader. So it’s hard to lose him but like we’ve done all year long you’ve got to move on from it and have the next guy step up and play."

Bills coach Chan Gailey on the O-line moving forward without Wood: “Eric is a great player. Anytime you lose a great player it hurts your football team. I think Andy (Levitre) is a very versatile and very good football player and I think he’ll do just fine at center. It’ll be his first game. A guy that has played as many snaps as Eric Wood has at center, it’s not going to be the same no matter what you say. (Andy) is going to do everything he can. I think he’ll play well and then we’ve got to have some other guys come on and play well. We’ve got to have those guys communicate and be on the same page and we have to keep it fairly simple for them so they can play as effectively as possible.”

Gailey on Levitre's challenge: “That’ll be the biggest thing is communication. Toughness won’t be an issue. Quickness won’t be an issue. Snapping won’t be an issue. It’ll strictly be communication and making sure they’re on the same page.”

---Mark Gaughan


 

Bills O-line shuffling

The BIlls had a lot of moving parts on their offensive line due to injuries at practice today.

With Eric Wood out, Andy Levitre was working at center, as advertised. Right tackle Erik Pears was sitting out today. We'll have to wait for the injury report to see his ailment, although coach Chan Gailey did not mention Pears' injury in his news conference, so we don't think Pears has a major problem. Guard Kraig Urbik was filling in at right tackle. Chris Hairston, back healthy from an ankle injury, was working at left tackle. Hairston is expected to start there vs. Miami Sunday. Veteran Demetrius Bell was back working behind Hairston at left tackle. Bell has missed the past five games while recovering from a shoulder injury.

Also sitting out practice were receivers Stevie Johnson and David Nelson, safety George Wilson, linebacker Spencer Johnson and kicker Rian Lindell. Nelson was in the locker room and in attendance. It's believed he will be OK for Sunday.

---Mark Gaughan

Stevie iffy for Miami game

Neither Bills receiver Stevie Johnson or safety George Wilson will practice today as a result of injuries they suffered in the team's loss at Dallas Sunday.

Johnson suffered an injury to his shoulder area late in the game. He said he's hopeful of playing but was far from making guarantees.

"We’ll see what happens when we make it to Sunday. ... I’m definitely making progress. In the training room we’ve been doing a lot of treatment. Hopefully we get everything we need so once Friday or Saturday comes around I’m fully confident in going out there and using my arm and throwing people by and all that stuff for the game."

Bills coach Chan Gailey said he hoping Johnson and Wilson will be ready.

"He won’t practice today and we hope we’ll get him out there a little bit Thursday and a little bit Friday and he’ll be ready to go Sunday," Gailey said. "That’s what we hope."

Gailey on Wilson: "He’s another one that won’t practice today, but there’s a decent chance he’ll get to play Sunday. We hope to get him back a little bit tomorrow and a little bit Friday."

Bills linebacker Chris Kelsay, who missed the past two games and four of the past five with a calf muscle injury, said he will practice today and he will play against the Dolphins.

---Mark Gaughan

 

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