Linebacker Andra Davis has been selected as the Bills' Ed Block Courage Award winner. The award is presented to one member of each NFL team who exemplifies a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.
Davis is in his 10thseason and second with the Bills. Last year, he started four of his first six games before being placed on injured reserve with a left shoulder injury. After eight months of rehabilitation from a labral tear, Davis returned to the Bills and was voted one of the team’s six captains for this season.
Off the field, Davis is the team’s spokesman for the Verizon Wireless HopeLine cell phone collection program, which provides wireless phones and funding to domestic violence agencies. He’s also donated 20 season tickets to the Wounded Warrior project, which provides tickets to veterans, in each of the past two seasons.
Davis will be honored at the 34th annual Ed Block Courage Awards Foundation ceremony next March in Baltimore.
With center Eric Wood and linebacker Chris White being placed on injured reserve today, the Buffalo Bills had a pair of openings on their 53-man roster.
The team filled those spots by promoting defensive back Josh Nesbitt and signing defensive end Kyle Moore.
Nesbitt, 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, is a former college quarterback at Georgia Tech who converted to defense in training camp. He becomes the fifth safety on the team's roster.
Moore is a former fourth-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Bucs. The 6-6, 272-pounder appeared in 15 games with the Bucs over two seasons, including seven starts in 2010. He made 29 tackles, six quarterback pressures and recovered two fumbles last season before a shoulder injury landed him on injured reserve in Week 13.
Moore has spent the 2011 season on the Detroit Lions' practice squad after being released by Tampa Bay during final cuts on Sept. 2. Moore played college football at Southern Cal, starting for two seasons. He made 76 tackles, including 13 for loss, seven sacks and two interceptions for the Trojans.
The team also re-signed receiver Tim Toone to the practice squad to fill the vacancy created by Nesbitt's call-up.
Bills center Eric Wood has a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season. That grim news was confirmed by the third-year player himself today, who met with the media in the Bills' locker room a day after the team's nightmare 44-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
"It's definitely not something I wanted to go through again," said Wood, who also missed the final six games of his rookie season in 2009 because of a gruesome fractured leg. "Another long rehab process, but I'll do it and just look to come back stronger next year.
"I know how tough it is. I've been through it. Last season wasn't fun because I was still hurting from the previous year, but I proved to myself I could do it before, and I'll do it again."
Wood was still weighing options on when he would have surgery for the injury, which he suffered near the end of the third quarter after Ryan Fitzpatrick's first interception. He was pursuing the play when he was hit by Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware.
"I kind of tried to avoid a blocker and then I was going to cut and go back to take a better angle. It was just perfect timing where I went to cut and he got me in the side of my shoulder or back or wherever and it just kind of put extra force on my knee," Wood said. "My toe caught and I knew instantly something was wrong. ... As soon as [the trainers] came out there, they said 'what's wrong' and I said 'I think I tore my ACL.'
"It's just unfortunate and terrible luck."
Wood said he hopes to be ready for the start of training camp next year.
"It's hard on him. It's hard on us. He was having a very good year," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "He will be sorely missed."
The news was equally as bad for rookie linebacker Chris White. He also suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the season, Gailey said.
DALLAS -- Here are a few of the pertinent statistics from the Bills' 44-7 loss today at Cowboys Stadium. You might want to shield your eyes and hide it from the kids. The numbers aren't pretty:
Stevie Johnson had two catches for 8 yards on the day. That's his worst day since becoming a regular at the start of last season. Johnson hadn't been held to two catches in a game since the loss at Minnesota last season. It was the first time he's been held below double-digits in yards since becoming a starter.
Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions. That's the first time he's done that since the home loss to New England last year on the day after Christmas, and only his second time as a Bill. Fitz threw for 146 yards, his lowest output of the season.
The Bills defense allowed 24 first downs. That's the seventh time they've done that in nine games. They gave up 433 total yards for the sixth time this season. They gave up 400-plus in five straight games before the Washington win.
The Bills allowed 163 yards rushing, their second-most of the season. They allowed 171 yards rushing in the loss at Cincinnati.
The Bills did not record a sack for the fifth time in nine games. They have 15 sacks on the year, 10 in the game against the Redskins in Toronto. During their three-game road losing streak, they have just two total sacks.
DALLAS -- The Bills have talked a lot about belief this season. Coach Chan Gailey preached it during training camp and his players embraced the notion of expecting to win, rather than hoping. The belief was palpable when they went to 5-2. But after two straight blowout losses, you wonder if that belief is being tested.
Gailey didn't dodge the issue when I asked him after Sunday's 44-7 loss the Cowboys, which gave the Bills their first two-game losing streak of the season and knocked them out of first place in the AFC East.
"It can happen," Gailey said when asked if he worried that this two-game skid could affect his team's hard-earned confidence. "Yes. It can happen. And that's my responsibility, to not let that happen. We have made progress. But you can't play like this and see it, or feel it. So my responsibility as the coach is to get our guys back playing where we were playing earlier in the season.
"We're more a pretender than a contender right now," Gailey said.