Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler is looking good already in his recovery from major knee surgery.
That's a big deal for the Buffalo Bills' offense, which needs all of the proven weapons it can get.
Chandler tore a knee ligament last Dec. 23 at Miami and had surgery on Jan. 9. However, he is running around well at the Bills' spring practices.
Chandler started running pass routes three weeks ago. This week, he's running routes and catching the ball. He doesn't have a helmet on and he's not participating with the team in individual or team drills. But he was catching balls from quarterback Jeff Tuel today. Chandler was running well.
"I feel good, and I'm excited for the season," Chandler said. "The injury is different than it used to be. The doctors are better. And I have to attribute some of this, I'm a Christian guy. God is the ultimate healer. Just put your faith in him and see how it goes."
Can he be ready for the start of training camp?
"I feel it's realistic," he said.
The 6-foot-7 Chandler caught 43 passes last season, tied for the second most on the team. He has six touchdown catches each of the past two seasons.
There was a lot of speculation about the Bills pursuing a proven tight end in free agency, but they did not. They did take a tight end in the draft, but not until the seventh round, picking Arkansas' Chris Gragg
Brian Urlacher's retirement turned this morning's front page of
NFL.com into a tribute to the Chicago Bears legend. Analysts and players reviewed his
Hall of Fame credentials and debated where he ranks among the all-time great
That led me to wonder about the Buffalo Bills' best inside or middle
Online gambling site Bovada has posted its over-under win
totals for the upcoming NFL season.
The Buffalo Bills opened at 6.5 wins, with early action
leaning toward the under.
The only teams with lower totals are the Jacksonville
Jaguars (five), Arizona Cardinals (5.5), Oakland Raiders (5.5) and Cleveland
Browns (six). The New York Jets and Tennessee Titans also are at 6.5 wins.
The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos are tied for Bovada's highest
total at 11.5 wins.
Tell us what you think about Buffalo's bettng line.
When it comes to the latest sports cards, nothing drives the
market like hot rookies.
For a change, the Buffalo Bills have them this year.
The Bills haven't been too relevant in the industry. The
Bills have misfired on many picks, and some of their best either played
positions that simply don't appeal to collectors (linemen, defensive players)
or took time to develop.
The start to the professional career of Akron's J.C. Tretter with the Green Bay Packers is almost certain to be delayed after he broke his ankle during practice Monday.
Tretter's agent, Alan Herman, spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the injury, saying that Tretter got his cleat caught in the turf during a field drill.
"It's like they're trying to slide into second base and he got his cleat caught and his ankle rolled over and broke," Herman told the newspaper. "Why they're practicing a fumble drill, I don't know. There's not supposed to be contact. That's a silly drill. Why have big 300-pound guys slide like that in OTAs?"
Herman suggested the injury will take about six months to fully heal. That could make him a candidate for the injured reserve, designated to return rule that the NFL instituted last year.
Tretter was expected to have surgery within 24 hours, with screws and a plate inserted to repair the torn ligament.
Tretter was not available this evening when contacted by The News.
Behind Johnson, the talent is mediocre or unproven.
All that said, ESPN and Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson
loves what the Bills are doing at receiver. He sees a collection of talent that
can enter a game in various situations and give defenses problems.
The attorney for Mario Williams' ex-fiancee told The Buffalo
News his client has no desire to tear down the Buffalo Bills defender, that
Erin Marzouki's only objective is defending herself against nasty allegations
meant to publically humiliate her.
I spoke with Tony Buzbee, attorney for Erin Marzouki, to
clarify some of the elements to the case that have led many to wonder whether
or not folks should be worried about Williams.
On that last point, the story moved from merely pulling back
a curtain on the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history to a potentially
serious situation that involves multiple front-burner issues facing pro sports,
especially with the Junior Seau, Jovan Belcher and Derek Boogaard tragedies fresh
in everyone's minds.
Buzbee, however, insisted this is no smear campaign. He said
his job is to defend his client against a bully who swore under oath Marzouki is of lowdown character.
"The true character of someone is always revealed in
times that we don't typically agree with. In these times it's how you respond
and portray yourself to others that shows the ethics, character and true morals
of a person. What's shown speaks for itself!
"I'm still here and always will be. I'm too strong for
ridicule and the childish extremes those will do to try and taint a persons
name when in reality you make me stronger, hungrier and more determined.
"I'm thankful to be so blessed that nothing said shall
ever contest. I cherish what's been given to me, I cherish life and The Lord
that allows me to breathe every breath. Most of all I'm thankful he showed me
this is the season for revealing ones true character. Revealing the true person!"
The eyebrow-raising allegations were made by Erin Marzouki's attorney, Tony Buzbee,
who released texts purportedly sent by Williams to Marzouki in November, when
Williams was playing some of his best football for the Bills.
The Donahoe era in Buffalo
was a catastrophe, and that's not entirely Donahoe's fault. Ralph Wilson fired
him and, feeling burned, the owner's distrust in hiring another football man
set the organization back for years.
Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.
Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.
Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.