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Bills know jobs are on line

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills know they need a strong finish in their final two games if they are going to take any of the heat off head coach Chan Gailey.

The Bills' miserable, 50-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks had numerous players acknowledging the obvious Monday in the locker room. Jobs are on the line.

"I think the last two games will kind of show a lot of that one way or the other," said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, when asked what case can be made for keeping the current program together. "I think this is a group that's not gonna quit, and we all understand the situation we're in right now. And I think we all understand the importance of these last two games in terms of the effort and the product we put on the field to show that we have made progress and there is hope with the guys we have in this locker room."

Said receiver Stevie Johnson: "We're making all our positions tough. That's why these next two games will be crucial, because I like playing for Coach Gailey and the whole staff. I like these coaches. So I'm going to do my part and hopefully we can win these games and have another run next year because I seriously believe we're building something here."

Said Gailey: "To be honest with you, I’m focused on this game and the next game. And that’s all I’m focused on. That’s all I can be focused on. No matter what the situation, that’s what I’d be saying."

On the injury front, Gailey said special teamer Arthur Moats is out the final two games. He suffered an ankle injury on a kickoff. Receiver Marcus Easley suffered a hamstring injury and is out for this week's game against Miami.

“He has a shot,” said Gailey of Wood’s chances of playing Sunday. “He's not going to practice Wednesday, but it looks like he may try to get out there Thursday."

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Tim Graham

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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.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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