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Bill Parcells: Fred Jackson 'could've been in Roger Craig's shoes'

By Tim Graham

Bill Parcells' fondness for Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson has been written about before at Press Coverage.

Here are some more words of respect from the Hall of Fame coach.

For my NFL Sunday feature this week, I called Parcells to hear his insight on the evolution of the fullback.

A conversation with Parcells involves a few key catchphrases for emphasis: "Now lookit ..." "You listening here?" "You follow?"

When discussing how the NFL went away from the Larry Csonka and Franco Harris fullbacks of the 1970s to the West Coast versions of the 1980s, he made it a point to bring up Jackson.

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GQ rates Buffalo Bills among 20 worst sports franchises ever

By Tim Graham

Poking fun at the Buffalo Bills was fashionable long before Russ Brandon dressed sharply in those Napoli's men's store commercials.

Bills fans are used to their team -- and their city -- being made fun of.

But GQ?

The men's magazine has included the Bills on its list of the 20 worst franchises in sports history.

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Jairus Byrd, Leodis McKelvin questionable on final injury report

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has announced the team's final injury report for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens in Ralph Wilson Stadium:

Out

  • Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand)
  • Cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist)
  • Kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin)

Questionable

  • Cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring)
  • Safety Jairus Byrd (feet)

Probable

  • Running back C.J. Spiller (quadriceps)
  • Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring)
  • Guard Kraig Urbik (knee)
  • Guard Doug Legursky (knee)
  • Defensive end Mario Williams (ankle)
  • Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (ankle)
  • Defensive tackle Kyle Williams (Achilles)

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Doug Marrone says Bills will be careful with Doug Legursky

Doug Legursky - McCoy
Bills offensive lineman Doug Legursky was injured in the third preseason game. (Photo by James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have had problems at their offensive guard spots.

Left guard Colin Brown has struggled. Right guard Kraig Urbik is dealing with a knee injury.

That's why Doug Legursky's return from a knee injury is worth watching. Legursky, hurt in the third preseason game, has been listed as a full practice participant this week.

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Mario Williams: Thin secondary makes D-line feel 'a lot of stress'

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Bills defensive end Mario Williams said the thin defensive backfield adds a lot of stress. (File photo by James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

By Tim Graham

The Baltimore Ravens have shown a substandard offense through three games.

The Ravens enter Sunday's game versus the Buffalo Bills ranked 30th in total offense, 25th in rushing offense and 20th in passing offense.

Then again, the New York Jets looked pedestrian before thrashing the Bills' defense Sunday.

Buffalo's secondary was vulnerable at the Meadowlands. When cornerback Leodis McKelvin left the game with a hamstring injury on the first series, the added strain impacted the entire defense.

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Important Bills defenders do more at practice today

By Tim Graham

As expected, some Buffalo Bills participated more today after not practicing Wednesday.

Most notable were defensive linemen Mario Williams and Kyle Williams and cornerback Leodis McKelvin.

Kyle Williams confirmed he sat out Wednesday's session to rest his surgically repaired Achilles. He said it's important to get whenever he can, especially with the quick turnaround for next Thursday's road game against the Cleveland Browns.

Bills coach Doug Marrone reiterated that McKelvin's availability for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens likely won't be determined until just before the game.

Did not practice

  • Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand)
  • Cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist)
  • Cornerback Ron Brooks (foot)
  • Kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin)

Limited practice

  • Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring)
  • Guard Kraig Urbik (knee)
  • Defensive end Mario Williams (ankle)
  • Defensive tackler Kyle Williams (Achilles)
  • Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (ankle)
  • Cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring)
  • Safety Jairus Byrd (feet)

Full practice

  • Running back C.J. Spiller (quadriceps)
  • Guard Doug Legursky (knee)

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Thin Bills secondary won't urge Jairus Byrd to rush back

By Tim Graham

Jairus Byrd does not feel compelled to play at anything less than 100 percent.

Not even with the Buffalo Bills' secondary ransacked by injuries.

"No," Byrd said this afternoon at his locker. "I mean, I don't want to see them do bad. I've said that since Day One. But me going out there at less than 100 percent isn't going to help the case either.

"I can't do anything about it. That's the tough part."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

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.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

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.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

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.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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