September 1, 2013 - 5:27 PM
By Jay Skurski
From the in-case-you-were-wondering dept.:
None of the five players the Buffalo Bills have on injured reserve -- quarterback Kevin Kolb, wide receivers Kevin Elliott and Brad Smith, fullback Drew Smith and tight end Mike Caussin -- are eligible for NFL's injured reserve-designated to return list. Their seasons are over.
That's because those five players were put on injured reserve before the team had established its 53-man roster.
To be eligible for the IR-designated to return label, a player must first be on the 53-man roster. Any time after 4 p.m. Tuesday, a player then can be placed on the list.
In the Bills' case, they have one injured player who may qualify. That is guard Doug Legursky, who suffered a knee injury Thursday in the final preseason game against the Detroit Lions. If the Bills did put Legursky on the list, it would keep him out for the first eight weeks of the season.
The team has already said cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who is out with a broken wrist, will not be put on the list, because they believe he will be ready to play in fewer than eight weeks.
August 18, 2013 - 6:36 PM
By Jay Skurski
Bills got a head start on bringing down their roster number Sunday, releasing four players and placing another on injured reserve.
were offensive tackle Tony Hillis, wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield and defensive
backs Mark LeGree and Don Unamba. All four players were signed by the team
after the start of training camp, and failed to move up the depth chart.
Bills also placed wide receiver Kevin Elliott on injured reserve. He suffered a torn
ACL in his left knee on a non-contact play Friday against the Minnesota
Bills currently have 83 players on their active roster. They need to trim that
number to 75 by 4 p.m. Aug. 27. The final cut to 53 players needs to be done by
6 p.m. Aug. 31.
August 17, 2013 - 4:56 PM
By Jay Skurski
The Buffalo Bills' quarterback competition took a drastic turn this afternoon with the news that rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel will miss the rest of the preseason because of a knee injury.
The Bills released a statement from coach Doug Marrone via email at 4:06 p.m. announcing the injury.
"EJ Manuel had some swelling in his left knee this morning and was examined by our medical staff. An MRI revealed that he will need to have a minor knee procedure and that has been scheduled. He will miss the remainder of the preseason and then be re-evaluated at that time. Kevin Kolb will be our starting quarterback for this weekend's game at Washington."
Manuel made no mention of the injury following last night's 20-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. He showed no sign of an obvious injury in addressing the media at the podium.
Manuel has led the Bills to a 2-0 start in the preseason. He's gone 26 of 33 for 199 yards and two touchdowns in those two games.
"I thought personally I did well when I had the chance to go out there and play," Manuel said last night.
The Bills also announced that wide receiver Kevin Elliott suffered a torn anterior-cruciate ligament and will miss the season.
The team returns to practice at 8 a.m. Sunday at St. John Fisher College. Marrone will update the media regarding Manuel following that workout.
August 16, 2013 - 9:58 PM
By Tim Graham
Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' victory over the
Minnesota Vikings tonight in Ralph Wilson Stadium ...
What it means: Kevin Kolb wasted a precious opportunity to
impress the coaching staff. He started the game and completed just three of his
first eight passes with an interception. Kolb finished 13 of 21 for 111 yards
and no touchdowns.
Bills star of the game: Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes,
starting for Mario Williams on the right side, sacked Christian Ponder on the
game's first snap and added a strip-sack of Matt Cassel in the second quarter.
Stat line of the day: Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel completed
all six of his passes for 44 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown toss to Brad
Smith, on his first drive to start the second half.
Dirty laundry: Bills coach Doug Marrone was upset when his
players committed nine penalties for 74 yards in their first preseason game.
The Bills had nine penalties by halftime tonight and finished with 14 accepted for 106
Kicker duel: Sixth-round pick Dustin Hopkins again took the
first kicks. Hopkins
made field goals from 39 and 35 yards. Rian Lindell didn't get any attempts in
the second half and kicked off once. ... Punter Shawn Powell, who apparently won the job when the Bills cut Brian Stahovich a few days ago, shanked his first punt 19 yards out of bounds.
Preliminary injury report: Wide receiver Kevin Elliott was
carted to the locker room in the second quarter with an apparent left leg
Coming up: Buffalo will visit
4:30 p.m. next Saturday.
By Tim Graham
A player who had little chance to make the 2013 roster has
The Buffalo Bills have cut wide receiver Kevin Norrell from
The Bills still have 11 receivers, not counting Dorin
Dickerson, on their offseason roster. Here they are, listed in order of how I
view their chances to make the opening-day roster -- not necessarily the same as how talented they are.
- Stevie Johnson
- Robert Woods
- Marquise Goodwin
- T.J. Graham
- Da'Rick Rogers
- Brad Smith
- Kevin Elliott
- Marcus Easley
- Brandon Kaufman
- De'Marco Sampson
- Chris Hogan
Stevie Johnson is eager to see how the Buffalo Bills will juggle their wide-receiver depth chart for 2013. (Photo: James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)
By Tim Graham
Stevie Johnson accounted for a preponderance of the numbers
posted by Buffalo Bills wide receivers the past two years.
Subtract the contributions from David Nelson and Donald Jones,
as the club did when it announced it won't re-sign them, and Johnson
practically is on his own.
Of the wide receivers still on Buffalo's roster, Johnson has been
responsible for 70 percent of the catches, 74 percent of the receiving yards
and 76 percent of the receiving touchdowns in 2011 and 2012.
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