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Bills activate some young scratches to see what they can do

By Tim Graham

TAMPA, Fla. -- A few Buffalo Bills youngsters will get a chance to show what they can do this afternoon against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium.

Activated today are a few players who haven't been dressing. Among them are running back Ronnie Wingo, guard J.J. Unga and linebacker Ty Powell. Tight end Chris Gragg, who played six straight games but was benched last week, will dress again today.

Buccaneers who were listed with injuries but will dress include cornerback Darrelle Revis and receivers Vincent Jackson and Chris Owusu, who had hamstring strains.

Buccaneers defensive end Steven Means, a Buffalo native, will dress.

Here are all the inactives for today's game:

Buffalo Bills

  • Quarterback Jeff Tuel
  • Fullback Frank Summers
  • Tight end Tony Moeaki
  • Guard Mark Asper
  • Guard Antoine McClain
  • Linebacker Jamaal Westerman
  • Cornerback Brandon Smith

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Fullback Lonnie Pryor
  • Guard Patrick Omameh
  • Guard Carl Nicks
  • Defensive tackle Gary Gibson
  • Linebacker Danny Lansanah
  • Cornerback Deveron Carr
  • Safety Bradley McDougald

Bills enter last quarter of the season quite healthy

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills will be healthy for Sunday's road game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bills coach Doug Marrone announced only receiver Marquise Goodwin (calf) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (Achilles) are on the final injury report, and each is probable.

Tight end Scott Chandler was back at practice after his wife gave birth to another girl Thursday night. Chandler will make the trip to Tampa.

Marrone revealed Thursday that newly signed tight end Tony Moeaki likely will not play Sunday.

New TE Tony Moeaki unlikely to suit up for Bills on Sunday

By Jay Skurski

Tony Moeaki’s first practice with the Buffalo Bills went well, but he’s not expected to play Sunday, according to coach Doug Marrone.

"Schematically, I don't want to give anything away, but obviously I don't think so," Marrone said. "I think it would be very difficult to get a player ready to go when you bring him in in the middle of the week."

Still, Marrone liked what he saw from the former Kansas City tight end in his first practice with the team.

"I thought he did some nice things out there,” the coach said. ”It’s the first day back. He’s been out for a while, but he looked good. Normally you’re going to be a little bit rusty, but he looked very smooth.”

Moeaki was released from the Chiefs’ injured reserve late in October after suffering a fractured shoulder in a preseason game.

"Obviously we brought him in here for a reason and again, the question is -- and it's not a secret -- can he get back to the level of play when he was in this league and playing?" Marrone said. "Because when he did play, he was extremely productive."

Does Tony Moeaki signing put Scott Chandler on notice?

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills don't have any injuries at tight end.

But, on the sudden, they decided they needed to bring another one aboard.

The club's decision today to cut running back Tashard Choice and sign tight end Tony Moeaki doesn't sound promising for Scott Chandler's future.

Chandler lost a costly overtime fumble in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. As Buffalo News reporter Jay Skurski wrote in Tuesday's paper, the Bills have a difficult decision to make when Chandler's contract expires after this year.

Moeaki said the Bills reached out and signed him within 24 hours.

"This all happened pretty quickly," Moeaki said this afternoon at One Bills Drive. "I'm just trying to catch my breath here and get started."

Moeaki, 26, said "every day I will look at as a tryout, just trying to prove myself."

The acquisition is reminiscent of the Bills claiming injury-prone pass-rusher Shawne Merriman off waivers from the San Diego Chargers in November 2010. It's a low-risk tryout for the final few weeks of the season.

Injuries have limited to Moeaki to 15 games over the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

A preseason knee blowout ended his 2011 campaign. He suffered a broken shoulder in preseason this year, and the Chiefs released him from injured reserve in October.

While playing at Iowa, he dealt with a broken hand, dislocated elbow, wrist surgery and multiple foot surgeries.

"Injuries happen, and they happen at bad times," Moeaki said. "I'm not worried about them. They have a great training staff and strength and conditioning staff here. I'm just going to work with them and get ready to go."

Moeaki declined to discuss how many tryouts he had or with which teams, but he said he underwent "a couple physicals" before landing work.

Tony Moeaki a productive TE when healthy, which isn't often

By Tim Graham

Three days after tight end Scott Chandler fumbled in overtime, the Buffalo Bills have signed Tony Moeaki.

Moeaki, the Kansas City Chiefs' third-round draft choice in 2010, is a productive tight end when healthy. But he seems to be hurt more than he's active.

Moeaki broke his shoulder in the preseason. The Chiefs released him from injured reserve in October and has been a free agent. The Bills had an opening after they cut running back Tashard Choice.

Moeaki battled a slew of injuries at the University of Iowa (broken hand, dislocated elbow, wrist surgery, foot surgeries). But he caught 47 passes for 556 yards and three touchdowns as a Chiefs rookie.

He missed the 2011 season with a torn left knee ligament that preseason. He returned last year to post 33 receptions for 453 yards and a touchdown.

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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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