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Week 7 Preview: Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills will be hoping for improved play from cornerback Stephon Gilmore this season. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Coming off an overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, there is some hope bubbling under the surface for the Buffalo Bills. A 2-4 record is certainly nothing to get overly excited about, but they have continued to show fight despite the myriad of injuries that have plagued them throughout the season. With the team slowly getting back to full strength (with the exception of under center with EJ Manuel still out 4-6 weeks), there’s a chance that the remaining two-thirds of the season might have more success in store for the Bills.

In order for that to become a reality, however, the Bills are going to have to do something they haven’t done much of lately: win a division game on the road. Dating back to the start of the 2011 season, the Bills have won just three of their last 18 home games. That has to change if the Bills are going to keep their season on track as they play a road game versus the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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Bills Update: EJ Manuel Out, Shawn Powell Cut; Others on Way Back and Josh Freeman In?

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has been diagnosed with an LCL sprain in his right knee, coach Doug Marrone said Friday. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Thanks to their appearance on Thursday Night Football versus the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, Friday has been unusually busy with news regarding the Buffalo Bills. The injury-plagued Bills continue to take hits to their team health in their 37-24 loss to the Browns, while the punting unit’s struggles to stop Browns punt returner Travis Benjamin has cost at least one Bills player his job.

EJ Manuel Out “A Few Weeks” with LCL Sprain

The primary concern for the Buffalo Bills and their fan base since Thursday night’s game has been the health of quarterback EJ Manuel, who left the game and did not return after taking a hit to his right knee in the third quarter.

Bills coach Doug Marrone provided some clarity about Manuel’s injury on Friday, defining the injury as an LCL sprain according to the team’s official Twitter account. Marrone said the injury, which will not require surgery, is expected to keep him out “a few weeks.”

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Buffalo Bills Injury Update: Surgery for WR Marquise Goodwin, CB Ron Brooks

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Marquise Goodwin had a rough welcome to the NFL on Sunday, losing a fumble and suffering an injury in his regular-season debut. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Getting hit by injuries and losing were two things the Buffalo Bills certainly wanted to see change in Week 1 of the regular season from the last two weeks of the preseason, but that didn’t happen. The Bills fell to the New England Patriots, 23-21, on Sunday, and lost two promising, fast young players in the process.

Bills coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and cornerback Ron Brooks are both out indefinitely following surgeries. Goodwin will be “out for a time” with a fractured hand, while Brooks is having foot surgery.

Neither injury is considered season-ending, according to the team’s official Twitter account, but the loss of each player will have a significant short-term impact on the Bills.

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Cause for Concern: Buffalo Bills Undressed in Dress Rehearsal vs. Washington Redskins

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills never found any offensive rhythm behind quarterback Jeff Tuel on Saturday. (Photo: Brad Mills — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Of all four preseason games, the third preseason game is supposed to be the closest to a regular-season game. Most starters around the league play for an entire half during Week 3 of the preseason, as NFL teams try to get their key players ready for regular-season action before resting them for the most part in the final preseason game on Thursday.

If Saturday’s game versus the Washington Redskins was any indication of how the Buffalo Bills will look when the real season begins, the Bills could be in for another long season. The Bills struggled mightily on both sides of the ball Saturday, and lost the game by a final score of 30-7.

That said, there’s no reason to harp on the final score: preseason results are ultimately meaningless and are often misleading. What are significant, however, are the reasons that the Bills ended up giving up so many points and scoring so few, as there were plenty of takeaways from Saturday’s game that could be cause for concern.

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5 Up, 5 Down: Buffalo Bills Defense Cruises, Kolb Sputters vs. Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

With a two-sack performance on Friday night, Jerry Hughes continued to stand out for the Bills’ defense. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

The 1982 classic album Combat Rock by The Clash had numerous hits. One of my favorites was the classic song “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” I found myself thinking about this chorus as I walked back to my car following the Buffalo Bills’ 20-16 preseason victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night.

Roster decisions for the Bills coaching staff will be difficult. Coaches may be echoing the chorus of the Clash hit as they try to cut their roster down to 53 men. Many players improved their status with the team on Friday; others did not fare as well.

In our second installment of “5 Up, 5 Down,” we will again look at players who both improved and hurt their status with the Buffalo Bills during the most recent preseason games . With two preseason games left, the roster picture for the Buffalo Bills is starting to become a little clearer.

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