Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills links, 12/31

Buffalo's T.O. experiment a business success, football failure | NFL.com
Buffalo newsman Vic Carucci says the Terrell Owens experiment failed to ignite the offense but succeeded in drawing interest and money to the franchise.

Fitzpatrick likely to start Sunday - BuffaloBills.com
"I felt good," said Fitzpatrick after Wednesday’s practice. "The last two days my ankle has really responded well to treatment and just working through it during practice, there’s still pain there obviously, but it felt good and hopefully it’ll continue to feel good throughout the week."

Hangartner hangs tough - BuffaloBills.com
"When Geoff Hangartner takes the field against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, he’ll do so under unique circumstances. After signing with the Bills last February, the fifth-year veteran is the only offensive lineman to play every game at the same position in 2009."

Rookie OT Ramsey could start – Inside The Bills
"With OT Jonathan Scott laid up with an ankle injury the door could be open for rookie Andre Ramsey to make his first NFL start on Sunday."

Injury update – Inside The Bills
Here’s the rundown of injuries the Bills are dealing with this week as well as their practice participation Wednesday.

Uncapped year affects 19 from AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
The Bills players affected by the changes with the uncapped year are Keith Ellison, Gibran Hamdan, Richie Incognito, Joe Klopfenstein, George Wilson, and Ashton Youboty who all have four or five years of NFL experience following this season.

Bills likely to give Fitzpatrick the nod as starter against Colts | Democrat and Chronicle
"[Ryan Fitzpatrick] gives us the best opportunity to win the football game," Fewell said. "I subscribe to winning so I'm going to put the best guy out there that I feel we can win with."

WBEN NewsRadio 930 - The 2009 WBEN Persons Of The Year
Terrell Owens was fifth place in WBEN's Person of the Year voting. Ralph Wilson was an honorable mention.

SportsNation Polls - SportsNation - ESPN
You can vote on the biggest Pro Bowl snub. Included on the list is Buffalo's Aaron Schobel.

On the Block: Brady, Hardy, Smiley, Harris - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Bills players selected James Hardy, who hadn't played in a game this year, as their team representative of the Ed Block Courage Award.

Buffalo Bills & Sabres News-Mike Schopp doesn't watch Bills Game
"So [WGR radio host] Mike Schopp thinks it's really cool that he didn't watch Sunday's football game. Look, anyone can turn the channel if they're sick of watching games, but when you're making good money to cover sports, you owe it to the community to watch all the games."

Bills RB Jackson fined by NFL for 'DIII' symbol - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Fred Jackson, who has always worn "D III" under his eyes during games was finded 5000 dollars by the NFL this week. He says he has received no warnings.

Whitner fined – Inside The Bills
"Bills safety Donte Whitner got fined by the league for taunting. Apparently it was on the play where Whitner tackled Roddy White on the sideline."

Playing time for Colts starters – Inside The Bills
Colts head coach Jim Caldwell wouldn't say how much of the starters the Bills might face this week.

Fitzpatrick update – Inside The Bills
"Fitzpatrick appeared to be driving off of his plant foot well after finishing his drop so it appears his ankle is feeling significantly better."

Bills' Owens reflects upon frustrating year : The Buffalo News
"Terrell Owens will be taking the field for what is virtually certain to be his last game as a Buffalo Bill on Sunday. Owens expressed his appreciation to Bills fans Wednesday when asked about his treatment from the locals."

Time Warner Cable ensures a sellout for home finale : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills' home finale against Indianapolis on Sunday is sold out, marking the end of a remarkable decade at the turnstiles for the franchise. The Bills have sold out 24 straight home games and 53 of their last 56 home games. For the entire decade, the Bills sold out 69 of 80 home games, or 86.25 percent."

Bills Week 17: Colts at Bills | Buffalo News Video
"Should the Indianapolis Colts have taken a run at a perfect season? Al and Jerry offer opposing views. And what is the defining moment in this decade of Bills football? Mark, Al and Jerry make their choices."

Can Colts afford to relax versus Bills now? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Cris Collisworth says the Colts shouldn't have rested their starters last week: "They only have to finish a half because they only have to play a quarter against Buffalo and win that game."

Brian Brohm, not Ryan Fitzpatrick, should lead Buffalo Bills on Sunday | Democrat and Chronicle
Bob Matthews pines for Brian Brohm because "we know what Ryan Fitzpatrick can do."

TribStar.com - Colts putting first loss behind them, prepping for Bills
"I really don’t know," said Peyton Manning. "Coach Caldwell has not given us a set number of plays. Like I said, drawing on what he’s said, it doesn’t sound like it will be a whole lot of playing time."

Nothing's perfect as Bills prepare to host Colts - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"Absolutely, who wouldn’t want that dilemma, win that many games, home field secured for the playoffs?" Paul Posluszny said, shaking his head and breaking into a laugh. "Yeah, who wouldn’t want that? I’d love to be in their shoes."

Scott Pitoniak: One scribe's picks for sports stories of the decade
The Rochester writer's top moments of the decade list includes Kevin Everett walking and Jim Kelly and Marv Levy's induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (but doesn't mention Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, or Ralph Wilson).

Buffalo Bills NFL News Updates - CBSSports.com Rapid Reports
- With Bills LB Nic Harris not participating in practice, Josh Stamer was working with the first defensive unit. Stamer recently rejoined the Bills and was primarily a special teamer in Buffalo from 2003-07.
- Bills WR James Hardy has seen some playing time in recent weeks after recovering from a torn ACL. Interim coach Perry Fewell said he would like to see Hardy continue working on making quicker decisions on the field and thinking less about his actions. Bills interim coach Perry Fewell on WR James Hardy's progress: "He executed some assignments extremely well (on Sunday), other times you could see him going through the process of thinking. That’s natural for a guy that hasn't played all year and has been on the injury report for most of the season."
- Bills CB Leodis McKelvin spoke today for the first time since being placed on IR on Oct. 1 with an ankle injury. "I'm pretty much back to normal," he said. "It's still a little sore, I've got to get my strength back. But I'm on track, I'll be good." Bills CB Leodis McKelvin expects to be healthy enough to participate in team workouts in the spring. "I'll be full throttle to go in OTAs," he said. "Basically, I’m ready to go. I’m really antsy to go out there because it’s been a real long, long break for me."

Notable sports deaths from 2009 - The Boston Globe
Former Buffalo Bill QB Jack Kemp is among the notable deaths.

Team in Transition
ESPN's John Clayton talks about Bills coaching search | WGRZ.com

"2-On-Your-Side's Adam Benigni spoke with ESPN Senior Writer John Clayton about the Bills ongoing search for a new head coach. Among the topics discussed was a Wednesday report about Bill Cowher being interested in the job. Clayton downplayed the report."

Is Cowher Really Interested in the Bills? - 13WHAM.com
With John Fox seemingly staying in Carolina, Mikes Shanahan to Denver and Holmgren to Cleveland Bill Cowher could be using the Bills to "get his name back into the conversation" according to Mike Catalana.

Video: AFC East 'Blogger's Blitz' - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"ESPNEWS anchor Will Selva humored me with a few questions about the AFC East for the latest edition of "Blogger's Blitz." We discuss the New York Jets' plump playoff chances, whether Bill Belichick will rest his starters in the season finale, the Miami Dolphins' recent problems and the Buffalo Bills' coaching search."

Adam Schefter's Wednesday Extra Points - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter's Wednesday Extra Points includes info on Bill Cowher.

Bills Tweets
Terrell Owens
Went 2 cavs/hawks gm n clev where Lebron dropped 48 on em then topped it off w/a b'day bash @ Barroom! It's 5am, headed back 2 Buff!

Kawika Mitchell
Hope everyone has a gr8 safe New Year! Happy New Year!

 

Happy New Year to all of you and let's put this decade of futility behind us.

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