Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 10/26

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Shawne Merriman of the Buffalo Bills celebrates as he enters the stadium during pregame introductions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brody Wheeler/Getty Images)

Inside The Bills | Moats likely OLB full time
"With Shawne Merriman going on injured reserve Tuesday, it’s a good bet that Arthur Moats will be remaining at outside linebacker the rest of the season."

Inside The Bills | OLBs come back from Achilles
"The two most notable examples are former Bills LB Takeo Spikes and former 49ers/Seahawks/Lions LB Julian Peterson. Both were wildly athletic much like Merriman prior to ruptured Achilles suffered in 2004 by Peterson at age 26, and in 2005 by Spikes at age 28 while with Buffalo."

Merriman's 2011 season over - BuffaloBills.com
"With his 2011 season cut short it unfortunately casts further doubt on his future playing career despite his best efforts to put his persistent injury problems behind him this past offseason. Merriman is under contract through the 2012 season."

Merriman to undergo surgery - BuffaloBills.com
"Due to the fact that I have recently been experiencing excessive aggravation in my Achilles tendon, which is a limitation that I have been dealing with for well over two years now, I sought the opinions of multiple medical specialists," said Merriman. "After much consideration and unanimous professional recommendations stating that my Achilles is in danger of rupturing, I have been advised that it would be in my best interest to undergo surgery as soon as possible in order to prevent a major injury."

Lights out: Merriman's season over - The Buffalo News
"Merriman has been paid $6.95 million by the Bills — $3.2 million last year after he was claimed off waivers from the San Diego Chargers, and another $3.75 million this year."

Thoughts on Bills, Shawne Merriman - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Buffalo Bills lost outside linebacker Shawne Merriman for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury. Here are several thoughts on Merriman and the Bills:"

Inside The Bills | Bills won’t always take touchback
"Situations will change from game to game and kick to kick," DeHaven said. "If we’re two touchdowns down then we might want to get something going on a return and bring it out. If you’re in a tie game and we don’t want to take a chance of starting from the 10-yard line."

Bills return from bye week with spirited practice - YNN
"We jumped around out there pretty good today. I thought the effort was great, and I told them at the end of practice, if we keep practicing like that, we'll have a chance to win a bunch of football games," said head coach Chan Gailey.

Monday Morning Quarterback - Peter King
A very nice write-up in this week's MMQB by Peter King on Kent Hull. Also, a little nugget on the Bills fleecing the Niners for O.J. Simpson at the top...

Bills look to Levitre to fill in at left tackle - The Buffalo News
"That's probably going to be the way it ends up for game time," coach Chan Gailey said, indicating the Bills aren't counting on having Demetrius Bell available.

Losman Lands With Dolphins - WGR 550
"The Miami Dolphins announced Tuesday that they've come to terms on a contract with the former Buffalo Bills first round pick and starting quarterback. He immediately becomes to backup to incumbent starter Matt Moore."

Power Rankings: AFC East doing well - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The defense isn't stopping anyone and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has cooled off from his hot start. But so many teams in the top 10 lost that Buffalo moved up three spots. This week's game against the Redskins (3-3) is bigger than it looks on paper. If the Bills are truly a playoff contender, these are the games they should win."

Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Sanchez has taken the lead in the second-quarter standings, which will wrap up soon. We will have more on the 'Sanchez-Fitz-Moore Watch' next week." With Sanchez not playing this week, it's a virtual lock that Fitzy re-takes the lead in the meaningless standings.

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