Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 11/25

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 01: C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills runs against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Jackson to I-R; Bills claim RB Choice - BuffaloBills.com
"Further tests on Fred’s injured leg have shown that he has a broken bone in his leg, so that’s disappointing news for our team and certainly for Fred," said head coach Chan Gailey in a statement. "The process for Fred to return to the field would most likely take him through the end of the season, so we have made the difficult decision to place him on Injured Reserve. This creates an opportunity for C.J. and, as we announced earlier, he will be our starting running back for this week’s game against the Jets."

Top 5 Bills Thanksgiving Day games - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills have not played a game on Thanksgiving day in 17 seasons. Their last appearance came in 1994 when they dropped a 35-21 decision to the Detroit Lions. That’s why it might be surprising to know that during the AFL days there was a stretch where Buffalo played on Thanksgiving Day five times in six years. Below we give you the top 5 Thanksgiving games in Bills history."

Thanksgiving
Florence gives Thanksgiving dinners to military families - BuffaloBills.com

"Bills cornerback Drayton Florence thanked United States military families and provided them with full Thanksgiving dinners for their tremendous service to our country. On November 22nd, Florence personally hosted 29 military families, selected through a partnership with WNY Heroes, to give them their special holiday meal in Cheektowaga."

George Wilson gives "boxes of love" to needy - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills safety George Wilson and some of his teammates including linebacker Andra Davis, safety Jairus Byrd and cornerback Drayton Florence handed out Thanksgiving meals to families in the Buffalo community on November 21, 2011."

McIntyre shares special connection to Food Bank - BuffaloBills.com
"The sixth annual 97Rock Operation: Rock Out Hunger to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York that ended November 23, 2011 was kicked off with a $1,250 donation by Buffalo Bills fullback Corey McIntyre. McIntyre promised to donate $1.00 for each item donated within the hour that he was there on Friday, November 18, and he fulfilled his promise by donating a total of $3,800."

Inside The Bills | Thanksgiving history for Buffalo "
"The first games in pro football history played on Thanksgiving happened in 1920 and a local Buffalo area team was part of the six-game slate. The All-Tonawanda team took on the Rochester Jeffersons on Nov. 25, 1920 and came away with a 14-3 victory."

Bills Links
Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference - BuffaloBills.com

The Buffalo Bills QB talks about preparing for the New York Jets without Fred Jackson.

Bills Roundup: Spiller Gets His Chance - BuffaloBills.com
The Buffalo Bills are moving on to the Jets game. See how they are doing with the news of losing Fred Jackson here.

"What's the Word" with George Wilson - BuffaloBills.com
George Wilson discusses Thanksgiving with his teammates and how they are helping to give back.

C.J. Spiller on his Opportunity - BuffaloBills.com
Buffalo's new starting tailback gives his thoughts moving forward.

Inside The Bills | Where Rogers has improved most "
"Definitely the playbook knowing my assignments inside and out," Rogers told Buffalobills.com. "When I first got here I was trying to grasp the whole playbook, but even when I knew what I was doing I was still thinking out there because I wasn’t 100 percent comfortable with it. Now it’s like second nature and I know the call, my assignment and I’m just reacting instead of thinking."

Inside The Bills | Williams to see slot work? "
"In all likelihood Williams starts at LCB and in nickel situations he’ll move into the slot and then either McKelvin or fellow rookie Justin Rogers comes on to play the boundary corner position."

Inside The Bills | Lindell at practice "
"Dave Rayner is still taking on primary kicking duties at practice, but it appears that Lindell may at least see what he’s capable of in practice."

Inside The Bills | Jets Greene looking good for Sun. "
"I think Shonn will play this week and we’re excited to get him back in the lineup," said Ryan. "I think he got hurt on the second possession of the game and did not return, and obviously we had LT out. So hopefully we’ll have both of those guys back this week, that’s what we’re hopeful of."

Inside The Bills | Nelson says he’ll practice Thurs. "
"It was a combination of things," he said. "It was a rough week last week. I rolled my ankle a bit in the Dallas game. I had the stomach flu last Thursday. I didn’t eat for two or three days. I tried to come out and didn’t feel good before the game, then I got hit and it flared some things back up and I just couldn’t get right. The staff didn’t feel it was in my best interest to come back out in the second half and that was that."

Inside The Bills | Tashard Choice’s Buffalo connection "
"Choice’s cousin Joe Burns, was a reserve running back for Buffalo from 2002-2006 serving mostly on special teams. Burns appeared in 58 games for the Bills and had 64 carries for 193 yards. His only touchdown for Buffalo came on a 19-yard reception."

Bills will turn to Spiller with Jackson out for season - NYPOST.com
"After steeling themselves for Fred Jackson’s power, the Jets now have to worry about C.J. Spiller’s speed instead. The Jets' defensive focus against the Bills this weekend took an abrupt turn yesterday when Buffalo put Jackson on injured reserve, ending what had been an MVP-worthy season by the former undrafted free agent."

Fred Jackson out, Jets wary of C.J. Spiller - Newsday
"He's definitely our best offensive player," Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "He's been our go-to guy all season long. Anytime we needed a play he's made it, and that's going to be a tough loss for us. He's such a good player. He's such a good all-around player, not just running the ball, but out of the backfield and pass protection.

Jets prepare for Bills offense featuring C.J. Spiller, not Fred Jackson | NJ.com
"We have to make some adjustments in some of our matchup stuff, because you're essentially now taking a wide receiver, a player with wide receiver ability and putting him in the backfield, so you can’t really play him at times," defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said.

Inside The Bills | Sunday an elimination game? "
"There are a handful of teams competing for the last Wild Cart spot and we’re two of them," said Kelsay. "So obviously if you get beat by these guys, one they’ve swept us and two it looks like our chances for the playoffs are pretty slim. So it’s a huge game for us."

Inside The Bills | Bryan Scott Dedicated video "
Here’s the music video for Bryan Scott’s ‘Dedicated’ song that he wrote and performed.

Inside The Bills | Choice sees familiar faces "
"It’s good to be here," he said. "There are a lot of good coaches here…the ones I knew from Georgia Tech and also players that I know on this team. I know Sam Young, Scott Chandler, CJ (Spiller) and a couple of other guys because I played against them in college."

Tasker hold firm in top 25 - BillBoard - The Buffalo News
Both Steve Tasker and Andre Reed made the final list. Mark Gaughan recaps their recent history.

Gailey reunites with RB Choice - BillBoard - The Buffalo News
"Choice rolled up 3,365 rushing yards in three years at Georgia Tech. He gained 1,473 as a junior and 1,379 as a senior."

Fitzpatrick's recent play not paying off - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"Ryan Fitzpatrick admits that, yes, there are times when he has tried to do too much. There are times he has thought too much, perhaps fretted too often, times he has forced passes into double and triple coverage because, after all, don't the Buffalo Bills have to lean on someone in times of crisis?"

Buffalo lineup shouldering injuries - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"Dareus plays hard, is a major factor inside versus the run and is learning to better transition from run to pass rush, which is a hard thing to do," Gailey said. "Linemen do a good job in this league from keeping you of noticing those things. I think he's getting better, I think he's continuing to progress. I don't think he's taken a step back at all."

Shutdown of Jackson is a jolt to Bills - Jerry Sullivan - The Buffalo News
"I'm sorry to put a damper on anyone's holiday, but the situation with the Bills grows more dire by the minute. The way things are going, it wouldn't be a surprise to hear that one of the offensive linemen separated his shoulder while carving the Thanksgiving turkey."

With Jackson out, Spiller ready to step it up - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"Definitely, I've been away from home," Spiller said. "That's kind of how I look at it. But it definitely feels good to start getting more running back reps -- just getting into that mode, that mind-set."

Gailey has a history with new RB Choice - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"Gailey acknowledged that rookie Aaron Williams will start at cornerback now that Terrence McGee is out for the year. George Wilson (neck) did not practice again Wednesday, so there's a good chance rookie Da'Norris Searcy will start again at strong safety. Justin Rogers took over as the nickel cornerback, ahead of Leodis McKelvin, after McGee went out in Miami."

Buffalo Bills' Fred Jackson joins IR list, is out for season | Democrat and Chronicle
"That's obviously a huge loss for us to not have Fred on the field with us," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said of Jackson, who had 1,376 yards from scrimmage, second in the league by 15 yards to Chicago's Matt Forte. "You have to have the next guy step up and we're going to see (if Spiller can do it). We're going to throw him in the fire and see how he does. He's a guy that has a ton of talent, a guy that we think very highly of and we're looking forward to seeing what he can do."

Some Buffalo Bills rookies are beginning to emerge | Democrat and Chronicle
"At one point there was five rookies on the field with us. I thought you saw good things with Kelvin Sheppard, really good things with (Da'Norris) Searcy, (Marcell) Dareus has been playing regularly as a starter all year long. These guys were stepping up and maturing and they're going to play good football. You never foresee that many injuries, but that's what injuries can do to you and you have have to make the most of your opportunity when you're called on."

Two Bills WRs Practice In Full - WGR 550 SportsRadio - Home of the Buffalo Sabres
"Two of their three wide receivers that sat out of practice on Wednesday returned to the field taking full reps on Thursday. Likely starting wideouts Stevie Johnson (shoulder) and David Nelson (illness) both got back to work a few days ahead of the team's next game."

20 AFC East reasons to be thankful - AFC East Blog - ESPN
The Bills get three mentions on the list (typical Bills breakdown): They are still in the playoff hunt, they have Andy Levitre, and CJ Spiller.

What's next for Bills and Fred Jackson? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Walker's thoughts on the move to place Fred Jackson on IR.

What's next for Bills and Fred Jackson? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Walker's thoughts on the move to place Fred Jackson on IR.

Bills look to C.J. Spiller to step up - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Spiller patiently waited two seasons for this opportunity. Now, it's his time to shine after starting tailback and Bills MVP Fred Jackson was ruled out of Sunday's game with a leg injury. Buffalo coach Chan Gailey didn't have a firm grasp on when Jackson would return. That means Spiller could get several starts under his belt."

AFC 411: Can Bills win without Jackson? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"AFC East blogger James Walker examines whether the Buffalo Bills have a shot against the New York Jets if starting tailback Fred Jackson (calf) cannot play. Jackson has accounted for about 40 percent of Buffalo's offense this season."

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