Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 12/20

Tom Szczerbowski

Eric Wood's comments about the Buffalo Bills' Toronto series get the most press from a lousy media day.

Bills' center lays Wood to TO series - Buffalo News
Eric Wood wanted to tweet his displeasure during the game, but instead waited until Tuesday morning.

Johnson brings back memories of Reed - Buffalo News
"Johnson's next catch will give him 70 for three straight seasons. Hall of Fame candidate Andre Reed is the only Buffalo Bill to accomplish that feat. He had four straight seasons of at least 70 catches from 1988 to '91."

Poloncarz encouraged by talks about keeping Bills in Buffalo - Buffalo News
The County Executive: "If we're going to invest public dollars to renovate Ralph Wilson Stadium and assist the Bills with operating assistance as we have in the past, then we also want to ensure they're there for some period."

Defensive stats a sore point of Gailey’s Buffalo tenure - Buffalo News
"The Bills have given up 404 points through 14 games. The franchise record for most points allowed in a single season is the 454 yielded by the 1984 edition. With 5,173 yards allowed this season, they are on pace to yield 5,912, which would trail only the 5,938 yards allowed last season."

Buffalo Bills' Eric Wood rips on trips to Toronto - Democrat and Chronicle
Sal Maiorana says most Bills fans agree with Eric Wood.

Buffalo Bills may be without Leodis McKelvin on Sunday - Democrat and Chronicle
A look at the Bills' injury report.

Stevie Johnson closing in on 1K - BuffaloBills.com
"Johnson is the only Bills receiver to post back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns (2010, 2011) and is now on pace to three-peat."

Eric Wood planning to play Sunday - BuffaloBills.com
"I want to come back this week and give us a little spark up front and see if I can’t help our offense get back on track," said Wood Wednesday.

Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills quarterback talks about preparing for this week's game against the Miami Dolphins and trying to end the season on a high note."

Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills head coach talks about facing the Dolphins defense, the development of Ryan Tannehill, and the status of Eric Wood."

Bills Roundup: Wood Returns to Practice - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills center Eric Wood returned to practice on Wednesday afternoon, as the team prepares for their road finale, while trying to finish the season on a positive note."

Inside The Bills | Gilmore looking to finish season strong
"It’s a long NFL season compared to what I’m used to, but I just keep pushing on," Gilmore said. "I don’t think I actually hit a wall, but my legs did feel a little heavy about three weeks ago. I think I got over that hump, and now I’m OK."

Inside The Bills | Kyle Williams: "That was my friend."
"Bills DT Kyle Williams did not have a good Tuesday. He had received word by phone that his agent Albert Elias has passed away, apparently in his sleep, on a ski trip in Colorado."

Inside The Bills | Carrington ties Bruce Smith
"That is his third blocked kick this season making Carrington the first Bills players since Bruce Smith in 1996 to block three kicks in one season."

Inside The Bills | Wood participating in practice
"Eric Wood, just two weeks removed from a torn MCL is back on the practice field here Wednesday."

Inside The Bills | McKelvin still dealing with groin injury
"Bills CB and primary return man Leodis McKelvin was inactive for last week’s game against Seattle due to a lingering groin injury. He also won’t practice here on Wednesday."

Inside The Bills | Stevie has 2 of Bills 18 1K-yard seasons
A complete list of 1,000-yard receivers for the Bills and their full stats.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Wood Rips Toronto Series
"I think that Toronto series has turned into pretty much a joke," Wood said. "I think they started it hoping that we’d have a lot of fan support in Toronto. We have none."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Urbik Knew All Along He Wanted To Stay
"Definitely wanted to stay here," he said. "It's a great city, great team, and I know that this year's a little disappointing but I know that we can definitely be a lot better in the coming years so it's a good decision to stay."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Without Chandler, Levitre Wednesday
"It is unclear to this point if those are the injuries that kept the duo from participating on Wednesday. Each played in the Bills' most recent loss to the Seattle Seahawks."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Eric Wood Stands By Toronto "joke" Comments
"I understand the benefits of the Toronto game," Wood said. "I understand we have a small market, and we have a huge market just north of the border. I love the city of Toronto for eating, and for pleasure, but the game just has a different feel and it's not a whole lot of fun to play in at this point.

Bills have bigger problems than Toronto - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"But let's not let the location of Sunday's game deflect from the fact the Bills were sloppy and disorganized. Buffalo didn't bother showing up, and that's a problem. Seattle led 31-7 a quarter and a half into the game."

Who is dropping passes in AFC East? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
T.J. Graham vaulted into third place with his series of drops in Toronto.

Sanchez-Fitzpatrick-Tannehill Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Fitzpatrick beat Mark Sanchez this week, but is still behind him overall. As James Walker notes, "The Bills were down 31-7 with more than five minutes left in the first half."

Pro Bowl 2012: The AFC | ProFootballFocus.com
C.J. Spiller is the starting running back with Kyle Williams starting at tackle. Jairus Byrd and Leodis McKelvin round out the Bills on the squad if PFF was making the roster.

Power Rankings: Week 16 | ProFootballFocus.com
Buffalo: Individually as low as No. 26 and high as No. 22, they come in at No. 23 in the overall ranking.

Analysis Notebook: Week 15 | ProFootballFocus.com
"So what is it about the way Johnson plays that allows him to give these shutdown players such trouble?" Sam Monson goes very in-depth.

Buffalo Bills' centre Eric Wood calls Toronto series a 'joke' | Toronto Sun
Wood: "I mean, it’s a crucial third down for them in the first quarter, and they’re running just regular snap count. I don’t care if we have a half-filled Ralph Wilson Stadium, they don’t do that."

Bills centre trashes Toronto games after Seahawks trash team - thestar.com
Check out the comments section.

Bills centre Eric Wood says playing home games in Toronto ‘a joke’ - The Globe and Mail
"We are committed to delivering premium sports content and experiences," said Andrea Goldstein, senior director of communications for Rogers Media. "Bills in Toronto has become an important community event. We remain ambassadors of the game and bringing a true NFL experience to Canadians."

Eric Wood is right: Bills-Toronto series is a joke - Auburn Pub
"The Bills should end this arrangement. Show some pride. Have eight home games and give fans a reason to have faith in this front office. The Bills-Toronto series is a joke and it should be ended immediately. "

County exec: Bills lease negotiations progressing - Yahoo! Sports
''We've made plenty of progress. It's a very complicated deal,'' Poloncarz said. He declined to discuss details or say when an agreement might be reached.

CHCH.com - Hospitalized Hamilton Bills fan coming home for holidays
"Sitter is now out of a medically-induced coma and is responsive to family. However he cannot talk and he has little control over his body. Still, his sister Samantha Sitter is happy he's getting out of hospital."

ProFootballWeekly.com - Wednesday's 60-second rant: Bills' draft strategy a year or two late
PFW goes through the quarterbacks the Bills could have drafted.

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