Buffalo Bills news, 12/24: Alan Branch re-signs

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The Buffalo Bills defense was great on Sunday. Alan Branch signed on the dotted line, re-upping for three years.

Jackson pushing himself as much as piles - BuffaloBills.com

"However, the numbers Jackson has accumulated in his seven seasons are not what make him so revered in his locker room. It’s his willingness to put his body on the line every week no matter what state it might be in."

Branch re-signs

Bills Focus: Alan Branch on his extension - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
" Bills Defensive End Alan Branch talks about his contract extension and why he wanted to stay in Buffalo."

DL Alan Branch signs extension with Bills - BuffaloBills.com
"Just seeing the direction that we’re going, I think we’re going in a great direction," Branch said. "I’ve been part of teams that are part of the building process as well. I was with Seattle before they started winning a lot of games. I see a lot of things that are similar and the type of guys that are playing on the field right now I feel like we have a great chance of being something special next year."

Alan Branch: re-signing with Buffalo "an easy decision" - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills Defensive End Alan Branch talks about his contract extension and why he wanted to stay in Buffalo. "

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Re-sign DL Branch
"Getting Alan Branch under contract is a good move for the Bills who are quickly learning that the defense is not the source of their problems in the 2013 season. Much more will be known once Branch's cap numbers are revealed, but this signing casts a bit of doubt over the likelihood that Alex Carrington will return."

Bills-Dolphins

Robert Woods on His Ejection from Dolphins Game - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills wide receiver talks about his ejection from yesterdays game, what coach Marrone said to him, and playing with passion."

Inside The Bills | Woods: I’ve learned my lesson
"The play was over. It was just one of those things where he was doing extra. He felt it was necessary to push me after the play and throw me over the pile. Of course you shouldn’t throw a punch in a football game, but if you’re playing outside the rules you sometimes just have to be a man," said Woods. "I learned my lesson, can’t do it again."

Bills feel rush during triumph over Miami - Sports - The Buffalo News
"It’s the greatest feeling," Bills running back C.J. Spiller said, "when you know that you can pretty much do what you want to do. Especially that second half – we really got rolling. There was nothing that they could do to stop us."

NFL - John Clayton's Last Call, Week 16 - ESPN
"The Dolphins clearly weren't prepared for the Bills' blitz. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was under duress or sacked 15 times on 34 dropbacks. Because of those protection problems, Tannehill was 2-of-8 for 15 yards on passes when he was under duress. For the day, he was 10-of-27 for 82 yards and was sacked seven times."

Bills get their 'playoff win' over Dolphins - Olean Times Herald
"That was our challenge to the guys this week ... it’s always tough to stand in front of them, hey, we have nothing to play for. But that’s not the case," Pettine maintained. "We’ve built a foundation from the beginning, but we wanted to finish it. We wanted to have momentum going into next year. I think the guys really took that to heart, and said, ‘Hey, listen, this is our playoff game.’"

Bills-Patriots

Doug Marrone on EJ Manuel's status: "We'll see where he's at tomorrow" - BuffaloBills.com
" The Bills head coach talks about EJ Manuel's injury situation, whether or not he thinks Stevie Johnson will play on Sunday, and the state of the team's tight end position."

Inside The Bills | Stevie not expected to be available Sunday
"I’ve had correspondence with Stevie and obviously again I’m going to reiterate that our thoughts and prayers are with him," said Marrone. "His mom’s funeral is the 27th. With that being said I think it’s very difficult as far as the availability issue of him being available for Sunday."

Inside The Bills | EJ on Sunday a wait and see
"Marrone is having them practice Tuesday and have Wednesday off. It sounds as if Marrone wants to see Manuel go through practice and show if his mobility has improved. That was what kept Manuel out of last week’s game against Miami."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Manuel Not A Lock To Start For Bills On Sunday
Joe Buscaglia talks about Doug Marrone's waffling on EJ Manuel and the rest of Buffalo's injury situation.

More clicks

Jairus Byrd on His Future, Finishing Strong - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills safety talks about trying to finish the season with a winning division record, sending a message to the rest of the division, and his future in Buffalo."

Bills need a better option at No. 2 QB - Sports - The Buffalo News
"The question is what the Bills should do at No. 2 next season. They need to do better than Lewis and Jeff Tuel, who are both marginal NFL quarterbacks. If they’re serious about making a playoff run in 2014, they need a reliable veteran to serve as Manuel’s backup."

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