Buffalo Bills news, 8/27: Jairus Byrd, Matt Leinart speak to reporters

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We break down the seismic stories from One Bills Drive on Monday. Jairus Byrd talks to reporters, Kevin Kolb is out for some time, C.J. Spiller is excused from the team, Matt Leinart and Thad Lewis meet the media, Stephon Gilmore is out 6-8 weeks, and Chris Hairston is done for the year. Oh, and Jeff Tuel.

Gilmore out 6-8 weeks with fractured wrist - BuffaloBills.com
"He was bailing on a slant (route by the receiver) and then coming up to make the play and I think there was a collision somewhere in the second quarter," said Marrone. "Then he wound up playing more after that and then the pain took over once the adrenaline of playing wore down."

Marrone: Planning on Jeff Tuel to start Week 1 - BuffaloBills.com
"Right now we’re planning on Jeff Tuel playing the first game and we’re working with EJ to get back as quickly as possible," said Marrone Monday. "Meaning New England. Right now that’s how we’re going about planning on doing it until we know more about where EJ is."

Jairus Byrd trying to move forward - BuffaloBills.com
"It’s just the business side, it’s what I’ve learned," said Byrd. "It’s disappointing, but it’s just business. At the end of the day, it is what it is. That’s the business side of things. They see things one way, we see it another way. You let your agent handle things like that. Now I’m back here. It’s just football."

C.J. Spiller excused to tend to family - BuffaloBills.com
"I talked to him when we landed from the Washington game and I excused him to be able to go back (home) and handle his personal situation," said Marrone. "I don’t have anything more to report than really what I said before as far as what has been in the paper. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims as well as C.J. and his family."

Kevin Kolb out indefinitely with concussion - BuffaloBills.com
"The alarming thing to me was the report that was out there that he might not ever play again," said Marrone. "I had a conversation with Kevin this morning and he’s not even near close to that process of making that type of decision. He’s told me that he has not even discussed or thought about not playing anymore. He’s not even in that thought process right now. He’s really in the process of clearing up the concussion."

Bills vets work to settle roster upheaval - BuffaloBills.com
"If someone has an injury someone has to go in and be able to play and be ready to go," said Marrone. "I would definitely view this situation as adversity so it’s interesting to see to me because I think true character does come out whether it’s management, coaches, players to see how we’re dealing with it. Now you don’t like to deal with it, but it is what it is."

Bills Roundup: Byrd Returns, Gilmore Out - BuffaloBills.com
"A busy Monday back at One Bills Drive saw Jairus Byrd return to practice, two new quarterbacks take the field, and Jeff Tuel looking forward to the possibility of starting against New England." Videos from Matt Leinart, Jeff Tuel, Thad Lewis, Doug Marrone and Jairus Byrd are also available from yesterday.

Day of upheaval for the Bills - The Buffalo News
Jay Skurski does a good job breaking down the Jairus Byrd press conference from Monday.

Tuel is the Bills’ starter – for now - The Buffalo News
What's going on at quarterback? Jay Skurski breaks it all down from One Bills Drive.

Doug Marrone on release of Da'Rick Rogers: 'We feel that we have better players' - The Buffalo News
"I'm a big believer on the production part of it right now rather than what are we going to get down the road," the coach said. "So I think all those players that were released have the ability to play, but we feel as an organization that we just have better players right now."

Video: An eventful Monday at One Bills Drive - The Buffalo News
"The News' sports reporters Mark Gaughan, Jay Skurski and Tim Graham discuss the QB situation and Stephon Gilmore's injury on an eventful Monday at One Bills Drive."

Buffalo Bills counter adversity with roster changes | Democrat and Chronicle
"During the Bills’ 54 years of existence there have been plenty of newsworthy days, to be sure, but you would be hard-pressed to find one that featured more seismic storylines." Sal Maiorana recaps.

Re-setting Buffalo Bills' quarterback depth chart - ESPN
"With 13 days before the Bills open their regular season against the New England Patriots, their picture at quarterback is less clear than it has been at any point this preseason." Mike Rodak does a good job of analyzing it - with pictures!

Early blitzing backfires for Buffalo Bills - ESPN
"But in Saturday's preseason loss to the Washington Redskins, Mike Pettine's defense had a rough go of it. The Redskins capitalized on the Bills' first three blitz calls of the game, coming away with three big plays. Here's a breakdown of each one:"

Patriots vs. Bills: Starting Jeff Tuel at QB is "Plan" for Buffalo Against Pats - Pats Pulpit
Read what Patriots fans are saying.

Leach praises Tuel, but admits he has "never really won any games" | ProFootballTalk
A very, very interesting interview with Jeff Tuel's final college coach from yesterday. Tuel hasn't been a huge fan of Leach in his interviews since the draft, for the record.

Inside Slant: The real concussion protocol - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Brian wanted me to share this story on the concussion protocol with you all in light of recent events with Kevin Kolb. It's a long form but it is excellent in explaining what happens immediately after concussion is suspected and beyond. If you have the time, it's an excellent read on what Kolb is going through.

Who would you start for Bills? Jeff Tuel, Matt Leinart or Thaddeus Lewis? | Toronto Sun
Rob Rang of CBS Sports would start Thad Lewis. So there's that.

Bills hope not to get buffaloed by Matt Leinart signing - latimes.com
"I'm excited for Matt," Palmer said Monday, adding, "It's too bad it didn't happen a little bit earlier so he'd have a chance to get in there [as the starter in the opener]. But I think he'll do well. I hope he gets a shot."

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