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In Defense Of Stevie Johnson And Ridiculous TD Celebrations -
"Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson celebrated a touchdown on Sunday with a dance mocking Plaxico Burress, and it sparked the latest in a long line of controversies surrounding NFL players in the endzone. But why?"

Stevie Johnson Monday Interview -
What would Johnson say a day after his TD celebration and dropped pass cost the team? See for yourself.

Stevie Johnson Postgame Reaction -
Hear what Stevie Johnson had to say after the game on Sunday.

Chan Gailey Monday Update -
The Bills head coach talks more about the loss to the Jets and updates some injuries.

Smith helps to fill void -
"He was signed as a quarterback with the intent to use him as a receiver and a Wildcat signal caller. On Sunday against his former Jets teammates Brad Smith saw the most extensive action as a wideout as a Bills and had a career-best day post four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown."

Antics, finish cloud Johnson's day vs. Revis -
"Covered by Revis for virtually the entire game, Johnson turned in the most receptions against the Jets’ perennial Pro Bowl corner in a single game since Miami’s Brandon Marshall had 10 receptions against him last season (9/26/10). Johnson had eight catches for 75 yards."

Jets come back late, knock off Bills | ProFootballTalk
"You could say Johnson shot himself in the foot in both halves, then, but only one made people in Buffalo smile."

Pitoniak: Gallant Bills effort, despite Stevie Johnson -
"On a day when he repeatedly beat the best cornerback in the league like a drum, Stevie Johnson will be remembered for a bone-headed touchdown celebration that proved to be a momentum swinger and for a dropped pass that would have snagged victory from defeat."

Immediate Reactions: Jets 28, Bills 24 | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA LIVE
"Catch the ball, Stevie."

Jets and Bills react to Stevie Johnson’s celebration | ProFootballTalk
Read what Plaxico Burress' teammates said about Stevie's TD celebration.

Take 2: Johnson's Day to Remember and Forget |
"In many ways, Johnson did his part to spark the offense with a stellar performance against Revis. But his selfish and classless celebration went a long way toward costing the Bills seven points in a game that was decided by four. And his drop, a year after his dropped pass in overtime cost the Bills a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers suggests he lacks a degree of finish in clutch situations."

Plaxico Burress rescues Gang Green season with late grab - ESPN New York
"In a virtual elimination game between two 5-5 teams, it came down to two receivers. Burress' acrobatic play saved his team from a devastating loss that would've been straight out of the "Same Old Jets" history books. Johnson could've done the same for the Bills, but he was betrayed by his head and his hands."

Former Jet Brad Smith had a big scoring play in his return to the Meadowlands -
"Buffalo’s Brad Smith already had made one ridiculous touchdown catch, outworking Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie for a tip-and-catch score in the third quarter. Now with the game on the line and 8 seconds remaining, Smith had another chance. He leaped in the corner of the end zone amid a sea of Jets."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports: Bills' Johnson embarrasses himself
"Buffalo Bills' Stevie Johnson had been taking Darrelle Revis to school all afternoon. On this Sunday at least, Revis Island had turned into a no-contact zone."

The Perils of Celebrating Before Anything’s Won -
Receiver Patrick Turner said that he didn’t see Johnson’s performance but that he, too, had Burress’s back. "And then he dropped that last ball," Turner said of Johnson. He nodded for effect and added a one-word summation. "Karma," he said.

Inside The Bills | Stevie talks to Plax
"Stevie Johnson insisted his antics after his touchdown against the Jets Sunday weren’t meant to insult Plaxico Burress, but after the game Johnson admitted it was insensitive and made contact with Burress Sunday night."

Inside The Bills | Reed not judging Stevie
"Reed wasn’t very flashy with touchdown celebrations. Often he’d just put both hands in the air and face the crowd. On occasion he’d spike the ball with authority, but rarely much more than that."

Inside The Bills | Tasker has King’s HOF support
King: "Steve Tasker made it, which is good. I’ve said this before about him: His long-time special teams coach in Buffalo, Bruce DeHaven, once gave me a tape of 10 plays Tasker made on special teams that he figures won games for the Bills in their glory years. I back the man I consider the best special teams player ever, and I think he did enough to get in. But I’d be surprised if he made the final 15."

Inside The Bills | Bills unlikely to sell out Sunday
"The team has 12,200 tickets remaining for the game and would need to sell them all prior to 1 pm on Thursday to lift the blackout."

Inside The Bills | Stevie apologized to Plax
"I just sent him a text message and he responded and everything is cool," said Johnson. "Between me and him it is (smoothed over). It’s an unfortunate situation with me being immature like that, but I got in touch with him and he responded and it’s cool."

Inside The Bills | Troup’s season in jeopardy
"Torell’s back acted up Saturday night and then it really locked up Sunday morning," said head coach Chan Gailey in response to why the nose tackle was inactive. "They did more tests today and it’s not good and we’re going to have decide where we go with that in the next few days."

Inside The Bills | Injury updates
"Here’s the latest on Buffalo’s injury list with a couple of players likely to get back in fray at practice this week."

Inside The Bills | Chan to Stevie: Got to be smarter
"I think it was wrong and I told him so and what I hate is that game is remembered for his one action rather than a lot of the good things he did in the game," said Gailey. "I’ve told him where I stand on it and he knows exactly where things lie now."

Inside The Bills | Brad Smith’s role
"Bills QB/WR Brad Smith served as the team’s #2 WR Sunday and his four catch 77-yard performance, which included a TD will have him manning that role moving forward."

Inside The Bills | McKelvin’s redemption
"He played outstanding on special teams," said head coach Chan Gailey. "He really did. He was all over the field. He was a difference maker on special teams (Sunday), which was great for us. I hope we get him back this week."

Johnson takes lumps for end zone celebration - The Buffalo News
"When we start talking regret, I'm not one to regret much. But in this situation I do regret doing what I did," he said. "I was really expecting Plax to come back at me, making this like a rivalry thing, you know Bills-Jets, they talk, we come back at them, he come back at me. I was expecting him to do something funny in the end zone. ... but he didn't."

Final five minutes told the tale - The Buffalo News
Rodney McKissic breaks down the Jets final drive.

Troup could be shut down for season - The Buffalo News
"Gailey acknowledged injured reserve is a possibility for the second-year pro out of Central Florida. Troup has missed five games -- and been extremely limited in the six he's played this year. He's got just eight tackles, rarely being able to play more than about 10 snaps a game."

McKelvin makes an impression before being hurt - The Buffalo News
"It tells you he's a competitor. He wants to work his way back up and this is one way he can do it," the coach said.

Injury updates on Bell, Roosevelt, Lindell - The Buffalo News
Kicker Rian Lindell, who has missed the past three games, did some work on the side last week. "I think he may get in to practice and kick some this week. The field goals are easier than the kickoffs and then there's always the tackling issue that we're going to have to address. I think that's how the decision will be made," Gailey said.

Buffalo Bills Replay: Is Stevie Johnson worth the bother? | Democrat and Chronicle
"Stevie Johnson's latest behavior makes our analysts wonder if he's worth keeping for the Bills."

Steve Johnson apologizes to 'Plax' - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"On Sunday Steve Johnson apologized to his team for his controversial touchdown celebration, which cost the Buffalo Bills 15 yards in a 28-24 loss to the New York Jets."

A deeper look at C.J. Spiller - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"According to ESPN's Stats and Information, Spiller gained just 17 yards on six carries up the middle. He averaged just 2.8 yards per carry between the tackles. Jackson was third in the NFL running up the middle, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. Jackson also led the league with six rushes up the middle for 20 yards or more."

AFC East Power Rankings preview - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills will continue to slide down ESPN’s Power Rankings after losing their season-high fourth consecutive game. Buffalo’s playoff chances virtually ended Sunday. But I did like the Bills’ effort in this game after getting blown out in back-to-back weeks. I’m curious to see if this Buffalo team shows up the rest of the season."

Seven-step drop: Punishment for Johnson? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Walker expects the league to fine Stevie Johnson and he likes how Buffalo played on Sunday but questions where that team has been.