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The Buffalo Bills re-signed Shawne Merriman and Delano Howell yesterday. That and more in today's collected links.

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Exclusive: Postgame Locker Room Speech - VIDEO -
"Go inside the Bills locker room after the 19-16 overtime win over the Cardinals and hear Chan Gailey's message to the team."

Week in desert has unanticipated benefit -
"In Arizona we were away from the distractions so it was just us in Arizona, so it was kind of a chance for us to soul search and get corrected what we needed to get corrected without the distractions of being at home," said Jairus Byrd. "It was kind of like a retreat to get away and it was great for us mentally to be able to just regroup."

Chan Gailey Monday Update - VIDEO -
"The Bills head coach meets the media to discuss the re-signing of Shawne Merriman, the possibility of other injured players returning, and more on the win over Arizona. "

Bills experience defensive resurgence -
"He’s always been a ball hawk and he’s always been a playmaker," Wilson said. "I work with him every day at practice. He’s been battling some injuries these last few weeks, but he hasn’t missed practice. He’s been out there fighting through them and persevering and it’s not easy. He works hard day in and day out and he made plays today when we needed them most. We can’t thank him enough for rising up at the most needed time."

Bills Focus: Gut Check in the Desert - VIDEO -
"After back to back losses, the Bills dug deep and found a way to come out with a victory in Phoenix. "

Merriman returns to Bills -
"Shawne sat in the last part of our Monday meeting," said Kelsay. "It's good to have him back. It's always nice when you can bring a guy back that's acquainted and comfortable with the scheme and system we're in. He'll help with depth and keeping guys fresh. He knows what's expected and can pick right up where he left off."

AP: Buffalo beats Arizona at their own wacky game -
``I don't think my heart can take much of that,'' said Buffalo defensive end Chris Kelsay, who sacked Kolb for a safety early in the game. ``But it was a fun game. There was never any doubt in anyone's mind, I don't think, that we were going to lose that game, and it showed.''

Bills re-sign S Delano Howell to Active roster -
"Howell re-joins the Bills after being released on Saturday, October 13th. The 5-11, 201-pound Stanford product signed with Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in May and made the team’s 53-man roster. He saw action vs. Cleveland (9/23) and posted one special team’s tackle while being inactive for four games."

DL Johnson, RG Urbik might return this week -
"Knowing that leaves Buffalo with Alex Carrington, Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams as the only other defensive tackles, it would seem the Bills are optimistic Johnson will be ready to play Sunday. The case would appear to be the same for Urbik as the offensive line has only six healthy players on the active roster after Snow was released not counting Urbik. Buffalo typically dresses seven offensive linemen on game days."

WR Stevie Johnson: "Every game is winnable for us" -
The wide receiver talks about the West Coast trip, winning on the road, and more.

Monday Update: Spiller, Dareus, Kelsay -
Spiller talks about the carry split with Fred Jackson, Dareus & Kelsay discuss the resurgent defense and Shawne Merriman's return.

Chan Gailey: Arizona reaction, injury updates -
The full transcript from head coach Chan Gailey's press conference.

Inside The Bills | Packers claim RB White
"The Bills had to release RB Johnny White from their roster last week to make room for reinforcements for their offensive line due to injury. But White did not clear waivers Monday as he was signed by the Green Bay Packers."

Inside The Bills | Chan on workload for Fred & C.J.
"I know he needs to touch it as much as we possibly can have him touch it, but Fred is another big play guy as well," said Gailey. "But I think the issue is how do we get both guys more touches."

Inside The Bills | The benefit of scratching out a win
"The things that you can learn from that, now you can stand up in front of the team as a coach and say, ‘Hey you’ve been down and you’ve been through the ups and downs. You’ve handled the pressure of being ahead, being behind, fumbling on the first play of the game and still coming back to win,’" said Gailey in his weekly appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550. "Things happened in that ball game and they still won, you can talk about those things and they remember, ‘Yeah we did do that.’"

Inside The Bills | McKelvin’s time on ‘D’
"He was playing in our dime package, which brings in a bunch of DBs to the game," said Gailey. "It’s not like the other guys have been doing a bad job. It was just an opportunity to get him in there with who they had on the field. If we continue to incorporate that package he’ll continue to get on the field. And the good thing is if something happens we know we’ve got another good player that’s playing well right now."

Inside The Bills | Bills don’t mind that win was ugly
"There were parts that were ugly," said Bryan Scott. "There were those highs and lows, but we said if we stay even keeled and finish through four quarters, and we even had to take it to overtime, good things happen."

Inside The Bills | Fred inching closer to 100%
"I still got some work to get there," he said. "It’s not 100-percent yet, but it’s a lot better. As long as I continue to work on it, hopefully I continue to get better, and we have no snags."

Inside The Bills | Clearing a mental toughness hurdle
"I think it does carry more weight," Wilson told "We’d absolutely take a 20-point victory, but a win is a win whether it’s by one point or 100 points. For our guys to rally and to fight back and get our record back to 3-3 heading back east, heading back home with Tennessee coming in this way it’s the perfect way to end this road trip. Hopefully we can keep the winning going, stack these wins and see where it takes us. We’re just happy to have this one."

Bucky Gleason: Bills’ record tells little about season - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Gailey talked about gut checks and showered his team with praise in a transparent attempt to repair their collective psyche. I can’t imagine Bill Belichick fawning over the Patriots under the same circumstances. Gailey emphasized how impressed he was with his team, presumably for not folding for the third straight week."

Bills at the Arena | Sully on Sports | The Buffalo News
"During the game, Arena was selling raffle tickets. The winner got two tickets to the Bills game at New England early next month. I told him I didn't need to enter. I'd have a press pass to the game. Until I had a chance to spend an afternoon with the Bills Backers, I didn't know how much I'd missed it."

‘Lights Out’ Merriman returns to the fold - Sports - The Buffalo News
"You can never have too many guys that we believe can rush the passer. With Mark being out – and not only Mark being out – but Spencer, who was kind of our swing guy being out, we’d rather not go into a game with just three defensive ends," coach Chan Gailey said in explaining the decision. "And we don’t know how long Spencer is going to be, so we’re going to sign Shawne back and hopefully he’ll give us some pass rush off the edge."

Delano Howell fills Bills' open roster spot | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Howell, who was the only undrafted free agent to make the team coming out of training camp, had been released Saturday when the Bills needed to add depth along both lines by promoting defensive tackle Jay Ross and center David Snow from the practice squad."

Video: Bills bring back Shawne Merriman | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
Jay Skurski reports from One Bills Drive.

Bills feel week out west was good for them | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Being here the whole week and being around each other every day with no distractions, just putting that [us] against the world mentality, we needed it big time," said defensive end Mario Williams, who had a pair of sacks.

Rian Lindell reviews bizarre game for both kickers | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"With so much to mull, I spent some time at Lindell's locker after the game."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Gailey Asked To Explain Some Decision
"We thought we had the chance to hit the homerun and ice the thing right there. We thought they’d be playing run the whole way and we’d seen the middle of the field open. We didn’t get it down the middle of the field which is where we planned to go, but didn’t get it there, in hindsight, bad call."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Merriman A Bill Again
Chris Kelsay is happy Merriman’s back, "Shawne stopped in a sat in on some of our meetings so it’s good to hsave him back. It’s always nice to bring a guy back that’s acquainted and comfortable with the system that we’re in. The guy’s a professional, he knows how to go about his business, he knows what’s expected and he’s going to come right in a pick up right where he left off." Kelsay added, "Shawne’s a great dude. He came in and he fit well. We don’t have a lot of egos on this team and he fit right in.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - SIMON: Angered By A Win
"A strange thing happened on Sunday, moments after Rian Lindell’s field goal gave the Bills an overtime victory against the Arizona Cardinals. I was angry with the Bills. I don’t ever recall feeling that way after a win. I’ve been there many times after a loss but never after a win."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bulldog: OnTrack?
"Maybe the fact that they are 3-3 with, well, lots of room for improvement at the quarterback position can be a good thing. Maybe eventually Fitzpatrick will have a crazy good day. Maybe he'll even do it in Houston or New England when the only chance they may have is to out score the Texans or the Patriots."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - CAPACCIO: Hot Reads: Bills/Cardinals
Sal Capaccio's thoughts following Sunday's game.

Buffalo Bills: First or worst? | Democrat and Chronicle
"Leo Roth and Sal Maiorana debate where the Bills stand in the AFC East, a division where all four teams are tied."

AFC East Player of the Week - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Jairus Byrd is up by thismuch on Dolphins DE oliver Vernon and Jets RB Shonn Greene.

Seven-step drop: Credit to Jeff Ireland - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"All things considered, the Buffalo Bills are actually in a good spot this week." and "Buffalo needs its defensive line to dominate every week like it did against the Cardinals."

QBR: Sanchez better than Brady? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Fitzpatrick did not have a good performance but led the Bills to an overtime victory over the Arizona Cardinals. The Bills needed this win, which is most important."

Buffalo Bills Sign Shawne Merriman, Release David Snow, Jay Ross - Buffalo Rumblings
"In need of defensive end depth with Mark Anderson shelved for the foreseeable future, the Buffalo Bills have re-signed Shawne Merriman, per Jay Glazer of"

Bills vs. Cardinals Snap Counts: Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller Splitting Reps - Buffalo Rumblings
"Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson was on the field for about 15 percent more snaps than C.J. Spiller in Week 6. How long will that trend last?"

Bills 19, Cardinals 16: Jairus Byrd A Reason To Celebrate - Buffalo Rumblings
"Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd recorded two interceptions - the second of which set up the game-winning field goal in overtime - in a Week 6 win over the Arizona Cardinals."

Buffalo Bills' Pass Rush Improves Against Cardinals - Buffalo Rumblings
"The Buffalo Bills pass rush got back on track against the sub-par Arizona Cardinals offensive line."

Bills' Chan Gailey On Wildcat Pass: "It Was A Dumb Call" - Buffalo Rumblings
"Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey sounded relieved post-game that an intercepted Wildcat pass from Brad Smith didn't cost the Bills a win over the Arizona Cardinals."

Bills 19, Cardinals 16: Post-Game Comments From Players, Coaches - Buffalo Rumblings
"While Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey wouldn't use the word "relief" after beating the Arizona Cardinals, several of his players did. Gailey and company preferred the term "excited." Read them all here."

Bills 19, Cardinals 16 (OT): The Morning After - Buffalo Rumblings
"The Buffalo Bills overcame many forms of adversity to register a big overtime road win over the Arizona Cardinals, 19-16."