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Shawne Merriman spoke to the media for the first time upon returning to the Buffalo Bills. That and more in Thursday's links from Media Day.

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Chan Gailey: "We are going to take some shots" -
The Bills head coach updates injuries and talks about the offense is going to move forward.

Fitzpatrick: "I've not started the way I wanted to" -
The quarterback talks about hitting the deep pass, the Titans defense and more.

Shawne Merriman: "I knew I could still play" -
The newest defensive end talks about returning to Buffalo, playing in a 4-3, and what he did for the firs month and a half of the season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills quarterback talks about the win in Arizona, the Titans game this weekend and his own performance this year."

Bills Roundup: Merriman, Brooks Back at Practice - VIDEO -
"The Bills hit the practice field on Wednesday to begin preparations for the Tennessee Titans. Returning to practice were Shawne Merriman, Ron Brooks, Kraig Urbik, and Spencer Johnson."

Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey talks to the media about the win over Arizona, the Titans game this weekend and some players who are returning this week."

Shawne Merriman Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"The Bills defensive end talks about his return to Buffalo, what he has been doing the past few weeks and his expectations for the future."

Inside The Bills | Urbik and Johnson limited
"Just individual today and hopefully do individual and team periods tomorrow and we’ll see where it goes after that," Urbik told

Inside The Bills | Brooks really pleased with 1st day back
"It went really good," Brooks told "I felt real good. I didn’t have any pain. It’s like I picked up where I left off and it felt better actually than when I was in the preseason. So I tried to push it and see how well it was doing and it held up just fine."

Inside The Bills | Kyle, McGee not practicing
"The most notable are DT Kyle Williams, S Da’Norris Searcy, OT Cordy Glenn and CB Terrence McGee. "

Inside The Bills | Brooks to practice
"He’ll do most of the scout team stuff right now just to get him back into playing shape," said head coach Chan Gailey. "We’ve got to work him."

Inside The Bills | Merriman likely to be active Sunday
"Probably," said Gailey when asked if Merriman would be active. "But don’t hold me to that just yet. As long as he’s in playing shape and everything goes well this week and he gets back into the flow of things. He’s probably going to be right there on Sunday giving us some help."

Inside The Bills | Kyle, Barnett split sack from Cards game
"The sack which Barnett was credited for when Kevin Kolb ran out of bounds for no gain is now being split by Barnett and Kyle Williams. So Barnett now has a sack and a half for the Cards game and Williams a half sack."

Titans’ Johnson fighting for yards - Sports - The Buffalo News
"In four of his six games this season, Johnson has been held to fewer than 25 yards rushing. For the year, he’s gained 301 yards on 92 carries, an average of just 3.3 per rush, and has not scored a touchdown. He’s on pace to finish the season with 802 yards, which would be a drop from the career-low 1,047 he had last season."

Bills notebook: Merriman leaves beaches for return to action - Sports - The Buffalo News
"I knew I could still play and I could contribute to the game a lot. I’m just happy to even get that call back," Merriman said Wednesday, talking for the first time since rejoining the team. "You never know how things are going to go and you have to be ready when it’s time."

Video: Bad Bills run defense vs. struggling Chris Johnson | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
Tim Graham, Jay Skurski and Bucky Gleason preview this weekend's game talking about the matchup of the Titans' running game and the Bills' defense.

Mike Munchak has 'Comeback' comeback at the ready | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"It seems like a very hard place to win and, obviously, we had the memorable playoff that we're constantly reminded of every time playoff season starts of our blowing a 35-3 lead," Munchak said. "But the memories of last year coming up there and playing well and finding a way to win was a much better memory."

Kyle Williams among five not practicing | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Coach Chan Gailey said prior to practice that McGee would miss today, but was likely to return tomorrow. McGee has had his playing time limited all season as he recovers from offseason knee surgery."

Shawne Merriman, although still a DE, says he's ready to go | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Shawne Merriman confirmed he had spent some time lounging in the sun. That's where the raw skin on his nose and cheeks came from, falling asleep on a Miami beach after a recent workout."

Jairus Byrd named AFC defensive player of the week | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"His three interceptions are tied for third in the NFL and tied for first in the AFC."

AccuScore has Bills, Patriots at 4-3 after Sunday's games | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"In AccuScore's 10,000 simulations, the Bills defeated the Tennessee Titans 62.6 percent of the time in Ralph Wilson Stadium and scored an average of 26.1 points. The Titans averaged 21.0 points per game."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Upon Further Review- Bills LBs, RBs & TEs Vs Cardinals
"Continuing in the 'Upon Further Review' series, we'll take a look at how the linebackers, running backs and tight ends for the Bills graded out. It wasn't nearly as good as the defensive line, but they still held their own considering how the last two weeks went."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Welcome Back Merriman To Practice
"I'm excited, man," said the freshly re-signed defensive end. "Just being back in the building with these guys and not having to text them every week after games just seeing how everyone was doing. But I'm definitely glad and happy to be back in the building."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Status Of Bills' Urbik, Johnson Still Up In The Air
"Urbik, the usual starting right guard, suffered an ankle injury against New England. In the case of Johnson, he too is dealing with an ankle injury, but is more of a depth and rotational player at the defensive tackle position."

Buffalo Bills' Shawne Merriman happy to be back | Democrat and Chronicle
"Of course I’ve played linebacker my entire life, but when you’re a football player you’re a football player, you can put your hand in the dirt, you can stand up," Merriman said. "Obviously these guys, if they didn’t think I could play, they wouldn’t have brought me back. I’m happy to not only contribute, but just pick up where I left off and do what they need me to do."

AccuScore: Bills improve to 4-3 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"According to AccuScore, the Bills will beat the Tennessee Titans and improve to 4-3. This will be a big opportunity to get a win before the bye and stay tied for first place in the AFC East."

Sanchez-Fitzpatrick-Tannehill Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The good news is Fitzpatrick didn’t turn over the football. The bad news is Fitzpatrick also didn’t throw any touchdowns. The Bills have become a dink-and-dunk offense. Fitzpatrick is struggling to connect with the deep ball and it’s making Buffalo’s passing game very limited. Fitzpatrick has to do more for the Bills to win consistently. But Buffalo got a big win in overtime Sunday and that is all that matters this week."

AFC East Stock Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"3. Buffalo Bills’ defense: Buffalo’s defense received a lot of criticism for allowing 97 points in its previous two games. But the Bills showed some resolve by answering the call in a 19-16 overtime win over the Arizona Cardinals. Buffalo registered five sacks and two turnovers in the win."

Titans vs. Bills NFL Game Capsule - Music City Miracles
Some pertinent historical data. TITANS BILLS SERIES LEADER 26-14 STREAKS 8 of past 11 COACHES VS....

Buffalo Bills Injury Report: Kyle Williams Sits, Kraig Urbik Returns - Buffalo Rumblings
"Kyle Williams was among the Buffalo Bills plays who did not practice Wednesday. On the positive side, Kraig Urbik returned."

Buffalo Bills' Jairus Byrd Named AFC Defensive Player Of The Week - Buffalo Rumblings
"After his two interceptions in big spots against the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills' safety Jairus Byrd has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week."

Buffalo Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick Protecting The Football - Buffalo Rumblings
"Buffalo Bills fans are not high on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick at the moment, but hey - at least he's not turning the football over with reckless abandon lately."

Bills vs. Titans An Intriguing Run Game Matchup - Buffalo Rumblings
"When C.J. Spiller and the Buffalo Bills host Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans in Week 7, the opportunity will exists for several explosive plays in the running game."

Bucky Gleason: Crash course in stopping Titans’ C.J. - Sports - The Buffalo News
"I told them that we definitely don’t want this to be the game that C.J. busts out, and he’s back on his tear," Barnett said Wednesday. "If one guy isn’t disciplined, we’ll get exposed by a running back like this. He can run full speed sideways, in a carioca, and change to the next gap. You have to wait."

Just admit it, Fitzpatrick isn't the answer - Corning, NY - The Corning Leader
"Beginning with my acceptance of Todd Collins, and continuing through my unabashed support of Rob Johnson, my initial giddiness over the prospects of name-brand guys like Doug Flutie and Drew Bledsoe or the cautiously optimistic approach to the fortunes of J.P. Losman and Trent Edwards, I’ve always given the post-Kelly era signal callers the benefit of the doubt."

Conference Call: Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey -
Chan Gailey talked to the Tennessee media in anticipation of the game this Sunday.