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After putting a bow on the loss to the Patriots, Bills players and coaches moved on to the San Francisco 49ers at media day yesterday. Check out all the quotes, notes, and anecdotes here.

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Hairston, Rinehart used to step in duty -
"Going into the season I expect to go in, you just never know what time it’s going to be," Rinehart told "Very rarely does the whole unit make it through the season (healthy) so I knew I was going to have an opportunity at some time, but it just seems it comes a lot sooner than you’re planning on. Fortunately I have a lot of experience playing with the guys so Chris and I will step right in."

OL Stephens to Practice Squad; WR Aiken released -
"Stephens entered the NFL as a seventh-round (228th overall) draft pick of Cincinnati in 2010 and spent his rookie season on the team’s 53-man roster. The 6-3, 325-pound Iowa State product was released prior to the 2011 regular season and joined Chicago’s Practice Squad on November 9, 2011. He spent the 2012 training camp with the Bengals before being released prior to the regular season."

Chan Gailey: "I can coach better" -
Chan Gailey had a pretty extensive press conference on Wednesday. Check it out here.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: "This will be a big game" -
The quarterback talks about reviewing the film from the Patriots game and heading west to battle the 49ers.

Bills on traveling to San Francisco, facing 49ers -
Fred Jackson, Marcell Dareus, Stevie Johnson, Kyle Williams, Mario Williams, and George Wilson talk about the match-up against San Francisco, traveling, and much more in their press conferences.

Levy: Bills Running Game Good Enough To Win -
Marv Levy and Chris Hairston were the big guests on the John Murphy show Wednesday. Hear their comments.

Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey talks to the media about the San Francisco game this weekend, the team staying on the west coast for the week and the teams mental toughness."

Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"The Bills quarterback talks about facing the 49ers this weekend, staying on the west coast for a week and the imporvements he needs to make to help the team win."

Mario Williams Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"The Bills defensive end talks about facing the 49ers, dealing with his injury, and having to find a way to make an impact."

Kyle Williams Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"The Bills defensive tackle talks about his fine from the hit on Tom Brady, facing the 49ers this weekend, and dealing with their power formations."

Bills Roundup: Jackson, Spiller Getting Stronger - VIDEO -
"The Bills got back on the practice field on Wednesday to begin preparations for the 49ers, with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller coming along, and Kyle Williams talks about getting fined."

Inside The Bills | How pressure has impacted W-L record
"In two wins, the Bills’ defense has nine sacks and 10 QB hits; in two losses, it has one sack and three QB hits. Williams has only 1.5 sacks, but he isn’t solely to blame. Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Anderson need to win their one-on-one battles."

Inside The Bills | Kyle’s hit on Brady draws $15K fine
"I don’t know," he said. "Other than let him throw the ball I don’t know. I could understand if I dove at him head first and hit him, or hit him behind the legs and dove at him with my shoulder. But I hit him with my arm and I get a $15 thousand-dollar fine for hitting him with the ball. I don’t get it."

Inside The Bills | Fred and C.J. feeling better
"Jackson said he expects to wear the knee brace again this week at San Francisco, but isn’t sure what the plan will be with regard to the brace after that."

Inside The Bills | 4 sitting for Wed practice
"Here are the four players not participating in Wednesdays practice."

Inside The Bills | Kyle to appeal fine
"Heck yeah I’m going to appeal," said Williams. "I’m not eating that."

Inside The Bills | Gailey consulted Harbaugh on staying out west
"San Francisco’s done it the last couple of years," said Gailey. "I talked with Harbaugh, and he thought there were some real positives in not making your team fly back and forth, putting them on a plane for five or six hours, both ways, and adjusting to the time change twice during the course of a year. So that was the decision. I’ve never done this, to be honest with you, but it made a little bit of sense to me, to not put your players through that. It’s better for the players, and that’s why you’re doing it."

Bills plan to keep players in comfort zone - The Buffalo News
"The Bills have played only three games in the Pacific or Mountain time zones in the past six seasons. Buffalo has not played back-to-back games in the Pacific or Pacific and Mountain time zones since 1968."

Jerry Sullivan: Excuses wearing thin for Mario - The Buffalo News
"Mario Williams arrived at his locker late Wednesday morning for his one mandated weekly session with the press. A crowd of reporters gathered, waiting to be illuminated by the $100 million man. 'Go easy on him, guys,' a Bills public relations man said. 'He’s got a little bit of a sore throat.' Well, it’s always something with Mario."

Kyle Williams fined $15,000 for Tom Brady 'hit' | Press Coverage
"I figured it was," he said. "At the same time, I asked the official during the game, 'What do you want me to do?' He didn't say anything. Of course, I wasn't exactly calm when I asked him. But I'm trying to figure out: You get blocked down, you're going down. The guy's still got the ball. I didn't dive into the side of the leg. I didn't spear him in the side of the leg. I hit him with my forearm in his calf and he went down."

Four Bills unable to practice, Ruvell Martin improving | Press Coverage
"Wide receiver Ruvell Martin, who had missed two weeks of practice with an ankle injury was limited."

Power Rankings: Bills better than a third of NFL | Press Coverage
"A large sampling of the biggest ratings out there shows the Bills didn't slip much after their 52-28 loss to the New England Patriots."

Marv Levy has seen a D rebound from nearly 600 yards | Press Coverage
"Levy isn't ready to write off the Bills after watching their abysmal afternoon against the New England Patriots. Levy recalled the game in September 1992, when his Bills gave up a team-record 598 yards to the San Francisco 49ers in the 'No Punt Game.'"

Bills sign more O-line help to their practice squad, cut Kamar Aiken | Press Coverage
"The Bills have listed Stevens as a guard and tackle, which will come in handy if they suffer any more O-line injuries. They will be missing starting left tackle Cordy Glenn and right guard Kraig Urbik with ankle injuries for at least a couple weeks."

AccuScore: Bills at 49ers among Week Five's biggest blowouts | Press Coverage
"The Bills won a paltry 26.5 percent of AccuScore's 10,000 simulations of the matchup. Of the entire Week Five schedule, only the Cleveland Browns (on the road against the New York Giants) and the Indianapolis Colts (at home against the Green Bay Packers) won fewer of their simulations."

WGR 550 - Upon Further Review: Bills LBs, RBs & TEs Vs Patriots
"In this edition of the 'Upon Further Review' series, we take a look at the linebackers, running backs and tight ends of the Bills against New England."

WGR 550 - Bills' Mario Says Wrist Injury Has Hampered Him
As I told you 3.5 weeks ago, Williams has a sprained left wrist. On Wednesday he said it does hamper him, "It’s just a little deal going on, but we’ve already mentioned that before. It’s just lingering a little longer than I expected and I just (need to) get back out there and just try to deal with it and play better with it."

WGR 550 - Bills' Williams Fined $15K For Hit On Brady
"It's the package no NFL player wants to see. An elongated and thin FedEx envelope from the NFL offices, signaling a hearty slap on the wrist for fineable offenses. Williams opened it up and saw it was a $15,000 fine for his low hit on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. A play that the defensive tackle was flagged for roughing the passer when it initially happened."

WGR 550 - Bills' Byrd Won't Practice
Jairus Byrd will not practice on Wednesday for the Bills. Chan Gailey believes Byrd should be ready for Sunday, "He won’t practice today, but I think he’s going to be fine for the game."

WGR 550 - Upon Further Review- Bills OL & DL Vs Patriots
"The Bills started off the game with a 21-7 lead, and ended up being outscored 45-7 in the final 26 minutes. What went wrong? Let's start with the offensive and defensive line."

Mario Williams feels pain of wrist, slow start - Democrat and Chroncile
“I’m a hands-on player and it’s all about power in my game,” he said. “It’s just been a little odd having a little knick or whatever and not being able to use it to the full extent, but you know, you gotta play. When you’re out there on Sunday, you gotta play regardless of what’s going on.”

Can Bills survive next five games? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Can the Bills survive this stretch? They have playoff aspirations this year. But in order to reach that goal, the Bills must come out of this stretch with a respectable record."

Brady is AFC Offensive Player of the Week - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Brady threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns in New England's 52-28 victory over the Buffalo Bills."

Bills' Kyle Williams pays price for hitting Tom Brady | Toronto Sun
"Kyle Williams is paying the price for slamming into NFL pretty boy Tom Brady. And he doesn’t like it one bit."

49ers put Bills' defense in spin cycle - SFGate
Head coach Jim Harbaugh said the Bills were "statistically a very good football team" with a "solid" defense that features the "best defensive line" the 49ers have faced this season. Not to be outdone, quarterback Alex Smith insisted Buffalo was "extremely talented on the defensive side of the ball, across the board."

49ers' offensive line preparing for Buffalo's big front four - CSN Bay Area
"Some turnovers have gotten in their way," Harbaugh explained of the discrepancy. "But if those were eliminated, they would be one of the most effective, explosive teams in the National Football League."

Bills get to work preparing for Kaepernick - CSN Bay Area
"It's a lot," Bills coach Chan Gailey said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters who cover the 49ers. "That puts a lot of stress on your defense to prepare for that week-in and week-out. He's done a good job with running what they've put in and they've done a good job of keeping it varied, so it's not the same all the time." | On the Phone with Gailey and Fitzpatrick
"The Buffalo Bills enter Sunday’s road matchup with the San Francisco 49ers with plenty of admiration. After reviewing San Francisco’s 34-0 shutout win over the New York Jets, the very same team that beat the Bills 48-28 at MetLife Stadium, Buffalo’s head coach shared his thoughts on the 49ers dominant win with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday."

Week 5: San Francisco 49ers Vs. Buffalo Bills - CBS San Francisco
Who has the edge at quarterback, on offense, defense, and more? The CBS affiliate in San Francisco weighs in.

Negotiators keep Bills' lease talks behind doors - Buffalo - Business First
"All sides have had productive discussions," Duffy said. "If any progress is made and needs to be made public, we will do it collectively as a team."