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The Bills and the 49ers square off on Sunday. Today we wrap up the injury reports and more in the collected Buffalo Bills links.

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Broadcast Information: Bills at 49ers -
"This week’s game will be the 11th regular season meeting between the two teams."

Scouting Report - Week 5 -
Chris Brown breaks down the match-up. By the looks of it he is hoping for a big play on special teams.

AP: Bills hit the road for West Coast swing -
``I think it's going to be kind of like a training camp atmosphere where it's just us,'' linebacker Bryan Scott said. ``There'll be no distractions. It's just us. It's a business trip.''

Scott has been on the spot -
"Outside linebacker Bryan Scott leads the Bills with four takeaways this season, one in each game they’ve played. Scott said he’s not exactly looking for a turnover, but wants to be where the ball is every play."

"What's the Word" with George Wilson -
"This week George catches up with 1st round pick Stephon Gilmore to see how his rookie season is going, what he likes to do in his free time, and where are some of his favorite places to eat."

Marcell Dareus on the 49ers Game - VIDEO -
"Bills Defensive Tackle Marcell Dareus talks about this weekend's matchup against the San Francisco 49ers."

Under Review: Fred Jackson - VIDEO -
"On this edition of Under Review, Hannah Buehler catches up with Bills running back Fred Jackson, and we learn what goes through his head after a touchdown and how he chooses where to jump into the stands."

Inside The Bills | Nix trusts locker room leaders
"We’re very confident in the guys we’ve got," said Nix. "We’re a little bit young as far as some of the leaders, but that’s no excuse. Good teams win with young guys if they’re talented enough. We expect our guys to step up out there. I think they will this week. It’s a tough task. We’re playing what I think is one of the best teams in the league at their place and us 2,000 miles from home or further, but we expect to rise to the occasion."

Inside The Bills | Nix on Mario’s first 4 games
"Why would you worry about a guy in four weeks that has done it for five or six years," Nix asked. "The guy is a great player, the money he got he’s never going to live up to that. Nobody can and you knew that when you did it that it was going to be under the microscope and criticized at every turn. He realizes that and wants to play better and we expect him to. Fans and media have a unique position, that if you sign a guy, you overpaid and he’s not worth it, and if you don’t sign him you’re cheap. You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t."

Inside The Bills | Mike Lombardi-"Don’t give up on Mario"
"Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network spends a lot of time watching video. And he spent a lot of time (more than 20-years) working for NFL teams in personnel. He’s got some thoughts on Bills DE Mario Williams at the quarter pole of the season. Basically, Lombardi says it’s too soon to give up on the prized free agent."

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 10-5
Chris Brown answers his weekly question on Dorin Dickerson and spends some time on John Potter replacing Rian Lindell, Kirk Morrison's role, Vince Young and Tarvaris Jackson, and the Bills staying out West.

Inside The Bills | Rinehart questionable
"Rinehart didn’t practice," said head coach Chan Gailey. "He’s got a calf (injury) that he did in practice yesterday. We rested him today just to kind of make sure we’ve got him on Sunday. We think he’ll be fine on Sunday."

Inside The Bills | Byrd, Martin also questionable
"We listed him as questionable, but he’s practiced (Friday) and looked okay," said Gailey of Jairus Byrd.

Inside The Bills | Lindell is new special teams co-captain
"First of all it’s not lost on me that I’m a captain of an NFL team," Lindell told "I think being one of the older guys was what factored into that. It’s tough being a kicker because I don’t feel it’s my place to rally them up in a pre-game circle or whatever, but I can kind of lead by example. Be on time, getting your job done at practice and in the weight room and taking care of your body."

Inside The Bills | 49ers O-line a powerful unit
"Their offensive line is so strong. They are a big, strong, physical offensive line. They come off together. They do a great job with their blocking schemes," head coach Chan Gailey told in his weekly interview that airs Saturday. There are so many shifts and motions and personnel groupings to try to keep you off balance, but they still try to pound the ball and if you don’t play assignment football and everybody gets in their gap and attacks where they’re supposed to attack, they’ll hit some creases on you."

Inside The Bills | Pats LB Spikes fined for Chandler hit
"According to Spikes confirmed he was hit with a $21 thousand fine for an illegal blindside block. Spikes made helmet to helmet contact on the play and forced Chandler from the game with a head injury. He did not return to the game, but did pass concussion tests conducted by the team’s medical staff. He’s listed as probable for Sunday’s game against San Francisco."

Moorman tells kids about turning the page - Sports - The Buffalo News
"They just wanted to go in another direction, and I respect them for that. That’s fine," Moorman said about the Bills’ decision. "I think they’ve been trying to do that for a while, and I’m proud that I made it hard on them. Do I agree with it? No. Who would?"

Sheppard wants Bills’ run ‘D’ to make statement - Sports - The Buffalo News
"We’re going against one of the biggest, most athletic, most physical teams in the NFL. We’ve got to go out there and get the job done," Sheppard said. "I think it’ll be a statement to reassure our guys, ‘Hey, last week was a fluke.’ We can’t let that happen again."

Dave Wannstedt expects more from Mario Williams | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Let's be honest here. If Wannstedt was happy with Williams, he would have gushed about him or explained how he helped the defense or shared one thing that would have suggested he was satisfied with Williams' play. Instead, he offered faint praise about Williams' work ethic and spoke in general terms about the defense overall."

Brandon Spikes fined $21,000 for Scott Chandler blindside hit | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Spikes launched himself at Chandler, striking him in the head on a fourth-quarter interception return Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium. No penalty was called on the play, but the hit knocked Chandler out of the game."

Video: Friday Bills update with Skurski, Gaughan | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"News sports reporters Jay Skurski and Mark Gaughan give Friday's update on Sunday's game in San Francisco against the 49ers."

Chad Rinehart listed as questionable with calf injury | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Gailey called the move "precautionary more than necessary," good news for an offensive line that would be forced to start Colin Brown at right guard should Rinehart not be able to play. That would also leave the Bills without any reserve interior offensive linemen. Urbik (ankle) and rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle) are out Sunday. Chris Hairston will start in Glenn's place."

Foes are hip to Jairus Byrd's importance to Buffalo | Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
Tim Graham writes that after Jairus Byrd forced a fumble on Rob Gronkowski, the tight end injured the safety on a running play and on the next play scored his first touchdown of the game. Also, Tim wins another pun award for his headline.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - SIMON: Rush To Judgment On Defense?
"It would be ridiculous, in my opinion, to can Wannstedt after just four games on the job as DC but that doesn’t mean you can’t question some of his strategies and wonder whether or not the 2012 Bills defense will be better than the 2011 unit that finished near the bottom of the NFL in most of the key statistical categories."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - CAPACCIO: Football Friday Flurry Week 5
Sal Capaccio previews the Bills games and looks around college and the NFL ranks.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Byrd, Rinehart Listed Questionable Vs. 49ers
Joe Buscaglia provides an update on the team's injuries.

Poll Friday: AFC East underdog - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Which of the AFC East underdogs are most likely to win? I picked the Dolphins since they play the Bengals.

Final Word: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Spilling over: Buffalo Bills tailback C.J. Spiller didn't look himself in last week's loss to the Patriots. Spiller came back sooner than expected from a shoulder injury and played tentatively. He rushed for 33 yards on eight carries and had a crucial fumble before halftime. Spiller struggled with blocking and breaking tackles. The Bills hope another week of rest has allowed Spiller's banged-up shoulder to heal. The San Francisco 49ers, the Bills' next opponent, are fifth in the NFL in run defense."

49ers vs. Bills injury report: Carlos Rogers questionable for Week 5 - SB Nation Bay Area
"San Francisco has announced cornerback Carlos Rogers is questionable for the game with an ankle injury. Most believe he will play. Starting defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga is also questionable with a knee and ankle issue."

49ers vs. Bills: Turnovers and lack of defensive consistency will doom Bills - SB Nation Bay Area
"Bills weaknesses play perfectly in to 49ers' hands. Turnovers, soft defense, injuries will doom the Bills at Candlestick on Sunday."

Bills vs. 49ers Injury Report: Chad Rinehart, Jairus Byrd Questionable - Buffalo Rumblings
"With the two starting offensive linemen sitting, Sam Young and Colin Brown will be active for the first time this season. Young will back up at both tackle spots, while Brown will play at guard or center if anybody goes down on the interior. Likewise, with Johnson down and no more defensive tackles on the roster behind Carrington, end Kyle Moore will likely make his 2012 debut this week."

Bills vs. 49ers: The Colin Kaepernick Wrinkle - Buffalo Rumblings
"Kaepernick basically has had four big runs, along with one deep pass," explains David Fucillo of "Kaepernick was active but didn't play in Weeks 2 and 3, so it is hard to tell when and where the 49ers will look to unleash the Wolf Pack (one of the titles for Kaepernick's formation)."

49ers vs. Bills: Can San Francisco exploit thin Buffalo offense? - SB Nation Bay Area
"No opponent should be taken lightly, but if the 49ers head into this contest focused and don't fall into the complacency trap they succumbed to in Minnesota, they should come away with the win."

Bills vs. 49ers Breakdown: How To Attack San Francisco - Buffalo Rumblings
"David Fucillo, lead blogger for the San Francisco 49ers blog, tells Buffalo Bills fans how the 49ers can be beaten on Sunday."

49ers vs. Bills: Containing C.J. Spiller - SB Nation Bay Area
"The 49ers defense is always stout against the run, but mostly with powerful runners who don't threaten the edge much. They'll need to contain C.J. Spiller not only in the run game, but on swing-passes and screens, too."

Moorman still committed to PUNT Foundation - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"He comes in every Tuesday. He stays and visits and talks to the kids. He gets to know their names and their families. He checks up on kids. He goes to their homes," she said. "He gives a personal touch that helps families get through this. He touches people’s hearts."

San Francisco 49ers vs. The Buffalo Bills: Five Key Factors To Watch
"Winner: The 49ers. Playing at home and facing a struggling mediocre Bills squad makes this game the 49ers game to lose."

Whitner's Blog: Facing Old Friends -
"The human nature part of it is going to be emotional. Seeing that color and wearing that color for five years, playing with those guys and being in the locker room, understanding who they are personally and as an athlete, there’s going to be emotions. The biggest thing is to be able to keep those emotions in check and being able to execute and think out there on the football and field and not let the emotions run too wild."

Buffalo Bills Not Circling the Wagons Like They Used To " CBS San Francisco
"The Buffalo Bills have talent on both sides of the ball, but are very inconsistent, so at the end of the day they are just not a good football team. They raced out to a hot start in 2011, winning five out of their first seven games, but since then they have gone 3-10."

What I Want to See in Bills vs 49ers - Rochester, News, Weather, Sports, and Events -
"I actually think the Bills will catch the 49ers a little flat this week. They went East for two weeks and are coming off a blowout of the Jets. The Niners have a key game with the Giants next week. This is a big time trap game for them. That gives the Bills an opportunity to compete Let's see if they take advantage"

Hamister, Quinn heap praise on Bills' Brandon - Buffalo - Business First
"The interviews were separate and neither focused on Brandon. But in the course of our conversations about sports business and the future of the Bills, both Quinn and Hamister singled out the Bills' boss."