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Mario Williams is taking center stage - but not for his wrist - as he talks about his return to Houston.

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Texans preparing for Mario's return -
"These games, people make a big thing about these games and I was part of one when I first got here," said Williams’ former teammate and close friend, Antonio Smith. "The one thing you don’t account for is the control of all the different emotions you get in the game like this, coming back, playing against the team you used to be with, playing against guys that you’re friends with."

Chan Gailey: "Every week is critical" -
The Buffalo Bills head coach spoke with the media yesterday.

Ryan Fitzpatrick: "Texans are in the top 5 for a reason" -
Fitzpatrick discusses how the team is preparing for the Texans and his leadership.

Mario Williams: "I have something extra to prove" -
"At the end of the day it is a decision that the General Manager made. Opened the door and pretty much gave me a one way exit. That was it. At the end of the day it is what it is. It is part of the business. People do not realize what really happened at that point in time. That is fine. The fans can only go off of what they hear everybody else say. That is fine with me. It is part of the game. I am here now and just have to make the best of it."

Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller finding rhythm -
"Buffalo’s dynamic duo is not only healthy, but Jackson and Spiller have found a balance of work that should keep both fresh while also giving each of them enough touches to make an impact."

Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills quarterback talks about preparing for Houston, how he feels after the bye week and about gaining some depth with the offensive line from players returning."

Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey talks to the media about preparing for Houston, players who are returning from injury, and where the team stands after the bye week."

Mario Williams on Returning to Houston - VIDEO -
"The Bills defensive end talks about getting back to practice after his bye week wrist procedure, and about heading back to Houston to face his former teammates."

Bills Roundup: Williams Returns For Full Practice -
"Mario Williams and Cordy Glenn were back on the practice field for the Bills on Wednesday, as the team continues to prepare for a tough test in Houston."

Inside The Bills | Cordy, Mario to both be limited
"Both of them as was stated to me by our training staff early this morning is they’ll both be available on a limited basis," said head coach Chan Gailey. "They may not take every rep, but they’ll be available on a limited basis."

Inside The Bills | Not looking good for Anderson
"Tomorrow will be the day and it’s looking less and less likely," Gailey said.

Inside The Bills | Glenn optimistic for Sunday
"Physically I feel fine," said Glenn. "I just need more repetition at this point just to get more comfortable and acclimated to being out here."

Inside The Bills | Bills re-focused
"I think the mindset is good," said Kyle Williams. "It’s not easy task in front of us, but I think mentally everybody is sharp and is ready to get to work and to go down to Houston and play a good football game. We’ve just got to hit the ground running."

Inside The Bills | Every two series working for Fred & C.J.
"It’s worked," said Jackson. "It’s about just finding that groove and getting into it. It’s not always gonna be perfect. But as long as we both can go out there and stay fresh and continue to make plays, we’ll do what we can to make this thing work. And I think that’s what this is about—going out there and getting some production out of both of us, and making this offensive unit go."

Inside The Bills | Midseason grade for Bills
"Buffalo Bills (C) - This team has the worst identity crisis in the NFL. Every time they look ready to compete, they sputter. And then, out of nowhere, they pop back up again unexpectedly."

Inside The Bills | Byrd getting Midseason recognition
"Earning honorable mention on offense for Buffalo was C.J. Spiller, who lost in a close race with PFF selection Adrian Peterson and on defense Kyle Williams was an honorable mention too. Remember voting is open for the Pro Bowl and you vote for your favorite or most deserving Bills players."

Inside The Bills | USA Today predicts Wild Card for Bills
"Prediction: Watch out for these guys. They could easily jump up and grab that final wild-card spot. In fact, we think they will."

Inside The Bills | Sheppard on Bills struggles against the run
"We go out and we look on film, and Coach Wannstedt does a great job, his scheme is a great scheme," Sheppard told John Murphy. "He shows we go out for ten straight plays, in the same defense and Tennessee’s running the same offensive plays—and we nail it—for a loss or a one or two yard gain. And then you see on that 11th play, the same scheme is called, the same blocking scheme, the same running play, and one guy gets out of their gap."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Mario Williams Said He Didn't Leave Houston, He Had No Choice
"Everybody looks at it as that you just up and leave, but you don’t know the fact of being told, ‘We’re not giving you anything’ as far as an offer so you’re hands are tied in that aspect and everybody else looks at it like he just went to free agency and left. There was plenty of time for things to be done and it wasn’t and that’s fine with me, I just wish everybody that runs their mouth and says this or that and doesn’t know the whole story about it before making a decision about me just abandoning the fans, the team and everything else because that’s not me, I’m not that type of guy."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills CB Brooks Staying Ready For The Call
"Don't make answer that one yet," head coach Chan Gailey replied when asked if they would in fact activate Brooks. "But we're getting him ready to play in case we do."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Mario Williams Returns To Practice; Two Bills Sit
"With head coach Chan Gailey saying on Wednesday that chances of their high-priced defensive end being ready to play against the Houston Texans were "in the 90s," the seventh-year player getting back to work is a big step in that direction."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Hoping To Be Healthier
When I asked Gailey if he was planning on making any starting lineup changes other than injury and he said, "No."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Russ Brandon: Lease Deal Not Imminent
"Brandon also said the Bills considered the idea of a new stadium and explored the concept of a complete retrofit, like Kansas City and Green Bay, before determining renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium was the best way to proceed."

Mario Williams returns for game against Houston Texans | Democrat and Chronicle
"If I get a chance to hit Matt (Schaub)," Williams said of Texans quarterback, "it’s going down for sure."

Is Mario Williams' heart still in Houston? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"But Williams dropped another doozy of a different kind Wednesday. He told a Houston television station that he never wanted to leave the Texans."

Mario Williams Speaks About His Departure From And Return To Houston - Battle Red Blog
"Mario Williams spoke to Mark Berman about Sunday's upcoming tilt against the Texans."

Buffalo Rumblings Podcast: Post-Bye Week Bills vs. Texans Preview - Buffalo Rumblings
"After taking a bye week alongside the Buffalo Bills, the Buffalo Rumblings Podcast is back in full force as the Bills get set to take on the Houston Texans."

Ultimate Texans " Texans tackle Newton draws task of stopping Mario
"I’m not comfortable with anybody handling Mario," the Texans coach said. "He’s a great player. He’s playing on our right (side) for the most part, so that challenge comes to Derek. But we’ve got to help Derek, too."

No Excuses For Mario and Bills -
"If you a fan of this team and you expect a win Sunday in Houston you are delusional. That doesn't mean it can't happen, but to expect this Bills team to go on the road and beat a vastly superior team like the Texans is silly. But you should expect effort and competition and energy from your team. There is no excuse for that to not happen and then you can hope for the upset."

Williams has "something to prove" - WIVB
"I have something extra to prove in general," said Williams. "Definitely with everything going on, it has not been the way I really wanted it. Going out, making an impact and just being better to help the team win. It is just a coincidence it is this week after the bye week... Just happened to be against this team."

Long season can be decided in short time - YNN
"If the Bills aren't able to pull an upset, they'll fall to 3-6. That's a rough climb back to playoff contention, and would make losses in five of six, virtually ruining the Bills season in such a short time."

PFF Mid-Season All-Pro Team |
Jairus Byrd earns a spot as one of the safeties. " Byrd’s work in coverage is second-to-none and he oozes playmaking ability. A real game-changer at the safety position."

Watt provides Texans with power surge - The Buffalo News
"He’s played very well. You could see this coming, I think, in the playoffs last year. The two playoff games he was exceptional," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "I think this all started at the end of last year and has continued, and the guys around him have played well. [Defensive coordinator] Wade [Phillips] does a great job of getting him in position to be successful. We’re very proud of his effort, and obviously, he’s becoming a hell of a player."

It's time for the Bills to push back - The Buffalo News
"So run the ball on Sunday, and run it some more. Control the clock, which will accomplish two things: Limit Foster's opportunities against what is shaping up as one of the worst run defenses in the NFL"