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Grim news puts Spiller in spotlight - The Buffalo News
"David Nelson is normally one of the more willing and insightful talkers on the Bills, a guy you can always count on for a succinct comment. But after Sunday's loss at the Jets, Nelson couldn't bring himself to speak. He sat at his locker, sniffling and disconsolate, rubbing his seriously injured right knee. Nelson waved off reporters. It was clear that the Bills' wide receiver had been crying. He's done for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament."

Transcript: Chan Gailey, QB Fitzpatrick, RB Spiller -
Gailey understands the fan base panicking, Fitzpatrick says the locker room is disappointed just like the fans, and Spiller is not pleased with a loss despite his great numbers.

Spiller a beacon in dark defeat -
"Spiller finished his career day with 14 carries for 169 yards and one touchdown. His 12.1-yard rushing average is the second-highest single game rushing average in franchise history. Spiller’s performance marked the most rushing yards by a Bill on Kickoff Weekend since O.J. Simpson’s 173-yard performance on Sep. 21, 1975 against the Jets."

Bills out to remedy pass defense -
"On 63 plays run by the Jets’ offense, Buffalo did not register a sack in the game. They also surrendered eight pass plays of 15 yards or more in the game including a 17 and 33-yard touchdown plays to Stephen Hill. The Jets averaged almost 10 yards per pass play (9.9)."

Jackson out at least 3 weeks -
"It’s going to be a few weeks," said head coach Chan Gailey. "It’s not going to be three, but I don’t think it’s going to be eight, but it’s probably somewhere in there in between. Hopefully sooner than later."

Nelson out for the year -
"It was a bad knee injury," said Gailey, who would not disclose the nature of the knee injury. "It’s a setback and we’ve got to get some other people up and going that’s just part of it."

Graham on deadline to speed up learning curve -
"By the time 2:30 pm rolled around at One Bills Drive Monday afternoon all of the receivers were headed to the parking lot to call it a day after reviewing game film from Sunday’s humbling Week 1 loss. The only receiver that stayed behind to do some early film preparation for Kansas City was rookie T.J. Graham. With David Nelson now out for the season with a knee injury Graham will have a role after being inactive Week 1."

Bills Focus: Spiller Steps it Up - VIDEO -
"Running Back C.J. Spiller picked up where he left off last year when he came into the game in place of Fred Jackson."

Ryan Fitzpatrick on Bouncing Back - VIDEO -
"The Bills quarterback talks about regrouping after the opening loss to the Jets, if composure was a factor, and dealing with the loss of Jackson and Nelson."

Chan Gailey on Jackson, Nelson Injuries - VIDEO -
"The Bills head coach meets with the media on Monday afternoon to talk about the Fred Jackson and David Nelson injuries, as well as the loss to the Jets."

Bills Roundup: Moving On After Injuries, Jets Loss - VIDEO -
"While the Bills lost two key contributors on offense against the Jets, coach Gailey and the players look forward to bouncing back against the Chiefs."

Inside The Bills | Roster move down to WR or RB
"Buffalo currently has no running back on their practice squad, and they might just bide their time on adding a running back until they know the exact prognosis of Fred Jackson coming off his knee injury."

Inside The Bills | McGee likely to see reps increase
"Our plan was to play Terrence," said head coach Chan Gailey. "Terrence is a veteran player that’s a good player. Our plan was to rotate them every two or three series in the ball game. We’re trying to work Terrence back in slowly, not that we don’t have faith in Aaron. It’s just we want to get Terrence in the ball game. That was the plan all along. It wasn’t anything one way or the other. It wasn’t how we felt about Terrence or Aaron."

Inside The Bills | Chan on his cover men
Chan Gailey was not high on Stephon Gilmore or Leodis McKelvin, who both gave up touchdown grabs on Sunday. Check out his comments here.

Inside The Bills | BDC 9/10: Spiller Sets Career High
There are a ton of Bills links here from after the game. I covered most of them yesterday. Some "Notes and Numbers" from the game, too, which I thought were pretty interesting.

Injuries to Nelson and Jackson deal Bills a double whammy - The Buffalo News
"It's been a lot of work to be able to get back and play this year. Then to come out and [get hurt] in the first half of the first game is tough," Jackson told The News Monday night during a taping of "The Fred Jackson Show" on WBBZ-TV. "All I can do is keep working and try to get back out there again."

Bills notebook: Woody not impressed by Williams' debut - The Buffalo News
"For him to blame replacement officials as the reason he got dominated yesterday, I think that's pathetic," Woody said. "There's no ifs, ands or buts about it."

Rodney Harrison blasts Mario Williams for money grab | The Buffalo News
"I actually feel bad for him because Mario Williams, he's the No. 1 pick of the [2006] draft," Harrison said. "He's financially set. So to come out as a free agent and decide to spend the prime time -- basically my prime years -- with the Buffalo Bills, you're not going to make the playoffs. You're not going to the Super Bowl."

Fred Jackson wants to push return in three weeks | The Buffalo News
"I want to be back for New England," he said. "That's the one I want to get back for because it's New England, another divisional game. Those mean a lot to us. That's my goal. That's what I'm focusing on."

Damien Woody: Mario Williams got dominated | The Buffalo News
"I give all the credit to Austin Howard, but this is opening day," Woody said. "If there's any day that you're going to be riled up, it is opening day. You're on the road against a divisional opponent. You're feeling good about your team."

Tyler Thigpen still No. 2 on Bills QB depth chart | The Buffalo News
Gailey said Jackson is "still not ready to go. He's still got a lot to learn. That was a tough situation he was in. He's still learning the whole system."

Chan Gailey: Fred Jackson will be out 'a few weeks' | The Buffalo News
"Gailey called Jackson's outlook "decent" because the way Jackson went down looked like a potential season-ender. Jets safety LaRon Landry hit Jackson in the left leg, and Jackson twisted his right knee while tumbling awkwardly to the turf."

David Nelson done for year; Fred Jackson inconclusive | The Buffalo News
"Expect an increased role for rookie receiver T.J. Graham, who was a healthy scratch against the Jets."

Podcast: What to make of that ugly Bills display? | The Buffalo News
"My general advice -- for the Bills and my fantasy team -- is not to get too worked up until next week. Some games can be an aberration. If the Bills don't bounce back with a competitive edginess next week at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, then I think it's time to start the clock on Chan Gailey."

Tim Graham Chat | The Buffalo News
"Buffalo News reporter Tim Graham is back from New Jersey and will host a Buffalo Bills chat to discuss the fallout from Sunday's demoralizing 48-28 opening-day loss to the New York Jets." You can read the transcript.

WGR 550 - Bulldog: Ugly
"The piece I wrote for the website on Friday was titled sweet relief. Whoops. There was no relief provided on Sunday as the Bills opened the 2012 season by getting curb stomped at Met Life Stadium by the team most observers agree they need to be better than."

WGR 550 - Bills Gailey Confirms Nelson Out For The Season
Graham was inactive on Sunday which surprised many. Gailey said, "He wasn't ready. To be honest with you he is very similar to where C.J. was two years ago when we had him as a rookie. Very talented but not quite ready to play. Now he's going to be thrust in there. We were fortunate that we didn't have to thrust C.J. in there too much as a rookie. We wanted him to play some. This will be T.J.'s chance."

WGR 550 - Bills' Fitzpatrick Knows How To Move Forward
"For me I’m a very level guy, even in life, stuff doesn’t tend to get to me. I mean it eats in terms of throwing three interceptions and us losing the game and me really hurting our team, that stuff hurts me. I’m definitely losing sleep, waking up early at 5am and staring at the ceiling and just thinking, ‘What the heck just happened,’ but for me, you move on, shake it off. It’s the same with a great game..."

WGR 550 - Upon Further Review: Bills OL & DL
Solid analysis from Joe Buscaglia about the play along the offensive and defensive lines. Mario Williams gets the worst grade while Kyle Williams stood out in a positive way.

Buffalo Bills replay: Is there a silver lining in that debacle? | Democrat and Chronicle
"The only one I can think of is that every team is allowed a clunker and there are 15 more games to play. But come on. Lay an egg this large on Opening Day? The Bills should be embarrassed."

Poll: AFC East player of the week - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Spiller is hot on the heels of Stevan Ridley and Mark Sanchez. Vote for him.

It's C.J. Spiller's time to shine - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Spiller has the potential to take over Buffalo's starting tailback job for good. Jackson has surpassed the infamous age of 30 for running backs, and now he's injury prone. Spiller is in his prime."

QBR: Mark Sanchez outshines Tom Brady - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"You just never know what you're going to get from Fitzpatrick. "Bad Fitzpatrick" showed up in the season opener, where he threw for 195 yards, three interceptions and three touchdowns in the second half when the game was already in hand."

Remember last week: Bills edition? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"We run a full-accountability blog in the AFC East. There was a lot of trash talk via the blog and Twitter, particular involving the Week 1 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. We picked the Jets to win and were right. In fact, we were 3-0 for Week 1 picks. New York won convincingly, 48-28. Everyone gets their turn. On Monday, it's time for the Bills Mafia to eat crow."

Seven-step drop: How good are the Jets? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
There's a great picture of Austin Howard's hand in Mario Williams' face attached to this article. More on David Nelson and Chan Gailey's comments here, too.

Bills Injuries Piling Up As Chiefs Week Nears - Arrowhead Pride
Head over to Arrowhead Pride to discuss the Bills injuries if you'd like. AP is a great blog and they will be civil if you are.

Fred Jackson Likely Out Week 2; Status Remains Unclear -
Here's the story stream for Fred Jackson's injury. It will continue to provide updates.

Bills-Chiefs Game - SB Nation Kansas City
Here's the SB Nation story stream for Week 2. Bookmark it and keep going back for updates from both sides.

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Fred Jackson a huge loss for Bills
"According to reports it’s the severe swelling in the area that has got in the way of doctors getting a clearer picture of what they are dealing with. Jackson will use the next week or so to rest and let the swelling go down before having another MRI but eventually he will have to have surgery. The team hopes to have a more definite prognosis after that second MRI."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Jets coach 'disagrees' with Bills' Super Mario
"Well, I'll say this," Ryan said at his Monday news conference, a stern look replacing his usual smile. "Mario Williams is a great football player. There's no question. He's a tremendous player. But I disagree with him on this."

Buffalo's most reliable slot receiver is on the shelf for the entire season, and that's a major bummer - particularly considering Nelson is just a really good dude.

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Buffalo Bills' T.J. Graham Now Has A Role To Fill

With Nelson sidelined, rookie T.J. Graham - who wasn't even active for yesterday's loss - will now play an important role in Chan Gailey's offense. That's according to Gailey, by the way.

Buffalo Bills' Fred Jackson To Miss At Least Three Weeks
Oh yeah. Fred Jackson is hurt, too. It's not as big of a bummer as Nelson's bummer, considering he may only miss a month or so, but it's still a bummer.

Jets 48, Bills 28: Mario Williams v. Austin Howard Re-Watch
Mario Williams ripped into the replacement officials after the game, claiming that Austin Howard routinely hit him in the fact. He has a point... sort of.

Buffalo Bills' C.J. Spiller Making Case For Full-Time Gig
Perhaps this comes off as the obligatory "feel good" post of the day, but it's well-earned. Spiller was outstanding in Week 1, and may be on the verge of a true break-out campaign.

Jets 48, Bills 28: Post-Game Comments From Coaches, Players
MRW recapped some post-game quotes from Chan Gailey, C.J. Spiller and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Morning After: Jets 48, Bills 28 Analysis
"Der Jaeger provided his usual measured post-game breakdown, going over the good, the bad, and providing a little levity. (If that's what you're into.)"