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Bills Roundup: Wednesday Practice News -
"The Bills continued preparing for the Jets on Wednesday, as Stevie Johnson was limited in practice, there was good news concerning Erik Pears."

Wilson back at home resting after brief hospital stay - The Buffalo News
"He is home and resting comfortably," Bills senior vice president of communications Scott Berchtold reported Wednesday.

Chan Gailey press conference transcript -
The Bills' head coach gives some short answers early, but elaborates on a few later.

Transcripts: QB Fitzpatrick, DE Williams, RB Jackson -
Some pretty extended interviews from the big names on the team.

Mario: Wildcat is No Big Deal -
"Looking ahead to the Jets, most people are fascinated by the Tebow Wildcat package, which Williams says is not as big of a deal as it's ma’e out to be. As long as the Bills defense does what they are supposed to, they’ll be fine."

Chan Gailey Wednesday Press Conference -
" Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey talks about the season opener against the NY Jets."

Ryan Fitzpatrick Wednesday Press Conference -
"The Bills quarterback talks with the media about facing the Jets this Sunday at the Meadowlands."

Mario Williams Wednesday Press Conference -
"The Bills defensive end talks about his personal expectations, as well as the rest of the defensive line, against the New York Jets, as well as suiting up with his new team for the first time."

Fitzpatrick feels greatly improved -
"Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick joined "NFL AM" Wednesday to not only discuss how the Bills plan to rebuild after a 1-8 finish last season, but also his comparison of training camp to the show "The Bachelor" and which Star Wars character he most resembles."

Inside The Bills | Mr. Wilson home from hospital
"We talked before he went in the hospital and I haven’t talked to him since he got home yesterday," said Gailey Wednesday. "I’m sure we’ll talk some time soon though."

Inside The Bills | Chan: If Smith can’t go, no Wildcat
"He’s going to go out and work a little bit," said Gailey of Smith prior to Wednesday’s practice. "This is sort of the transition day and we’ll hopefully get him on the field a little bit more tomorrow and a little bit more Friday and hopefully have him Sunday."

Inside The Bills | Pears fully expected to play Sunday
"I fully expect him to play Sunday," said Gailey of Pears. "I think that he’s progressed well. Today we’ll be in pads and we’ll find out even more today. I think as the week goes on he’ll either get stronger or weaker and that will tell us how much he’s going to play."

Inside The Bills | Urbik a non-participant
"Starting right guard Kraig Urbik is not participating in practice. He’s riding the stationary bike."

Inside The Bills | Smith very limited
"Dressed in his white receiver jersey, Smith caught passes in the warmup lines where receivers move at half speed. He then joined the quarterbacks for individual position drills, but did not attempt a pass. Suffice to say Smith was very limited in his return from a groin injury last week."

Inside The Bills | Rex unsure Wildcat will slow Bills pass rush
"I don’t know about that," Ryan said on a Wednesday conference call. "With Super Mario over there, that’s gonna be tough. There’s no question. Clearly this team can really rush the passer. They added Mark Anderson as well, and the other guy too that I always think is underrated is Kyle Williams. We voted him to the Pro Bowl when he was healthy. I’m happy for him to see him back out there, but I wish he could have waited a week because he is a tremendous player. So that pass rush is definitely going to be tough.

Inside The Bills | Respect for Mario
"He’s a tremendous football player…I can tell you this, our tackle’s probably not sleeping very well this week, there’s no doubt. I know I wouldn’t be if I had to go against him." - Rex Ryan

Inside The Bills | How Jets are prepping for Mario
"We’re going to have Aaron Maybin play him over there, and we’ll line him up offsides and say get ready to chase this guy. He’s a combination speed, power, he’s got it all. Certainly its going to be a huge challenge for anybody. With Austin, he hasn’t had a whole lot of game experience, but we feel good about him. He’s a huge man that can bend. He’s a guy that’s kind of a road grader in the running game, so I think that’ll help as well."

Inside The Bills | Dareus-"It’s a little spooky"
"It’s a little spooky when Coach takes the collar off of us," Dareus said in the locker room Wednesday. "I’m a little worried–we just feed off each other because we are so amped up."

Inside The Bills | Spiller ready to help break Jets streak
"It’s five straight losses and counting for the Bills against the New York Jets. Buffalo hasn’t beaten their AFC East rivals since an overtime win in the Meadowlands two years ago."

Inside The Bills | Urbik to return Thurs.
"It’s just a tight back," said Urbik. "I’m going to be full go tomorrow. It was just a precautionary deal. I wanted to go today, but they held me out until tomorrow."

Inside The Bills | Tasker represents Bills at Kickoff Show
"Each of the 32 NFL teams will unveil their team’s 2012 season flag as winners of the NFL Fan Flag Challenge. Under this contest, fans designed flags that represented the team’s city, community and fans."

Inside The Bills | Stevie limited in practice
"Yeah, the groin is good, 90 something percent," said Johnson. "I only say 90 because no one is really 100 percent unless you haven’t been playing at all, you feel me, but I’m good."

Ryan's defense presents major challenge - The Buffalo News
"They're gonna get after you," Fitzpatrick said. "They're gonna not give us much time to throw. They're gonna bump. They're gonna play man coverage. They're gonna disguise some stuff. It's a great challenge for us right away, because this is one of the top defenses in the league every year, and this year will be no different."

Lesson learned: No more guarantees - The Buffalo News
"I'm going to be myself, like always," Ryan said Wednesday on a conference call with the Buffalo media. "When I made the guarantee, I thought I was taking pressure off our team. We had come off two AFC Championships in a row, so I was like, 'What's left?'"

Betting on the Bills: Over/under player stats - The Buffalo News
"The oddsmakers at online wagering site have come up with a bajillion propositional bets on NFL stats this year. Among them are several Buffalo Bills players (link is for, ahem, informational purposes only)."

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson among 6 captains - The Buffalo News
"Moorman is Buffalo's longest-serving captain at seven years. Wilson, one of the team's obvious locker-room leaders and their union representative, is a defensive captain for the first time. He has been a special-teams captain in the past."

Bill talk with SiriusXM's Dino Costa - The Buffalo News
"Topics included the lease negotiations between the team and Erie County, owner Ralph Wilson's legacy with the team and also what to expect on the field from the Bills this season."

Rex Ryan OK with Mario Williams in division as long as Tom Brady gets crushed - The Buffalo News
"It's going to be a huge challenge to anybody. Austin hasn't had a whole lot of game experience, obviously. But we feel good about him. He's a huge man that can bend. He's a guy that's kind of a road-grader in the running game."

Tyler Thigpen to serve as No. 2 QB against Jets - The Buffalo News
"Bills coach Chan Gailey confirmed Thigpen will serve as the No. 2 quarterback this week ahead of newly acquired Tarvaris Jackson."

Forbes ranks Bills 29th most-valuable NFL club - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills stood their ground in Forbes magazine's annual NFL valuations estimates, but the financial digest called them "arguably the most troubled franchise.""

Bills fans rank third in dollar value to team - The Buffalo News
As Forbes staff writer Chris Smith explained, the magazine "sought to determine the NFL's most valuable fans on a per capita basis, dividing each team's local revenue by the local metro population. ... Local revenue is considered any team income not attributable to national or league-wide revenues, and it includes components like tickets, concessions, advertising, sponsorships and local media deals."

Video: Bills-Jets, Week One preview - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan, Tim graham, and Jerry Sullivan take a look at the match-up.

Jets DT Sione Pouha looks iffy - The Buffalo News
"Pouha has not practiced since the first week of training camp due to a sore lower back, a problem for a 325-pounder. He was listed as limited Wednesday. Pouha was rated as the 14th best player in the AFC East by Tim Graham on the Press Coverage blog in July."

Podcast: Gleason, Graham visit Shredd and Ragan - The Buffalo News
The Bills preseason and the running backs are covered in this short transcript but you got to click through to get the rest. "Other topics you can hear about in this 19-minute podcast include the strengths and weaknesses of the revamped defense, Fitzpatrick's rib injury, quarterbacks coach David Lee's influence on Fitzpatrick's mechanics and the fact I play Shredd's mom in Week One."

Video: Jim Kelly rooting for Tebow to cause trouble - The Buffalo News
Jim Kelly hopes Tim Tebow blows the Jets up, was disappointed about the Bills 0-4 preseason, and ranks his top NFL quarterbacks.

WGR 550 - The Bills Are Embracing Expectations
Ever since this team showed up for OTA’s they’ve been using the word expectations. Gailey understands that and embraces it going into New Jersey to play the Jets, "Yes they’re higher, I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say the expectations are higher. They’re higher for the offensive line, they’re higher for the receivers, they’re higher for the defense, they’re higher for the kicking game, our expectations as a team are higher which is where you want to be."

WGR 550 - All Hands On Deck To Prepare Jets OL For Bills' Mario Williams
"Oh shoot, I was like oh no, please don’t, please don’t," Ryan said when recalling the three-day courting process the Bills engaged in to land Williams. "Obviously you wish those players were on your team, but the fact that he went to Buffalo, it’s like, oh boy. He’s a tremendous football player."

WGR 550 - Stevie Johnson Limited At Bills Practice
"The wideout did take a hard fall at practice during the 20-minutes the media was allowed to watch, and seemed to be walking gingerly. It is unknown if his tumble is related to his limited activity on Wednesday afternoon. Johnson was unavailable for comment in the team's brief open locker room period following practice."

Buffalo Bills expecting to see wildcat from Jets | Democrat and Chronicle
"We realize that with the personnel they have with Tebow that they’ll use him in some sort of fashion there," defensive end Chris Kelsay said on Wednesday as the Bills continued preparations for the game. "It’s something that we’ll prepare for, but it’s not something we’re going to major in. They can do a lot offensively."

Bills ready for Tim Tebow, Wildcat? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"You have to pay attention to it. You know they've got it," Bills coach Chan Gailey said on a conference call with New York reporters Wednesday. "They've got a good weapon in Tebow, so you have to expect it. You have to work on it. You're guessing what they’re going to do a little bit, but you have to spend time on it. I’m just glad we have the extra day or two to get ready for it. In a regular week it would've been very tough."

Derek Hagan says he's a Raider once again - Silver And Black Pride
"Wednesday afternoon former Raiders wide receiver Derek Hagan tweeted that he is a Raiders once again. Hagan spent the first seven games of last season with the Raiders before he was released in favor of Carson Palmer's former favorite target from his Cincinnati days, TJ Houshmandzadeh."

Talk Of Terry Pegula's Interest In The Buffalo Bills Heats Up Again - Die By The Blade
"The Associated Press' John Wawrow caught up with Terry Pegula and tried to gauge his interest in possibly buying the Bills when the situation arises."

Talkamania XVI: Bills preview | Buffalo Wins
"Talkamania is back and we are doing it up Buffalo Bills style. This week, I'm joined by Chris from Two in the Box to preview the Bills upcoming season. We go at it for about 57 minutes. Enjoy and tell a friend."

Williams ready to bring power to Bills' defence - (Canadian) National Post
"Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow, playaction pass, run or wildcat formation: Mario Williams isn't worried about what the New York Jets might have in store for the Buffalo Bills defence this weekend."

Bills-Jets Preview - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
"Surrounded by a whirlwind of tumult, the Jets will try to jump start their seemingly anemic offense against the Buffalo Bills and their re-tooled defense Sunday in the Meadowlands."

The endless heartbreak of being a Buffalo Bills fan - NeXt - The Buffalo News
"So, with the season upon us, having acquired several players that can only bolster the roster (on paper, mind you), here's to another year of hope, rejoicing and heartbreak."

New York Jets starting right tackle Austin Howard faces a tough first test again -
"Instead of looking more toward what he is, I look at what I am. I came from being an undrafted free agent where nobody thought I’d make the Eagles’ squad to having this opportunity with the Jets," said the 6-foot-7, 333-pound Howard. "Nobody expects more out of me than I expect out of myself."

Buffalo Bills know to expect Wildcat but little else from Tim Tebow |
"You kind of don’t know what to expect, they can do anything," Williams said. "It’s kind of you get your feet in the first half and try to adjust to it and try to see what’s going on and what they’re trying to do and how to track it."

PARRINO: Bills get no respect - Tonawanda News
"By no means am I ready to declare this season the end of the playoff drought, but to say a team that started 5-2 last season, with its entire core back and healthy, is the fourth worst team in the league is just horrible analysis."

Ruvell Martin brought back by Buffalo Bills |
"Wide receiver Ruvell Martin, a graduate of Muskegon Catholic Central, is back with the Buffalo Bills."