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Fitz's time to shine -
"For me, I’ve got more to prove than other guys, probably, because I did some things last year that were good, but at the same time, I didn’t put together a full, complete season. I’ve got to be able to be consistent all year. And I think that consistency needs to be shown this year, throughout the whole year."

Johnson expected to be ready Sunday -
"He got tight yesterday," said head coach Chan Gailey. "He could’ve gone out there today, but we kept him out. We think he’ll be back out (Friday) and be back Saturday and be ready to go Sunday. That’s what we think. That’s what’s anticipated."

Bills Postgame Show to Debut Sept. 9 -
"The Buffalo Bills today announced that the Bills Postgame Show presented by ECMC will launch Sunday, September 9 immediately following the Bills vs. New York Jets game from MetLife Stadium. The show will premiere live on air as soon as the final whistle sounds on WKBW-TV in Buffalo and 13WHAM-TV in Rochester."

Marv Albert: Bills In The Playoffs? YES!!! -
"Does Marv Albert think the Bills are going to the playoffs? YES!!! Sorry, we couldn’t help it. That is, however, what the Hall of Fame broadcaster said about the current Buffalo team."

Jets injury report: Dustin Keller back, Stephen Hill added | The Buffalo News
"The New York Jets' injury report reads like one you'd expect to find mid-season, with 15 players on the list. Here's how it breaks down:"

AccuScore: Rough game ahead for Fitzpatrick | The Buffalo News
"Overall, the New York Jets won 58.8 percent of the simulations and averaged 23 points a game at the Meadowlands."

Horde of ESPN soothsayers lukewarm on Bills | The Buffalo News
"ESPN's public relations department produced a chart that displays how 23 of their NFL commentators voted on divisional champions, wild cards, the Super Bowl winner and league MVP. Eight of the 23 predicted the Bills would earn a wild-card playoff berth and conclude their playoff drought. None chose the Bills to win the AFC East."

Ron Brooks' recovery should take 6-8 weeks | The Buffalo News
"You definitely don’t want to be on IR period, but given the new rule and the fact that they chose me as that one designated person shows a lot about [how] the club’s committed to me," Brooks said. "I’m just going to go out there and work to get 100 percent."

Stevie Johnson a spectator at practice | The Buffalo News
"Johnson took a hard fall during practice Wednesday on the track surface that surrounds the team's grass practice field, although it's unknown yet whether his absence today and limited participation yesterday are related to that."

Chan Gailey optimistic on Stevie Johnson's condition | The Buffalo News
"Let’s get through this, and then we’ll evaluate all of that. He’d been going great," the coach said. "If it’s a one-time incident, then it’s no big deal. If it looks like it’s chronic, then you’ve got an issue and you’ve got to deal with it. I’m not trying to make up problems right now."

George Wilson on the Jets matchup - VIDEO -
"Bills Safety George Wilson talks about the season opener against the NY Jets."

Chan Gailey Thursday Update - VIDEO -
"Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey updates the injury report on Thursday, which includes Stevie Johnson, Brad Smith, and Terrence McGee."

Stevie Johnson updates his injury - VIDEO -
"Bills Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson gives you the latest on his injury status."

Bills Focus: Jersey Boy Heading Home - VIDEO -
"The opening of the 2012 NFL season will be a special one for wide receiver Donald Jones, who returns home to New Jersey to play an NFL game in his home state for the first time."

Inside The Bills | Brad Smith looking better
"Smith, who is dealing with a groin injury suffered last week, was running routes and planting and cutting without much limitation during the media viewing portion of practice."

Inside The Bills | Urbik, Pears updates
"So it appears if things continue on their current course, the Bills will have their starting five up front ready to go for the opener Sunday."

Inside The Bills | Looking good for Brad Smith
"He moved around great today," said head coach Chan Gailey. "We got some timing with our Wildcat so that part of it was good. He took some reps at receiver. I was shocked how well he looked today. So I’m very encouraged."

WGR 550 - Bills' Gailey Anticipates Stevie Johnson To Play Sunday
"That’s what they said," Johnson said Thursday. "It’s natural for something like this to happen, but it’ll definitely be gone and nothing we should really have too much worry about."

WGR 550 - Bills' CB Brooks Happy Season Isn't Lost To IR
"The injury happened, and I'd rather it happen it now than later on in the season," Brooks said. "Luckily with the new rule I was able to come back and glad that they designated me that one person to come back in the season."

WGR 550 - Tebow, Wildcat On The Mind At Bills Practice
" In separate areas of the field, both the linebackers and defensive linemen were engaging in drills to help instill the 'stay at home' philosophy of defending an offense like that one. A coach for each grouping served as the role of Tebow."

WGR 550 - SIMON: What About Ralph Wilson's Legacy?
"Wilson’s legacy is TBD(to be determined). In my opinion it will rest solely on what happens to the franchise after his demise. No longer is it enough to say his legacy is cemented because he didn’t move the Bills during his lifetime. His decisions during that lifetime will determine the future home of the team."

WGR 550 - Bills' Gailey Anticipates Stevie Johnson To Play Sunday
"It’s a long season. If I was to play or I wasn’t we’ve still got another 16 or so games to play and hopefully the playoffs," Johnson added. "But I’m not trying to miss this game at all. I don’t think I will."

WGR 550 - Jets' Keller Upgraded, Landry DNP
"As the New York Jets continued their weekly preparations, on Thursday they saw a pair of offensive players be upgraded from their practice statuses just a day prior."

Buffalo Bills are confident as offensive line hobbles into opener vs. New York Jets | Democrat and Chronicle
"When the Bills’ offense takes the field Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium, it will do so with a center coming off a torn ACL, a right tackle who is still battling back from surgery on his groin, and a right guard who sat out Wednesday’s practice because of a sore back."

Updating AFC East injuries - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Johnson could be listed as "questionable" for Friday's final injury report. The Bills need their best receiver to play. Fellow receiver Brad Smith (groin) practiced on a limited basis for a second day in a row. "

Can Jets block Bills DE Mario Williams? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"We're expecting Austin to play well against someone who is very talented," Sanchez said this week. "A guy like Mario Williams, he’s a game-changing type player. It’s important to block him up and get rid of the football."

Walker’s AFC East Predictions - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"I think you’re going to see a lot of urgency from New York in this opener, and the Jets have won five straight against the Bills. I don’t know where the Jets will get their points, but I think New York’s defense plays lights out and does just enough to win ugly at home. Walker’s prediction: Jets, 16-14"

Derek Hagan happy to be back but not surprised - Silver And Black Pride
"Definitely surprised up there too," said Hagan of being released by the Bills. "Like I said, sometimes you just never know. It's just one of those things that sometimes it can be a numbers game and they wanna take a look at different guys and a situation like that I just can't let it get to me. I just gotta keep working. I've been cut before and I know what goes on and I just gotta try to keep and straight line and keep working and just go from there."

Bills Notebook: Offensive line getting healthy at right time -
"When we have all of us, we have a talented group," Wood said. "We have talented backups. But this is an offensive line with Pears, myself and when Urbik gets back ... that played a lot of football together last year. Any time you can bring a lot of people back it definitely helps."

Ralph Wilson’s health and Bills future intertwined |
"Today there was good news. Wilson was released from hospital and returned to his home in Detroit on Tuesday night. He didn’t have his weekly meeting with Gailey, but the coach referred to his boss as "tough as nails." Keep fighting the good fight, Ralph. We need ya."

BILLS: We're Not There Yet, but We're Close -
"Transcripts of conference calls by Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey and defensive end Mario Williams with Jets reporters Wednesday afternoon..."

Jets' new RT Austin Howard faces daunting task in blocking Bills' Mario Williams |
"You have to work on your whole game," said Howard, who is preparing half for Williams and half for the Bills defense in general. "Technique, pass protection, run blocking. There’s definitely times where we’re focusing on individual players, but you really have to focus on the game as a whole."

Bills Daily Gameday Preview -
Here's a preview of the Bills-Jets game.

Don't buy in to Buffalo Bills' hype | Toronto Sun
"The Bills are being touted by some, but a poor secondary and an offence that is devoid of impact players has us doubting. Buffalo won just one of six divisional games last year, including a pair of losses to this host."