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Buffalo Bills news, 11/8: Buffalo getting healthier

The Bills' top two playmakers on offense should be near 100% Sunday for the first time in well over a month.

Tom Szczerbowski

Bills getting healthy at right time - ESPN

"Assuming the Bills are able to avoid a similar run of injuries, they have a favorable second-half schedule that could act as a springboard to improve on their 3-6 record. Either way, this is the closest the Bills have been to the team that general manager Doug Whaley and his staff designed in the offseason."

Inside The Bills | Bills planning changes for red zone offense

"We’ve left a lot of yardage out there," said Marrone. "There are some things we’re doing well. There are some situations like the red zone touchdowns—we’ve obviously went back and did some more studying on how other teams have been successful in the red zone. How we’re going to do something different, how we’re going to get over that hump. Because obviously if we’re doing the same things we’re not going to get any different results."

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Preview: Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - VIDEO -
"NFL Films previews the Week 10 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers."

Bills Focus: Whaley Returns to the Steel City - VIDEO -
"Bills General Manager Doug Whaley assesses the team at the midway point of the season and talks about his return to Pittsburgh."

Searcy producing in multiple roles - VIDEO -
"Going into the season, Searcy had the opportunity to play more not only because of the opening for his position, but because of team injuries as well. With Jairus Byrd injured, he said he played both in the strong safety role as well as a ‘hybrid linebacker, safety’ combo."

Inside The Bills | New FB Rodriguez to be active Sunday
"We’ll have him up this week, active and learning the system," said Marrone. "It takes a little bit more time than learning teams and we’ll have him up there on special teams for the game."

Inside The Bills | Kiper has Alonso atop his rookie ranks
Kiper: "The game, and the traffic, just doesn’t seem to move too quickly for him, just as it didn’t at Oregon. So far this season, the Buffalo Bills have benefited. Although Alonso might lack experience, he plays with great instincts and has that extra set of eyes to make plays amid all the chaos."

Inside The Bills | C.J. to see even more work?
"I did talk to him again and asked how he felt and he said he felt good so that’s exciting," said Marrone. "As soon as someone comes off the injury report then I’m thinking he’s full go." Spiller hasn't been on the injury report this week.

Bills notebook: Newcomer Charles shows promise on the defensive line - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Five snaps were sufficient for Stefan Charles to make a positive first impression on Bills coach Doug Marrone." The head coach discusses the Canadian player and Charles raves that the Bills are so close to home.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Spiller "close" To Feeling Like His Old Self
"It felt pretty good. Wasn't really no bad setback or anything like that," Spiller said coming off of his 12 carry, 116 yard performance. "Woke up Monday and the legs were a little tired because they haven't been conditioned. But for the most part, the ankle felt pretty good coming off the most work it's done since Week Four."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Planning On EJ Manuel Starting Sunday
"We're planning on him going," head coach Doug Marrone finally said, after being hesitant to go all in on the idea on Wednesday. "EJ wasn't sore or anything yesterday. That was the one thing we were waiting for. Barring any setbacks in the next couple of days, both he and Thad are ready."

Bills RB C.J. Spiller admits ankle injury not fully healed - ESPN
"[Sunday] it was still not where I wanted to be. We'll just continue to do the things we need to do," Spiller said. "[I'm] very close. I don't want to say, but I'm close."

Countdown Daily Prediction: BUF-PIT - ESPN Video - ESPN
"The NFL Live crew make their picks for Buffalo at Pittsburgh."

Sacks adding up for Roethlisberger, Steelers - Observer-Reporter - Sotuhwestern PA
"Midway through the season, the Steelers have allowed 32 sacks, putting them on pace for 64. That would shatter the team record of 52, set in 1969 and matched in 1983."

McLendon: "This week is redemption week" -
"This week is redemption week," said nose tackle Steve McLendon. "Let’s get that bad taste out of our mouth with that loss, letting a team run the ball on us. We are going to go out there and get the job done." Sure it is, bud. Sure it is.

Bills coach reminds QB Manuel to avoid taking hits | Pro32: Head to Head | AP
"There's a fine line between very, very competitive and for someone in that position to be smart. So I think he'll be better," Marrone said. After pausing for emphasis, he added: "Well, he had better be better, right?"

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Inside The Bills | The Beach Boys Headline Halftime in Toronto
From PSY in 2012 to the Beach Boys in 2013? That's... different.