Player News - Bills

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Karlos Williams (undisclosed operation) says he'll "most definitely" be ready for Week 1.

"Definitely on special teams, try to work myself into the rotation as the week goes on," Williams said. "Try to get in there for the first game next week." Williams also described the accident that led to his surgery as "freak" and "delicate." Williams is in the driver's seat for No. 2 duties, but would be a part of a Week 1 committee were LeSean McCoy (hamstring) not ready.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 4 - 7:07 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo considers Karlos Williams the favorite to back up LeSean McCoy.

The Bills cleared Williams for individual drills Friday after a surgical procedure sidelined him the last three weeks. Williams is the favorite for No. 2 duties with Fred Jackson gone, but would likely be part of a committee if McCoy isn’t ready for Week 1.
Sep 4 - 6:36 PM

Matt Cassel said he doesn't expect to be released.

"There’s been no indication that way," Cassel said. "Whether or not they will is probably a question you’d have to ask them, but right now that’s what I’m planning on." Coach Rex Ryan said last month he expects to carry three quarterbacks, but Cassel's spot is in danger after getting outplayed by E.J. Manuel. Buffalo would save $4.75M from releasing Cassel.
Sep 4 - 5:41 PM

Chris Hogan (knee, ankle) expects to be ready for Week 1.

Hogan will be three weeks into his 2-4 week timetable for the start of the regular season. The Bills are expected to keep him despite his nondescript training camp. Hogan will back up the slot if cleared.
Sep 4 - 4:56 PM

LeSean McCoy (hamstring) has vowed to be ready for Week 1.

McCoy made the proclamation in a text message to ESPN's Josina Anderson. He was more diplomatic following Friday's practice, saying "we'll see." Coach Rex Ryan has generally suggested McCoy will be ready to go against the Colts. Our first concrete clue will come with the Bills' first official injury report on Wednesday.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 4 - 4:43 PM

Bills RB Karlos Williams (undisclosed operation) took part in individual drills on Friday.

The fifth-round rookie continues to trend in the right direction for next Sunday's opener. With Fred Jackson out of the picture, Williams could be returning as the Bills' No. 2 back, and perhaps even as Buffalo's starter with LeSean McCoy nursing a hamstring injury. He's not a bad stash at the end of benches.
Sep 4 - 2:49 PM

LeSean McCoy (hamstring) returned to individual drills at Bills practice on Friday.

While he hasn't yet progressed to team drills, this is a positive sign for McCoy's Week 1 availability. We'll monitor his participation throughout next week. Karlos Williams (abdomen) also returned to individual drills on Friday and would be in the mix for carries if McCoy couldn't play against the Colts.
Sep 4 - 2:42 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan remains cautiously optimistic that LeSean McCoy (ankle) will be ready for next Sunday's opener.

"I'm hoping that he’ll be available to us," Ryan said. The ol' ball coach also shot down reports that Shady is dealing with a tear. "Apparently, that person knows more than I do." McCoy's status is far from clear, but the tea leaves suggest he'll be ready to go against Indy. If not, Week 2 would be realistic.
Sep 4 - 2:07 PM

Bills placed LCB Leodis McKelvin (ankle) on the reserve/NFI list.

McKelvin is expected to be ready before Week 7, so he should return when first eligible. McKelvin fractured his ankle last November, and had a setback early in the summer. Second-rounder Ronald Darby is holding down the fort opposite Stephon Gilmore in McKelvin's absence.
Sep 4 - 1:56 PM

Bills K Dan Carpenter missed his third field-goal attempt of the exhibition season in Thursday night's preseason finale.

Carpenter also missed an extra point in Buffalo's third preseason game. Coach Rex Ryan reiterated that Carpenter could be on the chopping block. "We'll certainly be looking (at kickers)," Ryan said. "Nobody earns this job by default." Carpenter did nail 34 of his 38 field-goal attempts last season.
Sep 3 - 10:40 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes sixth-round TE Nick O'Leary "would likely have been released by now" if he wasn't a draft pick.

Per Buscaglia, O'Leary "could be confused with any of the undrafted free agents on the roster" at Bills camp. He's currently behind Charles Clay, MarQuies Gray, Matthew Mulligan, and Chris Gragg on the depth chart. Small, short armed, and slow, O'Leary might not even make it onto Buffalo's practice squad.
Sep 2 - 9:51 PM

Coach Rex Ryan expressed some doubt whether LeSean McCoy (hamstring) will be ready Week 1.

"I hope," Ryan said. "If not then the next man has to step up. So we will see. If he is not ready to go, he won’t be in there." According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, McCoy is dealing with a "small tear" in the hamstring and "it tore in a spot where it couldn't have been any better." McCoy has done next to nothing at practice the past two weeks, as he's only able to perform light footwork, agility, and cardio. If McCoy can't suit up Week 1, it'll be Karlos Williams, Bryce Brown, and Anthony Dixon, though Williams is recovering from an injury of his own.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 12:27 PM

E.J. Manuel is expected to open the season as the Bills' No. 2 quarterback.

He's earned it with a phenomenal preseason. Manuel has completed 20-of-30 passes (66.7 percent) for 358 yards (11.9 YPA) and a 4:0 TD:INT ratio. GM Doug Whaley still "strongly supports" Manuel, whom Whaley picked 16th overall in 2013. Matt Cassel is expected to be released by Saturday afternoon.
Sep 2 - 10:58 AM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Cappacio reports the Bills are "having internal debate" on whether or not to release QB Matt Cassel.

Cassel has had an up-and-down six months in Buffalo, going from struggling badly to having a so-so training camp and preseason. Meanwhile, Tyrod Taylor has lit Buffalo on fire with his legs and earned the starting job. E.J. Manuel has performed in the preseason with a 146.9 passer rating, giving him the edge over Cassel. Releasing Cassel would save the Bills $4.75 million against the cap.
Sep 2 - 8:54 AM

Speaking Tuesday, Bills coach Rex Ryan said K Dan Carpenter "needs to kick better."

Carpenter converted 34-of-38 field goal attempts in 2014, but is just 2-of-4 this summer. He's also missed an extra point. Carpenter's Week 1 roster spot is secure, but he can't afford a slow start. The Bills are keeping Jordan Gay as a kickoff specialist.
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