AFC East: Chris Williams

The Buffalo Bills placed starting left guard Chris Williams (back) on injured reserve Saturday, ending his season.

Williams, who has been dealing with a nagging back injury since the preseason, started the first three games of the season at left guard before leaving the game in a Week 3 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

After missing the next two games, Williams returned to practice this week, participating on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday. He did not practice Friday and was declared out for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

In his place, the Bills will continue to turn to rookie Cyril Richardson, a fifth-round pick, as their starter at left guard. Richardson was flagged for three penalties in Sunday's 17-14 win against the Detroit Lions.

Williams signed a four-year, $13.5 million free-agent contract in March that included $4 million in guaranteed money.

To replace Williams on the 53-man roster, the Bills promoted rookie safety Kenny Ladler from the practice squad.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is questionable for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots with an ankle injury after missing Friday's practice with an illness.

Jackson was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday after suffering a right ankle sprain in last Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions.

Jackson "should be good to go," for Sunday's game, a source said.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee) is one of seven Bills who are questionable against New England.

Starting left guard Chris Williams, who missed Friday's practice, was declared out for the game.

Here is the Bills' full injury report from Friday:

WR Marcus Easley (knee; did not participate)
G Chris Williams (back; did not participate)

RB Fred Jackson (illness/ankle; did not participate)
CB Ron Brooks (neck; limited participation)
S Da'Norris Searcy (knee; limited participation)
LB Nigel Bradham (knee; limited participation)
LB Brandon Spikes (ribs; limited participation)
DT Kyle Williams (knee; limited participation)
S Aaron Williams (wrist/neck; limited participation)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (ankle) and guard Chris Williams (back) were not spotted at the beginning of Friday's practice.

 Both players were limited participants in Wednesday's and Thursday's practices.

Jackson suffered a right ankle sprain in last Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions but returned to the game. Williams, the Bills' starting left guard, missed the past two games with a nagging back injury.

The Bills will announce both players' status for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots later Friday.

Previewing Bills-Lions at Ford Field

October, 5, 2014
DETROIT -- Welcome to Ford Field, where the Buffalo Bills (2-2) square off with the Detroit Lions (3-1) in the Bills' third road game of the season (1 p.m. ET).

Weather conditions: None. For the second consecutive week, the Bills are playing inside a domed stadium. It's a chilly day outside in Detroit, with temperatures in the mid-40s.

Monitoring Kyle Williams: The Bills didn't downgrade defensive tackle Kyle Williams or linebacker Nigel Bradham to out for the game, indicating that both made the trip to Detroit. They're both listed as doubtful. Chances are neither will play, although we'll monitor if either are tested by trainers in pre-game warmups.

Final inactives: The Bills have already declared guard Chris Williams and wide receiver Marcus Easley as out for the game. If Kyle Williams and Bradham can't play, the Bills will need to declare three additional inactives. They were in the same spot last week; running back Bryce Brown, cornerback Ross Cockrell and tackle Cyrus Kouandjio were the healthy scratches.

Wrolstad gets the call: Craig Wrolstad, a veteran NFL official who is in his first season as a referee, will officiate today's game.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

While the Pro Bowler was in a T-shirt and shorts and riding an exercise bike while reporters were present at Friday's practice, the Bills listed Williams as a limited participant on their injury report.

Linebacker Nigel Bradham (knee) is also doubtful. Like Williams, he was listed as a limited participant in Friday's practice despite not being spotted by reporters during their period of availability.

Both Bradham and Williams were listed as "did not participate" in practices Wednesday and Thursday.

If Williams doesn't play, the Bills are expected to use a combination of Corbin Bryant and Stefan Charles in his place alongside Marcell Dareus. Rookie Preston Brown is expected to start in Bradham's place if he cannot play.

Meanwhile, the Bills declared starting left guard Chris Williams (back) and special teams ace Marcus Easley (knee) as out for Sunday's game. Rookie Cyril Richardson is expected to make his second consecutive start in Williams' place.

Running back Bryce Brown, who was not on the practice field when reporters were present Friday, was not on the injury report.

Here is the Bills' full injury report:

WR Marcus Easley (knee; did not participate)
G Chris Williams (back; did not participate)

DT Kyle Williams (knee; limited participation)
LB Nigel Bradham (knee; limited participation)

CB Ron Brooks (shoulder; limited participation)
LB Randell Johnson (knee; limited participation)
WR Sammy Watkins (ribs; full participation)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion; full participation)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills were without a pair of defensive starters at Wednesday's practice.

Defensive tackle Kyle Williams and linebacker Nigel Bradham, who both left Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans with knee injuries, were in the practice bubble while the rest of the team was on the field. Bradham, who was wearing a brace on his left knee, worked with trainers.

Starting left guard Chris Williams (back) and special teams ace Marcus Easley (knee) also remained out.

Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (concussion) and linebacker Randell Johnson (knee) were both back at practice Wednesday.

Previewing Bills-Texans at NRG Stadium

September, 28, 2014
HOUSTON -- Welcome to NRG Stadium, where the Buffalo Bills (2-1) square off with the Houston Texans (2-1) in the Bills' second road game of the season (1 p.m. ET; noon local).

Weather conditions: None. The Texans have their retractable roof closed at NRG Stadium, so the conditions will be perfect. It's warm and muggy outside; temperatures are in the low 80s and there are passing thunderstorms.

Two downgraded: The Bills downgraded starting left guard Chris Williams (back) and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (concussion) from "doubtful" to "out" on their injury report Saturday. That means the Bills will be without at least four players because of injury: Williams, Goodwin, linebacker Randell Johnson (knee) and wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee). They need to declare three additional inactives.

Two starters probable: Of the six players who were declared probable for Sunday's game, the two situations to watch the most are linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) and safety Da'Norris Searcy (ankle). They were both limited in practice throughout this week. Both should play. In Rivers' case, it would be his first action since leaving the season opener with an injury. Searcy left last week's game.

Vinovich gets the call: Bill Vinovich, who is in his second stint as an NFL official, is Sunday's referee.

Chris Williams remains out for Bills

September, 25, 2014
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills were without starting left guard Chris Williams at the start of Thursday's practice.

Williams missed Wednesday's practice after leaving Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers with a back injury.

In Williams' place, the Bills used rookie Cyril Richardson as their first-team left guard in warm-ups Thursday.

Wide receivers Marquise Goodwin (illness) and Marcus Easley (knee), as well as linebacker Randell Johnson (knee) were not on the practice field Thursday.

EJ Manuel added to Bills' injury report

September, 24, 2014
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was added to the team's injury report Wednesday with abdominal soreness.

"He came in, he had some soreness," coach Doug Marrone said. "Since he's a high-profile player, you got to put him down."

"I'm fine," Manuel said. "I think any time you bring something to a trainer they have to put it up there, but I'm good to go."

Starting left guard Chris Williams did not participate in Wednesday's practice but Marrone said he could return Thursday.

Linebacker Keith Rivers, who returned after missing Friday's practice, was again a limited participant Wednesday.

Did not participate:
WR Marcus Easley (knee)
LB Randell Johnson (knee)
G Chris Williams (back)

Limited participation:
LB Keith Rivers (groin)
S Da'Norris Searcy (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (illness)

Full participation:
WR Sammy Watkins (ribs)
QB EJ Manuel (abdominal)
WR Robert Woods (ankle)

Keith Rivers returns to Bills practice

September, 24, 2014
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills linebacker Keith Rivers (groin) returned to practice Wednesday.

Rivers missed last Friday's practice and did not play in Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers. It's unclear how much Rivers will participate in Wednesday's practice; he was a limited participant in Wednesday and Thursday's sessions last week.

Meanwhile, linebacker Nigel Bradham was not at practice Wednesday for personal/family reasons. He is expected back at the facility later Wednesday.

Starting left guard Chris Williams, who left Sunday's game with a back injury, was not at practice. Rookie Cyril Richardson is expected to take over in his place.

Linebacker Randell Johnson (knee) and wide receiver Marcus Easley (knee) also were not on the field for the start of Wednesday's practice.

Watkins goes wire-to-wire in loss

September, 22, 2014
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Taking a closer look at offensive snaps played by the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers:

EJ Manuel -- 70 of 70
Kyle Orton -- 0 of 70

Running backs:
Fred Jackson -- 45 of 70
C.J. Spiller -- 25 of 70
Anthony Dixon -- 0 of 70 (special teams only)
Bryce Brown -- 0 of 70 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: Through two games, Spiller (27 carries) had the edge over Jackson (19 carries), but Spiller proved ineffective early in Sunday's game. Jackson was used on third downs as a receiver and wound up leading the Bills in catches. This is one game where the steady veteran was a better option than the hot-and-cold Spiller. Meanwhile, Dixon wasn't even part of the offensive game plan for the first time this season.

Frank Summers -- 16 of 70

Quick-hit thoughts: Less of a role for Summers, who is most often used as a lead blocker. The Bills transitioned more to a shotgun, three-receiver offense in the second half as they played from behind.

Wide receivers:
Sammy Watkins -- 70 of 70
Robert Woods -- 65 of 70
Mike Williams -- 42 of 70
Marquise Goodwin -- 8 of 70
Chris Hogan -- 0 of 70 (special teams only)
Marcus Easley -- 0 of 70 (special teams only)

Quick-hit thoughts: Watkins may have taken a "play off" late in the game when he pulled up on a route, but snap-wise he didn't come off the field. His 100 percent participation was a first for a Bills skill-position player this season. Meanwhile, Woods continues to show a clear separation from Williams in the offense. If the Bills weren't trying to play catch up in the second half, we may have seen even less of Williams. He just doesn't look to be a significant part of the offensive game-planning.

Tight ends:
Scott Chandler -- 62 of 70
Lee Smith -- 15 of 70
Chris Gragg -- 0 of 70 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: The Bills got more production out of this position than they did in the first two games, as Chandler finished with five catches for 74 yards. Smith's return was limited by the Bills' inability to make much happen in the running game; once they fell behind, his role as a blocker became less important. Smith's return pushed Gragg off the game-day roster.

Offensive linemen:
LT Cordy Glenn -- 70 of 70
C Eric Wood -- 70 of 70
RG Erik Pears -- 70 of 70
RT Seantrel Henderson -- 70 of 70
LG Kraig Urbik -- 55 of 70
LG Chris Williams -- 15 of 70
Chris Hairston -- 2 of 70
Cyril Richardson -- 0 of 70 (inactive)
Cyrus Kouandjio -- 0 of 70 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: Williams played 15 snaps before departing with a back injury. That has to be a concern for the Bills, as it's been an issue since the preseason. The injury could give Urbik, who was teetering on losing his job at the end of the summer, a second life with the team.

Bills might be without WR Robert Woods

September, 18, 2014
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- After injuring his ankle late in Wednesday’s practice, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods did not practice Thursday and might not play in Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.

"Right now he wouldn’t be able to play," coach Doug Marrone said.

Woods has started the first two games of the season alongside rookie Sammy Watkins. He has five catches for 83 yards.

Watkins was more optimistic about Woods' status Thursday.

"I think he's fine. I think they just wanted to rest him today. He tweaked his ankle the other day," Watkins said. "He went through the walk-through [Thursday morning] pretty fine. But I think it was kind of sore a little bit, but he gonna be fine."

Meanwhile, the Bills added starting left guard Chris Williams to their injury report. He was limited.

"He went throughout the practice," Marrone said. "We just watched his reps."

Here is the Bills' full Thursday injury report:

Did not participate:
S Jonathan Meeks (neck/placed on injured reserve)
LB Randell Johnson (knee)
WR Woods (ankle)

Limited participation:
LB Keith Rivers (groin)
DT Stefan Charles (hip)
G Williams (back)

Full participation:
WR Watkins (ribs)
TE Lee Smith (toe)

Chris Williams remains out for Bills

August, 25, 2014
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills starting left guard Chris Williams remained out of practice Monday.

Williams, who practiced each day last week, missed Saturday's preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was previously listed with a lower back injury.

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who missed Saturday's loss with a rib injury, was in uniform for the start of practice and took part in warm-up drills. Since the majority of practice drills are closed to the media after training camp, it's unclear how much Watkins participated in Monday's practice.

Meanwhile, tight ends Lee Smith and Dominique Jones (unknown), safety Jonathan Meeks (neck), and cornerback Mario Butler (ankle) all were out of practice. Smith and Jones both played in Saturday's game.

Defensive tackle Kyle Williams (leg) and tight end Tony Moeaki (hamstring) returned to practice after missing Saturday's game.
LATROBE, Pa. -- The Buffalo Bills have a day off Friday as they prepare for Saturday's preseason tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The rest day will give players a chance to recover from two padded practices at St. Vincent College. Luckily for the Bills, they came out of the sessions with no apparent injuries. For this point in camp, the team is relatively healthy.

Here is a look at which players may not suit up Saturday night:

Cordy Glenn: The 345-pound left tackle has yet to be cleared for team drills. He took part in one-on-one pass-rushing drills in both joint practices this week, signaling that he's progressing as he returns from the non-football illness list. Still, don't expect him to be in uniform Saturday.

Leodis McKelvin: Will McKelvin see his first preseason action Saturday? It's possible, but not likely. The Bills have been cautious with McKelvin since he sat out organized team activities (OTAs) recovering from hip surgery. He was in uniform in Latrobe this week, a step forward from his status the week prior.

Tony Moeaki: It has to be a frustrating training camp for Moeaki, who battled injuries in Kansas City and had a chance for a significant role in the Bills' offense before being sidelined with a hamstring injury. He returned to practice on a limited basis last week and saw a few snaps at the end of the Bills' preseason win over the Carolina Panthers, but he wasn't in uniform this week. Moeaki spent both joint practices working with the strength and conditioning staff.

Marquise Goodwin: Here's another player who can't seem to shake injury issues. Goodwin played 12 snaps in last Friday's preseason win but looks to be dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, as he was out of practice again this week. It doesn't necessarily signal a setback -- the Bills may want to rest him -- but given the competition at receiver, Goodwin could benefit from being on the field and healthy. In his first 16 months with the Bills, that's been a problem.

Chris Williams: Williams hasn't practiced since he played 44 snaps in Friday's preseason win. He's listed with a lower back injury and watched practices this week from the sidelines. Doug Marrone said he doesn't have any "long-term" concerns about Williams' injury, but I wouldn't expect to see him play Saturday.

Jonathan Meeks: The second-year safety looks to have fallen behind Duke Williams, who was drafted a round ahead of him last year, in the safety battle. A neck injury last week hasn't helped Meeks' case. He didn't practice this week and isn't expected to play Saturday.

Ty Powell: The Bills could have a few open roster spots at linebacker following Kiko Alonso's injury and Nigel Bradham's one-game suspension, and Powell remains in that mix. However, he's been sidelined since last weekend with a "medical" issue. He watched practice from the sidelines this week in Latrobe.

Dustin Hopkins: Hopkins sat out practices in Latrobe this week with a groin injury. That could be a bit of a red flag for Hopkins, who Marrone said must make the roster as a kickoff specialist -- he isn't competing with Dan Carpenter to kick field goals. Hopkins missed all of last season with a groin injury.

Two other players to keep an eye on: running backs Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. After taking a hit during a live tackling drill Thursday, trainers and a team doctor examined Brown's rib area. He later returned to practice. Meanwhile, WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia said Dixon was also examined by the medical staff at the end of Thursday's practice.

Bills Camp Report: Day 22

August, 10, 2014
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Buffalo Bills training camp:
  • After a lighter workout Saturday, the Bills ramped it up for a full-pads practice Sunday that lasted well over two hours. The session featured 38 plays in the red zone (split between seven-on-seven, nine-on-nine, and 11-on-11) as well as a four-play live tackling drill at the goal line. That's a significant and much-needed red zone workload for a team that lacked an ability to punch it in the end zone on Friday night against the Carolina Panthers.
  • The results of the red zone work were mixed. EJ Manuel's first six reps came in a nine-on-nine drill where there was a half-offensive line on the right side. We scratched our head when Manuel was pressured from the right side, tucked the ball, and scrambled to the left. Doug Marrone has previously emphasized the point of the seven-on-seven drill (or its cousin, the nine-on-nine drill) is to throw the ball downfield, so scrambling to the side of the field with no offensive or defensive linemen -- by design -- is a questionable decision. In 11-on-11 red zone work, Manuel was sacked on two of his first four reps and didn't record a touchdown in any of his seven total reps in that period. In the final seven-on-seven series, Manuel's first two passes didn't score points but he finished on a strong note, hitting Lee Smith and Mike Williams for back-to-back touchdowns.
  • Manuel's best friend on the field continues to be Sammy Watkins, who made a great adjustment to catch a ball over cornerback Ross Cockrell in the first 11-on-11 period. In the next 11-on-11 series, Manuel threw a pass behind Watkins on a quick-out route, but Watkins snagged it out of the air with his left hand, back-handed. WGRZ's Jonah Javad posted a still frame of the impressive catch.
  • Safety Aaron Williams continued to line up with the second team Sunday, with Duke Williams and Da'Norris Searcy as the first-team pairing. Marrone said not to read into Aaron Williams' placement as any sort of indication of his performance.
  • With Chris Williams remaining out with a back injury, the Bills cycled through guards Sunday. Kraig Urbik, Doug Legursky, and Antoine McClain all saw time at left guard, while Urbik and Cyril Richardson were the top right guards. Marrone said he doesn't have long-term concerns about Williams' back injury. Other players who remained out Sunday: cornerback Leodis McKelvin, tight end Tony Moeaki, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, cornerback Ron Brooks, safety Jonathan Meeks, and linebacker Ty Powell.
  • The Bills have an off day Monday before returning to the practice field Tuesday at 8 a.m. ET. They then travel to Latrobe, Pennsylvania, for joint practices with the Pittsburgh Steelers beginning Wednesday afternoon.