AFC East: Pisa Tinoisamoa

Source: McGee injury not serious

May, 27, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills left cornerback Terrence McGee suffered a right shoulder injury while trying to defend Terrell Owens on a pass play during Wednesday's practice.

McGee's injury isn't believed to be serious, according to a team source.

"It was just a competitive play, and he did what he was trying to do," Owens said. "He was trying to break it up, and I was trying to make a play on it."

McGee is the most reliable coverage cornerback at a position filled with youngsters. The seventh-year pro missed two games last year with a sprained knee.

Sophomore corner Leodis McKelvin, the 11th overall draft pick last year, missed practice with a hand issue. Ashton Youboty remains sidelined with plantar fasciitis and might not be back on the field until training camp. That has cleared way for another second-year cornerback, Reggie Corner, to get reps as the nickel back.

In other Bills news, they might have caught a break when the New England Patriots signed linebacker Paris Lenon. That likely means the Patriots no longer are interested in linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, to whom the Bills reportedly have offered a contract.

As NFC North warden Kevin Seifert points out, Tinoisamoa's choices are down to the Bills and Chicago Bears, with a decision expected soon.

Bills competing with Patriots for Tinoisamoa

May, 26, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

If the Buffalo Bills still want to sign linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, they have another competitor to worry about. This one is in the AFC East.

Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reports Tinoisamoa visited the New England Patriots on Tuesday. Tinoisamoa also has visited the Chicago Bears, but canceled a recent appointment with the Philadelphia Eagles. senior writer Clark Judge reported last week the Bills offered Tinoisamoa a contract before he left Orchard Park, N.Y., which was his first stop after the St. Louis Rams cut him.

Tinoisamoa led St. Louis in tackles four of his six seasons there, but new coach Steve Spagnuolo released him because of a bigger-backer philosophy and the addition of rookie James Laurinaitis. Tinoisamoa was listed at 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, but he played about 20 pounds lighter last year.

He recorded 135 tackles last year with three sacks and two forced fumbles.

Tinoisamoa would supplant Keith Ellison in Buffalo's 4-3 defense.

With the 3-4 Patriots, Tinoisamoa would play inside linebacker, a position that was impacted when third-round draft pick Tyrone Mckenzie suffered a season-ending knee injury at rookie minicamp.

Tinoisamoa still considering Bills

May, 19, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills still are in the running for linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, a league source has informed

Tinoisamoa, cut by the St. Louis Rams because new coach Steve Spagnuolo wants bigger linebackers, visited the Bills last week. Tinoisamoa is scheduled to visit the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles within the next few days and then choose the best fit among the three suitors.

Tinoisamoa led the Rams in tackles four of his six seasons. He recorded 135 last year, with three sacks and two forced fumbles.

Bills coach Dick Jauron has been known to sacrifice size for mobility at linebacker. Tinoisamoais listed at 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, but he reportedly played closer to 220 pounds last year.

Tinoisamoa played weak-side linebacker in the Rams' 4-3 alignment. The Bills, the AFC East's only 4-3 team, could upgrade that spot.

Keith Ellison is their returning starter, but the Bills could do better than the former sixth-round pick. He would make a fine backup at a position the Bills have lacked depth.

Around the AFC East: Gholston impressing

May, 15, 2009
Posted by staff

New York Jets

Buffalo Bills

  • Buffalo News reporter Allen Wilson discusses Marshawn Lynch's decision to appeal his three-game suspension.
  • The Football Scientist, KC Joyner, responds to the team bringing in free-agent linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa for a visit and wonders if signing him would be an upgrade for the Bills.

Miami Dolphins

  • How do the Dolphins plan to use Jason Taylor? Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald has the details.
  • Count agent Drew Rosenhaus among those "floored" when he learned the amount of money it took to get Taylor signed.

New England Patriots

Around the AFC East: Jets backs playing hardball

May, 13, 2009
Posted by's Tim Graham

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