Description: Contract talks have broken down between the Bills and safety Jairus Byrd. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: Buffalo has less than 24 hours to decide what to do with its franchise tag. If the tag is used on Byrd, the three-time Pro Bowler will earn $8.4 million in 2014. If not, he'll become a free agent. Byrd led the team with four interceptions in 2013 even after missing the first five games with plantar fasciitis.
Description: Buffalo will be without Stevie Johnson in Week 17.
Insight: Johnson missed last week's game to be with his family after his mother passed away. He'll sit out this week as well. Johnson's absence should open up more targets for rookies Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. As usual, Buffalo will rely heavily on its ground game with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson splitting carries.
Description: Bills QB Thad Lewis will make another start Sunday against New England.
Insight: E.J. Manuel is done for the year with a sprained knee. While Lewis hasn't been a total disaster this season (3 TD, 77.8 QB rating in five games), he certainly can't be trusted in championship week. Leave him on the waiver wire where he belongs.
Description: Buffalo QB EJ Manuel has been ruled out for Week 17, according to Bills beat reporter Joe Buscaglia. Thad Lewis will start for a second straight game.
Insight: Manuel has sprained both knees in the last three months and will finish his rookie year with 1,972 yards, 11 passing touchdowns, nine interceptions, 186 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in 10 games.
Description: Buffalo QB EJ Manuel has been practicing the week and is questionable for Sunday's game against New England, according to Bills beat reporter Joe Buscaglia.
Insight: He sprained his knee two week's ago versus Jacksonville. We should know more after coach Doug Marrone talks to the media as to whether it will be Manuel or Thad Lewis at the controls in Week 17.
Description: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson had 19 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Miami. He confirmed after the game that he played through broken ribs, according to the Buffalo News.
Insight: C.J. Spiller carried the football 20 times, but once again Jackson outperformed him as Spiller had 77 yards. The 32-year-old Jackson has rushed for 836 yards and eight touchdowns on 193 carries and caught 44 passes for 334 receiving yards and one touchdown this season.
Description: Buffalo rookie receiver Robert Woods was ejected from Sunday's game against the Dolphins for throwing a punch.
Insight: Woods caught a 57-yard pass in the first half and had three catches for 70 yards on five targets in the game. The Bills are without Stevie Johnson (personal), Woods and Marquise Goodwin (knee).
Description: Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson won't play in Week 16 against Miami after the death of his mother.
Insight: Johnson's mother passed away Saturday and he played Sunday (one catch for four yards), but flew back to California to be with his family earlier this week. Given that the Bills have nothing to play for, this is completely understandable.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller had a 77-yard run early in Sunday's game against the Falcons and finished with a season-high 149 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
Insight: Coming off the Week 12 bye, Spiller may finally be fully healthy after playing through an ankle sprain for several weeks. He's back on the RB2 radar, though he's best used as a flex play given his boom-or-bust nature.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) said he feels like he's getting back to his "old self" after the bye week. "I feel good," said Spiller Wednesday. "I definitely feel like I’m getting back to my old self, making the cuts, making that explosion, so just looking forward to seeing how Sunday goes." SOURCE: buffalobills.com
Insight: We heard Spiller say something similar after running for 116 yards on 12 carries in Week 9, but he managed just 29 yards on 21 carries over the last two games. He has a good matchup Sunday against the Falcons, but shouldn't be trusted as anything more than a flex play.
Description: Even without Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods, Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel was able to have his best game of the season Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: Manuel aired the ball out to receivers Marquise Goodwin and T.J. Graham, hitting both players for touchdowns of 30-plus yards. He finished with 20 completions on 28 attempts, 245 yards and two scores. This puts Manuel back on the QB2 radar after a dismal Week 10 effort against the Steelers.
Description: The Bills made the effort to get C.J. Spiller more involved Sunday against the Jets, but he failed to take advantage.
Insight: Spiller led Buffalo with 13 carries but managed a measly six yards rushing. He had one fantasy point due to his 10 receiving yards. Hopefully he'll come out of the bye week 100 percent healthy and ready to make a difference in the final five games, but we aren't hopeful.
Description: Bills receiver Stevie Johnson (groin) missed a third consecutive practice and has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Insight: Robert Woods (ankle) will also miss Week 11 leaving T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin and Chris Hogan as the team's top three healthy wideouts. Tight end Scott Chandler should see plenty of targets.
Description: Bills receiver Stevie Johnson (groin) missed Wednesday's practice and now he's missed Thursday.
Insight: Johnson has been dealing with a groin injury and was noncommital about his status for Week 11. Robert Woods (ankle) will miss Week 11 leaving T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin and Chris Hogan as the team's top three healthy wideouts.
Description: Bills receiver Stevie Johnson (groin) missed Wednesday's practice.
Insight: Johnson has been dealing with a groin injury and was noncommital about his status for Week 11 after the team lost to Pittsburgh Sunday. Robert Woods (ankle) also missed practice Wednesday, leaving T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin and Chris Hogan as the team's top three healthy wideouts.
Description: Bills coach Doug Marrone said that running back C.J. Spiller's lack of playing time in Week 10 "doesn't have anything to do with his ankle," according to Joe Buscaglia of WGR550.
Insight: After sitting out Week 8 to heal his ankle sprain, Spiller rushed for 116 yards on 12 carries in Week 9 against the Chiefs. Marrone removed him from the injury report entirely going into Week 10 and indicated he was excited to get him more touches. However, he saw just 11 against Pittsburgh Sunday. He'll be a boom-or-bust RB2 going forward.
Description: Bills receiver Stevie Johnson was noncommital about his status for next week's game against the Jets after Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh. SOURCE: Tim Graham, Buffalo News
Insight: Johnson left the field early because of a groin injury. The chemistry that Johnson and E.J. Manuel shared early in the season wasn't there on Sunday (three catches for 48 yards). Even when healthy, Johnson is a flex option at best.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller said he is "very close" to being where he wants to be with his ankle injury, according to WGR550.com.
Insight: After sitting out Week 8 to heal his ankle sprain, Spiller rushed for 116 yards on 12 carries in Week 9 against the Chiefs. Bills coach Doug Marrone removed him from the injury report entirely going into Week 10. With Spiller expected to see an increase in touches Sunday against the Steelers, fantasy owners can confidently start him for the first time since Week 4.
Description: Bills coach Doug Marrone confirmed that E.J. Manuel (knee) will start Sunday against the Steelers.
Insight: Manuel missed a little over a month after spraining his knee in a loss to Cleveland. Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel proved to be ineffective backups, going just 1-3 in his absence. While the Steelers were torched by Tom Brady in Week 9, their pass defense was strong in the weeks prior. Consider Manuel a low-end QB2 this week.
Description: Buffalo head coach Doug Marrone expects to give running back C.J. Spiller even more touches this week against the Steelers. SOURCE: Joe Buscaglia, WGR 550
Insight: Spiller's ankle injury is no longer an issue as evidenced by his breakout game last week versus Kansas City (12 rushes for 116 yards). Spiller and his backfield mate Fred Jackson will both be worth starting this week against a Pittsburgh defense that let up 55 points Sunday at New England.
Description: According to the Bills' official Twitter page, E.J. Manuel is expected to get the start at quarterback this week against the Steelers.
Insight: Manuel missed a little over a month after spraining his knee in a loss to Cleveland. Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel proved to be ineffective backups, going just 1-3 in his absence. Pittsburgh's secondary has never looked more vulnerable after giving up a franchise-record 55 points Sunday against New England. This should be a good matchup for Manuel.
Description: Buffalo's franchise QB E.J. Manuel (knee) has been cleared to practice, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak.
Insight: That means he could be back as soon as Week 10. On the other hand, the Bills might choose to bring Manuel back after the team's bye in Week 12. Obviously, his return would be huge for owners of Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods.
Description: Buffalo wideout Stevie Johnson had just 36 receiving yards on five catches Sunday against the Chiefs.
Insight: He was not the preferred target of quarterback Jeff Tuel and only finished with seven targets because Robert Woods suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. Four of his targets came on the Bills' final drive. Thad Lewis targeted Johnson 23 times the previous two games, hitting him 13 times for 133 yards and a touchdown.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller looked rejuvenated Sunday against the Chiefs after sitting out Week 8 to heal his ankle sprain.
Insight: Spiller was still sporting a limp, but he was able to cut effectively and galloped for 116 rushing yards on 12 carries. He added 39 receiving yards on two catches. Fantasy owners now have to hope his ankle responds from the expanded workload. If it does, he could be in for an explosive second half of the season.
Description: Bills QB Thad Lewis is now considered doubtful for Sunday's game versus Kansas City. SOURCE: Joe Buscaglia, WGR 550
Insight: Lewis is dealing with a combination of sore ribs and flu-like symptoms. Jeff Tuel is likely to get the start at quarterback, which could spell disastrous results for Buffalo's offense. This is a situation you'll want to avoid as a fantasy owner, unless of course you have the Chiefs' defense at your disposal.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller still hasn't been a full participant in practice, but coach Doug Marrone appears confident that he'll be ready to play on Sunday.
Insight: The return of Spiller would certainly help the Bills as they face the undefeated Chiefs. The combination of a tough KC run defense and having to split carries with Fred Jackson makes Spiller a flex option at best for Week 9.
Description: Buffalo quarterback Thad Lewis (ribs) is expected to start Sunday's game against the Chiefs despite coach Doug Marrone saying he was 50-50 to play. SOURCE: ProFootballTalk.com
Insight: Lewis missed Wednesday's practice and could sit out again Thursday, but a league source said he's expected to play in Week 9. If Jeff Tuel or Matt Flynn start, fantasy owners should consider benching receiver Stevie Johnson.
Description: Buffalo wideout Stevie Johnson (hip) didn't practice Wednesday but says he'll be ready for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com.
Insight: It seems Johnson is always dealing with some type of ailment but he usually suits up on Sunday. He's expected to practice on a limited basis Thursday, coach Doug Marrone said. Johnson has drawn 23 targets from Thad Lewis the last two games and caught 13 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown in that span.
Description: Buffalo quarterback Thad Lewis sat out practice Wednesday because of a sore rib. SOURCE: Joe Buscaglia, WGR 550
Insight: Lewis played through the injury last week against the Saints so it doesn't look like he's in danger of missing Sunday's game against Kansas City. Given the strength of his opponent (the Chiefs have allowed the fourth-fewest passing yards in the NFL this season) we'd only recommend Lewis as an emergency bye week fill-in.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller has a high ankle sprain, coach Doug Marrone revealed on Monday. SOURCE: WGR550.com
Insight: Marrone said he will wait to provide an update on Spiller's availability for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, but it doesn't look good at this point. Fred Jackson only had 45 yards on 15 carries Sunday against the Saints, making it four straight games in which he averaged 3.5 ypc or lower, but he scored his sixth touchdown of the season.
Description: Buffalo wideout Stevie Johnson suffered a hip flexor injury Sunday and is expected to be a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, according to Joe Buscaglia of WGR550.
Insight: It seems Johnson is always dealing with some type of ailment but he usually suits up on Sunday. The receiver has drawn 23 targets from Thad Lewis the last two games and caught 13 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown in that span.
Description: As expected, Bills running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) won't be available Sunday versus the Saints. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: If you have Fred Jackson in your lineup, please come to the window and collect your fantasy points. With Spiller in street clothes, F-Jax should be in for a monster game Sunday at the Superdome.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) had just six carries for 11 yards Sunday against the Dolphins.
Insight: Spiller also caught three balls for -4 yards. The running back is clearly ailing from his ankle sprain and the Bills are keeping him on a limited snap count. Fantasy owners should not play him in Week 8, and perhaps the Bills shouldn't either.
Description: Buffalo wideout Stevie Johnson has practiced all week and will be ready to go Sunday against Miami.
Insight: Johnson had to go to California last week to attend a family member's funeral and missed the game with Cincinnati. With multiple quarterbacks in and out of the lineup, Johnson's fantasy value has dropped significantly. It may not return until E.J. Manuel gets under center.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) was on the practice again Friday.
Insight: Coach Doug Marrone confirmed on Friday monring that Spiller would be on the field Sunday. However, the team has been content to let Spiller and Fred Jackson split carries and that should continue.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday's session.
Insight: Spiller has played two games since suffering an ankle sprain so we doubt he'll miss Sunday's contest against the Dolphins. However, the team has been content to let Spiller and Fred Jackson split carries and that should continue.
Description: According to ESPN.com, Bills running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.
Insight: Spiller has played two games since suffering an ankle sprain so we doubt he'll miss Sunday's contest against the Dolphins. However, the team has been content to let Spiller and Fred Jackson split carries.
Description: Buffalo QB E.J. Manuel is still 4-to-6 weeks away from returning from the knee injury he suffered in Week 5 against Cleveland. SOURCE: Mike Rodak, ESPN
Insight: Thad Lewis was better than expected in his debut last week but it remains to be seen how long the team will stick with him now that Matt Flynn is on the roster. In Buffalo, only running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson can be trusted for fantasy purposes.
Description: Buffalo wideout Stevie Johnson sat out last week's loss to the Bengals but he should be back for Sunday's game against Miami. SOURCE: ESPN.com
Insight: Johnson had to go to California last week to attend a family member's funeral. He may not have played anyway because of a lumbar sprain in his back but it looks like he's on the mend. The 27-year-old averaged 61.5 yards per game in two meetings with the Dolphins in 2012.
Description: Former Raiders QB Matt Flynn has caught on with Buffalo.
Insight: He could get the start in Week 7 if Thad Lewis' foot injury ends up being serious. Flynn made one start for Oakland earlier in the year, completing 22 of 34 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown. He fumbled once with one interception.
Description: Bills receiver Stevie Johnson won't play Sunday against Cincinnati.
Insight: Johnson suffered a lumbar sprain in Buffalo's Week 5 loss at Cleveland. He wasn't likely to have a big week anyway with Thad Lewis making his first career start at quarterback. Sunday marks Johnson's first absence since 2009.
Description: Though no official announcement has been made, it looks like Buffalo halfback C.J. Spiller should be good to go Sunday versus Cincinnati. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Spiller has been battling an ankle issue for a few weeks but it hasn't caused him to miss any games and we're guessing that trend will continue on Sunday. Spiller started the year as the Bills' lead back but has since been demoted to a timeshare with veteran Fred Jackson. With the unproven Thad Lewis at quarterback, there should be enough carries to go around.
Description: Bills coach Doug Marrone said it is going to be a "tough call" as to whether receiver Stevie Johnson (back) plays Sunday against the Bengals. SOURCE: Buffalo News
Insight: Johnson suffered a lumbar sprain in his back last week and has missed practices while tending to a death in the family in California. "I really don't know until he comes back and we're able to talk with him and see how he feels," Marrone said. "It's quite a long travel for him, to Oakland and back, so I really don't know." Johnson is a risky WR3 even if he plays -- Thaddeus Lewis will start at QB, and Johnson cannot be counted on to make it through a full game.
Description: Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel is expected to miss "six weeks or so" due to an LCL sprain, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: There have been several reports of Manuel's timetable saying he could miss anywhere from 4-8 weeks. The Bills could consider free agents Josh Freeman or Vince Young for the starting job. Young was with the team as a backup last season.
Description: Bills receiver Stevie Johnson left Thursday's game against the Browns with a back injury, but is expected to be fine for the team's next game in nine days.
Insight: Johnson was diagnosed with a lumbar strain according to the team's web site. Buffalo's bigger issue heading into Week 6 is at quarterback now that E.J. Manuel is out indefinitely with an LCL sprain.
Description: Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel will miss a few games due to a sprained LCL, but should return to play quarterback this season, according to Bills beat reporter Joe Buscaglia.
Insight: Manuel took a shot to the knee after scrambling for a first down in the third quarter Thursday night. Jeff Tuel is the only quarterback on the roster, so unless they make a move, he'll be the Bills starter for a while. Reduce wideouts Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods value until Manuel returns to the lineup.
Description: Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel left Thursday's game against the Browns with a right knee injury.
Insight: Manuel took a shot to the knee after scrambling for a first down in the third quarter. He was walking around on the sidelines in an effort to test his knee out but went to the locker room shortly thereafter. Browns QB Brian Hoyer also left the game with a knee injury, so the fourth quarter will end up being a battle of Brandon Weeden versus Jeff Tuel if Manuel is unable to return.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) is active for Thursday's game against the Browns.
Insight: Spiller made good progress with his sprained ankle this week, but he's still an extremely risky fantasy option. He has been outplayed by Fred Jackson in all four games, is dealing with the injury and will face a Browns team that has allowed the lowest yards per carry in the NFL this season at 2.9. It's tough to sit a first-round pick, but fantasy owners should strongly consider it Thursday.
Description: According to Stacey Dales of NFL Network, Buffalo coach Doug Marrone said the Bills "feel good" about C.J. Spiller's status for Thursday's game against the Browns.
Insight: "I think we feel good, think he'll be out there," Marrone said. "He's done a good job this week." Spiller has been outplayed by Fred Jackson in all four games, is dealing with an ankle sprain and will face a Browns team that has allowed the lowest yards per carry in the NFL this season at 2.9. It's tough to sit a first-round pick, but fantasy owners should strongly consider it Thursday.
Description: Buffalo running back Tashard Choice is currently the healthiest back on the Bills' roster.
Insight: If C.J. Spiller or Fred Jackson, or both, aren't ready to go Thursday, Choice could be a viable option. Fantasy owners desperate for running back help should check back when inactives are announced for the Bills-Browns game.
Description: Despite initial reports claiming otherwise, Bills running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) was announced as a non-participant at Tuesday's practice. SOURCE: Joe Buscaglia, WGR550
Insight: Spiller was on the practice field Tuesday but he didn't do enough to get a limited practice tag. The running back said Monday that his ankle was less swollen than expected, but he's questionable for Thursday's game and will likely be a game-time decision.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) was not part of Monday's walk-through and is questionable for Thursday's game at Cleveland.
Insight: Spiller said it may be "tough" for him to play on a short week after suffering an ankle injury Sunday against the Ravens. backup Fred Jackson was also injured in Sunday's game, but appears that he will be ready to play by Thursday.
Description: Bills running back Fred Jackson sprained his MCL Sunday against the Ravens, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com.
Insight: He expects to play Thursday. Jackson also suffered a sprained ligament in his knee last season but says this one isn't as significant. The veteran has outplayed C.J. Spiller in all four games this season and could be in for a full workload if Spiller missed Thursday's game with an ankle sprain.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller (ankle) expressed some doubt that he'll be ready to play Thursday night at Cleveland, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com.
Insight: Spiller said it may be "tough" for him to play on a short week after suffering an ankle injury Sunday against the Ravens. The running back was able to briefly return to Sunday's game after getting his ankle taped. He has been a monumental fantasy bust this season, producing just 230 rushing yards, 29 receiving yards and no touchdowns in four games and getting outplayed by Fred Jackson.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller (quad) was a full participant in practice again on Friday and there should be no question that he'll play on Sunday versus Baltimore.
Insight: Spiller suffered a quad injury Sunday against the Jets. He has not lived up to lofty expectations so far and has actually been outplayed by 32-year-old Fred Jackson which means he may have to yield a few extra carries to his running mate.
Description: According to Joe Buscaglia of WGR550.com, Bills receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.
Insight: Johnson was held out of Wednesday's practice as a precaution but should play Sunday against the Ravens. Rookie QB E.J. Manuel has been better than expected and Johnson has hauled in 17 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns on 29 targets this season.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller (quad) fully participated in practice Wednesday.
Insight: Spiller suffered a quad injury Sunday against the Jets but he'll be ready for Week 4 against the Ravens. Spiller has not lived up to lofty expectations so far and has actually been outplayed by 32-year-old Fred Jackson. In three games, the 26-year-old has run for 153 yards on 43 carries (3.6 ypc) and fumbled three times, losing one. Fantasy owners should buy low on the big-play back, as he's not going to be contained for much longer.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller should be fine for next Sunday, according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Insight: He suffered a quad injury after an ugly first half in which he rushed for just nine yards. Spiller has not lived up to lofty expectations through three games and is likely to start sharing a bigger portion of the rushing attempts with backup Fred Jackson.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller will not return to Sunday's game due to a knee injury.
Insight: This adds injury to insult for fantasy owners, as Spiller had 10 total yards on 11 touches (10 carries, one catch) before leaving the game. He has not lived up to lofty expectations through three games.
Description: Buffalo rookie receiver Robert Woods started in Week 2 ahead of T.J. Graham and Woods was on the field for 71 of 75 offensive plays.
Insight: Woods was targeted six times and caught four passes for 68 yards while Graham saw just three targets. The rookie's fantasy value is climbing and if fellow rookie E.J. Manuel turns out to be the real deal, Woods' value will continue to rise.
Description: Stevie Johnson was the hero Sunday in Buffalo's last second win over Carolina.
Insight: Of Johnson's eight catches, none was bigger than his two-yard touchdown reception with two seconds left in the fourth quarter. Johnson has now scored touchdowns in back-to-back games for the sixth time in his career. The Buffalo wideout is well on his way to his fourth-straight 1,000-yard receiving season.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller was on his way to a second straight disappointing fantasy week but then he busted out a 46-yard gain with less than nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to cross over 100 yards rushing against the Carolina Panthers.
Insight: Spiller finished with 103 yards on 16 carries and caught four passes for 26 yards. He had just 55 yards from scrimmage and lost a fumble on 22 touches in Week 1.
Description: Buffalo halfback Fred Jackson totaled 108 yards from scrimmage Sunday in a loss to New England.
Insight: He led the Bills with 67 yards rushing on 13 carries. Jackson was expected to play a smaller role in Buffalo's offense after the emergence of C.J. Spiller at the end of last season but if he keeps this up, the Bills' rushing distribution could be closer to a 50/50 split. We'll have to see how he does next week at home against Carolina.
Description: Updating a previous report, it appears that Bills All-Pro safety Jairus Byrd will not be able to play through plantar fasciitis.
Insight: At least not at first. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, he's doubtful for Sunday's game against New England. With Byrd out of the picture, Pats QB Tom Brady should have a field day in Week 1.
Description: In a surprise move, the Bills have opted to start E.J. Manuel Week 1 against the Patriots.
Insight: The surprise isn't that Manuel is getting the start over Jeff Tuel. That's a no-brainer. What's surprising is that Manuel is ready to start just two weeks after undergoing knee surgery. Manuel performed well in the preseason but there's no doubt Bill Belichick will make things difficult for him in Week 1. He's probably not worthy of an Opening Day start.
Description: Bills free safety Jairus Byrd is dealing with a case of plantar fasciitis. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: He'll be able to play through it, though he may not be as agile as he has been in years past. Byrd, a free agent at the end of this year, has been invited to the Pro Bowl twice during his four years in Buffalo.
Description: Bills running back C.J. Spiller has been excused indefinitely to deal with a family matter. SOURCE: John Breach, CBS Sports
Insight: Spiller is heading home to Florida where his step-grandfather allegedly shot and killed two people before committing suicide over the weekend. There's no word on when Spiller might be back with the team.
Description: The Buffalo Bills waivers wideout DaRick Rogers.
Insight: Rogers had shown he had talent before getting kicked off the University of Tennessee team, but didn't show enough to make it a Buffalo roster that is in need of receiving talent. It's questionable as to whether any other team will give him a shot.
Description: Buffalo signed former Cardinals and Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart on Sunday. SOURCE: Mike Garafolo, Fox Sports 1
Insight: With Kevin Kolb concussed, the former Heisman Trophy winner could be in line to start Week 1 against New England. He'll head back to the bench as soon as E.J. Manuel recovers from knee surgery.
Description: The feeling around Buffalo is that the concussion Kevin Kolb suffered Saturday against the Packers may have been career-ending. SOURCE: Tim Graham, The Buffalo News
Insight: Wow. In 24 hours Kolb went from being the Bills' Week 1 starter to possibly never playing another NFL down. With E.J. Manuel (knee surgery) unlikely to be back for Week 1 against the Patriots, the Bills now turn to journeyman Matt Leinart at quarterback.
Description: Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore injured his wrist in Saturday's game against the Redskins.
Insight: He's been taken to the locker room for X-rays. Gilmore was one of the best rookie corners in football last season, piling on 61 tackles and three forced fumbles in 16 games. Hopefully his injury isn't serious.
Description: Bills QB Kevin Kolb got hit in the head Saturday against Washington. He's been taken to the locker room for concussion tests.
Insight: He's done for the day and now his status might be in question for Week 1 against the Patriots. With rookie E.J. Manuel still recovering from knee surgery, Jeff Tuel is the only healthy quarterback on Buffalo's roster.
Description: Longtime Bills kicker Rian Lindell was cut on Monday.
Insight: Buffalo has decided to give sixth-round draft pick Dustin Hopkins a chance to win the starting job. Lindell nailed 21 of his 24 attempts last season but the longest kick he made was only from 50 yards out. The 36-year-old should catch on with a new team pretty quickly.
Description: Rookie Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett recently said "We're going to give him (C.J. Spiller) the ball until he throws up," according to a Buffalo News report.
Insight: Apparently there will be no more holding back for Spiller this season. This could be very good news if he can hold up under a massive workload, but fantasy owners better handcuff Fred Jackson because in three NFL seasons and four years at Clemson Spiller has never gotten more than 260 touches in a single season.
Description: Buffalo quarterback Kevin Kolb left practice on Saturday morning after slipping and falling, according to Sal Capaccio of WGR SportsRadio 550.
Insight: Rookie E.J. Manuel has been receiving praise from management and Kolb can ill-afford to be sidelined if he wants to start the season under center. Updating the earlier report, Bills coach Doug Marrone says he "tweaked his knee" and is day-to-day.
Description: Bills running back Fred Jackson has added weight which should help in his new role as backup to C.J. Spiller.
Insight: Jackson suffered two major injuries that forced him out of games last season and Spiller took advantage of the opportunity. Spiller will be the primary running back in Buffalo this season, but Jackson should get goal line carries as well as change of pace work. Jackson's fantasy value in 2013 will be as a handcuff.
Description: Buffalo wide receiver Stevie Johnson is expected to miss most of the preseason because of a strained hamstring. SOURCE: NBC Sports
Insight: The good news is that he still has a month to recover before the regular season begins. Johnson hauled in 79 catches last season. That's more than the rest of Buffalo's receiving corps combined (78 catches).
Description: Buffalo could look to shop safety Jairus Byrd in a sign and trade. SOURCE: Marc Sessler, NFL.com
Insight: The Bills gave Byrd the franchise tag back in March but the two sides aren't close to reaching a long-term deal. Byrd, a former second-round pick out of the University of Oregon, led the team with five interceptions last season.
Description: Bills receiver Stevie Johnson revealed Thursday that his previous back injury was a fracture, according to the Buffalo News.
Insight: Johnson missed some time during voluntary workouts this spring with what was believed to be a back strain. When the injury wasn't healing, he had an MRI and it revealed a slight fracture in his L-5 vertebra. The receiver also is dealing with a left ankle injury after twisting it during a workout following the back injury. Johnson has a tendency of getting banged up, but he hasn't missed any games over the last three seasons.
Description: New Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday that running back C.J. Spiller will not be pulled from games in short-yardage, third-down or red-zone situations this season. SOURCE: Buffalo News
Insight: "My philosophy's always been if someone starts off and they're running well, keep feeding them the ball," Marrone said. The Bills still have veteran Fred Jackson on the roster, but their best chance at making the playoffs is by giving Spiller, who had 1,703 yards from scrimmage and averaged 6.0 yards per carry last season, as many carries as possible.
Description: According to BuffaloBills.com, Bills tight end Scott Chandler is expected to be ready for training camp despite tearing his ACL just five months ago.
Insight: Chandler tore the ligament in Week 16 last season. He was on the field following the team's OTA workout Thursday, running routes and catching passes. The 6-foot-7 tight end had 43 catches, 571 yards and six touchdowns last year.
Description: Bills No. 1 wideout Stevie Johnson has been cleared to participate in the team's OTAs. He has been struggling with a lingering back issue for a month.
Insight: Johnson has posted three consecutove seasons with 1,000 yards or more and averaged seven touchdowns per season. With new quarterbacks on the roster (Kevin Kolb, E.J. Manuel) it's important for Johnson and the receiving corp to get in as much work as possible.
Description: The Bills selected Florida State QB E.J. Manuel with the 16th pick in the first round Thursday night at the 2013 NFL Draft.
Insight: Manuel was the first quarterback selected. The Bills were expected to go with Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib at No. 16 so this choice comes as a bit of a shock. Manuel is known for his elite running ability and has already drawn comparisons to Michael Vick. He could have a chance to overtake Kevin Kolb for the starting quarterback position in Buffalo next season.