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  • Before attempting to dig their playoff hopes out of a deep hole, the Buffalo Bills will first need to excavate Ralph Wilson Stadium out from a staggering snow storm.

    The New York Jets have been digging for answers all season.

    After more than four feet of snow blanketed Buffalo, the Bills will need to remove it before attempting to sweep the season series from the Jets for the first time in seven years Sunday.

    Buffalo (5-5) has lost back-to-back games, and its 22-9 defeat to Miami on Nov. 13 has reduced the chances of ending its 14-year playoff drought. It could wind up in further limbo if this game with New York (2-8) is delayed - potentially as late as Tuesday according to reports - with a snow fall expected to reach up to six feet.

    The race to clear the snow will include up to 500 people working three shifts around the clock, and it usually takes three days to clear one foot of snow.

    While delaying the game is possible, a change of venue is another option for the league.

    "We are working with the Bills to determine the status of the stadium," NFL spokesman Michael Signora said via email. "If a change to the schedule needs to be made, the league will make the decision working closely with the club and local authorities."

    The Bills didn't practice Wednesday, and players used the free time to share their "snow day" experiences on social media.

    Coach Doug Marrone, meanwhile, and his staff have been holed up in the team offices preparing for the Jets after getting stuck in the storm Tuesday. They got help from a New York State trooper, but couldn't get within five miles of the stadium.

    "I've never seen anything like it," said Marrone, who previously coached Syracuse and is from the Bronx downstate. "It's very difficult to put into words exactly what's going on.

    "Us being able to go out and practice is obviously not an option for us. This is very challenging. It's a tough, tough situation."

    Kyle Orton has his own tough situation as he tries to shake off a toe injury and his worst performance since supplanting EJ Manuel as the starter. He completed 22 of 39 passes for 193 yards while failing to get the Bills into the end zone against the Dolphins.

    Continued struggles could lead to Marrone turning back to Manuel, who was largely ineffective through the first four weeks of the season.

    Having Fred Jackson back should help. The running back has been hampered by a groin injury that forced him to miss the loss to Miami and limited him to three carries and 10 yards in a defeat to Kansas City on Nov. 9.

    "We need all hands on deck," Jackson said. "I need 100 percent for me to be out there and help my teammates. I think they want me out there. I want to be out there. I want to try to make some plays and get this thing turned around.

    "We lost to two (teams) that we'll be fighting for position with, but there's always a chance. And anytime you have a chance, you're going to show up and fight. That's what I expect out of the guys in this locker room. And that's what I'm definitely going to do."

    Buffalo has won three of the past four meetings with New York, and Orton tossed four TDs - including a 61-yarder to Sammy Watkins - in a 43-23 road victory in Week 8.

    That meeting also marked a change at quarterback for the Jets, who inserted Michael Vick after Geno Smith was intercepted three times on eight passes in the first quarter. Vick went 18 for 36 for 153 yards, but ran for 69 on eight attempts as the Jets rolled up 175 with an average of 5.3 per carry.

    "We were in the game and we put ourselves in a position to win the game, but it was all about turnovers," said Vick, who also committed three turnovers in that defeat. "I think you can go through it and hope that it's not going to be the same."

    New York, though, may need a similar rushing effort at snow-bound Buffalo. The Jets gained 150 of their 275 yards on the ground while upsetting Pittsburgh 20-13 in Week 10 before entering their bye.

    Vick had two touchdown passes against the Steelers, hitting T.J. Graham for a 67-yard strike as the Jets built a 17-0 lead in the first quarter.

    Coach Rex Ryan, though, isn't dwelling on his decision to stick with Smith before eventually turning to Vick.

    "You can easily say, 'Oh, well, we should've done this,' now," Ryan said. "At the same time, I was comfortable in my decision, not just with Michael, but with the other ones as well. So, I'm not going to spend time looking back."

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  • Offensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    319.4
    321.6
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    178.5
    226.0
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    140.9
    95.6
    Points Per Game
    17.4
    20.0
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    40.8
    37.1
    Time of
    Possession
    30:31
    28:59
    Jets
    Bills

    Defensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    323.7
    321.6
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    240.5
    222.6
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    83.2
    99.0
    Points Per Game
    26.5
    20.4
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    46.8
    35.5
    Jets
    Bills
  • New York Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/29/16WRQuincy EnunwaConcussionPROBABLEEnunwa (concussion) wore his helmet at Monday's practice, but he was also wearing a red jersey.

    Enunwa's return to practice, albeit in a limited capacity, suggests he has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol. He's locked in as the No. 3 wideout in an offense that makes heavy use of three and four-wide sets. Of course, Enunwa will likely be fourth in line for targets, trailing Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and RB Matt Forte.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/28/16LBDavid HarrisShoulderQUESTIONABLEHarris (shoulder) expects to be ready for Week 1 after receivign the results of an MRI on Sunday, ESPN"s Adam Schefter reports.

    Harris will be held out of the preseason finale, which likely would have been the case even if he were healthy. Although he's coming off four straight seasons with 100+ tackles and at least two sacks, Harris is headed the wrong way in the IDP universe, as the Jets may consider using Erin Henderson and Darron Lee as their nickel 'backers.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/28/16WRBrandon MarshallHipPROBABLEMarshall (hip) did not practice Monday, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

    An unexpected scratch for Saturday's preseason game against the Giants, the 32-year-old Marshall is merely believed to be dealing with some minor soreness. There won't be any cause for concern unless he still isn't practicing by the end of the week.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/27/16WRKyle WilliamsUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEWilliams (undisclosed) was released Wednesday.

    Considering he was already a long shot to make the roster before he suffered an unspecified injury earlier this week, this transaction comes as little surprise. When healthy, he could find a job returning kickoffs or punts with a team needing special teams help.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/25/16DBDexter McDougleHamstringQUESTIONABLEMcDougle (hamstring) did not participate in Thursday's practice, Eric Allen of the team's official site reports.

    The Jets drafted McDougle back in 2014 with the expectation that he could soon be a cornerstone of the team's secondary. Unfortunately, a torn ACL and other minor injuries have plagued their plans. Rookie Juston Burris and Darryl Morris are likely to see increased reps during his absence.

    (Updated 08/25/2016)
    08/24/16TEJace AmaroGroinQUESTIONABLEAmaro (groin) may not make the final roster, ESPN.com reports.

    Amaro dressed but didn't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants, suggesting his absence may not have been entirely injury-related. Regardless, the Jets have blocking specialist Kellen Davis slotted in atop the depth chart, and Zach Sudfeld offers more than Amaro on special teams. A 2014 second-round selection, Amaro impressed early in training camp but failed to make any noise during the preseason. Even if he's kept on the roster, he may be limited to a few snaps per game as an H-back.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/23/16LBJordan JenkinsCalfPROBABLEJenkins (calf) sat out of practice Wednesday, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.

    Jenkins left Monday's practice early with a calf injury and was given another day off Wednesday for further rest and recovery. It's reportedly nothing serious and shouldn't linger into the regular season, although there's a good chance he's held out of Saturday's preseason matchup with the Giants for precautionary reasons. We should hear more on his status in the coming few days.

    (Updated 08/24/2016)
    08/23/16WRKenbrell ThompkinsGroinPROBABLEThompkins (groin) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants.

    Thompkins missed some practice time during the week and will thus be held out of Friday's game. He's seemingly the favorite for the No. 4 wideout job, though it isn't exactly clear where the Jets' depth chart stands after Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/20/16DLLawrence ThomasShoulderPROBABLE (Updated 12/31/1969)
    08/16/16WREric DeckerLegPROBABLEDecker (leg) caught one pass (on five targets) for 22 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants.

    Decker was only able to catch one of his five targets, but made his lone reception count by finding pay dirt. With Brandon Marshall (hip) out, Decker was the top target in the Jets' starting offense, and saved an otherwise forgetful performance from the first-team unit Saturday.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/13/16DLSteve McLendonToePROBABLEMcLendon missed Friday's practice with a toe ailment, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

    After signing a three-year deal in March, the Jets are hoping that McLendon can build on a strong 2015 season and become an asset along the defensive line as a run-stopper. There is no indication that the defensive tackle's toe injury is serious, and it is likely that having him sit out practice Friday is more of a precautionary move.

    (Updated 08/13/2016)
    08/12/16RBDominique WilliamsConcussionQUESTIONABLEWilliams (concussion) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants.

    Even if he were healthy, Williams would face long odds to make the final roster. Matt Forte, Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson are all locks, and Antone Smith was recently signed to compete for the No. 4 job.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/09/16DLMuhammad WilkersonLegPROBABLEWilkerson (leg) could play in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants, though the decision will likely be made close to kickoff, NJ.com reports.

    Wilkerson has yet to play in a preseason game this summer, and with starters traditionally not playing in the fourth game, this would be his last opportunity to get game snaps in before Week 1.

    (Updated 08/23/2016)
    08/08/16RBKhiry RobinsonLower LegPROBABLERobinson (lower leg) won't take the field for Thursday's preseason opener against the Jaguars.

    Just three days removed since his activation from the PUP list, Robinson will be held out as he builds up his workload in advance of the regular season. While it's unclear if he'll log any exhibition snaps over the next month, he'll serve as one of Matt Forte's (hamstring) primary backups with Bilal Powell.

    (Updated 08/11/2016)
    07/29/16DLSheldon RichardsonSuspensionSUSPENDRichardson (suspension) returned to practice Tuesday after a brief excused absence, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

    Richardson was excused from practice for personal reasons over the weekend by coach Todd Bowles, but was able to return Tuesday. The Jets will be without Richardson for Week 1 due to a suspension, but they should have their starting defensive end throughout the remainder of training camp.

    (Updated 08/02/2016)
    07/28/16RBMatt ForteHamstringPROBABLEForte (hamstring) rushed 10 times for 28 yards and caught two passes for nine yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants.

    Forte sat out the Jets' first couple preseason games with a tight hamstring, but made his debut for the team Friday. Although the veteran failed to find much room to run, his 12 total touches all came during the first half, showing just how involved he's expected to be in New York's offense. To ensure he's fresh for Week 1, it wouldn't be surprising if Forte misses Thursday's preseason finale, so his outing against the Giants likely marked his only preseason appearance.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    06/08/16TEKellen DavisThumbPROBABLEDavis will miss the remainder of OTAs after undergoing surgery on a torn ligament in his right thumb, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports

    According to head coach Todd Bowles, Davis will be ready for the beginning of training camp in late July. The veteran tight end only had three receptions last season but could see an expanded role in 2016 after the Jets cut Jeff Cumberland earlier in the offseason.

    (Updated 06/08/2016)
    02/16/16KNick FolkQuadricepsPROBABLEFolk (quadriceps) has resumed kicking, Seth Walder of the New York Daily News reports.

    Folk sustained a Grade 1 quadriceps strain during pregame warmups in Week 9, and his fate for the season was sealed just two days later when he landed on injured reserve. In a seven-game sample prior to the injury, his success rate on field goals (13-for-16, or 81.3 percent) was in line with his career mark of 80.6 percent. Of note, though, was a perfect 19-for-19 from the new extra-point distance, which ensures his stature as the Jets' clear-cut kicker, assuming he regains his previous prowess.

    (Updated 05/10/2016)
    Buffalo Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    08/30/16WRMarquise GoodwinConcussionPROBABLEGoodwin returned to the practice Monday on an individual basis, the first time he's practiced since suffering his concussion on the final day of training camp a week ago, BuffaloBills.com reports. "It was cool," said Goodwin. "I didn't do much. I did individual (position drills) ran some routes and stuff. I'm just trying to bounce back and get ready. I've just got to go through the protocol and take the steps that I need to make sure everything is cool and I respect that."

    Goodwin is still a few days away from full practices. The entire receiving depth chart is completely wide open after Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, so Goodwin and a handful of others could end up anywhere between the No. 3 spot and not making the team. It would help Goodwin's cause if he could get back for the final preseason game.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/28/16TEChris GraggKneeOUTGragg suffered a torn ACL during Friday's preseason loss at Washington, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports.

    One day removed from predicting the diagnosis, head coach Rex Ryan confirmed the news Saturday. With Gragg lost for the season, Blake Annen and Nick O'Leary may have clearer paths to spots on the 53-man roster.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/27/16DBJonathan DowlingKneeOUTDowling sustained a torn ACL during Friday's preseason loss in Washington, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports.

    One day removed from predicting the diagnosis, head coach Rex Ryan confirmed the news Saturday. The injury has sealed Dowling's fate for the 2016 season.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/27/16WRWalt PowellUndisclosedPROBABLEPowell (undisclosed) did not suffer a serious injury and has a good shot make the final roster, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

    Powell starred in the second half of Friday's preseason game against Washington, catching five passes for 55 yards and adding three punt returns for 57 yards. He appeared to get shaken up on the final play of the game, but the Bills haven't diagnosed him with any injury. Although Reggie Bush is expected to return punts, Powell could make the team as a depth receiver and return man. The Buffalo wideout depth chart is up for grabs behind starters Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, with all of Powell, Greg Lewis, Greg Salas, Dez Lewis and Marquise Goodwin (concussion) vying for roles.

    (Updated 08/27/2016)
    08/27/16RBJonathan WilliamsRibsPROBABLEWilliams will not play this week while he continues to deal with a rib injury, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports.

    Williams left Friday's preseason matchup with a rib injury and despite original reports indicating he appeared fine after the game, he'll get the week off for further rest and recovery. The fifth-round pick of the 2016 NFL Draft is expected to play in a depth role during the upcoming season behind the likes of LeSean McCoy, Reggie Bush and Mike Gillislee, so he could struggle to see a significant amount of snaps early in the season barring any injuries higher up on the depth chart.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/24/16LBKevin ReddickKneeQUESTIONABLEReddick, who suffered a sprained MCL in practice Friday, was waived/injured by the Bills on Sunday.

    The Bills didn't have much choice here with several other linebackers injured and reinforcements needed. If Reddick clears injury waivers, the Bills can then either place the him on IR or agree to an injury settlement with him.

    (Updated 08/07/2016)
    08/23/16QBCardale JonesShoulderPROBABLEJones (shoulder) will be limited as he returns to practice on Monday.

    Jones has missed the past couple practices and also did not suit up for Friday's preseason game against Washington due to a sore shoulder. The coaching staff has yet to determine if the rookie will play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, but will make a decision after monitoring him the next couple of days. The former Ohio State quarterback is competing with Austin Trainor for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel.

    (Updated 08/29/2016)
    08/23/16DBNickell RobeyQuadricepsPROBABLERobey-Coleman remains sidelined with a knee injury but expects to be back for Week 1 of the regular season, BuffaloBills.com reports.
    08/23/16WRGreg SalasHamstringPROBABLESalas (hamstring) returned to practice in full pads Monday, Mike Rodak of ESPN reports.

    Salas will return to practice with an opportunity to work his way up the team's depth chart. He is currently looking up at Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. However, with both Dezmin Lewis and Greg Little closing closing the gap, Salas will need to prove his health to solidify his spot as a depth receiver in Buffalo.

    (Updated 08/22/2016)
    08/21/16RBMike GillisleeConcussionQUESTIONABLEGillislee remains in the concussion protocol, but has begun the Return-to-Participation process, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    Gillislee was in pads for Sunday's practice and participated in the media viewing portion, so we wouldn't be surprised if he returns to practice fully this week. He still has a decent chance of landing the No. 2 running back job behind LeSean McCoy.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/17/16DLMarcell DareusSuspensionSUSPENDDareus (suspension) has opted to leave the Bills in order to receive treatment. "After careful consideration of recent events within my life, I have made the decision to enter a rehabilitation facility," he said in a statement. "I feel this is the best decision for me, my family and my teammates as I move forward with my career. I appreciate the support of my teammates and the Bills organization through this process."

    Earlier this week, Dareus received his second suspension for a violation of the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Among other issues in his personal life, he'll extend his time away from the team with the aim of getting on the straight and narrow. If the defensive tackle indeed comes back to the Bills with a different state of mind, his pass-rushing prowess will be valuable, as he's notched 31.5 sacks in 78 career games.

    (Updated 08/20/2016)
    08/16/16LBManny LawsonPectoralQUESTIONABLELawson (pectoral) may be facing a one-game suspension for a domestic violence incident, Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports.

    The nature of Lawson's offense is unclear, as violations of the NFL's domestic violence policy are supposed to result in a minimum suspension of six games. The veteran outside linebacker was just activated from the Non-Football Injury list on Tuesday, after tearing his pectoral while lifting weights in the offseason. Between injuries and suspensions, the Buffalo front seven is already looking severely depleted.

    (Updated 08/16/2016)
    08/15/16TEJim DrayAnklePROBABLEDray (ankle) was fully dressed Monday and returned to practice, Jon Buscaglia of WKBW reports.

    Dray was not active during Saturday's preseason opener against the Colts after suffering from the ankle injury over the week ago, but his turn around has been quick and it looks like he should be good to go for practice this week, barring a setback. He'll continue to compete for the backup tight end job behind Charles Clay.

    (Updated 08/15/2016)
    08/12/16DBAaron WilliamsHeadQUESTIONABLEWilliams remains in the concussion protocol, but has begun the Return-to-Participation process, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    As long as Williams can get back to practice later this week or next week, he'll be the team's Week 1 starter at safety. That said, he's coming off a serious neck injury, so a little more time and hitting this preseason might have proven helpful.

    (Updated 08/28/2016)
    08/11/16DBSterling MooreConcussionQUESTIONABLEMoore is in the concussion protocol after taking a blow to the head during a two-minute drill during Wednesday' practice, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    Moore is trying to land a roster spot as a reserve cornerback, but based on his depth chart slotting when that came out earlier this week, he may be on the outside looking in.

    (Updated 08/10/2016)
    08/10/16LBReggie RaglandKneeOUTRagland's knee has too much swelling for a clear diagnosis to made right now regarding the injury he suffered during last Friday's practice, NFL.com reports.

    Ragland had an initial MRI that revealed what is believed to be a partial ACL tear, but was slated to get a second opinion Monday. However, since his knee is still pretty swollen, coach Rex Ryan could not give an update on his condition following practice. As a result, Ragland's situation will have to continue to be monitored, but Buffalo's signings of veteran linebackers Brandon Spikes and David Hawthorne on Sunday seem to indicate Ragland could be slated for an extended sideline stint.

    (Updated 08/08/2016)
    08/04/16LBJamari LattimoreNoseQUESTIONABLELattimore broke his nose during a walk-through and has missed Buffalo's last few days of practice.

    Lattimore's injury was described as a freak accident by head coach Rex Ryan. Fellow linebacker Randell Johnson slipped and fell backwards, kicking Lattimore in the face in the process. Currently, Lattimore is without a time table to return and is considered day-to-day. Kevin Reddick will likely continue to see added reps until Lattimore returns.

    (Updated 08/04/2016)
    07/29/16WRKolby ListenbeePelvisOUTCoach Rex Ryan said Wednesday that Listenbee (hernia) is not close to returning to practice, BuffaloBills.com reports.

    It's highly doubtful the super-fast sixth-rounder will be in the lineup come Week 1, so he's looking like a prime PUP or practice squad candidate.

    (Updated 08/24/2016)
    06/15/16DLJerry HughesIllnessPROBABLEHughes finished the 2015 season with 52 tackles, five sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He played in all 16 games for the fourth straight season, while seeing action on 92.5 percent of the defensive snaps.

    Hughes picked up 67 points in standard IDP scoring after putting up 90 the previous season, and that's mostly due to the drop in sacks. If your league counts passes defensed, he closed that gap a bit. In truth, almost every member of the Bills' defensive line struggled with Rex Ryan's new system, and there's little reason Hughes can't get back to double-digit sacks in 2016 as his familiarity in a complex scheme grows. Hughes also took some dumb penalties in 2015, and it won't sit well with the coaching staff if he doesn't clean that up permanently.

    (Updated 01/13/2016)
 
 
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