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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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  • New York Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    11/29/15SDion BaileyANKLEDOUBTFULBailey (ankle) is listed as out for Thursday's game against the Bills.

    With both Bailey and Calvin Pryor out this week, look for Rontez Miles to start at safety opposite Marcus Gilchrist on Thursday.

    (Updated 11/11/2015)
    11/29/15LBDemario DavisRIBSPROBABLEThe Jets enter Week 9 against the Chiefs relatively healthy. Out of 15 players listed on the injury report, Darrin Walls (calf, knee) was ruled doubtful for Sunday.Geno Smith (shoulder) was labeled questionable.
    11/29/15TEKellen DavisNOT INJURY RELATED, HANDPROBABLEDavis (hand) had one target, but posted no stats Thursday against the Bills.

    Despite playing in each game this season, Davis only has five targets in 2015, catching one of them for a one-yard touchdown.

    (Updated 11/13/2015)
    11/29/15WREric DeckerKNEEPROBABLEDecker (knee) caught four passes for 81 yards on 11 targets Sunday against the Texans.

    With the Texans playing most of the game without their two top cornerbacks, it was disappointing that Decker was only able to catch four of his team-high 11 targets. In addition, the Jets were playing most of the second half from behind and the team was in heavy pass mode during that time. that said, this was only the second time all season he failed to score a TD. In addition, he's posted at least 79 receiving yards in four of his last five contests.

    (Updated 11/22/2015)
    11/29/15QBRyan FitzpatrickLEFT THUMBPROBABLECoach Todd Bowles relayed Monday that Fitzpatrick (thumb) will remain the Jets' starting QB.

    According to Bowles, in the wake of Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Texans, in which Fitzpatrick completed 19-of-39 passes for 216 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions, there was "not much" thought to making a change at QB. Next up for Fitzpatrick and the 5-5 Jets -- who have dropped two games in a row -- is a home tilt against the 4-6 Dolphins on Sunday.

    (Updated 11/23/2015)
    11/29/15CNick MangoldHANDPROBABLE
    11/29/15WRBrandon MarshallTOEPROBABLEMarshall (toe) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

    Marshall looks safe to roll with Sunday and is thus in line to continue to see his share of looks in the Jets' Week 12 offense. He's been targeted 10 times in each of his last two outings, about in line with his overall average of 10.7 on that front.

    (Updated 11/27/2015)
    11/29/15LBCalvin PaceTOEPROBABLEThe Jets have lost two linebackers in a span of 24 hours, including strong-side backer Calvin Pace, who left practice Monday with a strained groin. The team has yet to reveal the severity of the injury, per ESPN.
    11/29/15PRyan QuigleyRIGHT KNEEPROBABLE
    11/29/15CBDarrelle RevisCONCUSSIONOUTRevis (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

    This represents something of a break for Miami's top wideout Jarvis Landry, with Marcus Williams a candidate to start in place of Revis on Sunday, per NJ.com.

    (Updated 11/27/2015)
    11/29/15DESheldon RichardsonHAMSTRINGPROBABLERichardson (hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

    Through five games, Richardson has recorded 19 tackles and 2.5 sacks, numbers that give him a degree of value in deeper IDP formats.

    (Updated 11/27/2015)
    11/29/15CBBuster SkrineSHOULDERPROBABLEThe Jets will make their 2015 season debut Sunday against the Browns, and the team will have plenty of new defensive acquisitions on display.
    11/29/15WRDevin SmithFOOTPROBABLESmith caught his only pass target for 22 yards Thursday against the Bills.

    Smith hasn't been heavily involved in the Jets offense, as he's only had three targets, resulting in two catches for 29 yards, over his last three games.

    (Updated 11/13/2015)
    11/29/15CBMarcus WilliamsKNEEPROBABLEJets safety Rontez Miles is lucky to have another chance in the NFL. A freak injury last season almost took this opportunity away, per ESPN.com.
    Buffalo Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    11/29/15DTMarcell DareusKNEEPROBABLEDareus, who suffered a minor knee injury during Monday's loss to New England, practiced on a limited basis Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Kansas City.

    The Bills were thought to have the NFL's best defensive line entering the season, but two of the four guys will miss this week's game - Kyle Williams is out for the season and Mario Williams will miss this week - while collectively the unit has struggled to embrace Rex Ryan's new defense. Dareus and Jerry Hughes will be counted on for production in what looks like to be a pseudo playoff game for the 5-5 Bills.

    (Updated 11/27/2015)
    11/29/15WRMarcus EasleyCONCUSSIONOUTEasley (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, wgr550.com reports.

    With just one catch this season, Easley isn't a key cog in the Bills' offense, but his absence this week does represent a hit the Buffalo's special teams corps.

    (Updated 11/27/2015)
    11/29/15SBacarri RamboSHOULDERPROBABLERambo (shoulder) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, wgr550.com reports.

    Though Rambo (shoulder) was forced out of this past Monday's loss to the Patriots with a left shoulder injury, he was able to record a season-high eight tackles prior to his exit, lifting his overall mark to 34 stops in nine games, to go along with two forced fumbles and a pick.

    (Updated 11/27/2015)
    11/29/15QBTyrod TaylorRIGHT SHOULDERPROBABLEThough Taylor (right shoulder) was limited at practice this week, coach Rex Ryan said Friday that the QB is "ready to roll" for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

    Taylor, who relayed earlier this week, that he "kind of jammed" up his right shoulder "a little bit" Monday night against the Patriots, increased his throwing at practice Friday to the point that Ryan signed off on the QB's Week 12 availability, confirming that Taylor is "good to go." With Taylor a little banged up and the Chiefs' D on something of a roll, it wouldn't surprise us, however, to see the Bills employ a ground-heavy attack on the road this weekend.

    (Updated 11/27/2015)
    11/29/15DTKyle WilliamsKNEEOUTWilliams is slated to undergo season-ending left knee surgery, ESPN.com reports.

    Williams, who hasn't played since Oct. 18, has been slow to recover from a meniscus injury and will thus turn to a procedure that should enable him to return to the playing field well in advance of the 2016 season.

    (Updated 11/27/2015)
    11/29/15DEMario WilliamsFOOTOUTWilliams (foot) is out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

    While coach Rex Ryan acknowledged that it's possible that Williams could miss time beyond Week 12, he relayed Friday that the defensive end's foot issue not a season-ending injury.

    (Updated 11/27/2015)
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