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5:28 PM Posted By: Jon Scott

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - The NFL announced Thursday evening that the game between the Bills and Jets will not be played at ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday afternoon.

NFL Vice President of Communication Michael Signora released this statement on the decision:

"Due to public safety concerns in light of the ongoing weather emergency in Western New York, Sunday’s Jets-Bills game will not be played in Buffalo. We are in the process of rescheduling and relocating the game as part of Week 12. We will provide additional information as soon as possible. We have been in contact with the public authorities and we realize the importance of all available public safety resources being available for the community at this difficult time. We are also in discussions with the team and the Red Cross on ways the NFL can support the community through this weather disaster."

The Bills said on Wednesday that they had already accumulated 220,000 tons of snow at One Bills Drive. It usually takes three days to remove one foot of snow, according to the team. It is believed more than six feet of snow will have fallen at the Ralph through Friday.


11/19/2014 11:03 PM Posted By: Jon Scott
Rochester: Bills Talk Snow Removal Plan
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ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - Just like everyone else south of downtown Buffalo, the Bills are trying to figure out how to dig out their home .

Their home, though, is Ralph Wilson Stadium, which hosts the New York Jets on Sunday.

"The plan for us is to take care of the field first; clear the field, make sure it’s playable and get rid all the snow off that field so the guys can get out there and play the game," said Bills Vice President of Operations and Guest Experience Andy Major over the phone Wednesday. "Getting the parking lots plowed. We know we’re going to lose a lot of parking spaces, based on the amount of snow. Getting parking lots cleared so fans can actually park and get into the spaces. Then, we’re going to tackle the concourses, the gates, the stands, the stairs, the seats."

Easier said than done. The Bills say four feet of snow has canvassed One Bills Drive. In total, it has accumulated over 220,000 pounds. That amount of snow, they say, would fill the Bills Fieldhouse eight times. While removing that much snow would be a challenge, the team also expects an additional one to two feet to fall overnight into Thursday.

"Usually, you saw a foot of snow you can probably clear the whole place in a three day period," Major said.

To help with the snow removal, the Bills are offering to pay volunteers $10 an hour plus give them game tickets for their services. If interested, call 716-636-4840.

As for if the game time, date, or location could change, the Bills say that decision will be made by the NFL.


11/18/2014 05:49 PM Posted By: Jon Scott
Rochester: Jackson Expects to Play Against Jets
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ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - Bills running back Fred Jackson says he thinks he should be ready to return to the field from a groin injury this weekend against the New York Jets.

"I'm planning on playing," Jackson said Monday. "[Doug] Marrone said it last week, if we had a Sunday game, I would've been out there. So I'll do everything with the doctors to make sure I'm ready to go and get out there and contribute with my team."

Jackson originally suffered the injury October 19th against the Minnesota Vikings. He missed the following game against the Jets, but returned in a limited role after the bye week against the Kansas City Chiefs. Jackson suffered a setback last week in practice that forced him to miss Thursday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

Marrone knows Jackson's return would be a welcomed boost to the offense.

"Anytime you get a good player back, whether you’re handing him the ball, throwing him the ball," Marrone said Monday. "He’s one of our leading receivers plus, in a protection standpoint, he’s been an outstanding player for us. Obviously, when you can get that type of player back, it helps."

The Bills are scheduled to practice Wednesday, weather permitting, down in Orchard Park.


11/16/2014 05:31 PM Posted By: TWC Sports Staff

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Bills (5-5) get back to work on Monday with tough sledding ahead to get back in the playoff discussion.

Every game is critical, but the next two especially - home games against the Jets (2-8) and Browns (6-4) at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It was a big blow last week with losses to the Chiefs (7-3) and Dolphins (6-4). Now the Bills likely need to win out and and get some major help from other teams in the standings along the way.

"If it falls in place it falls in place. All we can do is go out there and try to win the games that we play," cornerback Corey Graham said. "We can't control what other teams do. You'd pretty much be foolish sitting there trying to think about it and trying to see what has to happen and all those things. If it works out great, then it is what it is, we'll be happy. Hopefully it works out smooth for us but we just gotta win, that's the most important thing. If we don't win games, it doesn't really matter what anybody else does.

Graham is likely to see increased time at corner due to Leodis McKelvin's broken ankle.


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