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Kyle Williams named Pro Bowl alternate

  • Posted on December 30, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Kyle Williams Buffalo Sports DailyOn Tuesday, Buffalo Bills rookie safety Jairus Byrd was named to the 2010 AFC Pro Bowl squad. Despite that honor, Byrd will not be able to play in the game, as he’s recovering from recent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

While Byrd won’t be playing, Buffalo might still have representation on the field in Miami yet. Kyle Williams, a four-year veteran defensive tackle, has been named an AFC Pro Bowl alternate. The news comes via Williams’ agent, Albert Elias of Elias Sports Management.

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Fitzpatrick practices, Whitner fined

  • Posted on December 30, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Ryan Fitzpatrick Buffalo Sports DailyRyan Fitzpatrick is practicing fully, which means he’s likely to start at quarterback Sunday as the Bills close the season against the Indianapolis Colts.

According to Chris Brown of Bills.com, “Fitzpatrick appeared to be driving off of his plant foot well after finishing his drop so it appears his ankle is feeling significantly better.”

Fitzpatrick injured the ankle against New England two weeks ago and was forced to miss the Atlanta game this past Sunday.  Brian Brohm started his first career game in his place and completed 17-of-29 passes for 146 yards with two interceptions.

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Five QBs The Bills Could Trade For in 2010

  • Posted on December 30, 2009 at 11:00 am

Let’s assume neither Ryan Fitzpatrick nor Trent Edwards take the first snap under center for the Bills in 2010.  Fitzpatrick has proven his worth—as a backup while Edwards has been undeniably exposed as someone who can’t cut in Buffalo.  I’d be stunned if he’s not on the waiver wire come February.

The new Buffalo head coach, whoever that turns out to be, surely isn’t going to hand the keys to the offense over to Brian Brohm.  Sure Brohm has upside and with proper coaching very well could blossom into a star.  But no sensible coach is going to entrust that transpiring without a sound contingency plan. At least one not named Dick Jauron, who most likely cost himself a job by overestimating Demetrius Bell.

So if Ryan Fitzpatrick is slated for backup duty and Brohm is given an opportunity to at least compete for a starting gig, a new Bills regime will want to bring another quarterback into the mix.  But where does he come from?  As Bills fans know too well, qood quarterbacks don’t grow on trees, at least trees that inhabit Western New York.

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Report: Cowher “impressed and interested” in Bills

  • Posted on December 30, 2009 at 10:59 am

In a complete contradiction of recent reports, media personality Sal Capaccio of Buffalo Sports Daily and SalSports.com cites a reliable source that says free agent head coach Bill Cowher is very “impressed and interested” in the Buffalo Bills, and has in no way shut the door on potentially becoming their head coach in 2010.

Capaccio, who was broadcasting live his UStream “Buffalo Bills Now!” show Tuesday evening when an excessive amount of listeners forced the site to crash, spoke with me moments ago by telephone.

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On the Sabres improbable come back last night

  • Posted on December 30, 2009 at 5:35 am

A minute and a half into the second period of Wednesday night’s game against Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, things could not have been worse for the Buffalo Sabres. Ryan Miller had let in an uncharacteristic three goals, and had been pulled for Patrick Lalime; the offense was without it’s leading scorer, Derek Roy and had mustered only four shots in the first period; and the defense was totally unable to shutdown the Penguins scoring attack, getting caught napping on each of the Pens three goals.

Then, Drew Stafford happened. After being demoted to the fourth line against the Senators and benched against the Blues, the twenty four year old winger silenced the critics (at least temporarily) by taking over the game. Stafford scored on a penalty shot 12:46 into the second period, and from that point onward, the Sabres had on their rally caps. Two minutes later, Stafford scored again, picking up a juicy Marc-Andre Fleury rebound, walking around the goaltender and flipping the puck into the open net. Seven and a half minutes into the final frame, Stafford was not finished. He drove wide around the Penguin defense and set up Paul Gaustad for a tap in to tie the game.

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Local college basketball results

  • Posted on December 30, 2009 at 5:00 am

First an apology.   We’ve had so much Buffalo Bills news over the past 24 hours I haven’t been able to keep up with local college hoops.   I’m sorry for that.  Local college sports is very important to Buffalo Sports Daily and we’re working on expanding our staff so we don’t get thrown for any loops when other things break.

On Tuesday night, The University at Buffalo men’s basketball ran into a hot-shooting Jacksonville team in the first round of the UCF Holiday Classic, dropping an 83-73 decision.

Calvin Betts scored a career-high 23 points and added 11 rebounds for the Bulls, who fell to 6-4 on the season. Rodney Pierce had a game-high 26 points for the Bulls, who were outrebounded by the Dolphins, 38-35, and trailed for most of the contest.

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