Bills BREAKING: Micah Hyde Neck Injury Means Move to IR, ‘Back in 2023’
A bad break for a standout …
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SEPT 24 HYDE TO IR
Word comes Saturday morning from agent Jack Bechta: “Unfortunately, client Micah Hyde will be put on IR today due to his recent neck injury. Fortunately, we expect a healthy return for 2023.”
Buffalo has major injury problems on defense as it readies for Week 3 Sunday at Miami … but this represents a long-term issue for the Super Bowl hopeful.
SEPT 20 BEAS TO BUCS
Veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley, ever since his offseason release from the Buffalo Bills in a contract dispute, has maintained that he had NFL offers in his pocket. We now know more about the former Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley, who is now signing with Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Bucs.
“I still feel like I have a lot left in the tank man,” Beasley recently tweeted, and the Buccaneers – who will start him practice squad before soon being elevated to the active roster, per NFL Network – obviously agree.
According to the report, Buccaneers quarterback Brady was involved in the push to sign Beasley, who in his last two seasons in Buffalo caught 82 balls in each.
SEP 19 BILLS ELEVATE DT CJ BREWER
The Buffalo Bills have elevated defensive tackle CJ Brewer ahead of Monday night’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
Brewer is an undrafted free agent from Coastal Carolina. However, he found his way to a rookie camp tryout with Bills this spring.
Brewer worked his way up the depth charts to be promoted from the practice squad tonight. Brewer’s elevation means that Ed Oliver and Tim Settle, defensive tackles, won’t be playing tonight. This could give him a chance to make an impact in his NFL debut.
SEP 17 DIGGS FINED AFTER FIGHT WITH RAMSEY
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs was fined $10,069 for unsportsmanlike conduct after taunting Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey during a touchdown celebration in Week 1’s win. The fine is somewhat surprising considering that Diggs was not given a penalty flag during the game.
Cornerback Dane Johnson was also fined $4,972 for taunting.
SEP 16 COLE BEASLEY EYES NFL RETURN
Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley is a free agent, but that may not last much longer. According to Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson , Beasley will wait for a potential contender to call him and then call him during the season.
Beasley caught 82 passes for 693 yards and one touchdown last season, proving that he can be productive for one of the league’s best offenses. While that return is unlikely to be in Buffalo, there is a rumor that Beasley will be a member of the NFL roster at some point during this season.
SEP 4 CAPTAINS NAMED
The Buffalo Bills have announced their captains this season, a total of nine leaders getting the honor. The names are
Offense, Stefon Diggs and Mitch Morse.
Defense : Tremaine Edmunds and Micah Hyde.
Special Teams: Tyler Matakevich and Taiwan Jones.
SEP 1 BILLS NAME 13 TO PRACTICE SQUAD
The Buffalo Bills have named 13 players to their initial practice squad, most of whom were cut ahead of the 53-man roster. Here’s a look at the practice squad …
QB Matt Barkley
OL Greg Mancz
OL Alec Anderson
RB Raheem Blackshear
RB Duke Johnson
WR Tavon Austin
WR Tanner Gentry
WR Isaiah Hodgins
DE Mike Love
DT Brandin Bryant
DT C.J. Brewer
LB Joe Giles-Harris
DB Ja’Marcus Ingram
The practice squad used to be reserved for young players only, but this team features several veterans including quarterback Matt Barkley, wide receiver Tavon Austin and running back Duke Johnson. Bills value veteran experience and want to use it to win the Lombardi Trophy.
AUG 30 BILLS DOWN TO INITIAL 53 The Buffalo Bills have released 17 players to reach their first 53-man roster in preparation for the 2022 season.
QB Matt Barkley
OL Greg Mancz, Luke Tenuta, Alec Anderson
RB Duke Johnson, Raheem Blackshear
WR Tanner Gentry, Isaiah Hodgins
TE O.J. Howard
DE Mike Love, Kingsley Jonathan
DT Brandin Bryant, Prince Emili, C.J. Brewer
LB Joe Giles-Harris
DB Nick McCloud, Ja’Marcus Ingram
Cornerback Tre’Davious White was also placed on the Reserve/PUP list, while linebacker Andre Smith was placed on the Reserve/Suspended list.
Defensive tackle Eli Ankou was released with an injury settlement.
2020 sixth-round pick Hodgins recorded 124 receiving yards on 16 receptions but was ultimately crowded out of a strong receiving corps.
Blackshear was a real surprise this preseason with 24 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns, receiving for a further 93 yards on eight receptions. Blackshear was also a victim of a deep running backroom.
AUG 30 VETERAN WIDEOUT RELEASED The Bills are releasing veteran wide receiver Tanner Gentry, per Aaron Wilson. The Bills now have eight active wide receivers.
AUG 30 OJ AND DUKE ARE OUT Buffalo is releasing veteran running back Duke Johnson, per an ESPN report – which means Zack Moss isn’t getting traded.
OJ Howard is not being traded.
AUG 29 ROSTER TRIMMING BEGINS As the Buffalo Bills begin to trim their roster to hit the 53-man marker by Tuesday, the first six to go have been named.
Offensive Lineman Jacob Capra, undrafted offense lineman Tanner Owen and undrafted receiver Neil Pau’u, as well as cornerback Jordan Miller and safety Josh Thomas, were all waived Monday morning.
Punter Matt Araiza was waived on Saturday after allegations came out alleging his involvement in the gang rape of a 17-year-old while at San Diego State last October. The Bills worked out punters Ty Long, Tyler Newsome and Joseph Charlton on Sunday. They also reached out to former Pro Bowl punter Marquette King.
The Titans have cut Brett Kern, a native of Buffalo, as expected. We say there’s your man.
AUG 25 CAP ROOM MOVE Bills GM Brandon Beane said a financial move would happen, and now it has: Buffalo has restructured the contract of left tackle Dion Dawkins, converting the bulk of his $8. 13 million base salary into a signing bonus. This is a bookkeeping issue and not a sacrifice on anyone’s part. The Bills still gain $5.6 million in cap space.
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AUG 22 BILLS CUT TAVON AUSTIN
As the Bills shrink their roster down to 80 players ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, 10-year veteran wide receiver Tavon Austin was cut early Monday morning.
Austin, the 8th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, hasn’t exactly lived to his pre-draft expectations but he has stayed on in the league for a decade with his speed and versatility.
Unfortunately for Austin, he was competing against a talented Bills receiving corps headlined by Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis, meaning his opportunities to shine were limited.
AUG 18 MCDERMOTT SPEAKS ON KNOX PASSING
News broke on Thursday morning of the sudden passing of 22-year-old Luke Knox, the younger brother of Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox. Mike MacIntyre, FIU coach, announced his death. He was a linebacker and tight-end for Ole Miss as well as Florida International University. On Thursday morning,
Bills coach Sean McDermott shared the sad news.
” Our hearts go out to Dawson’s family at this time and we’re there supporting him and his family,” McDermott said. “Just terrible news that I woke up this morning. We love him, we support him, but this is just sad news. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed.
AUG 16 CUTS MADE The Bills are already thinning out the roster just one preseason game in. Buffalo has released cornerback Tim Harris, and linebacker Marquel Le.
Harris, 27, was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round (198th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft and was in his second stint with the Bills. He was initially signed to a one-year deal on August 24, 2021, but was waived on August 30, 2021.
Lee, 26, was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round (168th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft and was also making his second trip to Bills camp, having signed on March 31, 2021. He was released on August 31, 2021.
AUG 7 SIGNS As first reported by NFL Network, the Bills have signed fullback Reggie Gilliam a two-year extension that could be worth up to $5.2million. The deal prevents the former UDFA from being eligible for restricted free agency next spring.
AUG5 FORMER BILL KIO ALONSO SIGNES WITH SAINTS Former Buffalo Bills defensive linebacker Kiko Alono has signed a contract with New Orleans Saints.
Alonso last played in the NFL (and for the Saints) in 2019. He spent 2020 on the sidelines with injuries and went unsigned in 2021.
Alonso was drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and played two seasons in Buffalo before he was traded in 2015 for running back LeSean McCoy.
AUG2 DOLPHINS PUNISH The NFL has taken a hard line against the Miami Dolphins for tampering. .. and general violations of “integrity” of the game. ”
The team, a Buffalo Bills’ foe in the AFC East, will forfeit a first-round selection in the 2023 NFL draft and a third-round selection in the 2024 NFL Draft after the investigation into tampering.
Owner Stephen Ross is suspended through October 17 and has been fined $1.5 million.
JULY 30 DID BILLS DB JUST RETIRE? Today, the Bills released cornerback Travon Fuler with a waived/left designation. He’s free to be claimed by any team, but a source tells reporter Ryan Talbot that “Fuller appears to be done with football. ”
The 6-1, 180-pound Fuller finished at Tulsa last year and signed with Buffalo as a UDFA.
He was moved to make room for Jordan Miller (6-2, 190), who was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft and was most recently with the Saints.
JULY 25 BILLS SIGN RESERVE GUARD
The Buffalo Bills have added a body to the offensive line room, signing guard Jordan Simmons on Monday, per Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017 by the Raiders, Simmons eventually made his way into the rotation for the Seattle Seahawks in 2018 and 2020, playing in 20 games and starting nine. He did not play in 2019.
Simmons then moved on to the Las Vegas Raiders, where he played in five games in 2021.
JULY 24 JOSH ALLEN LOOKALIKE
The Buffalo Bills are back in training camp, fortified by the presence of two Josh Allens. A fan dressed up as the Bills quarterback, helmet and all.
Bills camp tickets can be hard to find so this guy is lucky in many ways. He has his pass. He has his team. He’s available to join the workout if Sean McDermott asks.
JULY 24 WHITE & SAFFOLD MOVES
The entire squad has reported to camp for Bills, per head coach Sean McDermott, who also announced some moves and offered updates. Guard Rodgers Saffold will be starting camp on the NFI List after injuring his spine in a car accident.
Ike Boettger and Eli Ankou will also begin camp on the PUP list.
Additionally, star safety Jordan Poyer, vying for a new contract, is present and McDermott says he’ll be participating today.
JUNE 24 AGENT PRESENT
Safety Jordan Poyer has said all the right things as he is vying for a new contract, and in addition to being at camp on Sunday … his agent Drew Rosenhaus is also present. For the latest, read here.
JUNE 24 GREAT EXPECTATIONS What does McDermott think of the “white noise” of Bills expectations? Not much, as you can read here.
2021 camp …
Nearly two hours after the 4 p.m. deadline for NFL teams to trim their rosters to 53 players on Tuesday, the Bills announced their roster moves, which included the jettisoning of tight end Jacob Hollister and long snapper Reid Ferguson, though the Ferguson release was simply a procedural move, general manager Brandon Beane confirmed Wednesday.
Wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins was also the odd man out in a fierce battle for the final wide receiver slot that was won by Jake Kumerow.
Here’s how everything has transpired so far:
The Bills on Wednesday announced a 15-man practice squad composed entirely of players they cut and made no waiver claims whatsoever for players to fill any spots on their active roster. These decisions are a good indicator of how strong Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott think the players they have assembled this year.
The 15: Quarterbacks Jake Fromm and Davis Webb, offensive linemen Jack Anderson and Jamil Douglas, running back Antonio Williams, wide receivers Isaiah Hodgins and Tanner Gentry, tight end Quintin Morris, linebacker Joe Giles-Harris, defensive end Mike Love, defensive tackle Brandin Bryant, safety Josh Thomas and cornerbacks Olaijah Griffin, Cam Lewis and Rachad Wildgoose. This leaves room for another player.
The team officially moved to re-sign Ferguson to the active roster after announcing rookie wide receiver Marquez Stevenson will be placed on the injured reserve list.
In their most surprising move, at least on the surface, the Bills have released TE Jacob Hollister.
However, he’s a veteran and is not subject to waiver process. They could have a handshake to re-sign him once some players are on the injured reserve.
Reports that many other players were let go came in well before the deadline.
Safety is one.
Also cut on Tuesday were LB Joe Giles-Harris, CB Cam Lewis (originally reported by Matt Parino), WR Steven Sims, TE Nate Becker, RB Antonio Williams, TE Quintin Morris, WR Tanner Gentry, OL Jack Anderson and G Jamil Douglas.
The Bills began to reduce their logjam at defensive end by trading Darryl Johnson to the Carolina Panthers
- RELATED: Bills trade DE Darryl Johnson.
This was after they cut RB Kerrith Whyte, WR Brandon Powell, and CB Tim Harris. Two players, DT Treyvon Hether , and DE Bryan Cox Jr .,, are on the injured reserve.
The Bills have a long way to go before their season opener against Pittsburgh on Sept. 12. Their roster could be changed many times before then.
But for now …
QUARTERBACK (2): Josh Allen and Mitchell Trubisky.
WIDE RECEIVER (6) Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley, Emmanuel Sanders. Gabriel Davis, Isaiah McKenzie, and Isaiah McKenzie.
OFFENSIVE LINE (9): Dion Dawkins, Jon Feliciano, Mitch Morse, Cody Ford, Daryl Williams, Spencer Brown, Tommy Doyle, Ryan Bates and Ike Boettger.
TIGHTEND (2) by Dawson Knox and Tommy Sweeney.
RUNNING BACK (5): Devin Singletary, Zack Moss, Matt Breida, Reggie Gilliam and Taiwan Jones.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE (5): Star Lotulelei, Ed Oliver, Vernon Butler, Harrison Phillips and Justin Zimmer.
DEFENSIVE END (6): Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, A.J. Epenesa. Greg Rousseau. Efe Obada. Carlos Basham.
LINEBACKER (6): Tremaine Edmunds, Matt Milano, A.J. Klein, Tyler Matakevich and Tyrel Dodson are Andre Smith.
CORNERBACK (5): Tre’Davious White, Levi Wallace, Taron Johnson and Dane Jackson and Siran Neal.
SAFETY (4): Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde, Damar Hamlin and Jaquan Johnson.
KICKER (1): Tyler Bass.
PUNTER (1): Matt Haack.
LONG SNAPER (1): Reid Ferguson.
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