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Posts from November 2012

Both Jaguars starting WRs downgrade to DNP Thursday
Another day of practice down in Jacksonville, and two more Jaguars starters had to miss the session because of an injury. Interestingly enough, the two additions to the injury report just so happen to be both the team's starting wide receivers.

Rookie Justin Blackmon (groin) and Cecil Shorts III (hamstring) had to miss the session due to injury. Each player was a full participant on Wednesday. They join three other starters that were also non-participants: halfback Maurice Jones-Drew (foot), DE Austen Lane (foot) and cornerback Derek Cox (hamstring). All three did not particpate on Wednesday either.

Both defensive tackle Tyson Alualu and center Brad Meester returned to practice after missing the session on Wednesday. Alualu was limited due to a calf injury, while Meester took all normal starting reps despite a foot injury.

The Jaguars' injury report is rounded out by fullback Greg Jone (thigh) and cornerback Rashean Mathis (groin), who were each limited for the second straight day.

The Jaguars take on the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday at 1 pm.

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The key to stopping Jags' QB Chad Henne
Through the past two weeks, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been rejuvenated on offense mostly due to the play of quarterback Chad Henne.

In two games, Henne has thrown for 615 yards, six touchdowns as opposed to just one interception. Even more important, the Jaguars won last week and came quite close to pulling a major upset on the road in Houston during an overtime loss.

"Henne, if you can't get him off the spot or you're not in his face, he's always been able to make good throws, makes good decisions," said Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams. "That goes a long way for an offense."

With the way the Bills defensive line has been playing, maybe that ideology will work. However, it's easier said than done, and Williams made sure to say that there's a whole lot more that goes in to it.

"Yeah, what you've got to try to make him move, get him off the spot. But number one we have to stop the run," he said. "You get in 3rd-and-3 and 3rd-and-4 down situations, that's no good for you. If we can get up and win on first and second down, get him in some longer spots where we can get him off the spot and get off the field it'll be better."

With Henne at the helm, the Jaguars have posted a whopping 61 points over the past two weeks. They take on the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday.
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Locations: Houston
People: Chad HenneKyle Williams

Bills' Morrison assuming veteran leadership role
In the off-season, the Buffalo Bills elected to bring linebacker Kirk Morrison back on a one-year contract with the intention of him playing. With the Bills switching back to a 4-3, the team thought he would be the best fit to start at strongside linebacker.

Twelve weeks in to the season Morrison has yet to be active in one of the team's games, which wasn't exactly the expectations of either side. Despite not dressing for the games, Morrison has really taken on the veteran leadership role to help younger players when they may be getting frustrated by how things are going.

One of the most glaring examples of that came in the Bills' 45-3 loss to San Francisco, in which Morrison was basically in the hip pocket of wideout Stevie Johnson when the team's top receiver was getting frustrated. He talked to him and helped calm him down on the sidelines despite only being dressed in a Bills hat, t-shirt and shorts.

But there is an obvious frustration that may not be vocalized, but any competitive player in the NFL will have it if they aren't seeing the field at all. Morrison said he's just staying ready for the call.

"Just doing what I can -- what I can control," he said. "Working out every day, being at practice every day, being just intense in my meetings, intense in my preparations. I prepare every week as if I'm gonna play. I'm on this team for a reason. I wish I could go out there and show what I can do, but the coaches make that decision. For me, I just sit back and do what I can to help the guys out. I try to give as much knowledge as I can, try to cheer the guys up, make sure the guys are in tune to what's going on in the football game. Other than that, just waiting for your opportunity to come."

The Bills will be going up against one of Morrison's old teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars, at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday.
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Locations: San Francisco
People: Kirk MorrisonStevie Johnson

Buffalo broke the ice between Posluszny and Mularkey
We've all been through it a time or two in our lives. When a new boss gets brought in, there is a feeling-out period where you try to find ways to help acclimate yourself with your direct superior.

It's the same case for players when a new head coach comes in. Fortunately for Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny, he was able to get off on the right foot with head coach Mike Mularkey because of their time spent in a certain place.

You guessed it: Buffalo.

"You know, when we first met that was obviously some common ground," Posluszny said. "I told him I lived in Hamburg, and he knew the neighborhood that I lived in. All the great restaurants. It was nice to be able to share some common ground there."

Posluszny spent four seasons in Buffalo before bolting to Jacksonville via free agency, while Mularkey was the head coach of the Bills from 2004 to 2005.
Sunday marks the first time each will be back at Ralph Wilson Stadium for a regular season game in which they resume the roles the once had as a member of the Bills organization.

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Locations: BuffaloHamburgJacksonville
People: Mike MularkeyPaul Posluszny

Bills' Aaron Williams taking steps forward
When Buffalo Bills cornerback Aaron Williams went down with a knee injury against Houston, he and the team both feared the worst.

Williams needed to be helped off the field without putting any pressure on his knee, and even was carted off the field once he got to the sidelines.

Fast-forward three-and-a-half weeks, and Williams is back doing limited work at practice for the Bills this week.

"It felt good being back, still got some issues here and there, but I'm way past of what my expectations were," Williams said Thursday. "Doing a little bit more running than I expected, a little bit more cutting, so I'm progressing good."

The second-year cornerback said he was originally told it would be anywhere from four-to-six weeks before he could entertain the thought of getting back on the field. After doing some individual work on Wednesday, he hopes to just take it one day at a time and do a little bit more to get back in to football shape.

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Locations: Houston
People: Aaron Williams

Jaguars missing five starters from Wednesday's practice
The Buffalo Bills will attempt to get their season back on track on Sunday against the 2-9 Jacksonville Jaguars. If the injury report holds, the Bills' next opponents could be severely short-handed on Sunday.

After Wednesday's practice, the Jaguars showed five starters that did not participate in the session. Those names include running back Maurice Jones-Drew (foot), defensive tackle Tyson Alualu (calf), cornerback Derek Cox (hamstring), defensive end Austen Lane (foot) and center Brad Meester (foot).

Of the five, Jones-Drew has already been ruled out of the contest which means backup Rashad Jennings will get the start.

A pair of other starters, cornerback Rashean Mathis (groin) and fullback Greg Jones (thigh), were each limited at Wednesday's practice.

Check back as the days go by for updates on the Jaguars' injuries.

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