Bills rout Dolphins 42-17 in Kyle Williams’ final game
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — As they bid farewell to their unquestioned leader, defensive tackle Kyle Williams, the Buffalo Bills also enjoyed a glimpse into an encouraging future.
Bills rookie Edmunds has made great strides this season
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Micah Hyde laughs at the recollection of just turned 20-year-old linebacker Tremaine Edmunds having difficulty spitting out calls in the defensive huddle during one of the Buffalo Bills first offseason practices in May.
"They threw him in the fire and put him in the huddle and, man, he was tongue-tied," the safety said. "We were all laughing, like, 'Dude, just slow down, just calm down.'"
Bills wary of Lions QB Stafford despite drop in production
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills safety Micah Hyde can't forget the one and only time he picked off Detroit's Matthew Stafford.
It happened in the final minutes of Hyde's final regular-season game with the Packers, when he intercepted Stafford's attempt to Golden Tate at the goal line and helped seal Green Bay's NFC North-clinching 31-24 victory on Jan. 1, 2017.
Bills starting safety Hyde set to play against Texans
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills starting safety Micah Hyde is set to play at Houston on Sunday after missing one game with a groin injury.
Hyde practiced fully on Friday, as did backup safety Rafael Bush, who also didn't play in a 13-12 win over Tennessee last week because of a shoulder injury.
This is the first time this season the Bills have no players whose status is uncertain due to health reasons on their final injury report of the week.
Bills promote safety Marlowe to shore up banged-up secondary
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have promoted safety Dean Marlowe from their practice squad to shore up a banged-up secondary for their game against the Tennessee Titans.
Buffalo freed up room on its roster by releasing tight end Khari Lee on Saturday.
Marlowe's addition comes with starting safety Micah Hyde and backup Rafael Bush listed questionable to play Sunday. Neither practiced this week, with Hyde dealing with a groin injury and Bush a shoulder injury.
Injuries leave Bills thin at safety vs. Tennessee
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Safeties Micah Hyde and Rafael Bush are questionable for Buffalo's game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Neither player practiced all week. Hyde, one of Buffalo's best defenders, has been considered week-to-week with a groin injury. Bush, Buffalo's third safety, has been considered day-to-day.
Their status leaves the Bills with only two healthy safeties in Jordan Poyer and rookie Siran Neal. The Bills have one safety, Dean Marlowe, on their practice squad.
Bills sign cornerback Dontae Johnson, release Nate Orchard
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Dontae Johnson to shore up an injury-depleted secondary.
Buffalo freed up room on the roster by releasing defensive end Nate Orchard on Tuesday.
Johnson is a fourth-year player and opened this season with Seattle. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 8 because of a groin injury and released by the Seahawks last week.
Bills safety Hyde listed week to week with groin injury
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — A groin injury leaves Bills safety Micah Hyde's status uncertain for Buffalo's game against Tennessee this weekend.
Coach Sean McDermott listed Hyde as week to week on Monday, a day after the starter was hurt in a 22-0 loss at Green Bay. He was hurt during Ty Montgomery's 43-yard catch in the first quarter.
The injury further depletes the team's depth at the position. Buffalo has just two backup safeties on the roster: 10-year journeyman Rafael Bush and rookie Siran Neal.
Bills safety ‘Hydes’ his emotions preparing to face Packers
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills safety Micah Hyde did his best Wednesday to mask whatever bitterness he once had toward the Green Bay Packers in preparing to face his former team for the first time since his departure.
"I've got nothing but love for the organization," Hyde said following practice as the Bills (1-2) prepare to travel to play Green Bay (1-1-1) on Sunday. "I wouldn't say it was a wound. I wouldn't say I was cut open."
Bills running back McCoy vows he’s playing against Packers
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy vows he's playing at Green Bay on Sunday after missing one game with a rib cartilage injury.
McCoy made the announcement after saying he was able to run at full speed during practice Wednesday. McCoy has been sidelined since Bills center Ryan Groy fell on the left side of McCoy's chest in the third quarter of Buffalo's 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 16.
Underdog Bills unleash D on Cousins in 27-6 win vs. Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Minnesota facing fourth-and-1 at the Buffalo 26, Kirk Cousins pivoted left and passed to fullback C.J. Ham in the flat near the first-down marker.
The throw early in the fourth quarter was on target as Ham began to head up the field, but safety Micah Hyde quickly closed in to take him down and knock the ball loose for an incompletion right in front of the Bills sideline.
Bills Preview Capsule
BUFFALO BILLS (9-8)
New faces: DT Star Lotulelei, DE Trent Murphy, QB AJ McCarron, WR Jeremy Kerley, RB Chris Ivory, CB Vontae Davis, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, rookies QB Josh Allen, MLB Tremaine Edmunds, DT Harrison Phillips.
Key losses: QB Tyrod Taylor, C Eric Wood, LG Richie Incognito, LT Cordy Glenn, CB E.J. Gaines, LB Preston Brown, WR Jordan Matthews.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Cornerback Vontae Davis says the opportunity to play in a talented young secondary is what eventually drew him to sign a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.
Davis also says he's put behind last year's dispute with former Colts coach Chuck Pagano that eventually led to Indianapolis cutting him in early November. The 29-year-old Davis called it "one of those unfortunate situations," and is focused on moving forward.
Bills fire defensive backs coach Gill Byrd, hire John Butler
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott continues shuffling his staff by hiring former Houston Texans defensive backs coach John Butler to replace Gill Byrd, who was fired after one season.
Butler spent the past four seasons in the same role with the Texans before being fired after their season ended. He previously worked as a coach at the college level and has ties to McDermott. Both grew up in the Philadelphia area and played on the same high school football team.
Packers: Another day, another deal – Corey Linsley gets three-year extension
GREEN BAY – Well, if the Green Bay Packers were looking for a way to get people talking about something other than their first playoff-less season in nearly a decade, this was a good way to do it: By signing two of their key starters to new contracts in less than 24 hours.
The Packers signed starting center Corey Linsley to a three-year contract extension Saturday, a deal that’s worth $25.5 million and includes a signing bonus of nearly $10 million, according to an NFL Network report.
Bills’ Hughes, Hyde don’t expect NFL fines after Gronk hit
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes and safety Micah Hyde tell The Associated Press they don't expect to be fined by the NFL for their actions in the aftermath of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski's blindside hit on Buffalo cornerback Tre'Davious White last weekend.
Hughes and Hyde both told The AP on Wednesday they received no notification from the league that they'll be fined.
Injuries, cheap shots overshadow Pats’ 23-3 win over Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski was apologetic for pile-driving his shoulder into the back of Bills rookie cornerback Tre'Davious White's head.
Bills safety Micah Hyde was livid, calling it a dirty play.
Injuries and accusations overshadowed New England extending its winning streak to eight games and closing in on its ninth consecutive AFC East title following a 23-3 win on Sunday.
Bills’ defense falters when failing to force turnovers
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Micah Hyde doesn't have any concerns over how many yards Buffalo's defense is surrendering this season. So long as they're forcing turnovers, the Bills will be fine.
What the starting safety did have trouble explaining is what happens when the Bills can't create takeaways.
Bringing the heat, climbing the career charts and an honor for Micah Hyde are part of today’s Hawkeye 10@10, your daily dose of Iowa news and notes.
Delivered each weekday at 10 a.m. at Hawkmania.com, your home for all things Iowa, here is today’s Hawkeye 10@10:
1. Anthony Nelson continues to bring the heat.
The sophomore defensive end is tied for second in the Big Ten with six sacks, matching his season total from a year ago.
Clutch plays fuel no-name Bills in getting off to 4-2 start
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — If safety Micah Hyde and the rest of the Buffalo defensive backs want to proudly refer to themselves as misfits, Sean McDermott's on board.
It's a label that might well apply to the first-year coach's entire team, given how a mostly no-name roster has defied the skeptics by getting off to a better than expected 4-2 start.
Bills promote Mabin from practice squad; cut Philly Brown
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have promoted cornerback Greg Mabin from the practice squad and released receiver Philly Brown, four days after signing him.
Cutting Brown leaves the Bills with just four healthy receivers for their game at Cincinnati on Sunday. Starter Jordan Matthews was already ruled out after breaking his thumb last weekend.
Bills starter Gaines questionable to play against Bengals
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines' playing status is uncertain, while coach Sean McDermott is hopeful starting left tackle Cordy Glenn will return after missing two games.
Both players are listed as questionable for Buffalo's game at Cincinnati on Sunday. Gaines hurt his groin in a 23-17 win at Atlanta last weekend, while Glenn has been sidelined with a right ankle injury.
10 @ 10: Not a lot of compliments for complementary Hawkeye football
Josey Jewell believes Iowa’s defensive play had as much to do as anything with Saturday’s outcome in East Lansing, a game that left Akrum Wadley in no mood for excuses.
That, along with Micah Hyde’s big day in the NFL, the Spartans’ take on the Iowa game and Jonathan Parker returning kicks in a top-25 game, can be found in today’s Hawkeye 10@10, your daily dose of Iowa news and notes.
Bills’ retooled secondary shines in 26-16 win over Broncos
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Whatever concerns there were about the Buffalo Bills completely retooled secondary have yet to materialize on the field.
Bills Preview Capsule
BUFFALO BILLS (7-9)
New faces: WRs Jordan Matthews, Andre Holmes and rookie Zay Jones; safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer; CBs rookie Tre'Davious White, E.J. Gaines and Shareece Wright; OLs Vlad Ducasse and rookie Dion Dawkins; FBs Patrick DiMarco and Mike Tolbert; QB T.J. Yates and rookie Nathan Peterman; PK Stephen Hauschka; coach Sean McDermott; general manager Brandon Beane.
Packers Preview Capsule
GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-7)
New faces: TE Martellus Bennett, TE Lance Kendricks, RG Jahri Evans, OLB Ahmad Brooks, DL Ricky Jean-Francois, CB Davon House, rookie DBs Kevin King and Josh Jones, rookie RBs Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones.
Key losses: RB Eddie Lacy, TE Jared Cook, RG T.J. Lang, OL JC Tretter, LB Julius Peppers, S Micah Hyde.
Tom Oates: Plenty of leadership roles open for Packers after free agency exits
GREEN BAY — Not that anyone needs to be reminded, but the turnstile spun at an unusually high rate for the Green Bay Packers during the offseason.
“We lost a lot (from) last year,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday. “You look at our captains’ photo, three of those six guys are gone.”
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Rookie Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott's team began taking shape on Thursday with a new-look defensive backfield.
Starting safety Aaron Williams' career in Buffalo is over after two season-ending neck injuries, and the Bills opened the NFL's free-agency signing period by signing Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.
Packers: Free agent cornerback Micah Hyde unsure what future holds
GREEN BAY — With free agency looming, Micah Hyde decided to get away.
From a trip to the Dominican Republic with current and former Green Bay Packers teammates — including good friend Casey Hayward, a fellow defensive back who went through the free agency process last spring and wound up leaving for the San Diego Chargers — to a trip to Hawaii with his girlfriend and her family, Hyde did his best to unplug and recharge.
Packers: Eddie Lacy, T.J. Lang appear headed for free agency despite contact with team officials
GREEN BAY — Both Pro Bowl guard T.J. Lang and running back Eddie Lacy have heard from the Green Bay Packers about returning to the team this offseason, but no deals are imminent and both players appear headed for the open market when free agency begins next week.
Packers beat Bears 30-27 after Rodgers’ big pass to Nelson
CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were rolling along with a big lead, looking as though they would take another step toward a playoff spot and the top of the NFC North.
Once it disappeared, they still found a way to pull out the victory.
Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson with a 60-yard pass to set up Mason Crosby's 32-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Green Bay Packers to a 30-27 victory over the Bears in one of the coldest games ever played in Chicago on Sunday.
Week 14 late takeaways: Green Bay Packers thump Seahawks to remain on Lions’ heels
Here are Arthur Arkush's three quick takeaways from Week 14's late afternoon slate:
1. Masterful Aaron Rodgers showed up along with a monster snowstorm at Lambeau Sunday, but for those who haven't been paying attention, Rodgers has been on top of his game for the better part of the past month.
Rodgers, Packers drop 4th in row, routed 42-24 by Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Green Bay Packers' offense began the game with a trio of three-and-outs.
Later, once Rodgers & Co. got going, tight end Jared Cook fumbled away the ball after a catch.
Packers have injury concerns at cornerback
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers didn't have much time to dwell on their lopsided loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
The focus quickly shifted Monday from a brief review of the game film for the 30-16 defeat to getting ready to play the rival Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
"We can just flush this (loss) and move on," defensive back Micah Hyde said. "So it is a blessing in disguise, for sure."
Packers get healthy after early bye week
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — An unusually early bye week did the Green Bay Packers some good.
The team returned to work Monday and practiced for about 90 minutes at nearly full strength as a few key defensive players returned from injury.
"The bye couldn't have come at a (more) perfect time," veteran safety Morgan Burnett said. "Now we're getting guys back, getting guys healthy, and that's what you really want going down the stretch."
Packers rule CB Sam Shields out for Vikings game
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers say Sam Shields won't play in Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings after the cornerback was evaluated for a concussion this week.
The Packers initially listed Shields as doubtful on the injury report before ruling him out on Saturday. He missed practice this week while going through the NFL's concussion protocol .
Packers top CB Sam Shields doubtful for Vikings game
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have listed Sam Shields as doubtful for Sunday's game against Minnesota after the team's top cornerback was evaluated this week for a concussion.
Shields, who has been in the NFL's concussion protocol, hasn't practiced since getting hurt late in last week's season-opening win at Jacksonville.
Shields also missed four games late last season because of a concussion.
Packers running short on corners going into Vikings game
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers' roster is running short on healthy cornerbacks going into an important game this weekend at Minnesota.
Top cornerback Sam Shields remains in the NFL's concussion protocol after getting hurt late in the season-opening win over Jacksonville. Backup corner Josh Hawkins hasn't practiced yet this week because of a hamstring injury that kept him out last week, too.