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Bills S Aaron Williams will start Sunday at Tennessee for the 1st time since his scary neck injury in the Week 2 loss to New England. “Aaron’s one of the top safeties in the league when he’s healthy,” Bills coach Rex Ryan told The Buffalo News on Thursday. “So obviously that’s a big loss when he’s not in there and it should really help getting him back.” Ryan might be overstating Williams' impact a bit, but his return can certainly only help the Bills -- as long as he's back to full strength. Williams isn't much of an IDP target this week, though.

Bills S Aaron Williams left the field on a stretcher in the back of an ambulance Sunday against the Patriots. It appeared he suffered a neck injury while attempting to tackle Patriots WR Julian Edelman on a 3rd-quarter catch-and-run TD. We'll see how serious this injury turns out to be. For fantasy purposes, Williams' absence wouldn't change the outlook for the Buffalo D.

Bills S Aaron Williams (neck) is active today against the Jets. He's a decent play against erratic Jets QB Geno Smith but has lost some playing time in recent weeks. That adds some risk to Williams' fantasy outlook and makes him no more than a lower-level DB2.

Bills S Aaron Williams (wrist) is inactive for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots. It's a somewhat surprising move after he put in limited practices all week.  Buffalo will however, have 3 other "questionable" defenders in the lineup.  DT Kyle Williams (knee), LB Nigel Bradham (knee) and LB Brandon Spikes (ribs) are all active.  Williams stands as a high-upside IDP option worth playing in most lineups.  Bradham's risky but has produced well when healthy this year.  Spikes' playing time has fluctuated too much to make him a reliable fantasy option, though he does present some revenge-game potential against his old team.

Bills S Aaron Williams has signed a 4-year $26 million extension, which makes him the league's 8th highest paid safety in annual salary.  Williams enjoyed a strong 2013 -- when healthy (he missed 2 games) -- after converting from CB.  The deal clearly locks in Williams as a starter going forward and likely doesn't leave much money to chase after 2013 franchise player S Jairus Byrd.  We've all expected, of course, that Byrd and the Bills would part ways this offseason anyway.

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The Bills have ruled out S Aaron Williams (ribs) for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.  S Jim Leonhard is expected to start in his place but doesn't carry the same IDP appeal.

Bills S Aaron Williams (ribs) has missed the 1st 2 days of practice this week.  It obviously makes sense for the team to limit hits and other activity that Williams' injured ribs need to withstand during the week.  But we'd like a good indication that he can last through a full game before slotting him into Week 16 fantasy football lineups.  We've slid Williams down the DB rankings a bit and would try to find a safer option for your IDP squad this week.

The Bills defense will likely miss DE Marcell Dareus (ankle) and S Aaron Williams (ribs) for at least the 1st practice this week, according to ESPN.com.  HC Doug Marrone told reporters on Monday that he expects each starter to miss Wednesday's workout and said "we'll see" how they progress by Thursday.  If healthy, each would present intriguing IDP value vs. the Dolphins on Sunday.

Bills DB Aaron Williams left Sunday's game early with a rib injury.  HC Doug Marrone indicated afterward, however, that Williams played through the injury for part of the game.  The team made no official statement on Williams' status going forward, so we'll see what comes this week.  If the ribs aren't a big issue, Williams will likely stand as a strong DB option in a plus matchup with Miami.

Bills S Jairus Byrd is inactive vs. the Browns tonight for the 5th straight game.  He returned to full practice this week but apparently isn't yet ready for action -- or at least not willing to push his hurting foot.  Elsewhere in the secondary, the Bills expect to keep Aaron Williams at CB despite the healthy return of CB Leodis McKelvin.  Chris Brown of the team website reports that CB Justin Rogers is expected to slide out of the starting lineup.

Bills DB Aaron Williams grabbed 2 INTs in Sunday's victory over the Ravens but ended the day sidelined.  After hurting a shoulder earlier in the game, Williams left with a lower-back injury early in the 4th quarter.  We'll check in on his status as we get toward and into the practice week.  Then again, new HC Doug Marrone has proved tight-lipped so far on injury details.

Bills S Jairus Byrd will "probably" miss some time this year with his plantar fasciitis, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  Byrd dealt with the same issues last year, when he got shots to manage it.  He looks iffy for Sunday's opener against the Patriots.  Without Byrd, the Bills would likely move Aaron Williams to the FS spot and insert SS Da'Norris Searcy into the lineup.  Duke Williams could also see time, though, getting in the way of Searcy's fantasy potential.  Missing Byrd would hurt the Buffalo D as well.

Bills S Jairus Byrd missed Thursday night's preseason finale because he was visiting a foot specialist for a 2nd opinion.  "His foot was sore," HC Doug Marrone told reporters after the game.  "We wanted to make sure we sent him down to Dr. Anderson... It's not a concern until Dr. Anderson says something."  Dr. Anderson also checked out DE Mario Williams earlier this summer when Williams sported a similarly mysterious sore foot.  Byrd, of course, held out through training camp out of unhappiness over the franchise tag.  S Aaron Williams has joined him in the starting lineup since Byrd's return.  If Byrd misses any further time, S Da'Norris Searcy would step back in.

Bills S Jairus Byrd has signed his franchise tender.  The team website reports that Byrd won't join the team for Wednesday's final day of training camp, instead arriving in Buffalo on Thursday -- a scheduled day off.  We'll see how quickly he can prove ready to re-enter the lineup.  “It’s a new system, and it’s an intricate system,” GM Doug Whaley said.  “Safeties do make a lot of calls, so he’s missed that. (He’s missed) a lot of the tempo of practice, so he’s going to have some ground to make up, but he’s a professional. I know he’ll come in here ready to work and try to contribute as soon as possible.”  DC Mike Pettine and HC Doug Marrone are both new to the team, steepening the learning curve.  Assuming Byrd's in shape, though, we still expect him to start on opening day.  We'll see whether the time off adds injury risk.  But Byrd remains an upside DB pick in your IDP league.  Check our DB rankings to see where he's nestled.

Tim Graham of the Buffalo News reports that Bills S Jairus Byrd doesn't plan to report for the start of camp this weekend.  The franchised safety has yet to sign his tender, so he's not required to show.  He and the team never got close in negotiations on a long-term deal before the deadline passed to reach one.  Technically, Byrd doesn't need to report before the 11th regular-season game.  He must be around for those final 6 contests to accrue a year of service and grow his franchise rate for 2014.  We expect that he'll report sometime before the regular season begins, just as then-Steelers WR Mike Wallace did last summer under similar circumstances.  We'll see how long Byrd elects to sit out, though.  In the meantime, Da'Norris Searcy and Aaron Williams should run as the starting safeties.

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