Bills cut ties with RB Karlos Williams after rocky offseason

One year after Karlos Williams put together a promising rookie season with the Buffalo Bills, the team announced it waived the second-year running back on Saturday.

Williams picked up 517 rushing yards, 96 receiving yards and nine total touchdowns in 2015, a promising start to the career of a rookie selected in the fifth round. But when the Bills returned for some offseason work in June, Williams was overweight, and Rex Ryan wasn’t happy about it.

The NFL made a finding that Mr. Brown had violated the Personal Conduct Policy. We did so based on the evidence of this one incident as presented in the police report, Mr. Brown and his wife’s statements to police that evening, and his statements in interviews with the NFL.

The NFL Personal Conduct policy allows for discipline to be imposed even when criminal charges are not presented. It further allows for us to consider both aggravating and mitigating factors regarding discipline for domestic violence.

REVISED INJURY REPORT: Competition Committee approves revisions to the injury report. Teams won’t be able to designate players as “probable” anymore, and the “questionable” and “doubtful” designations have been redefined to make your fantasy lineup decisions even harder.

GREEN SPEAKS: Steelers TE Ladarius Green breaks silence on headaches, ankle and potential retirement. Fans haven’t heard much from Ladarius Green, but he has been a topic of conversation across the black and gold landscape. The free agent acquisition broke his silence Saturday after practice.

BAD THINGS HAPPENING TO THE BILLS: The Buffalo Bills are losing training camp. After declaring the Bills had “won the offseason,” Rex Ryan may have to spend the rest of the year batting down questions about his job security.

LUCKY GUY: Andrew Luck is back! The general made his preseason debut this week.

IF YOU CAN’T SAY SOMETHING NICE: The Giants head coach couldn’t find any positives in a preseason loss to the Bills. Ben McAdoo has had by far his hardest week on the job so far. He didn’t make much of an effort to hide it in speaking to reporters after a preseason loss to Buffalo.

The Bills proved they could connect on long touchdowns, but not much else in 37-31 loss to New York

The New York Jets beat the Buffalo Bills, 37-31, on Thursday Night Football by dominating time of possession and limiting the Bills to a few big plays.

The Jets set the tone with their first possession, which took over eight minutes off the clock. The 15-play, 65-yard drive resulted in just a field goal, but it kept the ball out of Tyrod Taylor’s hands for more than half of the first quarter.

New York controlled the clock throughout the game, in part because the Bills’ entire offensive attack seemed to consist of a few big plays. The Bills scored on two deep touchdown passes, an 82-yard throw to Marquise Goodwin and a 71-yard pass to Greg Salas. If you remove those plays, the Bills had just 154 passing yards on 29 attempts.

The bigger issue for Buffalo was how little time those two plays took off the clock. The drive that resulted in Goodwin’s touchdown took just 1:25, and Salas’ score took less than a minute. New York had the ball for 39:12 in this game, which didn’t give the Bills much time to work with.

The officials acted swiftly with Taylor, and their reaction may have been influenced by Week 1’s controversial Thursday Night Football matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos.

The NFL was widely criticized last Thursday night after Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took several shots to the head in the season opener. Officials in that game only flagged one hit on Newton, and the NFL issued fines to Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall and safety Darian Stewart.

Sammy Watkins is questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Jets. Also, Cordy Glenn will miss his first start in almost four years.

Ryan Fitzpatrick looking to reverse his struggles against the Bills. This time it’s personal.

BRUUUUUUCE: The Bills are retiring Bruce Smith’s number on Thursday, and he talked to SB Nation about just how special that is.

Mike Zimmer won’t name his starting quarterback ahead of a Week 2 tilt with the Packers. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy expects the Vikings to start Sam Bradford over Shaun Hill. But it was Sam Bradford taking all the first team reps in practice.

Rob Gronkowski will return for the Patriots against the Texans

A powerful Patriots offense will only get stronger in Week 3 when All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski returns to the field. New England’s owner, Robert Kraft, said to Lisa Hughes of WBZ-TV that “you’d be wise” if you think the big playmaker will dress for Thursday’s game against the Houston Texans after missing the beginning of the season due to a hamstring injury. ESPN’s Adam Schefter also confirmed that Gronkowski is ready to go.

“Gronk” has been the heart and soul of the New England offense since being drafted by Bill Belichick back in 2010. In six seasons with the team, he’s been named a first-team All-Pro selection four times. He led the league in receiving touchdowns with 17 in 2011 and caught 72 passes for 1,176 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

Several players around the NFL have since followed Kaepernick’s lead to protest during the national anthem, and talk about the quarterback’s demonstration has reached everywhere from Time to South Park.

In the cover story written by Time’s Sean Gregory, the magazine spoke with several athletes, including Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty, and Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown, as well as athletes in other sports.

“We’re not doing this made-up thing to get attention,” Jenkins said of his decision to join Kaepernick’s protest by raising his fist during the national anthem. “Real lives are being lost. Real communities are being affected. The negativity comes from people’s unwillingness to digest the hard truth.”

Accompanying the cover article in the Oct. 3 issue are three commentary pieces, including one written by Miami Dolphins cornerback Jelani Jenkins.

Cohn’s been a long-time critic of Kaepernick, not just his play on the field, but the way he dresses and what issues he chooses to speak out about and how he does that. He’s a good example of how some in the media have an irreconcilable idea about what a professional athlete should be. They want players to open up, unless it’s something that the columnist doesn’t want to talk about.

RAMS MYSTERY: Why can’t the Rams play other teams like they do the Seahawks? The Rams have won three in a row and four of their last five against the Seahawks, but it’s Seattle that winds up in the playoffs every year.

Davante Adams appears on injury report with concussion

Davante Adams has a concussion after all.

A day after the Green Bay Packers receiver said he had cleared the protocol after a hit that knocked him out of the loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Adams showed up on the injury report with a concussion.

With a two-game losing streak, Kubiak joked after Monday’s practice that he had been “hollering a lot this morning,” but the Broncos were back on a familiar meeting schedule, and Kubiak said he had no restrictions on the job.

He said his message to the players was a fairly simple one.

“I talked about three things today to the players,” Kubiak said. “Preparation, detail, and then it’s time to go put forth the effort and play. We’ve got to focus on those things, starting with me, and starting with us as coaches, filter it down through our guys and get a lot better with what we’re doing.”

“It was good to have him back, just to have our leader back,” said cornerback Chris Harris Jr. “…He was just straight with us about what we need to do to get back on track.”

Kubiak coached through the end of the Falcons game even though he felt ill before and during the game. Kubiak did his customary news conference after the loss and walked back into the locker room.

Kubiak continued to feel ill, however, and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. It is the second time in the last four seasons Kubiak has left a stadium in an ambulance.

In 2013, Kubiak suffered what was described as a mini-stroke at halftime of a game against the Colts. He spent two nights in the hospital after that incident.

Kubiak said Monday he thought the two incidents were different, but his doctors in Denver and the doctors who treated him in Houston in 2013 have talked in the past week.

“I feel good, I feel really good getting out here,” Kubiak said. “…I’m through with it, I’m ready to move forward.”