Inside the Bills - Sep 18

McGee, Parrish practice
September 18, 2008

Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 2:20 PM ET 

MCGEE, PARRISH PRACTICE: They may not have taken every single snap on Thursday, but Terrence McGee and Roscoe Parrish were about as close to full go as you could get in practice Thursday.

"Terrence practiced today," said Dick Jauron. "Roscoe was fine. Roscoe participated fully pretty much. Overall it was a decent day."

Both McGee and Parrish are expected to be full go on Sunday. 

Bills fan up for SI Kid of the Year
September 18, 2008

Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 11:36 AM ET 

BILLS FAN NEEDS YOUR VOTE FOR SI KID OF THE YEAR: Derek Andrews (who is almost 8 years old) is a big Bills fan and is one of the 10 finalists (out of 5,500 nationwide) for the Sports Illustrated Kid of the Year contest.

He had to submit an essay outlining how he succeeds in school, community service and athletics, which he has done despite dealing with an undiagnosed muscle disorder for the last year.

The disorder is similar to Muscular Dystrophy, but tests have come back negative for MD. But he's run the gamut of doctor visits, medical tests, physical therapy and hours upon hours at Children's Hospital in Buffalo.

A hockey, baseball and soccer player, Derek also has helped his fellow patients at Children's, helped organize a book drive for a Buffalo city school and helped the elephants at the Buffalo Zoo after winning a contest at a local bank called "What I would do with a million dollars."

But Derek needs your vote because the SI Kid of the year is an internet voting contest. So log onto SIkids.com and vote for Derek. Voting goes until Monday to reduce the group from 10 to 6. 

McFadden slowed by turf toe?
September 18, 2008

Posted By: Chris Brown | Time: 9:17 AM ET

MCFADDEN SLOWED BY TURF TOE?: Raiders RB Darren McFadden is certainly a dangerous player in the open field. He's capable of hitting a home run every time, but might he be slowed by a turf toe injury he suffered last week at KC?

He did not practice on Wednesday and I asked him on the conference call how the toe is doing.

"For me, it's been feeling pretty good," McFadden said. "It was pretty sore after the game Sunday. But I've come in and been doing treatment so it's feeling pretty good."

Apparently not good enough to practice however. Turf toe can be a lingering injury and very painful and there's not a whole lot you can do with it. It's like jamming a finger. The only difference is your finger doesn't carry your body weight like your toe does and you don't have to drive and cut off your toe.

So it'll be interesting to see how much that toe hampers him come Sunday. The Raiders will be counting on him all the more with Justin Fargas not expected to play due to a groin injury. But McFadden says he's ready.

"With Justin going down, it's a big blow to our offense. but you have to step up when a guy goes down," said McFadden. "I feel like I'm prepared to step up."

Fargas obviously didn't practice on Wednesday either with his groin injury.

Left tackle Kwame Harris didn't practice either (knee) and WR Javon Walker was limited Wednesday (hamstring).


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