Notebook: Bills talk Vick

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Players all for team pursuing quarterback, Hardy returns and more notes...

--As expected, the Bills added WR James Hardy to their active roster, releasing RB Xavier Omon to make room. Hardy, a second-round pick in 2008 out of Indiana, has been working his way back from left-knee ACL surgery. He opened the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

The move is somewhat odd as Buffalo now has seven receivers on its 53-man roster. The team has been unable to get its top three receivers involved in a passing game that has slipped to 30th in the league. Hardy, 6-foot-5, could help Buffalo's play as a red zone threat or as quasi-tight end, a position that is weak.

"It's been a long nine months and I've just been patiently waiting and now is my time and I'm going to be ready," Hardy said.

--SS Bryan Scott, who has missed three games with a high-ankle sprain, is expected back in the lineup Sunday. He has been taking reps at linebacker, a position that has been hit hard by injury, and could see a role there since reserve George Wilson has played well in his place at strong safety, as has rookie Jairus Byrd at free safety in place of an injured Donte Whitner (ankle).

Scott is anxious to play alongside Byrd, who is tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions. The Bills are second as a team with 15.

"He has great instincts for the ball," Scott said. "When he's back in the middle of the field he's always around the ball so whether it's an overthrown pass or whether it's a tipped pass he's just in position to make a play. You really can't teach that."

--The Bills have eight games left to try to avoid missing the playoffs for a 10th consecutive season. Buffalo, Detroit and expansion Houston are the only teams not to make the postseason this decade. Five of Buffalo's final eight games are on the road counting a game at Toronto against the Jets on Dec. 3.

"I think everybody here is still playing to win and optimistic about what we have and what we can do and that's what keeps you going forward," WR Lee Evans said. "Obviously mistakes happen but everyone's here playing to win and everything else you really can't control."

--Former Colts coach and current NBC commentator Tony Dungy opened up a Pandora's Box of speculation regarding the chances of Michael Vick winding up with the Bills in 2010. Dungy confirmed on air last weekend that the Bills and Vick "talked originally" before the troubled veteran QB who served prison time for financing a dog fighting ring signed with Philadelphia. If the Eagles elect not to exercise a team option on Vick, he'll be on the move again.

"It's technically up to Philadelphia," said Dungy, who is Vick's personal advisor. "If they want him back, he has to stay there. If they don't, there are some teams looking for quarterbacks: Cleveland, St. Louis and Washington. But I think a dark horse is Buffalo. They talked originally. There was some communication there. I think that could be a good spot."

Many Bills players said they were all in favor of Vick signing with them.

"I believe he could pick up where he left off," FS Donte Whitner said. "I even said earlier in the month, awhile ago now, that I believe that Michael Vick would be a good fit and I would encourage whoever to bring Michael Vick in."

--The Bills have flopped on the field but they're a hit at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society. An exhibition commemorating the team's 50th anniversary has boosted admission revenues at the museum to nearly $34,000, The Buffalo News said. That exceeds the annual total for every year since 2001 and revenue is up 52 percent over last year during the same time period. Bottom line: live in the past if you can't stomach the present.

--Jauron began his Wednesday news conference by recognizing Veteran's Day and those who have served America past and present.

"I think it's more than appropriate that we take a moment and thank our veterans from the past and our men and women that serve our country today and wherever they are, at home or overseas, we certainly appreciate everything they do for us," Jauron said.

BY THE NUMBERS: 10 -- Number of Bills on injured reserve.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "When you give a team a short field as I mentioned ... Barney Fife and Alvin and the Chipmunks can go out there and score. It's like we have to at some point across the board take it personally to help this team out from an offensive standpoint. How do we get that done? Who knows?" -- WR Terrell Owens, on the struggles of Buffalo's 29th-ranked offense.

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