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Rex Ryan: 'No question' Bills a different team this time vs. Jets

This was a much more subdued Rex Ryan. He was calm, quiet and still effusing in his praise of the New York Jets.

Probably because so much has changed since he was fist-pumping after a 22-17 win in New York. His team is limping to the finish line in Western New York. Sure, the Bills have a chance to spoil the Jets' season but there were no battle cries on Wednesday.

"There's no question we're a different team right now than what we were," Ryan said. "The main thing is we have 10 starters out. That's one thing that jumps out at you. But, yeah, I truly thought this game would set up the 'Hey, this one's in.' It is. But it's only one team playing for it unfortunately."

The Bills, meanwhile, can only hope to finish up this season at 8-8. And that won't be easy, at all, with the injuries continuing to mount. Tight end Charles Clay and cornerback Ron Brooks were placed on injured reserve Tuesday night.

So on Wednesday, the Bills promoted cornerbacks Bud Noel and Sammy Seamster to the 53-man roster. Ronald Darby may return to the line-up but he has struggled of late and Stephon Gilmore (now on IR) played a critical role in Buffalo's win over New York a month ago.

Now, Brandon Marshall (101 receptions, 1,376 yards, 13 touchdowns) and Eric Decker (75-977-11) come to town with some revenge on the mind against Darby (maybe), Leodis McKelvin, Mario Butler, Noel and Seamster.

Ryan said the Bills will see how Darby progresses through the week with the groin injury that sidelined him against Dallas.

These aren't the Kellen Moore-piloted Dallas Cowboys.

"I hope he can play," Ryan said. "I know how competitive he is and going up against great players like Decker and Brandon Marshall, from a competitive standpoint, you want to play against the best. I know he'd love to do that. We all love that about Darby.

"Going against those guys is tough, there's no doubt about it. It's tough. We're fortunate to have an excellent player like Leodis back there. A guy with experience, a good football player. I thought Butler did a pretty good job this past week. Those guys aren't in the class with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, I can promise you. And that's no slight to those guys. But there's a lot of players in the league who aren't in that class. I think either way, our guys, they love competing. And that'll obviously be a step up in class. It's certainly not going to be easy."


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