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National media roundup: Falcons down dour starters vs. Bills; O.J. nearing release from prison

Here's a look at stories from around the country involving the Buffalo Bills.

1. The Falcons will be down four starters for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Falcons safety Ricardo Allen was ruled out Friday due to a concussion, as was right tackle Ryan Schraeder. Two other prominent Falcons, outside linebacker Vic Beasley (hamstring) and defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw (ankle and knee), were also ruled out, although they have been expected to miss the game.

Star wide receiver Julio Jones, who was limited in practice this week, was listed as probable and is expected to play.

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The upshot for the Bills is that they may be able to take advantage of the right side of Atlanta's offensive line. Schraeder's absence means Ty Sambrailo will start – he's a former second-round pick but only has eight starts in three years in the league. Pro Football Focus gives him a 43.3 grade this year and a "poor" rating. Next to Sambrailo at right guard is Wes Schweitzer, who will be making his fourth career start and has a 40.4 grade from PFF.

Of course, Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson, who usually rushes from the offense's right side, is questionable for the game with a groin injury. Eddie Yarbrough, Ryan Davis or even Lorenzo Alexander could fill in there if Lawson can't go.

2. O.J. Simpson is expected to be released from prison, but where will he go?

Former Bills star running back O.J. Simpson, 70, can be released from a Nevada prison at midnight Sunday, Oct. 1. after spending 9 years behind bars for robbery and kidnapping convictions (which were unrelated his 1995 trial for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and friend Ron Goldman).

People.com reported that Simpson may actually not walk free until Monday, and that he would like to serve out his parole while living in Florida. But there's a catch: Florida's attorney general Pam Bondi said Friday that she objects Simpson living in the state.

Bondi reportedly sent a letter to Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie L. Jones, according to the Associated Press and ESPN, saying that Jones "should immediately tell Nevada officials that Florida objects to Simpson serving his parole in Florida."

Her rationale:

Besides the robbery and kidnapping Simpson was convicted of in Nevada in 2008, Bondi listed the two murders for which Simpson was found civilly liable as reasons to reject his relocation. She also noted a history of violence and destructive behavior, including a time he was arrested for speeding in his powerboat in a manatee zone.

Simpson's lawyer said there's "no doubt" he returns to Florida and added that Simpson has a friend in Naples who has offered to let Simpson stay at his house.

O.J. Simpson granted parole, could be out of prison on Oct. 1

3. The Broncos are still mad about their failed fake punt against the Bills. 

The Bills snuffed out a fake punt in last Sunday's win against the Broncos, which set them up for a fourth-quarter field goal that stretched their lead to seven points.

The Broncos were still upset about the situation Friday. They felt that having cornerback Lorenzo Doss run onto the field late alerted the Bills to the fake.

"I have to be better there, I have to make sure our guys execute and the next time that we get an opportunity to do that I have to be a guy that the team can count on," said Brock Olivo, who is in his first year as a special teams coordinator.

Olivo defended coach Vance Joseph's decision to go for the fake.

“I have to be a guy that Vance can count on in those situations. I didn’t capitalize right there, so it’s on me," the coordinator said. "That’s one of the challenges of putting in a scheme like that. I obviously didn’t put enough time into it because we have really good players on our offensive line … Again, I put those guys in a bad situation. That’s on me."

A first-year coordinator isn't going to throw his head coach under the bus, but that seemed like a strange spot for a fake. The Broncos needed 3 yards and were only down four points with most of the fourth quarter to play. The turnover gave the Bills possession inside of field-goal range. If the Broncos really wanted to go for it, they might've been better off letting the offense have a crack at it.

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