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Bills Notebook: Kelvin Benjamin will have surgery after season, Preston Brown laments missed opportunity

Kelvin Benjamin will have surgery after the season to clean up a torn meniscus in his right knee.

The Buffalo Bills’ No. 1 receiver revealed that Sunday after his team’s 24-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins at New Era Field.

Benjamin suffered the injury Nov. 19 against the Los Angeles Chargers and missed the next two games. He returned in Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts, but aggravated the injury and was questionable heading into Sunday’s home finale.

Benjamin finished with two catches for 20 yards in the win.

"As soon as the season's over, I'm having surgery on it," Benjamin said in the locker room after the game.

Most meniscus tears don't require surgery, NBC's sports medicine analyst told The Buffalo News earlier this month. Only the outer rim of the meniscus receives enough blood flow to heal itself. So if the tear is located anywhere else, generally all a surgeon can do is trim the torn portion to make sure it doesn't get in the way.

“Just to have a meniscal tear does not mean you need to have surgery on it," said Mike Ryan, NBC's medical analyst who spent more than 30 years as an NFL athletic trainer. "And even if you did, a very small percentage of those are actually repairable. So when someone has surgery on the meniscus, the question is, did they trim it or did they repair it? Easily nine of out 10 of them are going to be trimmed and not repaired."

The Carolina Panthers picked up the fifth-year option on Benjamin's rookie contract prior to trading him to the Bills on Oct. 31, which means the Bills have him under contract for one more season. Sunday was only the second time the Bills had both Benjamin and quarterback Tyrod Taylor on the field together.

"He was poised, man," Benjamin said of Taylor. "He was controlling the huddle, you know what I'm saying? Keeping everybody poised, working situations and making great throws. He was on point today."

Benjamin said Taylor is similar to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in his ability to extend plays.

"You have to keep working because 'T' can always come back and find you late," he said.

The game was right there for Preston Brown. All he needed to do was corral the Dolphins’ onside kick attempt in the fourth quarter, and the Bills’ victory would be in the bag.

Instead … well, you saw it.

Brown had the onside kick bounce off him, leading to an easy recovery for Miami punter Matt Haack that set up one final chance for the Dolphins.

“I’ve been on the hands team all my life,” Brown said. “I don’t know what’s going on, but I should’ve just picked it up and scored. It wasn’t a good showing.”

Wait a second? A linebacker on the hands team?

“Yeah, I was on there,” he said. “I was like’, OK, they got two kickers, it’s probably not coming to me. I was like, oh, he’s going that way … oh, here it comes. And then I slid in there and the ball wasn’t there no more. I had bad luck with the ball rolling my way this year, so hopefully that’s done now.”

Brown said he’s been on the hands team since high school.

“But we was always trash so we never really had to use it,” he said. “And at Louisville we blew people out, so I really haven’t had to do it until now.”

Brown led the Bills with 10 tackles, including one for a loss.

“I mean, we got the win,” he said. “That’s all we’re really thinking about right now.”

Running back Mike Tolbert was a healthy inactive for the Bills on Sunday, meaning Travaris Cadet served as No. 2 running back behind LeSean McCoy. Also inactive for the Bills were quarterback Nathan Peterman (concussion), guard John Miller (ankle), cornerback Breon Borders, offensive tackle Conor McDermott, tight end Khari Lee and wide receiver Brandon Reilly. Borders was added to the 53-man roster Saturday in place of left tackle Cordy Glenn, who was placed on injured reserve.

Cornerback E.J. Gaines left Sunday’s victory with a knee injury. Coach Sean McDermott said after the game Gaines was still being evaluated. Shareece Wright replaced Gaines in the lineup and on his first play had an interception of Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler.

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