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The Patriots will be without Trey Flowers, who leads the team with six sacks, for Sunday's game against the Bills. Flowers was downgraded to out on Saturday with a rib injury and did not travel with the team to Buffalo. He was hurt in the third quarter of last Sunday's game against Miami and was limited all week in practice. He had been among eight Patriots players l…

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Sometimes, a small gesture can have a big impact. That’s true of the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign, which is now in its second year. By relaxing its draconian dress-code rules for a week, the league has not only allowed players to express themselves, but also has given them an opportunity to raise awareness for the causes that are closest to their hearts. “Thi…

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The Patriots' surging defense could be without one of its key members Sunday against the Bills as defensive end Trey Flowers is listed as questionable. Flowers was limited in practice this week with a rib injury suffered against the Miami Dolphins. He had four tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble last Sunday. If Flowers cannot play or is limited, the Patriots likel…

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The Buffalo Bills have an opportunity Sunday to change the outlook of their season. If the team pulls off an upset of the New England Patriots, it will solidify itself as a playoff contender in a packed AFC wild-card race. The Bills will likely be favorites in three of their final games — next week at home against Indianapolis and the two games against Miami -- while th…

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Especially this week, there is no escaping quarterback talk in Buffalo. With the greatest player in history coming to town with the other team, the quest for the Bills' next franchise quarterback seems as uncertain as ever. That's why, even with the playoffs firmly in reach, much of this week's mailbag deals with what might happen at the position, both in the final five…

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Got a question for former Bills general manager Doug Whaley? You probably have many. Well, Whaley is offering a chance to get them answered. Whaley is auctioning off lunch with him via CharityBuzz.com to raise money for the Thembalitsha Foundation, which invests in communities in South Africa. The 90-minute lunch with one person (cost of lunch included) will be sched…

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The flight home from Los Angeles provided Sean McDermott and Lorenzo Alexander time for a heart-to-heart talk. The Buffalo Bills’ veteran coach wanted to know from his veteran linebacker how he could be best utilized. “Obviously playing on the edge is one of the things that I've done in the past and I've done the most,” Alexander said Thursday. “Being able to rush th…

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Fans going through tables while tailgating at Bills game has become a media fixation. So with Amherst native Rob Gronkowski returning to Buffalo this weekend with the New England Patriots, he was asked whether he had ever gone through a table at a Bills tailgate. "Not at a tailgate, but I've been through tables before, for sure," he said. "Like at family get-together…

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Jordan Matthews’ time with the Buffalo Bills has been a constant struggle. A chest injury 15 minutes into his first practice with the team in training camp got things off to a bad start, and 12 weeks into the regular season, things haven’t got much better. Matthews has 24 catches for 268 yards and one touchdown in 10 games, which puts him on pace to finish with 35 ca…

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Throughout the 2017 season, The Buffalo News will track the performances of players from both Western New York and local colleges who are currently in the NFL. Here are their results in Week 12: • Eagles S Corey Graham: The Buffalo native had two tackles, including one for a loss, and an interception in Philadelphia's 31-3 win over Chicago. Graham played 20 defensive sn…

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Add fullback Patrick DiMarco to the list of Bills players not practicing. DiMarco was listed as a full participant Wednesday despite an ankle injury, but did not take part Thursday. DiMarco has been used somewhat sparingly in recent games. He joined Mike Tolbert, Cordy Glenn, John Miller, Kelvin Benjamin and Nick O'Leary among those who were sidelined. https://…

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Ten days ago, New England signed defensive end Eric Lee off the Bills' practice squad and he played 25 snaps in the Patriots' 35-17 victory against the Dolphins in his NFL debut Sunday. Lee had four tackles and a sack and had a bull rush that led to another sack of Matt Moore by Trey Flowers. "I think given the circumstances that he played in, he did a really good jo…

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Below are the Buffalo Bills' snap counts for the 2017 season, with some observations from the Week 12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. • With Kelvin Benjamin out, Zay Jones and Deonte Thompson took the most snaps at wide receiver, 57 and 56, respectively. That left Jordan Matthews as the No. 3 receiver. He played 42 of 70 offensive snaps (60 percent). • Andre Holmes …

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When the Bills run: It continues to be a boom-or-bust season for running back LeSean McCoy. He has five games in 2017 with 50 rushing yards or less, and three games with 110 or more yards. McCoy is ranked 32nd in the NFL by Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted yards above replacement, which gives the value of performance on plays in which a running back catches or carries …