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SPECIAL TEAMS FACE TOUGH TASK; GAME SELLS OUT

The Buffalo Bills' special teams coverage units will be under pressure Sunday.

The Denver Broncos have the second-leading punt returner in the NFL and the No. 3 kickoff returner.

In fact, punt returner Darrien Gordon, a fifth-year pro, has the best career punt return average ever in the NFL -- 13.7 yards per return. This season he's averaging 13.9 and has a 94-yard return for a touchdown. Kickoff returner Vaughn Hebron has a 28.2-yard average.
Sunday's game is sold out and will be the first home game on local television since last Oct. 13.

The final group of tickets, about 700, were purchased by WGRZ-TV, WHEC-TV in Rochester, Global Television in Canada and Bills President Ralph Wilson. WGRZ's tickets will be sold at half price at Rosa's Appliance Centers and Wilson will donate his tickets to charity. The Bills also have a small number of tickets returned from Denver that are on sale at the stadium.
A hearing for Bruce Smith's appeal of his drunk driving conviction was postponed until Jan. 8 in Virginia Beach, Va., after prosecutors said neither side was ready to proceed.
Ted Washington and Thurman Thomas, practiced Thursday. Bryce Paup (sore knee) and Corey Louchiey (sore neck) did not practice but remain probable for the game. Tim Tindale (knee) did not practice and remains questionable.

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