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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Boldin could play this season after all

Anquan Boldin retired in August less than two weeks after joining the Bills. He said he wanted to focus on his humanitarian efforts, but leaving the Bills also seemed to be part of it.

The latter was confirmed Thursday when Boldin received permission from the Bills to seek a trading partner before next week's deadline. That means Boldin may want to play football after all – just not for Buffalo.

"My passion for the advocacy work that I do outweighs my passion for football at this point, so I'm not coming back to play for a contender or do anything else," Boldin said in August. "I'm done with the game of football, and I appreciate all the opportunities that I've been afforded because of football, but at this point I'm done."

Injury updates: Richie Incognito and Jordan Poyer remained out of practice Thursday.

Mark Gaughan's X's and O's: After a week where the Bills allowed nearly 400 yards to Jameis Winston, Derek Carr will be harder to hit – and pick.

Taiwan Jones' journey to the NFL included educational hurdles: Learn more about Jones, who made a key play in the fourth quarter of last week's win against the Bucs.

Snap counts: Taiwan Jones played only two offensive snaps last week, but made them count.

BFFs Incognito, Wood eager to make playoff run: The two linemen want to cement their legacies in Buffalo.

Trivia: We all know Bruce Smith is the Bills' all-time leader in sacks. Who is second?

EJ speaks: EJ Manuel says he held onto criticism in Buffalo but never lost love of the game.

NaVorro Bowman adding much-needed presence to Raiders defense: What an addition Bowman has been, joining the Raiders earlier this month.

Marshawn Lynch did what? Marshawn Lynch, who is suspended, posted a video practicing, full-contact, with a high school team.

Winning the trades? Jordan Matthews vs. Sammy Watkins – here's what advanced stats say heading into Week Eight.

LeDarius Mack looks to make his own mark on UB football: Khalil Mack is a UB legend. How's his brother doing?

Podcast: The [BN] Blitz podcast previews Bills-Raiders.

Podcast II: Former Raider/UB standout Trevor Scott joined the Daily Drive.

How the locals fared: How our local high school and college players performed in Week Seven.

Advanced Stats: The Bills have used zone-blocking majority of time, an analysis found.

Austin Alexander to UB? UB offered a football scholarship to Lorenzo Alexander's brother.

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower out for season: It's tough news for Hightower and the Pats, but it means their defense is that much more vulnerable.

Logos & Uniforms: The Bills' record while wearing throwbacks is nothing to write home about.

Bills rookies get "legit scared": Frightworld, man. 300-pound linemen don't scare Bills rookies, but this place did.

Good for Marv: Levy doesn't have any championships in Buffalo to celebrate, but he got to celebrate a Grey Cup reunion in Montreal last weekend.

What They Said: Raiders OC Todd Downing, DC Ken Norton, Jr.

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