JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Kyle Williams has not made any decision regarding his playing future.
The Buffalo Bills' veteran defensive tackle accomplished a career goal by playing in his first postseason game Sunday, and the sting of a 10-3 loss overshadowed any talk about his future. Williams' contract will expire in March, and it's still to be determined if he wants to return for a 13th season — or the team wants him back.
"It'll be a joint effort by me and the organization and my family," Williams said at his locker inside EverBank Field. "We've got plenty of time."
Williams, 34, mulled retirement last offseason, but was convinced to come back for another year after being sold on coach Sean McDermott's vision for the team.
"The fact that I love to play and I really liked where Sean wanted to take the team," he said. "Everything he said has turned out to be true.
"I think we're in a good spot moving forward. You're obviously going to want to add pieces to build on the success that we had. ... We have a lot of high-character, tough, competitive guys, and I think that showed over and over this year. I told them before the game and after the game that I'm extremely grateful for them. I love those guys. The way they play and the way they work, I mean, you couldn't ask to be around a better group of men."
Williams finished with one tackle and one quarterback hit in his first postseason appearance.
"It was a lot of fun, wish we could have done more and coming up on the short end of the stick is tough to end the season that way," he said. "We had our opportunity and we just didn’t make it happen today. ... That’s kind of how this league is. There’s plays here and there to be made and one of the teams has to make them and they made them. They basically put one drive together and that’s what the difference was."
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Had the Bills advanced, injuries might have been a huge issue in the divisional round. Both quarterback Tyrod Taylor and safety Micah Hyde are in the NFL’s concussion protocol, while backup safety Colt Anderson (shoulder), cornerback Tre’Davious White (cramps) and left guard Richie Incognito (shoulder) all left Sunday’s game at different times because of injury.
Incognito and White were able to return. With both Hyde and Anderson hurt, the Bills were down to Shamarko Thomas at safety next to Jordan Poyer.
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Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who was called for a costly offensive pass interference penalty in the second quarter, said he thought Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey made contact first.
“All I did was try to turn around and catch the ball, but they called a push off,” Benjamin said. “You've got to move on from it.”
Benjamin finished with one catch for 9 yards Sunday, part of a passing offense that mustered just 148 total yards.
“That's terrible,” Benjamin said. “Offenses do what? Put up points. So we've definitely want to put more points that that if we want to advance in the playoffs. … They were giving us every opportunity in the world.”
He’s expected to need offseason knee surgery to treat a torn meniscus suffered in Week 11 against the Chargers.
“I was trying to make that push,” Benjamin said of playing through injury. “If I had to go all the way to the Super Bowl, I would have done it. It's the grit. We're out there playing for each other. You have to play hurt and just push through it.”
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Former Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus started for Jacksonville for just the second time since coming over in an October trade.
Dareus finished with four tackles, including one for a loss.
“He was trying to stay sane this whole week,” Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. said of Dareus. “He likes to do that, and he knows that he went insane today. … When he came here, he felt like he really needed to play, so he was just getting warmed up. He managed to do a really good job of just executing, and stopping the run.”
Dareus was making his playoff debut.
"I’m at a loss for words right now," Dareus said. "I have a lot of friends (out there) and it was an emotional game. I didn’t think it was going to be like that. I didn’t think I was going to feel like that, but man it’s life. ...
"Everybody was willing to win. It was just the speed of the game and the attitude of the game and the tension between the two (teams), it was like a proving point. For me personally, I was just hovering over the whole atmosphere and trying to live in the moment.”
Former Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny suffered a hip injury in the first half for Jacksonville and did not return to the game.
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Rookie linebacker Matt Milano missed Sunday’s game because of a hamstring injury. Milano was listed as questionable coming into the game, but was unable to practice all week. Also inactive for the Bills were cornerback Shareece Wright (concussion), wide receivers Brandon Reilly and Malachi Dupre, tight end Khari Lee, offensive tackle Conor McDermott and guard John Miller.
Running back T.J. Yeldon missed the game for the Jaguars because of an illness.
Story topics: Brandon Reilly/ Colt Anderson/ Conor McDermott/ John Miller/ Kelvin Benjamin/ Khari Lee/ Kyle Williams/ Malachi Dupre/ Marcell Dareus/ Matt Milano/ Micah Hyde/ Paul Posluszny/ Richie Incognito/ shareece wright/ Tre'davious White/ Tyrod Taylor