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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Relive Thurman Thomas' best Bills moments

The Bills announced on Wednesday that they'll officially retire Thurman Thomas' No. 34 jersey before the Monday night game against Patriots in October. No one has worn the number since Thomas retired.

"To make the announcement on my birthday is really something," said Thomas, who turned 52. "It's been a great, I guess, four or five hours since I found out that they were going to do this. ... Having my number retired is something special and something I'll remember for the rest of my life."

Mark Gaughan counted down the unofficial top five moments of Thomas' career, including a Super Bowl touchdown run that gave the Bills the only lead they've ever had in the fourth quarter of a Super Bowl.

Photo gallery: Check out our archive photos of Thurman Thomas throughout the years.

Former Bills coach Chuck Knox was a giant: Mark Gaughan wrote that late Bills coach Chuck Knox should be remembered among the game's greats, even if he's not a Hall of Famer. He still ranks in the top 10 in wins in NFL history.

Bills have difficult early schedule: Basing strength of schedule off of last year's win totals is fairly meaningless, so one site uses projected Vegas win totals for a forward-looking metric. That ranking system says the Bills have the 15th-easiest schedule, but the hardest in Weeks 1-6. Jay Skurski noted the same thing earlier this month, suggesting that the Bills might not want to start rookie quarterback Josh Allen until getting their tough early road swing out of the way.

Around the league: The NFL released info on its proposed rule changes to kickoffs.

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