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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Bills LB Matt Milano named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Second-year linebacker Matt Milano was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Bills' 27-6 upset win over the Vikings.

Milano, a fifth-round pick out of Boston College, recorded an interception, a fumble recovery, a sack and eight tackles in the win while receiving a 76.7 grade from Pro Football Focus.

"He continues to get better," coach Sean McDermott said. "That's a good thing for us, obviously. His growth, his development, whether it's in the run game, the pass game, he plays some special teams as well. I've really been pleased with the way he's played, in particular this past weekend."

Milano's interception was impressive. He kicked a loose ball to himself while on the ground.

Shady vows to play: Bills running back LeSean McCoy decided missing one game with cracked rib cartilage was enough. "I'm playing," McCoy said Wednesday. He added that last week he couldn't sprint without pain, but feels better now. The Bills ought to be careful with his workload, though, as the injury takes time to heal. Former Chargers team doctor David Chao, who goes by @ProFootballDoc on Twitter, wrote that rib cartilage injuries can linger for up to six weeks, and that's assuming McCoy doesn't re-injure himself in a game. "Ironically," Chao wrote, "because there is not a fracture, his continued effectiveness is going to be more challenging." A fracture, he said, would actually hear faster than a cartilage injury.

Rod Watson: Buffalo youth in Kaepernick ad focused on football, not controversy: Watson shared the story of a Buffalo 10-year-old featured in the latest Nike ad that stars blackballed quarterback Colin Kaepernick.



Micah Hyde takes high road in return to Green Bay: Micah Hyde's tenure with the Bills was made possible by the Packers let him walk. Hyde frequently mentioned that fact last season while discussing the team's misfit persona. But for his return to Green Bay, Jay Skurski wrote that Hyde was taking the high road. “He’s excited," fellow safety Jordan Poyer said. "That’s all I can say about that.”

Bills need to take strong effort vs. Cousins to another level Sunday: The Bills' pass rush was good in the Vikings game. Their coverage was good, too. However, both will need to be even better when they face future Hall-of-Famer Aaron Rodgers Sunday. "He's as good as there is in the game," McDermott said Wednesday.


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