|12.26.10 at 11:42 am ET|
In addition to the six players ruled out on Saturday night, running back Thomas Clayton and receiver Taylor Price were placed on the inactive list for Sunday’s game in Orchard Park.
DL Ron Brace, after suffering a head injury in the Bears game and missing last week against the Packers, returns to action. With Hernandez out because of a sore hip, running back Fred Taylor is active after being a healthy scratch last Sunday.
For the Bills, the inactive list includes RB Jehuu Caulcrick, OL Geoff Hangartner, OL Ed Wang, DT Kellen Heard, OL Colin Brown, TE Mike Caussin, DT John McCargo.
|12.26.10 at 11:40 am ET|
The following players were ruled inactive for Sunday’s game against the Bills: offensive lineman Dan Connolly; linebacker Jermaine Cunningham; tight end Aaron Hernandez; wide receiver Taylor Price; running back Thomas Clayton; and defensive linemen Myron Pryor, Mike Wright and Brandon Deaderick.
The Patriots made most of these moves on Saturday ‘ Connolly (concussion), Cunningham (calf), Hernandez (hip), Pryor (back), Wright (concussion) and Deaderick (shoulder) were all on the injury report late in the week, and were all ruled out on Saturday night. As for Clayton and Price, the two have been inactive for the bulk of the season because of personnel issues.
The three missing defensive linemen mean that it will likely be a long afternoon again for veterans Gerard Warren and Vince Wilfork, who went almost wire-to-wire last week against the Packers because of all the injuries along the defensive line and will almost certainly do the same today because of depth issues. (They should get plenty of help from second-year lineman Ron Brace, who will also be active this week.) At linebacker, look for lots of Rob Ninkovich and maybe even some Dane Fletcher on the outside because there’s no Cunningham.
On the offensive side of the ball, tight end Rob Gronkowski will be utilized more in the passing game because Hernandez is sidelined. As for the offensive line, look for Ryan Wendell to take most of the snaps that Connolly would get, while Quinn Ojinnaka moves up on the depth chart among the interior linemen.
|12.26.10 at 11:20 am ET|
The Patriots can clinch their eighth AFC East Division title in their last 10 seasons with a win today in Orchard Park.
But far more importantly, the Patriots can assure themselves of a bye week of rest and ensure the AFC road to Super Bowl XLV rolls through Foxboro with a 15th straight win over the Bills as they would lock up the No. 1 seed.
The weather doesn’t figure to be nearly the issue that it is today in Philadelphia where the NFL is giving serious consideration of postponing the game game because of a forecast of over 20 inches of snow with 35 MPH winds.
It’ll be typically cold in Western New York for the last Sunday in December where a game time temperature of 21 is expected with wind chills around 10 degrees. Wind could be a factor with winds of up to 20 MPH expected. There will be flurries throughout the afternoon and the possibility of a snow shower.
The domination of the Bills by the Patriots has been well documented. The last time the Patriots were beaten by Buffalo, New England was still trying to deal with the release of popular safety Lawyer Milloy before the 2003 season opener. That week, the Patriots were blown out by the Bills, 31-0, that Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003.
- The Patriots – at the time – had just a 46-40-1 advantage in their all-time series. It now stands at 60-40-1.
- The 14-game streak is the third-longest winning streak by one team over another in NFL history.
- Speaking of history Tom Brady needs to throw just three passes without an interception to pass Bart Starr and move into second on the all-time list of passes without being picked off. As a matter of fact, it’s likely the Patriots quarterback could have the chance of breaking Bernie Kosar‘s all-time record of 308 passes without an interception. Brady enters with 292 passes since last being intercepted on Oct. 17 against Baltimore.
|12.25.10 at 8:41 pm ET|
The Patriots announced the following players were downgraded Saturday night to OUT for Sunday’s game against the Bills in Buffalo: offensive lineman Dan Connolly, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, tight end Aaron Hernandez, defensive lineman Myron Pryor and defensive lineman Mike Wright.
|12.24.10 at 4:02 pm ET|
Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork were fined $10,000 and $5,000 respectively for penalties that were incurred last week against the Packers, according to multiple media reports. McCourty was fined $10,000 for unnecessary roughness and Wilfork was fined $5,000 for a facemask penalty.
|12.24.10 at 3:54 pm ET|
The Bills only have three players listed on their Friday injury report:
C Geoff Hangartner (knee) Limited Participation
T Demetrius Bell (knee) Full Participation
LB Chris Kelsay (knee) Full Participation
|12.24.10 at 3:49 pm ET|
FOXBORO ‘ The Patriots have eight players listed as questionable for Sunday game against the Bills in Buffalo, including Aaron Hernandez, Ron Brace, Tully Banta-Cain and James Sanders. Here’s the full injury report:
G Dan Connolly (concussion) Did Not Participate
LB Tully Banta-Cain (groin) Limited Participation
DL Ron Brace (concussion) Limited Participation
LB Jermaine Cunningham (calf) Limited Participation
DL Brandon Deaderick (shoulder/flu) Did Not Participate
TE Aaron Hernandez (hip) Limited Participation
NT Myron Pryor (back) Limited Participation
S James Sanders (flu) Did Not Participate
DL Mike Wright (concussion) Did Not Participate
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