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Williams has collarbone injury, White also hurt vs. Pats

It was a scary scene Sunday when Bills rookie cornerback Aaron Williams was carted off the field on a stretcher in the third quarter of his team's win against the New England Patriots.

On Monday, coach Chan Gailey provided an update on Williams.

"Aaron's going to be [out] a while," Gailey said. "It's not season-ending. ... It's that [collarbone] area. I don't know if it's a break, sprain, separation, but it's bad enough to keep him out a few weeks."

The Bills are down to four healthy cornerbacks, as Terrence McGee is not ready to return from a hamstring  injury suffered on the first play of the season. McGee was in the locker room today and said he's feeling better, but wasn't ready to put a time frame on when he may return.

Justin Rogers, a seventh-round pick out of Richmond, is likely to make his debut Sunday when the Bills visit the Cincinnati Bengals.

"He's got to be ready to go," Gailey said.

Gailey also said rookie linebacker Chris White suffered a pulled hamstring against the Patriots and will miss a few weeks.

---Jay Skurski

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Bills replay chat with Milt Northrop and Jay Skurski



Monday Morning QB chat with Rodney McKissic at 9 a.m.

Referee's explanation of Patriots' timeout

For those curious, Sunday's game referee, Carl Cheffers, was asked about the Patriots' second charged timeout at the end of the game. Here was his explanation.

"Coach Belichick wanted an explanation as to what was going to take place after the replay. Obviously, we had a reversal. We put the ball at the half-yard line. The clock was going to start. He wanted a confirmation of what was going to happen at that point. I went over there and explained to him that the ball was at the half [yard line]. He asked me when the clock was going to start. I said as soon as I was done with the explanation with him that I was going to go out on the field and start the clock. He stayed down there. I didn't understand exactly why he stayed down there. I went back over there and he said he wanted a timeout. So I gave him his second charged timeout."

---Jay Skurski

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Audio from the Patriots side

Hat tip to News Sports Reporter Mike Harrington, who was covering the Patriots' side of today's 34-31 Bills' win, and provided the following audio clips.

Tom Brady

Coach Bill Belichick

Wes Welker

Williamsville native Rob Gronkowski

---Jay Skurski

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Audio from the Bills' locker room

There were plenty of smiles in the locker room today after Buffalo finally exorcised its New England demons. Here are several audio clips from the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Coach Chan Gailey

Drayton Florence

Donald Jones

Fred Jackson

Chris Kelsay

A separate blog post will have Patriots audio.

---Jay Skurski

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Bills-Patriots inactives

For the Bills: CB Terrence McGee, CB Justin Rogers, LB Kirk Morrison, G Kraig Urbik, OT Sam Young, TE Lee Smith, NT Torell Troup.

For the Patriots: WR Taylor Price, CB Ras-I Dowling, S Patrick Chung, OT Sebastian Vollmer, TE Aaron Hernandez, DT Albert Haynesworth, DE Mike Wright.

---Jay Skurski

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Hillis out for Browns; Foster likely a no-go

The big fantasy news this morning comes out of Cleveland, where Browns running back Peyton Hillis has been ruled out because of illness.

Here's a look at some of the other 1 p.m. question marks, and what their status is: Texans RB Arian Foster is likely out with his hamstring injury; Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will start against the Giants despite suffering a concussion last week against the Giants and in the same game, New York WR Mario Manningham will be out with a concussion.

I'm also taking Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew out of the lineup. He's questionable with a shoulder injury, but missed practice Wednesday and Thursday.

Other players I'd sit include Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who's listed as questionable with a foot injury. Early reports are he won't play. Quite frankly, the Chargers don't need him against the Chiefs. Need a sleeper at tight end? Try the Bills' Scott Chandler. Three TDs in the first two weeks speaks for itself.

In Denver, even though Knowshon Moreno might play, it sounds like Willis McGahee is going to get more of the carries. He's the play.

Some other random thoughts before Week Three kicks off:

- I'd start Dexter McCluster at running back over Thomas Jones if you have a Chiefs handcuff for the injured Jamaal Charles.

- If you're thin on running backs, consider C.J. Spiller today. Just a hunch.

- Believe the hype against Cam Newton. The Panthers' rookie gets the Jaguars at home. Jacksonville is pretty good against the run, so Newton can be expected to put it up today.

Best of luck this weekend!

---Jay Skurski

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Bills Live starts at noon

A reminder that myself, Jerry Sullivan, Mark Gaughan and Rodney McKissic will be talking Bills all day on Bills Live. It starts at noon and can be found at this link.

Mike Harrington will also join us in the chat, so be sure to check it out.

---Jay Skurski

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Rob Gronkowski: Winning comes first

Amherst native and former Williamsville North star Rob Gronkowski was looking forward to coming home with brother Dan and the Patriots, but he was thinking about Sunday's game against the Bills more than visiting with family and friends.

"It’s cool and it’s a lot of fun, but it’s the last thing I’m focusing on," Gronkowski said of the reunion. "We have a game to play. We’re playing the Buffalo Bills. They’re 2-0 and have a great defense. They have great players on their team. That’s all I’m focusing on right now, coming out and working in practice and studying the Bills."

Rob and Dan Gronkowski both play tight end of the Pats, making them the first brothers to play the position at the same time for the same team.

Rob is an emerging star who already had 10 catches for 172 yards and three touchdowns. He's become one of Tom Brady's favorite targets, particularly in the red zone. Dan was signed after getting released by the Broncos just before the season.

Dan played well in the first two games while being used mostly in blocking situations. He could get more playing time with Aaron Hernandez likely missing the game with a knee injury. Dan and Rob already have been on the field at the same time, usually on opposite sides when the Pats use two tight ends.

"We have a good time, definitely, on an off the field, and it’s pretty fun," Rob said. "It will definitely be a special moment, for sure. You have to cherish the moment, but at the same time you have to focus on the Bills and play a great game. After that, you get to see your family and friends."

The Gronkowskis are the 30th pair of brothers who played on the same NFL team at the same time. Here's a full list:

Bailey: Boss (LB), Champ (CB). Broncos 2008
Baldinger: Brian, (OL) Gary (DL). Colts 1990-91
Baldinger: Gary (DL), Rich (OL). Chiefs 1986-88
Blackwood: Glenn (DB), Lyle (DB). Dolphins 1982-86
Blades: Bennie (DB), Brian (WR). Seahawks 1977
Carter/Reed: Dale Carter (CB), Jake Reed (WR) Vikings 2001
Clemons: Chris (LB/DE), Nic (DE). Redskins 2005
Dyson: Kevin (WR), Andre (CB). Titans 2001-02
Eisenhooth: John (NT), Stan (OL). Seahawks 1987
Fahnhorst: Jim (LB), Keith (T). 49ers 1984-87
Farr: Mel, Sr. (HB), Miller (DB). Lions 1973
Fourcade: John (QB), Keith (LB) Saints 1987
Griffin: Archie (HB), Ray (DB) Bengals 1982-84
Gronkowski: Dan (TE), Rob (TE). Patriots 2011
Hambrick Darren (LB), Troy (RB). Cowboys 2000-01
Henderson: E.J. (LB) Erin (LB) Vikings 2008-11
Krueger: Charlie (DL), Rolf (DL). 49ers 1972-73
McSwain: Chuck (HB), Rod (DB) Patriots 1987
Moss: Eric (OL), Randy (WR). Vikings 1998-99
Noga: Niko (LB), Pete (LB). Cardinals 1987
Olsen: Merlin (DT), Phil (DL,OL). Rams 1971-74
Palmer: Carson (QB), Jordan (QB). Bengals 2007-10
Selmon: Dewey (LB), Lee Roy (DE). Bucs 1976-80
Smith: Bubba (DL), Tody (DE). Oilers 1975-76
Thomas: Jewerl (RB), Ken (RB). Chiefs 1983
Turk: Dan (C) Matt, (P) Redskins 1997-99
Walker: Darnell (CB), Marquis (CB). Lions 2009
Weathers: Clarence (WR), Robert (RB). Patriots 1983-84
Widell: Dave (OL), Doug (G). Broncos 1993
Woods: Larry (DT), Robert (OL). Jets 1997
Source: Pro Football Hall of Fame

--- Bucky Gleason

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