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Hernandez, Vollmer out vs. Bills

---Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee) as well as right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) and defensive end Mike Wright (concussion) are out for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Tight end Dan Gronkowski (hamstring), who didn’t practice on Thursday, was removed from the injury list and is expected to play.

Listed as questionable for New England are safety Patrick Chung (hand), defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (back), corner Ras-I Dowling (hip), linebacker Gary Guyton (hamstring), Jerod Mayo (thigh), wide receiver Taylor Price (hamstring), center Ryan Wendell (calf) and punter Zoltan Mesko (knee). Dowling and Haynesworth did not practice on Friday while the others were limited.

The Patriots probables are corners Kyle Arrington (concussion) and Leigh Bodden (hand), safety Josh Barrett (thumb) and linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb). They all practiced fully on Friday.

---Rodney McKissic

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Bills injury report

---Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (groin), defensive end Spencer Johnson (hip) and defensive tackle Torell Troup (lower back) are all listed as probable while linebacker Kirk Morrison (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. Stevie Johnson says he intends to play.

Both Johnsons and Troup practiced fully on Friday while Morrison was limited. Cornerback Terrence McGee (hamstring) and guard Kraig Urbik (knee) were already ruled out.

---Rodney McKissic

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Stevie's back

---Wide receiver Stevie Johnson returned to practice on Thursday, a day after resting his sore groin and coach Chan Gailey said he practiced fully.

Defensive end Spencer Johnson (hip) also returned to practice after missing Wednesday and defensive tackle Torell Troup (lower back) made it through his second day of full practice.

“He’s looking better, not good, but better,’’ Gailey said.

While the team practiced inside the field house linebacker Kirk Morrison (hamstring) was outside working with trainers. Cornerback Terrence McGee (hamstring) and guard Kraig Urbik (knee) are out.

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was added the New England Patriot’s injury report with a back injury. Haynesworth did not practice Thursday.

Others who didn’t participate for New England were safety Patrick Chung (hand), tight end Dan Gronkowski (hamstring) and Aaron Hernandez (knee), tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) and defensive end Mike Wright (concussion).

---Rodney McKissic

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Pats DBs dinged; Stevie sits

Bills receiver Stevie Johnson was watchcing practice due to his sore groin injury. That was expected. Johnson says he intends to play Sunday against New England.

The Patriots' secondary has some injuries. Backup cornerback Kyle Arrington (head) and starting safety Patrick Chung (hand) were not practicing at the start of New England's workout today. Also absent were starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and backup defensive lineman Mike Wright. Patriots DBs Ras-I Dowling (thigh) also was shaken up Sunday but was on the practice field.

Bills defensive lineman Spencer Johnson and linebacker Kirk Morrison were present but not working. Cornerback Terrence McGee and guard Kraig Urbik are out.

---Mark Gaughan

NFL's all-time skids

The Bills' streak vs. New England is the fourth longest in NFL history. The longest series winning streaks:

1. 20 Games. Miami over Buffalo, 1970-1979.

2. 17 Games. Stan Francisco over the Rams, 1990-1998.

3. 16 Games. Washington over Detroit, 1968-1997.

4. 15 Games. New England over Buffalo, 2003-present.

5. 14 Games. Miami over the Colts, 1980-1987.

---Mark Gaughan

Chan on streak: It's irrelevant

Bills coach Chan Gailey said he has not mentioned the Patriots' 15-game winning streak over the Bills yet this week, and it doesn't sound like he's planning to do so.

"No, it's irrelevant to this game," Gailey said.

The Bills have just four players who were there for the start of the streak in 2003 - Chris Kelsay, Brian Moorman, Terrence McGee and Rian Lindell. They have only seven total players on the roster now who have been around for more than six of the losses (the others are George Wilson, Kyle Williams and Bryan Scott).

Said Ryan Fitzpatrick: "There haven't been many guys who were here for the majority of those games. It is something though. I guess it's significant that we haven't beat them in a long time. I'm going on my third year here and I haven't beaten them. So it's important. They're a division rival. They've been the team that's been at the top of our division for a long time. For us to get there we have to beat them. For us it's going into this game with confidence, kind of carrying what we've done, the momentum we have from the first few games and going out and executing."

---Mark Gaughan

Roosevelt to 53-man roster, Parrish to IR

The ankle injury suffered by Roscoe Parrish on Sunday has proven to be season ending.

Parrish was placed on injured reserve by the Bills this afternoon. His spot on the 53-man roster will be filled by Buffalo native Naaman Roosevelt, who for the second straight season has been promoted from the practice squad.

Parrish was hurt in the second quarter against the Raiders. It's the second straight season he's seen cut short by injury. He missed the second half of 2010 after breaking his wrist against the Bears in Toronto.

Roosevelt played in six games for the Bills as a rookie last season, catching nine passes for 139 yards.

The Bills also reached an injury settlement with linebacker Robert Eddins, releasing him from injured reserve, and signed guard Keith Williams to the practice squad. Williams is a 6-foot-5, 310-pounder who was a sixth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in April.

---Jay Skurski

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Receiver depth a concern with Roscoe out, Stevie hobbled

The hard luck of Roscoe Parrish continues.

The Buffalo Bills’ diminutive wide receiver is dealing with a left ankle injury suffered in Sunday’s 38-35 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Bills coach Chan Gailey said Monday the injury is “more long term than short term, unfortunately.

Gailey said Parrish would undergo more tests later this week to determine the exact severity of the injury, but that it’s possible it could be season ending.

“Let’s see how the reports go,” Gailey said. “He’s supposed to see some more people later this week and I hope that’s an outside chance [going on injured reserve]. But you can never say never.”

Parrish missed the second half of last season after breaking his wrist. He is certain to be out Sunday for the team’s showdown with the New England Patriots, but that’s not the only injury concern the Bills are dealing with at receiver.

Receiver Stevie Johnson’s nagging groin injury was clearly bothering him Monday, as he walked gingerly through the locker room.

“I can feel it when I walk now,” Johnson said. “Last week, I didn’t feel it when I walked, only when I got out on the field, but now it [the pain] is just there.”

Johnson doesn’t expect to miss any games.

“Right now I feel like it’s something I’m going to have to play through,” he said “… When I’m out there, it’ll hurt, but I’ll still be giving it my all.”

Johnson was also in and out of the lineup on the Bills’ final drive against the Raiders, but he attributed that more to cramping in his legs.

---Jay Skurski

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