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Mario Williams left fuming about no calls

By Jay Skurski

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mario Williams' debut with the Buffalo Bills was as inauspicious as could be.

Williams finished with just one tackle this afternoon in the Bills' 48-28 loss to the New York Jets. He hit quarterback Mark Sanchez once after he had released the ball.

Williams was furious after the game about the officials' lack of penalty calls against Jets right tackle Austin Howard for hands to the face.

"You tell somebody from the very beginning of the game," he said in the locker room, referring to the replacement officials, led by referee Robert Frazer. "And it happens. One time, that’s on me. But when it’s multiple times and I tell you and you honestly act like you don’t even hear me throughout the whole game, I think that’s a real big problem.

"It’s not something that’s really going to dictate something, but what are you going to do about it? You’re getting off the ball and getting punched in the face, literally, not an accident, just about every other time. That’s a penalty. Unless they changed it with the new CBA or something, but last time I checked it was a penalty."

More from Williams on the issue: "Pass blocking doesn't include hands to the face. When someone tells the officials that, and they just walk away, or they dont' call it, that is disheartening."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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