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Bills starters on special teams

By Jay Skurski

As you fight off your turkey coma to watch the Rob Gronkowski-less Patriots tonight, here's some food for thought regarding Buffalo Bills starters who play on special teams.

Gronk, of course, was hurt Sunday against the Colts when he broke his arm blocking on an extra point. The situation was made worse by the fact the extra point was New England's 59th of the game, long after the game had been decided.

Bills coach Chan Gailey was asked Monday during his weekly segment with WGR 550 whether he would take a starter off special teams if the game was decided.

"No. You can't do that," he said. "You don't have two extra point teams. You don't think about that, honestly."

Here's a look at Bills starters who played special teams in Buffalo's 19-14 win over Miami in Week 11.

Offensive starters

    Right guard Kraig Urbik -- 5 snaps (17 percent)
    Right tackle Chris Hairston -- 5 snaps (17 percent)
    Left tackle Cordy Glenn -- 5 snaps (17 percent)
    Tight end Scott Chandler -- 5 snaps (17 percent)

Defensive starters

    Cornerback Leodis McKelvin -- 12 snaps (41 percent)
    Safety Jairus Byrd -- 9 snaps (31 percent)
    Cornerback Stephon Gilmore -- 6 snaps (21 percent)
    Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus -- 3 snaps (10 percent)
    Strong safety George Wilson -- 8 snaps (28 percent)
    Linebacker Nigel Bradham -- 13 snaps (45 percent)
    Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard -- 8 snaps (28 percent)

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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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Jay Skurski

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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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