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Chris Kelsay questionable versus Pats; Moore, Merriman on call

By Tim Graham

There won't be any surprises on the Buffalo Bills' final injury report for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.

Only defensive end Mark Anderson (knee) and cornerback Aaron Williams (knee) will be listed as out. No one will be designated as doubtful.

Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (thigh), right guard Kraig Urbik (foot), defensive ends Chris Kelsay (neck), Spencer Johnson (ankle) and Shawne Merriman (chest) will be listed as questionable.

Kelsay left Thursday's practice early. He didn't practice today, but Gailey said the injury is "not major, but I don't know if he can get ready for this week. We've just got to wait and see how the treatment goes. ... To me, I think it's just a matter of this game."

Kyle Moore and Merriman will get more snaps if Kelsay can't play.

Moore played 28 snaps in last Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans and recorded his first sack.

"He's gotten better," Gailey said. "He's got some work to do in playing the run, but he's done a pretty good job pass rushing when he's been in there. He's going to have to muscle up this week because [the Patriots] are going to want to run the football."

Merriman played only eight snaps in Houston. Gailey indicated Merriman would be in a rotation against the Patriots.

Gailey also said Merriman was added to the report Thursday after taking a shot during practice.

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