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Leodis McKelvin wins AFC special-teams award


By Tim Graham

The NFL announced this afternoon Buffalo Bills return man Leodis McKelvin has been named AFC special-teams player of the week for his performance Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins.

The first time the Bills touched the ball, McKelvin returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown. It was the Bills' only touchdown in a 19-14 home victory.

McKelvin became the first Bills player to return two punts for touchdowns in the same season. He has two of the NFL's three longest punt returns this year. He returned a league-best 88-yarder for a touchdown in Week Two against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bills safety Jairus Byrd was nominated for defensive player of the week, but it went to Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller.

Byrd, who won the award for Week Six, had four tackles, a late interception and a fumble recovery Thursday night. But Miller had six tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles against the San Diego Chargers.

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub won the offensive award for completing 78 percent of his passes for 527 yards and five touchdowns to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars.

(Photo: James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

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Tim Graham

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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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