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Jairus Byrd, Rob Gronkowski top list of Bills-Patriots inactives

By Jay Skurski

Inactives for today's season opener between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots here at Ralph Wilson Stadium:

Buffalo Bills

  • CB Stephon Gilmore (wrist)
  • G Doug Legursky (knee)
  • K Dustin Hopkins (groin)
  • S Jairus Byrd (feet)
  • DT Jay Ross (healthy)
  • TE Chris Gragg (healthy)
  • DL Corbin Bryant (healthy)

Justin Rogers will start at right cornerback in place of Gilmore, while Da'Norris Searcy starts at free safety in place of Byrd.

New England Patriots

  • TE Rob Gronkowski (back)
  • WR Aaron Dobson (hamstring)
  • RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
  • OL Will Svitek (knee)
  • DB Nate Ebner (ankle)
  • DB Duron Hamon (hamstring)
  • KR Leon Washington (healthy) 


Doug Legursky | Dustin Hopkins | Jairus Byrd | Stephon Gilmore
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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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