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With 4.5 sacks, Mario Williams AFC's defensive player of the week

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills pass-rusher Mario Williams was named the AFC's defensive player of the week for his record-breaking performance Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Williams was defensive player of the week twice in 2007 and is the first Bills defensive lineman to win the award since Aaron Schobel in 2006.

Williams recorded 4.5 sacks, a club record, against Carolina. He had 3.5 of them on third down. Since he joined the Bills, 9.5 of his 15 sacks have been on third downs.

"The guy's a tremendous player," New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said today on a conference call with Bills reporters to preview Sunday's game at the Meadowlands. "He's been a tremendous player in the league for a long time.

"He's probably the guy that had the biggest disappointing 10 or 11 sacks he had last year, whatever it was, as there was in the league. The guy's a great player."


Aaron Schobel | Mario Williams | Rex Ryan
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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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