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How the locals fared: Week Nine

By Jay Skurski

Our weekly rundown on the Press Coverage blog of the players from Western New York (along with the University at Buffalo) currently in the NFL:

Steven Means: The Buffalo native and Grover Cleveland and University at Buffalo product -- a rookie defensive end with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- played six defensive snaps (10 percent), but did not register any statistics in a 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Mike Williams: The Tampa Bay receiver -- a Buffalo native and Riverside product --  finished his season with 22 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns. He was placed on injured reserve because of a torn hamstring on Oct. 28.

James Starks: The Green Bay Packers running back, a Niagara Falls and University at Buffalo product, rushed six times for 40 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown run, in a 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. It was Starks' third touchdown of the season. He played 12 offensive snaps (22 percent).

J.C. Tretter: The Akron product, a fourth-round draft pick of the Packers in April, is on the team’s physically unable to perform list after he broke his ankle in May. He is eligible to come off the list and begin practicing. The team then must decide within three weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster or put him on injured reserve for the season.

Rob Gronkowski: The Amherst native is back. In his third game of the season, Gronk made nine catches on 10 targets for 143 yards and a touchdown in the New England Patriots' 55-31 beatdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 55 points is the most ever scored against Pittsburgh. Gronkowski got his most extensive playing time of the season, seeing 49 snaps (64 percent).

Brett Kern: The Grand Island native punted five times for 228 yards in a 28-21 win over St. Louis in Week Nine. One of those punts was downed inside the 20-yard line, while three of them were returned for a combined 33 yards. Kern had a net average of 35.0 on the five punts.

Corey Graham: The Baltimore Ravens' cornerback, a Buffalo native and Turner/Carroll product, made five tackles and one pass defensed in a 24-18 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Graham also made a pair of special teams tackles. He played 38 defensive snaps (54 percent) and another 18 (62 percent) on special teams.

Note: Local players Dan Gronkowski, Chris Gronkowski Jeremy Kelley, Naaman Roosevelt and Doug Worthington are currently free agents. 

UB players

Josh Thomas: Thomas was made a healthy inactive for the Carolina Panthers by coach Ron Rivera for the second straight week. He was benched after allowing two completions of 60-plus yards in Week Seven against St. Louis (one was called back on a penalty). Thomas has started five games this season for the Panthers, who improved to 5-3 with a 34-10 win against Atlanta in Week Nine.

Trevor Scott: Scott was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the team's 31-13 loss to Carolina in Week Eight. He had played in four games with the Bucs, making three tackles.

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Brett Kern | Chris Gronkowski | Corey Graham | Dan Gronkowski | J.C. Tretter | James Starks | Jeremy Kelley | Josh Thomas | Mike Williams | Naaman Roosevelt | Rob Gronkowski | Steven Means | Trevor Scott
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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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