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Stevie Johnson optimistic about return for Falcons game

By Mark Gaughan

Bills receiver Stevie Johnson is glad to have a week off. After sitting out Sunday's win over the New York Jets, he now gets two full weeks to rest his strained groin before even beginning preparations for the next game, against Atlanta on Dec. 1.

"In my situation it’s definitely a good time for the bye week," Johnson said. "It gives me another week to try to strengthen my core and get these little nagging injuries out of the way so hopefully I can come back and make a strong push for these next five."

Johnson said he feels good about his chances of facing the Falcons.

"I’ll definitely be suited up," he said. "I think I’ll be much better than what I was the past week."

Johnson has 41 catches for 471 yards on the season. With five games left, he's a long-shot to keep his streak of three straight 1,000-yard seasons going. At his current pace (he has missed two games), he would finish with 732 yards. However, it's not impossible he could average 100 yards receiving over a five-game stretch.

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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.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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