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Bills DE Mario Williams Wrist Injury Being Investigated and More AFC East News

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 9:  Mario Williams #94 of the Buffalo Bills cools off before the start of their season opener against the New York Jets during an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Erik FrenzSenior Writer IOctober 8, 2012

One thing we know for sure: Either the Bills were mistaken, or defensive end Mario Williams was. Which one it was, we will soon find out.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting (via WGR 550 Sportsradio) that the NFL is investigating an alleged wrist injury that Williams complained of last week. The investigation pertains to Williams' status on the injury report—or rather, his absence from the injury report.

Williams has not missed any practice reps with the ailment, but the league's policy states that players must make the report even if they participate fully and are a certainty to be in the lineup.

There is a specific designation for injured players that fully participate in practice. If Williams was truly injured, the Bills could be in trouble for failing to list him. If it is discovered that he was not truly injured, Williams' lie will be exposed.

Williams has been depressingly ineffective in the first five games of the season, during which the defense has been victimized and the pass rush has been rendered almost completely ineffective. A nagging wrist injury would be a nice way to explain that away—so would illegal hands to the face.

We will have our answers about the Bills' defensive end soon enough, but we'll still be looking for answers as it pertains to the defense as a whole after a second consecutive abysmal performance.

Here are some more links from around the AFC East.

 

New England Patriots

Mike Rodak of ESPN Boston gives his grades for the New England win.

Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe highlights the postgame exchange between Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker and a radio show host, in which Welker says, "it's kind of nice to stick it in Bill's face once in a while."

 

Buffalo Bills

According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, former Bills-now 49ers safety Donte Whitner says the Bills are "chasing something that isn't there."

Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com writes about the dubious records which were set by the Bills defense in the losing effort against the 49ers.

 

Miami Dolphins

Bleacher Report Dolphins featured columnist Scott Altman points out five winners and losers from the Dolphins win over the Bengals.

Andy Kent of MiamiDolphins.com is quick to point out that Ryan Tannehill's performance was particularly worthy of praise.

 

New York Jets

Conor Orr of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger talks about how Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum is searching for replacements for Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Brian Costello of the New York Post previews the matchup between Texans defensive linemen J.J. Watt and the Jets offensive line.

 

Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.

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