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What Mario Williams Wrist Surgery Would Mean for Bills, and Other AFC East News

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 25: Mario Williams #94 of the Buffalo Bills lines up against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Erik FrenzSenior Writer IOctober 24, 2012

The bad news just keeps on rolling in for the Buffalo Bills.

It's bad enough that the Bills lost by one point to the Tennessee Titans this past Sunday, but now they may end up losing one of their most well-paid players in defensive end Mario Williams if the defensive end decides to go through with wrist surgery.

Per Tim Graham of The Buffalo News:

Williams, the Buffalo Bills pass-rusher and record-holder for the NFL's richest defensive contract, is considering surgery on his injured left wrist while the team is on its bye, The Buffalo News has learned.

...The Bills had no comment tonight about Williams' possible surgery and deferred all questions to head coach Chan Gailey, who will conduct a regularly scheduled news conference Wednesday afternoon. Williams' agent, Ben Dogra, didn't return messages left by The Buffalo News.

This would be a big blow for a defense that has already lost defensive end Mark Anderson indefinitely to a knee injury.

The Bills' pass-rush was supposed to be one of the most vaunted the NFL had to offer in 2012, but thus far the team has 17 sacks, 14 of which came in three games and three in the other four.

The next men up behind Anderson and Williams are defensive ends Kyle Moore and Chris Kelsay. Moore, a fourth-year fourth-round pick, has half a sack this season. Kelsay, in his 10th year in the league, has two sacks this season.

The pass-rush has been generally ineffective this season, so maybe a little change could be a good thing. Here's some more news and analysis from around the AFC East.

 

New York Jets

Joe Caporoso of TurnOnTheJets.com explains why the Jets' passing game has potential.

Mike Vorkunov of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger writes that the Jets' next opponent, the Miami Dolphins, are also playing with the playoffs in mind.

 

Buffalo Bills

Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sportsradio breaks down the play of the Bills offensive and defensive lines in their loss to the Titans.

Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com delivers a midseason report for the Bills, pointing out that the offense and special teams are steady but that the defense must improve.

 

Miami Dolphins

According to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald, Wednesday's practice will be a big one for wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, whose status for Sunday's game depends on how he looks in practice.

Dave George of The Palm Beach Post writes that beating the Jets is absolutely imperative to Miami's playoff hopes.

 

New England Patriots

Vince Verhei of FootballOutsiders.com breaks down the Patriots struggles in pass defense with some very telling statistics.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston updates us on the status of several former Patriots players.

 

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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