BIG Pat GONE FOR YEAR?

Bills nose tackle Pat Williams suffered a broken fibula. Gregg Williams said trainers wouldn't know for sure if he'd miss the remaining four games, but because the bone isn't the weight-bearing bone in the left leg, it's possible he could return. Patriots linebacker Bryan Cox also suffered a broken fibula vs. Denver on Oct. 28, but returned Dec. 2 against the Jets. Cox is not 100 percent, but the Patriots used him in spots during vs. New York.

 

When Pat Williams went out vs. the Panthers in the first quarter Sunday, rookie Ron Edwards replaced him. Fellow rookie defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson, who could also see action at nose, was inactive. Edwards, a higher draft pick than Robertson last spring, has not developed as fast as Robertson, though the two usually play different roles along the line. The Bills like Robertson at under tackle – where Shawn Price played, where the lineman is shaded over the guard more than the center – and they like Edwards at nose, shaded over the center more.

Edwards, however, doesn't play the run as well as Williams does. Leif Larsen, who replaced Price in the starting lineup, doesn't play the run as well as Price does. Williams and Price's absence could mean that the Patriots exploit the Bills for up-the-middle gains this Sunday.


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