Complete injury update and analysis

The Bills list four players on their injury list and they're all listed as questionable. Cornerback Antoine Winfield may make a return after minor arthroscopic knee surgery, though he has stated that he probably won't be available until after the bye week. Right tackle Mike Williams (hamstring) is also a possibility. Williams' return seems more likely than Winfield's. Strongside linebacker Keith Newman has a bruised quadriceps muscle but is likely to suit up.

In addition, safety Tony Driver has a hip pointer.

All are expected to practice today to see where they're at and whether they there's a possibility that they can be healthy enough to play by Sunday.

"Keith'll practice in a limited role," said Gregg Williams. "All those guys will be on the practice field today in some capacity. And we'll increase the reps as time goes on this week in preparation for the game Sunday."

Winfield said he felt OK while riding the stationary bike, but during practice he was off to the side working on his backpedaling and motion. He wasn't part of team drills. Williams looked tentative just walking and will probably be held out. Left tackle Jonas Jennings was limping a bit on his bruised knee, but looks like he'll make a go Sunday. He wasn't on the injury report.

The backups for Winfield, Williams and Newman have played pretty well. Chris Watson is playing a little more aggressive and with more confidence; Marcus Price has done a fine job filling in for Williams; DaShon Polk did OK for Newman, but when the veteran linebacker went out, the Bills' rush seemed to have disappeared as well. Newman is a big cog for this defense, and the fact that he has played more on third downs and in passing situations is in recognition of his aggressiveness against the pass.

Of course, don't forget, while Buffalo has hit its stride the last few weeks on defense, it has played relatively three struggling offenses: Houston, Miami (minus Jay Fiedler, Oronde Gadsden and Chris Chambers) and Detroit.

For the Patriots, rookie tight end Daniel Graham is questionable with a shoulder; special-team Larry Izzo is questionable with a leg; defensive end Anthony Pleasant is questionable with a shoulder; cornerback Otis Smith is questionable with an arm; and center Grey Ruegamer is questionable with a foot.

Graham is a talented tight end, but Brady hasn't utilized his tight ends as much. Plus, the Patriots have veterans Cam Cleeland and Christian Fauria on the roster. Cleeland caught a touchdown pass against the Bills when he was with the Saints last year.

Pleasant and Smith are bigger concerns. Both are relied on in the defense. If they're not available or not 100 percent, those are substantial losses. Terrell Buckley would likely play for Smith and Willie McGinest would see more time at right end for Pleasant.


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