The AFC East Notebook

A weekly look at the news, notes and quick hits that made-up the week in the AFC East.

Bills head coach Chan Gailey tells the Buffalo News this week's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars could be blacked out in Western New York this season. As of Monday, the Bills ticket sales had fallen about 12,000 short of a sell-out for Sunday's home game against Jacksonville. And after last weekend's debacle against the Jets, it would be hard to imagine any run on the box office. If the Bills-Jags game doesn't sell out by 1 p.m. Thursday, Buffalo will have its first regular-season home blackout since Dec. 24, 2006. While the Bills previously announced a sellout for their November 28 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, plenty of seats are still available. "The rest of the games in Ralph Wilson Stadium have more than 12,000 tickets available," said the team's vice-president of communications, Scott Berchtold. It's also unclear whether the Bills' other "home" game on Nov. 7 facing the Chicago Bears in Toronto, will be sold out in time to be seen on local television. All told, four home games are currently in jeopardy of a blackout.

New York Jets former fan favorite, Danny Woodhead, is becoming a key role player for the New England Patriots. Woodhead couldn't find consistent playing time with the Jets and was released in mid-September. Woodhead has found the playing time he was searching for in New England where he participated in 28 of the Patriots' 58 offensive snaps in their Monday night victory over the Dolphins. Plus, Woodhead scored his second touchdown for New England. Danny Woodhead saw his role expand, playing in both the three-receiver package and also in some two-tight end sets. He signed with the team September 18, following his release from New York so is this is a case of a quick study or a player under-utilized by New York? He's immersed himself into the team's system and gained the confidence of coaches to be on the field in critical situations. Woodhead, who is benevolently listed at 5'9, appealed to Jets fans as an underdog story due to his size and having played college football at tiny Chadron State.

The Sun Sentinel reports Dolphins veteran linebacker Channing Crowder once again led the list of Miami Dolphins inactives for last night's loss to the New England Patriots. Crowder was doubtful with a groin injury that continues to limit him during practice and has kept him out since the August 14 preseason game against Tampa Bay. At the end of Monday Night Football in week four, Crowder will have finished just one of the last 40 quarters the Dolphins have played, including the preseason. Tim Dobbins is slated to start in Crowder's place. Disappointing for the team as the Dolphins were counting on Crowder as pair with a proven playmaker like Karlos Dansby. Making his NFL debut for Miami last night was inside linebacker Austin Spitler,a rookie seventh-rounder out of Ohio State. Spitler wore No. 53, which most recently belonged to Erik Walden, who was cut last week.

Lauren Benson writes the weekly AFC East Notebook.


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