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DT Kyle Williams continues to be sidelined by a knee injury, but coach Rex Ryan said he thinks he'll be able to return before the season is over.
QB Tyrod Taylor suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder, but Ryan believes he'll be able to play Sunday in Kansas City.
DE Mario Williams suffered a foot injury against the Patriots, and he's using a scooter to get around, so it does not look good for the game in Kansas City.
DT Marcell Dareus was in and out of the game against the Patriots, but Ryan says he should be fine for Kansas City.
WR/PR Marcus Thigpen was resigned after he had been waived in October. To make room, his replacement, Denarius Moore, was cut.
WR Marcus Easley is in the NFL's concussion protocol and it's unlikely that he'll play this week.
RG John Miller has a high ankle sprain and he will not play in Kansas City.
RB LeSean McCoy has achieved 353 first downs since the start of the 2010 season, No. 1 among all NFL running backs.
TE Charles Clay has a team-high 41 receptions, a total which is the most ever by a Bills tight end through the first 11 weeks of a season.
The Bills brought tremendous pressure against New England's Tom Brady last week, using several exotic blitzes which had Brady confused and throwing the ball away far more frequently than usual. However, because the Chiefs utilize the screen game so effectively, the Bills will probably try to rush Alex Smith with the four linemen and keep the linebackers in place to defend against the screens and other short passes that Smith prefers.
On offense, QB Tyrod Taylor has a throwing shoulder injury, and while coach Rex Ryan says he's OK to play, you have to wonder how effective he'll be able to throw the ball, particularly the deeper balls. So the Bills, as they always do, will try to pound the Chiefs on the ground, even though Kansas City is stout against the run with its superb front seven. Right now RB LeSean McCoy is the key player on offense, and the Bills have to get him rolling or it could be a long day.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Bills RT Seantrel Henderson vs. Chiefs OLB Justin Houston.
Houston ranks fifth in the NFL in sacks with 7.5, and he's going to present a major challenge for Henderson, who has struggled in the past against speed rushers. With QB Tyrod Taylor bothered by a shoulder injury, the Bills have to be near perfect in pass protection because if Taylor were to get hurt, that means EJ Manuel would have to come in.
Bills SS Bacarri Rambo vs. Chiefs TE Travis Kelce.
Alex Smith utilizes his tight end well and Kelce leads the Chiefs with 50 receptions for 620 yards and 3 touchdowns. Smith is not much of a downfield thrower, and the Bills will have to be sharp against Kansas City's bevy of short passes and screens, and Kelce is a big part of that package. Rambo has been a big-play player for the Bills, but he is battling a shoulder injury.