BUFFALO BILLS (12-7)
New faces: DE Von Miller, QB Case Keenum, DT Jordan Phillips, DT Tim Settle, TE O.J. Howard, WR Jamison Crowder, DE Shaq Lawson, DT DaQuan Jones, RB Duke Johnson, OL Rodger Saffold, OL David Quessenberry, offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey, CB Kaiir Elam, RB James Cook, P Matt Araiza.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills released starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei on Friday in a move which frees up much-needed salary cap space at a position the team spent restocking in free agency this week.
BUFFALO (8-6) at NEW ENGLAND (9-5)
Saturday, 1 p.m. EST, CBS
BETTING LINE: Patriots by 2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
BUFFALO AT TAMPA BAY
Bills: RB Zack Moss; S Damar Hamlin; OL Cody Ford; TE Tommy Sweeney; DT Vernon Butler; DE Boogie Basham; DT Star Lotulelei.
Buccaneers: DL Steve McLendon; WR Scotty Miller; CB Pierre Desir; QB Kyle Trask; S Jordan Whitehead.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills will be minus their top run-stuffing defensive tackle, Star Lotulelei, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Lotulelei was ruled out on Friday because of a toe injury.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The New England Patriots are minus their top tackler, safety Kyle Dugger, for their game at the Buffalo Bills on Monday night.
Dugger was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Difficult as it will be to replace the loss of Tre’Davious White in the Bills secondary, Buffalo is getting healthier up front on both lines just in time for a key AFC East showdown against the New England Patriots.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have ruled out starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei from their season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Lotulelei, who has a calf injury, is the team’s top defender against the run.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — One of Bills general manager Brandon Beane’s worst fears was realized Tuesday when receiver Cole Beasley was among four players sidelined for at least five days after being deemed to have close contact with a trainer who tested positive for COVID-19.
For someone regarded by his Buffalo Bills teammates as a man of few words, defensive tackle Star Lotulelei sure had plenty to unpack following his year away from football.
Saying he had no regrets in deciding 11 months ago to opt out of last season because of COVID-19 concerns, Lotulelei made clear he had difficulty turning on the TV and watching the Bills make their run to the AFC Championship game.