Mario Williams Has Surgery on His Left Wrist, and Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IOctober 25, 2012

BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Mario Williams #94 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates a fumble recovery during an NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Updating an item posted here yesterday, Bills defensive end Mario Williams did in fact opt to go under the knife for the wrist injury that has been ailing him this season (according to

It is not, however, as serious as previously assumed.

"The update on Mario is he had a procedure done to relieve some discomfort in his wrist and we expect him back for practice this week," said head coach Chan Gailey. "That's all I know at this point."

Wednesday's practice was the first that Williams missed all season as he played in each of Buffalo's first seven games. Gailey said Williams will re-join the team on Monday.

The Bills defensive end has struggled this season, and the wrist injury has been one of his favorite explanations for those struggles. As such, his performance following the surgery will bear close attention.

Here's some more news, analysis and notes from around the AFC East.


Buffalo Bills

Brian McIntyre of Yahoo! Sports writes that Buffalo would be a good fit for Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, should the two be willing to trade.

Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News relays Bills linebacker Nick Barnett's thoughts on the 83-yard touchdown run by Titans running back Chris Johnson, where the LB takes responsibility for a missed assignment.


Miami Dolphins

Brian Biggane of The Palm Beach Post talks about the relationship between Dolphins defensive ends Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon, the latter of whom has turned to the veteran for some tutoring on the finer points of pass rushing.

Andy Kent of writes that Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess is shattering the perception that he is just a slot receiver.


New England Patriots

Bleacher Report Patriots featured columnist Oliver Thomas lists the Patriots' biggest obstacles on their path back to the Super Bowl.

According to Tom E. Curran of, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wants to close out the first half of the season on a high note entering the bye week.


New York Jets

Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday writes that Jets safety LaRon Landry feels he is in Dolphins running back Reggie Bush's head after a big hit from the safety took the star running back out of action in their last meeting.

Steven Hunter of TheSportsGeek Jets blog details the rise and fall of Jets linebacker David Harris.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand.