AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets




Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage earned the starting nod from Miami to start the season but fell on the depth chart after a rough start and the emergence of RB Mark Walton. Now that Walton is suspended and the Dolphins have traded RB Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals, Ballage will have another shot at the starting role as the only back on the roster to have taken an offensive snap this season. 

“He’s somebody that I’ve spoken about throughout the years, someone I have a tremendous amount of confidence in and I look forward to having him having an increased opportunity, and I think this is it,” Dolphins OC Chad O’Shea said via Alain Poupart of the team’s official website. “He’s going to get a chance to go out there with Mark’s suspension and he’s going to have a great opportunity. And I know he’s done some things in his preparation and in practice that we have confidence that he’s going to make the most out of his opportunity. He’s worked extremely hard. He’s been very focused through times of maybe not as many opportunities as he saw himself having at this point thus far, but now he’s going to have the opportunity. Hopefully his hard work and all his preparation will really result into being the player that he wants to be.”


  • Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline doesn’t expect the Jets to fire HC Adam Gase during the season unless the locker room completely revolts. 
  • According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, if the Jets end up getting swept by the Dolphins and drop a game to the winless Bengals, it could end up pushing Gase out. 
  • Jets RB Le’Veon Bell missed practice Wednesday with a sore knee and ankle, however, Gase said the MRI showed no structural damage and Bell should be fine. (Rich Cimini)
  • Jets TE Chris Herndon (hamstring) practiced in full for the first time since suffering his injury a few weeks ago. (Manish Mehta)
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