AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots



  • Bills HC Sean McDermott told reporters on Thursday that RB LeSean McCoy is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol, but he is practicing today on a limited basis. (Ian Rapoport)
  • Mike Klis reports that the Bills were trying to sign WR Isaiah McKenzie off of the Broncos practice squad before Denver promoted him to their active roster.


  • Ian Rapoport reports that Dolphins WR Kenny Stills‘ groin injury doesn’t sound like a major issue and he still has a chance to play in Week 9. Either way, Stills should definitely be back after Week 9 regardless.
  • The Miami Dolphins have ruled out the following players from Week 8: DE Charles Harris (calf), WR Kenny Stills (groin), and QB Ryan Tannehill (right shoulder). The Dolphins also listed TE A.J. Derby (foot) as questionable.


  • Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Jets HC Todd Bowles wanted to hire current Bears HC Matt Nagy as his offensive coordinator to replace Chan Gailey two years ago. However, the Chiefs blocked Nagy from interviewing for the position.
  • According to Mehta, the Jets offered the Raiders a back that consisted of a 2019 first-round pick and 2020 second-round pick along with additional compensation for DE/OLB Khalil Mack before he was traded to the Bears.
  • On Thursday, Bowles clarified that RB Bilal Powell is expected to make a full recovery after neck surgery and his injury is not considered career-threatening. (Rich Cimini)
  • Bowles said that WR Robby Anderson’s sprained ankle is “in between” a high ankle sprain and low ankle sprain. (Manish Mehta)
  • Bowles ruled out WR Quincy Enunwa for Sunday’s game. (Manish Mehta)


Patriots HC Bill Belichick explained during an interview with WEEI that teams around the NFL know they’re willing to trade if the deal makes sense for them.

A trade is a two-way street, so you have to have a trade partner. But I would say, in our case, probably the other 31 teams — maybe excluding the ones in our division because we’re probably not going to deal with them — I think they know we’re willing to trade,” Belichick said, via “And so if they have a player that for whatever reason they want to trade, in all honesty, usually we get a call because we’re a team that trades. I’m not saying we’d make a lot of trades, but if the situation is right, we’d certainly consider it. We’ve made our share.”

According to Belichick, they’ve heard from teams about potential trades up to this point.

“Certainly we’ve heard from teams that have said, ‘Hey, would you be interested in so and so? We’re not ready to do anything now, but maybe when we get closer to the deadline, let’s see how depth is,'” Belichick said.

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