Manuel, Johnson out for Bills, McCourty for Pats

Thad Lewis is starting at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills with

EJ Manuel inactive against the New England Patriots with a small

tear in a left knee ligament.

Manuel and Bills leading receiver Stevie Johnson are out for the

second consecutive game. Johnson has been excused after the death

of his mother.

The Bills’ inactive players also include wide receiver Cordell

Roberson. He was added from the practice squad last week.

The Patriots are without two starting defensive backs. Safety

Devin McCourty has a concussion and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has

knee and shoulder problems.

Also inactive for the Patriots are wide receiver Josh Boyce,

linebacker Steve Beauharnais, defensive linemen Isaac Sopoaga and

Jake Bequette and offensive lineman Chris Barker.

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