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Week 8 Patriots vs Bills: TE Martellus Bennett IN, RB LeSean McCoy, DT Woodrow Hamilton OUT

The Bills will be without their best player.

New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett missed Friday’s practice and there were concerns about his availability on Sunday. If Bennett were unable to play, then Rob Gronkowski would be the only healthy tight end on the roster.

But it looks like Bennett should be good to go, per multiple reporters.

It would appear that WR Julian Edelman, DT Vincent Valentine, and CB Jonathan Jones made the trip and are expected to contribute or be a game time decision.

DT Woodrow Hamilton did not make the trip and have been declared out by the Patriots.

Hamilton would have served as important depth for the Patriots run defense. Since Valentine appears ready to go, the impact will not be as great.

What will have a bigger impact is Bills RB LeSean McCoy missing the game with a hamstring injury.

McCoy is extremely shifty in the open field and was a key reason for the Bills week 4 victory. The Patriots defenders did not break down well in space and McCoy was able to force missed tackles. McCoy’s back-up is 5’11, 220 pound Mike Gillislee, who better aligns with the strengths of the Patriots defense.