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Buffalo Bills Stevie Johnson expected to play


The Buffalo Bills expect star wide receiver Stevie Johnson to play in Week 10 against the rival New England Patriots, and they will hope that he can do better than what he did in Week 4. In that loss to New England, Johnson caught just two passes for 23 yards and was almost completely shut down by Devin McCourty in that game.

Johnson had a similarly poor day against the Houston Texans after suffering from a thigh injury, which was later described as a “bad” contusion by Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey. A contusion is a deep bruise, and the encouraging thing here is that Johnson was able to play through the pain and at least nab three catches for 29 yards.

The Bills will need him to be at his best, because it’s only going to get more difficult for Johnson against a secondary that now has Aqib Talib. He will likely be matched up against Alfonzo Dennard and bracketed by Devin McCourty in Week 10, so his production will be limited. Still, he is an important piece to this offense by freeing up the guys around him. I mean, the passing attack pretty much runs through Johnson, who is Ryan Fitzpatrick’s clear favorite target.

It’s great news for the Bills that Stevie Johnson is expected to play, and bruises don’t usually cost games. However, they do hurt a player’s overall production.

Here’s what Gailey told the Bills official site, “He may not be able to practice Wednesday, but he should be okay for this weekend.”

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