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  • 1/19, 5:13 pm
    • Gaines, acquired by the Bills in...

      Gaines, acquired by the Bills in the Sammy Watkins trade ahead of the 2017 season, played 11 games and logged 59 tackles, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles and an interception.

      Analysis: His performance on the field was even better than the box score -- in the 11 games Gaines was fit to play, the Bills were one of the league's tougher teams to pass against. The ex-Ram and rookie Tre'Davious White formed a tandem that far exceeded anyone's initial expectations, with the only buzzkill being that Gaines seemed to be battling one injury or another most of the season. He'll be an unrestricted free agent and there's talk the team may not keep him with several other more pressing needs to fill, but it'd be a big score if the Bills could re-sign Gaines and keep what became an excellent starting secondary completely intact.

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  • 1/19, 4:26 pm
    • Branch (knee) is listed as questionable...

      Branch (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars.

      Analysis: Branch was a limited participant in practice this week after being forced to sit out last week's divisional-round victory over the Titans. The 33-year-old was limited last week as well, so his availability is likely to be a game-time decision.

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  • 1/19, 1:43 pm
    • Fournette (ankle) does not carry an...

      Fournette (ankle) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Patriots after logging limited practices all week.

      Analysis: The Jaguars paced the NFL with an average of 141.4 rushing yards per game during the regular season, and we'd expect them to try to establish the ground game from the get-go Sunday. That should result in plenty of work for Fournette, barring any injury setbacks, with T.J. Yeldon on hand to work in a complementary/change-of-pace role. Despite missing some time during last week's AFC divisional-round win over the Steelers, Fournette still logged 25 carries for 109 yards and three TDs and added two catches for 10 yards in the contest.

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  • 1/19, 1:31 pm
    • Gillislee (knee) is listed as questionable...

      Gillislee (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game after practicing in a limited fashion this week.

      Analysis: Gillislee -- who is bouncing back from a sprained knee ligament -- may have progressed enough to be available Sunday, though he isn't a lock to play in such a scenario, with Dion Lewis and James White ahead of him on the depth chart and Rex Burkhead (knee) a candidate to return to the Patriots' backfield mix this weekend.

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  • 1/19, 1:23 pm
    • Burkhead (knee) is listed as questionable...

      Burkhead (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game after practicing in a limited fashion all week.

      Analysis: Earlier this week Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted that Burkhead is expected to return to action this weekend after missing last Saturday's win over the Titans. If Burkhead does indeed suit up against Jacksonville, he'd provide valuable depth behind lead back Dion Lewis, as well as another viable pass-catching offense out of the Patriots' backfield, which also includes change of-pace man James White and possibly Mike Gillislee (knee), who the team lists as questionable for Sunday's contest.

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