Here are 10 things worth keeping an eye on in Sunday’s Patriots-Bills game:

WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BALL



The Patriots announced the following players were downgraded Saturday night to OUT for Sunday's game against the Bills in Buffalo: offensive lineman Dan Connolly, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham, defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, tight end Aaron Hernandez, defensive lineman Myron Pryor and defensive lineman Mike Wright. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork were fined $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, for penalties they incurred last week against the Packers, according to multiple media reports. McCourty was fined $10,000 for unnecessary roughness and Wilfork was fined $5,000 for a facemask penalty.

 

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Patriots running back Fred Taylor joined Michael Mutnansky and Larry Ridley on WEEI on Friday, discussing the team's upcoming game with the Bills and the fact that he was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career last Sunday against the Packers. 

 

Taylor, who is in his 13th season, said there's no reason to question the team's decision to give carries to the likes of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead, both of whom have surprised many with their play this year. 

 

The Bills only have three players listed on their Friday injury report:

Questionable
C Geoff Hangartner (knee) Limited Participation

Probable
T Demetrius Bell (knee) Full Participation
LB Chris Kelsay (knee) Full Participation

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FOXBORO — The Patriots have eight players listed as questionable for Sunday game against the Bills in Buffalo, including Aaron Hernandez, Ron Brace, Tully Banta-Cain and James Sanders. Here's the full injury report:

Doubtful
G Dan Connolly (concussion) Did Not Participate

Questionable
LB Tully Banta-Cain (groin) Limited Participation
DL Ron Brace (concussion) Limited Participation
LB Jermaine Cunningham (calf) Limited Participation

FOXBORO -- Linebackers Tully Banta-Cain and Jermaine Cunningham returned to Patriots practice on Friday on the lower practice field outside Gillette Stadium. Also back on the practice field after missing on Wednesday and Thursday were Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez.

 

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was back in the building on Friday, ready for a second straight day of practice after battling the effects of a mild flu bug. He was also in the Christmas spirit when asked about his reaction to Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs leaving him off his Pro Bowl ballot earlier this week.

 

"No reaction," Brady said. "I think he is a great player, he really is. I didn't get to vote, actually. I left everybody off my Pro Bowl roster this year because I was sick. I would've voted for Terrell. He gets my vote, such a nice guy."

The Bills only listed three players on their Thursday injury report, with a pair of offensive linemen and a linebacker. Here's the complete report:

Limited Participation
C Geoff Hangartner (knee)

Full Participation
T Demetrius Bell (knee)
LB Chris Kelsay (knee)

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FOXBORO — The Patriots had six players absent from practice on Thursday, including, linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, wide receiver Deion Branch, offensive lineman Dan Connolly and tight end Aaron Hernandez. Here's the complete report:

Did Not Practice
LB Tully Banta-Cain (groin)
WR Deion Branch (knee)
G Dan Connolly (concussion)
LB Jermaine Cunningham (calf)
TE Aaron Hernandez (hip)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

Limited Participation
DL Ron Brace (concussion)