Jerod Mayo is carted off the field in the first half Sunday in Buffalo. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Maybe these Patriots are a lot, lot tougher than anyone gave them credit for.



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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — When Nigel Bradham came across the middle in the first quarter and leveled Rob Gronkowski, Gronkowski got shaking his head up and down and smiling.

Rob Gronkowski now has 26 catches for 341 yards and four touchdowns on the season. (Getty Images)ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.



ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Stevan Ridley will have an MRI on his right knee Monday to determine the severity of the injury he sustained in the third quarter of Sunday’s win over the Patriots, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

ORCHARD PARK N.Y. — They both knew it was coming.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Patriots held on down the stretch to knock off the Bills Sunday, 37-22, despite a flood of injuries on both sides of the ball.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — After losing Jerod Mayo in the first half to a right knee injury, the Patriots lost a valuable skill player to another right knee injury in the second half.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Patriots and Bills have played two quarters at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and New England holds a 13-7 lead. Here are a few quick notes:

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The injury bug has bitten Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo again.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — After testing out his injured knee on the field pregame, Dont’a Hightower was ruled out for Sunday’s game with the Bills along with running back James White. It is the second straight game Hightower has missed.