Mar 5, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; San Diego State place kicker Matt Araiza (PK01) talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Bills P Trevor Araiza won’t face rape charges

Former Buffalo Bills punter Trevor Araiza will not face rape charges, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

The Bills released Araiza in August, two days after the rookie was named in a civil lawsuit claiming he was one of three San Diego State players involved in the alleged gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at Araiza’s off-campus San Diego home in October 2021.

“Ultimately, prosecutors determined it is clear the evidence does not support the filing of criminal charges and there is no path to a potential criminal conviction,” the DA’s office said in a statement. “Prosecutors can only file charges when they ethically believe they can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The lawsuit filed in San Diego County Superior Court named Araiza and 2021 San Diego State teammates Zavier Leonard and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko. No charges will be filed against Leonard or Ewaliko either.

The Bills selected Araiza, 22, in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

He earned the nickname “Punt God” for his pattern of long booming kicks at San Diego State, where he joined legendary runner Marshall Faulk (1992, 1993) as the lone unanimous All-Americans in program history.

Araiza won the Ray Guy Award in 2021 as the nation’s top punter and finished the season with a NCAA-record 51.19-yard average.

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Nov 24, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) is carted off the field during the second quarter of a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Bills LB Von Miller (ACL) has season-ending surgery

Buffalo Bills pass rusher Von Miller had a torn ACL after all and is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday that the torn ACL was discovered during Tuesday’s exploratory surgery to repair the lateral meniscus and clean up cartilage damage in Miller’s knee. Surgeons ended up repairing Miller’s torn ACL.

An MRI and other tests did not originally detect the torn ACL, McDermott said.

“Unfortunate situation, for Von, obviously, and our team. Care for him, obviously, like we would any player,” McDermott said. “We know how much this means to him in terms of playing and being with the team, so we look forward to getting him back, obviously off the field for the rest of the season and his leadership, and we’re certainly thinking about him as he recovers here.”

Miller, 33, was placed on injured reserve last week, with the thinking being that he would return this season after damaging the lateral meniscus in his right knee against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.

In 11 games (all starts) this season, Miller recorded eight sacks and 21 tackles while forcing one fumble. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro is in his first season with the Bills after signing a six-year, $120 million deal in March.

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Dec 1, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) makes a catch for a touchdown in front of New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones (31) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Bills shut down Patriots’ offense in one-sided win

Josh Allen threw for two touchdowns and the Buffalo Bills cruised to a 24-10 victory over the New England Patriots on Thursday night in Foxborough, Mass., in a rematch of an AFC wild-card game last season.

Allen completed 22 of 33 passes for 223 yards to lead the Bills (9-3) to their third straight win. James Cook rushed for a game-high 64 yards on 14 carries, and Stefon Diggs had seven catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Mac Jones finished with 195 yards and a touchdown on 22-of-36 passing for New England (6-6), which dropped its second straight game. Rhamondre Stevenson totaled 78 yards from scrimmage (54 rushing, 24 receiving), while cornerback Marcus Jones was the team’s leading receiver with two catches for 51 yards and a TD.

Buffalo outgained the hosts 355-242 in total yards, and after allowing a touchdown in the first quarter, surrendered only Nick Folk’s 39-yard field goal with 1:53 left to play.

The Patriots tallied just 31 yards in the third quarter, and Buffalo made them pay at the start of the fourth.

Buffalo’s Devin Singletary ran for a 1-yard touchdown to cap a 15-play, 94-yard drive that consumed 8:55, putting the game out of reach at 24-7 early in the fourth quarter.

In the second quarter, after Josh Uche’s strip-sack of Allen, Matthew Judon recovered the loose ball to set New England up at its own 42. The Patriots moved into field-goal range with a chance to pull within 17-10 before the break, but Folk’s attempt from 48 yards clanged off the crossbar.

New England mixed up its offensive personnel to respond to Tyler Bass’ 48-yard field goal that opened the scoring, as Mac Jones threw a screen to Marcus Jones, who dashed 48 yards to the end zone.

It took the Bills just 4:50 to reclaim the lead, though, as Allen hit Diggs for an 8-yard TD on the first play of the second quarter to put Buffalo up 10-7.

Allen extended the lead with 5 1/2 minutes left until halftime, eluding pressure, scrambling to his right and tiptoeing along the sideline before finding Gabe Davis for an 8-yard score.

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Nov 24, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) is carted off the field during the second quarter of a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Bills place OLB Von Miller (knee) on IR

The Buffalo Bills placed outside linebacker Von Miller on injured reserve Thursday, sidelining the three-time first-team All-Pro for at least four games.

Miller damaged the lateral meniscus in his right knee against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. Miller said Tuesday that he didn’t suffer an ACL injury and that he hoped to back on the field in Week 14.

“We’ve been assessing Von this week and seeing how he is, and we don’t want to rush him back,” Bills GM Brandon Beane said. “This gives us a chance to go ahead and count tonight’s game and three more on injured reserve. And hopefully we can get him back for the stretch run.”

Miller, 33, was already ruled out of Buffalo’s Week 13 game against the New England Patriots on Thursday.

In 11 games (all starts) this season, Miller has recorded eight sacks and 21 tackles while forcing one fumble. He is in his first season with the Bills after signing a six-year, $120 million deal in March.

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Sep 8, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) defends against  Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins (73) in the second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bills LT Dion Dawkins ruled out vs. Patriots

Buffalo Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins has been ruled out of Thursday’s game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.

Dawkins did not participate in practice all week with an ankle injury sustained in Buffalo’s 28-25 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.

David Quessenberry replaced Dawkins in that game for the Bills (8-3), who have won two in a row heading into Thursday’s tilt versus the Patriots (6-5).

Linebacker Von Miller (knee) previously had been ruled out for Thursday’s game, while tight end Quintin Morris (illness) is listed as questionable after serving as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.

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Nov 24, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) is carted off the field during the second quarter of a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Injured Bills LB Von Miller plans to return for Week 14

Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller is targeting a Week 14 return after damaging the lateral meniscus in his right knee against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.

Miller sustained the injury toward the end of the first half and spent time speaking with trainers on the field before heading into the medical tent. He was then carted to the locker room.

On an episode of his podcast, “The VonCast,” Miller said Tuesday that he did not tear his ACL and hopes to be good to go for the Bills’ meeting with the New York Jets on Dec. 11.

“I do have some lateral meniscus damage, and it’s going to have to be addressed,” Miller said on his podcast. “I’m just gonna wait a little bit and let the swelling go down for about 7-10 days; and, hopefully, right before the Jets game, I will be back.”

Miller, 33, hasn’t practiced all week and already has been ruled out of Buffalo’s game against the New England Patriots on Thursday.

In 11 games (all starts) this season, Miller has recorded eight sacks and 21 tackles while forcing one fumble. He is in his first season with the Bills after signing a six-year, $120 million deal in March.

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Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson is tackled by Bills Jordon Poyer after a short gain.  New England ran the ball 47 times in a 14-10 win.

Patriots get first shot at Bills since lopsided playoff game

Last time the New England Patriots clashed with the Buffalo Bills, they found themselves caught up in one of their most unforgettable games in recent memory.

But for all the wrong reasons.

Buffalo displayed sheer and utter dominance in the AFC wild-card game back in January, but now the Patriots will finally get a chance to avenge that loss on Thursday night when they face the Bills in Foxborough, Mass.

New England (6-5) never found out how to contain Buffalo’s high-powered offense in the 47-17 setback in last season’s playoffs, allowing seven touchdowns on all seven of the Bills’ possessions. The only “stop” the Patriots could muster was at the end of the game, when backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky kneeled to run out the clock.

Josh Allen threw for 308 yards and more passing touchdowns (five) than incompletions (four) that day.

Running back Rhamondre Stevenson is eager to get back out on the field against Buffalo (8-3) to try and rinse the loss out of New England’s system.

“I’m not gonna just dwell on something that’s in the past, but it was definitely in my mind how we ended the season off last year,” Stevenson said. “I feel like we get a chance to go out there and put a different game on film.”

The meeting with the Bills caps a hectic portion of the schedule for the Patriots, as they will be playing their third game in 12 days. New England pulled out a 10-3 win against the New York Jets on Nov. 20 before falling 33-26 to the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving.

It will also be the first time in franchise history that the Patriots play back-to-back Thursday nights.

Things have been hectic for Buffalo over the last two weeks as well, as it had its game against the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 20 moved to Detroit due to record snowfall, and then had to square off against the Lions, again in Detroit, just four days later.

The Bills won both games and now sit in a tie for first with the Miami Dolphins atop the AFC East. But their hold on the division could be in jeopardy as they approach a critical three-game stretch.

Buffalo will face the three other teams in the division over the next three weeks, beginning with New England before returning home to face the Jets and Dolphins.

“We just got to look at it one game at a time. We got this one (against the Patriots) and take care of the rest when it comes about,” Bills safety Jordan Poyer said. “Obviously big division rival game this week, and like I said we’re excited to play on the road (in) New England.

“This is what NFL football’s about.”

For the inaugural game of the gauntlet, Buffalo could be without linebacker Von Miller, who missed Tuesday’s practice with a knee injury. Offensive tackle Dion Dawkins (ankle) and tight end Quintin Morris (illness) also didn’t participate.

Running back Damien Harris (thigh), safety Jabrill Peppers (illness) and offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn (foot) missed the Patriots’ practice on Tuesday. A thigh injury forced center David Andrews to be limited along with receiver Jakobi Meyers (shoulder) and cornerback Jalen Mills (groin).

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Nov 24, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) scrambles away from Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) in the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: No ACL tear, no timeline for Bills LB Von Miller

Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller did not sustain a torn ACL in the Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions, however the extent of the injury on his right knee is yet to be known, multiple outlets reported Friday.

NFL Network reported there is concern about the lateral meniscus of Miller, who underwent an MRI on Friday.

Miller likely will miss at least one to two weeks while weighing his options and could be sidelined for the rest of the season, per reports.

He tore his ACL in the same knee in 2013.

Miller, 33, sustained a knee injury while getting rolled up on with less than three minutes remaining in the second quarter of the Bills’ 28-25 win in Detroit.

The eight-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl 50 MVP was ushered to the medical tent on the visitors’ sideline before he was carted to the locker room. He quickly was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Miller, who won Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Rams, has recorded eight sacks and 21 tackles in 11 games (all starts) this season.

He has totaled 123.5 sacks, 561 tackles, 27 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries in 161 career games (all starts) with the Broncos, Rams and Bills.

The Bills (8-3) next play Thursday on the road against division rival New England.

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Nov 24, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) scrambles away from Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) in the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Bills LB Von Miller (knee) ruled out vs. Lions

Buffalo Bills star linebacker Von Miller was carted off late in the second quarter of the team’s Thanksgiving Day game against the host Detroit Lions.

Miller, 33, sustained a knee injury while trying to chase down quarterback Jared Goff during a Lions’ scoring drive.

The eight-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl 50 MVP was ushered to the medical tent on the visitors’ sideline before he was carted to the locker room. He was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game.

Miller, who has won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Rams, had eight sacks entering Thursday’s contest.

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Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White (27) breaks up a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Bills CB Tre’Davious White active vs. Lions

Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White is listed as active for the first time this season ahead of Thursday’s road game against the Detroit Lions.

White, 27, sustained a season-ending torn ACL during last year’s Thanksgiving Day game against the New Orleans Saints.

He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2019 along with earning Pro Bowl nods in 2019 and 2020. He has 16 interceptions, 60 pass breakups, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 279 tackles for his career.

While White is active, the Bills (7-3) listed the following players as inactive: center Mitch Morse, linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and Baylon Spector, defensive ends Greg Rousseau and A.J. Epenesa, defensive back Cam Lewis and tight end Tommy Sweeney.

Cornerback Jeff Okudah, guards Jonah Jackson and Evan Brown, and defensive linemen Charles Harris, Josh Paschal and Michael Brockers are inactive for the Lions (4-6).

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