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Bill’s Twitter tears up Patriots over ‘questionable’ injury list ahead of playoffs

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The Buffalo Bills take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Wild Card playoff game on Saturday, January 15. This is the third time these two division rivals have faced off this season.

Obviously, the stakes are much higher in this win-or-homecoming playoff game. So it was great news when the Bills announced Thursday that zero players would require status designations on the team’s injury report.

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As for the Patriots, their Thursday injury report revealed a staggering 13 players who should be “questionable” on Saturday, which didn’t go down well with analysts at Bills, including WGR550‘s sal carpaccio, or One Bills Live Host Chris Brown, who called head coach Bill Belichick’s injury list “a hoax.”

As reported by Patriots Wire, tackle Isiah Wynn was “restricted” during Tuesday’s practice but did not “play” during Wednesday’s or Thursday’s practice. And yet its status is listed as questionable, not “doubtful”.

Even The Athletic’s Patriots reporter Matthew Fairburn appeared to question the validity of the injury report. “Long list of questionable players for the Patriots,” Fairburn tweeted. “Isaiah Wynn missed training for the second day in a row due to hip and ankle injuries.”

The Boston Herald’s Andrew Callahan also found the injury report dubious, noting that “Safety Kyle Dugger was not spotted during the media access portion of both sessions, but was later listed as impaired in the team’s two subsequent practice reports. Linebacker Jamie Collins returned to practice Thursday from a limited ankle injury.”

Thursday’s Patriots injury report set off alarm bells from Bills fans on Twitter, who accused Belichick of trying to use another of his dirty tricks to win a football game. This comes just days after former Bills running back LeSean McCoy slammed “the Belichick Way” when he appeared on the I AM AN ATHLETE podcast.

Belichick has a long history of cheating allegations in the NFL, many of which ended with the respected coach paying hefty fines and suspensions for his players. In July 2020, an NBC Sports Philadelphia reporter called the six-time Super Bowl champion’s coach “a relentless, incorrigible, clinical con man.”

Between EaglesGate in 2005, SpyGate in 2007, DeglateGate in 2014, HeadsetGate and PeytonGate in 2015, and BengalsGate in 2019, his track record suggests Belichick is acting in good faith.

While all 13 players in Thursday’s injury report could be questionable, it’s easy to see why people are suspicious. “I don’t believe it for a second. Another BB trick,” one Twitter user answered, while another person predicted, “Once again, all these questionable players will magically be able to play.”

A man tweeted, “I can’t remember a time when a guy on a team missed practice two days in a row, was ruled questionable #letthegamesbegin #thepatriotway.”

“These are such childish cops ***,” another fan tweeted. “When will the @nfl @nflcommish call it and stop it.”

The first time the Bills (11-6) faced the Patriot (10-7) this season was in week 13 and they lost 14-10. During their second matchup of Week 16, Buffalo dominated New England with a 33-21 win.

En route to the AFC wild card matchup, the Bills are preferred by four points, according to CBS Sports.

Per Bills Wire, quarterback Josh Allen said of his third game with the Patriots, “In my opinion it’s going to be a 12-round slugfest and it’s going to take all four quarters to win a game.

“It’s hard to beat a team twice in one season. Of course that speaks for both teams because we are 1-1 this season, but they beat us again at home and that’s where we play this game. So we have to be prepared for anything they can throw at us.”

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The first time the Bills (11-6) faced the Patriot (10-7) this season was in week 13 and they lost 14-10. During their second matchup of Week 16, Buffalo dominated New England with a 33-21 win.



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