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Bills’ Lorenzo Alexander questionable to return against Patriots

Buffalo Bills’ linebacker Lorenzo Alexander left Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots with an injured right hamstring and is now questionable to return. Alexander was injured early in the second quarter during a special teams play.

After being examined by the team’s training staff, he could be seen jogging around the sideline without his helmet, likely testing his injured leg.

The 33-year-old has registered nine sacks on the season, leading the NFL with 1.5 more than star Denver Broncos’ pass rusher Von Miller. His nine sacks this season match his total for the rest of his career up until this point, which began with the Baltimore Ravens back in 2006. He has also played for both the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals along the way. Damage to his Linsfranc ligament landed him on injured reserve for the 2013 season, however.

On April 12, after spending 2015 with the Oakland Raiders, he signed a one-year, $885,000 contract with the Bills. While expected to be a special teams player, he has been their leading pass rusher in the early going. He had three sacks against the Los Angeles Rams and has had at least a partial sack in every game prior to Week 8.

The Bills came into Sunday with 21 sacks, the second best total in the NFL behind three teams tied with 22. Rookie Shaq Lawson replaced his veteran counterpart at linebacker while Alexander logged one tackle before leaving the game.

Alexander has been a major bargain for the Bills this season, given his newfound hunger for the opposing quarterback. They would certainly like to have him back on the field to pressure Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady as the Bills have trailed throughout.

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