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Second neck injury puts career of Bills safety in danger

A second serious neck injury in two years threatens the career of Bills safety Aaron Williams, a former Texas Longhorns standout.
A second serious neck injury in two years threatens the career of Bills safety Aaron Williams, a former Texas Longhorns standout. AP

My five cents

1 Aaron Williams’ career appears in jeopardy after his latest neck injury. The Buffalo Bills safety and former Texas star went on injured reserve after a crackback block by Miami receiver Jarvis Landry. The league fined Landry $24,000 for the illegal hit. Williams missed 13 games last season due to a career-threatening neck injury.

2 Jadeveon Clowney has begun to live up to his lofty draft selection. The No. 1 overall pick of the Houston Texans in 2014 has risen to the occasion after moving into J.J. Watt’s defensive end spot. Clowney, who missed 15 games in his first two seasons with injuries, has 30 tackles, three sacks and nine tackles for loss.

3 The New York Giants might need to start thinking about finding a future franchise quarterback. Eli Manning, 35, has 190 consecutive starts, the NFL’s longest active streak, but a few years have passed since anyone called him “elite.” This season, he ranks 20th in passing touchdowns (eight) and has the ninth-most interceptions (six).

4 Jared Goff, the 2016 No. 1 overall pick, casts a shadow over Case Keenum. But, for whatever reason, the Los Angeles Rams continue to go with Keenum despite his struggles. The former University of Houston star ranks near the bottom in passer rating (77.5), has eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

5 The Bills believed they had their franchise quarterback, signing Tyrod Taylor to a five-year, $90 million extension before the season. They rank 31st in passing with a 179.4 yards per game average, with Taylor 23rd in passer rating (87.2) and 28th in yards per attempt (6.43).

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