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Injuries take their toll on Bills

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. A number of Bills were limited at practice Thursday as the team prepares for the Jets, Jairus Byrd, Andy Levitre and Kyle Williams among them. Dorin Dickerson is getting stronger and may be ready to play Sunday. It doesn't look good for Mark Anderson's chances.

At 5-10 with their 8th straight losing season, the Bills are limping to the finish, both literally and figuratively.

14 players on injured reserve to end the season, many of whom are key contributors like Fred Jackson, Scott Chandler, and David Nelson. Of course all NFL teams deal with injuries, but it certainly made it tough as the Bills struggled through another year.

Yea, it is a tough game for all of us on every team," said receiver Stevie Johnson. "Here in Buffalo I definitely feel like that. All my guys are pretty much gone, but that is what it is. It could have easily been me. I just need to go out there and work."

Chan Gailey added, "It seems like about three-fourths of them are just freakish almost. Guy gets hit from the side or he gets like Scott (Chandler) last week-just put his foot in the ground to try to plant and go and his knee went out. I cannot put my finger on it. I wish I could."

The New York Jets quarterback carousel makes its way to Buffalo on Sunday. Head Coach Rex Ryan announced Mark Sanchez will get the start against the Bills.

Sanchez was benched two weeks ago in favor of Greg McElroy, but McElroy is dealing with concussion symptoms.

Ryan said he's going with Sanchez over Tim Tebow because of Sanchez's past success against the Bills. He threw 3 touchdowns in the Jets 48-24 victory over Buffalo in Week 1. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP