Here's the news of note for Jan. 17th.
**1 - Alexander named to PFWA All-AFC team
**Lorenzo Alexander's accolades keep on coming in the wake of his remarkable 2016 campaign. Alexander set a career single-season high in sacks with 12.5, pass breakups (6) and forced fumbles (3) in his first year with the Bills. It led to his first Pro Bowl nod as a linebacker in 2016. He recently was named 2nd team All-Pro, and now comes the latest recognition.
Alexander was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-AFC team. The PFWA tweeted their All-NFL team as well as their all conference teams for the AFC and NFC. Alexander was the only Bills player named for any of the PFWA lists.
2 - Aaron Williams leaning towards returnAt locker clean out day Aaron Williams was undecided about the future of his playing career. Though it was clear his family wanted him to retire after back-to-back years in which neck injuries brought a premature end to his season, Williams said it would be hard to give up what his heart is telling him to do.
Now two weeks later Aaron's father Anthony Williams has told the Associated Press that his son is planning to potentially resume his football career.
"He's leaning toward coming back," Anthony Williams said in a phone interview with the AP. "We'll take it slow and go from there."
Williams had neck fusion surgery after his 2015 season was cut short in Week 2, following an awkward landing after a diving tackle left him with a neck injury that required him to be transported from the field by ambulance to the hospital.
The safety made a full recovery and returned to action in 2016, but in Week 7 he was on the receiving end of a vicious block by Miami WR Jarvis Landry on a run play that drew an unnecessary roughness call and an NFL fine. Again Williams was taken to a hospital following the hit, and was subsequently put on injured reserve.
Williams has said he had no lasting symptoms from the Landry hit, and that doctors have said he can play again.
"They say I can come back and play," Williams said earlier this month. "They told me that last year and then this same thing happened. So what happens if I say, 'Yeah I'm going to play again next year.' And I get the same hit. Will I be here talking to you guys again? Will I be walking? It's those thoughts that run through my mind. I don't sleep. My mind runs 1,000 miles an hour thinking about what I'm going to do."
Williams father Anthony told the Associated Press that his son intends to make a formal announcement in the near future.
3 - McCoy takes care of his O-lineLeSean McCoy has always been quick to credit his offensive line in postgame interviews after a big day on the ground, and in 2016 there were a lot as McCoy spearheaded a rushing attack that ranked first in the NFL. The Bills feature back did right by his offensive linemen getting all of them Rolex watches for a job well done in front of him all season.
In a recent Instagram post, McCoy put the 10 Rolex watches he bought on display and publicly thanked his teammates.