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Bills Today | Harrison Phillips earns Week 5 NFLPA Community MVP


1. Harrison Phillip's earns Week 5 NFLPA Community MVP

Bills defensive lineman Harrison Phillips does a tremendous amount for the community of Buffalo. Phillips earned this week's NFLPA Community MVP award after hosting a drive-in movie event for families with children who have developmental differences. More than 200 people joined in for the event.

"I am extremely honored to be named the Week 5 Community MVP," Phillips said. "It validates the idea of paying it forward and giving back, which are huge values of mine."

Along with renting out the entire drive-in movie area, the Buffalo Bills defensive tackle gave each family a play pack filled with sports equipment, hosted a socially distanced contest of "Simon Says" and invited the local police and fire departments to do special presentations. Although Phillips could not attend in person, he joined the audience for 30 minutes via Zoom on the big screen to provide words of encouragement before the film began, marking his eighth event with Buffalo's special needs community since being drafted by the Bills in 2018.

Since Harrison is this week's MVP the NFLPA will make a $10,000 donation to The Playmakers, which is his non-profit that advocates for social inclusion and helps children with developmental differences.

2. Update on Tremaine Edmunds shoulder health

Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds popped up on the injury report after practice on Friday as limited with a shoulder injury. Edmunds missed Week 2's game against Miami due to that shoulder injury and has been on and off the practice injury report with it as well.

Before Friday's practice, Edmunds has been getting healthy enough to participate fully in practices and games. Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier noted after the Titans game that Edmunds has made great progress and has been an effective player on the field. The one thing they're still missing is the toughness that he brings when he is fully healthy.

"Probably the biggest thing is his physicality," Frazier said. "Obviously a lot of it has to do with the shoulder injury. Just being able to throw his body around like he ordinarily would you could see it a little bit in the Raiders game and he was getting back to form and there's some indications, even (Tuesday) that he's getting back to the form that he finished the season with.

"He's not quite there yet, but his confidence is growing as he's getting stronger and more physically able to use his hands and punch the offensive lineman and then get off blocks. But the fact that he's out there, even though he may not be playing at the high level that we're accustomed to. His presence still means a lot to us manning the huddle. The physical part is going to come, we just need a little bit more time. We need him out there."

Scroll through to see the best photos from Buffalo's practice as they prepare for Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

3. Can we expect a throw-off between Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes?

The throw-off between Bills quarterback Josh Allen and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been talked about on a few different occasions now. With the two facing each other on Monday, that discussion has ramped up. The two are known for their strong arms and many fans want to see who can throw it the farthest. Allen and Mahomes have agreed they want to participate in a throw-off, but finding a time to do it has yet to be determined.

"I think at some point it will," Allen said. "I don't think it's the smartest thing to do it the day before the game or the day of the game out in pregame. But, I'm sure we'll have the discussion when we're out there if we see each other. The furthest I've ever thrown was 83 [yards]. It was Wyoming, 7,200 elevation, so I got a little help up there. I know he's got a cannon as well, so for the meantime we'll let everybody guess who throws further."

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