Morning take: Merriman wants quick return

Here are the most interesting stories Tuesday in the AFC East:

  • Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman (Achilles) believes he will return after the bye week.

Morning take: The Bills desperately missed their leading pass-rusher in a loss to the New York Giants. Buffalo's defense struggles without making big plays, and that's what Merriman can provide.

  • New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes says he has no beef with the offensive line after Monday's win over the Miami Dolphins.

Morning take: Don't expect any bickering from the Jets this week. Winning cures everything.

Morning take: Something had to give in this "Desperation Bowl." Miami lost its fifth straight game. But the Dolphins do have a winnable game next week at home against the Denver Broncos.

Morning take: Knowing the Patriots and Welker, this likely will be done quietly. Welker is earning his money every week and New England can’t afford to lose him after this season.