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.
Meanwhile, the Jets added to the Miami Dolphins' miserable season.
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.
New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker won't discuss his contract situation.
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.