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Downtrodden Bills lose quarterback

BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The Buffalo Bills, off to their worst start in 16 years at 1-7, were coping Tuesday with another crippling blow -- the loss of their quarterback.

Rob Johnson suffered a broken collarbone in Sunday's 21-11 loss to the New England Patriots and is out for an estimated three to five weeks. There was concern among team officials and teammates alike, however, that he might be out much longer.

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Johnson left the game with 4:41 left after Patriots cornerback Terrell Buckley slammed his right shoulder into the turf on a sack.

Alex Van Pelt, who has not started a game in four years, will be at the helm Sunday when the Bills face Seattle.

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