The Patriots have downgraded TE Aaron Hernandez, OLB Jermaine Cunningham, OL Dan Connolly, DE Brandon Deaderick, DL Mike Wright and DL Myron Pryor to OUT for Sunday’s game in Buffalo. These players will not suit up.

With Hernandez out, the Pats could be using more 3 WR sets. Look for Edelman and Tate to see more action.

Second-year offensive lineman Ryan Wendall and five-year vet Quinn Ojinnaka the candidates to start at right guard.

And with Jermaine Cunningham out, Pats lose starting OLB in 3-4 alignment. Tully Banta-Cain, if healthy, probably steps in. Along with Banta-Cain, Eric Moore will probably see his playing time as well. Setting the edge against shifty runners Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller will be key.