Julian Edelman was active for Week 16's key showdown against the Bills -- and he made sure his impact was felt.
The Patriots wide receiver has been dealing with knee and shoulder injuries but got the start, as expected. He briefly exited Saturday's game in the third quarter following a collision with a Buffalo defender. Edelman was called for offensive pass interference on the play, nullifying a New England touchdown. After a visit to the medical tent, he headed to the Pats locker room before returning in the fourth quarter.
Tom Brady quickly found Edelman upon his return for a 30-yard catch and run to help set up the go-head touchdown. Edelman also caught the successful two-point try and finished the game with five receptions for 72 yards.
In other Patriots injury news, cornerback Jason McCourty aggravated his groin injury and did not return.
Offensive tackle Marcus Cannon suffered an ankle injury and did not return.
Here is other NFL news from Saturday:
The full list of San Francisco inactives is as follows: quarterback C.J. Beathard, safety Jaquiski Tartt, running back Jeff Wilson, tight end Daniel Helm, defensive end Dee Ford, defensive lineman Julian Taylor and wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
The full list of Los Angeles inactives is as follows: tight end Kendall Blanton, offensive lineman Jamil Demby, defensive back Dont'e Deayon, safety Jake Gervase, offensive tackle Rob Havenstein, cornerback Troy Hill and linebacker Natrez Patrick.
Houston wide receiver Will Fuller did not return after suffering a groin injury in the first half.
»Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Dean Lowry (ankle) is questionable. Offensive tackle Yosh Nijman (elbow/triceps) is out.
»The Carolina Panthers announced on Saturday that they promoted offensive lineman Matt Kaskey from the practice squad and waived linebacker Ramik Wilson. For Sunday's game, defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton is out with an illness and center Matt Paradis also is ill, but has no game designation.
»The Cleveland Browns promoted defensive end Robert McCray from their practice squad to the active roster.
»The Oakland Raiders announced they have signed guard Lester Cotton to the 53-man active roster and placed linebacker Marquel Lee (ankle) on injured reserve.