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Bills lose starting lineman to ruptured Achilles

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If the Buffalo Bills are going to unseat the New England Patriots for first place in the AFC East, they're going to have to do it without their starting left guard.

Ike Boettger suffered an Achilles injury in the second quarter of the game at Gillette Stadium and was carted off to the locker room before being ruled out for the game a short time later.

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Boettger moved into the starting lineup for the Bills for their Week 8 contest against the Miami Dolphins and had played all but a few snaps during the team's blowout loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11.

Ryan Bates replaced Boettger at left guard.