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Bills linemen not pleased with Hali's tactics

The Sports Xchange

The Bills' offensive line dominated Kansas City's front on Sunday, and it led to some alleged chippy play by the Chiefs, particularly from star pass rusher Tamba Hali. Both center Eric Wood and left guard Andy Levitre said that Hali took cheap shots, and they were none too happy about it.

"They get ticked off, and when you get a team down, they're going to take some shots at you," Wood said. "That's why we weren't taking our foot off their throats toward the end. That's stuff that rubs you pretty raw."

Wood said Hali tried to injure Levitre's neck on one play after the whistle, and he tried to injure left tackle Cordy Glenn's arm. Wood said during last year's 41-7 rout of the Chiefs, Hali also took some dirty liberties with Buffalo's linemen.

"They did the same thing last year in Kansas City," he said. "You start getting a team down, and you'll see their true colors, and they came out the past two years."

-- After a rough opening week, cornerback Leodis McKelvin was benched on defense and second-year pro Justin Rogers took over as the Bills' nickel back against Kansas City. Rogers wasn't overly active as he made just one tackle, but unlike McKelvin who was beaten twice for touchdowns in New York, Rogers came out clean.

"Coach (Dave Wannstedt) told me (last week) I may be in there," said Rogers, a sixth-round pick from Richmond in 2011 who missed much of training camp with a hamstring injury and is just starting to get into a groove. "Each week I go in like I'm going to be playing because if one guy goes down, you're in there. If I wasn't going to be in there or if I was, I study them. It came out great."

-- As for McKelvin, he didn't get on the field while the Bills were playing defense, but he didn't let that affect his approach to the game and he made a big play in the third quarter, returning a punt 88 yards for a touchdown.

It was the second-longest punt return touchdown in team history (Keith Moody, 91 yards in 1977) and it was McKelvin's second 80-yards-plus touchdown return in the last two years.

"Pretty much every time I get back there on a punt return, I just tell the guys, 'You give me a couple returns, I promise you, one will go to the house,'" McKelvin said. "I'm a prime believer in that and I'm going to keep saying that."

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