While not his best season, Hughes bounced back from a 4.0-sack season in 2017 and was the best pass rusher on a surprisingly good defense. Hughes was probably better than his IDP numbers indicate, as he was a constant in the backfield and graded out well when you look at the league's top pass rushers. It would seem likely the Bills will bring him back for another season. Surprisingly, he's played all 16 games for seven straight seasons.
Hughes has been fined $53,482 for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from his verbal altercation with official Roy Ellison following last week's loss to the Dolphins, Tom Pelissero of NFL.comreports.
Ellison was placed on administrative leave over the event, so no one wins in the incident between two figures with a history of hotheaded behavior. Hughes has not been suspended, so he'll be out there Sunday when the Bills face the Jets, where he'll be looking to introduce himself to rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.
Hughes will not be suspended for a post-game verbal altercation with a referee following the Week 13 game against the Dolphins, Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.
Hughes was reportedly caught on camera yelling at a referee, but the incident was reviewed by the league and a suspension wasn't deemed necessary. As a result, he should be available for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Hughes tallied just one tackle on 37 snaps in Sunday's loss to Miami. He was also involved in a post-game incident with one of the officials in the tunnel, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
It was a frustrating day for Hughes and the Bills, as the team was called for penalties all day long and the game ended with Buffalo falling just short on a near-miss desperation play. Hughes apparently felt the officials had too big a role in the outcome, and he may end up answering for his actions to the league this week.
Hughes logged two tackles and a half-sack in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.
That gives the veteran 30 tackles and 6.0 sacks for the season, giving Hughes a shot at double digits for the first time since 2014, when he posted 10.0 sacks for the second straight campaign. Advanced metrics show Hughes is putting pressure on the quarterback as well as the league's best defensive ends, so with some decent matchups left on the schedule -- the Dolphins twice, the Jets and the Lions, along with a tough one against New England -- Hughes has a decent chance to finish with his best numbers since that 53-tackle, 10-sack season.
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