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Distractions surround the Bills meeting with Kansas City

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The football smack talk has begun. After Mario Williams failed in his Bills debut - recording just one tackle; former Patriot Rodney Harrison was among his many critics - saying he shouldn't have even signed in Buffalo.

"I think this is a huge mistake for Mario Williams," Harrison said on NBC's Pro Football Talk. "Mark my words, he will get lost in the shuffle. He will probably fall off the face of the earth.”

When informed of the comments, Williams had a simple response.

"I don't watch TV, never have, never will. I think I've said that about a million times in my seven years," said Williams. "I mean, everybody's going to have something to say regardless, good or bad. I can't control somebody else's opinion. But I will do what I'm supposed to do here and perform."

Ryan Fitzpatrick laughed off the comments.

"Mario didn't hear it? I didn't either then," the quarterback said, drawing laughter from the Buffalo media. "A couple people have brought that up to me. I don't know. It went in one ear and out the other I guess."

One week after losing Fred Jackson to a low hit, Sunday will be the first meeting between Stevie Johnson and Eric Berry since a low block ended Berry's season in last year's opener.

"I'm not going to change my game," Johnson said. "If he's focused on what I'm doing, that's going to leave someone open to take over the spot where he left. Because he's focuses on me. But I don't mind."

Just like the Bills, the Chiefs are a team looking to bounce back from a poor defensive performance, after allowing 40 points in their opener. The good news for Kansas City is that they're expecting to have linebacker Tamba Hali back in the lineup in Orchard Park. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP