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Jerry Hughes deflects contract talk as free agency looms

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Buffalo Bills' 26-10 win over the Cleveland Browns:

Hughes deflects contract talk: The biggest Bills contract situation brewing is with defensive end Jerry Hughes, who forced a fumble and returned the for a touchdown in the third quarter Sunday. He's set to become a free agent after this season, but Hughes wasn't biting when asked about his contract -- and his value possibly rising -- after the game. "It's a lot of fun, but really it's the playoffs," Hughes said, smiling. "We got to find a way to get in there. We know it's an uphill battle. ... That's been everyone's focus in the building."

Watkins has another quiet game: The Bills haven't received much on the stat sheet from Sammy Watkins over the past month, with the rookie held to three catches on nine targets in Sunday's win. Coach Doug Marrone addressed Watkins' latest outing after the game. "We could go back and probably find a poor throw, maybe the throw was behind him or something like that," he said. "What do you want me to tell you? We won the game. I'm not worried about how many times somebody catches the ball, runs the ball. All I worry about is how we can win the game. Can Sammy help us win? Absolutely. No doubt about it. We always have things going to try to get him the ball."

Dareus returns to game: The only announced injury during the game was a groin injury to defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who left for the locker room in the second quarter. He returned to the game, Marrone noted afterward, although Stefan Charles saw the bulk of the snaps in the second half in Dareus' place.