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New TE Tony Moeaki unlikely to suit up for Bills on Sunday

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Tony Moeaki’s first practice with the Buffalo Bills went well, but he’s not expected to play Sunday, according to coach Doug Marrone.

"Schematically, I don't want to give anything away, but obviously I don't think so," Marrone said. "I think it would be very difficult to get a player ready to go when you bring him in in the middle of the week."

Still, Marrone liked what he saw from the former Kansas City tight end in his first practice with the team.

"I thought he did some nice things out there,” the coach said. ”It’s the first day back. He’s been out for a while, but he looked good. Normally you’re going to be a little bit rusty, but he looked very smooth.”

Moeaki was released from the Chiefs’ injured reserve late in October after suffering a fractured shoulder in a preseason game.

"Obviously we brought him in here for a reason and again, the question is -- and it's not a secret -- can he get back to the level of play when he was in this league and playing?" Marrone said. "Because when he did play, he was extremely productive."

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