Bills vs. Jaguars: Jason Babin Claimed By Both Teams, Will Play Buffalo

Norm Hall

On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills reportedly put in a waiver claim on veteran pass rusher Jason Babin. He was awarded to the Jacksonville Jaguars, meaning that the Bills will instead play against Babin in Week 13.

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles cut two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin, putting him on a 24-hour waiver wire and making him available to the entire league. Three teams placed a waiver claim on Babin, per NFL.com, and two of those three teams are playing each other this weekend: the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Because the Jaguars were second in order of priority thanks to their 2-9 record, Babin was awarded to them - and head coach Mike Mularkey told reporters on Wednesday that the 32-year-old pass rusher will play against the Bills on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Jacksonville has registered a league-low 13 sacks through 11 games this season, so their interest in him makes sense. The same is true of the Washington Redskins, who with 20 sacks have the league's seventh-lowest total. The Bills, however, rank No. 13 in the NFL with 27 sacks; they're by far the best pass-rushing team of the three that reportedly placed a claim on Babin. Perhaps, finally, we're seeing the team buy into the "you can't have enough pass rushers" philosophy under GM Buddy Nix.

Alas, with Mark Anderson out and Chris Kelsay looking iffy on Sunday thanks to a re-aggravated neck injury, the Bills won't have Babin to add to the trio of Mario Williams, Kyle Moore and Shawne Merriman. Instead, they'll have to game plan for him.

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