By ROBERT BURNS and LORNE COOK, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered about 8,500 U.S. troops on heightened alert, preparing for possible deployment to Europe, if needed, to reassure NATO allies in the face of Russian aggression on the border of Ukraine.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Monday no final decisions have been made on U.S. deployments, but the troops need to be ready.

Actual deployment could depend upon NATO deciding to activate its rapid-response force.

In any event, the troops would not be sent to Ukraine itself, which is not a NATO member. Kirby said, "What this is about is reassurance to our NATO allies."

Top 10 Receivers In Buffalo Bills History

The Bills have had some amazing wideouts. Here are the Top 10 based on reception yards in Bills history.

Check Out The 11 Most Underrated Bills Offensive Players In The Past 30 Years

The Buffalo Bills have has some amazing players over the years. We all know the superstars so we wanted to put the role players in the spotlight with this list.

16 Buffalo Bills With Some Of The Best And Worst Nicknames

Every Pick Made By Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane

More From 96.1 The Breeze WMSX