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Bills sign K Rayner

Posted Nov 8, 2011


He’s been well traveled over the past calendar year, but veteran kicker Dave Rayner has been signed by the Bills in the wake of the shoulder injury suffered by Rian Lindell.

Bills head coach Chan Gailey indicated Monday that another kicker would be needed for the interim, while Lindell’s injury was evaluated further.

“If I had to guess I’d say we’d have to have one at least for one week,” said Gailey.

Rayner is all too familiar with serving as an injury replacement in the NFL. Last season he appeared in eight games with Detroit as he filled in for long time Lions kicker Jason Hanson after he was placed on injured reserve with a sprained MCL.

He was most recently with the Oakland Raiders where he replaced kicker Sebastian Janikowski, while he was sidelined with a hamstring injury. He was released by Oakland on Oct. 25th after Janikowski was once again healthy.

Rayner has been with seven different NFL clubs in his seven NFL seasons including a short stint with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008 where he was a teammate of Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Known for having a big leg he’s been brought onto to some of those NFL rosters to handle kickoffs.

The 29-year old’s only full-time kicking job came in his second NFL season with Green Bay where he was 26-35, including a long of 54 in 2006.

A career 73.3% kicker, Rayner was a former sixth-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2005.

DT Williams to I-R
To make room for Rayner on Buffalo's 53-man roster, the Bills placed DT Kyle Williams on injured reserve. Williams had been dealing with a persistent foot injury since the season began and has missed the last three games.