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Bills to try out kickers Tuesday

Posted Nov 7, 2011


Buffalo’s injury list got longer when Rian Lindell sustained a right shoulder injury while making a touchdown-saving tackle on a kick return in Sunday’s loss to the Jets. The injury was severe enough to prompt the Bills to begin looking for a fill-in kicker for the immediate future.

When asked about the condition of Lindell’s shoulder head coach Chan Gailey did not sound encouraged.

“Not good,” said Gailey. “(The medical staff) had a little (discussion). I don’t know if they said a break or it tried to come out or what it was, but it’s not good. So we’re going to bring some guys in and have them kick this week just in case we have to find another kicker.”

The pro personnel staff is expected to conduct private workouts with a few kickers on Tuesday and make a decision on a top replacement candidate sooner rather than later, knowing the practice week begins in earnest on Wednesday.

Lindell however, has not been completely ruled out for Sunday’s game in Dallas.

“That’s why we’re doing it in case he can’t kick this week,” said Gailey. “We’ll make that judgment, see how he feels (Tuesday) and see what they say we need to do. If I had to guess I’d say we’d have to have one at least for one week.”

Among some of the more notable veteran kickers available are Kris Brown, Shayne Graham, Dave Rayner and Jeff Reed.

Brown, Graham and Rayner were ironically all on the Dallas offseason roster over the past calendar year. Graham actually began his NFL career with the Bills in 2001. Rayner is the only candidate under the age of 30, and was most recently an injury replacement for Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski.