With a broken shoulder that was going to make the ability to tackle dangerous if called upon to do so, the Bills placed kicker
It's the first time in the veteran's 12-year career that his season has been ended prematurely due to injury. Lindell is the 15th player to go on injured reserve this season for the Bills.
Lindell suffered a broken bone in his shoulder along with some ligament damage when he made a touchdown-saving tackle while covering a kickoff in the Bills’ first meeting with the Jets in Week 9. The kicker’s injury was initially given a 2-6 week prognosis.
Already at the five week mark now and wanting to avoid a recurrence of the injury, the club chose to shut down their all-time most accurate kicker.
“I didn’t think it would take this long,” said Lindell. “I’ve never really broken anything, especially a shoulder. I tore my labrum when I first got here and I was able to kick with that. That was my left shoulder and that was a little different. This is a much sharper pain.”
Lindell finishes the 2011 season 13-15 on field goal attempts, with one of those misses being a blocked kick.
Stepping in for Lindell has been