Incognito plans to play; Poyer a likely game time decision


The news coming out of Friday's practice was good for Bills guard Richie Incognito. For safety Jordan Poyer however, things are still a bit uncertain.

Incognito practiced on a limited basis on Friday. It was the first practice of the week for him. He had previously missed Wednesday and Thursday's sessions.

After Friday's practice, Incognito was convinced he'll be able to start on Sunday against the Raiders.

"I tested it out today and it passed the test and barring any setbacks I should be good to go for Sunday," Incognito said.

Incognito got cut on a play in last week's game against Tampa Bay and missed a series in the game, but came back and finished the game logging 59 snaps and missing just nine on offense.

As for Poyer, things are a bit more uncertain regarding his sprained knee. Poyer was on the practice field, but tested his injured knee on the side. He did not participate in practice all week.  Still, he was encouraged by some of the things he could do.

"I've been able to cut. I was able to open up and run," he said. "I did a couple of really good pool workouts. The strength is still coming back. I still feel it a little bit, but it's all been positive. There haven't been any setbacks or anything. So there's been a progression. It's still day to day."

Poyer seemed unsure if a week was going to be enough time for his knee to recover and allow him to perform at a level that has made him one of the most valuable defensive players on the roster.

"If I can play I'm going to play," he said. "There's no question. If I'm able to play and feel comfortable that I can do the things this team needs me to do I'll be out there in a heartbeat. I've just got to be smart.

"It's early in the season and I know this team has full confidence in Trae Elston if he has to go out there and play. He had a great week of practice. This is day to day right now. I don't want to put the team in any bad situations because I can't do this or that. I want to be out there with the guys, but if I'm not playing I'll be the biggest cheerleader on the sidelines and help the guys out."

Poyer practiced with his leg heavily wrapped on Friday and wore a lightweight brace. If he plays he's not sure if he'll wear the brace or not, but admits his knee feels more secure with it on.

"I'm not quite sure what I'll do with the brace," he said. "The brace, they actually tape the whole leg, so the wrap alone is a brace in a sense. We'll see how it feels."

Both Incognito and Poyer are listed as questionable. Look for Poyer to be a game time decision on Sunday. If he can't play Trae Elston would replace him in the lineup.

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