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Reed, Schobel, Butler out for Sunday

The Bills will be without three starters on Sunday as Josh Reed, Aaron Schobel and Brad Butler were declared out for the game against the Jets by head coach Dick Jauron.

"They're all out for this game," said Jauron plainly.

Reed, who wore a walking boot all week, was not expected to play. It expected that Roscoe Parrish will start and that James Hardy will be the team's third receiver. As for who will serve in Josh Reed's role, it's believed that Justin Jenkins and rookie Steve Johnson will fill it as a duo Sunday.

Brad Butler, who suffered a sprained MCL in the San Diego game two weeks ago, did work on the sidelines with the training staff this week and could have a chance to return to the lineup next week.

For Schobel it will be his third straight game out of the lineup. He's dealing with a strained ligament in his left foot and progress has been slow. Though he did some light work with the trainers on Wednesday this week, he was back in the walking boot he's worn the past two weeks following practice on Friday.

"He's better. He's getting better," said Jauron. "We're not taking any chances with him. He's a terrific player and we'll need him as we move forward. We'll miss him. We've missed him every game he hasn't been on the field. But Aaron is proven. He's a proven player in this league."

Buffalo's pass rush has struggled without Schobel. Though Schobel has just one sack on the season, he draws attention from opposing blocking schemes. The Bills have three sacks in their last two games.

Set to replace Schobel is veteran Ryan Denney. Veteran offensive lineman Jason Whittle will step in again for Butler.

Youboty probable
Ashton Youboty is still dealing with a foot injury, but practiced fully the entire week and is listed as probable.

Youboty was inactive last Sunday, was active but did not play against San Diego. As a result Jauron is uncertain about Youboty's status despite being listed as probable.

"I don't know what will happen with Ashton," said Jauron. "He's practiced so we'll see what happens."

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