Niagara Gazette


November 7, 2011

Bills NT Williams could miss rest of season


Injuries are piling up for the Buffalo Bills, who are searching for a kicker and face the possibility of losing starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams for the rest of the season.

Coach Chan Gailey on Monday described the injury to kicker Rian Lindell's right shoulder as "not good." Without being definitive, Gailey said Lindell either broke something or nearly had his shoulder pop out a day earlier in a 27-11 loss to the New York Jets.

Either way, it leaves the Bills (5-3) set to try out replacements this week as they prepare to travel to play Dallas (4-4) on Sunday. Sitting in a three-way tie atop the AFC East, Buffalo plays its next three — and four of its next five — on the road.

Gailey ruled out Lindell from playing Sunday, but wouldn't say whether the injury was season-ending.

Lindell was hurt making a diving touchdown-saving tackle, tripping up Joe McKnight on a 59-yard kickoff return to open the second half. He was slow to get up and held his right arm in pain as he walked to the sideline. He hit a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter, but was held out in the fourth quarter.

He's not missed a game in his nine seasons in Buffalo, and ranks second on the team with 204 career field goals and 875 points.

As for Williams, Gailey said the player will visit a specialist this week to examine a nagging left foot injury that's forced him to miss the past three games. Gailey didn't rule out Williams' season being over.

"That is a possibility, I'm not going to say it's not," Gailey said, while adding Williams will not play Sunday.

Williams didn't address reporters Monday, but was spotted walking with a distinct limp in a hallway outside the locker room. He wasn't wearing the protective boot he had on for parts of the past two weeks.

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