Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Bills add kicker Dave Rayner
ESPN.com news services
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills placed starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams on injured reserve because of a left foot injury and signed journeyman kicker Dave Rayner to fill in for injured veteran Rian Lindell in a pair of moves made Tuesday.
Williams' season being over does not come as a surprise. The six-year player was scheduled to be examined by a specialist this week. Williams has missed the past three games and been bothered by the injury since training camp.
The equipment staff at one point this season cut holes into the back of Williams' left cleat to alleviate the pressure on his foot. The exact nature of the injury hasn't been disclosed, and it's unclear whether Williams will require surgery.
Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance last season, Williams has been the defense's most consistent player. He was rewarded for that in August, when he signed a six-year contract extension potentially worth $39 million.
Rayner arrives to take over for Lindell, who's out indefinitely after hurting his right shoulder in a 27-11 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.
Besides Rayner, the Bills also worked out Rhys Lloyd, Shayne Graham and Brandon Coutu on Tuesday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
There's no timetable on how long Lindell will be out. The possibility of the player being placed on injured reserve has not been discussed. On Monday, coach Chan Gailey would only rule out Lindell from playing Sunday, when the Bills (5-3) travel to Dallas (4-4).
Rayner has played for seven teams over parts of six NFL seasons, including a one-game stint last month with Oakland while filling in for an injured Sebastian Janikowski in a 28-0 loss to Kansas City.
He hit 13 of 16 field-goal attempts -- including a 55-yarder -- and had 55 points in eight games with Detroit last season. Rayner's most productive season came in 2006 with Green Bay, where he hit 26 of 35 attempts and had 109 points in 16 games.
Rayner first broke in with Indianapolis as a kickoff specialist in 2005. He's also played with Kansas City, San Diego and Cincinnati. Overall, he's made 55 of 75 field-goal attempts, including hitting three of seven attempts of 50 yards or longer.
Lindell was hurt while making a diving tackle by tripping up Joe McKnight on a 59-yard kickoff return to open the second half. Lindell 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.
In another move, Bills waived offensive lineman Ed Wang from injured reserve.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.