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Bills kicker Lindell latest to be placed on injured reserve

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- On a day the Buffalo Bills placed kicker Rian Lindell on injured reserve, there was encouraging news from another veteran -- defensive tackle Kyle Williams -- already on the season-ending list.

Williams on Thursday said he should be fully recovered in time for the start of training camp after having surgery to repair a bone spur in his left foot that had begun fraying his Achilles tendon.

"He got everything cleaned up, fixed what needed to be fixed and said it looked good," Williams said, referring to Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist, who performed the operation about a month ago. "He said I should be good in six months or so."

That's good news for the Bills' most consistent defensive player and six-year starter, who made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season.

Williams for the first time revealed the exact nature of the injury. He said he had been bothered by the bone growth on his left heel since college, and it had gotten to the point where it was tearing his tendon. After attempting to play through the pain this season, he sat out three games before being placed on injured reserve on Nov. 8.

Williams visited the Bills' facility the same day he had his cast removed. He will wear a protective boot for about a month, and expects to be cleared for light jogging by March.

As for Lindell, the Bills decision to place the kicker on IR was not a surprise, and came a month after the 12-year veteran broke a bone in his right shoulder.

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The Bills have lost five straight, and play at San Diego on Sunday.

Rookie cornerback Aaron Williams (calf) and tight end Scott Chandler (ankle) are doubtful to play after both missed their second straight day of practice.

Strong safety George Wilson is expected to return after missing three games with a neck injury. Free safety Jairus Byrd returned to practice after being held out Wednesday with a shin injury.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press



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