Bills DT Williams still unable to practice; LB Merriman limited

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams missed his second consecutive practice because of a sore left foot, and he will be a game-time decision for Sunday's meeting with the New York Giants. And linebacker Shawne Merriman's Achilles' tendon is acting up again.

Bills coach Chan Gailey provided the update Thursday.

Though Williams won't disclose the exact nature of the injury, he said it's something he's confident he can play through. Williams, who aggravated the injury during the third quarter of a 31-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend, is the anchor of Buffalo's defensive front and appeared in his first Pro Bowl in February.

Merriman's status is suddenly a concern. He was listed on the Bills' injury report Thursday as being limited in practice because of an Achilles injury. That's a switch from one day earlier, when the team listed Merriman as missing practice with a shoulder injury.

Gailey spoke before the Bills released their injury report, and he wasn't available for comment on Merriman's condition or to explain why the report had changed over the past day.

The Bills didn't specify which Achilles' tendon is bothering Merriman. He has a history of a nagging injury to his right tendon. That's the one he aggravated during his first practice with Buffalo in November after the Bills claimed him off waivers from the San Diego Chargers.

Merriman finished the 2010 season on injured reserve.

The Bills also added starting linebacker Nick Barnett to their injury report after he practiced on a limited basis because of a sore ankle. Barnett hurt his right ankle during a 23-20 loss at Cincinnati two weeks ago. He rebounded to have two interceptions -- including one he returned for a touchdown -- against Philadelphia.

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