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Bills claim 'dirtiest player'

The Bills have claimed the player who could be the second coming of Conrad Dobler.

Guard Richie Incognito, who was voted the NFL's dirtiest player in a recent Sporting News poll of NFL players, was claimed by the Bills off waivers from the St. Louis Rams, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Incognito was released by St. Louis earlier this week after being flagged for two personal foul calls in the Rams' game vs. Tennessee on Sunday.

The move comes in the wake of a slew of injuries for the Bills on the offensive line. Starter Eric Wood is out for the year with a broken leg. Backup interior lineman Seth McKinney is out for the year with a knee injury. Veteran Kendall Simmons has filled in for Wood, but Simmons did not practice on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury.

Incognito, in his fifth season out of Nebraska, started nine games this year and 15 of 16 last season. He missed four games this year due to a mid-foot sprain. He's a 6-foot-3, 324-pounder who is considered especially strong in the running game. He has had some anger-management issues on the field in his career. He was flagged for two personal foul penalties in the Rams' opener this year.

Actually, comparing Incognito to Dobler is giving Incognito too much credit at this point of his career. Incognito is a three-year starter and has 44 career starts. Dobler, who played for the Bills in 1980 and '81, had a 10-year career in the NFL and was a three-time Pro Bowler. 

---Mark Gaughan


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