Bills coach Chan Gailey said outside linebacker Shawne Merriman is doubtful for Sunday's game against the New York Giants. Merriman did not practice Friday after he felt pain in his Achilles tendon during Thursday's practice.
"The Achilles flared up in practice yesterday," Gailey said. "All along it's been the shoulder and then all of a sudden that thing started acting up yesterday. He's doubtful. I don't know if he'll make it or not."
There was no particular play or any contact that precipitated the pain. Merriman said he didn't think the problem was significant. However, Merriman has dealt with pain in his Achilles tendon going back more than two years. He rehabilitated it all offseason and has played without a problem with it the first five games.
Asked about his concern on Merriman's Achilles going forward, Gailey said: "I don't know. We've got a bye week after this. We'll see what happens."
Merriman's likely absence creates a big issue at outside linebacker for the Bills, since the other starter at the position, Chris Kelsay, is out with a calf injury. That leaves Danny Batten, Arthur Moats and Spencer Johnson to rotate at outside linebacker.
Meanwhile, defensive tackle Kyle Williams was very limited in practice due to his foot injury. Gailey said Williams is questionable. The Bills will work him out on the field Sunday morning before making a decision on his availability. Defensive tackle Torell Troup, who has been bothered by a sore back the first month of the season, practiced fully and will be ready, Gailey said.
Inside linebacker Nick Barnett (ankle) did most of the work in practice. He's listed as questionable, but is expected to play. "I think he'll make it," Gailey said.
Safety Da'Norris Searcy (ankle) is questionable.