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Rookie WR Green out today for Bengals

Stud receiver A.J. Green of the Bengals is out today with a knee injury, highlighting the injury news heading into Week 11 of the fantasy season.

A quick spin around the league as you set your rosters for those 1 p.m. kickoffs:

- Stevie Johnson is active for the Bills at Miami. He's a No. 2 WR option.

- Mike Vick is out at quarterback for the Eagles, with Vince Young taking over. Young won't have Jeremy Maclin to throw to, as the WR is out, as well.

- Browns RB Montario Hardesty is inactive for a third straight game because of a calf injury. Chris Ogbonnaya is making his third straight start with Hardesty and Peyton Hillis (hamstring) out.

- Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter won't play against the Bills. Miami signed Shayne Graham to be his replacement.

- RB Felix Jones is active today for the Dallas Cowboys, but rookie RB DeMarco Murray has been playing well and will still get the bulk of the carries. I'd sit Jones unless you had no other choice.

- Mohamed Massaquoi is back at WR for the Browns today. Hey, somebody has to catch the ball in Cleveland.

- Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who was questionable with a hamstring injury, is active today.

Best of luck in Week 11!

---Jay Skurski

Wilson doubtful vs. Miami

---Strong safety George Wilson is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins with a neck injury, although coach Chan Gailey holds out the slight hope that his defensive leader will be able to play.

If Wilson can’t play, either veteran Bryan Scott or rookie Da’Norris Searcy will start at strong safety. Kicker Rian Lindell (shoulder) is out for the game.

Wide receiver Stevie Johnson (shoulder), defensive end Spencer Johnson (calf) and left tackle Demetrius Bell (shoulder) are all questionable but Gailey said they have a “decent chance’’ to play. Bell started the first four games but hasn’t played since injuring his shoulder in the loss at Cincinnati, a span of five games. Chris Hairston started two games at left tackle before suffering a high ankle sprain in the loss to the New York Giants and guard Andy Levitre started the last three games at left tackle. Now that Eric Wood (knee) is out for the season, Levitre will start at center on Sunday.

Linebacker Chris Kelsay (calf), right tackle Erik Pears (groin) and wide receiver David Nelson (ankle) are probable. Nelson was limited today after missing Thursday’s practice with an illness.

---Rodney McKissic


Easley won't comment on his health

---Wide receiver Marcus Easley was in the Bills’ facility on Thursday but didn’t comment on his current health condition, what led the team to place him on season-ending injured reserve or if his condition is career threatening.

The Bills placed the former UConn wideout on IR in September because of a heart ailment, according to a source. When asked if he would be able to continue his NFL career, Easley said he wanted to keep matters private and remain optimistic. He was also placed on injured reserve last season after suffering a knee injury during training camp.

“As far as I’m concerned I’m still on the team and I’m welcomed to attend meetings and work out if I’d like to,’’ Easley said. “I’m trying to stay around, keep the team camaraderie and take my mind off things.’’

Easley wouldn’t comment on his current workouts or a timetable on his possible return.

 “I’m still here so right now I’m taking things day-by-day and worry about that when the time comes,’’ he said. “With the things that were going on, I really couldn’t do too much but right now I’m just taking things day-by-day and hoping for the best.’’

---Rodney McKissic


Bills promote Nesbitt, sign Moore to 53-man roster

With center Eric Wood and linebacker Chris White being placed on injured reserve today, the Buffalo Bills had a pair of openings on their 53-man roster.

The team filled those spots by promoting defensive back Josh Nesbitt and signing defensive end Kyle Moore.

Nesbitt, 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, is a former college quarterback at Georgia Tech who converted to defense in training camp. He becomes the fifth safety on the team's roster.

Moore is a former fourth-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Bucs. The 6-6, 272-pounder appeared in 15 games with the Bucs over two seasons, including seven starts in 2010. He made 29 tackles, six quarterback pressures and recovered two fumbles last season before a shoulder injury landed him on injured reserve in Week 13.

Moore has spent the 2011 season on the Detroit Lions' practice squad after being released by Tampa Bay during final cuts on Sept. 2. Moore played college football at Southern Cal, starting for two seasons. He made 76 tackles, including 13 for loss, seven sacks and two interceptions for the Trojans.

The team also re-signed receiver Tim Toone to the practice squad to fill the vacancy created by Nesbitt's call-up.

---Jay Skurski

Stevie, The Senator day-to-day

Both receiver Stevie Johnson and safety George Wilson were not seen in the Bills' locker room today.

Both are nursing shoulder injuries coach Chan Gailey classified as day-to-day.

"He took a pretty good lick on that shoulder. I think it's kind of a day-by-day deal for us right now," Gailey said of Johnson.

On Wilson, Gailey said: "George has still got some residual from that lick he took on his shoulder. He's another one that I'd put in that day-by-day category."

---Jay Skurski

Wood, White suffer torn ACLs, out for the season

Bills center Eric Wood has a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season. That grim news was confirmed by the third-year player himself today, who met with the media in the Bills' locker room a day after the team's nightmare 44-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

"It's definitely not something I wanted to go through again," said Wood, who also missed the final six games of his rookie season in 2009 because of a gruesome fractured leg. "Another long rehab process, but I'll do it and just look to come back stronger next year.

"I know how tough it is. I've been through it. Last season wasn't fun because I was still hurting from the previous year, but I proved to myself I could do it before, and I'll do it again."

Wood was still weighing options on when he would have surgery for the injury, which he suffered near the end of the third quarter after Ryan Fitzpatrick's first interception. He was pursuing the play when he was hit by Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware.

"I kind of tried to avoid a blocker and then I was going to cut and go back to take a better angle. It was just perfect timing where I went to cut and he got me in the side of my shoulder or back or wherever and it just kind of put extra force on my knee," Wood said. "My toe caught and I knew instantly something was wrong. ... As soon as [the trainers] came out there, they said 'what's wrong' and I said 'I think I tore my ACL.'

"It's just unfortunate and terrible luck."

Wood said he hopes to be ready for the start of training camp next year.

"It's hard on him. It's hard on us. He was having a very good year," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "He will be sorely missed."

The news was equally as bad for rookie linebacker Chris White. He also suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the season, Gailey said.

---Jay Skurski

Bills-Cowboys inactives

Inactive for the Bills today: LB Chris Kelsay, OTs Demetrius Bell and Sam Young, CBs Reggie Corner and Aaron Williams, TE Mike Caussin and K Rian Lindell.

Inactive for Dallas: P Chris Jones, QB Stephen McGree, WR Miles Austin, CB Mike Jenkins, RB Felix Jones, G David Arkin, DE Clifton Geathers.

---Jay Skurski

Eagles' Jackson out for Week 10

DeSean Jackson's late scratch this morning is the big fantasy news heading into Week 10.

The Eagles' receiver overslept Saturday, missing a team meeting, and as a result will be inactive for today's game against the Cardinals. If you need an emergency replacement, you might consider Jackson's teammate, Riley Cooper.

Wide receivers are beat up across the league.

- Starting in Dallas, where the Bills meet the Cowboys, Miles Austin will be out for the home team. Laurent Robinson has been great of late for the Cowboys, and is a good replacement if he's available.

- Mario Manningham isn't expected to play for the Giants and Hakeem Nicks is banged up, which means Victor Cruz is the safest fantasy play among New York wideouts.

- Fantasy stud Andre Johnson is out yet again for the Houston Texans, continuing his disappointing season.

- The Bills' Stevie Johnson missed some practice time with an illness this week, but is expected to be fine for the game. You can safely start him.

- Despite missing practice Thursday and Friday with a hamstring injury, receiver Lance Moore is expected to play today for the Saints.

- The Browns' Mohamed Massaquoi is out, which will benefit Josh Cribbs.

At quarterback, John Beck is out and Rex Grossman is back in for the Redskins. Beck probably wasn't starting for you anyway, but make sure he's out of your lineup now if he was.

The Cardinals' Kevin Kolb will miss his homecoming game at Philadelphia, making John Skelton the starter. Make sure Kolb is out of your lineup.

Best of luck in Week 10! The playoffs are right around the corner ...

---Jay Skurski

Bills-Cowboys injury report

---Aaron Williams’ homecoming may coincide with his return to the Buffalo Bills lineup.

Coach Chan Gailey said the rookie cornerback from Texas looked good on Thursday during his first day of contact since suffering a collarbone injury during the Bills 34-31 victory over New England in Week 3. Williams was limited in practice the last two days.

“I feel great out there,’’ said Williams, who missed the last five games. “It was my first contact and there was a little pain in there but I’ll fight through it. You never want to rush an injury but at the same time my pride is also in with it. Whatever my role is this week I’m going to play it to the best of my ability.’’

Williams grew up in Round Rock, Texas, a three-hour drive from Texas Stadium where the Bills visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. His return could depend on how quickly he picks up the game plan before Sunday.

“Aaron Williams had a good day,’’ Gailey said. “He’s continuing to come along. He may get to play this week, he may not. Probably has more to do with what he remembers and retains and knows about game plan as opposed to health.’’

Williams said that’s not an issue because of film study and the presence of the veterans Terrence McGee, George Wilson and Drayton Florence.

“”I haven’t missed a beat,’’ he said. “”I’m still in the meeting room with the guys, still asking questions and talking with Terrence, George and Flo. Remembering the plays isn’t a problem, it’s just getting my wind back and executing them.’’

Linebacker Chris Kelsay (calf), left tackle Demetrius Bell (shoulder) and kicker Rian Lindell (shoulder) all missed practice and are out for Sunday’s game.

Wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), corner Mike Jenkins (hamstring) and running back Felix Jones (ankle) all missed practice on Thursday for Dallas, while guard Kyle Kosler (foot), tackle Jermey Parnell (back), linebacker Sean Lee (wrist) and punter Mat McBriar (foot) were limited. Quarterback Tony Romo (ribs) participated fully.

---Rodney McKissic


Williams placed on I.R.; Rayner signed

As expected the Bills placed nose tackle Kyle Williams on injured reserve Tuesday with a left foot injury.

Williams has been suffering from the injury since training camp, and was taken out of the lineup starting in Week Six against the New York Giants.

He traveled to North Carolina to meet with a foot specialist in a last-gasp effort to save his season, but it was determined the injury – which is believed to be bone spurs affecting his Achilles tendon – was too much to overcome this year.

To fill the vacant roster spot, the team signed veteran kicker Dave Rayner. A career 73-percent kicker, Rayner will fill-in for veteran Rian Lindell, who is expected to miss four to six weeks with a shoulder injury.

Rayner was a former sixth-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2005 who is well traveled. He has played for seven different teams in his seven NFL seasons, most recently with the Oakland Raiders this season as an injury replacement for Sebastian Janikowski.

Last year, Rayner, 29, appeared in eight games with the Detroit Lions after Jason Hanson was placed on injured reserve.

The Bills also released offensive tackle Ed Wang from their injured reserve list.

---Jay Skurski

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