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Jets DT Sione Pouha looks iffy

By Mark Gaughan

The injury reports are out for Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, and nose tackle Sione Pouha looks like the most prominent Jets player in jeopardy of missing the game.

Pouha has not practiced since the first week of training camp due to a sore lower back, a problem for a 325-pounder. He was listed as limited Wednesday. Pouha was rated as the 14th best player in the AFC East by Tim Graham on the Press Coverage blog in July.

The Jets' dangerous tight end, Dustin Keller, did not practice due to a sore hamstring. However, Jets coach Rex Ryan has said this week he expects Keller to play versus the Bills, even if Keller doesn't practice much. Jets backup safety Eric Smith didn't practice due to a sore hip. He's questionable.

Another 11 Jets were listed as limited or full practicers on the injury report, but all are expected to play.

For the Bills, guard Kraig Urbik did not practice due to a sore lower back, but he said after practice he will work on Thursday and expects to be fine for the game. Brad Smith (groin) and Stevie Johnson (groin) were listed as limited. Johnson said he is fine and is ready for Sunday.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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