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Ruvell Martin ruled out; Byrd, Barnett expected to play

By Jay Skurski

Safety Jairus Byrd expects to be ready Sunday when the Buffalo Bills visit the Cleveland Browns. Byrd was able to participate in practice again today on his sore right ankle.

“I’m encouraged by it,” he said. “[It’s feeling] definitely better. The trainers have done a great job helping me, so hats off to them.”

“That’s been great. Boy when it was Tuesday and Wednesday, I wasn’t sure he was going to be able to make it, but he’s come back strong. It’s worked out well,” coach Chan Gailey said.

Linebacker Nick Barnett returned to practice today and is probable to play Sunday.

Running back Fred Jackson (knee) and receiver Ruvell Martin (ankle) were ruled out by Gailey. With Martin unable to play, the Bills will be down to just four healthy receivers in Stevie Johnson, Donald Jones, T.J. Graham and Brad Smith.

Martin’s main contribution, though, comes as a gunner on the special teams units. That job will fall to cornerbacks Leodis McKelvin and Justin Rogers.

“Leodis has been out there anyway and Justin has been out there a few times. We’ve had a couple other guys that we’re going to look at to possibly get some reps out there, but those will be the main too,” Gailey said.

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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.

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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.

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