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Jairus Byrd questionable for Jets; Dustin Hopkins is out

Bills safety Jairus Byrd is questionable for Sunday's game at the New York Jets. (James P. McCoy/News file photo)

By Mark Gaughan

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said safety Jairus Byrd and guard Doug Legursky both will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game at the New York Jets.

That's an upgrade since last week. Byrd was doubtful heading into the game against Carolina.

Marrone was careful to make clear Byrd's availability is uncertain due to the sore foot that has kept him out the first two games.

"What I don’t want to do is give any misreadings on how it may go," Marrone said. "We all understand it’s a condition that he’s working extremely hard to get better on. And it is getting better. It's always going to be tough for me, because I think it's going to be one of those points where he says I’m ready to go and he’s going to go. So I don’t want to misinterpret where he’s at. … There is progress."

Legursky is coming back from a sprained knee suffered in the exhibition finale three weeks ago. The guess is he's on the doubtful side of questionable.

Meanwhile, rookie place-kicker Dustin Hopkins remains out due to a strained groin. Dan Carpenter will kick for the Bills for a third straight game. Stephon Gilmore, Marquise Goodwin and Ron Brooks remain out.

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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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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.

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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.

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