By Mark Gaughan
The Buffalo Bills will be going with veteran kicker Dan Carpenter for a second straight week in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Bills coach Doug Marrone said rookie kicker Dustin Hopkins has been ruled out for the game. Hopkins is dealing with a strained groin suffered the week before the season opener. The Bills were thinking Hopkins might get a chance to practice on Friday but he did not.
"We did not have the chance to do that today," Marrone said after the teams workout in Ralph Wilson Stadium. "That’s looking more like maybe Sunday before the game, most probably on Monday."
Carpenter did not get any field-goal tries in the opener. He had two kickoffs for touchbacks and two kickoffs that were returned.
Meanwhile, safety Jairus Byrd, who had been limited in practice this week and working some with the scout team, is listed as doubtful, Marrone said. Byrd was doubtful entering last week's game, as well, and sat out due to the sore foot that has been bothering him.
The other injured Bills - receiver Marquise Goodwin, guard Doug Legursky, and cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore and Ron Brooks - all are out.
Carolina has one key injury entering the game. That's to starting linebacker Jon Beason, who did not practice Thursday due to a sore knee.