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No Dustin Hopkins on Sunday; Jairus Byrd remains doubtful

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.

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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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