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Kyle Williams questionable for Falcons with lower back spasms

By Mark Gaughan

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams sat out practice today due to a sore lower back and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons in Toronto.

Williams encountered spasms in his lower back as soon as he got out of bed today. He said he plans to get aggressive therapy over the next two days and was hopeful of being able to face Atlanta.

"It popped up, low back," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "Those things are tough. I've been through those things before. I had a player when I was in New York, during a walk-through, just went down to get in his stance and his back locked up. You never know with those things, so I really don't know."

Other than Williams, the Bills are in good health for the game.

If WIlliams can't play, it would mean bigger roles for defensive tackles Corbin Bryant and Stefan Charles. Atlanta ranks 31st in the NFL in rushing.

The Falcons' top back, Steven Jackson, missed the better part of six games with a hamstring problem. His season rushing high was 77 yards in the season opener. He rushed for 63 yards on 16 carries against New Orleans last week.


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Tim Graham

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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

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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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