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McIntyre seems to be a special player

The Buffalo Bills have another weapon on special teams with the addition of fullback Corey McIntyre, signed to the active roster Monday.

McIntyre is a fourth-year veteran who was special teams captain in Atlanta last season. In 2005, he ranked third on Cleveland's team in special teams tackles.

"That's my love and pleasure, right there," McIntyre said after finishing his first practice with the Bills Wednesday. "I love special teams. That's where I've always earned my money."

What's his motivation on kick coverage? Simple, said McIntyre:

"My mentality is I have to feed my kids, so somebody has their food and I have to go get it," he said. "I see the ball, go get the ball."

Bills coach Dick Jauron acknowledged that McIntyre was signed as much for his special teams work as his fullback play.

"He's got a reputation and he's done it on the field," Jauron said. "You can see it. He's played outstanding special teams, contributed in that area. . . . He's a high-character guy. We feel like he'll fit in very well for us. It was a tough move but we felt like we should make it."

The Bills brought McIntyre for a visit in March. He re-signed with Atlanta but was cut by the Falcons on Sept. 2. The Bills could have signed him then but opted to stick with Darian Barnes, who had worked with the team all offseason and training camp, to open the year.

Why didn't they sign him Sept. 2? "We thought about it," Jauron said. "I just didn't think the timing was right. I believe there's a lot to timing and a lot involved in decisions. It just didn't seem like the right time."

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Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt would not rule out star receiver Anquan Boldin for Sunday's game. However, Boldin did not practice Wednesday and he is scheduled to undergo more tests today. There's a decent chance Boldin will miss the game due to the severe blow to the head he took from Jets safety Eric Smith in Sunday's loss at New York. Boldin's face was puffy from a fractured sinus.

Meanwhile, the Cards are expected to be without one of their good pass rushers, Bert Berry, who has an injured groin muscle. He did some work on the side Wednesday. The Cards' best safety, Adrian Wilson, missed last week's game with a sore hamstring and was limited in practice Wednesday. He has a better chance to return than Berry. Backup tight end Jerame Tuman (hamstring) also was limited, as was defensive tackle Darnell Dockett (hamstring). Dockett is expected to play. The Cards might get back starting nose tackle Gabe Wilson, who missed the first four games with a kneecap injury suffered in the offseason.

Meanwhile, Bills defensive linemen Marcus Stroud and Aaron Schobel sat out of practice. Jauron said Stroud had a sore shoulder and Schobel had a sore foot.

"We're anticipating they'll be back [for Sunday's game]," Jauron said.

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Single-game tickets to the Bills-Dolphins matchup in Toronto on Dec. 7 went on sale Wednesday on the Web site billsintoronto.com. Prices start at $105.

e-mail: mgaughan@buffnews.com

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