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Bills notebook: Carpenter to kick again; Byrd doubtful

The Buffalo Bills will use veteran kicker Dan Carpenter for a second straight week, and safety Jairus Byrd remains doubtful for 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 team’s 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.

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.

Meanwhile, the Panthers ruled out No. 4 corner James Dockery (thumb) and No. 3 running back Kenjon Barner (foot). Starting linebacker Jon Beason (knee), who had missed Thursday’s practice, is listed as probable.


The Bills will honor their entire Wall of Fame contingent during a ceremony at halftime Sunday.

The first 50,000 fans entering the gates will receive a commemorative Wall of Fame window cling in recognition of “The 12th Man” being named to the team’s ring of honor in 1992.

There are 28 members of the Wall of Fame. Those scheduled to attend the ceremony, according to the Bills, include Ed Abramoski, Joe DeLamielleure, Booker Edgerson, Joe Ferguson, Phil Hansen, Robert James, Jim Kelly, Marv Levy, Bill Polian, Andre Reed, Jim Ritcher, Fred Smerlas, Mike Stratton and Thurman Thomas.

Also attending will be family members of deceased Wall of Famers Kent Hull, Bob Kalsu and Patrick McGroder.

The team has designed new Wall of Fame blazers, which will be presented to each honoree on the field by randomly selected season-ticket holders.


Bills linebacker Arthur Moats was fined $7,875 for a facemask penalty on Pats receiver Julian Edelman, the NFL confirmed. He was among at least four NFL players fined that amount Friday. There were at least four players hit with bigger fines, including Tampa’s Dashon Goldson ($30,000), for hitting a defenseless Jets receiver, Jeff Cumberland.


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