Buffalo Bills pass rusher Mario Williams was named the AFC’s defensive player of the week for his record-breaking performance Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
Meanwhile, Jets linebacker Antwan Barnes scoffed at the notion that Williams could have a repeat showing on Sunday.
“No, not at all,” Barnes told Newsday reporter Kimberly A. Martin. “Not on my O-line. It’s the Panthers we’re talking about,” Barnes said.
“Obviously, he’s a first-round pick. They pay him so much money, so he’s got to go out there and do something.”
Williams was defensive player of the week twice in 2007 and is the first Bills defensive lineman to win the award since Aaron Schobel in 2006. Williams recorded 4.5 sacks, a club record, against Carolina. He had 3.5 of them on third down. Since he joined the Bills, 9.5 of his 15 sacks have been on third downs.
“The guy’s a tremendous player,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said on a conference call with Bills reporters. “He’s been a tremendous player in the league for a long time. He’s probably the guy that had the biggest disappointing 10 or 11 sacks he had last year, whatever it was, as there was in the league. The guy’s a great player.”
Jets starting outside linebacker Quinton Coples practiced on a limited basis Wednesday but hasn’t played since suffering a hairline fracture in his ankle in the second exhibition game. Coples told reporters he wasn’t sure about whether he could face the Bills.
“It’s a trainer’s and coach’s decision,” he said. “Whatever they tell me, I’ll prepare for.”
The only Jet to miss practice was running back Bilal Powell, who was ill.
The Jets’ top receiver, Santonio Holmes, was limited. He’s recovering from a Lisfranc fracture in his foot. He played 45 snaps in the opener and 66 snaps against New England last week. He told reporters he’s not 100 percent.
Bills guard Doug Legursky returned to practice on a limited basis, working in individual drills. Legursky suffered a sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his knee in the preseason finale against Detroit. Legursky isn’t going to be ready this week, but he’s making progress from an injury that looked bad when it happened.
“Any time you get a knee injury everybody worries about the worst-case scenario,” Legursky said. “Thank God it wasn’t much worse. I’m thankful for that and I’m excited to start to work back into it.”
Bills safety Jairus Byrd was limited due to his sore foot. Byrd worked with the scout team during the early portion of practice. However, he said he’s making progress.
“It feels pretty good,” Byrd said. “It’s coming along.
“It’s just a process that just takes some time. It’s coming along. I’m encouraged.”
Said coach Doug Marrone: “I think we’re getting closer and closer.”
Not practicing were kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin), cornerback Stephon Gilmore (hand) and receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand).
The Jets’ Ryan on Bills defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus: “The one that I think is the most underrated guy is Kyle Williams. That’s the guy that I’ve always thought a great deal of. And he’s raising Cain in there. He’s the guy. They talk about Dareus, a good player as well. But Kyle Williams is a guy who I think is really doing some things in there, and he’s always done that. He’s a tough guy.”
There were a couple of statistical changes from the Bills’ first two games. A 12-yard reception on the Bills’ final drive was credited to C.J. Spiller. Fred Jackson actually made the catch. Spiller finished the game with 117 yards rushing and receiving. Jackson’s corrected total was 65 total yards. In the game against New England, the Bills were given a sack that was shared by Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes. Tom Brady originally was credited with a rush for 0 yards on the second-quarter play.