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Mario Williams expected to be ready for Texans

The Buffalo Bills should get a huge piece of their defensive line back Sunday.

Defensive end Mario Williams was limited in practice Thursday for the second straight day, a good sign according to coach Rex Ryan.

"I think Mario looks good," Ryan said. "He might not be 100 percent, but he's good enough for us."

Williams, who turns 31 at the end of next month, has just three sacks this season, putting him on pace for the worst season of his career. He missed his first game in four seasons with the Bills last Sunday against Kansas City because of a foot injury, and has also sat out big chunks of two other games because of injury and/or illness.

"Obviously that plays into it," Ryan said of Williams' decreased statistical production. "And the way people are attacking us a little differently. Make no mistake, this guy's still a great fotoball player. So I'm happy we have him, regardless of how many sacks he has or doesn't have."

Williams, who has not spoken to reporters this week, has two years remaining on his contract. He's scheduled to count $19.9 million against the Bills' salary cap in 2016.

In other injury updates, right guard John Miller (ankle), right tackle Seantrel Henderson (illness), linebacker Nigel Bradham (ankle) and running back Karlos Williams (shoulder) did not practice Thursday. Miller and Bradham have all been ruled out, and optimism from Ryan on Henderson and Karlos Williams being able to play is waning.

"I think so – now that he's missed another day of practice – there will be some concerns there," Ryan said of Henderson. "I'm not real sure. Usually with most illnesses, it's ok, but now being away another day, there would be some some concerns."

That would leave the Bills without the starting right side of their offensive line against the Texans – and star pass-rusher J.J. Watt. Uh oh.

"Oh, I wouldn't thin a whole lot," Ryan said when asked how big of a problem that could be, trying to deadpan as much sarcasm as he cut muster. "Maybe a little bit of a problem. It might be a little bit of a problem if the starting group is out there."

If Henderson is unable to play, Jordan Mills would make his first start as a member of the Bills. Mills joined the team from the Detroit Lions' practice squad prior to the Week Seven game in London against Jacksonville.

"Yeah, if it has to come, absolutely," Ryan said when asked if Mills was ready to start, which would then make Cyrus Kouandjio the team's swing tackle. "We'd be ok if that happens, but we'll see if it happens."

Ryan said the team expects to know more on the status of Karlos Williams and Henderson following Friday's final practice of the week.

If Karlos Williams is unable to play, the Bills may be forced to promote running back Mike Gillislee from the practice squad to have three healthy players at the position.

Left tackle Cordy Glenn (back). receiver Marcuse Easley (concussion), quarterback Tyrod Taylor (right shoulder) and safety Bacarri Rambo (knee) all joined Mario Williams as limited participants in Thursday's practice.

 

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