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FISHER TO PLAY WITH BAD THUMB

Buffalo Bills defensive end Bryce Fisher will play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts despite a fractured right thumb.

Fisher was listed as questionable this week but practiced Wednesday and Thursday.

Coach Gregg Williams said Fisher should be ready to go Sunday, although it's unlikely Fisher will wear his cast during the game.

"This is just for protection for practice," Williams said. "He's expressed that he would like to have more mobility during a game. Obviously, I would like that, too. As long as he's tough enough to handle it, and he is, we have a way we believe can protect it without putting that cast on."

Fisher suffered the fracture at the base of his right hand during the Bills' season opener against the New Orleans Saints. The thumb was so painful that he was unable to get into a three-point stance the rest of the game and during practice last week.

But he said it shouldn't bother him Sunday.

"There's some soreness there, but I'll be fine," Fisher said.

Bills defensive tackle Pat Williams was listed as questionable with inflammation in his ankle on the injury report Thursday. Williams was added to the report because he didn't participate in practice Wednesday.

He did practice Thursday and is expected to play Sunday.

Cornerback Chris Watson also was added to the injury report after leaving Wednesday's practice with a fractured right pinky finger. He practiced Thursday with a splint, and he should be able to play Sunday after being listed as probable.

Meanwhile, the Colts added backup defensive tackle Christian Peter to their injury list. He is probable with a sore foot, although he practiced Thursday.

The Colts have nine players on their injury report, but everyone practiced except linebacker Sean Harris (doubtful with neck/shoulder).

A decision on linebacker Sam Cowart could be close. Cowart is scheduled to meet with team doctors today.

Williams said he would know more about Cowart's condition after consulting with the doctors. Cowart had surgery to repair a partially torn Achilles' tendon and could be placed on season-ending injured reserve if he faces an extended recovery period.

The Bills had decals of the American flag placed on their helmets before Thursday's practice. It is believed every NFL team will have them Sunday.

"I think it is important for all of us to be very supportive of that," Williams said.

A lot of the Bills' coaches will wear hats with the flag on it on the sidelines. Williams won't don a cap, not because he's not patriotic.

"I don't wear a hat indoors," he said. "That's just my personal thing. I don't wear a hat in a dome."

e-mail: awilson@buffnews.com

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