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Torbor goes on IR; Cook is cut loose

The Bills on Thursday placed linebacker Reggie Torbor on injured reserve, ending the season for the eight-year veteran, and reached an injury settlement with cornerback Domonic Cook, the St. Joe's and University at Buffalo product.

Coach Chan Gailey said that Torbor, who was preparing for his second season with the Bills, suffered a shoulder injury. Torbor appeared in 10 games last season with seven starts and 41 tackles.

"It's tough for him and it's tough for us," Gailey said. "Reggie Torbor was a strong person on our football team and we're going to miss him but it's just one of those things. We evaluated it the last couple of days and that's the situation."

Torbor's season ended last year with a torn labrum that required surgery.

An undrafted free agent, Cook suffered a knee injury during the second week of training camp and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

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Gailey said Demetrius Bell will start at left tackle against the Jaguars and Andy Levitre will rotate with him. Levitre is expected to start at left guard.

When asked who will start at running back, Gailey wasn't as forthcoming with information. C.J. Spiller started last week's game at Denver but veteran Fred Jackson, who this week voiced his displeasure about his role, was inserted into the game on the second play from scrimmage.

"I'm not saying anything because I don't want Kansas City to know," Gailey said. "It's not for you guys, I know what's going to happen, but I don't want Kansas City to know. We have two great players."

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Rookie linebacker Kelvin Sheppard could see his first action in the preseason. He's been bothered by a hamstring injury since the beginning of training camp.

"It's a possibility," Gailey said. "We're going to look at it but I don't know if he'll make it but we're going to give him a shot anyway."

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The agent for Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams said Thursday he's optimistic that a new contract will get completed but nothing has been finalized. Williams' agent, Albert Elias, said he's waiting to hear from the Bills after exchanging proposals during negotiations this week.

"They're a first class organization but we're not done yet," Elias said. "He's excited that they're coming to him two years early and he wants to remain a Bill for the rest of his career and that's what he's kind of got me trying to get done."

Williams has a year remaining on the contract he signed in July 2008, which pays an average of $3.6 million per year. He's coming off a Pro Bowl season with 77 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

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Denver's Rahim Moore is a little lighter in the pocket after the league levied a $20,000 fine for his vicious hit placed on Bills wide receiver Donald Jones in last Saturday's preseason game. Jones has yet to return to practice after suffering a head injury.

The Bills announced that Saturday's Kids Day preseason game against Jacksonville has not sold out and will be blacked out locally. The game will be shown on tape delay at 8 p.m. Sunday on Ch. 7. Approximately 10,000 tickets remain.

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