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Bills Notebook: Poyer & Incognito questionable, Gaines out for Sunday

The Buffalo Bills will be without at least one starter in their secondary for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders, and could be missing two.

Cornerback E.J. Gaines has been declared out for the game with a hamstring injury he suffered in last Sunday's victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Safety Jordan Poyer is listed as questionable with a knee injury, along with offensive guard Richie Incognito with an injured ankle. Incognito, who practiced on a limited basis Friday, said he tested his ankle and "it passed the test. And barring any setbacks, I should be good to go for Sunday."

Poyer, who hasn't practiced all week, isn't as certain about his status.

"Still just day to day right now," Poyer said. "I could wake up (Saturday) and feel one hundred percent, ready to go. I want to be out there with my teammates. At the same time, I want to be smart for the team. I know it's a long stretch of games after this. I just want to be able to be healthy and be out there and help this team win football games."

Would Poyer have been able to play if the game were Friday?

"That's hard to say," he said. "With no adrenaline going, mindset would probably be totally different. It's just really hard to say right now, honestly. It's gotten better every single day. I want to stay positive about it, because I haven't had any setbacks or anything like that. It's just kept going up, so (Saturday) I could go a hundred percent, Sunday it could feel even better, so we'll see."

Poyer said he "could do everything" on his knee, but there are restrictions.

"Run, cut, jump," he said. "Still a couple limitations when doing the drills, but for the most part, I was really, really happy and really excited about the progress that I made."


Besides Gaines, the Bills list tight end Charles Clay (knee) and linebacker Ramon Humber (thumb) as out for Sunday.

Linebacker Preston Brown (shoulder) and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle) were full participants in Friday's practice.


Raiders quarterback Derek Carr raved to reporters this week about the tremendous versatility of wide receiver Amari Cooper, who this season has lined up outside, inside and even in the backfield. Carr went so far as to compare Cooper to LeBron James.

“Super smart," Carr said of his receiver. "It means he knows the whole playbook. I think, actually, we just saw LeBron. He was talking about how he played point guard this past game and you take a guy that’s super smart that can go from playing the three and then go to play the one, and he can go play the five. He knows all the sets, he knows all the plays.

"Amari’s the same kind mentally. He’s the same kind of guy where he can go play X, F, he can play the Y he can play the Z. He can play H."

Laughing, Carr added, "I don’t know if he can play quarterback. I’m sure he’d find a way to be successful.”

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