Safety Jordan Poyer, who sat out Sunday's victory against the Oakland Raiders with a knee injury, said Tuesday he expected to be in the lineup for the Buffalo Bills when they face the New York Jets Thursday night.
Although the Bills listed him as a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, Poyer said he was able to "do everything" during the workout and that his knee "felt good."
"I believe I'll be able to play," Poyer said. "The knee's feeling good, it's been a good week of prep. I'm ready to go."
Cornerback E.J. Gaines, who missed the Oakland game with a hamstring injury, was listed as a non-participant in practice for the second day in a row. However, he said he was feeling good and, unless he is told otherwise by the medical staff or his coaches, he sees himself playing.
"I'm feeling good," Gaines said. "I'm going along with what the trainers and coaches are asking me to do, and, man, I'm hoping that they let me loose for this Thursday. I feel good. It kind of goes with the hamstring, soft tissue (injury), how they think you look and feel out there."
Offensive guard Richie Incognito (ankle) didn't practice Tuesday after taking part in Monday's workout on a limited basis, but said that he planned to play Thursday night.
McDermott said linebacker Ramon Humber, who has missed the last two games with a thumb injury, is "similar to Jordan Poyer, E.J. Gaines, in that bucket." Humber was listed as being limited in Tuesday's practice, as he was in Monday's session.
The coach acknowledged that the impressive work rookie Matt Milano has done in Humber's place has taken some pressure off of the need to rush Humber back onto the field.
"What Matt's been able to do, he's been productive," McDermott said. "That's when you can develop that depth with experience now. It gives you some flexibility when you bring a guy like Ramon back, or anyone for that matter, and a lot of confidence as well in Matt and the football he's played up to this point."
The news is less encouraging for Clay, out for the last two games with a knee injury. "Charles is going to have a hard time making it (into the lineup) this week," McDermott said.
Center Eric Wood (ankle) was the only other player listed as limited for Tuesday's practice, just as he was for Monday's. Tackle Cordy Glenn (foot/ankle) and wide receiver Zay Jones (shoulder) were full participants for the second day in a row.
The Bills Tuesday signed defensive tackle Marquavius Lewis to their practice squad and released practice-squad linebacker Zach Vigil.