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Bills Ink Dave Rayner to Take Lindell’s Place

Kicker Dave Rayner agreed to terms on a contract with the Bills to fill in for injured veteran Rian Lindell, who is out indefinitely after hurting his right shoulder making a touchdown-saving tackle last weekend.

Rayner’s agent, Paul Sheehy, confirmed the move to The Associated Press in a text message Tuesday afternoon. The Bills had not yet announced the move.

Rayner has played for seven teams over parts of six NFL seasons, including a one-game stint in with Oakland while filling in for an injured Sebastian Janikowski in a 28-0 loss to Kansas City last month.

He hit 13 of 16 field-goal attempts — including a 55-yarder — and had 55 points in eight games with Detroit last season. Rayner’s most productive season came in 2006 with Green Bay, where he hit 26 of 35 attempts and had 109 points in 16 games.

Rayner first broke in with Indianapolis as a kickoff specialist in 2005. He’s also played with Kansas City, San Diego and Cincinnati. Overall, he’s made 55 of 75 field-goal attempts, including hitting three of seven attempts of 50 yards or longer.

It’s unclear who Rayner will replace on the team’s active roster.

NFL.com first reported earlier in the day that Rayner was expected to sign with the Bills.

There’s no timetable on how long Lindell will be out. The possibility of the player being placed on injured reserve has not been discussed.

Coach Chan Gailey, on Monday, would only rule out Lindell from playing on Sunday, when the Bills (5-3) travel to Dallas (4-4).

Lindell was hurt in a 27-11 loss to the New York Jets last weekend while making a diving tackle by tripping up Joe McKnight on a 59-yard kickoff return to open the second half.

Lindell was slow to get up and held his right arm in pain as he walked to the sideline. He hit a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter, but was held out in the fourth quarter.

He’s not missed a game in his nine seasons in Buffalo, and ranks second on the team with 204 career field goals and 875 points.

The Bills are also awaiting test results this week to determine the status of starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who has missed the past three games with an injured left foot. Williams was scheduled to travel to see a specialist this week in North Carolina.

Gailey hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Williams being placed on season-ending injured reserve.

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