The Buffalo Bills are on their third kicker this season after signing Brandon Coutu and placing Dave Rayner on injured reserve. The moves were made Wednesday as the Bills (6-9) prepare to close their season at New England (12-3) on Sunday.|||||||
The Bills did not disclose the nature of Rayner's injury, though he's been bothered by a sore pelvis. He missed two of six field-goal attempts in a 40-14 win over Denver last weekend. Rayner signed with Buffalo in early November after Rian Lindell broke a bone in his right shoulder.
Rayner has agreed to a contract with the Buffalo Bills to fill in for injured veteran Rian Lindell, who is out indefinitely after hurting his right shoulder last weekend.|||||||
Rayner's agent, Paul Sheehy, confirmed the move to The Associated Press in a text message Tuesday. Rayner has played for seven teams over parts of seven NFL seasons, including a one-game stint with Oakland last month. He had 55 points in eight games with Detroit last year. Lindell was hurt making a tackle in a 27-11 loss to the Jets last weekend. Buffalo (5-3) travels to play Dallas on Sunday.
The Oakland Raiders have signed Rayner in case Sebastian Janikowski's hamstring injury keeps him from playing Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.|||||||
Rayner kicked for six teams in five years, most recently for Detroit in 2010. He has made 55 of 75 field goal attempts in his career.
Rayner is ready to re-sign with the Detroit Lions.|||||||
The former Michigan State Spartan made 13 of 16 field goals for Detroit last season after longtime kicker Jason Hanson went down with an injured right knee. Rayner is an unrestricted free agent.
A person familiar with the situation told AP the Lions have tendered a contract to Rayner.|||||||
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team hasn't announced the moves.