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Incognito could start Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2009 – 3:13 pm

Bills newly signed guard Richie Incognito has a chance to start on Sunday.

With Kendall Simmons nursing a shoulder injury and not practicing again on Thursday, Incognito said he stepped right in with the first unit in Simmons’ place at right guard.

Interim head coach Perry Fewell hasn’t committed to starting Incognito yet, but didn’t rule it out either.

“We’re just going to evaluate that day to day and look at that from a standpoint of will he be able to play or will he not be able to play? We’re glad that we got Richie in to see him practice and we’ll get another practice in with him tomorrow and we’ll just see,” said Fewell. “The terminology is different and the scheme is different, but he is an aggressive football player. He doesn’t lack for aggression. He’s a solid offensive lineman. He’s a big guy. There are guys out there helping him with calls and etcetera. So he had a good first day. We’ll see what it looks like tomorrow.”

Though Incognito is still translating a lot of the Bills terminology, which is new to him, he believes he could be ready by Sunday with the two men lined up on either side of him.

“Geoff (Hangartner) is a real good communicator and the right tackle Chambers is really smart,” Incognito told Buffalobills.com. “I’m excited to play. I heard it’s a good fan base to play in front of so I’m pumped up about that.”

A month ago when Kendall Simmons signed with Buffalo he successfully practiced a couple of days and started at right guard that same week against Miami. There’s no reason to think that another veteran lineman like Incognito could not do the same. It all depends on the availability of Simmons.

One last note. I mentioned to Incognito that Wilfork has a bit of a cheap shot history against the Bills. His response was the following.

“I protect against stuff like that.”

Hard not to like this guy already.


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