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Chan on the move at kicker

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2011 – 12:54 pm

Bills head coach Chan Gailey outlined why a move was necessary at the kicker position Wednesday with the team signing Brandon Coutu and placing Dave Rayner on I-R.

“He came up sore again Monday and he’s not sure he can be 100 percent,” said Gailey of Rayner. “You can’t take a chance when you walk out there if it’s one kick and done on a cold day or something like that you can’t afford to have that so that’s why we had to make the move.”

Rayner had a groin problem coming out of the San Diego game in Week 14, but kicked the past two games. Whether Rayner’s condition worsened was not revealed, but being far less than a lock to kick in a game from start to finish was enough to bring in another kicker.

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Rayner the latest to I-R

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2011 – 10:29 am

With K Dave Rayner going on injured reserve the Bills now have 17 players on the season-ending injury list. That matches the total the Bills had in 2007 when Kevin Everett unfortunately highlighted a year in which the club was snake bit with serious injuries. Surprisingly, it’s not the high water mark for Buffalo’s I-R list over the past five seasons.

In 2009, Buffalo had 20 players on injured reserve by season’s end. This week Buffalo arguably could’ve placed Kraig Urbik and Demetrius Bell on injured reserve after both suffered serious injuries this past weekend, which would bring the total to 19 this season.

Football is a physical sport and injuries are a part of the game. It just seems that the Bills have not had much luck in recent years in avoiding the season-ending injuries. Over the past five seasons Buffalo has had an average of just over 15 players on injured reserve per season (15.4). Here’s the five-year rundown of I-R player totals.

2007 – 17 players on I-R
2008 – 10 players on I-R
2009 – 20 players on I-R
2010 – 13 players on I-R
2011 – 17 players on I-R

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Rayner on the misses

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2011 – 11:20 am

Dave Rayner was able to bounce back from his two early missed field goals to hit four short ones all from inside 30 yards in Saturday’s 40-14 win over Denver. Rayner however, intends to get to the bottom of what went wrong on his two wide left efforts from 45 and 31 yards.

“I don’t know and I’m going to watch it,” said Rayner. “Obviously I pulled the first one. I hit it well, just pulled it a little bit. I think missing the first one i went out and really didn’t focus in as much as I needed to on the second one. I’m glad  that we got opportunities because I never want to leave a game going ‘O-for’. I appreciate coach sending me back out and having confidence. Going four-for-four in the second half I think is good for everyone.”

Rayner’s made a 28-yarder in the second quarter and hit from 25, 25 and 29 in the second half.

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Rayner could make things tough

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2011 – 1:03 pm

By the time the season is over Dave Rayner will have spent half  a season with the Bills, giving him a lengthy opportunity to convince the coaching staff that he’s deserving of consideration to be the team’s kicker beyond the 2011 season.

Head coach Chan Gailey admitted between Rayner and reliable veteran Rian Lindell it won’t be an easy call.

“I think any guy that comes in whether it’s a tight end that we signed here late or an offensive lineman like last year when we got Kraig Urbik and Erik Pears, they worked their way into getting invited back for the next year and trying to get them back as a part of the team,” Gailey told “Dave has done a good job and we do have a tough decision to make. Buddy (Nix) and I will sit down at the end of the year when it’s all said and done and look at the direction we need to go with that position as well as all the other positions.”

Both Rayner and Lindell are unrestricted free agents after this season. Lindell is the most accurate kicker in team history.

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Rayner to be fine to kick

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2011 – 4:18 pm

Bills kicker Dave Rayner missed practice Wednesday and was limited on Thursday, but head coach Chan Gailey is confident he’ll be good to go come Sunday against the Dolphins.

“We had Rayner limited today,” said Gailey after Thursday’s practice. “But I think he’s going to be just fine. He kicked on the side.”

Rayner said he felt pain in the middle of his pelvis during the second half of the San Diego game, but isn’t sure how it came about.

“I had to get a steroid injection to take care of the inflammation that somehow built up in there,” he said. “I’ll be fine. I’m just a little sore now from the giant needle they stuck in there.”

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Practice update

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2011 – 2:28 pm

The Bills had just two non-participants at practice Thursday.

TE Scott Chandler and K Dave Rayner were not participating during the media viewing portion of practice. We’ll get a full update on the status of both after practice from head coach Chan Gailey.

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K Rayner doesn’t practice

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2011 – 10:32 pm

Bills K Dave Rayner did not practice on Wednesday.

Rayner was listed as a non-participant with a left groin injury. The placekicker is a right-footed kicker.

The severity of the injury is not known, but what is known is Rian Lindell is not an option as a replacement. Lindell was placed on injured reserve last week ending his season. If Rayner’s condition renders him unable to kick, the Bills might need to scramble to sign a kicker late in the week.

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Lindell likely out another week

Posted by Chris Brown on December 1, 2011 – 3:56 pm

Bills kicker Rian Lindell did not practice on Thursday after being limited in practice Wednesday. Bills head coach Chan Gailey addressed Lindell’s availability for Sunday.

“We’ll probably hold him one more week and just let it heal, give it a few more days,” said Gailey.

That means that Dave Rayner will kick for a fourth straight game. If he successfully hits an attempt from 50 yards or more this week, he’ll be the first kicker in team history to hit kicks from 50 yards or more in three straight games.

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Rayner’s 4 days with Cowboys

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2011 – 9:17 am

Bills replacement kicker Dave Rayner has bounced around from team to team in his seven-year NFL career. Often an emergency replacement kicker, Rayner has also been part of several training camp competitions, one of which took place in Dallas this past summer.

Rayner was late to the party. Injuries to a couple of Dallas’ kicking candidates led to Rayner’s arrival.

“It was late in the preseason,” said Rayner. “I got to kick in the Dallas preseason game at Miami and had to attempt a 51-yarder and a 48-yarder in the mud of the infield at Dolphins stadium because it had been raining.”

Rayner missed them both wide right. The next day he was released spending a total of four days with the Cowboys.

“I don’t know how you can be convinced of a kicker’s abilities after four days,” he said.

It wouldn’t be shocking if Rayner had some added incentive to show the Cowboys just how capable a kicker he is on Sunday.


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Rayner not sure on length of duty

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2011 – 1:02 pm

Dave Rayner will be ready to go on Sunday in Dallas, but he has no idea how long he’ll be here kicking for Buffalo.

“I haven’t heard anything,” Rayner said. “Obviously it’s a broken bone in (Rian’s) shoulder so who knows how long that’s going to take to heal. I’ll be here until I’m not.”

Head coach Chan Gailey called Lindell week to week, but said that Lindell has a chance to return this season so it sounds as if injured reserve is not a consideration at this time.



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Rayner jersey number

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2011 – 10:47 am

New Bills kicker has his jersey assignment.

Rayner will wear number 3 for the Bills after signing on Tuesday. He’s just the fifth player to wear jersey number 3, joining K Pete Gogolak (1964-65), K Tom Leypoldt (1971-76), QB Ben Russell (1968) and replacement player Todd Schlopy (1987).

Though Russell was only with the Bills for one season it was enough time for him to change his number to 7.

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Rayner by distance

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2011 – 4:39 pm

Bills newly signed kicker Dave Rayner is a career 77.3% FG kicker. Here’s how the 29-year old has fared from the five different distances in his career.

0-19 yards – 0-0
20-29 yards – 18-19 (94.7%)
30-39 yards – 16-22 (73%)
40-49 yards – 18-27 (66%)
50+ – 3-7 (43%)

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Report: Rayner signs with Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2011 – 1:02 pm

According to the agent for veteran kicker Dave Rayner, he has signed with the Bills following tryouts held at One Bills Drive today.

@ProStarSportsPaul Sheehy – Congrats to DAVE RAYNER on signing with the #Bills with RIAN LINDELL out with a shoulder injury. One ProStar guy stepping in for another.

No official word from the team on any signings at this point.

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Lions sign new kicker

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2010 – 2:36 pm

The Detroit Lions have found a new kicker for Sunday’s game against the Bills, after losing veteran Jason Hanson to a knee injury last Sunday.

Detroit signed free agent kicker Dave Rayner. That according to Rayner has a prior stint with the Lions in the 2008 preseason. He’s played for five different NFL clubs in four seasons.

The Lions cut fourth-year cornerback Jonathan Wade to make room for Rayner on the Lions 53-man roster.

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