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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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Wilfork might meet his match

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2009 – 10:35 am

If the recently acquired Richie Incognito happens to be thrust into the lineup Sunday against the Patriots because Kendall Simmons shoulder injury sidelines him, Vince Wilfork may very well have met his match.

It’s no secret that Wilfork has had his share of cheap shots against the Bills over the years. For those that don’t know here’s the quick laundry list.

1. Kicked Bills G Chris Villarrial in the back when he was on the ground after a field goal attempt.
2. Buried the crown of his helmet into the side of Jonas Jennings’ helmet while Jennings was engaged with another defensive linemen at the tail end of a pass play. Jennings suffered a concussion.
3. Flying elbow at the left knee of J.P. Losman, caving it in and forcing Losman to miss the next three games with a sprained MCL and ultimately lose his starting job. (Wilfork actually fined for this).
4. Cold cocked Duke Preston behind a downfield pass play delivering a forearm to the back of his neck almost knocking him over.

Incognito has had his share of on field flare ups including this past week when he was involved in a head butting incident with a Titans player that drew a pair of personal foul penalties. He also was assessed two personal fouls in Week 1 while with the Rams.

Only difference between Incognito and Wilfork is the Patriots DT rarely gets caught.


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Report: Bills claim Incognito

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2009 – 5:51 pm

According to Pro Football Talk, the Bills claimed OL Richie Incognito off waivers Wednesday.

Incognitowas claimed by the Bills and the Dolphins, but the Bills were awarded Incognito due to a worse won-loss record. He was just released by the Rams this week after he committed two personal fouls last Sunday against Tennessee and then got in a shouting match with head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

The Bills have been thin on the interior ever since losing rookie Eric Wood to a broken leg in Week 11. They signed veteran free agent Kendall Simmons, who has started the last three games in Wood’s place, but he missed practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury.

Incognito is a guard by trade and has spent his entire five-year career with the Rams.


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