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Originally published October 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM | Page modified October 15, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Merriman won't play this week for Bills

Buffalo Bills starting outside linebacker Shawne Merriman won't play in Sunday's game at the New York Giants because of an Achilles tendon injury.

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills starting outside linebacker Shawne Merriman won't play in Sunday's game at the New York Giants because of an Achilles tendon injury.

Merriman's Achilles flared up during Thursday's practice, and he was held out of Friday's practice altogether.

Merriman said Friday he didn't think the injury was significant. The Bills will have their bye next week, giving him an additional week to heal.

Merriman finished last season on injured reserve because of a nagging injury to his right tendon.

With both Merriman and Chris Kelsay (calf) out, the Bills will be down to two healthy outside linebackers — Danny Batten and Arthur Moats. Defensive lineman Spencer Johnson will also be available to fill in after working with the outside linebackers on Friday.

Notes

• Three Indianapolis players will not travel to Cincinnati for Sunday's game.

Running back Joseph Addai, left tackle Anthony Castonzo and defensive tackle Drake Nevis will stay in Indianapolis, the team said.

Addai left last week's game in the first quarter after hurting his hamstring.

• New York Jets center Nick Mangold is listed as questionable but is expected to play in the team's game against the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.

Mangold missed two games with a high right ankle sprain before returning last Sunday at New England. He was limited in practice Friday and Saturday.

Defensive lineman Ropati Pitoitua (knee) and defensive backs Donald Strickland (concussion) and Isaiah Trufant (hamstring) were all ruled out for the game.

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