K Rayner accepts another part-time job

Buffalo Bills substitute kicker Dave Rayner has had plenty of

short-term jobs in his NFL career. He’s hoping the latest one

eventually turns into a full-time gig somewhere.

After longtime kicker Rian Lindell broke a bone in his right

shoulder while trying to make a tackle in Buffalo’s loss to the New

York Jets on Sunday, the Bills signed the journeyman Rayner to help

fill in.

Rayner, who will make his debut Sunday when the Bills (5-3) play

at Dallas (4-4), is already on his eighth team – and second this

year – in his sixth season.

”These are the kind of jobs here that help you get a permanent

job,” the 29-year-old said. ”I’ll never turn down a job. I’ll

come in here and hopefully do well for as many games as I’m here.

Hopefully teams see that, and I get a permanent gig soon.”

After being drafted by Indianapolis in the sixth round in 2005,

Rayner dressed for 14 games as a rookie, but was used as a kickoff

specialist and attempted just one field goal. The following season

he was picked up by Green Bay, where he connected on 26 of 35

field-goal attempts, including a 54-yarder.

But that production wasn’t enough to hang onto the job. Since

then, he has toiled in San Diego, Kansas City, Cincinnati, and

Detroit before a one-game stint last month with Oakland filling in

for an injured Sebastian Janikowski in a 28-0 loss to Kansas

City.

”He’s been around, so anybody that’s with the Bills that’s been

on another team has probably played with Dave,” quarterback Ryan

Fitzpatrick said. ”I know I was with him in Cincinnati. We came

out in the same draft, so I know him. He’s a good guy, easy going,

fits into what we have going on here in the locker room. He’s a

pro. He gets paid to make kicks, and that’s what we expect him to

do. I don’t think he’s going to have any problem coming in and

doing that.”

After the Lions’ Jason Hanson went down with a knee injury last

year, Rayner drilled 13 of 16 field goals in eight games, including

seven straight to end the season. But with Hanson healthy to start

this season, Rayner was no longer needed on the team he rooted for

as a kid while growing up in Detroit.

”There’s only 32 jobs,” he said. ”It’s inevitable that every

year somebody’s going to have an injury, or something’s going to

happen, so you’ve got to be ready. I’m happy to be here.”

Bills coach Chan Gailey is happy to have him.

”He had experience,” Gailey said. ”Having experience was one

of the biggest factors.”

Gailey isn’t sure how long Lindell will be out after getting

hurt while tripping up Joe McKnight on a 59-yard kickoff return to

open the second half against the Jets. Lindell subsequently hit a

24-yard field goal in the third quarter, but then was held out in

the fourth quarter, with punter Brian Moorman handling the kickoff

duties.

Lindell has never missed a game in his nine seasons in Buffalo,

and his 204 career field goals and 875 points rank second on the

team’s all-time lists.

”They’re telling me we’ll take it a week at a time,” Gailey

said about the injury. ”I’m hoping it’s not as long as maybe

they’re saying that it could be.”

Until Lindell returns, Rayner will don yet another NFL jersey

for his collection. But don’t count on him putting it in a frame

and hanging it up in his house anytime soon.

”My wife actually asked about that because we’ve got a finished

basement, and I want to start putting some stuff up,” he cracked.

”She said, `We don’t have room for all the jerseys,’ and I’m like,

`Ahhh, I understand.’ So I may get a helmet of different teams and

put them up somewhere.”

Meanwhile, the Bills signed defensive back Mana Silva to the

practice squad on Thursday.