Bills PK Lindell hurts shoulder in loss to Jets

BY foxsports • November 6, 2011

Buffalo Bills kicker Rian Lindell hurt his right shoulder making a tackle in a 27-11 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday and his status is uncertain.

Coach Chan Gailey didn't have a full update on Lindell's injury following the game, except to confirm the player was having tests on his shoulder.

Lindell was hurt when he made a diving stop along the right sideline to trip up Joe McKnight on a 59-yard kickoff return to open the second half.

Lindell was slow getting up, and was holding his right arm on his way to the sideline. Lindell hit a 24-yard field goal later in the third quarter, but was held out in the fourth.

Rather than attempting an extra point following David Nelson's 7-yard touchdown catch with 3:14 left, the Bills succeeded on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's 2-point conversion run. Punter Brian Moorman then handled the ensuing kickoff, an onside kick, which the Jets recovered.

Jets tight end Dustin Keller returned in the third quarter after he hurt his head early in the second quarter. Running up the sideline, Keller attempted to vault two Bills at the end of the 11-yard catch. That's when he was struck by cornerback Terrence McGee, sending the tight end tumbling head over heels to the turf.

Keller landed on his right shoulder and struck his head on the turf. He was slow to get up and looked groggy heading to the sideline.

Coach Rex Ryan said Keller went through the NFL concussion protocol on the sideline, before being allowed back into the game. He finished with four catches for 64 yards.

Ryan shook his head in wondering why Keller leaped in the air.

''He's got to quit trying to be Dwight Stones, high-jump champ or something,'' Ryan said, referring to the two-time U.S. Olympic bronze medalist in the 1970s.

Jets running back Shonn Greene did not return after sustaining a head injury early in the fourth quarter after he was tackled following a 5-yard run. Ryan said Greene was ''a little dizzy, and called it a coach's decision to keep him on the sideline for the remainder of the game.

Greene finished with a team-best 76 yards rushing, and added he likely could've returned.

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