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Bills LB Merriman doubtful for Giants game

Buffalo Bills starting outside linebacker Shawne Merriman will likely miss Sunday's game at the New York Giants because of an Achilles tendon injury.

Merriman missed Wednesday's practice because of a shoulder injury, but coach Chan Gailey said Merriman's Achilles flared up during Thursday's practice, forcing him to miss Friday.

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

With starting outside linebacker Chris Kelsay already ruled out because of a calf injury, the Bills (4-1) will have just two healthy outside linebackers — Danny Batten and Arthur Moats — vs. the Giants (3-2).

Defensive lineman Kyle Williams (foot) will be a game-time decision, while linebacker Nick Barnett (ankle) and defensive back Da'Norris Searcy (ankle) are both questionable.