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J.J. 'Unga preparing for first NFL start; Kiko Alonso limited with sore knee


Buffalo Bills right guard Kraig Urbik's left foot is in a walking boot, jeopardizing his ability to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.

J.J. 'Unga, signed three weeks ago off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad, absorbed Urbik's reps today in practice.

"I think it's going to be a game-time decision," Doug Marrone said of Urbik, "and I won't be able to update you during the week, saying, 'He's closer,' or 'He's not closer.' I really think it'll go all the way to the end."

Urbik's foot was sore after Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and it didn't improve the next few days. 'Unga made his NFL debut Sunday, playing seven snaps in Urbik's spot.

Defensive tackle Kyle Williams took his usual day off to rest his surgically repaired Achilles.

Inside linebacker Kiko Alonso was limited today with a knee injury. Marrone said Alonso was being rested as a precaution.

Reserve cornerback Brandon Smith suffered an ankle injury during today's practice.

  • Michael DeWald

    Very concerned about the number of snaps Alonzo has played. He should have been rested a long time ago.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.