Punter Mat McBriar said he is better this week than he was last week, though the nerve damage in his left (plant) foot has not improved. After kicking Wednesday, he is optimistic he can play Sunday against the Bills.
"Two thumbs up for the moment," McBriar said. "I want to say the way practice went yesterday, I think I'll be good for tomorrow and good on Sunday. That's what I'm gearing up for. I might as well be optimistic."
McBriar missed last week's game against the Seahawks. He was replaced by rookie Chris Jones, who remains on the 53-player roster. Jones averaged 43 yards, and Seattle had no return yards.
McBriar has two braces: One he wears to walk in and another to punt it. Doctors have told him the foot will return to normal in time, but there is no timetable.
"I'm working on the best-case scenario being weeks instead of months," McBriar said. "We're three weeks in."
McBriar said he has trouble walking, because he can't lift his foot.
"I'm pretty gimpy," he said.
-- Charean Williams