Bills claim released Incognito off waivers -

Bills claim released Incognito off waivers


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- After wearing out his welcome in St. Louis, guard Richie Incognito will get a chance for a fresh start with the Buffalo Bills.

The injury-depleted Bills claimed Incognito off waivers on Wednesday a day after the player was released by the Rams, according to a person familiar with the move, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team had not made an announcement.

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 324 pounds, Incognito is a five-year player, who was selected by St. Louis in the third-round of the 2005 draft out of Nebraska.

A starter since his second season, Incognito's fiery style of play eventually got him into trouble. The last straw for the Rams came Sunday, when Incognito was benched in the second half of a 47-7 loss to Tennessee after the guard drew two personal foul penalties for head-butting.

Named the dirtiest player in the NFL earlier this year by The Sporting News, Incognito was also benched after drawing two personal foul penalties in a season-opening 28-0 loss at Seattle. Last season, Incognito criticized the team's dwindling fan base, made an obscene gesture to a TV cameraman during practice and encouraged hecklers by cupping his hands to his ears while leaving the field after a loss.

Incognito is still considered a solid run-blocker, who started 44 games with the Rams.

The move comes as the Bills (5-8) prepare to host the New England Patriots (8-5) on Sunday, and marks Buffalo's latest attempt to address a banged-up line that could be down yet two more regulars.

Tackle Jonathan Scott didn't practice Wednesday after sustaining an eye injury in a 16-10 win at Kansas City last weekend. Guard Kendall Simmons, who was thrust into the starting lineup days after being signed three weeks ago, also missed practice due to a shoulder injury.

The Bills haven't had a healthy front five all season and now have three starters on injured reserve after left tackle Demetrius Bell was placed on the season-ending list last week.

It's unclear when Incognito will join the Bills.

Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo called it a difficult decision to release Incognito, but noted he felt it was a move "made in the best interest of the football team, and I do think it's good for both parties."

Spagnuolo added: "I've got a lot of respect for Richie. I like him a lot. I wish him the best."


AP Sports Writer R.B. Fallstrom in St. Louis contributed to this report.

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