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There was never a doubt the Bills would bring back unrestricted free agent kicker Rian Lindell. The 35 year old is the team's career field-goal percentage leader at 82.93 percent and was enjoying another stellar season in 2011 when he broke his shoulder making a tackle on a kickoff and missed the final eight games. His four-year, $11 million contract is money well spent on a proven performer, who also holds the team mark for consecutive PATs at 225.

Earlier this offseason, the Bills re-upped Lindell's long snapper, Garrison Sanborn (three years, $3.21 million). His holder, punter Brian Moorman, will also return, keeping together one of the NFL's best snap-to-kick trios.

"I'm familiar with everybody and I'm comfortable," said Lindell, who had converted 13 of 15 field-goal tries at the time of his injury. "The snap and the hold with Garrison (Sanborn) coming back and Brian (Moorman) back - they're as good as anybody in at what they do. I like the coaches and I just like the organization."


--RB Fred Jackson, who suffered a cracked fibula against Miami on Nov. 20, is right on schedule to take part in the team's offseason workout program.

--C Eric Wood, who underwent mid-season surgery on a torn ACL, won't be able to take part in offseason OTAs, he said, but he is shooting for a return by summer training camp.

--LT Demetrius Bell, who underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in late December, is rehabbing and expects to hit free agency near 100 percent.

--WR Donald Jones, who went on IR with an ankle injury, continues with his rehab. No timetable has been stated for his return.

--TE Scott Chandler, who injured his knee in the season finale at New England, did not need surgery. He's an unrestricted free agent who is expected to re-sign.

--DT Kyle Williams, who had surgery for bone spurs in his foot, had a walking boot removed in late December and is now undergoing a more vigorous rehab schedule. He's still a month or so away from running.

--LB Shawne Merriman, who had early-season surgery to repair his Achilles' tendon, is expected to try and resume his career that has been marred by a series of leg injuries the past three seasons. He's still under contract with Buffalo for a year.

--CB Terrence McGee, who played in only six games due to a hamstring issue followed by knee surgery, is on schedule with his rehab. However, at age 31, McGee's future with the club is unclear.

--WR Marcus Easley, a fourth-round pick out of UConn in 2010, has received clearance to resume playing after getting treatment for a heart condition. Easley spent all of 2011 on IR after spending all of 2010 on IR with a knee injury.

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