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Whitner, Scott out; Bell, Byrd probable for Browns game

The Buffalo Bills will again be depleted in their defensive secondary for a regular season game, but will get their starting left tackle back in time for the Cleveland Browns.

Starting safeties Donte Whitner (thumb) and Bryan Scott (ankle) will each miss their second consecutive game, as both have been ruled out for the Bills' upcoming matchup with the Cleveland Browns, reports The Buffalo News.  Also listed as out are defensive end Chris Ellis (death in the family) and linebacker Paul Posluszny (arm).

The good news is that starting left tackle Demetrius Bell - who missed last week's loss to Miami with a groin injury - practiced all week and is listed as probable for the Browns game.  Joining him is free safety Jairus Byrd, who has been dealing with a hip injury.  Terrence McGee had some mild knee soreness during the week, but will play on Sunday.  He, too, is probable.  One more for the probable list: defensive tackle John McCargo (calf) is set to return to the lineup.

Cornerback Ellis Lankster (back spasms) is listed as questionable.  Should he miss the game, Buffalo will take the field Sunday with four healthy corners and three healthy safeties.