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Bills’ Driver Out for Season

November 7, 2001

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) _ Buffalo Bills rookie safety Tony Driver will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ligament in his left knee.

The Bills signed free agent safety Pierson Prioleau on Wednesday. Prioleau started 11 games over the last two seasons for San Francisco and was cut by the 49ers in September.

Driver was placed on injured reserve and will have reconstructive surgery by next week. He was hurt while covering a kickoff return in the first half of Buffalo’s 30-14 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday.

Driver was a sixth-round draft selection in April. He appeared in five games and was used mostly on special teams.

``He’s played very well on special teams,″ Williams said. ``The lights came on as far as his activity and explosiveness on special teams. It’s just too bad on his part.″

Bills coach Gregg Williams said no decision has been made on filling the roster spot.

Driver’s injury further depletes Buffalo’s defensive backfield. Free safety Keion Carpenter bruised a rib last weekend and is questionable for Sunday’s game at New England.

Carpenter, who practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, said he will be ready to play against the Patriots.

Driver joins linebacker Sam Cowart (torn Achilles’ tendon) and offensive lineman Kris Farris (broken leg) on injured reserve.

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