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A Buffalo Bills receiving line won't greet Aaron Maybin on the field after Sunday's season opener at the MetLife Stadium. There will be no hugs or fist bumps.
"No," said Bills left guard Andy Levitre, "none of that."
Maybin didn't win a lot of friends or fans in his futile tenure with the Bills. The 11th overall draft choice in 2009 arrived from Penn State with a rap song that declared he was about to pile up crumpled NFL quarterbacks like autumn leaves.
Maybin didn't record a sack for Buffalo. He was a healthy scratch a handful of times. He started one game. He got cut before the start of last season.
The New York Jets snatched him up, and although he failed to make their opening roster, they brought him back and watched him thrive as a situational pass-rusher.
Maybin isn't a starter, but he will be a concern for the Bills and rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn.
In just 13 games last year, Maybin led the Jets with six sacks, four forced fumbles and 24 quarterback hits. He had two sacks against the Bills at the Meadowlands.
One can safely assume Buffalo's offensive line would be extra aggravated if Maybin had success again Sunday.
"That's a guy we shared locker-room time with and we saw a lot over a couple years," Bills center Eric Wood said. "I like Aaron a lot. I think he works really hard, and I got a lot of respect for him, going there and making the plays he has. We're treating everyone with the same respect on their defense, but it would hurt to see our former first-rounder make a lot of plays against us.
"It stings watching a guy leave and make plays somewhere else. Credit them. They've put him in position to make plays. At the time, we didn't feel he had earned that time, and he went there and earned it."
At the risk of failed diplomacy, Levitre chose not to say anything about Maybin because it might be construed as inflammatory.
"We don't want anybody to have a big day," said Levitre, who lines up next to Glenn. "We want to neutralize everybody. Any sack is a bad thing for the offense. But you can say we'd be a little more upset [if Maybin had a productive game]."
Maybin, through a Jets spokesman, declined an interview request from The Buffalo News.
Jets coach Rex Ryan compared Maybin to Bills defensive end Mark Anderson, who will make his debut Sunday.
Anderson has been an infrequent starter throughout his career but is dangerous on passing downs. Including playoffs, he had 12.5 sacks last year.
"He's definitely on our radar," Wood said. "He's been making some things happen over there for them. They've done a good job of letting him use his strengths, which is speed rushing and playing to the whistle.
"They don't bring him in against the power run game, but that's not his strength. They're able to force enough third-and-longs and second-and-longs so that he becomes a big part of their package."
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The Bills were given a virtual clean bill of health for Sunday's game. All 53 members of the active roster participated in Friday's practice and are expected to be available.
Bills receiver Stevie Johnson (groin) missed Thursday's practice. He was limited Friday and is listed as questionable, but both he and Gailey said he'll play.
Right guard Kraig Urbik (lower back) also returned after missing a practice and is listed as probable.
Wildcat quarterback and receiver Brad Smith (groin) had a second successful practice after sitting out Wednesday. He's listed as probable.
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Ryan announced star nose tackle Sione Pouha would not play against the Bills because of a lower back problem. But when the Jets' injury report came out late Friday afternoon, Pouha was listed as questionable, which the NFL defines as a 50-50 chance to play.
Ryan later said he was mistaken on Pouha's status when he ruled him unavailable.
Hard-hitting safety Eric Smith (hip, knee) and backup tackle Dennis Landolt (knee) officially are out.
Jets tight end Dustin Keller (hamstring) and defensive tackle Mike Devito (calf) are questionable. However, both are expected to suit up and play.
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