Lindell has no 'ill will' as Bills come to town
Bucs kicker Rian Lindell spent 10 years as the Buffalo Bills' kicker, so the 36-year-old admitted Wednesday it will feel odd to be kicking against his old team Sunday when the Bills come to Tampa.
"It's exciting," said Lindell, who was cut in mid-August and signed with the Bucs. "I've been on that sideline for so long, it'll be odd to see that uniform from across the (field). It was certainly something when I came down, I saw we were playing them, thought 'That will be cool.' Here it is."
Lindell left Buffalo as the most accurate kicker in Bills history, hitting 83 percent of his field goals, including a 21-for-24 mark last season. Buffalo had intended to give the kicking job to sixth-round draft pick Dustin Hopkins, but he's missed the entire season with a groin injury. Kicker Dan Carpenter, signed after the Dolphins cut him, has filled in well, going 23-for-25 this season.
"I have no one to blame but me, the way I see it," Lindell said. "The organization gave me so much. I don't have any ill will toward anybody. If I would have made my kicks and hit my kickoffs better, things might have been different, but that's on me."
Lindell has missed six field goals this season, including four in the last three games, but he's looking forward to seeing familiar faces Sunday, including longtime Bills punter Brian Moorman, as well as fifth-year long-snapper Garrison Sanborn, a Tampa Jesuit graduate.