Defensive help on its way for Buffalo

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

With Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron's approval rating hovering one percentage point above low-fat milk, he could use a little pick-me-up.

Maybe two of his better defensive players can help him out be returning for Sunday's game against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands.

The Buffalo News, citing an unnamed source, reports captain and middle linebacker Paul Posluszny has been telling teammates he expects to return from the broken forearm he suffered on opening night.

Safety Donte Whitner also suggested he will play against the Jets. Whitner has missed two games after thumb surgery, but his return would give the Bills half of their starting secondary. Right cornerback Leodis McKelvin is done for the year with a leg injury. Safery Bryan Scott has missed two games with a high ankle sprain.

The Bills on Wednesday morning announced they've signed a pair of injury replacements formerly of the St. Louis Rams: linebacker Chris Draft and defensive back Todd Johnson.

Spots were open on the roster because the Bills lost linebackers Kawika Mitchell (also a captain) and Marcus Buggs to season-ending knee injuries in Sunday's 6-3 snooze-and-lose to the Cleveland Browns.