Groin injury adds to Edwards' slump

Quarterback was replaced by J.P. Losman in second half due to injury...

The Bills enter the final month of the season needing to sweep four games and get plenty of help elsewhere to even have a remote shot of making the playoffs, and they may have to start that nearly impossible journey without their starting quarterback, Trent Edwards.

Edwards strained his groin early in Buffalo's loss to San Francisco, and after he tried to play through the pain in the first half, the Bills shut him down for the final two quarters and went with J.P. Losman.

Edwards was not having a particularly productive day, as he was 10 of 21 for 112 yards, and the Bills were losing 10-0 at the half. Still, Edwards gives Buffalo a better chance to win than Losman, and if Edwards can't play against the AFC East rival Dolphins at Toronto's Rogers Centre, it would be a blow to the Bills' hopes.

"It started bothering me at the start of the game," Edwards said. "I was trying to work through it the first couple series. Then, at the end of the first half, on the last kind of rollout was when it really kind of put it over the top for me. I came back in (the locker room) and was talking to the trainers, talking to our coaches and was telling them what I was going through. We made the call to just shut it down."

Losman went 11 of 17 for 93 yards in the second half, but like Edwards, did not produce a touchdown, and unlike Edwards, he was sacked three times.

Edwards was coming off a big performance in Kansas City when he completed 24 of 32 passes for 273 yards and two TDs. He and the Bills came back home to play a San Francisco defense that ranked 29th in points allowed, which seemed like another chance for him to continue working his way out of what had been a month-long slump.

Instead, Edwards was hampered by his groin, was inaccurate on some easy throws and didn't seem to have the push off his legs that he needed to throw the deeper balls.

"It's still kind of just nagging me right now, prohibiting me from a lot of things I want to do out there," he said. "It is unfortunate, it's frustrating and I need to get in the training room and get better."

Edwards will be undergoing treatment early in the week, and coach Dick Jauron hopes he will be able to practice on Wednesday. If not, Losman will get the bulk of the work and may be the starter against Miami.

As worrisome as Edwards' injury is for the Bills, the fact that the California native continues to struggle in inclement weather should be another concern. When the temperature dips, which is inevitably does in Buffalo at this time of the year, Edwards has not been very good. Last year he lost the last three games of the year, all played in below-freezing temperatures, and he was clearly uncomfortable against the 49ers with a cold rain falling and the temperature hovering around 39 degrees.

Jauron refused to buy into the theory that Edwards can't perform in bad weather.

"I don't know that anybody can get perfectly used to the conditions we play in," Jauron said. "Anytime the weather is like that, when the ball gets wet and the field is wet, it's going to affect you in some fashion. I think he does a pretty good job in the weather. The weather against Cleveland and New York last year, I don't know if he's ever going to play in weather like that again.

"Condition-wise, I'm not worried about him, per se, because he's a mentally tough guy. He's getting used to our conditions and playing in them."

Jauron believes that more than anything, Edwards is simply going through the struggles that every second-year player -- especially quarterback -- goes through.

"I've said a number of times, I have a lot of faith in this guy," Jauron said. "He's going to be a terrific player for us, but there's going to be some bumps in the road. We haven't made the plays, and maybe we haven't been strong enough to win in the last couple of years. I don't think it's weather-related."

Courtesy of The Sports Xchange.


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