Trent Edwards is having his right throwing shoulder examined by various medical experts to determine the cause and determine a treatment for nagging soreness.
The news makes signing a proven veteran quarterback this off-season an even bigger priority than first thought.
Edwards complained of soreness in his shoulder during his season-ending physical and the team sent him for a magnetic resonance imaging exam. Rather than have the rumor mill spin, team officials took the unusual step for them of confirming Edwards' MRI and released a statement.
"We sent Trent for a routine MRI on his shoulder during his year-end physical because he had complained of some soreness," the statement read. "He did not miss any playing time and there was no lack of strength in his shoulder due to the soreness. He has scheduled visits with a couple of doctors this week and we will know more at that time."
While Edwards' shoulder issue isn't considered serious, surgery hasn't be ruled out. If he needs surgery, the team wants it done now so that he has time to recover and be ready for off-season conditioning and team workouts.
Edwards has a history of injuries dating to his college career at Stanford, including shoulder problems. This latest condition just adds more concern that the second-year pro is injury-prone and that obtaining a reliable backup is critical in the Bills' 2009 planning.
At Stanford, Edwards missed games due to shoulder, thigh and foot injuries. In just two seasons in the NFL, he has missed starts due to wrist, head and groin issues.
Last season, Edwards suffered a severe concussion in a loss at Arizona and was never quite the same player, although he and the team insisted there were no post-concussion symptoms affecting his play. Later in the year, a groin injury cost him two starts. In all, he missed a total of 12 quarters.
Backup J.P. Losman, an unrestricted free agent who won't be back, failed miserably in relief.
The market for backups is limited as usual. The Bills will make a move to re-sign Gibran Hamdan - who has no NFL starts - to be their No. 3 quarterback.
Candidates for the backup job include Chicago's Rex Grossman and former Jacksonville Jaguar Bryon Leftwich.
Edwards could benefit from a veteran mentor. And given his inability to stay healthy, the Bills need an insurance policy.
Edwards, sacked just 12 times his rookie season, was taken down 28 times in 2008. He took some jarring hits and kept getting up in a victory over Denver on Dec. 21.
Through diet and weight training last off-season, Edwards was able to add a good 10 pounds of bulk to his frame, hoping it would help him withstand the rigors of the QB position.
Courtesy of The Sports Xchange