Notes and Quotes
--Coach Dick Jauron, whose team's preseason record fell to 1-3 following a 17-0 loss at Pittsburgh on the heels of a bad loss at Green Bay: "There wasn't a whole lot good to say about that. ... We've got a lot of issues that we've got to solve. We've got to solve them very quickly."
-- WR Terrell Owens (toe) returned to practice Monday and said he doesn't expect the injury to be an issue into the season.
"It felt good to be back out and obviously dealing with a toe injury, no one really knows the extent of it and how it really feels to have a bum toe," said Owens. "But I've done all the treatments and it's gotten better week to week. I felt better coming into this week getting a little practice in."
--RB Fred Jackson, who had X-rays done on a badly sprained thumb and wrist, dressed for the Steelers game but did not play. He said he'll be fine for the regular-season opener in two weeks.
"All negative," Jackson said of the X-rays. "That's always a good thing when the X-rays come back negative, so I'm enthusiastic about that and about coming back as soon as possible."
--The Bills had hoped to see WR James Hardy play in the team's final preseason game, set for Thursday at home against Detroit, but that's not likely to occur. Hardy, a second-round draft pick in 2008, is coming off ACL surgery. He is back doing individual work but whether he's placed on the active 53-man roster to open the season is at issue.
"He's improving, but we just have to be patient," coach Dick Jauron said. "We've been patient and we'll continue to be that way because he's worked awfully hard and he is getting better."
--Rookie DE Aaron Maybin of Penn State, coming off just one week of practice after his month-long contract holdout, recorded a sack in his NFL debut in Pittsburgh. It was a coverage sack, but a sack nonetheless as Maybin shook off blocker Max Starks and hauled down QB Ben Roethlisberger, who had stepped up into the pocket.
"I felt good," said Maybin, who was credited with two tackles. "I felt good enough to get in there and see what I can do against some other competition. That definitely gave me a little indication of where I should be going into this next week of practice."
--Backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on whether Trent Edwards' confidence is lacking: "I think he's fine. He's a very confident guy. He's a good quarterback. We've had our share of problems on the offense as a whole - it's not one guy, obviously. I don't know how much he'll play next week, but we're going to come out firing. Getting Terrell (Owens) back, I'm sure that's going to give us some confidence and help in coming out firing Monday night (at New England on Sept. 14)."
Strategy and Personnel
BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Langston Walker vs. Demetrius Bell at left tackle. There are those inside the Bills' hierarchy that believe the more athletic Bell would be a wiser choice to start the season opener at New England over the more experienced Walker. Bell, a seventh-round pick in 2008, was making huge strides until suffering a back injury last Monday. He should be back at practice this week. Walker didn't help his cause against Pittsburgh, struggling to block NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison and picking up a holding call.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Maybin. The rookie first-round pick recorded a sack in his NFL debut after a month-long contract holdout. There is still a question if the 249-pound Maybin can withstand the rigors of interior line play over 16 games. But he's cat-quick and has a very high motor, giving foes something to worry about every play.
-- MLB Paul Posluszny didn't practice Monday with "a jaw issue," according to coach Dick Jauron. "He has some stitches in his chin," said Jauron. "He remembers the play but he said it wasn't anything that would look like it should've but he had a little bit of swelling in his jaw, so he didn't work today."
--WR Terrell Owens, who is back practicing after suffering a toe injury three weeks ago, is likely to miss his fourth and final preseason game Thursday when the Bills host Detroit. The Bills want him 100 percent for the season opener Sept. 14 at New England and won't expose him to an injury now.
--RB Marshawn Lynch took a blow to the thigh in the Steelers' game but appears OK. He's likely to get some additional playing time against Detroit since it will be his last game action until Oct. 4 while he serves a three-game NFL suspension.
--RB Fred Jackson, who is nursing a thumb/wrist injury, should return to practice full time this week. The Bills will monitor his work closely as they need him to be 100 percent for the regular-season opener with Lynch serving a suspension.
--WR Lee Evans didn't catch a pass against Pittsburgh and has had a very quiet preseason.
--TE Derek Fine missed the Pittsburgh game after suffering a hamstring injury in practice Aug. 27. He's listed as day-to-day.
--LT Demetrius Bell, who has been pushing starter Langston Walker in practice, sat out the Steelers game with a back injury suffered Aug. 24 in practice. He's expected back this week but his status for Thursday's final tuneup game vs. Detroit is undetermined.
--DE Aaron Schobel suffered an elbow injury last week and didn't dress for the Steelers game. The move was precautionary. Schobel, coming off a foot injury that cost him 11 games last season, has had a very good camp and will be 100 percent for the opener.
--CB Drayton Florence, whom the Bills were counting on to be their No. 1 nickel corner, remains out with a knee injury but his status has improved to day-to-day.
--LB Pat Thomas, a key backup, remains sidelined with a calf injury but should return soon.