Despite myriad issues, the 2-4 Bills stood pat at the trade deadline.
Wide receiver Terrell Owens and punt return specialist/wide receiver Roscoe Parrish had been the subjects of trade rumors, but both will be at practice Wednesday and on the field Sunday when the Bills play at Carolina.
Moving Owens, who has just 15 catches for 215 yards and one touchdown through six games, was viewed as a logical move for the Bills. Owens hasn't been a good fit on the field in Buffalo. And now that the front office has utilized him to milk its marketing efforts to the fullest, the team could have traded him for perhaps a late-round draft pick rather than get nothing for him after the season when Owens becomes a free agent.
The reality is that the Bills would've faced a severe fan backlash had they given up on the season by moving Owens and an even bigger backlash were they to admit a marketing ploy with T.O. mania.
As for Parrish, it seemed all but certain Buffalo would trade the unhappy fifth-year pro after he was inactive for last week's game against the New York Jets. The move was seen as the Bills protecting Parrish from injury while they shopped him. Running back Fred Jackson handled the punt and kick return duties and did well, rendering Parrish's future role with the team even more uncertain.
Coach Dick Jauron explained the benching of Parrish in favor of Jackson this way: "The switch was made there for a lot of reasons. No. 1 was the availability of Fred. Once Marshawn (Lynch) came back, it gave us more room to use Fred in other ways that we really like him, and one of those ways is a return guy.
"It allowed us maybe more leeway in terms of game decisions and personnel decisions. Both Roscoe and Freddy are terrific returners, so we didn't feel like we were losing much, quite frankly."
Parrish was slowed by a thigh injury last week in practice, but Jauron never mentioned that as a reason he didn't play against New York. Parrish had a critical fumble of a punt in a bad loss to winless Cleveland and also could have simply wound up in Jauron's doghouse.
-- Quarterback Trent Edwards is doubtful for Sunday's game at Carolina. He suffered his second career concussion in Sunday's win over the Jets early in the game and did not return. He was undergoing more testing, and the team will deliver an update on his condition Wednesday.
-- Edwards' backup Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to start Sunday at Carolina in place of Trent Edwards, who suffered his second concussion in a year during last week's win over the Jets. Fitzpatrick was 10-for-25 with a TD pass to lead Buffalo to a come-from-behind 16-13 win in overtime.
-- Running back Fred Jackson added kick- and punt-return duties last week and should remain in that role at Carolina on Sunday.
-- Rookie tight end Shawn Nelson, who suffered a concussion in last week's win over the Jets, is doubtful for Sunday's game at Carolina. His condition will be updated Wednesday.
-- Wide receiver Terrell Owens, who was rumored to be on the trading block before Tuesday's deadline, is still with the club. He caught three passes for 13 yards in last week's win over the Jets.
-- Owens' fellow wideout Lee Evans thinks the Bills won't miss a beat should Fitzpatrick have to start Sunday in Carolina in place of Trent Edwards (concussion). Evans caught a nice 37-yard TD pass from Fitzpatrick and was the target of a season-high 11 passes.
--Returner Roscoe Parrish, who has led the NFL in punt returns two years running, was benched in favor of RB Fred Jackson last week. Parrish's future status is undetermined. He fell into coach Dick Jauron's doghouse with a fumble that contributed to a loss to the Browns two weeks ago. Parrish was not traded on Tuesday.
-- Defensive tackle Kyle Williams suffered a strained shoulder in Sunday's win over the Jets. He was scheduled for an MRI, and his status for this weekend is questionable. The Bills were working out free agent defensive tackles Tuesday.
--Strong safety Donte Whitner has a sprained ankle that could slow him in practice Wednesday, but he is expected to play against Carolina.
--Cornerback Terrence McGee, who suffered a chest contusion in the win over the Jets, is day-to-day.
--Right tackle Jonathan Scott, who missed Sunday's game with a knee injury, remains questionable for a return to the lineup. He'll test himself in practice Wednesday.
--Kicker Rian Lindell is now 11-for-13 on game-winning field goals in his career after beating the Jets last week with a 47-yarder in overtime.