Injury-ravaged Bills ready to heal up

Bye week comes at a great time for Buffalo, which will get Trent Edwards back at quarterback...

With six starters sitting out last Sunday's loss against Houston and four more players going down with injuries during the game, the Bills are using their bye week for some much-needed rest and recovery.

Practices were scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Coach Dick Jauron will then give his players four days off before resuming practices for the team's next game, Nov. 15 at Tennessee.

Putting enough healthy players on the field for practice this week will be a challenge.

"We'll just struggle to get enough guys out there to go through it, and a lot of the older players probably won't be able to go, but it'll be good work for a lot the backups, and we need to develop some of those guys with the way the year has gone so far," Jauron said. "We need all that work we can get with them."

With the time off, quarterback Trent Edwards will be able to practice more this week and get himself back into the starting lineup.

Jauron hasn't officially announced that Edwards will be his starter against the Titans, but all signs are leaning that way. Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, who won two games in relief after Edwards suffered a concussion against the New York Jets, struggled in a 31-10 loss to the Texans.

"Again, we'll keep following that protocol for the head injury," Jauron said. "(Trainer) Bud (Carpenter) and his staff refer to this as a 'transition week.' What that means is he transitions from a little bit of work to probably full activity. There won't be that much activity this week because we're just so banged up that we won't be able to do a whole lot. But ... we'll look at it at the end of the week and decide where we go with that."

Aaron Schobel (groin), Keith Ellison (quad) and Jairus Byrd (groin) joined Kyle Williams (knee), Donte Whitner (ankle) and Bryan Scott (ankle) as defensive starters nursing injuries.

On offense, Jamon Meredith injured a knee against the Texans and joined Edwards (head), Corey McIntyre (knee), Jonathan Scott (knee) and Shawn Nelson (headaches) on the list of ailing players.

The Bills already have placed 10 players on season-ending injured reserve.


--QB Trent Edwards will be given more practice repetitions this week in anticipation of his return to the starting lineup. The Bills play at Tennessee on Nov. 15. Edwards is feeling close to 100 percent after suffering a concussion against the Jets on Oct. 18.

--RB Marshawn Lynch continues to struggle finding his game legs. Since returning from a three-game suspension to start the year, he has gained just 217 yards on 70 carries, a 3.1-yard average. He has been hurt by a weak offensive line but doesn't appear to be running as well as in the past.

--TE Shawn Nelson continues to receive treatment for migraine headaches. The club hopes to have him back for a game against Tennessee on Nov. 15.

--WR Josh Reed, who caught three passes for 29 yards in last Sunday's loss to Houston, became the sixth player in team history with 300 career catches. He needs two to pass tight end Pete Metzelaars, now an assistant coach with the Indianapolis Colts.

--WR Terrell Owens' 29-yard TD run against Houston was his third career rushing TD and first since 2002, when he played for San Francisco. Owens remains fifth on the NFL's all-time touchdowns list with 143.

--WR James Hardy, who opened the year on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, will be placed on the 53-man active roster by the end of the week, barring any complications. He has been practicing fully for the past two weeks after recovering from ACL surgery last December. The Bills are working with a 21-day window to decide to activate Hardy or place him on injured reserve.

--FS Jairus Byrd, who leads the Bills with seven interceptions, is experiencing soreness from the sports hernia surgery he underwent before training camp. He left last Sunday's game against Houston in the fourth quarter. Byrd was in Philadelphia on Monday for an examination with doctors. He is expected to be fine after resting through the bye week.

--FS Donte Whitner is still bothered by a high ankle sprain and will rest through the bye week. He has missed the past two games.

--SS Bryan Scott, who has missed a month with a high ankle sprain, is expected to practice fully this week and return to play on Nov. 15 against the Titans.

--P Brian Moorman set a team record by placing his 191st career punt inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He shared the mark with Chris Mohr. Moorman, who already has 50 punts this season, is hunting down Mohr's career mark of 769 attempts. Moorman has 660.

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