Holding his ground

Despite huge game, Aaron Schobel still is contemplating retirement...

As if there wasn't already a tremendous lack of luster surrounding Buffalo's season finale against Indianapolis, it got a whole lot worse when the Colts lost to the New York Jets, ending their bid for a perfect season.

So rather than watching the opposition vie for history, Bills fans will have to settle for watching what could be the final game of defensive end Aaron Schobel's career. Now in his ninth year, Schobel has been hinting about retirement, and the hints became actual proclamations last week prior to Buffalo's game in Atlanta when he said he was going to think long and hard about calling it quits in the offseason.

Nothing changed after the 31-3 loss to the Falcons, even though Schobel matched his single-game career-high with three sacks and two forced fumbles.

"I'm going to go home, think about it the next couple months, and try to make the best decision I can for myself, my family and the Bills," said Schobel, who now has 10 sacks this season and 78 for his career. "I've been frustrated for a while. It's not a matter of how I'm playing. When you're losing it's not a good feeling."

Schobel has played on just one winning team (9-7 in 2004) and has never been to the playoffs. He said the losing has been wearing on him for several years and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight for the Bills.

"You can pick a lot of years, it has been a struggle the nine years I've been here," he said. "It's frustrating; I don't know what to tell you. I think everybody is playing hard, we're just not getting it done."

LINEUP WATCH: Rookie LB Nic Harris made the second start of his NFL career and finished with a career-best 12 tackles. Harris probably will be at the weak-side position again for the season finale against Indianapolis because Bryan Scott is expected to be out again due to a concussion.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1969 -- That was the last non-strike year the Bills had three different quarterbacks start games. That year it was Jack Kemp, Dan Darragh and James Harris. This year it was Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm.


--RB Fred Jackson was held to 39 yards on 13 carries Sunday, including just 3 yards in the second half, and he also lost a fumble that was returned for a third-quarter touchdown.

--QB Brian Brohm made his NFL debut Sunday and completed 17 of 29 passes for 146 yards with two interceptions. His passer rating was a paltry 43.2.

--WR James Hardy, a second-round pick in 2008 who had been out more than a year with a knee injury, made his season debut and caught one pass for 9 yards.

--FB Corey McIntyre was part of the short passing game, catching four passes for 28 yards.

--DE Aaron Schobel matched his career high with three sacks and also forced two fumbles.

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