But Losman was benched after Buffalo's 1-3 start and now the Bills have come full circle, figuring out how to protect another experienced but pedestrian quarterback. Holcomb has slightly better feet than Bledsoe, but he still went down three times in last Sunday's 20-14 win over Miami to end three consecutive drives in the third quarter.
One quick fix for Buffalo is to have massive right tackle Mike Williams suit up and start. He has missed three consecutive starts due to what's believed to be a high ankle sprain. Williams was able to dress for the Dolphins game and saw action on special teams, but Greg Jerman played in his place again.
"We used him on field goal protection and as the emergency player," xoach Mike Mularkey said. "It was a good sign to see him out there. We know he's close enough, and hopefully he'll be back on Wednesday."
The Bills are also hoping to have back veteran right guard Chris Villarrial, who missed the Miami game with abdominal pains. Villarrial went to the hospital, but tests were inconclusive, Mularkey said.
"He's feeling better but we can't put a finger on what the problem was. But he is doing better," Mularkey said.
Rookie Duke Preston would start in Villarrial's place again if needed.
PLAYER NOTES --QB Kelly Holcomb is expected to remain the team's starter in this week's game against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Coach Mike Mularkey refuses to say whether he's sticking with Holcomb, who completed 20 of 26 passes for 169 yards and a TD in last Sunday's win over Miami. But the coach said he would make an announcement later this week.
--QB J.P. Losman, who lost his starting job to Kelly Holcomb last week against Miami, is expected to remain the No. 2 man until further notice. He heads to the sideline having completed 45 of 94 passes for 433 yards, 47.9 percent, one TD, two interceptions, 10 sacks and a 55.9 rating.
--RB Willis McGahee's 1-yard touchdown run against Miami gave him a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games, the longest streak of his young career. He has a rush of at least 10 yards in 18 consecutive games.
--WR Eric Moulds caught a season-high seven dpasses for 59 yards and a TD last Sunday against Miami and should continue to become more effective as long as the Bills stick with veteran Kelly Holcomb at quarterback. Moulds' medium-range route running over the middle and on sideline routes is tailored for Holcomb's game. Moulds' 611 career catches rank 34th on the NFL's all-time list.
--RB Shaud Williams had one carry for 2 yards and one catch for 2 yards in Sunday's win over Miami, but his main contribution was recovering a Kelly Holcomb fumble in Buffalo's own end. Buffalo had five fumbles but lost only one on the day.
--WR Lee Evans, in his second season, passed the 1,000-yard career mark with three catches for 65 yards against Miami. Evans became the 39th Bill to reach that milestone. All three of his catches against Miami resulted in first downs (47 of 59 for his career).
--TE Mark Campbell caught a season-high three passes for 15 yards in Sunday's win over Miami, matching his catch total for the season. He should become more of a factor with veteran Kelly Holcomb at quarterback.
--TE Tim Euhus, who has missed all five games so far to a shoulder/pectoral injury, has a chance of playing this Sunday against the Jets.
--RT Mike Williams, who missed his last three starts, is expected to return to the lineup Sunday at home against the Jets.
--LB Josh Stamer recorded five special teams tackles in Sunday's victory over Miami. Coach Mike Mularkey noted that some special teams players don't record five tackles in an entire season "and he got five in one game."
--CB Nate Clements recorded his first interception of the season against Miami, which was no surprise. Eight of his 19 career picks have come against the Dolphins.
--DE Chris Kelsay has two sacks on the year and 6.5 for his career. Bills are 5-2 when he records a sack.
--CB/PK Terrence McGee, who had an interception in the end zone on defense, also stood on out special teams in Sunday's victory over the Dolphins. McGee's 53-yard return set up an important field goal late in the fourth quarter, giving him returns of 50 yards or longer in consecutive games for the first time. He had an 82-yarder a week earlier against New Orleans. Last year's AFC Pro Bowl representative currently leads the NFL with a 34.6 average.
--P Brian Moorman ranks second in the AFC with a 46.8 gross average after Sunday's stellar outing against Miami. The NFL Europe product booted six punts for 301 yards, including a 63-yard moon shot, for a 50.2 average. More remarkable was his 44.7 net, thanks to great hang time and coverage by his teammates.
--PK Rian Lindell, who had missed his last seven kicks from beyond 45 yards, drilled a 47-yarder against Miami and went 2-for-2 on the day. He is 11-of-12 for the year and ranks fourth in the NFL in scoring with 38 points.
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