Posted by ESPN's David Amber
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Terrell Owens, who had only two receptions during -- and even less to say after -- the Bills' 25-24 loss Monday, explained both of those shortcomings to the media Wednesday after Buffalo's practice.
When he was asked why he didn’t stick around to field questions following the heartbreaking loss to the Patriots, T.O. was to the point.
"I’m a very competitive guy," he said, "and I felt like I wasn’t in the frame of mind to really speak to the media at that time. And that’s at my discretion.
"It’s not the first time. If you guys are upset about it, then hey -- I’m not."
Owens, whose two receptions were good for 46 yards of the Bills' offense, said he did address his teammates in the locker room following the game and that he feels this is a group that will rebound quickly.
“We knew we pretty much handed them a win," said Owens. "I talked to the guys and told them we had a lot of talent in this locker room and we're capable of going out there and playing, and we just have to go out there and make it happen.”
Owens, who has nine career 1,000-yard seasons, only had three balls thrown to him Monday night. He credited the Patriots and their coaching staff with limiting his chances.
“Bill Belichick and that defense, schematically, they took myself and Lee [Evans] out of the game plan a little bit," he said.
Owens' praise for the Patriots was followed by some advice for his quarterback, Trent Edwards.
“There were some opportunities that we missed," Owens said. "Trent has to better assess what he’s seeing out there and take some shots down the field.”
Edwards, the third-year quarterback who completed only five passes to Owens and Evans, agreed.
"Those two guys are the biggest part of the offense," Edwards said. "I don’t want to force the ball to them, but I do need to take shots downfield when they are there."
Posluszny update: On Sunday, the Bills will be without linebacker Paul Posluszny, who broke his arm against the Patriots. It’s the same left arm the Bills' captain broke two seasons ago, which caused him to miss 13 games. Bills head coach Dick Jauron said Posluszny, 24, has already had successful surgery and expects him to rejoin the team by midseason.
McKelvin moving on: Bills second-year safety Leodis McKelvin, who fumbled a kickoff with 2:06 left that led to New England’s winning touchdown, returned home late Monday night to find an obscene picture and message spray-painted on the lawn of his Buffalo home. McKelvin, who was second in the league with 1,468 kickoff return yards last season, said it was scary to see that type of reaction from a football fan.
The Buffalo police are investigating the incident. There had been no arrests made in the case as of Wednesday evening. McKelvin said he was partly angry by what happened, but he did find humor in it and added with a smile, “my neighbors came by and cut my grass, so it wasn’t all bad.”
With regards to moving past the game-changing mistake he made on the field, McKelvin said: “It’s my job to hold on to the ball, that’s what I have to do.”
David Amber is an ESPN bureau reported based in Toronto.