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Better to love Losman or not love at all?

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
It's common for the backup quarterback to be among a city's most popular athletes.

Not so in Buffalo. Not nearly.

In fact, if you were to take an informal poll along Delaware Avenue you'd probably find more support for third-string quarterback Gibran Hamdan than you would J.P. Losman.

Western New Yorkers spit Losman's name more than they say it, but he'll probably be running the Bills' offense in Toronto on Sunday, when they play the Miami Dolphins in a crucial AFC East game.

Usual starter Trent Edwards suffered a groin injury in Sunday's 10-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Losman entered in the second half and finished the game. Edwards didn't practice Wednesday and is considered day-to-day at best.

Bills followers generally view Losman as just another quarterback who had his chance but couldn't get it done. He's a holdover from the Tom Donahoe era and free agent after the season. Fans already have bid good riddance.

Losman began 2007 as Buffalo's starter, but lost his job after suffering a knee injury in Week 3. When Edwards got hurt later in the year and missed some games, he got to keep the job when healthy.

A reporter on Wednesday asked Losman if winning games for Buffalo down the homestretch would be a poetic finish.

"You could write all of these stories up, and that's a great word you used," Losman said. "I'm not going to repeat it, but it's a great word to use, I guess. If that does happen, it would be weird. The ball bounces funny in this game. It could come back that way, it could not. We'll find out."

Losman hasn't gotten many first-team reps, but he has this going for him: His career record against the Dolphins is 4-1, and he was won three straight against them, including November 2007 and both games in 2006.

He has completed 49 of 86 passes for 664 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions for a 99.2 passer rating.

"They're a completely different team than those teams," Losman said. "We're a completely different team. So I don't really think that way, who you've had success on and who you haven't. I know who I haven't had success on, and that's pretty much all I think about."