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No timetable on WR's return

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills receiver Eric Moulds was held
out of practice on Wednesday with a strained groin and listed as doubtful for Buffalo's
game against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Coach Gregg Williams said tests showed there was no damage
beyond a strain but declined to put any timetable on his leading
receiver's recovery.

"He's a quick healer and I know he will work as hard as he can
to get back as fast as he can," Williams said.

As for the possibility of playing without Moulds this weekend,
Williams said, "Injuries are part of this game. We'll have to
adapt and go on. But don't count him out."

Appearing to walk stiffly, Moulds spent practice in sweatpants,
although he did take part in throwing passes to receivers. He was
unavailable for comment afterward, spending time in the trainers
room undergoing treatment.

Moulds was hurt during the winning drive in Buffalo's 22-16
overtime win against Cincinnati last weekend.

After coming down with a 28-yard reception at the Bengals 7,
Moulds was tackled by Kevin Kaesviharn and tumbled awkwardly along
the sideline. Moulds was on his back and appeared to cover his eyes
with his hands. He remained there as Travis Henry scored two plays
later on a 2-yard plunge.

The Bills (3-2) cannot afford to lose Moulds who, beyond
quarterback Drew Bledsoe, is the team's most productive offensive
player and ranks second in the AFC with 457 yards receiving..

Moulds' production makes up more than one third of the 1,376
yards net offense Buffalo has accumulated in its first five games
this season.

"Obviously we lean on Eric fairly heavily," Bledsoe said.
"He's one of the best players in the league and generally when we
take the field we feel like he's the best guy out there ... If Eric
is not able to go that does hurt us offensively."

Moulds is coming off a career year in which he set a franchise
record with 100 receptions, and finished fourth in the NFL with
1,292 yards receiving.

The Bills next two receivers have struggled, particularly Josh Reed, who has dropped several easy passes and has so far failed to
replace Peerless Price, whom Buffalo traded to Atlanta last March.

Reed ranks third among Bills receivers with 11 catches for 132
yards, behind Bobby Shaw's 20 catches for 284 yards.

"I don't think this puts any more pressure on him," Williams
said of Reed. "He has to perform to his own abilities ... Anything
extra is gravy."

Without Moulds, the Bills would have to elevate two untested
rookies: undrafted free agent Clarence Coleman, fourth-round pick
Sam Aiken. Coleman doesn't have a catch this season, Aiken has been
inactive.

The Bills have also sputtered running the ball, averaging 58.4
yards rushing per game, a reason their offense ranks 30th in the
NFL.

Bills defensive tackle Sam Adams (sprained right ankle) is
listed as questionable after being hurt on Sunday. Backup running
back Sammy Morris (sports hernia) is out and will miss his third
straight game.

The Bills have also sputtered running the ball, averaging 58.4
yards rushing per game, a reason their offense ranks 30th in the
NFL.