ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe is prepared to play this weekend despite experiencing a few lingering post-concussion symptoms after practicing Friday.
"I feel a little fuzzy, but I'm going to go and play," Bledsoe
said after taking all the snaps with Buffalo's starting unit in preparation for Sunday's game against the New York Giants at the Meadowlands.
Bledsoe left in the middle of Wednesday's practice and missed
Thursday's session complaining of dizziness, nausea and headaches.
They were the aftereffects of a mild concussion he sustained after
being kneed in the back of the helmet in the third quarter of last
Sunday's 17-14 loss to Indianapolis.
Bledsoe didn't miss a play, but followed up by missing his next
three passes and getting sacked once before throwing a 13-yard
completion to Bobby Shaw.
A neurological exam Wednesday showed no problems.
Bledsoe was in an upbeat mood Friday, joking that the fuzziness
allow him to play better than he has during a nine-game slump in
which he's thrown eight interceptions and three touchdowns.
"Maybe I'm off just enough to make some better decisions," Bledsoe said, smiling.
Coach Gregg Williams, who originally blamed Bledsoe's illness on
a stomach virus, said the post-concussion symptoms weren't
diagnosed until after he spoke with the media Wednesday.
The Bills have only one other quarterback, veteran Alex Van Pelt, on their active roster. If Bledsoe's troubles persist, the
team would likely have to activate Randy Fasani, who played with
Carolina last season, from the practice squad.
Bledsoe hasn't had a history of concussion problems over his
11-year NFL career, and said Wednesday that the only other time he had one was in
2001. That's when he also sustained a severe chest injury that all
but ended his final season in New England, following a legal tackle
by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis.
Losing Bledsoe for Sunday's matchup would mean another blow to a Bills offense that's
already banged up and sputtering.
Eric Moulds, their leading receiver, has been limited, missing
three of the last six games with a partially torn groin. Leading
rusher Travis Henry has continued playing despite a hairline
fracture just above his right ankle.
Then there's Buffalo's offensive line, of which all five
starters are nursing injuries, including right guard Mike Pucillo,
who's listed as questionable with a turf toe.
The Bills have also had trouble scoring. Bledsoe's 1-yard plunge
last Sunday ended a three-game stretch without a touchdown. Buffalo
travels to face the Giants having gone four straight road games
without scoring an offensive touchdown, going back to a 38-17 win
at Jacksonville on Sept. 14.