Locker Room Buzz: Buffalo Bills

PITTSBURGH -- Observed in the locker room after the Buffalo Bills' 23-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Marrone explains decision to punt: Early in the fourth quarter, down 14 points, the Bills faced a fourth-and-5 from the Steelers' 36-yard line. They chose to punt, a decision that coach Doug Marrone defended after the game. "I still think we're going to get enough possessions, trying to play the field position," he said. "We weren't able to make big plays, so I was trying to play the field position where we could get good field position and pin them back."

Playoffs fading: It's debatable whether the playoffs were ever a serious consideration for the Bills, who entered the season with a first-year head coach and rookie quarterback. At 3-7, they're still far from being officially eliminated, but they will need to win five of their final six games to finish with a winning record. Playoffs or not, however, Marrone talked about the need to continue to fight in each game. "I don't want to give you the old 'They play to win the game' speech, but there is a lot of truth to that," he said. "There are a lot of players on this team that have the potential to come back. There are a lot of coaches that I plan on coming back. There are a lot of things that we need to do. There are a lot of things that we need to establish."

Three injuries to note: The Bills announced in the fourth quarter that Stevie Johnson had left the the game with a groin injury. Marrone didn't have an update on Johnson but added that safety Da'Norris Searcy (hamstring) and Chris Hogan (concussion-like symptoms) were also injured. Hogan was spotted in the locker room after the game.