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Edwards iffy to play Sunday, might lose job to Losman

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- J.P. Losman lost his job as the Bills'
starting quarterback due to injury this season. Now, Trent Edwards
can wonder if it's his turn.

Coach Dick Jauron gave the quarterback revolving door another
spin Monday, a day after Edwards sprained his right wrist and
watched from the sideline while Losman stepped in to lead the Bills
to a 13-3 win over the New York Jets.

Jauron said it's too early to determine whether Edwards'
throwing hand will recover in time to play this weekend when the
Bills (3-4) host Cincinnati (2-5).

And yet, the coach declined to say whether Edwards, the rookie
third-round pick, would reclaim the job once he's healthy.

"Come back on Wednesday and we'll talk about it a little
more," said Jauron, who gave his players the day off before they
return to practice Wednesday.

Asked whether he was having a change of heart a week after
awarding the job to Edwards, Jauron sidestepped, saying: "Well,
you're asking the same question. You're asking if [Edwards is]
healthy. ... The hypothetical is not something that we want to
address."

The only thing evident is that the Bills quarterback position
continues to be unsettled and overshadowing Buffalo's sudden
turnaround. The Bills have won three of four.

Losman began the season as the starter before spraining his left
knee during the first series of a 38-7 loss at New England as the
Bills opened with three straight defeats.

In stepped Edwards, who went 2-1 in three starts, before he was
hurt while being sacked in the third quarter against the Jets with
the game tied at 3.

Losman broke the game open by producing two scoring drives in
his first three possessions, sealing the win by hitting Lee Evans
for an 85-yard touchdown, when the receiver ripped the underthrown
pass out of the hands of defender Darrelle Revis. Losman was 3-of-5
for 113 yards.

The touchdown pass to Evans was the fifth-longest in Bills
history and continued building on the big-play reputation Losman
established last season when he and Evans combined for six
touchdowns of 37 yards or longer.

"He came in and led us through the fire like he always does,"
said Evans, who has backed Losman this season. "He's doing it and
we'll see what happens."

Losman was happy to contribute, but didn't know how it would
affect his status, and once again raised questions of who, beyond
Jauron, made the decision to bench him in the first place.

"We don't even know who's making the decisions up there,"
Losman said. "As a player, you've got to play and whatever
fastball or curveball gets thrown at you, you've got to be able to
swing away."

The Bills offense continues to sputter no matter who's starting.
It has produced an NFL-low six touchdowns, and is yet to produce
more than 17 points in a game.

Edwards has been inconsistent, going 80-of-121 for 790 yards
passing and a touchdown, but he's also thrown five interceptions.

Losman's early-season struggles were partly the result of the
Bills providing him a conservative, ball-control attack to take the
pressure off of an injury depleted defense.

The Bills opened up their offense over the past month as their
defense has proven stout.

Buffalo's defense limited the Jets to a season-low 254 yards
offense. The three points New York scored were the fewest the Bills
have allowed on the road since a 42-0 win over Cleveland on Nov. 4,
1990.

"It was certainly a great win for us. It wasn't pretty the
whole time, but to win any game in this league is really
difficult," Jauron said. "The main thing is we won. However you
win it, it's always good. And it's a much better feeling in the
building the next day."