Bills QB Edwards back at practice for first time since concussion

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Trent Edwards' first priority is getting healthy before he'll worry about reclaiming his job as the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback.

Edwards practiced on a limited basis Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a concussion during a 16-13 overtime victory over the New York Jets on Oct. 18. He already has been ruled out from playing against the Houston Texans this weekend.

Edwards said he's feeling better and noted that any concussion-related effects are "slowly but surely" going away. He steered away from a question about whether he'll have to unseat backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has led Buffalo (3-4) to two consecutive wins.

"That's not on the top of my mind right now," Edwards said, noting that he'll assist Fitzpatrick in preparing to make his second start. "I have a lot to think about in terms of just getting healthy and helping the team win."

Edwards' status as the starter is uncertain after Bills coach Dick Jauron this week declined to say whether the three-year NFL veteran will get his job back once he's cleared to play. That decision won't come for at least another two weeks, as the Bills enter their bye after playing the Texans.

Before he was hurt, Edwards was taking the brunt of the blame for an offense that had combined to score just 13 points in losing its previous three games. Though the offense hasn't been much more productive under Fitzpatrick, the fifth-year pro has at least been efficient in completing scoring drives.

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Fitzpatrick rallied the Bills from a 13-3 deficit to beat the Jets. Despite generating 167 yards and nine first downs during a 20-9 victory at Carolina last weekend, Fitzpatrick produced four scoring drives, each set up by Panthers turnovers.

Edwards declined to put a timetable on his recovery, saying he's following the advice of the Bills' doctors. The concussion was the second he has sustained in a little over a year.

In other injury news, starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams and fullback Corey McIntyre aren't likely to play this weekend after both sprained a knee against the Panthers. Safety Bryan Scott has a chance to return after missing four games with a sprained left ankle.

Tight end Shawn Nelson (migraines), right tackle Jonathan Scott (ankle) and safety Donte Whitner (ankle) didn't practice.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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