Edwards' injury opens door for Losman to start for Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- J.P. Losman lost his job as the Bills' starting quarterback due to injury this season. Now, with rookie Trent Edwards slowed by a sprained right wrist, Losman will get at least one more opportunity to start.

Buffalo head coach Dick Jauron announced in a statement on Tuesday that Losman will start in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"Trent Edwards' wrist will prevent him from participating until late in the week, if at all," Jauron said.

Edwards injured the wrist and watched from the sideline while Losman stepped in to lead the Bills to a 13-3 win over the New York Jets in Week 8. While it's been determined Edwards' injury won't allow him to face the Bengals, Jauron declined to say earlier this week whether 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.

The only thing evident is that the Bills quarterback position continues to be unsettled and overshadowes Buffalo's sudden turnaround. The Bills have won three of the last four games after an 0-3 start to the season.

Losman began the season as the starter before spraining his left knee during the first series of a 38-7 loss at New England in Week 3.

In stepped Edwards, who went 2-1 in three starts, before he was injured 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 of total 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."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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