Flutie fans can watch him watch

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Unless Tom Brady gets hurt or the Patriots get a big lead and usually humourless coach Bill Belichick wants to have some fun, New England's backup QB, Doug Flutie, will be confined to the sidelines today at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Nonetheless, expect some Flutie fans to be on hand when the popular ex-Bill returns to Orchard Park.

"I definitely enjoyed my time there," Flutie told the Boston Globe. "Coming back from the CFL, I came to Buffalo and we had a really good football team. Actually, if I didn't come back to the NFL, I was going to retire at that point. We'd won back-to-back championships in the CFL. I was 35 years old, thought it was time to retire

"There wasn't a lot of talking me into it, but when the opportunity came I said: 'Okay, I'll play two years.'"

Eight years later and a stint in San Diego in between, Flutie is still in the NFL.

JORDAN RETURNS

New York Jets RB Curtis Martin, hobbled with a sore knee, will be a game-time decision today against the visiting Oakland Raiders.

Martin's longtime backup, Lamont Jordan, makes his return to Giants Stadium as the Raiders starter.

QUICK KICKS

Despite his team's miserable season, Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre needs just nine yards for a 14th consecutive 3,000-yard season, an NFL record. The Colts' Peyton Manning needs just 34 for his eighth in a row ... Despite their struggles this year, with a win over the Bills today at the Ralph and a Miami loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Patriots can clinch the division title with just their eighth win.


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