Bills battered, beaten

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Gripping a set of crutches firmly in his hands, J.P. Losman wore a brace on his left knee and a scowl on his face.

The Buffalo Bills quarterback had just been asked about the hit delivered by beefy New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork on the first play from scrimmage, a blow that left Losman with a sprained knee.

"Do I feel it was late? Yeah, I feel it was late," Losman said before hobbling his way toward the team bus after the Bills' 38-7 humiliation at the hands of the juggernaut New England Patriots yesterday.

Bills general manager Marv Levy said he would not complain to the NFL about Wilfolk's actions until he could further evaluate the incident.

In the meantime, Levy has much more pressing issues, such as trying to find enough healthy bodies to field a team for the remainder of the season.

Winless in their first three outings, the young Bills are a bruised, battered and beaten squad these days, losing games and players each time they take the field.

On a beautiful day at Gillette Stadium, the Bills lost Losman for at least two weeks while rookie linebacker Paul Posluszny might be done for the season with a broken forearm.

Referring to Losman's knee sprain as "severe," coach Dick Jauron must rely on third-round draft pick Trent Edwards to carry the quarterbacking load starting next week against the New York Jets.

After Edwards turned in a handful of impressive performances in the pre-season, long-suffering Bills fans began stoking the embers of a quarterback controversy.

But exhibition games are a far cry from a regular season tilt against the three-time Super Bowl champion Pats, as Edwards found out in his NFL debut.

"I am not certain you could be thrown into a worse situation -- so early in the contest, so early in the year against a team that is on a roll right now," Jauron said of Edwards, who finished 10-of-20 for 97 yards.

After Edwards orchestrated an 80-yard touchdown march on his first NFL drive, the Pats held the Bills without a first down for the next 30 minutes of play.

If that wasn't bad enough, the Bills were forced to watch Posluszny lay motionless on the turf for several minutes before he left on a golf cart. Posluszny will undergo surgery today.

After seeing tight end Kevin Everett temporarily paralyzed just two weeks ago against Denver, the Bills can only shake their heads in disbelief at the rash of injuries plaguing the team.

"It's bad luck, I guess," defensive end Chris Kelsay said, echoing the sentiments of the entire team.

"I don't know how else you would explain it."


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