Groin, groin ... gone

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Impervious to the sheets of rain pelting against him, Trent Edwards stood motionless on the sideline, wearing a toque on his head and a blank look on his face.

Having suffered a groin injury early in the game, a helpless Edwards could only watch as backup J.P. Losman's last-ditch effort on fourth-and-15 in the game's waning moments landed in the hands of Marshawn Lynch for just a one-yard gain.

The moment Lynch was tackled and taken to the soggy turf with a splash, any chance of defeating the visiting San Francisco 49ers was gone.

And so, too, might be the Buffalo Bills' hopes of reaching the post-season.

With the Bills now 6-6 after their devastating 10-3 loss to the 49ers yesterday, they could find themselves without the services of their starting quarterback for their vital grudge match against the Miami Dolphins at the Rogers Centre on Sunday.

Asked if he would be ready for the game in Toronto, Edwards replied: "As of right now, I have no idea," adding that he will meet with trainers at 8:30 this morning "and go from there."

Edwards tried to play through the ailment but misfired on eight of his final nine pass attempts, causing coach Dick Jauron to insert Losman for the second half.

"Pull, strain, whatever you want to call it, it is still kind of just nagging me right now, prohibiting me from a lot of things I want to do out there. It is unfortunate, it's frustrating, and I need to get to the training room and get better."

During the Bills' pre-season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Toronto, Edwards was a star, completing nine of 11 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

This time, when the Bills step on to Canadian soil for a game that means something, Edwards might not be able to take any snaps.

Not that he is burning up the league anyway. After Buffalo rocketed to a 5-1 start, the Edwards-led Bills have gone just 1-5 in their past six games, a span in which he has completed just 57.3% of his passes with five touchdowns and eight interceptions.

If Edwards can't answer the bell in six days, the ball will be put into the hands of the erratic Losman, whose 11-for-17, 93-yard performance in the second half was not enough.

The gut-wrencher came with 10 minutes remaining when Losman's short pass for Lee Evans on a fourth-and-two play fell incomplete with the Bills just seven yards away from a game-tying touchdown.

But that has not dampened Losman's optimism, should he get the start in Toronto.

"Personally, it is a great opportunity," he said. "There is a lot of football in my career left."

Whether it is Edwards or Losman, the Bills need better quarterbacking play to have any hope against the Dolphins.


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