A refreshing sight: Trent Edwards speaking clearly, coherently – back in business under center for the Buffalo Bills.
And, yes, he expects to start next week when Buffalo (4-1) hosts San Diego (3-3) in a game packed with early-season AFC playoff implications.
The Bills needed their quarterback back. Now. With a full slate of tough games on the horizon.
“I’m getting better each day," Edwards said. "It was a tough couple of days there after the hit. I had some headaches and residual effects from it, but slowly but surely they're going away.”
Edwards will undergo more tests Tuesday, but he foresees himself starting Sunday. On Monday, Edwards was examined by doctors and given the nod to practice eight days after suffering a harsh concussion.
The hit occurred in the first quarter of last week’s loss at Arizona when strong safety Adrian Wilson body-slammed Edwards into the ground on a jailbreak blitz. Edwards released the ball in time to complete a pass to rookie James Hardy on the play. Wilson’s vicious blow cost him $25,000 in fines.
Edwards did not practice in either of the team’s practices last week which preluded a four-day layoff. Buffalo’s quarterback admitted Monday that he has no recollection of the 10-15 seconds after the knockout hit.
"I remember sitting in the trainer’s room with my pads off and my shoes off, but I don't remember how I got to the training room or who hit me," Edwards said. "I was kind of out of it, and didn't know where I was. Slowly I came back to it."
Edwards had been the driving force in Buffalo’s resurgence this season. Three of the team’s four wins were fourth-quarter comebacks orchestrated by Edwards, who has thrown for 948 yards on 81-of-122 passing with four touchdowns and two interceptions. In four fourth quarters, Edwards has 334 yards with two touchdowns. The sight of him standing strong in the pocket and getting nailed immediately after throwing the ball is nothing new. Two games before the blow at Arizona, Edwards absorbed a hard shot against Oakland before delivering a game-winning touchdown pass to Roscoe Parrish.
It appears that the Bills have avoided a potential season-killing injury with Edwards back.
“It was good just to see him back smiling and feeling good and then to come out there and make some plays,” said No. 1 wideout Lee Evans. “It was good. It’s good to get him back out there and knock off some of the rust and get him back into the swing of things.”