On Sept. 21 they hooked up for possibly Buffalo’s most important touchdown this season.
One week later, the recipient of that pass was nowhere to be found.
Same for the guy that delivered the ball to him one week after that.
But now it appears Trent Edwards and Roscoe Parrish will both be back in action, this Sunday against San Diego. The duo that combined for the Bills’ critical 14-yard fourth quarter touchdown against Oakland three weeks ago is primed to strap on the pads again after short absences.
Testing at Buffalo General Hospital affirmed that Edwards is ready to hit the field after suffering a concussion at Arizona. Parrish says he is a “go” three weeks after thumb surgery. All good news for a Bills offense that was choppy at times against the Cardinals.
“I’m happy and excited that I’m out there with my teammates and not on the couch at my house,” Edwards said. “It’s a much better feeling coming into work feeling healthy and feeling good coming off a bye week and hopefully I’ll have a big game on Sunday for us.”
Parrish’s recovery trucked along without any noticeable speed bumps, as he only missed two games and three weeks of action. While Buffalo lost its first game without the returner/receiver dynamo, Fred Jackson morphed into yet another possible special teams threat for the Bills with 86 yards on five punt returns (17.2 average), including a 35-yard burst at St. Louis.
Parrish will sport a protective pad around his thumb. While the tendency may be to keep Jackson covering punts – and let Parrish heal – the 5-foot-9 Miami product says he has no concerns at all.
“I’m wearing just a pad on the thumb to secure it in case I fall on it or whatever, but it’s not giving me any problems catching the ball so the pad is doing a real good job for me,” said Parrish on buffalobills.com. “I don’t have to worry about anything out there when I’m playing.”
Considering the Chargers’ big-play, shutdown cornerback tandem of Antonio Cromartie and Quentin Jammer, Parrish’s semi-surprising return comes at a good time. At some point, Edwards will be forced to disperse the ball outside of Lee Evans and Josh Reed. Rookie James Hardy’s acclimation to the NFL has been slower than expected (5 receptions, 47 yards, 1 TD), thus the Bills desperately need multiple weapons against one of the NFL’s best ball-hawking defenses.
Edwards said the entire receiving corps will be called upon to contribute.
“They have two great cover corners and a great pass rush and we’re obviously going to need Rob (Royal) and Derek (Schouman) to come up big for us for plays in the middle and we’ll need Josh (Reed) to get open and Roscoe and then when we need to take those shots outside we’ll need to do that too.”
And maybe Edwards and Parrish will need to hook up again for fourth quarter heroics. The Bills will certainly need every weapon in their arsenal, as New England found out last week.