The Buffalo Bills will induct trainer Ed Abramoski onto the Wall of Fame at Sunday's home opener against the New York Jets.
Abramoski served as the team's trainer from 1960 through the 1995 season. He becomes the 14th member of the Wall at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Abramoski is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
Former quarterback and Congressman Jack Kemp will be among more than 40 former Bills at the game to honor Abramoski. This is the Bills' annual alumni weekend. Besides Kemp, some of other out-of-town Bills scheduled to attend include Mike Stratton, Reggie McKenzie, Shane Nelson, Joe Cribbs and Tony Greene.
Coach Wade Phillips said the Bills' lack of rushing attempts was partly due to playing from behind.
"We didn't start out running well," Phillips said. "But as the game went on, I thought we did fine (in terms of accentuating the pass). I felt we had to throw it to be able to score and get back in the game, because our defense wasn't stopping them. If I had felt like the defense was really playing great, we could have played more conservative offensively. But I felt the more time we took off the clock, it would work against us."
Phillips was pleased with the pass rush, even though the Bills did not sack Peyton Manning.
"We had a tremendous rush," the coach said. "On almost every pass somebody was free on him (Manning). He did a good job of getting rid of the ball and we did a poor job of covering. I thought our rush was as good as I've seen it since I've been here. We didn't have sacks, but that guy's not going to get sacked. We got him to throw it quickly. When we played man, we didn't cover them, and when we played zone we didn't adjust to what the routes were."
Phillips praised rookie cornerback Antoine Winfield.
"We've got a new player on third down defense and he probably played better than all the guys who have been playing," he said.
Winfield will remain in his role as third-down cornerback, Phillips said.
Phillips said he intended to use reserve guard Jamie Nails to spell Dusty Zeigler occasionally, but the pass-oriented game dictated that Zeigler, who is a better pass blocker, stay on the field.
"He probably played the best of any of our offensive linemen," Phillips said of Zeigler. "In fact, he played well. I can't say that about our whole offensive line, certainly. He's a really good pass protector. Once we got into a situation where we were throwing the ball, we wanted to keep him in there."
The Colts' Manning now has a TD pass in 14 straight games. John Unitas holds the Colts' and NFL record at 47 straight games.
Linebacker Sam Rogers on the loss: "It wasn't the (fault of the) coaches. Every play that they ran, we saw in practice. We just didn't execute."