The Buffalo Bills lost more than a game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. They also lost their offensive leader.
Just three snaps into the game, quarterback Trent Edwards' day ended when he was nailed by Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, who was unaccounted for on a blitz from the right side of the Bills' line. Edwards fell hard to the turf and the impact of the blow left him with a concussion.
He was on his back for several minutes before being helped off the field by the Bills' training staff.
"Trent was responding," head coach Dick Jauron said after the Bills' 41-17 loss. "But he was still a little bit groggy. Hopefully he'll be fine as time goes by here. He's pretty sore. They've iced him and will continue to ice him on the plane going back. But he's certainly aware."
Edwards has taken a number of hits over the past few games, so it may have been only a matter of time before he took one hit too many.
Jauron said it wasn't a helmet-to-helmet hit that knocked Edwards out, but added, "There are other things involved on the hit on the quarterback, so we'll see how that goes."
The Bills also saw free safety Ko Simpson go to the sideline with a hamstring injury in the second quarter. Jauron did not know the severity of the injury after the game.
Defensive end Aaron Schobel had his left foot wrapped in ice late in the contest, though it does not appear to be serious.
With all their bumps and bruises, the Bills are looking forward to having a week off.
"It's a good time to have a bye," Jauron said. "Heal some things up and get some work done."
The Cardinals' Wilson showed his compassionate side after the hit on Edwards by motioning to the Bills' sideline that Edwards was in need of assistance.
"I looked to see if the ball was completed, and then he didn't get up," said Wilson, who wasn't expected to play after not practicing last week because of a sore hamstring. "I know the situation that happened with [Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin] last week, so it was just a scary situation whenever you see a guy just laying there and not moving. So I just wanted to help out."
A busy scoring day by the Cardinals' offense resulted in a record-setting day for Leodis McKelvin. His six kickoff returns tied a Bills record for rookies or first-year players in a game.
He finished with 133 yards, four shy of his career high (137 against Oakland). His current 25.6-yard average is third-best among Buffalo rookies or first-timers (minimum 15 returns) behind Wallace Francis (29.87 in 1973) and Mike Mosley (27.06 in 1982, first-year player).
McKelvin almost had a bigger day, coming a missed tackle or two away from breaking one for a touchdown. Fred Jackson also had a solid game, returning two punts for a 17-yard average.
"I thought we returned the ball pretty good and we were very close on a number of returns," Jauron said, "but nothing else appeared to be real good today."
With his 11th 100-yard receiving game, Evans moved into fifth place on the Bills' career list. This is the first time in his career that he has gained over 100 yards receiving twice in the first five games. His 22-yard run Sunday was his first rushing attempt since a 39-yarder against the New York Jets on Jan. 1, 2006.
Wide receiver Josh Reed (2,924) passed Pete Metzelaars (2,921) for 10th place on the Bills' all-time receiving yardage list. Reed and Evans share 10th place in receptions with 249.
Punter Brian Moorman saw his team-record streak of 25 games with at least one kick inside the opposition's 20-yard line snapped Sunday -- one punt reached the end zone. It was the NFL's longest active streak and the longest in the league since Jacksonville's Chris Hanson's 38-game streak from Game Six in 2004 through Game 11 in 2006.
Moorman has placed one punt inside the 20 in 93 of 117 career games and in 46 of his last 50.
For one game, the Cardinals didn't miss Boldin, who was out with a sinus fracture. Steve Breaston started for Boldin and had seven catches for 77 yards. Rookie wideout Early Doucet had six catches for 42 yards in his first action.
Their production took some of the load off the Cardinals' other Pro Bowl receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, who had seven catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
"Those guys are talented and they ran good routes and [quarterback] Kurt Warner did a great job finding them," said Bills cornerback Jabari Greer. "They executed their game plan and got a lot of people involved. We didn't do a good job of stopping them."
The Bills' inactives were cornerback Terrence McGee, wide receiver Roscoe Parrish, running back Xavier Omon, fullback Corey McIntyre, offensive tackle Demetrius Bell, tight end Derek Fine and defensive end Chris Ellis.