Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly remains the No. 1-rated passer in the National Football League, according to statistics released by the NFL Tuesday.
Of course, his 101.2-point rating will have to stand through the final two weeks of the regular season as he recovers from a knee injury he suffered in last Saturday's game against the New York Giants.
Bills General Manager Bill Polian announced Tuesday that, based on the results from a magnetic resonance imaging scan of Kelly's left knee, the quarterback will be out of action for four weeks. The MRI showed that Kelly had a slight tear of the medial collateral ligament and a small tear in the cartilage behind the knee.
Kelly finished the 1990 season with 219 completions in 346 attempts for 2,829 yards and 24 touchdowns, while throwing only nine interceptions.
Warren Moon of the Houston Oilers is the No. 2-rated passer in the NFL with 99.3 points, followed by Steve DeBerg of the Kansas City Chiefs at 93.8.
Although he didn't pick up a sack last Saturday, Bills defensive end Bruce Smith continues to lead the NFL with 19.
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas is breathing down Smith's neck with 18 1/2 .
Bills wide receiver Andre Reed continues to lead the American Football Conference with 67 receptions, and is third in yards with 888. He's fifth in the NFL in catches, behind San Francisco's Jerry Rice (87), Atlanta's Andre Rison (77), Philadelphia's Keith Byars (73) and Washington's Gary Clark (68).
Buffalo running back Thurman Thomas continues to be the NFL's leader in total yards from scrimmage with 1,624. His former Oklahoma State teammate, Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions, is second at 1,564, followed by Chicago's Neal Anderson (1,495), Rice (1,344) and San Diego's Marion Butts (1,342). Thomas also is tied for the AFC lead with Derrick Fenner of Seattle in touchdown scoring. Each has 72 points.
The Bills are second in the AFC in takeaway/giveaway ratio at plus 16. Kansas City leads with plus 23.
The Bills are third in the conference in total offense, generating 4,574 yards, and sixth in total defense, allowing 3,999.