The Buffalo Bills re-signed Steve Tasker Monday as expected and waived center Billy Conaty to make room on their roster.
Since Tasker had not practiced all last week, the Bills decided not to use him in Sunday's game against the Colts. That's why they did a figurative juggling act, activating Mitchell Galloway and releasing their veteran special teams ace.
Tasker said he fully understood and accepted the move. He did not lose any money in the process. He re-signed for the same amount, roughly $300,000 for the season, and collected a check for last week, since he was with the team for virtually the whole week.
"It made sense," Tasker said. "That way someone else didn't have to be exposed. And let's face it, I was a free agent for five months in the offseason and didn't get any offers."
Tasker admitted he joked with general manager John Butler Monday about getting a raise, considering the Bills muffed two punts in his absence Sunday.
By adding Tasker and cutting an offensive lineman, the Bills have given themselves a little more depth at receiver. They now have five active wideouts instead of four.
Offensive coordinator Dan Henning said the Colts "happened to have a high level of adrenaline/testosterone mix" Sunday. That's one reason they overran the Bills' pass protection in the first half. Henning explained another:
"They had a good little scheme against one of our protections. They put Jay Riemersma one on one against their best pass rusher (Tony Bennett), and that hurt us a bit. We switched protections after that, and we settled down a bit."
Levy said that on Henning's advice, the Bills went into Sunday's game with just one play in their goal-line game plan instead of their normal number of perhaps eight. That was the run on which Antowain Smith scored from the 1 and Thurman Thomas failed to score on a two-point conversion. Levy said the reason was they wanted the offense to have a make-it-work, no-excuses, beat-them-at-the-line-of-scrimmage attitude in that situation.
Levy said none of the Bills' injuries was believed to be serious. He said Jeff Burris and Sam Rogers should practice Wednesday. Guard Corbin Lacina will have tests done on a sprained knee. The other injuries: Chris Spielman (sprained ankle), Tim Tindale and Eric Moulds (hip pointers), Jim Jeffcoat (sore knee), Phil Hansen (sore ribs). . . . Todd Collins has had three fourth-quarter comebacks in his short career. . . . Sunday's game was the 14th time the Bills had five turnovers and won. The last time, not counting strike games, was against Cleveland in 1981.