Buffalo Bills linebacker Damien Covington says he plans to tone down his post-tackle celebrations.
Not because he wants to, but because he has to.
Bills coach Marv Levy reprimanded Covington for being too effusive in celebrating some of the tackles he or his teammates made in the Sept. 21 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Levy was particularly upset that Covington was jumping and flailing his arms in the air after stops he made -- or was part of -- while the Bills were falling behind, 26-0, in the first half.
"It's just a thing where he thought I should tone it down or whatever," Covington said. "I can't say that I'm happy about that, but you've got to do what he says and I'm going to do what he says."
The third-year pro insisted that his intention was not to show up the Colts or to bring attention to himself.
"It was just that, 'Hey, we're down, so what, I'm still coming,' " Covington said. "I never do anything to bring attention to myself. It's just my expression. A running back scores a touchdown, he's happy. When I make a tackle, I'm happy.
"That's just the way I play. I mean, take it back and look at the film of the preseason games. Look at (last December's) playoff game that I started (against Jacksonville). You look at all the games, you watch me on the field, you watch me on the sidelines, you watch me everywhere, and that's the way I am. It wasn't just the Indianapolis game."
Covington said he would still celebrate tackles and other plays he makes, but in a more low-key fashion than before.
"I'll just do it inside a little more, just a little fist or something," said Covington, demonstrating with a short jab in front of his chest as he sat in front of his locker. "Maybe I'll scream to myself."
One of the NFL's longest ironman streaks is about to come to an end.
Bills defensive end Jim Jeffcoat is not expected to play in Sunday's game against Detroit because of torn cartilage in his knee. That would snap his streak of consecutive games played at 224. Jeffcoat, the Bills' oldest player at 36, has also played in 15 straight playoff games.
He is officially listed as questionable, but Levy said Thursday that it was unlikely Jeffcoat would be ready for action by Sunday.
"When we watched film (of Monday's and Wednesday's practices)," Levy said, "he just didn't look like he was moving well enough to be effective."
As of 1 p.m. Thursday, about 8,500 tickets remained for Sunday's game. That marks the third of three home games this year that will not be seen on local television.