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Right guard Joe Panos will be held out of Sunday's game against the New York Jets, Bills coach Wade Phillips said.

The Bills, however, are hoping Panos may be able to play next week against Philadelphia.

Panos has been out the past two weeks with a bulging disk in his neck. He received a shot this week to relieve swelling in the area.

"It turned out to be a two-week situation," Phillips said, referring to two weeks of the regular season. "They wanted to give him the shot one week and then another shot the next week."

Dusty Zeigler will start again this week. Phillips said Jamie Nails should see some spot duty at the position. He also said Marcus Spriggs might see a bit of action at right tackle.

"I like to get players who can play into the ballgame, just like with (defensive tackle) Pat Williams," Phillips said.
Good news for stay-at-home fans: After a recounting of seats at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the official capacity now is 73,840.

That's about 1,400 fewer than originally estimated and makes a sellout at least a little easier to reach. The Bills' previously released new capacity of about 75,300 was a rough estimate made before offseason reconstruction of the stadium began. Adjustments were made when the new seats were installed. For instance, an extra row of seats had to be taken out of the top of the upper deck to accommodate new restrooms.

Last year's capacity was about 79,300. The capacity in the '70s and most of the '80s was 80,020.

Sunday's game will be shown on Channel 49 and ESPN. The new capacity makes Ralph Wilson Stadium the eighth-largest in the league.
The Bills used a four-man line on non-passing downs for a series and a half in the fourth quarter against the Colts.

"It was a hybrid of our 3-4," Phillips said. "We put Bruce (Smith) outside. That's what we want to do with Bruce this year as much as we can. We want him to rush up the field. And we got some defensive linemen on the field who I think are good players."
The Jets will be missing five starters from their lineup Sunday, along with a sixth key player.

Quarterback Vinny Testaverde and third-down back Leon Johnson were lost for the season on Sunday. Receiver Wayne Chrebet and cornerback Otis Smith are still out due to preseason injuries. Tight end Eric Green and nose tackle Jason Ferguson are out due to injuries suffered last Sunday.

Dedric Ward, who burned the Bills with key TD catches in both meetings last year, takes Chrebet's spot in the lineup. Quinn Early assumes the No. 3 receiver role. Ray Mickens starts at cornerback in place of Smith, who suffered a broken clavicle in training camp and is out another week or two. Fourth-year man Marcus Coleman is the No. 3 corner. He played a fair amount last year and was the third corner in the Week 15 win at Buffalo. The Jets signed ex-Bengal Corey Sawyer for cornerback depth this week.

Eight-year veteran Ernie Logan takes Ferguson's nose tackle spot. Veteran Fred Baxter will start at tight end. Ex-Dolphin Bernie Parmalee will assume Johnson's receiving-back duties. Ward is expected to return punts in place of Johnson.
Eric Moulds' 147-yard receiving day against the Colts was his third-highest and his fifth career 100-yard outing. Many of his yards came on shorter, catch-and-run plays due to the Colts' zone blitzing tactics.

"I'm designated as the guy who has the reads on blitzing adjustments most of the time, so I think they had a great game plan that they were going to blitz off me and make me get the hot reads and not get the opportunity to go past guys and run deep. They took that away, even though we did make some plays with the short game and running after the catch."

However, if the Bills had been more efficient in their pass route adjustments, they would have been able to burn the zone blitz more than they did.
Keyshawn Johnson's 194 yards receiving last week were a career best, and he did it partly against Patriots Pro Bowler Ty Law. . . . With two field goals last week, Steve Christie has 800 points in his Bills career and is the 26th player all-time to have 800 with one team. . . . Antoine Winfield joined Booker Edgerson ('62) and Ed Jones ('75) as the only Bills rookies to get an interception in their first game.

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