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WINFIELD'S LOWER LEG INJURY WILL BE EVALUATED TODAY

Cornerback Antoine Winfield had the Buffalo Bills holding their breath as he limped off the field after the final play of the third quarter Sunday.

Winfield suffered a lower leg injury during the Bills' 31-13 loss to the New York Jets.

"I was covering Wayne Chrebet and I just twisted it," Winfield said. "It feels better now, but I couldn't put a lot of weight on the leg so there was no sense in going back out there. But it felt a little better after the game. I'll be ready by next Sunday."

Coach Gregg Williams won't go that far, at least until Winfield is re-evaluated today.

"He seems to be OK," Williams said. "We'll do further tests on it. It's some kind of contusion or lower leg strain."

When Winfield hopped to the sidelines, many Bills fans probably were thinking about the knee injury that kept him out of three games after he had surgery to repair torn cartilage.

However, the thought never entered Winfield's mind.

"I had some pain, but I didn't think it was too serious," he said. "I'll just go home, get some treatment and be ready to go next week."

Running back Travis Henry played with a heavy heart Sunday due to the death of his grandmother last week. She was 87 years old.

Henry flew to Alabama after practice Friday and attended the funeral Saturday afternoon. He arrived in New York late Saturday evening.

You would never know Henry was mourning the way he played. He rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and added 43 yards on seven receptions.

"It was tough emotionally," said Henry, who is 43 yards shy of 1,000. "I was real close to her. But she lived a good life, and I know she would want me to move forward. I just had to get refocused and try to help the team out as much as I could."

Henry paid the price for his efforts as he got his bell rung on a jarring hit by Jets linebacker Sam Cowart in the second quarter. Henry had to be helped off the field, but was able to return and finish the game.

"I got a head-knocker and I blacked out for a minute," he said. "I was fortunate enough to come back. I feel OK now. It was tough at the time, but you shake it off."

Newly signed linebacker Greg Favors got his first taste of football with the Bills Sunday. He played mostly on special teams, but also got a few snaps with the defense.

"I felt a little rusty out there, but for the time I put in this week, I was pleased," said Favors, who made one tackle on special teams. "But I'm never satisfied. Things can always get better.

"I got a little time on defense, and that was good. Now that I have a game under my belt, I can continue build on it. I'm just glad to help the team out in any way I can. Whether it's special teams or on defense, I'm going to prepare myself to be ready to go each and every week."

The Bills did not give up a touchdown to Jets' kickoff return specialist Chad Morton this time, but that doesn't mean he didn't have an impact on the game.

Morton had returns of 29, 35 and 42 yards, giving the Jets excellent field position. Santana Moss also got into the act, scorching the Bills with a 32-yard punt return.

The Bills had geared up all week for Morton, who returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in a 37-31 overtime win in the season opener. In two games against the Bills, he averaged an amazing 42.7 yards on nine returns.

"We didn't want to get too excited and fly out of our lane and give him another one," linebacker DaShon Polk said. "We just tried to contain him so he wouldn't bust another one on us again. We did a better job than last time, but they still got way too many yards. You have to give them credit. They have good return teams."

Cowart was all smiles after beating his former team for the second time this year. But he was in no mood to gloat.

"I really didn't look at it that way," he said. "I was just focused on trying to help my team win. But it was nice to get a couple of wins on my former team."

Cowart reiterated that he holds no bad feelings for the Bills' decision to let him go in free agency.

"I wouldn't say I was disappointed," he said. "I wanted to come back and I think they wanted me back. They made the effort, but the numbers just didn't add up. But that's all in the past. I'm a New York Jet now and I'm happy to be here."

Safety Tony Driver, cornerbacks Ahmad Brooks and Kevin Thomas, offensive guard Mike Pucillo, defensive tackle Justin Bannan, offensive tackle Mike Houghton and wide receiver Andre Rone were the inactives.

e-mail: awilson@buffnews.com

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