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Edwards says he'll start Sunday QB was cleared to practice Monday

Assuming the outcome of some baseline testing today is positive, expect Trent Edwards to start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Edwards practiced with the Bills on Monday morning for the first time since he suffered a concussion against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 5 and expects to play against the Chargers, who are coming off a 30-10 home victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

"As far as I'm concerned -- yes," Edwards said when asked if he would be ready to play Sunday. The Bills' medical staff cleared the second-year quarterback for practice Monday morning.

"I came in here today and met with them this morning and [they said] we're going to give it a go today, there's no reason to hold you back," Edwards said. "I was feeling pretty good today at practice. We still need to work some kinks out, work some things out, but for the most part, I thought it was a good practice."

Wide receiver Lee Evans agreed with that assessment.

"He was normal; he's Trent," Evans said. "It wasn't like a new quarterback back there. He just came back in and just played his game and executed out there at practice."

Edwards worked with the first offensive unit Monday, although backup J.P. Losman handled a segment of practice when the Bills worked on their no-huddle offense.

In his first media availability since the injury, Edwards said the headaches he was suffering as a result of a hit by Adrian Wilson of the Cardinals went away during the Bills' weekend off.

"I'm getting better each day," Edwards said. "It was a tough couple days after the hit, and I had some headaches and some residual side effects from it, but slowly and surely they're going away. And the doctors and trainers were pleased with my progress and I'm feeling healthier and better each day, which is a good thing."

Wilson of the Cardinals was fined $25,000 by the National Football League for the hit on Edwards, who had just released a pass to James Hardy. Edwards said he has seen video of the hit, but that it was not for him to say whether the hit deserved league disciplinary action or not.

"I remember calling the play. I remember throwing the ball to James and beyond that, not all too much," Edwards said. "I remember sitting in the training room with my pads off and my shoes off and the trainers were around me. I don't remember how I got in the training room. I don't remember really who hit me. That's about it.

"I had a 10- to 15-[minute] grace period there when I was kind of out of it and didn't really know where I was, but I slowly came back to it when I was in the training room."

Edwards said it was the first time that he had suffered an injury that was classified as a concussion.

"I've forgotten plays following a ding or a light knock, but there was a brief period there where I was kind of out of it and that's the first time that's happened to me," he said.

Edwards' injury occurred on the third snap of the game, knocking out the quarterback who had directed the Bills to four straight victories, including three fourth-quarter comebacks. Losman replaced Edwards, and Arizona went on to hand Buffalo its first loss, 41-17, scoring the game's final 17 points with the help of two Bills fumbles and a costly fourth-down offsides penalty that erased an Arizona field goal and led to a touchdown.

In four-plus games, Edwards has completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 948 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. His overall passer rating is 93.9, but his fourth-quarter rating is 136.6.

Edwards said he spent a lot of his time off over the weekend (the Bills did not practice for four days over their bye weekend) watching football and his favorite baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the NLCS.


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