Buffalo Bills receiver Terrell Owens took a forward-looking attitude Wednesday toward the team's heart-breaking loss to the New England Patriots in the season opener.
"After the game and in the locker room, we knew we pretty much handed them a win," Owens said. "I talked to the guys on Sunday night and told them we had a lot of talent in this locker room and we're capable of going out there and playing, and we just had to go out there and make it happen.
"I felt for all the way into the fourth quarter, up until those five minutes, that we had the game in our hands and we kind of let it slip away. But those are the type of things where it's a learning situation for us, and as a whole, guys will learn from that."
Owens caught just two passes for 46 yards in the game. Asked if that was frustrating, he replied:
"Well, I know going up against a guy like Bill Belichick and that defense, schematically, they took myself and Lee [Evans] out of the game plan a little bit. And there were some times when we missed opportunities. But overall, I was very satisfied with the way we played, again up until those last five minutes. We had an 11-point lead and we pretty much let it get away."
Pressed further on why the Pats were able to defend the outside so well, Owens said:
"As I said earlier, there were some opportunities that we missed, and those are some of the things you're talking about. It's always a work in progress, and Trent has to better assess what he's seeing out there and take some shots down the field. We're going to do that, and by no means was that the reason that we lost the game. There were some opportunities and until the last five minutes, we had the game in the bag. . . . Obviously we didn't utilize myself and Lee as much as we would like, but we still had the game won."
On why he did not speak to the media after the game, Owens said that was not particularly unusual.
"I'm a very competitive guy and I felt like I wasn't in my frame of mind to really speak to the media at that time and that's at my discretion," he said.
Regarding the vandalism done to the lawn of cornerback Leodis McKelvin, Owens said:
"You just attribute that to ignorance, and once we make it to the playoffs, tell them to do his lawn again."
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive line took a big hit Sunday when center Jeff Faine suffered a torn biceps. He's out four to six weeks. Taking his place Sunday will be seven-year veteran Sean Mahan, who has started 52 career games. Mahan was a backup for the Bucs last season. He was released on the final roster cutdown but re-signed Monday.
Starting receiver Antonio Bryant did not practice Wednesday due to a sore knee.
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Bills coach Dick Jauron said linebacker Paul Posluszny had successful surgery to repair his broken left forearm.
Jauron would not specifically give a timetable for Poz's recovery but a broken forearm typically takes about six weeks to heal.
Said Jauron: "We're not looking at anything like the last time he injured his arm [in 2007]. We're hoping to get him back somewhere before the halfway point of the season."
If he's out six weeks, Poz would be back for the Houston game Nov. 1. The Bills are on a bye the following week.
Defensive end Chris Kelsay said he expects to play Sunday despite suffering a bruised knee against the Pats. Kelsay did not practice Wednesday but said he thinks he can work either today or Friday.
Said Kelsay: "I feel great. I feel a lot better than I thought I would. As far as I'm concerned I'm preparing to play this week."
Cornerback Drayton Florence (knee) was limited in practice. Tight end Derek Fine (hamstring) was limited, but indications are he's about ready to play. The Bills released tight end Jonathan Stupar and re-signed receiver Justin Jenkins. Those two had exchanged spots on the active roster for Monday's game because of Fine's injury. Expect Stupar to go back on the practice squad if he's not claimed by another team.
Defensive end Aaron Schobel is on the injury report with a sore back but he practiced fully.
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Tim Hortons will provide all the coffee in the stadium on game days as part of a new sponsorship agreement with the team. In addition, the price of coffee will drop from $3 a cup to $1.75. . . . Sunday's game is sold out.