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Brohm may get the call for Bills ; Sore knee makes Fitz question mark vs. Jets

The chances increased Friday that Brian Brohm will see some action at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's season finale at the New York Jets.

Brohm took the snaps as the starter for a third straight practice day, while Ryan Fitzpatrick watched from the sidelines nursing a sore knee.

However, Fitzpatrick still was holding out hope that he will be able to play. Fitzpatrick said he will test his knee in warm-ups before the game. If he feels good, Fitzpatrick said he will play.

"We're going to list him as questionable," Gailey said. "If he can get ready, then we'll have him out there."

Brohm, a former second-round draft choice, is in his third NFL season, his second with the Bills.

"No matter what happens, I'll be ready to go," Brohm said. "If it's to go in and start, I'll be ready for that. If I have to go in during the course of the game, I'll be ready for that also."

Sunday's game is not shaping up to be a classic. Jets coach Rex Ryan said Friday that while quarterback Mark Sanchez will start the game, the coach does not expect Sanchez will play much. Mark Brunell, 40, will relieve Sanchez.

Ryan also said that both of the Jets' starting cornerbacks, Darrelle Revis (hamstring) and Antonio Cromartie (groin), were limited in practice Friday and might be held out.

"I'm not ruling them out, but we'll see how it goes," Ryan told New York reporters. "There's a chance they're not feeling better with a hamstring and a groin or whatever, then it would make more sense if we had them healthy for the playoffs."

The Bills are way down on receivers. Donald Jones (head) was ruled out, leaving the Bills with only Stevie Johnson, Naaman Roosevelt and Paul Hubbard at the position. Hubbard, a speedster from Wisconsin, was promoted from the practice squad this week.

Fitzpatrick worked with trainers on the side during the start of practice and tossed some throws to receivers in individual drills.

"I've gotten better every day," he said. "Monday was not great. I've made strides every day."

"We'll go out Sunday before the game and go through it and make it as game-like as possible in terms of the speed and the cutting and the movements," Fitzpatrick said. "From there, me and the doctors will make a decision on what we think is best."

Brohm has thrown a pass in just one game since coming out of Louisville in 2008. Brohm started the second-last game of last season for the Bills, at Atlanta. He completed 17 of 29 passes in a 31-3 loss. That game came just five weeks after the Bills plucked him off Green Bay's practice squad.

Brohm got roughly one-third of the practice snaps in the offseason and feels much more ready to perform than he did last year.

"It would be good for me to get on the field and show what I can do in live action in a system I've been in the whole year," Brohm said. "I feel very comfortable with where I'm at in this system, to be able to show the coaches during game time, when it counts, that I can get the job done."

Brohm has been the No. 2 to Fitzpatrick ever since Week Three of the season. On normal practice days, the Bills have three sets of nine or 12 plays during the 11-on-11 portion of the workout, and the No. 2 QB typically gets two or three of those snaps in each session.

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The Bills may promote one of their two receivers from the practice squad, Rod Windsor and Bobby Williams, to the roster. Gailey said center Geoff Hangartner (knee) would be available for the game if needed. Hangartner has missed the past three games and was backing up Eric Wood during the first part of Friday's practice.

The Jets have ruled out starting right tackle Damien Woody (knee). Starting safety Eric Smith (head) is doubtful. Others listed as questionable for the Jets include starting nose tackle Sione Pouha (back) and defensive end Trevor Pryce (hip). A bunch of Jets, including center Nick Mangold and receiver Santonio Holmes, are listed as probable, which could be an indication they also may exit early from the game.

e-mail: mgaughan@buffnews.com

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