Holcomb will start against Denver
Injured Losman hasn't practiced, but may be ready as backup
(December 15, 2005) — ORCHARD PARK — Buffalo Bills coach Mike Mularkey announced Wednesday after practice that Kelly Holcomb will start Saturday night's nationally televised ESPN game against Denver at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
J.P. Losman, hobbled by a sore leg and an injury to his throwing shoulder incurred in last week's loss to New England, sat out practice for a second straight day and will not be ready to play.
Mularkey said Losman may attempt to throw today, and hopefully he will be available to serve as Holcomb's backup.
Holcomb will be starting his sixth game of the year. He was 2-2 during a four-game stretch in October, then started Buffalo's victory over Kansas City on Nov. 13. However, he left that game early in the second quarter with a concussion and while he gets credit for the victory on his record, Losman actually produced the win with a pair of touchdown passes.
Holcomb hasn't played since, but having taken all the snaps in practice the last two days, Mularkey said he'll be ready to go Saturday.
Losman watched the team practice Wednesday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It's not clear when he was hurt against the Patriots, but he was sacked twice and knocked down several other times by the Patriots defense.
Losman finished the game 10 of 27 for 181 yards with three interceptions and a 37.0 quarterback rating.
Losman, the second of Buffalo's two first-round draft picks in 2004, was awarded the starting job in February.
After leading Buffalo to a season-opening 22-7 win over Houston, Losman has lost seven consecutive starts.
FAKE FAKE FAKE injury...
loserman... dump the whole bunch of them and bring back Marv Levy!