Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards went down with a concussion on the third play of the game against the Arizona Cardinals yesterday. Safety Adrian Wilson blitzed untouched and leveled the second-year quarterback, slamming him to the ground.
Edwards, who had directed Buffalo to a 4-0 record, lay on the ground for several minutes before being helped to the sideline. He was carted off the field, and the Bills reported a short time later that he had a concussion. Edwards completed a 13-yard pass to James Hardy just before he was hit by Wilson. Former starter J.P. Losman took Edwards' place.
"I just came from Trent," coach Dick Jauron said in his post-game news conference. "Trent was responding, but he was still a little groggy. Hopefully, he'll be fine as time goes by here. It's a good time to have a bye." Buffalo has next weekend off, then is home against San Diego on Oct. 19.
Wilson, rushing from the left side of the Arizona defense, hit Wilson hard just below the face. "I don't think it was helmet-to-helmet, but I've only seen one replay on the big board," Jauron said. "There are other things involved in any hit on a quarterback, so we'll see where that one goes."
Edwards' neck was being iced and would continue to be iced on the airplane ride home, the coach said.
LIONS:: You can take Matt Millen out of the Lions, but you can't take the Lions out of the Lions.
Despite having no game last week and 10 days to prepare for the Bears after the firing of Millen as team president, Detroit left little doubt yesterday that although Millen might have been a problem, he was far from the only one. Or even the worst.
"Matt Millen does not run the ball, throw the ball or catch the ball," said wide receiver Roy Williams, whose disgust during the game was evident throughout the stadium. "We can suit him up and see if he can play middle linebacker, but I don't think that's going to help."
Maybe a new coach would. Rod Marinelli endured a fourth straight loss by double digits with a team allowing more than 30 points in every game.
"I don't look to the future," Marinelli said. "I'm going to get up in the morning and go to work. I'm not getting the job done."
49ERS: : As Steve Young listened to the Candlestick Park crowd roar at his jersey retirement ceremony, he looked at Jerry Rice and wished he was in his old No. 8 uniform instead of a suit.
"Honestly, I feel like I want to play," Young said after the ceremony. "My life is sublime now and great and wonderful in many ways, but you can't replace it."
Young was honored at halftime of the San Francisco 49ers game yesterday against the New England Patriots. Several members of the 49ers glory teams from the late 1980s and '90s were on stage with Young for the ceremony, including Rice, Brent Jones, Harris Barton and Jesse Sapolu.