Whitner believes he's close to return

Updated: October 14, 2009, 4:15 PM ET
Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills safety Donte Whitner looked down at the ice pack wrapped around his surgically repaired right thumb and wondered what all the fuss was about.

"Thumb?" Whitner said. "I don't really need this thumb for the rest of my life, you know."

Though Whitner (probably) was kidding, it's clear what his intentions are for this coming Sunday, when the stumbling Bills (1-4) travel to face the AFC East-rival New York Jets (3-2). Whitner's already missed two weeks ...

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