Bledsoe still feeling effects of concussion

Updated: November 30, 2003, 1:38 PM ET
Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe is prepared to play this weekend despite experiencing a few lingering post-concussion symptoms after practicing Friday.

Drew Bledsoe

"I feel a little fuzzy, but I'm going to go and play," Bledsoe said after taking all the snaps with Buffalo's starting unit in preparation for Sunday's game against the New York Giants at the Meadowlands.

Bledsoe left in the middle of Wednesday's practice and missed Thursday's session complaining of dizziness, nausea and headaches. They were the aftereffects of a mild concussion he sustained after being kneed in the back of the helmet in the third quarter of last Sunday's 17-14 loss to Indianapolis.

Bledsoe didn't miss a play, but followed up by missing his next three passes and getting sacked once before throwing a 13-yard completion to Bobby Shaw.

A neurological exam Wednesday showed no problems.

Bledsoe was in an upbeat mood Friday, joking that the fuzziness allow him to play better than he has during a nine-game slump in which he's thrown eight interceptions and three touchdowns.

"Maybe I'm off just enough to make some better decisions," Bledsoe said, smiling.

Coach Gregg Williams, who originally blamed Bledsoe's illness on a stomach virus, said the post-concussion symptoms weren't diagnosed until after he spoke with the media Wednesday.

The Bills have only one other quarterback, veteran Alex Van Pelt, on their active roster. If Bledsoe's troubles persist, the team would likely have to activate Randy Fasani, who played with Carolina last season, from the practice squad.

Bledsoe hasn't had a history of concussion problems over his 11-year NFL career, and said Wednesday that the only other time he had one was in 2001. That's when he also sustained a severe chest injury that all but ended his final season in New England, following a legal tackle by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis.

Losing Bledsoe for Sunday's matchup would mean another blow to a Bills offense that's already banged up and sputtering.

Eric Moulds, their leading receiver, has been limited, missing three of the last six games with a partially torn groin. Leading rusher Travis Henry has continued playing despite a hairline fracture just above his right ankle.

Then there's Buffalo's offensive line, of which all five starters are nursing injuries, including right guard Mike Pucillo, who's listed as questionable with a turf toe.

The Bills have also had trouble scoring. Bledsoe's 1-yard plunge last Sunday ended a three-game stretch without a touchdown. Buffalo travels to face the Giants having gone four straight road games without scoring an offensive touchdown, going back to a 38-17 win at Jacksonville on Sept. 14.

Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press