Jennings suffered a concussion

Updated: October 6, 2004, 8:56 PM ET
Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Center Trey Teague and left tackle Jonas Jennings were held out of practice Wednesday, leaving the Buffalo Bills potentially short two starters for Sunday's game at the New York Jets.

Teague's injury is considered the most serious after coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday that a scan of the center's left knee revealed a problem. Without going into detail, Mularkey said the problem was located just below the joint.

"We thought it was nerve damage, but it's not that," Mularkey said. "It's not weight-bearing. It's not like he can't push off or be effective with it. But we want to be sure. It's a long season. We don't want to test anything that's not sound."

Teague was not at practice. He was hurt in the second quarter of Buffalo's 31-17 loss to New England last Sunday. Versatile lineman Ross Tucker practiced in Teague's place.

Jennings said he was feeling better, but was given an additional day off to recover after being knocked cold, blindsided by Vince Wilfork with a helmet-to-helmet hit in the third quarter of Sunday's game.

Mularkey said Jennings was held out for precautionary reasons and he hopes the player will return to practice Thursday.

Teague and Jennings were both listed as questionable on the injury report.

Strong safety Coy Wire was also listed as questionable because of a bruised quadriceps. It's unclear when Wire was hurt.

Veteran Pierson Prioleau practiced in Wire's place. Wire's injury could further deplete an already banged-up secondary for a team that opened the season with three consecutive losses.

Wire was starting in place of Lawyer Milloy, who missed the first three games with a broken right forearm. Milloy has not yet begun practicing, and the Bills have not provided a timetable when he might return.

Veteran cornerback Troy Vincent will miss at least two weeks after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday. He was hurt on the Patriots' opening drive after his right leg twisted awkwardly beneath him while making a tackle.

Terrence McGee, a second-year player, will replace Vincent.

Rounding out the defensive backfield are cornerback Nate Clements and free safety Izell Reese.

"There's no concern," Clements said. "This is a time for guys to step in and make plays. ... The guys playing behind the starters are going to get their opportunity, get their chance to show what they've got."


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