Jauron isn't starting Losman despite improved health
Rookie quarterback Trent Edwards, who has started the last two games for the Buffalo Bills in place of injured veteran J.P. Losman, will retain the No. 1 job when the team hosts the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Dick Jauron made the official announcement Wednesday, but didn't commit beyond this week.
"[Edwards] is our starting quarterback this week, and we'll move on from there," Jauron said.
Jauron then sidestepped several questions about the future.
"We're just talking about this week. We're not going to talk about anything beyond it, so maybe we can save some time here because that's how I'm going to answer it," he said.
The decision to keep Edwards in the lineup was first reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen, citing a team source.
Edwards, a third-round draft choice and the 92nd player selected overall, could keep the job through the balance of the year, however, if he continues to play well and impresses the Buffalo staff.
"It's the right call for us for now," a team source told ESPN.com on Tuesday. "He's [demonstrated] a lot of poise. We'll just see how it goes from here on out."
It is believed that Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson offered input into the decision.
If Edwards' stint as the starter is more than just a short-term arrangement, it could mark the end of Losman's tenure in Buffalo after this season. Losman is under contract through the 2008 season but isn't likely to be happy with his situation if he is not the starter.
Edwards is 1-1 in his two starts and nearly authored an upset of the then-undefeated Dallas Cowboys in the Monday night game on Oct. 6. For the season, he has completed 55 of 79 passes for 507 yards, with one touchdown pass, three interceptions and a passer efficiency rating of 75.2.
For the past three days of practice, Edwards took the first snaps with the No. 1 offense, but Jauron cautioned that no one should read too much into that. But sources said the Bills' staff feels that Edwards, even while working with fairly conservative game plans and not quite as good an athlete as Losman, has been the better decision maker of the two quarterbacks.
Losman started the first three games of the season before being sidelined by a sprained knee. The team's first-round choice in the 2004 draft, Losman, 26, started all 16 games in 2006 and has 27 starts in 32 regular-season appearances.
In his three starts this season, all losses, Losman completed 30 of 47 passes for 255 yards, with no touchdown passes and one interception. For his career, the former Tulane star has 414 completions in 709 attempts for 4,678 yards. Losman has 27 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions, with a quarterback rating of 76.8.
On Monday, Losman acknowledged the decision on who started this week would mark a critical juncture of his career. And he suggested somewhat cryptically that the decision might come with input from beyond the coaching staff.
"The decision is not going to be based off how I played the first two games," Losman said. "It's a decision based off many other factors, and those factors, obviously, remain to be seen. So I'll have to sit back and see what they say. Whoever is making the decision here -- I think is a question I'm still looking to hear. Whose call is it? Who's going to take responsibility for it and things like that?"
Television reporter Chris Mortensen covers the NFL for ESPN. Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.
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