Should the Bills shut down Trent Edwards?

December, 12, 2008
12/12/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards is doubtful for Sunday's game against the New York Jets in the Meadowlands.

Edwards didn't take any snaps for the second straight week of practice because of a groin injury and likely will be the disaster quarterback behind starter J.P. Losman and Gibran Hamdan.

Two more games are the best Edwards can hope for, but in such a tumultuous and mentally trying season, should the Bills shut down the injury-prone quarterback and start getting him coached up for 2009?

The games would be at the Denver Broncos and home against the New England Patriots.

Edwards has dealt with a concussion and now the groin problem. The only way they Bills can make the playoffs is if they win out and the Jets, Patriots and Miami Dolphins don't win another game. The Dolphins and Jets meet in the Dec. 28 season finale, so they would have to tie.

In other words, it's over for Buffalo, and there's something to be said for Edwards putting this disaster of a season behind him. It also can be argued he should get as many game snaps as possible.

Edwards looked like a seasoned veteran through the first six games of his sophomore campaign and was deserving of Pro Bowl chatter.

Then the roof caved in. The Bills lost five out of six games in which Edwards threw five touchdowns and eight interceptions, lost two fumbles and was sacked nine times.

Buffalo has pride and still wants to finish with a push. Edwards, when healthy, is the best chance for victory, but do you think he should put 2008 behind him, not risk further injury and finish the year on the sideline?

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