Thursday, November 3, 2011
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick limited in practice
By James Walker
Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was limited in practice for the second straight day with a chest injury. He took a big hit in last week's win over the Washington Redskins but finished the game.
Fitzpatrick will play Sunday in a huge AFC East matchup against the New York Jets. But his limited participation two days in a row should be a little concerning. It shows Fitzpatrick is not 100-percent recovered from the big blow he received after throwing a screen pass to running back Fred Jackson.
Fitzpatrick joked about the hit after last Sunday's game.
"I thought, 'Boy, Toronto really doesn't like me,'" Fitzpatrick said of the crowd's cheers during the screen play. "I didn't know [Jackson] broke the tackle and ran down the sideline. So I said, 'That's a lot of excitement for a quarterback getting hit.'"
The Jets bring heavy pressure. So keep an eye on Fitzpatrick's chest injury.
Here are some other injury notes on the Bills and Jets:
- Buffalo offensive tackle Demetrius Bell (shoulder) missed his second straight practice and probably will miss Sunday's game. Fellow offensive tackle Chris Hairston (ankle) is practicing on a limited basis and has a better shot of returning.
- The Jets are much healthier coming off the bye. Everyone practiced Thursday. But receiver Plaxico Burress (back) and defensive linemen Mike Devito (knee) and Kendrick Ellis (ankle) were limited.