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Bills QB Losman has shoulder injury

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (Dec. 13, 2005) -- Bills quarterback J.P. Losman didn't practice because of an injured right shoulder that could force him to miss Buffalo's game Dec. 17 against Denver.

Coach Mike Mularkey said Losman will undergo an MRI.

"We'll make a decision (Dec. 14)," Mularkey said.

Losman, who was walking around on the field during practice, officially is listed as questionable. Kelly Holcomb, who started five games in the middle of the season after Losman was benched, will make the start against the Broncos if Losman can't go.

Mularkey said Losman was injured early in the first quarter of Buffalo's 35-7 loss to New England on Dec. 11.

"I don't think it's going to be real bad," Mularkey said. "We just want to double check and make sure he is OK, and check on his status tomorrow."

Losman's left leg was heavily wrapped from groin to ankle. However, he gave no indication he was hurt when talking to the media before practice.

After missing most of his rookie season with a broken leg, Losman has started eight games this season. He led the team to a 14-3 victory against Kansas City earlier this season after replacing Holcomb, who sustained a concussion in the second quarter.

Losman, the second of Buffalo's two first-round picks in 2004, had his worst performance as a professional against the Patriots, completing only 10 of 27 passes for 181 yards and three interceptions. He finished with a passer rating of 33.6.

For the year, Losman is completing less than 50 percent of his throws, with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.

He was handed the starting job in February after the team decided to release Drew Bledsoe, who played three years for the Bills.

"Anytime he's not in there, he's missing valuable experience," Mularkey said. "It would make him take a step back if we can't get him back in there."

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