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Bills QB Losman replaces injured Holcomb

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (Nov. 13, 2005) -- Bills quarterback J.P. Losman replaced Kelly Holcomb, who was shaken up in the second quarter of Buffalo's game against Kansas City.

Holcomb was hurt when sacked by Jared Allen and he fumbled at the Chiefs 15. Holcomb fell backward and landed on teammate Mike Williams' leg, forcing the quarterback's head to snap back as he fell to the ground.

Holcomb lay on the field for a few minutes and looked groggy while being attended by trainers on the sideline. The Bills provided no update on Holcomb, who left the sideline late in the first half, with his return listed as questionable.

Losman made his first appearance since losing the starting job to Holcomb following a 19-7 loss to New Orleans on Oct. 2.

On his first drive, Losman marched Buffalo on an seven-play, 66-yard series capped by a 33-yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans for a 7-3 lead.

Holcomb was 2-2 as a starter, providing the Bills more focus and efficiency on offense. He was coming off a season-high 263 yards passing in Buffalo's 21-16 loss at New England on Oct. 30.

The Bills went 1-3 to start the season behind Losman, the first-year starter, who was awarded the job last February in place of Drew Bledsoe, now the starter in Dallas.

The Bills avoided a scare when running back Willis McGahee missed two plays after hurting his left hand. Tests were negative, although McGahee had his left pinky and ring fingers taped together before he returned to the field.

McGahee was hurt at the end of a 3-yard run when hit low by Chiefs safety Greg Wesley and then hit from behind by linebacker Kendrell Bell at the Kansas City 5. McGahee lay on the field for a few minutes before getting up and walking off on his own.

The Associated Press News Service

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