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Concussion protocol underway for Edwards

There wasn't much new with respect to the condition of Trent Edwards following his concussion Sunday at Arizona.

"We follow a routine for any of our players that suffer a concussion so that's what we'll do with Trent," said head coach Dick Jauron. "And we're into that routine and that protocol. He was pretty good after the game and I spoke to him then. We will follow it and continue to follow it through the week and we'll continue to follow it as we move along and just see how it goes."

Jauron chose not to speculate as to whether Edwards was better Monday than he was Sunday, whether he'll undergo more testing or whether his starting quarterback will practice this week.

"I don't think it's my place to start speculating on those things. I'm not a physician or a trainer so I'm not going to go there," said Jauron. "I'm not going to anticipate anything. We're just going to stay on the protocol and as I said we follow the same thing for any of our players that are in this situation and that's exactly what we'll do in this case."

Edwards was at One Bills Drive during the morning hours on Monday, but did not stay for the entire work day with his teammates who reviewed film and did conditioning. A few of his teammates did speak with him before he left the team facility.

"I talked to him and he seemed to be doing alright, but you've got to be real careful with those situations," said Lee Evans. "He didn't stick around here too much. He's still dealing with some things so it's just going to be a little time for him."

When asked if Edwards would be recovered from his concussion in time to prepare and play against San Diego in 13 days Evans was unsure. 

"We hope so," said Evans. "Any time you're dealing with a head type thing or a concussion you never know how it's going to shake out. We just hope for the best for him and hopefully he's getting better."

Evans confirmed there is a set of guidelines the team has that a player has to pass before they can step back on the field, but Jauron did not reveal the details of that protocol in terms of whether a player has to be symptom free or pass some other criteria choosing to defer to head athletic trainer Bud Carpenter.

"I think I'm going to leave that to Bud and our medical staff to respond to," said Jauron. "It's not anything I deal with except through them with our players."

Bills head athletic trainer Bud Carpenter declined to comment.

The league has no uniform guidelines with respect to concussions other than the player must be asymptomatic and have normal neurological test results, including mental status testing at rest and after physical exertion, before they can return to play.

Other than that the league leaves the medical judgment as to whether a player is fit to return to action to the medical staffs of the individual clubs. That could include further testing depending on the team's own protocol. Staffs are told to consider the history of concussions in a player when exercising judgment.

After reviewing the play on tape Evans thought the concussion was suffered when Edwards hit the ground with Adrian Wilson landing on top of him.

"I don't think it was the hit, I think it was more so the driving into the ground," said Evans. "It'll be interesting to see if there will be a fine on it because I think it was more the driving into the ground that probably did it."

The Bills are scheduled to practice Tuesday morning.

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