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Fitzpatrick a game time decision

Ryan Fitzpatrick did not participate in a snap of practice this week due to a knee injury suffered last week against the Patriots, but it doesn't mean he won't start on Sunday against the Jets in Buffalo's season finale.

"We're going to list him as questionable going into the game," said head coach Chan Gailey. "If he can get ready we'll have him out there."

Gailey said that Fitzpatrick would be a game time decision on Sunday.

"I feel okay," said Fitzpatrick. "I haven't done a whole lot. I've done the walk throughs this week and a little bit of throwing the ball around. I've been hitting the treatment pretty heavy this week and putting some extra hours in there to do everything we can to get this thing healthy."

The Bills starting signal caller did not take a team practice rep all week, but at this point in the season he doesn't feel it's as big a deal as it might have been in Week 1 or Week 2.

"I wish I was able to practice all three days," said Fitzpatrick. "Really that's sort of been my training up until this year has been the life of the backup where you're thrown in there without many reps. You've got to take the mental reps and be ready to get in there and do it. I've had a season worth of reps now. You want to be out there taking them, but I don't think it's that big of an issue at this point in the season."  

Fitzpatrick was on the practice field Friday trying to loosening up his ailing knee under the watchful eye of the athletic training staff. On Sunday just a few hours before the game he'll be doing that and more to see if his knee is well enough to play.

"We'll go out Sunday before the game and really just go through it and make it as game-like as possible in terms of the speed and the cutting and the movements," said Fitzpatrick. "From there me and the doctors will make a decision on what we think is best."

Fitzpatrick did say that his injured knee has improved each day this week. He's hoping the last 48 hours of treatment will have it game ready.

If he can't go backup Brian Brohm would make his second career start. Brohm started Buffalo's Week 16 game last season at Atlanta.

"I'm going to be ready to go," said Brohm. "Fitz is going to be a game time decision. No matter what happens I'll be ready to go. If it's to go in there and start I'll be ready for that. If I have to go in during the course of the game I'll be ready for that as well."

If Brohm were to start the situation would be much more settled for him and the offense than it was last year.

 "I've been getting reps all year long," he said. "I've had a full offseason, full training camp in this offense. We've got some new guys coming in at receiver so I've got to get them up to speed and ready. I feel like we've had a good week of practice so those guys will be ready to go as well."

Last season Brohm was signed off the Green Bay practice squad in Week 3 and was trying to learn the offense on the fly, but even in Week 16 when he started last season he was given a scaled back game plan having not spent a whole offseason with the Bills leading up to the regular season.

"It would be good for me to get on the field and show what I can do in live action in a system I've been in for a whole year," said Brohm. "I feel very comfortable with where I'm at in this system. I need to go out on the field and show what I can do and show the coaches during game time when it counts that I can get the job done."

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