QB Nall Returns, Poz Placed On Injured Reserve
by Chris Brown, Lead Journalist
Last Updated: 9/24/2007 5:10 PM ET
With J.P. Losman likely on the shelf for two weeks with a grade one sprain of his MCL, Buffalo made the obvious choice at quarterback re-signing Craig Nall late Monday afternoon.
Nall, who was released Sept. 1 after Trent Edwards won the competition for the backup quarterback job, was watching the game Sunday and saw what happened to Losman.
"It wasn't pretty," Nall told Buffalobills.com. "I saw the hit on J.P. and I don't think it was unintentional. It looked pretty dirty. It looked like he could have avoided the hit on him."
First and foremost Nall was worried about Losman's well being, but his mind quickly began racing after that.
"I wanted him to get up and he did and he tried to continue to play and that's just him being the competitor that he is," said Nall. "But when they took him in the locker room I could tell it was pretty serious."
Head coach Dick Jauron acknowledged that Nall was a logical choice to fill the void.
"He is familiar with what we do," said Jauron. "We're hoping the injury to J.P. isn't a long one and we don't anticipate it will be, but we've got to wait and see."
"I think it was obvious," said Nall. "I've been in this system for 18 months and I'm just three weeks removed from it. I still have a house here so it is a good fit. I wish the circumstances for me being here were different, but I'm collecting a check and there's the potential for a chance to play."
The six-year veteran believes he can pick up right where he left off.
"I was sitting there watching the game Sunday and calling the plays out and knew exactly what they were doing," said Nall. "I know this offense inside and out. I took the time to learn it while I was in it so I'm not worried about that at all."
The only thing Nall has to do is get back into the habit of studying opponents on film since there's not a whole lot of that during training camp.
"I'm going to have to prepare my mind to get back in that mindset in a hurry," said Nall. "But I've seen the Jets a little bit on TV too so I know what they're about."
Nall will serve as the backup to Edwards at least for the interim. Nall played well in the preseason completing 63 percent of his passes while compiling a passer rating of 81.2. He led a 14-play scoring drive in New Orleans in the preseason opener that culminated in a field goal.
Knowing the type of team player Nall is Jauron didn't anticipate any hard feelings on Nall's part in his return to the team.
"I don't think he was particularly happy with the situation, but its part of the nature of our business and he knows that," said Jauron. "He also told me that he recognizes what a great opportunity it has been for him to be in this league and will continue to be for him (now). Everybody here liked him and my sense was that he liked everybody else and he was just disappointed when we let him go. You wouldn't really want guys around that are happy to be let go. He's a real good guy."
Season over for Poz
To make room on the roster for Nall the Bills placed Paul Posluszny on injured reserve after he broke both bones in his forearm. The move ends Posluszny's rookie season after just three games. He was scheduled to have surgery Monday afternoon.
Posluszny was hopeful he'd be out just eight weeks, and Jauron, who initially felt the linebacker's injury was season ending, understood why.
"I think Paul just by the nature of who he is was very optimistic and probably wanted to continue playing with it," said Jauron.
Meanwhile a definitive prognosis was unavailable on starting quarterback J.P. Losman Monday afternoon following the dirty hit by Vince Wilfork that led to his injury.
But head coach Dick Jauron is fairly certain that Losman will be unavailable this Sunday and possibly the following week as well.
"We have to wait to see how it responds and they respond differently so we'll wait to see on that," said Jauron. "I'm not optimistic. We think it will be two weeks."