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Play time vs. Chi

PITTSFORD -- It sounds like the Chicago Bears starters might get a tad more playing time than the Bills' starters Saturday night. Bills coach Dick Jauron said Thursday night the Bills' starters would get a similar amount of plays as in the opener against Tennessee Sunday.

"About the same," Jauron said. "We’re not looking to play them significantly more than we did a week ago. If they do, it’d be a few more plays. Then we’ll proceed into the preseason kind of along the same lines."

Bills quarterback Trent Edwards got nine plays vs. Tennessee. Figure him to play one really long series or two series' or three short series -- about 12 plays. Ditto for Lee Evans. Last week Langston Walker and Geoff Hangartner also exited after the first series, but rookies Eric Wood and Andy Levitre played the whole first half. The defensive starters played two drives.

The Bears also will base their play time on the number of plays. New starting QB Jay Cutler may play into the second quarter - about 15 to 20 plays. Bears star defensive tackle Tommie Harris (taken one spot after Lee Evans in 2004) is not expected to play. The Bears will be without free safety Danieal Manning and will be down to their third stringer at left cornerback. Look for Buffalo native Corey Graham to see plenty of action at left corner. He's a product of Turner-Carroll High and New Hampshire.

 ---Mark Gaughan

 

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