ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Matt Leinart's debut in Buffalo lasted a little more than a quarter. And that left the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner worried whether his future with the quarterback-needy Bills will last past this weekend.
"It's disappointing. You have an opportunity, and you go out there and you don't play as well as you want to," Leinart said after struggling in a 35-13 preseason-ending loss to the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. "I was thankful to be here, and we'll see what happens. Obviously, after that performance it can't be anything good I would think. But we'll see."
Coach Doug Marrone saw enough of Leinart to yank him after five possessions, and after the 2006 first-round draft pick threw his second interception. Leinart completed 3 of 10 passes for 11 yards, and looked very much like someone who had the benefit of just three practices since signing Sunday.
Leinart's performance doesn't make it easy on Marrone when it comes to making his final cuts by Saturday.
"We'd love to say, 'Hey, we'd love to have had him for a couple of more days,' sure, but that's not how everything played out," Marrone said. "It's not a great situation, but it is an opportunity."
Bills general manager Doug Whaley told The Associated Press he'll evaluate the game film on Leinart before making a decision. He then added: "I'm sure (Leinart) is more disappointed than anybody."
The Bills signed Leinart and acquired Thaddeus Lewis in a trade with Detroit on Sunday after losing their top two quarterbacks to injuries.
First-round selection EJ Manuel is recovering from a left knee injury, and hasn't been ruled out to play in Buffalo's opener against New England on Sept. 8. Veteran Kevin Kolb is out indefinitely with a concussion.
And the news got worse for Buffalo (2-2).
Marrone announced safety Jairus Byrd has a foot injury, and has traveled to North Carolina to be evaluated by specialist Robert Anderson. Byrd is a two-time Pro Bowl safety who missed the entire offseason before signing his one-year, $6.9 million franchise tender last week. And Buffalo lost veteran reserve guard Doug Legursky to what is feared to be a significant left knee injury.
The mood was much better in the visitor's locker room, where the Lions (3-1) made quick work of another AFC East opponent a week after a 40-9 rout of New England.
The only complaint coach Jim Schwartz had was how difficult it became to evaluate players with the Lions ahead 35-3 at the half.
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