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Bills QB Fitzpatrick to start vs. Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick **will be the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback** when they face the Texans at home in Week 8. The Associated Press is reporting that Bills coach Dick Jauron has ruled out Trent Edwards for the second consecutive game. Edwards suffered a concussion early in the second quarter against the New York Jets in Week 5.

Since taking over for Edwards, Fitzpatrick has helped lead the Bills to two consecutive victories to bring their record to 3-4. Buffalo rallied from a 13-3 deficit on the road to beat the Jets 16-13 in overtime two weeks ago. Fitzpatrick started against the Carolina Panthers in Week 7 and went 11-of-22 for one touchdown and no interceptions in the Bills' 20-9 victory.

Fitzpatrick started 12 games for the Cincinnati Bengals last season in place of an injured Carson Palmer. One of those games came in the Bengals' **35-6 loss to the Texans** at Reliant Stadium. Fitzpatrick threw for 155 yards, was intercepted twice and sacked twice and lost a fumble in the blowout.

As an undrafted rookie out of Harvard in 2005, Fitzpatrick orchestrated one of the **most stunning losses** in Texans history. The Rams' third quarterback at the time, he entered the game late in the first quarter and threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns, rallying the Rams back from 21-point halftime deficit to a 33-27 overtime victory.

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