ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.—Marc Colombo replaced Bernard Robertson at left tackle for the fourth quarter of Sunday's 33-27 Bears loss, and a change could be coming at that position.
Robertson was flagged for a false start to take the Bears out of a fourth-and-1 at the end of the third quarter, and Colombo was at left tackle the next time the Bears got the ball. Robertson has been plagued by false starts in his first season of game action.
As far as moving Colombo, the Bears' No. 1 draft choice this season, into the starting lineup: "We've got to talk about that."
The Bears lost a fourth defensive starter for at least part of a game when linebacker Warrick Holdman left the field with sprained right knee late in first quarter. The question now is how long he'll be out.
Holdman returned briefly but was replaced by Mike Caldwell for most of the first and the entire second half. The defense already is without linemen Phillip Daniels and Ted Washington and cornerback R.W. McQuarters.
Big Cat hops to it
At 34 and recovering from a sore hip, James "Big Cat" Williams wasn't quite sure he could rise up and block a potential game-winning field goal Sunday.
"I have no hops. My hops days are over," said the 6-foot-7-inch, 332-pound Williams.
With the score tied 27-27, Buffalo's Mike Hollis trotted onto the field to attempt a 39-yard field goal with 32 seconds left in regulation. Hollis, who had earlier booted field goalsfrom 48 and 49 yards, saw his third attempt smack against Williams' enormous paw.
"We just got a nice little push up the middle," said Williams of his ninth career blocked field goal. "He probably kicked it low and I got a fingertip on it and it went wide or short. I don't even know where it went."
The attempt veered wide and short and the Bears had new life.
"When the game is tied or there are a few seconds left, if they make [the field goal], then it's over right there," Williams said. "If that's not an incentive for you, what is?"
Rosevelt Colvin ran his string of consecutive games with a sack to seven, tying the franchise record set by Alonzo Spellman from December 1994 to September 1995. Colvin's 14-yard sack of Drew Bledsoe to end the first half was his fifth in four games this season.
Colvin added a second sack in the third quarter for a 7-yard loss. Colvin had his day at the expense of rookie tackle Mike Williams from Texas, the fourth-overall selection in this year's draft.
"He's huge, but I don't care; he played like a rookie," Colvin said. "He has a ways to go as far as his pass-blocking. I just tried to take advantage of his weakness, which is speed on the corner."
The Bears' offensive line had difficulty opening holes for the running game, but they kept Miller upright except for a couple of hits as passes were released. The Bills had three or more sacks in each of their first three games. They had none Sunday.