Brandon Marshall was limping noticeably when he walked away from a postgame interview session Thursday night -- not quite as badly as when he hobbled off the field during the Jets' 22-17 loss to the Bills, but badly enough that it was fair to wonder whether he had exacerbated previously existing injuries.
"Yeah," he said when asked about all that. "I won't disclose that."
What he did disclose was his frustration over a performance he believed contributed to the loss in Bills coach Rex Ryan's return to the Meadowlands.
Marshall finished with three receptions for 23 yards and a 14-yard touchdown catch. But there were several plays he would have liked to have back.
It began in the second quarter with the Jets leading, 3-0, when Ryan Fitzpatrick attempted to hit him down the middle but the ball deflected off Marshall's hands and into the hands of the Bills' Corey Graham.
"I had a seam route and I didn't make the play," he said. "I have to come down with that ball. There was some tough coverage but usually I make that play. I let my team down."
The Bills converted that turnover into a game-tying field goal.
Buffalo had a 22-10 lead in the fourth quarter when Fitzpatrick found Marshall behind the line of scrimmage on a fourth-and-2 play from the Bills' 20-yard line. Marshall was stuffed by Buffalo's Ronald Darby for a 2-yard loss.
"They just made a great tackle," Marshall said. "They had two guys out there. The previous look we got like that they blitzed and came out and disguised it and instead of him blitzing, the guy that was doubling me, he actually stayed out there . . . He was right there."
Marshall declined to second guess Todd Bowles for eschewing a field goal for another fourth-down try, this one on fourth-and-4 with about three minutes left and the Jets trailing 22-17 and at the Buffalo 7-yard line.
"I'm not in that business," he said. "We ran what we ran and we have to capitalize and we didn't do that. It's as simple as that."
Mostly, Marshall blamed himself, for the plays mentioned above and others.
"I let my team down," he said. "I feel bad. I have to play consistent. I can't make a play one week and not make a play the next. I wish I could have helped my team today, and I didn't."
Marshall, like many of his teammates, lamented the loss of an opportunity to take control of the AFC wild-card race.
"They made more plays than us," he said. "We gave them some plays, some turnovers, and that can't happen against a team like that -- a feisty, hungry team . . . You can't win games like that when you turn the ball over, and that's what we did tonight, so we have to give ourselves a chance."