ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) _ Doug Flutie is expected to make his fourth straight start for the Buffalo Bills while Rob Johnson recovers from a shoulder injury.

``I don't think I'm throwing as well since I got hurt,'' Johnson said after practice Wednesday. ``But it's only been three practices. You never know by Sunday.

``They've got to get ready for Doug to play a whole game and they've got to give him reps. And taking reps away from him, it's hurting his chances in the game.''

Bills coach Wade Phillips, who has yet to select his starter for Sunday's game against Chicago, said it's too early to upgrade Johnson's status from questionable.

``I wouldn't move him to probable yet,'' Phillips said. ``Maybe Thursday. We'll just have to see.''

Johnson has been out since separating his shoulder on Oct. 15. Flutie has gone 2-1 in his place, keeping the Bills (5-4) in the AFC East Division playoff race.

Asked whether his performance has earned him another start, Flutie replied: ``What I think doesn't matter one way or the other anyway. I'm preparing to play. I'll be ready to play if called on. ... I can't speak for the coaches.''