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Buffalo Bills News - September 28, 2001

Marker Rusty Steelers can't let Bills get on track [5:03 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'But it isn't rustiness that concerns the Steelers. It's frustration. That can surface when a defense faces a team that can't protect the quarterback, can't get the ball to their best wide receiver and has an offensive line that is hurting both in performance and health.'

Marker Steelers Report [5:02 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Bills right tackle Jonas Jennings did not practice yesterday and is not expected to play. That means former Steelers tackle Kris Farris, a No. 3 draft choice in 1999, could start against his former team.'

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September 27, 2001

Marker Stillers-Bills: Who can minimize mistakes? [9:48 PM]
Stillers.com reports: 'Expectations should be low for this game....it's going to be sloppy and the victor will be the team that self-destructs less. Despite the slop, I'll still be back in my glory watching Stiller football again! Look for Pittsburgh to get back in the AFC Central hunt with a 16-13 victory.'

Marker Moulds remains questionable for Steelers game [5:51 PM]
AP reports: Receiver Eric Moulds, nursing a sprained left shoulder, missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game with Pittsburgh.

Coach Gregg Williams held out hope that Moulds would be able to work out on Friday and be ready for Sunday's game. If not, the Bills (0-2) will use Peerless Price as their deep threat, and elevate sparingly used Avion Black as their third receiver.

Marker Steelers DE Smith brushes off Bills' tough talk [3:44 PM]
USA Today reports: Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith laughed when told that Buffalo Bills quarterback Rob Johnson sent a pointed message his way.

The particular play in question was Smith's 8-yard sack of Johnson.

In the process, Smith ripped Johnson's helmet off by the face mask. He was penalized, but a visibly shaken Johnson threw an interception to Deshea Townsend on the next play.

Marker Game Prediction - First win of the year [3:42 PM]
USA Today reports: Pittsburgh (minus 3) at Buffalo

Gregg Williams, inspired by the movie, has ordered an official Bubble Boy uniform to help keep quarterback Rob Johnson healthy.

BILLS, 24-20 (ATS: BILLS)

Marker Modrak may not last the year [2:21 PM]
ESPN reports: Director of football operations Tom Modrak, ousted by the Eagles this offseason and picked up by the Bills, may not be with Buffalo for more than a year. A league source has told ESPN Insider that Modrak may be in line to replace Randy Mueller as the Saints general manager next year.

Marker Steelers could be rusty [2:13 PM]
ESPN reports: How will the long layoff affect the Steelers?

I don't think anyone knows the answer to that question. One of the scary things could be the Steelers' sharpness of play and all the things that needed to be fine-tuned after Week 1. The coaches won't know if they got fine-tuned until they line up against the Bills on Sunday. Being game-time sharp is much different than being practice sharp. I wouldn't be surprised if the Steelers were rusty.

Marker Donahoe gets his shot at Steelers [2:02 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"If this game would have occurred a month or so after I left Pittsburgh, it would be different," he maintained. "But it's been a long time and it's not a news item any more ... I'm a Buffalo Bill. We have our football team and we have our issues that we're trying to address and that's where my concentration is." And if you believe that ...'

Marker Steelers' Hard-Luck FB Kreider Hurt Again [2:01 PM]
McKeesport Daily News reports: 'Kreider fractured a finger in his right hand during practice. He's listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Buffalo, but obviously won't be 100 percent.'

Marker Steelers Rested, Bills Hurting [2:00 PM]
McKeesport Daily News reports: 'Cowart's injury has been talked about as the most detrimental to the Bills, because of his importance in the defense. Yet, Ostroski and some other key members of the Bills' offensive line, including starting right tackle Jonas Jennings (doubtful, leg) and starting left tackle John Fina (questionable, leg), are down and that could spell even bigger problems for the Bills - and more happiness for the Steelers defense.'

Marker Steelers hope for progress [9:26 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: 'The Steelers are like sharks this week. They smell the blood in the water.'

Marker QBs on the hot seat [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) meet the Buffalo Bills (0-2), the game is more likely to come down to which quarterback can avoid losing the game rather than which quarterback can take the game by the throat and win it.'

Marker Bills tighten security, plan pregame tribute [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The team on Wednesday announced security measures that will be in place Sunday, but also said there will be a tribute to the terrorists' victims. Some types of vehicles will be barred from stadium parking lots, and several items that fans are used to carrying into the games will be banned at the stadium's outer gates. Aircraft will not be permitted overhead. But a pregame ceremony will pay tribute to the terrorists' victims, miniature U.S. flags will be distributed, and many local firefighters and police will be on hand.'

Marker Cowart lands on injured reserve; offensive line losing bodies [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A sign on the entrance to the Bills' locker room Monday: ATTITUDE. Blame No One Expect Nothing/ Do Something.'

Marker Burress thinks 1st touchdown catch could get him going [5:25 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"I just need to get into the end zone one time," said Burress, entering the second game of his second pro season Sunday in Buffalo. "That's all it's going to take for me to get that feeling back. I'm not going to throw the ball in the stands or act the fool or anything."'

Marker Steelers Report [5:24 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The Bills have allowed nine sacks in two games, which prompted a question to Brown about what the problem might be. "We got too many of that," Brown said. "That is the problem."'

Marker Burress hopes he has patience to succeed [5:23 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Burress has what looks like another chance to excel Sunday when the Steelers play the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Burress, 6-foot-5, will be matched largely against cornerbacks Ken Irvin, Antoine Winfield and Nate Clements, all of whom are 6-8 inches shorter. But Burress said that is no guarantee that he will succeed.'

Marker Steelers to visit Donahoe, Bills [5:22 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Buffalo Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe still has several friends in Pittsburgh, especially in the Steelers' locker room. One reason: When he resigned as the Steelers' director of football operations in January 2000, he wrote a personal note to every member of the team.'

Marker Ready for another game [5:21 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'I'm really looking forward to the Buffalo game. It's been a pretty good series over the years, probably for a lot of the same reasons we've had a rivalry with Cleveland. We're both blue collar towns and the teams that represent those cities take on that city's personality. I anticipate a pretty physical game.'

Marker No defending Bills defence [5:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"This is the hand we've been dealt with, for whatever reason -- injuries, coaches, off-season (changes). Whatever, this is where we're at."'

Marker Start pleases Bills' Farris [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: '"Don't think I haven't thought of that, but yeah, it would mean a little bit more," Farris said. "You've always got something to prove in this league, but the fact it's the Steelers means a little bit more to me."'

Marker NFL's Bills tighten security at stadium [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: '"Heightened security is a fact of life in the society we live in today," said general manager Tom Donahoe. "We have taken measures, and it will be obvious, but we will try to do it in a way where it doesn't disrupt the fans' enjoyment."'

Marker Stadium security [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'Everything will be inspected.'

September 26, 2001

Marker Steelers Prepare For Bills Game [9:20 PM]
Steelers Digest reports: '"It is interesting," said Cowher. "If anybody looks at us, last year we were 0-2 and finished with a winning record. The two previous years, were were 2-0 and finished with losing records. All that I will say is that I think you need to be careful in drawing too quick conclusions too fast. You don't want to get too far away from being in the chase, but at the same time, the most important thing is not about other people."'

Marker Security will be tight in Buffalo [9:17 PM]
Pittsburgh Steelers reports: 'Of the six touchdowns the Colts scored on Buffalo, Williams was most upset with the three drives that lasted only two plays each. "What I saw on most of the (big) plays was somebody trying to do someone else's job."'

Marker Steelers visit Buffalo in search of first win [9:15 PM]
Pittsburgh Steelers reports: 'If the Steelers can stop Henry early, it will make things much easier for their secondary. Don't be surprised, then, if Buffalo spends the first quarter establishing the run. Don't be fooled, either. The Bills are a passing team. Moulds is always a deep threat and Centers and Riemersma keep defenses very honest with their prowess underneath.'

Marker Steelers Remember Farris [9:10 PM]
Pittsburgh.com reports: '"Kris Farris?" inside linebacker Earl Holmes asked with a look of mistrust. "Well, I'm not going to say he sucked."'

Marker Brown has Faith in Pitt [9:08 PM]
Pittsburgh.com reports: 'Ruben Brown on how long Williams' honeymoon in Buffalo will last: "With the Buffalo media, the honeymoon is over right now."'

Marker Bills sign Robinson to practice squad; cut Taylor [8:48 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills bolstered their depth at linebacker, signing former prospect Junior Robinson to their practice squad on Wednesday. To make room for Robinson's return after he was cut prior to the start of the season, the Bills released receiver Chris Taylor.'

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