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Buffalo Bills News - October 15, 2003

Marker McGahee Is Back On The Field [8:48 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McGahee says he could do everything that was asked of him. He even played some defense on the scout team. Gregg Williams says McGahee will do more with the offense as the week goes on. The head coach says realistically, players need a few weeks to get into football shape. McGahee says he can play anytime the coaches ask him to.'

Marker Smoot out 2-3 weeks; Canidate, Fiore doubtful [8:41 PM]
AP reports: 'Canidate, the team's leading rusher, has a severe ankle sprain. He is listed as doubtful and sounded pessimistic about his chances of playing.'

Marker McGahee pleased after first practice [8:38 PM]
AP reports: The smile was genuine, a reflection of how happy McGahee was following his long-awaited first practice since the Buffalo Bills made him their first-round draft pick last April.

Marker Quotes From Buffalo (Conference Call), Oct. 15 [4:07 PM]
Redskins.com reports: 'On the change after starting the season 2-0: “We haven’t had any offensive rhythm. We haven’t been able to establish some of the things we did early in the year offensively. We’re trying to, maybe, do too much. I said earlier in the year that we probably aren’t as good as a 31-0 team when we won the opener, and we know we’re not as bad as the 30-3 loss to the Jets in this past ball game. We’re somewhere in between. A couple of guys have been pressing a little bit, trying to do more than what’s in the call instead of just executing the design of the play, the design of the call and anything after that is gravy. We just have to get back to the basics.”'

Marker Smoot Out for Buffalo Game, Maybe Longer [4:06 PM]
Redskins.com reports: 'Head coach Steve Spurrier said on Wednesday that cornerback Fred Smoot would sit out the game against the Buffalo Bills. Smoot has a sprained clavicle.'

Marker Bills WR Moulds upgraded to questionable [3:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said Moulds' health is improving, and his groin strain will be monitored. He officially was upgraded from doubtful to questionable, which means he has a 50-50 chance of playing.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Alvin Wyatt [3:05 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I didn’t know coach Saban, but he was a fine individual. He was a hard worker. He wanted everything to perfection, I knew one thing, when that whistle blew, those people that were out there with him were ready to go to war for him. I really enjoyed the short time that I had with him," Wyatt said. "I had a great moment in Buffalo when I intercepted my first pass for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins, who went on to go to the Super Bowl that year we won that game in Washington, and turned out to be the highlight of my career, to be able to do that and win the game at the same time."'

Marker McGahee gets green light to practice [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo has only eight first downs rushing in the last four games.'

Marker GM bears blame for Williams' woes [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It didn't have to be this way. If Donahoe still felt Williams might be his guy then he should have displayed his faith by adding a year to his contract. Only by creating a sense of stability, only by reinforcing his coach's authority, could Donahoe have learned, once and for all, whether Williams is right for the job. Donahoe took the easy way out. This season, for better or worse, is on him.'

Marker Bills' McGahee set to practice [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Providing there are no setbacks, a logical debut date for McGahee’s first game would be the Nov. 9 game at Dallas. The Bills do not play Nov. 2.'

Marker Redskins Eye Changes Somewhere Along Line [5:14 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'One of the defense's biggest problems has been getting to quarterbacks. The Redskins have only nine sacks in six games.'

Marker Smith Off To Former Stomping Grounds [5:13 AM]
Washington Post reports: '"That was a great era of football," Smith said. "You have guys that have gone on to go into the Hall of Fame now, such as Jim Kelly. Thurman [Thomas], I'm sure, will be right behind him, and guys like Andre Reed and James Lofton, Steve Tasker and probably the most well-known of them all, Marv Levy."'

Marker Smith set to go back to Buffalo [5:12 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"It was a great, great time and era to be a Buffalo Bill," Smith said. "It was special. We did some special things that no one else in the history of the game was able to achieve. I cherish those moments when I talk to the guys, but other than that I really don't focus on it right now because I'm too busy trying to get things worked out in my house."'

Marker Smoot out 3-4 weeks [5:11 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Second-year cornerback Rashad Bauman will replace Smoot in the starting lineup. Defensive coordinator George Edwards indicated Monday that safeties David Terrell and Todd Franz are ahead of rookie corner Ade Jimoh to take over as the No. 3 cornerback.'

Marker Little plays by Redskins often producing big-time mistakes [5:10 AM]
Richmond Times Dispatch reports: 'The Redskins have invested almost $19 million in signing bonuses in their three starting linebackers alone. It is difficult to say they're getting their money's worth out of LaVar Arrington, Jeremiah Trotter and Jessie Armstead. The Redskins have put more than $25 million in to their offensive line. The results have not been quite what the Red skins hoped. Their quarterback, Patrick Ramsey, has been sacked 21 times, the most in the NFL.'

Marker Smith continues chasing history [5:09 AM]
Northern Virginia Journal reports: '``I thought of those 15 years I was there as very special,'' Smith said. ``To harbor any ill feelings toward management, no I don't have any right now. It was a situation I never understood, but that's neither here nor there. This will certainly be a special week. I just have to make sure I don't lose sight of what the main goal of going back to Buffalo is. I have a job to do.'''

Marker McGahee cleared to begin practice [5:08 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''He's already had some on the field workouts the last two days and done very well,'' Rosenhaus said in a telephone interview. 'They're going to ease him into the practice this week and they're going to escalate it with each week. After talking to the Bills' trainer, there's a very good chance he can start playing in about two weeks. I mean actually see some time in a game.'''

Marker McGahee cleared to practice [5:07 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'He is scheduled to start practicing on Wednesday and could see playing time in about three weeks. According to Bills spokesperson Scott Berchtold, McGahee was cleared after the Bills' training staff and team doctor John Marzo examined him.'

Marker Bills Doctors Give McGahee The Green Light To Practice [5:06 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McGahee told WGR Sports Radio 55 a few weeks ago he'd need about a week to get ready. It's unlikely you'll see him until after the bye week.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Football Organization Turns to Xerox to Streamline Printing Operations, Build Fan Supp [5:05 AM]
Xerox.com reports: 'Xerox consolidated the Bills' printer, copier and multifunction fleet, upgrading older systems with equipment that improves office productivity, including multiple Xerox Document Centre and WorkCentre Pro advanced multifunction systems, FaxCentre all-in-one devices, and Phaser network printers. In addition, Xerox uses its equipment and variable information software to personalize marketing materials for fans and information for players.'

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October 14, 2003

Marker Bills Feel They Can Play Better [8:13 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We really need all of our players to step up," Williams said. "Even if Drew Bledsoe is not having his best day, somebody else needs to set up. There are other players on this team that can step up and make plays for him."'

Marker McGahee Cleared to Practice [8:07 PM]
RNews.com reports: '"I feel like I'm ready," said the Bills first round draft pick. "I've been working hard with the training and we'll see how things go."'

Marker McGahee cleared for practice by Bills [8:06 PM]
AP reports: 'McGahee's agent Drew Rosenhaus was confident his client would be activated within the next three weeks. ``It's up to the Bills and we'll respect whatever they do. But at this point we all anticipate that he's going to be playing,'' Rosenhaus said.'

Marker Willis McGahee Cleared To Begin Practice [8:06 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills rookie running back Willis McGahee has been cleared by the team doctors to participate in practices and he will do so beginning with Wednesday's practice.

Marker Time may be running out for Williams [4:01 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Best guess, if a change is made, LeBeau gets the job. But don’t bet on it happening.'

Marker Former Bills' RB Thurman Thomas To Be Inducted Into The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame [3:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'He will be inducted along with ten other members of the Class of 2003 at an awards dinner on Wednesday, October 29 at the HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo.'

Marker Bills Announce Partnership With Xerox [1:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We are constantly exploring new ways to operate in a more efficient manner that is beneficial to our organization and our fans and this partnership with Xerox certainly accomplishes that objective,” said Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe.'

Marker Olean's Mike Kane Named Bills HS Football [1:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This is the second consecutive year Mike Kane has won a “Coach of the Week” award for Olean HS. The veteran coach guided the Huskies to a Section VI championship last year and has the team headed for the post-season playoffs again in 2003.'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Bobby Shaw [1:51 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Shaw extended his career-long receiving streak to 18 games with 6 catches for 58 yards against the Jets. Five of his 6 receptions resulted in first downs (19 of 26 for the season), including a third down grab for the 14th time this season and a fourth down conversion for the second time this season.'

Marker Xerox, Bills sign marketing deal [1:05 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The company has done an assessment of the Bills' offices and developed a plan to eliminate outdated printing equipment, produce personalized printed materials in-house, and reduce turnaround time for document delivery to players, coaches, fans and prospective customers.'

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