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Buffalo Bills News - August 26, 2004

Marker Bills Resume Practice without Losman [5:07 AM] reports: 'The Bills currently have three additional quarterbacks on their roster: starter Drew Bledsoe, five-year veteran Travis Brown, and undrafted free agent Greg Zolman, who competed in NFL Europe this past season playing with Rhein. "Travis has played well and we'll still go (into the season) as we were before the injury," Mularkey said. "I don't think there is going to be a change there."'

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Marker Opportunity for Zolman [8:58 PM] reports: '"When I do get the reps I get a little more now than I did. Just do the best I can with them and try to learn from any mistakes that I do make," Zolman said.'

Marker Student Leaders to Give Back to Community [5:31 PM] reports: 'This year, 26 local students were selected to participate in the year-long program, started by Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe. The Bills received well over 100 applications that require the students to write an essay describing examples of when they have shown leadership skills in their high school and community.'

Marker Tutors emphasizing mechanics, techniques [5:30 PM]
ESPN reports: '"Hey, a lot of teams have one (assistant) who coaches the (offensive) tackles and another one who works with the interior linemen," noted Bledsoe, who has been sharper in camp than he was a year ago. "Teams will have a coach for the safeties and another coach for the cornerbacks. So why not have a separate coach for your quarterbacks? It's a position where, definitely, the demands of the job keep getting tougher."'

Marker Vincent upset over Losman's injury [5:29 PM]
AP reports: '''There's nothing I could do to change it,'' Vincent said. ''I know his importance to this football team. ... He's a fiery young guy, the sky's the limit for him. No one wants to be in a cast at this point in time in their career.'''

Marker Partnership, Bills ready to kick off season [5:29 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The 4th annual "Taste of the Season -- Buffalo Bills Style" will be held Monday, Aug. 30 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The event, scheduled for 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., will be held inside the Jim Kelly Club.'

Marker Bills Notebook [12:46 PM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: 'The Colts are expected to play their starters into the third quarter against the Bills. "If you want to get your dress rehearsal week in, Week 3 is kind of the way to go,” Colts coach Tony Dungy said. “It’s really the week we like to get geared in and playing well."'

Marker Teague Not Worried About O-Line [12:43 PM] reports: '"These things happen in camp all the time," Teague said. "People get banged up over the course of the four weeks here and coaches constantly rotate guys to get a look at how they play. It's a physical sport, especially up front. It's all part of the game and I don't think there's anything to worry about."'

Marker Bills QB Losman to have surgery on broken leg [12:42 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills president Tom Donahoe said it's premature to discuss whether the team will bring in an additional quarterback or determine whether to end Losman's season by placing him on the injured reserve list.'

Marker The billboard [11:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I look at it as taking advantage of an opportunity," McGahee said Tuesday. "Really, it's just another game. I've started in practice with the (first team) before, but it wasn't nothing. But this is a game, and the only difference is this is more competitive."'

Marker Losman out with fractured fibula [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The injury is similar to the one suffered last year by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who fractured his right fibula during the preseason. Vick missed 12 games.'

Marker Losman breaks leg in practice [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It was an accident," Mularkey said. "Troy isn't going to try and hurt anybody, and J.P., he loosened up at the end (of the play), and you can't do that."'

Marker Bills' special teams using starters [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We're going to put the best guys out there, period," Mularkey said. "There's nothing that says a starter is relieved of duty because he's playing first, second and third down. Fourth down is no different."'

Marker Bills rookie QB Losman breaks leg [5:08 AM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I was running and keeping him from going out of bounds and he was cutting back and our shoulder pads just barely grazed on his cutback," Vincent said. "At the same time he planted, I think our shoulder pads met."'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:07 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'The Bills ranked 31st in punt returns last year and were inconsistent on kickoff returns. Antonio Brown, who held those duties most of 2003, could lose both jobs. WR Josh Reed opened the preseason as the No. 1 kickoff returner, and Terrence McGee had 85- and 34-yard kick returns in the second preseason game. CB Nate Clements has the inside track on handling punts, though the team would prefer not to use a starter there.'

August 24, 2004

Marker Bills' Losman Breaks Leg [10:24 PM]
WROC-TV reports: 'The injury occurred with 25 minutes to go in the afternoon workout. Losman was hit by veteran cornerback Troy Vincent. The rookie out of Tulane was carted off the field, and was later seen being helped from a wheelchair into a car.'

Marker Losman out with fractured fibula [10:03 PM] reports: 'Losman was slated to back up starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe this season. Travis Brown will likely move into the No. 2 position behind Bledsoe while Losman is recovering. The Bills will probably bring in another quarterback to either compete with Brown or to occupy the No. 3 role.'

Marker Broken Leg Sidelines Losman [9:59 PM] reports: 'The rookie was finishing a run during a two-minute drill when the hit occured. Trainers attended to him before Losman was carted off.'

Marker Losman breaks leg, out indefinitely [9:57 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Vincent told WGR that the collision between he and Losman was purely accidental and that he would never do anything intentionally to harm a teammate.'

Marker Losman Suffers Broken Leg, Out Indefinitely [9:08 PM] reports: 'Rookie quarterback J.P. Losman has suffered a broken leg and will be out indefinitely. Such injuries typically require a recovery time of 8-12 weeks.'

Marker Losman Hit, Carted Off [9:06 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'During the play, Losman ran around end only to be hit with a hard shoulder from veteran Troy Vincent. Losman had to be helped to his feet, but clearly was in pain. Vincent said after practice that the hit was not intentional.'

Marker QB likely will miss half the season [8:48 PM]
ESPN reports: First-round draft choice J.P. Losman, the heir apparent to Drew Bledsoe's starting job with the Buffalo Bills, will likely miss at least the first half of his rookie season, after the quarterback suffered a fractured left fibula during a Tuesday practice session.

Marker Bills QB Losman injured in practice [5:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback J.P. Losman was taken off the field Tuesday afternoon with an apparent lower left leg injury.'

Marker Summer sensations: Ten players who've exceeded expectations so far in the preseason [3:47 PM]
CNN/SI reports: For now, he's only getting third-team mop-up work behind starter Drew Bledsoe and backup Travis Brown. But the Bills rookie has already given us a glimpse of why he's the quarterback of the future in Buffalo. Losman is 9-of-11 for 78 yards and has a 96.2 passer rating, and he has handled the offense with an impressive command and poise. But what the Bills really believe sets him apart from this year's other first-round quarterbacks is his feet. Losman has gained 80 yards on seven scrambles, and he has made plays to keep drives alive. In his five drives, the Bills have scored three field goals, missed on another field goal attempt and fumbled the ball away once.

Marker Bills may sit Henry as precaution [2:38 PM]
ESPN reports: "It's not official, but I'm not going to push him to play if there's any pain at all," Mularkey said. "I'd maybe have a different answer if we were in the regular season. But I'm not going to push that right now. It's just to get him back full strength."

Marker Bills Notebook [1:27 PM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: 'Mularkey said some of the players may have been trying too hard to impress the coaching staff. “They’re trying to play hard,” he said. “It was just the timing of it. If there’s a gray area (as to if it’s a penalty), they just have to pull back.”'

Marker Remember It’s Only Preseason [12:42 PM] reports: 'The penalties were not as big of an issue as some people made them out to be.'

Marker Recent push lifts season-ticket base [10:17 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Also, the Colts have made available several hundred additional single-game tickets for the eight regular-season home games, including the Sept. 26 home opener in the RCA Dome against Green Bay. The tickets had been held back for possible season-ticket sales. Fans wishing to purchase tickets for the Packers game still must buy a similarly-priced ticket for Saturday's preseason game with Buffalo.'

Marker Bledsoe, Warner among NFL's most overpaid [10:16 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Bledsoe's $8.75 million salary might rank in the bottom half among starting quarterbacks, but it's still big money for someone coming off the least-productive full season of his 11-year career.'

Marker Gildon's big test could come against the Colts [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We need to get a better feel of how he's fitting in," Mularkey said. "We need to give him a chance. He hasn't gotten enough reps, and we'll probably do that more in this game."'

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