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Buffalo Bills News - July 15, 2000

Marker Wiley back on track in 4-6 weeks [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills report the surgery to repair a bulging disc in Wiley's lower back was successful. He is expected to return to action in four to six weeks. "Steve McNair had a similar thing last year during the season and missed five regular-season games," said Bills coach Wade Phillips, referring to the Tennessee Titans quarterback. "I'd say it's somewhere in there, which would put us at the end of the preseason. Maybe he'll be able to play in the last preseason game."'

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July 14, 2000

Marker Beachcomber finds Bills championship ring lost 30 years ago [9:52 PM]
AP reports: '...the ring belonged to team's former public relations director and assistant general manager Chuck Burr, who in 1970 lost it at the beach, about 15 miles west of Buffalo. Burr had been given the ring after the Bills, led by quarterback Jack Kemp, won their first AFL championship with a 20-7 win over San Diego.'

Marker Haddad Signs [2:49 PM]
UBBulls.com reports: 'Reportedly, the deal is three years for just under $900,000, with a $26,000 signing bonus. Haddad will be there when training camp opens next Thursday. Haddad's best chance to make an impact as a rookie is on punt returns. The Bills have no veteran returner on the roster.'

Marker Bills agree to deal with third-round pick Moore [1:17 PM]
SportsLine.com reports: 'Moore, the third-round draft choice of the Buffalo Bills, on Thursday reached a three-year contract agreement. The deal is worth $1.201 million and it includes a $375,000 signing bonus and base salaries of $193,000 (2000), $275,000 (2001) and $358,000 (2002). The agreement leaves first-round pick defensive end Erik Flowers and second-round free safety Travares Tillman as the only unsigned members of Buffalo's 2000 draft class.'

Marker The Stadium Wall: Posts of the Week [10:08 AM]
TBD reports: July 2 to July 8 (in alphabetical order by subject). This is a weekly collection of the fans' most interesting posts on The Stadium Wall message board. Posts will be highlighted each week on the Shout!/TBD web site. Posts from the previous week follow the new posts.

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 11 is complete! [10:05 AM]
TBD reports: 'The 11th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This former DT was the heart of the Bills defense back in the mid-60's. If it wasn't for a knee injury that forced him to retire in 1968, he could have had a Hall of Fame career. '

Marker Player itinerary [10:04 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Shout!'s annual training camp issue will be out on newstands July 14. Here's an article on the players' camp itinerary. The issue also includes defensive unit overviews and a complete analysis of how the Bills will use their tight ends and wide receivers. Call 1-800-932-4557 to get your copy.'

Marker Bills on the clock with top draft picks [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The Bills have a good reputation of treating their players fairly," [Flowers' agent Eric] Metz said. "We're making progress with Erik, and I'm sure we'll be able to get a deal done by next week."'

July 13, 2000

Marker AFC East hot spots [8:34 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Buffalo has 21 victories and a pair of playoff berths in Phillips' first two seasons, and he's already lasted longer than he did in Denver. But with the divisions's toughest schedule and a younger team than Bills fans have grown used to, a third trip to the first round is anything but assured.'

Marker Keough drives Fisher's growth [6:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'When [Katherine] Keough [president of St. John Fisher College] presented the idea of hosting the team's training camp to her board of trustees, some members rolled their eyes. But heads began to nod "yes" when she sold it as "an academic partnership," providing Fisher students with hands-on learning opportunities in areas from marketing to food service.'

July 12, 2000

Marker PFW: "The Way We Hear It" [9:38 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Unless the two sides can agree on a long-term extension — which seems unlikely because of the salary cap — Bills WR Eric Moulds will become an unrestricted free agent following the 2000 season. Moulds’ agent, Harry Henderson, told PFW that he has talked with the Bills a few times this year but that "they weren’t in the range of money we expect to get for Eric."

Marker Sporting News Buffalo Bills Report [5:06 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Comments on Wiley, Flowers, and some good info on Buffalo's NFL Europe signings.

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 10 is complete! [9:19 AM]
TBD reports: 'The 10th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This former OG was the vocal leader of the group known as "the Electric Company", the line that paved the way for OJ Simpson's magical 2000 yard season in 1973.'

July 11, 2000

Marker Bills sign fourth-round pick [8:56 AM]
AP reports: "Fourth-round selection Avion Black of Tennessee State became the fourth of the eight 2000 Buffalo Bills draft picks to sign with the team. A wide receiver who caught 47 passes for 893 yards last season for the Tigers, Black will contend for kickoff return duties with Buffalo."

Marker You Make the Call (#6) [6:44 AM]
TBD reports: "You Make the Call" is a presentation of both real and imagined NFL scenarios, where we invite you to "make the call" based upon the Official Rules for the NFL for 1999. Good luck, because you'll need it.

July 10, 2000

Marker Bills' Wiley has back surgery [1:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley, considered Bruce Smith's successor on the right side, will miss all of training camp while he recovers from back surgery. Doctors repaired a bulging disc in his lower back last weekend, and he will be sidelined four to six weeks. Wiley hurt his back while working out on his own two weeks ago. He was expected to be released from hospital Monday and begin rehabilitation next week.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Survivor: Round 8 is complete! [10:23 AM]
Shout! reports: 'The 8th castaway has been voted off Buffalo Bills Island. This former Bill was a steady player who showed up to play every week. His career spanned 7 years with the Bills and 3 more with the Denver Broncos.'

Marker Raw notes: Peerless Price [10:19 AM]
Shout! reports: 'These are quotes from off-season conversations with Peerless Price. They don't include Mike Doser's questions, rather, it is just pure, uninterrupted comment from Price about his off-season and preparing for his second year with the team.'

Marker Bills take sponsors to camp [9:50 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The novelty of training camp in Fredonia had long worn off and attendance there waned in recent years. Estimated figures say about 10,000 spectators watched the team during the course of the approximately three-week training camp period. The Bills are optimistic that 10 or 15 times that number will sample training camp this summer.'

Marker Wegmans aims to cash in with Bills [9:47 AM]
D and C reports: 'Those interests already are being boosted: The Wegmans-Bills pairing has attracted attention across the NFL. While almost every NFL team has some sort of relationship with a local supermarket, said Chris Widmaire, a league spokesman, the Bills-Wegmans matchup is "unique to the entire NFL." "When we have league meetings and the Bills make presentations about their relationship with Wegmans," said Widmaire, "people are blown away by the breadth and depth of it."'

Marker Surgery for Wiley [6:42 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Starting right end Marcellus Wiley will undergo surgery today [Saturday] to correct a bulging disk in his lower back and will be sidelined between four to six weeks, according to media reports. It comes as a shock because Wiley showed no signs of problems in any of the mini-camps.'

July 9, 2000

Marker Sudden impact [11:52 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills defensive lineman is one of the most generous players in a league that seems to get more attention nowadays for the ones who commit crimes. With his own charitable foundation he established in 1998, Washington has made it his mission to give. He hands out thousands of pairs of shoes annually, plays Santa every Christmas to donate toys, and offers advice and hope to all. He also has organized a football camp for hundreds of children at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center near Twentynine Palms, Calif., in the Mojave Desert.'

Marker Bills score New York jets [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills recently signed a sponsorship deal with JetBlue Airways, a new airline based at New York's Kennedy Airport. The Bills will promote the airline on an electronic billboard in the east end zone and other stadium signs. JetBlue executives are already salivating at the prospect of flying throngs of Bills and New York Jets fans between Buffalo and New York when the teams meet during the upcoming season.'

Marker Crown doesn't appear a fit for Patriots [7:17 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Doug Flutie said recently that he will be back on the field, despite coach Wade Phillips going with Rob Johnson as his No. 1 quarterback. The decision to bench Flutie in the playoffs last year may become Phillips's haunting legacy. Even former Bills great Jim Kelly said that while he considers Phillips a friend, he can't approve of the decision to bench Flutie. Another bad sign for this team, which will be one of the league's youngest, was cutting fullback Sam Gash. The Patriots found out Gash brings an attitude to the offense. The Patriots miss it and the Bills will also. This is also a team void of the great Bruce Smith, who can still be productive. But the Bills have drafted well lately and their young players will be put to the test. The Bills must also replace receiver Andre Reed. At least they have a viable option in Peerless Price.'

July 8, 2000

Marker Wiley to miss training camp with back surgery [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wiley will be out of action for four to six weeks due to surgery he will have today to repair a bulging disc in his lower back. The fourth-year right defensive end probably will miss all of the team's training camp in Rochester. He is scheduled to be back on the field sometime between Aug. 7 and Aug. 21.'

Marker Ex-top doctor for Bills cited over billings [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The former head doctor to the Buffalo Bills has been sanctioned by state health officials for inappropriate billing. Dr. Richard L. Weiss, of Amherst, agreed not to contest the charges against him, including professional misconduct and filing false reports. He also agreed that his license to practice medicine be permanently limited, although Weiss is retired...Weiss, 71, joined the Bills as an associate physician in 1967 and had been their primary team doctor from 1977 to 1995, when his role diminished...State officials could not say whether the billing was related to the Bills or Weiss' other patients.'

July 7, 2000

Marker Returning for another NFL season: Flutie Flakes [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: "Flutie Flakes, which made their 1998 debut in a bright red box, then were switched to a deep blue box in early '99, will hit supermarket shelves in early August in a new red, white and blue box. Melissa Heher, vice president of PLB Sports, the Pittsburgh company that created Flutie's hit breakfast food, said the time was right for Flutie Flakes III."

Marker Bills sign quartet [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports:

Marker Bills add four NFL Europe players [6:34 AM]
AP reports: "The Buffalo Bills signed four NFL Europe players Thursday, including wide receiver Kevin Drake, who led the league this season with a record-tying 12 touchdown catches. Also signed were defensive backs Nick Ferguson and Quincy Coleman and wide receiver Todd Floyd, who returns to the Bills after they released him prior to the start of last season."

Marker Bills sign four from NFL's European league [6:15 AM]
D and C reports: "They are wide receiver Kevin Drake and defensive back Nick Ferguson of the World Bowl champion Rhein Fire and wide receiver Todd Floyd and defensive back Quincy Coleman of the Frankfurt Galaxy."

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