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Buffalo Bills News - August 24, 2003

Marker Bledsoe puts a little more action into all the Bills talk [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We showed what we're capable of if we don't have mistakes," said Bledsoe, who played into the third quarter. "When we don't make mistakes, we're efficient. I know we can do a great job offensively."'

Marker Jennings' concussion not serious [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He got kicked in the head," Williams said. "He tried to cut on a pass protection. He's fine. He could have gotten up a lot earlier, but we went through all the precautions that you should do."'

Marker Bills rally sinks Rams [5:37 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'After two sloppy preseason efforts by the Buffalo Bills and the regular season just on the horizon, quarterback Drew Bledsoe wasn’t kidding when he said it was time he and his teammates got their act together. Consider it mission accomplished.'

Marker Bills tackle Jennings leaves game with concussion [5:36 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Jennings was motionless for several minutes, then was able to get to his feet before being taken off the field by cart. He was injured while pass blocking.'

Marker Slow start for Bills could doom coach Williams [5:36 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills could finish 9-7 and miss the playoffs but still be on the upgrade. If that happens, dumping a young head coach who is growing with his team probably would be a mistake and a big step backward.'

Marker Bills answer questions against Rams [5:35 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We had good (offensive) rhythm early,” said coach Gregg Williams. “(Bledsoe) was into it and the ball was coming out of his hand very fast."'

Marker Bledsoe's Bills batter Rams [5:34 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Playing into the third quarter to the delight of the crowd of 62,286, Bledsoe looked mid-season sharp while directing touchdown drives on his team's first two possessions. "We showed what we are capable of if we don't make mistakes," said Bledsoe, who completed 22 of 29 attempts for 231 yards. "When we don't make mistakes, we're efficient. I know we can do a great job offensively."'

Marker Faulk shines in debut as Rams falter [5:33 AM]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: 'Actually, with the Buffalo corners frequently playing 10 yards off the Rams receivers, Warner didn't have much opportunity to look downfield. And when he tried, he frequently got hammered by the Buffalo pass rush.'

Marker Herring breaks his arm during opening kickoff [5:32 AM]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: 'Fletcher was his usual active self, tackling Marshall Faulk in the backfield for a 3-yard loss early in the second quarter. Later in the quarter, Fletcher chased Faulk out of bounds after a 7-yard pass completion. As they headed back to the huddle, Fletcher and Faulk patted each other on the helmet and exchanged small talk.'

Marker Faulk finds end zone twice in loss [5:31 AM]
Belleville News Democrat reports: 'The Bills got the performance they was looking for from Bledsoe. Bledsoe finished 22-of-29 for 231 yards and two touchdowns, an 8-yarder to Bobby Shaw and an 18-yarder to Eric Moulds.'

Marker Magic man [5:30 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The last Buffalo Bill in the lunchroom, Jon Dorenbos packs up his cards and coins, and makes his thick-bodied walk toward his room. He believes his NFL career is about to take flight, but whatever happens, he says his heart and mind and will be powered as they've long been, by the memory and spirit of his mother. He will make her proud. He will keep living the same way, "waking up every day and feeling the breeze and smelling the air and trying to put smiles on people's faces." Dorenbos knows he will succeed, because you can't go backward and you can't give in, and because love has a magic all its own. "I know I will never be alone," Jon Dorenbos says.'

Marker Bills 28, Rams 24 [5:29 AM]
AP reports: 'After squandering a 14-0 lead, the Bills second- and third-stringers pulled out the victory on Joe Burns' 13-yard touchdown run with 2:03 remaining.'

Marker Bills OT Jennings hurt against Rams [5:29 AM]
AP reports: 'Jennings did not return, and the Bills did not disclose the extent of the injury.'

Marker Rams S Herring hurt covering opening kickoff [5:28 AM]
AP reports: 'St. Louis Rams safety Kim Herring will miss up to eight weeks after breaking a bone in his left forearm covering the opening kickoff against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night.'

Marker Buffalo 28, St Louis 24 [5:27 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Joe Burns, a second-year-player from Georgia Tech, scored on a 13-yard run with 2:03 remaining to lift the Buffalo Bills to a come-from-behind 28-24 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Burns is the fifth back in the Bills backfield behind Travis Henry, Olandis Gary, Sammy Morris and Sam Gash. First-round pick Willis McGahee is expected to start the regular season on the physically-unable-to-perform list.'

Marker Bills-Rams Quotebook [5:26 AM] reports: '"We got off to a good start. I think that we came out and we were efficient, hit some short passes, early on we executed very well offensively at the start of the game. We were able to take those first two drives down for scores. I think we showed what we are capable of when we don't make mistakes is what I took out of that game. If we play clean football, and we don't have the penalties, eliminate some of the turnovers, I think we can be a very good football team. We still made to many mistakes. The bone-headed interception by me in the third possession where I had a guy fall down and I just threw it back into the middle and didn't see the linebacker. Those kinds of things we can't do, but if we are efficient and if we execute like we did tonight I think that we are going to be a very good offense."'

Marker Bills-Rams Quotebook (Bills Head Coach Gregg Williams) [5:25 AM] reports: '"Travis Henry has a foot sprain. He could have played. But we only had him slated to play in the first quarter. In fact, if we could have gotten the ball back one more time in the first quarter, we would have finished the first quarter. But that's all we had him up for going into the game."'

Marker Rams fall to Bills in Buffalo [5:24 AM] reports: '“I thought it went well,” Warner said. “We hurt ourselves with some penalties and some things early on, but I thought we moved the ball well and did a lot of good things. I think that was the best thing about this game, they threw everything but the kitchen sink at us. We had to see things and react quickly.”'

Marker RamView : From The Couch [5:23 AM] reports: 'Defensive line/LB: The defense did absolutely nothing but watch the Bills go up 14-0 the first two drives. There was no pass rush AT ALL, so Drew Bledsoe got all day to throw and picked apart the Rams’ young secondary.'

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August 23, 2003

Marker Bills Top 10 Home Attendance For Preseason Games [2:55 PM] reports: 'August 17, 1973 - Washington Redskins - L, 21-37 - 80,020.'

Marker The Stadium's 30th Anniversary [2:54 PM] reports: '"It was like going from a truck to a Rolls Royce," said former Bills safety John Pitts. "The War Memorial had its great moments and great days, but that was a dive. But the people there in Buffalo, I don’t think you could find no more committed and loyal fans. We used to race off the field because whoever got in the shower first - you got hot water. If you were the last one, the water was going to be cold. Even the guys that were injured, you could see them sprinting off the field. You could just stay back and see if that injury is real or if they’re just faking."'

Marker Bills' corners get chance to prove themselves [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are one of only three teams in the league that have two former No. 1 draft picks starting at corner. The others are Oakland (Charles Woodson and Phillip Buchanan) and Pittsburgh (Chad Scott and Dewayne Washington). That isn't to say Clements and Winfield have proved themselves to be one of the top three tandems in the league. Miami, for instance, had two Pro Bowl corners last year in Sam Madison (a first-rounder) and Patrick Surtain (a second-rounder). Nevertheless, it's a good situation for the Bills.'

Marker Faulk set for preseason debut [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A larger-than-usual preseason crowd of more than 50,000 is expected for tonight's game, in part due to the Bills' Kids Day promotion. Tickets for children age 14 and under can be purchased for $8 at all Tops Friendly Markets or at the stadium box office.'

Marker Partnership plans Bills banquet [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Niagara Partnership will host its annual season kickoff banquet with the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.'

Marker Rams game urgent for Bills [5:25 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ I wouldn’t say this game solidifies who we’ll be this year, but this is big. We’re playing at home, before our fans, and we need to get them pumped up for the home opener.”'

Marker Price-less Bills have variety of new looks [5:24 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams will play his starters the entire first half, which is normally how it goes at this point in the preseason.'

Marker Rams-Bills: Things To Watch [5:23 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Kurt Warner did everything but throw deep against Tampa Bay. Warner should play more than he did against the Bucs but that depends partly on the play of the patchwork offensive line. If they struggle, or get nicked up, Warner may make an early exit.'

Marker Rams await reunion with Fletcher [5:22 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"London's such a terrific guy. He's what football's all about. That personality, the toughness, the passion and enthusiasm he brings to a team. We miss him, obviously, miss his personality. We wish him the best."'

Marker Offensive line a concern to Rams [5:21 AM]
Belleville News Democrat reports: '"Big London is going to be out there making noise and trying to do all he can, I'm sure," Jackson said. "Knowing him the way I do, it doesn't matter that it's the preseason. We could be playing flag football, and if he was playing the Rams, I think he would be ready to roll."'

Marker A missing persons report [5:20 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'As for Willis McGahee, Donahoe said, "He'll start the year inactive and then I think after Week 6, if things are going well, he'll be in uniform if everything has progresses according to plan."'

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