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Buffalo Bills News - November 19, 2000

Marker Will Bills get chilly reception? [6:47 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'A key question: Can a Kansas City defense that yielded 70 points in two straight losses keep a once-potent Chiefs offense within striking distance?'

Marker Sideline collision may prove to be life-saver [6:45 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'An MRI examination of Mickey Pfleger, the 52-year-old free lance Bay Area photographer, revealed a pre-existing brain tumor doctors believe can be treated because it was detected early enough.'

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November 18, 2000

Marker Bills Have a Backfield in Motion [7:24 PM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'Debate all you want, but here are the numbers that seem to matter most: Johnson is 27, is 6 feet 4, and signed a five-year, $25-million contract in 1998. Flutie is 38, is 5-10, and didn't.'

Marker The word according to Elvis: Know thyself [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I had great adviser in a guy named Phil Simms . . . and also Joe Theismann," Grbac said of the two ex-quarterbacks-turned-broadcasters. "I talked to them when I was hurt and they told me that you've got to understand some of the positive things you do and some of your weaknesses. If you can understand some of your weaknesses, you can stay healthy."'

Marker Felser gets in 'Last Word' on Flutie vs. Johnson [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo's own version of it - Doug Flutie or Rob Johnson - was the subject of the Fox Sports Net program "The Last Word with Jim Rome." It was taped Friday afternoon for airing at 11 p.m. nationally with Buffalo News Sports Editor Larry Felser pro-Johnson and Dan Pompei of the Sporting News pro-Flutie.'

Marker Morris won't play against Chiefs [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rookie running back Sammy Morris was placed on the early inactive list for the game due to a sprained ankle.'

Marker Handyman for Kelly gets jail term [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'An apologetic Orchard Park handyman was sentenced to six months in jail Friday for planting crack cocaine in the car of a Springville man and was ordered to repay former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly $6,500 for sports memorabilia he stole from his home.'

Marker Buffalo needs more numbers on scoreboard [7:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'With 199 points, Buffalo is one of just six teams in the NFL this season not to top the 30-point mark at least once.'

Marker Shields appears ready to keep his streak intact [7:33 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Shields, who has not missed a game in his eight-year career with the Chiefs, returned to practice Friday, and the Chiefs are confident he'll start his 122nd consecutive game Sunday.'

Marker Chiefs report [7:32 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Bills returned about 200 tickets for Sunday's game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have them on sale at the Arrowhead box office.'

Marker Bills deactivate Morris for Chiefs game [7:30 AM]
AP reports: 'Running back Sammy Morris, who leads the Buffalo Bills with five touchdowns, hasn't recovered from an ankle injury and will miss Sunday's game at Kansas City.'

November 17, 2000

Marker Tough Road For Buffalo [4:51 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Their 6-4 record indicates they've done that. But that's mainly been true when playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo is 1-3 on the road, with the win coming at feeble New England. The Bills haven't won in the stadium of a team with a .500 or better record since Nov. 7, 1999, when they beat Washington.'

Marker Just Give Him The Damn Ball [4:51 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'In the days after Buffalo's 27-14 loss to the New York Jets on Sept. 17, the Bills' offensive coordinator banished Antowain Smith to the sidelines. For several weeks, Buf falo's No. 1 draft pick in 1997 had to serve as the team's most highly touted cheerleader, taking a spot on the team's inactive list alongside guys like Victor Allotey, the third-year offensive lineman who has made a career out of spending game day in street clothes.'

Marker New-look K.C. has gotten off the ground [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But today's Chiefs have eschewed the ground attack for an all-out air assault. They rank third in the NFL in passing going into Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Morris, Greer likely to be game-time decisions [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Running back Sammy Morris and cornerback Donovan Greer look like the only question marks for the Buffalo Bills when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.'

Marker Bills had better watch out [6:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Chiefs are back home, hungry and desperate, a bad combination for the Bills.'

Marker Bills give up field position to cover returns [6:55 AM]
D and C reports: 'It has been a maddening tactic for Bills fans to endure, the repeated high and short kickoffs which allow opposing teams to start drives generally somewhere between the 30 or 40-yard-line.'

Marker Peterson off to slow start as Chiefs kicker [6:54 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Peterson has made five of eight field-goal attempts (62.5 percent) with the Chiefs, or slightly better than the two for four of his predecessor, Pete Stoyanovich. It's also far below Peterson's career percentage of 80.1.'

Marker Vanover sentenced to four months' confinement [6:53 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Former Chiefs kick returner Tamarick Vanover was sentenced to four months' confinement Thursday for his conviction on a federal car-theft charge.'

Marker Chiefs report [6:51 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Bills hope to have as much success defending Gonzalez as they have had against some of the NFL's better tight ends, including Tennessee's Frank Wycheck and Indianapolis' Ken Dilger.'

Marker Bills' Morris remains questionable for Sunday's game at Kansas City [6:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Rookie Sammy Morris, who leads the Buffalo Bills with five touchdowns, missed his second straight practice with an ankle injury Thursday and is questionable for this weekend's game against Kansas City.'

Marker Former Chiefs player sentenced in stolen vehicle case [6:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Former Kansas City Chiefs kick return specialist Tamarick Vanover was sentenced Thursday to two months in jail and two months in home detention in a federal stolen car case.'

November 16, 2000

Marker Johnson is focused on return to QB [1:30 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"But the big difference is that we're playing much better (on the offensive line). Early in the season we had a lot of busts where guys came in free." However, he included himself in that mix.'

Marker Chiefs will have Johnson squarely in their sights [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson is the most-sacked quarterback in the NFL in terms of takedowns per pass attempt.'

Marker Nothing special about Chiefs' units [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kansas City is 27th in punt coverage and 30th in kickoff coverage. The Chiefs are 19th in punt returns and 24th in kickoff returns.'

Marker Wiley boosts state seat-belt campaign [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive end Marcellus Wiley teamed up with New York State Police Maj. Michael F. McManus on Wednesday to kick off a seat-belt awareness campaign.'

Marker Johnson happy to return as starter [7:32 AM]
D and C reports: '"It feels great to get back in there and get all the reps in practice and know all week that you're going to play," Johnson said yesterday. "It's good to be back."'

Marker Hobbled Bills make most of it [7:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Defensive end Phil Hansen remains sidelined by a knee injury, and eight others who were hurt Sunday in the victory over Chicago joined Hansen in sweat clothes on the sidelines.'

Marker Bills, Flutie included, are limping into Kansas City [7:29 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The Bills, who won't get defensive end Phil Hansen back for another two or three weeks, had a host of players who stayed out of practice yesterday.'

Marker Now Johnson is the healthy Bill [7:28 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'With Johnson poised to return as the Bills starter this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at raucous Arrowhead Stadium, the quarterback controversy between Johnson and Doug Flutie temporarily has taken a back seat to a more pressing issue -- the rash of injuries that suddenly has plagued the team.'

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