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Buffalo Bills News - October 9, 2003

Marker Bills RB McGahee passes physical [11:30 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'If the elusive back is cleared to play, McGahee can begin to participate in practice at any point during a three-week period starting the day after week 6. The Bills will then have the option of activating McGahee within 21 days from that date, or he will become ineligible for the remainder of the season.'

Marker Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews NY Jets [11:29 AM] reports: '"Every time there is an injury there's an opportunity for somebody else to step up. There are some other good football players on that team, on this team, on our offense. We'll have to adapt and change. The teams that adapt the best are the ones that continue to improve and are the most successful in the league. Injuries are a part of this game. We'll just have to adapt and go on. Don't count him out."'

Marker Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews NY Jets [11:28 AM] reports: '"We lean on Eric fairly heavily with our offense. He's one of the best players in the league and generally when we take the field we feel like he's the best guy out there. If Eric is not able to go that does hurt us offensively but we have to have guys step up. That's the name of the game in this league. No team goes through this season with all their guys healthy the entire season and when guys get hurt guys have to step in and make plays. It's a great opportunity for some guys that don't normally play as big a role to step in and take a larger role and the guys that capitalize on those opportunities are the guys that end up playing a long time in the league. They have to fill those shoes."'

Marker Buffalo May Miss Moulds [11:27 AM] reports: '“We feel every time we take the field with Eric, he is going to be the best player on the field,” Drew Bledsoe said. “We feel that he is a tremendous athlete, one of the best athletes I have ever seen. He does a great job running his routes. He has improved on that even in the time I have been here. And with that, he is very explosive after the catch. Eric is a great asset to our offense.”'

Marker Moulds Doubtful for Sunday [11:26 AM] reports: '"We're going to have to kick, and scrap, and fight and do whatever it takes, because we got other guys who are going to have to step it up including myself," Shaw explained.'

Marker Field goal folly? [11:25 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'But pleeeeeze. Ask his players how many of them think he should have lined up to kick the field goal on 2nd and goal at the 2. Rian Lindell’s hand would be the only one to go up, and I’m not so sure about that.'

Marker A Win Is A Win [11:24 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Certainly there are unanswered questions; Will Josh Reed get out of his funk? Has the offense returned to their early season form after a decent second half? Is the defense still capable of becoming championship caliber? Can the Bills figure out a way to start games like they did the first two weeks, and not need ra-ra halftime speeches in the locker-room to get them going? Can Gregg Williams get through a game without making a questionable decision, like this week's full rush on the punt, where Coy Wire took a costly penalty?'

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October 8, 2003

Marker The Other Side: A Hurt Buffalo [7:02 PM] reports: 'What gives with the Buffalo Bills? They looked like world-beaters early, clobbering New England and Jacksonville by a combined score of 69-17. Since then, the Bills have appeared rather pedestrian in losses to Miami (17-7) and Philadelphia (23-13) and most recently, needed an overtime squeaker to beat Cincinnati at home.'

Marker Some stats and notes from Bills [7:01 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'However, the victory over Cincinnati produced two more upbeat stats for Bledsoe. First, it marked the 22nd time in his career that he had rallied a team to victory after it trailed in the fourth quarter. And, it was the 11th time he’s done it in the last two minute, three times as a Bill.'

Marker Pennington upgraded to doubtful but will not play [1:21 PM]
AP reports: '``I don't know if he's ahead, but for him to go out and throw and for all of mankind to put it on TV like we found our lost son, I have to say something,'' Edwards said. ``His status is doubtful. It's not like I can hide it any longer. He's been throwing for three days.'''

Marker Jets' Pennington upgraded to doubtful [1:19 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'New York Jets starting quarterback Chad Pennington has been upgraded to doubtful, but he will not play in this Sunday's home game against Buffalo.'

Marker Moulds doubtful for Sunday's game versus Jets [1:18 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Moulds suffered the injury during this past Sunday's overtime win against Cincinnati. On the game-winning drive, he caught a 28-yard pass and landed awkwardly after being tackled by Bengals safety Kevin Kaesviharn.'

Marker Bills Moulds doubtful because of groin strain [1:17 PM]
AP reports: 'As for the possibility of playing without Moulds this weekend, Williams said, ''Injuries are part of this game. We'll have to adapt and go on. But don't count him out.'''

Marker Some stats and notes from Bills [1:16 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Lost in the tension of Sunday’s victory was the play of Buffalo defensive tackle Pat Williams, who had only 14 tackles the first four games. Against the Bengals, he was credited with eight stops as Buffalo held the Bengals to only 67 rushing yards on 27 carries and nine of those attempts were for no gain or a loss.'

Marker Game 6 Preview: Changes Changes Changes [11:01 AM] reports: 'The Jets defense is currently ranked first in the NFL in sacks per pass play and are 3rd in passing yards allowed per game. They have restricted their opponents to an average of just 165.3 yards per game by air.'

Marker Bills-Redskins Kickoff Time Moved [10:57 AM] reports: 'The change was made to accommodate FOX television patterns.'

Marker Redskins-Bills Kickoff Moved to 4:15 p.m. EST [10:35 AM] reports: 'The Oct. 19 game between the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium has been moved to a 4:15 p.m. EST start time.'

Marker Jets confidential [10:25 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Third-year Bills RB Travis Henry has had some big days against the Jets, who have won three of the past four games against Buffalo.'

Marker Sitting doesn't sit well with Sullivan [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"No," Sullivan said, "I'm not happy."'

Marker Tuesdays With Teddy [7:46 AM] reports: 'Travis has been hurt a little bit and Sammy Morris missed some time. I think that has hurt the Bills in their attempts to get the run game untracked. It’s going to hurt your productivity without your top two runners healthy. I watched tape of the Philly game and Travis didn’t play. The Bills passing game suffers when Travis is not in the game.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Justin Armour [7:45 AM] reports: 'After spending nearly two years in Mexico, Armour now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Cara, and their eight-month old son, Joah. He is not unfamiliar with the term ‘pursuing a dream.’ Armour accomplished one by playing in the NFL, albeit briefly, and hopes his venture into skating rolls on a lot longer.'

Marker Jets' Ray of hope [5:20 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'In other words, there's a better chance of seeing Rush Limbaugh and Donovan McNabb together in a soup commercial than seeing the Jets in the postseason. Still, they can hope.'

Marker Real Catch-22 for Jets [5:19 AM]
New York Post reports: 'You know this is coming, Jets fans. The script is written. The players are in place. The results are forthcoming. Now all there is to do is wait . . . for the NFL Draft.'

Marker Jets Start to Look at Next Year [5:17 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets went to the playoffs for two years with a lineup of mostly older and veteran players. But age has caught up with the Jets, producing a dreadfully slow defense and an offense that lacks a threat. The result is an 0-4 start that underscores the need to give younger players more playing time and heightens the prospect of ripping apart a large segment of the team after the season.'

Marker Switching to plan B [5:02 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'When the Jets host Buffalo on Sunday, their plan is to divert attention from their stalled running game by placing more emphasis on the potentially dangerous Santana Moss in their passing attack.'

October 7, 2003

Marker McGahee close to returning after passing physical [8:52 PM]
AP reports: '``He's ready to play,'' Uribe said. ``He's worked pretty hard to get back to where he is and the fact that his biology cooperated is pretty amazing. He looks very good.'''

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Travis Henry [10:25 AM] reports: 'Playing through the pain of a rib injury that caused him to miss the previous game vs. the Eagles, Henry scored both of Buffalo’s touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown run in overtime, and finished with 85 rushing yards on 25 carries. The third-year back also had two catches for 14 yards and a 9-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.'

Marker Reed's slow start is no joke [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For now, the Bills have not lost faith or patience in Reed. "Josh Reed's a good player and he'll be fine," Bills coach Gregg Williams said Monday. "The big thing is he has to play with confidence. He has to see the confidence in me, see the confidence come from his teammates. I'm very confident in him. He's just got to play with more confidence and everything will iron out. He's been in enough plays in his career at all levels of ball that he'll be fine at this level, too."'

Marker Bills finally ran ball with authority [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Donahoe didn't draft McGahee to sit around and watch. The Bills need to find out if he's close to the player he was at Miami. If he is, they'll have two solid, healthy running backs. Gilbride will really have his hands full then. He'll have one more running back to satisfy, and one more angry person to answer to when he abandons the run.'

Marker Henry shows no ill effects [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Given the seriousness of Henry's injury, the Bills were amazed by his performance. "He was extremely physical," marveled coach Gregg Williams. "His performance energized the people around him in their performances. They got down in the trenches a little dirtier. As far as lower pad level, they came off the ball stronger and harder. It was good to see the inspiration he provided."'

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