Rookie Sutherland making an impact [7:18 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Sutherland's gaffe, taking a couple of steps after hesitatingly calling for a fair catch, cost the 49ers a penalty. He more than made up for that last Sunday in Indianapolis, when his 134 yards on four kickoff returns (plus 14 more on a punt return) gave the team advantageous field position in its 40-21 victory over the Colts.'
Garcia named player of month [7:18 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'A metal plate above the locker of each 49er mentions the NFL honors they have garnered. Jeff Garcia's has inscriptions for his Pro Bowl selection and for being named the league's Most Improved Player last year.'
'Miracle' man faces Bills for 1st time [7:17 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: '"The most wonderful years of my life were in Buffalo," he [Bruce DeHaven] said. "I had two of the greatest special-teams players in the history if the league in Steve Tasker and Mark Pike. We went to four Super Bowls and won 100 games in the '90s. . . . I have no complaints at all."'
Losing starting job eats at Flowers [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flowers claims he is too light to effectively play defensive end in the NFL, and until he can gain weight and keep it on, his struggles figure to continue.'
Rob probably done for season [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Johnson played eight games, completing 62 percent of his throws. He said he'd like to return to the Bills next year but nothing has been determined. His cap number for 2002 is $11.25 million.'
Johnson: Future with Bills in question [10:04 PM]
AP reports: '"If the Bills want me back, I'd love to be here, but who knows what they'll want?" Johnson said. "I have a lot of free time, and I think about it all the time. And you never know what's going to happen."'
Anticipated Coaching Changes [8:19 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Mike Shepherd is probably going to be replaced as Buffalo's OC after this year. It will be interesting to see if GM Tom Donahoe, who in the past has been a Kevin Gilbride fan, brings Gilbride in as the OC there.
Bills usually ready for prime time [3:42 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Lately, the Bills have done very well on Sunday nights, going 10-4 on the late Sunday games since the series started in 1990 on TNT, and winning their last four, with their last loss coming five years ago. Buffalo has also managed that solid record despite the fact that only five of those games were played in Orchard Park, with the Bills holding a respectable 5-4 mark on Sunday night road games.'
Highlights of this week's game notes [3:42 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: WR Eric Moulds is coming off his best game of the season and one of his finest as a pro. Against Miami's third-ranked pass defense, Moulds caught six passes for a career-high tying 196 yards and two TDs. The scores came on an 80-yard catch and run in the first quarter and a one-handed grab for a 54-yard TD in the third. The 196 receiving yards represent the NFL's highest single-game total (regulation) this season and tie for fifth most in team history. The last Bill with more was James Lofton's 220 on 10/21/91 vs. Cincy. The two TDs moved him into sole possession of fifth place on the team's receiving TD list with 27 (Pete Metzelaars, 25).
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Problem not only Lack of Flowers power [3:31 PM]
WGR reports: Flowers just doesn’t seem to possess the drive that an Aaron Schobel or a Bryce Fisher has. When asked about Flowers lack of attitude Williams tried to defend his player, “You can be one way off the field and be one way on the field. Being physical, that’s part of being a great defensive lineman and a great, dominant defensive line in general as a whole. He’s played physical.”
No 49ers wins are taken for granted [1:34 PM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'Sunday night, the 49ers will host a Buffalo Bills team (1-9) that has struggled after unloading a wealth of veteran defensive talent. Sound familiar, San Francisco fans?'
Hearst is Player of the Week [1:33 PM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'Hearst's comeback is remarkable. Since spending two years rehabilitating from four ankle surgeries, he has not just returned to the NFL but to elite status.'
Mort Chat [11:49 AM]
ESPN reports: Jeb (Tallahassee): Mort, pleased to meet you. What do you think of Alex Van Pelt? Chris Mortensen: (9:16 PM ET ) I think if Alex Van Pelt decided to get real serious about his conditioning and being a starter in the NFL, he would have a chance. The opportunity obviously is right there in Buffalo. He's got a little Jim Kelly in him, froma leadership standpoint. He's extremely popular in the locker room.'
Christie can't kick about our weather [10:12 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"It's great to have him," defensive end Marcellus Wiley said. "That's 'Clutch' Christie."'
Chargers sign Christie to replace Richey on FGs [10:11 AM]
North County Times reports: '"I just don't think it [my release] was handled properly," he said. "They sort of bumbled a few other guys, too. It's certainly not the way the Bills used to handle things. I'll leave it at that."'
49ers dismiss rumors [9:20 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'One league source told The Chronicle and an NFL columnist later warned that coach Steve Mariucci could be pushed out by the end of the season in favor of general manager Terry Donahue. When the notion surfaced at 49ers headquarters, Donahue and Mariucci immediately met. "We laughed about it," Mariucci said. Donahue concurred that there's nothing to the rumors.'
49ers wonder if they'll be able to keep Hearst [9:19 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'Hearst, named the NFC offensive player of the week Wednesday, will become a free agent after this season because of a clause that voids the final two years of his contract.'
3Com weighing name deal [9:18 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'With their rights to the 3Com Park name set to expire at the end of the current football season, officials with the Santa Clara-based networking company said Wednesday that they remain open to extending their agreement with the 49ers but suggested it would have to be on different terms.'
Injured Owens may sit Sunday [9:17 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'Injured wide receiver Terrell Owens was a spectator at Wednesday's practice and he may be watching from the sideline Sunday night, when the 49ers play the Buffalo Bills.'
49ers have no time to relish record [9:16 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: '"But first things first. Buffalo is the next round."'
Winborn spends more time on field [9:15 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Rookie reserve Jamie Winborn found himself on the field for nearly 50 percent of the snaps last Sunday as part of an increased rotation among the 49ers' linebacking corps in a 40-21 win at Indianapolis.'
Bills game has special meaning for coach [9:14 AM]
Oakland Tribune reports: '"The best thing about [my firing]," DeHaven said Wednesday, "was I had a year left in my contract. The worst thing that could have happened was I was going to spend another winter in Buffalo, but at least I'd get paid to do it."'
Owens' status unclear because of leg injuries [9:13 AM]
Oakland Tribune reports: '"At this point, I'm not sure," Owens said when asked whether he expects to be able to play against the Bills. "We have six games left. I know what's at stake for the team. I have to be smart about it."'
Flowers benched by lack of bulk [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former first-round draft pick Erik Flowers says his benching by the Buffalo Bills comes down to two factors: weight and strength. He doesn't have enough of either.'
Graham finally gets his shot at the big time [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Graham starred at Virginia Tech and joined Donovan McNabb as the only players ever to earn All-Big East honors four straight seasons. But he was cut by New Orleans in preseason two years ago and by Seattle this summer.'
After a wait, Graham gets his shot [8:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Despite being voted the Big East Conference's best kicker for four years straight, setting the conference record with 371 points, and also playing under the spotlight of a national championship contender with Virginia Tech, Shayne Graham had to work hard over the past two years to keep his dream of being an NFL kicker alive.'
Shayne Graham press conference [8:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I guess with any sport, you get in a situation to perform in order to earn your keep, and this is an opportunity. I can't promise anything will go well or badly, all I can do is prepare the way I prepare for a game, perform at the best of my ability and I'm confident in myself, and that's what you have to be in order to be in a game situation."
Gregg Williams press conference [8:57 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "We've been honest every week with respect to this is a great opportunity, and our guys like playing in the national game, and we've been playing physical. Our offensive and defensive lines right now are as healthy as we've been in training camp, we've played very physical the last couple of weeks, and we've got to out and do that again. That's the mark of being a pro is playing hard and physical each week, and then hopefully gain some experience with some of the younger guys, and play smarter each week."
Henry third place on list of rookie rushing leaders [8:51 AM]
ESPN reports: This artice talks about some of the up and coming rookies throughout the league. We all know Travis Henry is good, but here are some stats that validate that assumption. Henry turned in one of his best performances of the season in Buffalo's loss to Miami. The second-round pick from Tennessee has quietly moved into third place on the list of rookie rushing leaders, behind LaDainian Tomlinson and Anthony Thomas.
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