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Buffalo Bills News - August 22, 2004

Marker Tennessee 16, Buffalo 15 [5:17 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'J.P. Losman, one of Buffalo's two first-round picks this season, went 4-of-6 for 23 yards. He also rushed for 43 yards. Lee Evans, the team's other first-round pick, had one catch for no yards.'

Marker Tennessee 16, Buffalo 15 [5:16 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe was 7-of-10 passing for 67 yards.'

Marker Bills' Henry leaves game with injury [5:15 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Henry had seven carries for 27 yards and one reception for three yards before leaving the game.'

Marker Henry Hurt In Bills Loss To Tennessee [5:14 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Henry said after the game that his ribs aren't as sore as last season when he tore rib cartilage in the third week of last season. Henry was laid out to dry by Drew Bledsoe. The play started when RT Mike Williams totally whiffed on his man Juqua Thomas. Bledsoe had to duck and was running to his right. He spotted Henry about eight yards down field and threw the ball a little behind him. That allowed Bullock to arrive and the same time as the ball. Henry took about five minutes to get up and was taken by cart to the lockerroom. Henry finished with 27 yards on seven carries. He had a fumble, but Bledsoe took half the blame for putting the ball on Henry's hip. Willis McGahee replaced Henry and scored on his second series from three yards out. McGahee was unimpressive with 28 yards on 11 attempts. He also dropped a pass. Buffalo's leading rusher was J.P. Losman as the quarterback pranced for 43 yards on four carries.'

Marker Bills Lose... Henry Hurt [5:14 AM] reports: 'The most negative aspect of the game for the bills besides the Henry injury was penalties. The game was littered with personal fouls. Buffalo was officially called for 12 penalties and 127 yards Tennessee added 11 calls good for 73 yards to the total.'

Marker Travis Henry Bruises Ribs vs. Titans [5:13 AM] reports: '"It's not good but it couldn't happen at a better time considering it's still the preseason and we've got two more games before that first regular season game," he said. "If something bad could happen, it happened at the right time."'

Marker Defense Impressive, Still Not Satisfied [5:12 AM] reports: '"We didn't come to play tonight as a whole," Spikes said. "We didn't play the way we needed to play in order to achieve our goal of being the number one defense."'

Marker Special Teams Play Important Role [5:11 AM] reports: '"You'll see, as we go, more starters," said Mularkey. "We're going to put the best guys out there, period. There is no thing that says a starter is relieved from duty because he's playing first, second, and third down. Fourth down is no different. What's nice is a couple of guys are volunteering. Two weeks and a row London (Fletcher) has been unbelievable on kickoff return.'

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August 21, 2004

Marker Transcript: President/GM Tom Donahoe [8:36 PM] reports: 'On whether the Bills have a running back controversy:
No we don't. We think maybe the media does, but we don't have one.'

Marker Daggett stumbled on his call [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills play-by-play man John Murphy and analyst Alex Van Pelt were impressive in the one quarter I heard of the Bills-Broncos game. In the third quarter, I was struck by how smooth Murphy was in his first game and how smart he was to repeatedly ask questions of Van Pelt to draw observations out of the rookie announcer.'

Marker McGahee fuels running back controversy [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McGahee's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was not commenting on the matter Friday, which in itself spoke volumes. If the loquacious, accessible Rosenhaus wanted to squelch a story, he would do it.'

Marker Titans defense missing four starters [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I would expect to play (near) the end of the second quarter if not all the way through it," Bledsoe said. "I think it will probably depend partly on how productive we are offensively. If we go out and produce some points, then it will probably be a little shorter amount of time. But if we're struggling a little bit, we'll stay until we do something productive."'

Marker Bills need to straighten their line [5:31 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"That's the way it is week in and week out in this league because injuries happen and other guys have to come in and play."'

Marker McGahee states his case for a starting job with Bills [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Contacted in Miami, McGahee's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he did not wish to comment on the stories but would not deny their validity. "Hopefully the silence is enough of a comment for you, you know what I'm saying?" Rosenhaus said. "It's not a topic I care to talk about, but maybe down the road."'

Marker St. John Fisher gets Wilson Building [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"This college has done so much for western New York, Rochester and the Buffalo Bills," Wilson said at the ceremony. The Rochester area, in general, he said, has been crucial in the Bills' goal to become a "regional" team.'

Marker McGahee passing early tests with Bills [5:16 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''The explosion is coming back,'' McGahee said. ''I just feel like I'm not trying to get out there and go 110 percent. I'm not trying to rush it, I'm just trying to work my way into it. I am getting more confident.'''

Marker Saturday's Tennessee Coverage [5:15 AM]
TBD reports: McGahee passing early tests with Bills (Nashville Tennessean)
Volek knows his future is with Titans (Nashville Tennessean)
Tonight's game: Titans at Bills (Nashville Tennessean)

August 20, 2004

Marker Tennessee (1-0) at Buffalo (1-0) [9:25 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'In an AFC Wild Card tilt on Jan. 8th, 2000, the host Titans snuffed out an apparent Bills victory after Frank Wycheck's cross-field lateral to Kevin Dyson went for a spectacular 75-yard touchdown in the game's closing seconds. Tennessee went on to win the AFC Championship, while Buffalo has not returned to the playoffs since the heartbreaking defeat. New Bills head coach Mike Mularkey is attempting to reverse that trend, and Saturday's game will be another small step in that quest.'

Marker Bills unsettled O-line to be tested by Titans [4:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Travis Henry or Willis McGahee? It might not matter who's running the ball if the Buffalo Bills can't get their offensive line troubles straightened out.'

Marker The Bills Say McGahee Has Told Them He's Not Looking For A Trade [4:35 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McGahee's agent is not commenting leading to speculation that the report may be coming out of South Florida. The day after Ricky Williams retired from the Dolphins, there were published reports in Miami that the Dolphins had contacted the Bills about Travis Henry. Bills General Manager Tom Donahoe said right away that they never called.'

Marker Turn Back the Clock: Last Preseason Sell-Out [4:01 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 St. John Fisher College Dedicates Building to Bills Owner [4:00 PM] reports: 'St. John Fisher College today dedicated the College's newest academic building, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education Building, which opened in September 2003. Ralph Wilson, owner of the Buffalo Bills, is an active supporter of community affairs, particular in the areas of education and medical research.'

Marker Source: McGahee asks to be traded if he's not starting [3:14 PM]
AP reports: 'McGahee's request was not issued as an ultimatum, but the player made clear he won't be happy playing backup to incumbent Travis Henry, said the source, who is close to McGahee, and spoke on the condition of anonymity.'

Marker Titans seek continued improvement at Buffalo [1:27 PM] reports: '“I think they have a good defense, a good defensive line and good linebackers,” G Zach Piller said. “They do a lot of blitzing and a lot of things, so we need to be ready to roll. We need to go in there and make sure we know our assignments so that we can do a good job.”'

Marker Mularkey silent as Bills go for second preseason win [1:00 PM]
Hornell Evening Tribune reports: 'Bledsoe said he expects to play the entire first quarter and a large chunk of the second. "It'll probably depend on how productive we are offensively," he said. "If we go out and produce some points than it could be a little shorter amount of time. But if we're struggling a little bit than we'll (the first string) stay in until we do something productive."'

Marker Turkey Hill to Give out Free Bills Tickets [12:55 PM] reports: '"It says lot about Turkey Hills Dairy who picked-up the remaining tickets to make sure that we had a sell-out," Donahoe said. "We're thrilled with the opportunity to sell the game out and it's 'Kid's Day' so I think there'll be a lot of enthusiasm at the stadium. Now, people that don't have a ticket will be able t see the game on television."'

Marker A stampede is coming [11:41 AM] reports: 'Turkey Hill, the producer of Bills Stampede Sundae Ice Cream, is giving away 4,000 tickets to Saturday night's Bills game against the Tennessee Titans. The first 2,000 tickets will be distributed Friday at five area Tops Friendly Markets, the official supermarket of the Buffalo Bills. Turkey Hill is handing off 400 tickets to the first 200 adults (2 per person) wearing their favorite team jersey, t-shirt, or cap.'

Marker Alumni Spotlight: Kenneth Davis [11:40 AM] reports: '"I think one of the hardest things in my life was when the Bills told me they didn’t want me back," said Davis. "I went in to talk about the situation. What were we going to do about the season coming up? Were we going to start working on my contract now or later? I knew and I think they knew when I left Buffalo, I wouldn’t go anywhere else to play. I could have gone to a couple of other teams. I just felt confined to Buffalo. It was where I wanted to be, where I had been. I didn’t want to be a player that just bounced all around the league, so I just got out. It was time to accept that and move on."'

Marker The billboard [10:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moorman did not practice due to a strained hamstring. He might not be able to kick Saturday. If not, backup place-kicker Mike Shafer would have to handle punting.'

Marker Undrafted rookie drawing attention at camp [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I came here saying I've played a lot of games," Baker said as he prepared for Saturday's game against the Tennessee Titans. "I've learned how to play the free-safety position. I had never played it before college. I had to learn in the SEC, and that's a tough way to learn. So coming here I felt I could do what I had to do once I learned the scheme."'

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