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Buffalo Bills News - August 29, 2003

Marker Bad break for Lions [5:11 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Instead, the Bills coaching staff used last night's game to evaluate players on the bubble before final cuts to bring the roster down to 53 players are made on Sunday. To that end, Antonio Brown may have made the strongest case when he outsprinted the Lions defence on a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown, his second of the pre-season. With moves like that, it may be difficult to keep the former Winnipeg Blue Bomber out of the lineup in nine days when the Bills open the season against the New England Patriots.'

Marker Back suffers dislocated shoulder on 10th play [5:10 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'The Bills scored in the first quarter on Antonio Brown's 75-yard punt return touchdown and on Alex Van Pelt's 34-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reed. The Bills rallied for the game-winning, one-yard touchdown run by Olandis Gary with 12:01 left to play.'

Marker Who's the back? [5:09 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'Shawn Bryson: 6-feet-1, 228 pounds, fifth year out of Tennessee. Speedy back who can catch. Gained 591 yards with Buffalo in 2000. For career has played in 37 games and gained 967 yards for a 3.8 per carry average. Had knee surgery last year. Thursday: Six carries for 10 yards.'

Marker Lions limp into opener [5:08 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'They gave up a touchdown on a 75-yard punt return just 1:44 into the game -- have you ever seen such a gaping hole up the middle? -- and a fumble resulted in another Bills TD. Gifts.'

Marker Lions lose Stewart [5:07 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'The loss made the Lions 2-2. Buffalo, picked to contend for first place in the powerful AFC East, finished 3-1.'

Marker Replacing Stewart is top priority [5:06 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Bryson had six carries for only 10 yards and one catch for eight yards. He also lost a fumble.'

Marker Preseason comes to dismal end as Stewart departs with dislocated shoulder [5:05 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'Stewart turned up in the hole and was met by Bills safety Coy Wire, who had a direct hit on him. Stewart was then hit from behind by several Buffalo players in a pileup.'

Marker With Stewart out, reserve backs get a chance to step up [5:04 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'There were some good things to come out of Thursday's game, including the performance of backup quarterback Mike McMahon. When he entered the game, the Lions were down 14-0 and Bryson fumbled the ball on McMahon's second play from scrimmage. After that, though, McMahon led Detroit on four consecutive scoring drives and Detroit took a 16-14 lead.'

Marker Bills 22, Lions 16 [5:03 AM]
AP reports: 'More important, Buffalo finished comparatively injury free.'

Marker Buffalo 22, Detroit 16 [5:02 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Signed in the offseason as a free agent, Gary had been a disappointment during the exhibition campaign and his roster spot reportedly was in danger. But Gary helped his cause, carrying 16 times for 57 yards.'

Marker The Bills Are Ready With A Final Preseason Win Over Detroit [5:01 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Buffalo ran the ball 36 times and only threw 13. They averaged 3.3 yards per carry, but that includes three kneel downs. The average goes to 3.7, which still isn't the four yards per carry you hope for. Gary had 57 yards and 16 carries while Joe Burns ran hard for 33 yards in nine attempts. Gary did have two fumbles. The second offensive line of Price, Ross Tucker, Ben Sobieski, Marques Sullivan and Mike Houghton dominated the line of scrimmage. Tucker played center.'

Marker Preseason Game 4: Bills-Lions Quotebook [5:00 AM] reports: 'Wide receiver Antonio Brown: "I’ve got 10 guys in front of me and they are doing a heck of a job. Anytime they allow me to use my God-given ability to run, something like that can happen anytime."'

Marker Preseason Game 4: Joe Burns Quotes [4:59 AM] reports: 'Coach Williams always says that we're each individual contractors, and we have to bring different things to the team. Hopefully I showed them enough where they want to keep my company around.'

Marker Preseason Game 4: Antonio Brown Quotes [4:58 AM] reports: '"I'm going to let the cards fall where they may. I feel that I've done the little things right, so I am going to let the cards fall where they may."'

Marker Preseason Game 4: Eric Moulds Quotes [4:57 AM] reports: 'Do you feel you have a team that's better than New England? We feel we do. Anytime you go out there and play you have to feel you are better. We get to play them at home so that is an added bonus for us. But we have to go out and still prove it. On paper we may look like a better team, but at the same time they've made some improvements with their team. We'll play next week and see what happens.'

Marker Preseason Game 4: Drew Bledsoe Quotes [4:56 AM] reports: '"That is the biggest change from last year's camp and preseason, to this year's camp is the depth. The marquee players, the big play guys, are kind of the same. You have Moulds, you have Travis Henry, you have guys like that that can make the big plays for you. Across the board depth, I think we are a big step ahead of where we were last year. Our guys have some tough decisions to make as far as what the make-up of the team is going to be because we have so much depth at some spots."'

Marker Preseason Game 4: Gregg Williams Quotes [4:55 AM] reports: 'On Ruben Brown's injury: "He's fine. He had a bruise. He would have kept on playing (in the regular season)."'

Marker Stewart injured in preseason finale [4:54 AM] reports: 'Stewart, who recorded his second-career 1,000-yard rushing season in 2002, was taken to the locker room at the 9:06 mark of the first quarter after he was hit by Bills safety Coy Wire on a third-down-and-one rush.'

Marker Stewart, Lions fall in 22-16 loss at Buffalo [4:53 AM] reports: 'After a slow start, the Lions took their first lead of the contest after a Jason Hanson 46-yard field goal put the Lions in front 16-14 with 8:52 remaining in the third quarter. That lead would quickly evaporate, however, during a 4th quarter Bills drive that spanned 16 plays and 85-yards, culminating in a one-yard Olandis Gary touchdown plunge. A two-point conversion handed Buffalo (3-1) a 22-16 lead they would not relinquish.'

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August 28, 2003

Marker Lions RB Stewart out with separated right shoulder [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Detroit Lions running back James Stewart separated his right shoulder in the first quarter of Thursday night's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Lions RB Stewart separates right shoulder [9:29 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Stewart was hit by safety Coy White, then tackled from behind by at least two other defenders. The injury occurred on the Lions' second series.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Kick Off 2003 Season With The Pepsi Bottling Group [5:01 PM]
Pepsi Bottling Group reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced a six-year integrated marketing partnership with The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc., including exclusive pouring rights at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Pepsi-Cola and Aquafina have also been named the Buffalo Bills' official soft drink and bottled water, respectively.'

Marker Ex-Cat Polk works up a sweat - in short bursts [1:55 PM]
Tucson Citizen reports: 'At times, Polk can't believe there are only seven players left from the Butler Era, which produced consistent playoff teams. "Me and Sammy Morris are the only ones left from our draft class," he said. "But teams change, coaches change, every year we get new people. I can't complain. It's a blessing to still be around."'

Marker Tough Decisions Ahead For Bills Personnel [10:03 AM] reports: '"There a lot good players, particular at the receiver position, that have had great camps and have played well but there are only so many spots so it's a tough predicament for our personnel guys to be in, said Bledsoe."'

Marker Lions come in limping for preseason finale [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams said third-string quarterback Travis Brown is going to be out "a significant time" after having surgery to repair the dislocated middle finger on his right (throwing) hand on Wednesday. The Bills brought back rookie Jason Johnson, who was cut last week. But they will likely survey the final cuts this weekend for a better alternative.'

Marker Preseason finale finds Burns on bubble again [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is a big game for me," Burns said. "The coaches are getting ready to make some tough decisions. All you can do is make the decision hard for them."'

Marker Bledsoe: Final Bills cuts will be tough [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Our personnel department and coaching staff have some very difficult decisions this year,” said Bledsoe. “ I don’t envy our guys trying to make the decisions because there are some good players who unfortunately won’t be with us.’’'

Marker Ex-Steelers running back itching to keep coaching [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Along with drawing high praise from coach Gregg Williams, who was appreciative of Foster’s assistance when he was left short-handed after Fred Graves underwent surgery for prostate cancer, Foster has a big fan in Bills third-year star running back Travis Henry. “ Barry’s been a blessing,” Henry said.'

Marker Former Bills great has Robins flight [5:16 AM]
Macon Telegraph reports: 'Kelly, who in 2002 became just the eighth quarterback inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, came to Robins Air Force Base Wednesday to meet with personnel and to experience flight in an F-15E fighter jet. Bielanin and his civilian wife Angela were among the first from the 5th Combat Communications Group to meet with Kelly, who signed autographs and posed for pictures at the second of three stops on base.'

Marker Simonton battling for Bills’ roster spot [5:15 AM]
Salem Statesman Journal reports: '“I can cover kicks, guard gunners; I can return both kicks and punts. I’m an athlete, there’s not a lot athletically that I can’t do, and I feel like I’ve done pretty well.”'

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