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Buffalo Bills News - August 20, 2001

Marker Ostroski out indefinitely after undergoing surgery [8:16 PM]
AP reports: 'Although coach Gregg Williams could not provide a timetable for Ostroski's recovery, preliminary indications are that he will not miss the entire season.'

Marker Injuries are a new concern for the Bills [3:25 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As for Moore, his days in Buffalo appear numbered. In limited action, he had two tackles and a sack, but was called for the face-mask infraction and a critical offsides while doing nothing on special teams. It seemingly will take a miracle to keep last season's third-round draft choice on the roster.'

Marker Bills-Eagles Game photos [2:07 PM] reports: - Travis Henry eludes LB Carlos Emmons - Sam Cowart tackles RB Duce Staley - KR Brian Mitchell is tackled by Dan O'Leary - TE Jay Riemersma is tackled after catching a pass near midfield - Larry Centers makes the catch - Nate Clements runs around Philadelphia punter during a punt return - and more

Marker Good News, Bad News [12:40 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Despite the injuries and the close score, the Bills dominated the Eagles on both sides of the ball, evening their preseason record to 1-1.

The good news was a solid defensive performance, which limited the Eagles 187 to net yards of offense and 11 first downs. The bad news was the inability to score in the red zone; the worst news was that versatile and durable veteran Ostroski breaking a leg.

Marker Crosby hopes for better luck this time in making Bills' roster [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You can say this about fullback Phillip Crosby: He sure is persistent.'

Marker Time for Bills to dial up experienced line help [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The right side of the Buffalo Bills' line is a mess right now. It's a shipwreck. Forget the hot tub. Rob Johnson should be tossed into a lifeboat, with the women and children.'

Marker Lions claim Hicks; homecoming for Rice [9:34 AM]
AP reports: 'The Detroit Lions claimed veteran tackle Robert Hicks off waivers Sunday after he was released by the Buffalo Bills last week.'

Marker Johnson firmly entrenched in Buffalo [7:35 AM]
ESPN reports: "the Bills might indeed have to create a pass rush schematically, because they really have no proven pass rusher"....'The Bills' 12-man draft class ranks as one of the best in the NFL, and should in time augment the existing nucleus of young veterans. This is a very young team that might struggle at the outset of the season, but should get better the second half of the year.'

Marker Henry making quick impact in Buffalo [6:38 AM]
USA Today reports: 'The 5-9, 221-pound back hits holes quickly and possesses the burst to be a breakaway threat. "Obviously, he fits in very well with the scheme of running attack that we want," first-year coach Gregg Williams said, "and he's picking up the passing game much better than people projected."'

Marker Ostroski's broken leg leaves big hole on line [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'Spokesman Scott Berchtold said no determination has been made on how long Ostroski will be out of action, but offered that "it's a fairly lengthy time period." A minimum three-month recovery is probable.'

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August 19, 2001

Marker Fresh approach for Bills [7:43 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The fans are fired up and it's largely because of Williams, who has enough chutzpah to think he can install both a new offense (the famed West Coast approach) and a new defense (a 3-4), and get away with it. All of which suggests, apparently, that basic orneriness - and Williams, whose Titans knocked off the Bills on that razzle-dazzle kickoff return just 19 months and 19 days ago, has his share of that, too - can go a long way.'

Marker Clearly, Eagles offense is in preseason form [7:40 PM]
Trenton Times reports: 'Maybe they should have cancelled this preseason game. In their first effort of the preseason, the Eagles looked as uneven and as sloppy as the NeXturf at Veterans Stadium in a 6-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium last night.'

Marker Emotional day for Modrak [7:38 PM]
Trenton Times reports: 'Modrak has let go, however. "My job now is with the Bills, to make them a better team," he said.'

Marker Eagles find positives in loss to Bills [7:36 PM]
Easton Express Times reports: 'Duce Staley's return to game action was proclaimed a success and two rookies made big plays in the passing game, giving the Eagles reason to smile despite Saturday's 6-3 preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Eagles gave Modrak a raw deal [7:34 PM]
Easton Express Times reports: '"Fortunately, I have a good situation here," Modrak said. "Tom couldn't have been more reassuring, and Mr. (Buffalo chairman Ralph) Wilson, too. I was going through the Chicago situation. He (Donahue) said, 'There's one here if that (job) doesn't work out.' I owe him a great deal. It's his show. He knows what he's doing and he's a good guy to work for."'

Marker Ostroski's injury severe blow for Bills offensive line [5:51 PM]
AP reports: 'Restricted by the salary cap, the Bills are severely handcuffed in going after a capable veteran. And even if they find someone, it's difficult to determine how long it will take for the line -- already featuring two newcomers in Conaty and rookie right tackle Jonas Jennings -- to jell.'

Marker Crack in the line [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills already had a concern at right tackle, where rookie third-round draft choice Jonas Jennings is trying to win the starting job. Now playing next to Jennings at right guard is Corey Hulsey, a second-year man who spent all of last season on the practice squad. Hulsey may be challenged by Craig Heimburger, who has appeared in two games over two NFL seasons, or by rookie Marques Sullivan.'

Marker Williams, defense rise to occasion [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have yet to unveil every aspect of their aggressive "46" defense, but they showed some glimpses Saturday of what it might look like.'

Marker Van Pelt shows he can play a little [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Alex Van Pelt is good for Johnson. He's a pal and a mentor to the starting QB, a good guy, a media favorite and a charitable sort in the community, a new Frank Reich for the Bills' new millennium. The one thing he is not supposed to be, under any circumstances, is a threat to Johnson's job.'

Marker Ostroski gets wrong type of break [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ostroski is expected to miss at least several weeks - and possibly the whole season - after he suffered a broken tibia bone on the second play of the Bills' opening drive in the game.'

Marker Bills limp past Eagles [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'It was plainly obvious last night that the Buffalo Bills made some positive strides in their 6-3 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It's just too bad the all-around improved play will be overlooked by the fact that the offensive line is now in a state of emergency.'

Marker Casualties mount on suspect offensive line [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Some is Butler's, who shackled Donahoe with left tackle John Fina and left guard Ruben Brown -- two grossly overrated veterans whose big salaries will affect Buffalo's salary cap for years to come.'

Marker Onslaught of injuries puts damper on victory [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'At the end of the first half, when the first-team offense was still in the game, the Bills' line consisted of John Fina, Mike Heimberger, Michael Early, Corey Hulsey and Jonas Jennings. Other than Fina, none of the other four has an NFL start.'

Marker Ostroski will be missed as a leader [5:32 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'You want a scary thought? How about Michael Early, Corey Hulsey and Jonas Jennings lining up from center to right tackle come the regular-season opener against the New Orleans Saints ... merely the NFL's leader in sacks a year ago?'

Marker Injuries proving offensive to Bills [5:31 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'At this pace, the Buffalo Bills could run out of offensive starters before the regular season.'

Marker Hardly worth waiting for [5:30 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'It turns out that there are worse things than preseason cancellations. There are the actual games.'

Marker Birds bring back Hauck one more time [5:29 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'No Eagles were reported to have been injured last night. The Bills lost two offensive linemen, right guard Jerry Ostroski and center Bill Conaty, who went to Camden Catholic High.'

Marker Offenses take a night off in Buffalo [5:28 AM] reports: 'All you need to know about this game is that it was about as exciting as the Eagles' last one. The one that was cancelled.'

Marker Eagles preseason game notes [5:27 AM] reports: 'The Eagles have lost 11 straight road preseason games since Aug. 24, 1995, when they beat the Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. They're 1-14 in their last 15 road preseason games.'

Marker Defense, Duce are the bright spots [5:26 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: 'Andy Reid figured it was going to be a long night when one of his veteran players fielded the opening kickoff and promptly stepped out of bounds at the Eagles' 14-yard line. It set the tone for a typical first preseason game against, well, a team that made the typical exhibition opener mistakes the previous week.'

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