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Buffalo Bills News - October 17, 2003

Marker Fiore to Have Surgery on Injured Knee [5:13 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Fiore started the first three games of the season but has been sidelined since because of discomfort in his knee, on which he underwent surgery last year. Rookie Derrick Dockery will make his fourth straight start at left guard in place of Fiore on Sunday at Buffalo, with Lennie Friedman ready to step in if Dockery falters.'

Marker Bauman sizes up starting role [5:12 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"He's still in his second year in the league, so he's not as seasoned," Catavolos said. "But he studies as well as anybody. He understands the defense. And he's got an outstanding competitive nature. No matter what we ask him to do, this guy's a tireless worker."'

Marker Fiore to have knee repaired [5:11 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'It would be fitting if kickoff returner Chad Morton capped a stretch of progressively better runbacks in recent weeks with a touchdown Sunday at Buffalo. As a New York Jet in last year's opener at Buffalo, Morton became the fifth player in NFL history to return two kickoffs for scores: a 98-yarder in regulation and a 96-yarder to start overtime.'

Marker 'Skins' Smith keeping Buffalo return in check [5:10 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'His teammates have noticed Smith's reticence. "He's been good at hiding it," said defensive end Renaldo Wynn. "I know he's excited about coming back to Buffalo, but he's been kind of low-key."'

Marker Smith still shows no slack when it comes to sacks [5:09 AM]
Richmond Times Dispatch reports: '"The guy has the body of someone half his age," said Ted Cottrell, who was Smith's line coach in Buffalo and now is the defensive coordinator of the New York Jets. They remains close friends.'

Marker Hall's hits are a hit with the Redskins [5:08 AM]
Northern Virginia Journal reports: 'It's not enough that John Hall has made 78 percent of his field goals, including four of six kicks from 50 yards and beyond, he's also one of the Redskins' more reliable players in kick coverage. And not just because of his five touchbacks. Hall also is a weapon because, unlike most kickers, he can actually tackle. It's not often that a kicker would be rewarded for his hits, but Hall has been honored that way twice in his seven years. The second time happened in Washington's 20-17 win over New England last month.'

Marker Bauman to make first career start [5:07 AM]
Northern Virginia Journal reports: 'Ladairis Jackson called him a midget and LaVar Arrington walked by, interrupting an interview, and likened him to a pint-sized ruler in a movie. Rashad Bauman doesn't mind. He ignores their digs, even laughs at them. Besides, his height has never been an issue in his mind. This week, it's not an issue with the Redskins, either. Not with the injuries starting to mount.'

Marker Scouting the Bills [5:06 AM]
Northern Virginia Journal reports: 'Weaknesses: The Bills, like Washington, can't pass protect. Some of that falls on Bledsoe, who holds the ball too long. At times he'll get rattled and force passes. The line and backs have also had problems pass blocking. Buffalo ranks last in the NFL in rushing, averaging 57.5 yards a game. Henry was slowed by a rib injury earlier this season, but appears fine now. Jennings sometimes struggles with speed rushers. If Moulds can't play, the Bills lack a consistent receiver with speed.'

Marker Game Preview [5:05 AM] reports: 'Probably the most intriguing matchup of the afternoon will be wide receiver Eric Moulds vs. cornerback Champ Bailey. Moulds leads the Bills with 30 receptions for 457 yards and is regarded as one of the premiere receivers in the NFL. Bailey is a three-time Pro Bowler and is regarded as one of the premiere corners in the NFL. But most of the passes will likely be directed at Redskins’ cornerback Rashad Bauman, who is filling in for the injured Fred Smoot. Bauman is a second-year player starting his first NFL game and will either square off against Bobby Shaw (26 catches) or Josh Reed (14 catches).'

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October 16, 2003

Marker Former Bills quarterback bashes Buffalo [7:12 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'When asked why Buffalo is such a tough place for an opposing team to play, Johnson dropped his personal bomb. "That's all they have up there. Have you ever been there? It's awful," Johnson said. After sharing a chuckle with the local reporters in D.C., Johnson continued. "Nah, it's alright," he said. "When I was up there, we had two of the worst snowstorms in their history."'

Marker Bills skid raises questions about Williams' status [6:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Cornerback Antoine Winfield provided one curious answer. Asked who was to blame -- players or coaches -- for the team's struggles, Winfield responded: ``It's a combination of both. I think we could split it 50-50.'''

Marker Bills-Redskins Game Sold Out [5:59 PM] reports: 'Sunday’s game kicks off at 4:15 PM (it was originally scheduled for 1:00 PM) and will be carried by local FOX affiliates.'

Marker With Smoot out, Redskins turn to 'Lord Farquaad' [5:59 PM]
AP reports: 'Lord Farquaad, for those not familiar with animated mega-movies, is the short guy from ''Shrek.'' And Bauman, generously listed at 5-foot-8, is one of the shortest players on the Redskins roster. The Redskins will need Bauman to stand tall against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, when he replaces injured starter Fred Smoot.'

Marker Bills, Redskins tangle in Buffalo [1:28 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Both of these squads are searching desperately for some momentum. Look for both teams to have breakout games and combine to score a lot of points. Buffalo gets the edge due to the home field advantage.'

Marker Bills' owner Wilson to donate $250K to Roswell [1:23 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. will spend part of his 85th birthday making a check presentation to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.'

Marker Bills Regular Season Home Games @ 4:00 PM [1:16 PM] reports: 'Since 1975, the Buffalo Bills have hosted 16 regular season games that have kicked off at the 4:00 p.m. time slot. Buffalo holds a 9-7 record in these games with their most recent being a loss to the New York Jets on October 7, 2001.'

Marker Bills Games Played On October 19 [1:15 PM] reports: 'Sunday, October 19, 1969 - Raiders 50, Bills 21.'

Marker Bills Alumni: Where Are They Now? [1:15 PM] reports: 'LB Marlo Perry #58 - 1994-99: The hard-hitting LB and special teamer was a Bills’ third round draft choice in 1994 out of Jackson State. He played 60 games with the Bills before an injury ended his pro football career in 1999. He and his wife Sabrina still live in the Buffalo area and are active in the community.'

Marker Smith brings ‘Hall’ career back to town [1:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Bruce is getting up there a bit (in age), he doesn’t play every down like he used to, but he can still bring it when he comes. He’s still got great explosiveness off the ball and he’s still got all the crafty moves that he’s always had."'

Marker McGahee takes good first step [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You can tell he's got the talent," fullback Sam Gash said. "It's just going to take him some time to get used to playing again."'

Marker Redskins game looking like recall election [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If they don't wake up and start playing that way soon, they might be playing for a new head coach. Hey, maybe they could bring in a real tough guy, like Arnold Schwarzenegger.'

Marker Moulds insists his injured groin is feeling better [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"But it's nothing really, really serious," said Moulds, who had the same injury in college. "I just think it needs a little bit of rest and a little ice. It's helped me out a lot. It's gotten a lot stronger, so I feel pretty confident."'

Marker Price check: Peerless is missed [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The bottom line: The Bills need to do more with what they have.'

Marker Bills RBs get back to work [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'McGahee has been on the reserve/non-football injury list since the beginning of the season, and couldn’t begin practicing until the start of Week 7. Now that he has started, the Bills have up to 21 days to decide whether to elevate him to the 53-man roster. If he’s not ready within that window, he must sit out the rest of the season, though that seems unlikely.'

Marker Uncertainty surrounds Moulds' status [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Moulds is likely to be a game-time decision. How will he know he can play? “When I’m able to get the deep ball,” he said.'

Marker Bills' Williams is a marked man [5:13 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"Sure it is," answered Williams when asked if it was embarrassing for a team that was touted as an early AFC contender to now be the most unproductive team in the league.'

Marker Mounting Injuries Present Hurdle for Spurrier, Redskins [5:12 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Another starter, defensive tackle Jermaine Haley, said he is considering undergoing surgery on his injured thumb. The procedure would sideline him three to four weeks, he said. The Redskins also will be without cornerback Fred Smoot, who has a fractured sternum, and almost certainly will be without tailback Trung Canidate for Sunday's game at Buffalo. But with a bye week after the Bills game, club officials hope both will be able to play Nov. 2 at Dallas.'

Marker Dalton Is Still Waiting His Turn in Line [5:11 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Redskins officials have received league approval to stop Sunday's game for a brief ceremony if Bruce Smith breaks Reggie White's NFL career sacks record. The veteran defensive end needs two sacks to break the record.'

Marker Redskins priority: Protecting Ramsey [5:10 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Through six games, Ramsey remains the NFL's most sacked passer (21 times). And he has been hit on countless other occasions and had his left (non-throwing) shoulder sprained twice.'

Marker Haley, Fiore might have surgery [5:09 AM]
WashingtonTimes reports: 'Guard Randy Thomas, defensive end Bruce Smith and linebacker Jeremiah Trotter sat out practice yesterday. All three veterans routinely have been taking days off to rest nagging injuries. The absence of Thomas and Fiore on the offensive line left the Redskins with a first-team guard duo of rookie Derrick Dockery and seldom-used Lennie Friedman. Spurrier said Friedman likely will see some playing time Sunday.'

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