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Buffalo Bills News - October 17, 2002

Marker Being a black QB a non-issue now [5:18 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Three decades ago, Briscoe came to the Dolphins from Buffalo as a star receiver. But he thought of himself first as a quarterback and so did others. In fact, whenever they meet today, Joe Namath never calls Briscoe by name. "The Quarterback," Namath calls him, showing Briscoe that his mark was left among some who matter most.'

Marker In pinch, Aikman is still out there [5:17 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Former Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman is available, and he does keep in touch with Dolphins offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who coached him in Dallas, on a regular basis.'

Marker Lucas brings emotion to huddle [5:11 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The truth is Lucas played well enough during the exhibition season while Fiedler was absent after hip surgery that a debate could have begun about who deserved the starting job at the start of the season. If an underlying dissenting current did exist, Lucas wasn't part of it. He expressed belief in his own ability -- and said he considers himself capable of being a starter -- but always called it Fiedler's position.'

Marker Injured wrist could leave Gadsden out for season [5:11 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'He is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo, and wide receiver coach Robert Ford said the wrist is not broken but there is ligament damage.'

Marker Parcells roots for Lucas to succeed as starting QB [5:10 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"Ray was a perfect fit for Bill Parcells," said Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who will face his former New England teammate when the Bills visit Pro Player Stadium on Sunday. "Bill just absolutely loved the guy. He would do whatever he could to get noticed on film to make a play. He would always find a way to show up and that's really what kept him around. And he was not one to shy away from saying something about it, too. Parcells liked that as much as anything."'

Marker When healthy, Fiedler hopes to keep job [5:09 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Fiedler is expected to miss at least six weeks and will be in the cast for a month. Depending on how quickly he rehabilitates the injury, he could be ready Nov. 24 against San Diego.'

Marker Dolphins highly confident in QB sub Lucas [5:08 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: '“We have a lot of confidence in Ray Lucas. Probably as much as he has in himself,” Miami Dolphins left guard Jamie Nails said.'

Marker Lucas next Super QB? [5:07 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Lucas, who was 6-3 in nine starts for the New York Jets in 1999, will bring a much different kind of energy to the Dolphins' huddle. Whereas Fiedler is known for being calm and not letting his emotions show, Lucas is more like the Tasmanian Devil.'

Marker Dolphins hold tryouts [5:07 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Coach Dave Wannstedt said there is a possibility injured wide receivers Chris Chambers and Oronde Gadsden could play this week, but just in case the Miami Dolphins will hold a tryout for four or five receivers on Friday.'

Marker The Shift to Starter Isn't New for Lucas [5:03 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Ward says Lucas exudes a positive attitude that knows few limits. "Sometimes he makes the play, sometimes he doesn't," Ward said. "But he's never going to let you think he can't make a play."'

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October 16, 2002

Marker More than bragging rights on line for Bledsoe, Bills [8:30 PM]
AP reports: '''In order to get into the middle of this thing, we've got to beat a good team, and the Dolphins are playing as well as any team in the league right now.'''

Marker Bills will put Lucas' swagger to the test [8:29 PM]
AP reports: '''Everybody in this locker room makes me feel like I belong here,'' he said. ''I won't let them down.'''

Marker Gadsden's season threatened by wrist injury [8:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Dolphins receiver Oronde Gadsden might miss the rest of the season after spraining his left wrist last weekend against the Broncos. He was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo.'

Marker Alumni Update: Shane Conlan [3:13 PM] reports: Shane Conlan, who was voted to the Pro Bowl three times during his six years with the Bills retired after the ‘95 season, enjoying a nine-year career. Why did he find success in the NFL?

Marker Bills' Bryson out with torn knee cartilage [1:16 PM]
AP reports: ' Buffalo Bills running back Shawn Bryson will be sidelined indefinitely after having surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee Wednesday. Bryson, who missed his rookie season in 1999 with torn ligaments in the same knee, was injured in Sunday's 31-24 win at Houston.'

Marker Henry Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week [11:36 AM] reports: Bills running back Travis Henry has been selected as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in last week’s win at Houston.

Marker Bills Injury Report - Week 7 [10:04 AM] reports: Starting offensive tackle Mike Williams, the fourth player selected in last April's NFL Draft, is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury for Sunday's game at Miami and backup running back Shawn Bryson is ruled out with a knee injury. Williams was hurt in the first quarter of Buffalo's 31-24 win at Houston on Sunday.

Marker Players are first to admit second effort not enough [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's obvious we didn't play a real good game, especially in the first half against the Texans, but we stepped it up in the second half and we're going to have to build on that against the Dolphins."'

Marker Sports stars aid United Way drive [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe and Buffalo Sabres captain Stu Barnes will be special guests tonight as West Valley Nuclear Services Co. hosts a gathering of area business leaders at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The goal is to get more businesses involved in United Way fund-raising through direct corporate gifts and employee payroll deductions.'

Marker Dolphins find relief [5:24 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''They are going to get a guy who has been in the fire before, who has been a starting quarterback in this league, who is not afraid, who knows what to do,'' the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' star receiver said Tuesday of his former teammate, who went 6-3 with the New York Jets in 1999."

Marker Gadsden, Chambers are doubtful for Sunday [5:23 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'A source said Tuesday that receiver Oronde Gadsden, who sprained his right wrist in Sunday's win at Denver, is ''very doubtful'' to play. Gadsden flew to Dallas on Tuesday, and will be there today to have a second opinion on his swollen wrist, and to see if he can play with the injury for the remainder of the season. He is not expected to practice this week.'

Marker Bledsoe is throwing himself back into the fray [5:22 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Bills bring only a 3-3 record against the Dolphins on Sunday. Their defense is horrible and their kickoff coverage was gouged for 96- and 98-yard touchdown returns against the Jets. Yet that only makes Bledsoe's performance this year more remarkable.'

Marker Kennedy must sit 1 game for Chambers hit [5:21 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'It's still not known whether Chambers will play Sunday against Buffalo.'

Marker Former CFL QB Dickenson signed [5:20 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Dickenson was signed as third quarterback because Jay Fiedler is out with a broken thumb, Ray Lucas has been elevated to starter and Sage Rosenfels is the backup.'

Marker Miami's Taylor in a rush for hurries, not just sacks [5:15 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'In wins against New England and Denver, Taylor has 12 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles.'

Marker Dolphins hire third-string QB [5:14 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Dave Dickenson, who spent a year in Norv Turner's offense in San Diego, was named the Dolphins' third-string quarterback while Jay Fiedler recuperates from right thumb surgery.'

Marker Mare's kicking magic gives Dolphins an edge [5:13 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Mr. Automatic has been human, missing 4 of his 13 attempts this season, including a 48-yarder in the first half of Sunday's game against Denver. But with the game on the line, Dolphins players said there is no one they would rather have kicking for them.'

Marker Last-minute victory could signal turning point for Dolphins [5:12 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'But this year is different. "We're finally getting some breaks this year," Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas said. "We've never had many breaks in the past."'

Marker No question about it: Brady, not Bledsoe, answer for Pats [5:11 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Bledsoe has two wideouts, Peerless Price and Eric Moulds, who have combined for 88 catches already and who are better than anything Brady has had to throw to since Troy Brown was injured in Week 3. Bledsoe has a better tight end, better pass-catching backs (including Larry Centers, the most prolific pass-catching back ever) and a much better lead running back in Travis Henry.'

October 15, 2002

Marker Bigger than it looked [9:44 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'But this was a trap game, if ever there was one.'

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