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Buffalo Bills News - August 27, 2002

Marker Offensive Lineman Jerry Ostroski Calls It Quits [6:39 PM] reports: "Nothing will ever be able to replace that feeling of getting into the end zone at Ralph Wilson Stadium and have all those fans, sold-out fans, cheering for you. It's very special. That feeling and others like it is why you play the game."

Marker The Football Gods Chortled [5:28 PM]
ESPN reports: (see bottom of article) Bengals defender Takeo Spikes will miss the rest of the preseason after injuring himself while attempting to injure Drew Bledsoe. In the first week of ersatz play, Spikes was attempting to lift Bledsoe for the illegal body-slam maneuver when he suddenly gasped and clutched his chest; attempting the body-slam had caused Spikes to tear a pectoral muscle. "I was trying to pick him up and dump him," Spikes admitted to The Associated Press

Marker AFC's best division? Try this one [5:21 PM]
AP reports: Oddly, the most improved team in the AFC East could be Buffalo, yet the Bills are destined to finish last. They won only three times in '01, ranking next-to-last in points scored and allowed.

Marker Ostroski announces his retirement from Football [5:20 PM]
WGR 55 reports: Buffalo Bills veteran offensive lineman Jerry Ostroski announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon. "My mind and my heart still say play," Ostroski said at his press conference. "But my knee says no."

Marker Ostroski couldn't recover from knee injury [5:20 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Given his lack of activity this summer, the retirement did not come as a surprise to Buffalo officials, who had suggested a few weeks ago Ostroski might have to accept a salary reduction to remain with the team.'

Marker Jerry Ostroski retires [5:19 PM]
AP reports: He was unable to fully recover from knee surgery, announced his retirement on Tuesday. Ostroski, who was entering his ninth season and had been the longest serving member of the Bills, had spent all of training camp on the PUP list recovering from knee surgery. After breaking his right leg in August 2001, Ostroski returned to the Bills to start seven games last season. "My mind and my heart still say to play, but my knee says 'No,'" said Ostroski. "This has truly been a great ride."

Marker Offensive guard Jerry Ostroski has announced his retirement from the Buffalo Bills. [5:15 PM] reports: He went on to play nine seasons with the Bills (1994-2001) and appeared in 106 regular season games, more than any other current Bills player. He also made 102 career starts for the Bills, including 36 at right guard, 34 at center, 29 at right tackle, and 3 at left guard.

Marker Former Stampeders lineman Cotton released by NFL's Buffalo Bills [12:41 PM]
CP reports: 'Cotton took advantage of the CFL-NFL agreement to join the Bills despite still being under contract to the Stampeders. The deal between the two leagues gives NFL teams until Feb. 28 each year to sign CFL players entering the option year of the Canadian contracts. If the players don't make an NFL squad, then they must honour the remaining year of their CFL deal.'

Marker Security is not promised to head coaches [12:36 PM]
ESPN reports: ESPN's John Clayton lists NFL coaches on the hot seat:
"5. Gregg Williams, Buffalo: Getting quarterback Drew Bledsoe raises the bar on the expectations for Williams, which is a little unfair. The franchise took the direction of weeding out high-paid aging players on the front seven of their defense last season, and the rebuilding process in that unit won't be complete until next year."

Marker Bills cut five, including O'Leary [12:20 PM]
AP reports: 'His release leaves the Bills without a proven long-snapper.'

Marker Bills Make Roster Moves [10:15 AM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has released five players, including tight end Dan O'Leary and running back Curtis Alexander.

Marker Booster club meeting at Ralph Wilson Stadium [10:09 AM]
TBD reports: Meeting will be at 7 PM in the Paul Maguire suites.

Marker Price is right in Buffalo [10:08 AM]
Canadaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"Drew takes more chances than Peyton, but I saw Peyton last year taking some chances," Price said. "He told me he had to because he felt the (Colts) defense was going to give stuff up." The Bills might be in the same boat this year.'

Marker Ostroski near Bills' exit door [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ostroski hasn't participated in live drills throughout the preseason because of a knee condition, and he doesn't appear close to doing so.'

Marker Jennings delivers gift: intact offensive line [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Left tackle Jonas Jennings made a surprise return to practice Monday and participated in most team and individual drills. He's hopeful he can play in the Bills' preseason finale Thursday at Detroit.'

Marker Rone knows it's his time to make it [5:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'The 26-year-old native of Daytona Beach, Fla., is trying to make an NFL roster for the fourth time, and if he doesn't survive the Bills' final cut Sunday, he knows it might be time to move on with his life.'

Marker On the surface, Bills like their new look [5:55 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have installed a 45-yard tract of the new AstroPlay surface on their practice field behind the fieldhouse on One Bills Drive, and they tested it for the first time Monday.'

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August 26, 2002

Marker Jennings resumes practicing with Bills [11:40 PM]
AP reports: '"Everything's limited right now, you've got to crawl before you walk, but everything I am doing, I'm doing well," Jennings said. "It's enough to get it done to build up to the opener."'

Marker Photos from Colts preseason game [8:27 PM] reports: Photo subjects include Bledsoe, Henry, Robertson, Bannan, Tillman and Charlie Johnson.

Marker Bills Return To Practice Following Indy Loss [5:02 PM] reports: Jonas Jennings returned to practice on Monday. Gregg Williams: "It was nice to see Jonas (practicing) today. He was bouncing around pretty good. We'll take him day-by-day, similar to what we did with Ruben, and see how he is at the end of the week."

Marker Bledsoe brings playoff chemistry to Buffalo [4:08 PM] reports: The Bills have only a dozen players on their roster whose resumes include more than five years of NFL experience. There are roughly three times that many with two seasons or less in the league.

Marker August 26 Kelly Krunch Autograph Winner [11:20 AM] reports: I was thrilled to watch Jim and the team march through the playoffs and on to the national sports spotlight of four Super Bowls! But to me, his commitment to giving back to the community that supported him for so many years is definitely his most "Super" effort!

Marker If 'O' tackles falter, Price will 'flip' into line [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With Jonas Jennings nursing a sprained ankle that may be more serious than the Bills are letting on, Price could find himself in the starting lineup at left tackle when the regular season begins 13 days from now.'

Marker It's only preseason, but Bills sure look average [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Bills don't look like a playoff team. They're a work in progress, young and unproven at too many key positions. They will have ups and downs. They will excite you one moment and make you tear your hair out the next.'

August 25, 2002

Marker Road test not so smooth [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Penalties, penalties, penalties.'

Marker Newcomer Ahanotu gets in the game [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It felt good to be out there again," Ahanotu said. "It's been a long time. This is the first time that I've had pads on since the Super Bowl. I felt all right. It will get better next week."'

Marker Football's greatest shrine isn't Hall of Very Good [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'From the time Jim Kelly was confirmed as one of the football immortals, Buffalo has gone Hall of Fame nutsy.'

Marker A Bills backer in Albany [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I root for the Buffalo Bills because they are New York's true team," Pataki said during his visit. "But I'll root for the Jets except when they play the Bills."'

Marker Colts, penalties dampen Bills optimism [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Quite simply, it was not a good night for the Bills as they were sloppy and largely unproductive in every phase of the game, and the clearest shred of evidence was a ghastly 16 penalties for 97 yards.'

Marker Bills don’t look too promising in loss [5:14 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Is it too soon to be concerned about the Buffalo Bills' season?'

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