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Buffalo Bills News - September 13, 2001

Marker Hansen ready to relinquish paycheck to not play Sunday [6:55 AM]
AP reports: '"Doesn't football seem pretty trivial after yesterday?" he said. "It's a wake-up call. Go home. Hug your wife. Count your blessings."'

Marker Bills don't want to play [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm not going to be making the decision, but I think we have to seriously look at our fellow Americans and (not play)," said defensive end Phil Hansen, Buffalo's players union representative. "Normalcy is one thing, but this is serious stuff. It certainly makes football seem very trivial."'

Marker Fisher may have to switch uniforms [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: 'Fisher had other reasons to be distracted. A first lieutenant at the time he was granted his leave June 2, Fisher doesn't know what his status will be if Congress declares war.'

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September 12, 2001

Marker CBS Bills Update [4:13 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: REPORT CARD vs. SAINTS
Some comments about Cowarts injuries, Wrights play and some antedotes as well as grades on Bills vs Saints.
PASSING OFFENSE: D
RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus
PASS DEFENSE: D
RUSHING DEFENSE: C-minus
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
COACHING: C

Marker CBS Power Poll - #22 [3:51 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 22. Buffalo Bills (was 16): The offensive line is awful and Rob Johnson stunk up the place Sunday.

Marker ESPN Power Poll - #24 [2:56 PM]
ESPN reports: 24. Bills (0-1) (was 23) New offense; old problems for sad-sack Johnson

Marker Close to a Decision [2:54 PM]
NFL.com reports: They expect to announce a decision regarding Week 2 as soon as possible and within the next 24 hours.

Marker Mark Carrier not headed to Detroit, Jones may be next [2:45 PM]
ESPN reports: It became clear to Carrier and agent Gary Wichard on Monday evening that a deal would not be struck. The Lions are expected to now pursue veteran safety Henry Jones, released by the Buffalo Bills last week.

The nationwide moratorium on air travel could keep Jones from getting to Detroit for a visit with Lions officials and coaches. Both starters, Ron Rice and Kurt Schulz, are currently sidelined. Schulz, an ex-Bill, is expected to miss at least half the season.

Marker Bills owner receives tailgating award [1:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. received the Tailgating Champion "Best of the Best" award from the self-proclaimed Commissioner of Tailgating, Joe Cahn, last Sunday at the Bills home opener

Marker Gregg Williams press conference [1:53 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: On focus on Sunday:
"We spoke about that immediatley. Today's practice is pretty trivial compared to what occured. We would be joking each other if we thought we could focus on what we had to do without distractions or what went on. As proud as I am to be a Buffalo Bill, I'm more proud to be a United States. We are, as an organization and as a team, more proud of doing of what we need to do for the nation right now."

Marker NFL Postgame Analysis by Marv Levy [9:21 AM]
NFL.com reports: The Bills, who had made such tremendous personnel changes in the offseason, I felt did suffer from that. Their QB was sacked five times, admittedly against one of the best defensive pass-rush teams in the league. I've never seen a game that changed so much from the first half to the second. Buffalo dominated the first half and then New Orleans just totally took over in the 2nd half. Ricky Williams finally began to show why they thought so highly of him. He had a great 2nd half. The Bills looked impressive early, but fell off.

Marker Time was right for Arians to kick for Bills [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I got a call from my agent, and he said, "Get your butt to the airport. You have a plane to catch in less than two hours,' " Arians said.'

Marker Special teams coach sees improvement [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The thing the players have done an excellent job of is they've bought into the system, they've accepted coaching, they've practiced very hard, they have studied tape," Smith said. "They have done everything that I have asked of them.'

Marker May God be with all of you [12:21 AM]
Scott Sarama reports: My family started the day by celebrating my birthday. However, the celebration soon ended when I found myself sitting at the blood bank for 5 hours performing my civic duty.

Today I almost lost my supervisor. He was booked on the flight that went down in PA this morning. Fortunately, he was called out to the west coast a day early and changed his flight. This change of events allowed two small girls to keep their father today. It allowed a woman to keep her husband. It allowed a small group of employees to keep jobs that provide for their own families.

Thousands of others were not so lucky.

Reading the posts on our message board, the Stadium Wall, is a chilling experience. Fellow Bills fans turned to our community for updated news and to check on friends from NYC and Washington DC. Those fans located frighteningly near the attacks shared their experiences as the day's events unfolded. These personal stories have made today's tragic events more tangible. Having this community to lean on during times like this is a blessing I will never take for granted.

On behalf of our community, I would like to send a prayer to each and every person who has been directly affected by these attacks. May God be with you in thought and in deed as we all search for some semblance of resolution to today's events.

September 11, 2001

Marker Statements from the NFL [4:27 PM]
NFL.com reports: '"Regarding Sunday's games, we will make no decision today [Tuesday]. We'll gather information and speak to several parties within the next 24 to 48 hours."'

Marker Bills are looking at a rough start [4:26 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What's certain is that, in losing the opener, the Bills have set themselves up for early-season failure.'

Marker We are experiencing server problems [12:58 PM]
TBD reports: If you are trying to reach our message boards, we are experiencing technical difficulties. Please stand by and watch this area for updates.

Marker Follow Terrorist Reports on The Stadium Wall [10:55 AM]
TBD reports: If you are caught without access to information because of clogged internet connections to the major news sites, you can turn to the Stadium Wall for info. Fans from all over the country are keeping each other up to date with regards to the ongoing terrorist attacks.

Marker Wright stepping in for Cowart [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kenyatta Wright always wondered if he would ever be good enough to start in the National Football League. He's about to find out.'

Marker Cowart injury ups pressure on newcomers [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Who do they feed off now? Kenyatta Wright? Erik Flowers? If the defense was feeding off anyone, it didn't show in the third quarter Sunday, when the Saints blew them off the field.'

Marker Christie, Bills held together by a thread [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The reserve-injured list is basically the same as injured reserve. The difference is that a player on injured reserve gets his full salary. By working out a settlement with Christie while he's on the reserve-injured list, the Bills could bring him back after the 10th week of the season. If he stayed on that list all year or was put on injured reserve and released when healthy, the Bills lose all rights to him.'

Marker History not in Buffalo's favor [6:54 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'But Wannstedt said Cowart's injury won't cause the Dolphins to ease up in this week's preparation. "It's a division game," Wannstedt said. "That will be huge in itself. We know Buffalo, they've always been tough. The rivalry is as good as any we have."'

Marker Cowart could be out for year [5:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed that Cowart suffered a partial tear of his Achilles' -- the tendon at the back of the heel -- while back-pedaling in pass coverage during the first quarter of Sunday's 24-6 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the season opener. While Cowart will not require surgery at this time, he has been fitted with a walking cast and "he's going to miss some significant time," said Williams, who would not give a specific time frame.'

Marker Centers says winning is an attitude [5:44 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'd like to see us upset about this loss," he said of the Saints' game in which Buffalo squandered a 6-0 halftime lead. "Right now, it's hard to gauge the feeling in the locker room. Everyone is a little quiet. But you've got to hate to lose as much as you enjoy to win and young guys have to understand that and play accordingly next week."'

Marker Christie senses Bills career over [5:43 AM]
D and C reports: 'Donahoe, who did speak with Christie's agent, said he and Williams tried unsuccessfully to contact Christie. Donahoe said he hoped to sit down with Christie in the near future to talk.'

Marker Door open for Christie to return to Bills [5:42 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"It would be difficult for me to consider signing back with them," Christie said last night. "I'm not saying I wouldn't, but let me ask you this: Would you trust them after what happened? I have my doubts."'

Marker Buffalo weather just like home to Saints [5:41 AM]
Baton Rouge Advocate reports: 'The Saints made a key adjustment on offense at halftime. After knocking heads with the Bills defense, which stacked eight and nine men at or near the line most of the first two periods, the Saints spread their offense with four receivers in the hopes of opening running lanes for Ricky Williams.'

Marker Christie angry over how Bills gave him the boot [5:40 AM]
AP reports: '"I've tried to handle the business side with class, and I really don't think in this case they did," said Christie, the most accomplished kicker in Bills history. "I've been here a long time and I've made Buffalo my home. For them to handle this situation like they did was unacceptable, unacceptable."'

Marker Saints were never worried in Buffalo game [5:39 AM]
AP reports: '"Basically all I said was that the defense is holding its end. If you can make teams kick field goals in the red zone and don't give up touchdowns you have a chance to win the game," Haslett said. "So we just had to go out and play our type of football on offense, that's run the ball wear people out, take advantage of the plays you get, don't put the ball on the ground, and we did it."'

Marker Bills MLB Cowart out indefinitely with torn Achilles tendon [5:38 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Rookie Brandon Spoon, a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina, is listed as the backup middle linebacker, but the Bills may shift reserve outside linebackers -- Kenyatta Wright or DaShon Polk -- into the middle.'

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