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Buffalo Bills News - October 20, 2002

Marker AFC Pro Bowl offense likely filled with Bills [6:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'Through six games, the top candidates are (in order of preference) quarterback Drew Bledsoe, wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price, offensive left guard Ruben Brown and running back Travis Henry.'

Marker Bills-Dolphins may come down to who’s not playing [6:41 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We want to get into the middle of this race,” he said. “Right now, we’re just kind of hanging out. We’re not in it and we’re not out of it. To really get into the middle of this thing, we’ve got to beat a good team. The Dolphins are probably playing as well as anyone right now. This is an important week for us ... to go down and try to establish that we belong in the top part of the race and not just in the middle somewhere. It’s a very big week for us."'

Marker Buffalo-Miami rivalry is still a hot topic [6:40 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'How does a dying Rust Belt city end up squaring off with a community known for sun, fun and retirement?'

Marker New stars add a twist to feud [6:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"You take a chance with any trade you make, the Bills did the same thing with Drew Bledsoe as we did (with Williams)," Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. "Any time you feel the upside is a lot bigger if it hits, you've got to take a chance."'

Marker Carter a Dolphin? [6:38 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'He agreed to join the team following a Friday night meeting with coach Dave Wannstedt and senior VP Rick Spielman as the Dolphins wasted little time replacing Oronde Gadsden, who tentatively scheduled Tuesday surgery on his left wrist.'

Marker Bills receivers catch right QB [6:37 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''Not taking anything away from the previous quarterbacks they had, but they have somebody to get them the football now, and now they can show their talent,'' Dolphins cornerback Sam Madison said. 'If you look at Peerless' first couple of years, he wasn't getting as many balls. The quarterbacks probably didn't have confidence in him or whatever. Now, Bledsoe is a quarterback who spreads the ball around. He doesn't look just for one receiver. He looks to spread it around.'''

Marker Injuries just a painful reminder of what Dolphins need to win [6:36 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'NFL greatness isn't measured by how much talent you can put in the huddle on the season's first Sunday. It is measured by how much talent you can keep in that huddle once those collisions begin. And it is measured not by how much pure talent you have on your roster at any point in the ravenous season but by how willing and able that pure talent is to play through pain without being diluted.'

Marker All for one, one for all [6:36 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'There's no one recognized rock on which all the Dolphins lean -- that's simply not how this team works.'

Marker Ready or not, it's Rosenfels at QB [6:35 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Suddenly, Sage Rosenfels is just a shot away.'

Marker Dolphins must stop Bledsoe [6:32 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"He wants to show New England that they let the wrong quarterback go," Madison said, "and so far, he's making a pretty good case."'

Marker Source: Dolphins to sign Carter Monday [6:32 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Carter, who spent the past 12 seasons in Minnesota, had visited with the Dolphins during the free-agent signing period last spring but the two parties never came close to reaching agreement on financial compensation.'

Marker Carter a good catch [6:31 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Carter would make the Dolphins better, and on a 5-1 team staring at a Super Bowl run that's all that matters. Period. Next paragraph.'

Marker ACL injuries up close [6:30 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"It makes you realize you're really playing this game for a short amount of time and that you can be knocked out at any time," said Spriggs, who had no previous knee problems. "It's unbelievably hard work just to get your knee a little stronger."'

Marker Lucas? Ricky, defense on spot [6:29 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The Bills (3-3) know what the Dolphins want to do. Williams is the third-leading rusher in the NFL with 614 yards, and Miami is averaging 30 points per game.'

Marker Carter to join Dolphins [6:28 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Carter will earn the prorated portion of a $1 million base salary, roughly $588,000, and he could earn another $750,000 in incentives, according to a source.'

Marker Success follows backup QBs [6:28 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Backup quarterbacks have won the past three Super Bowls...'

Marker Concussions are coming into focus [6:27 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"There is no piece of equipment I can put on a player and say, 'If you wear this you won't get hurt,' " Dolphins equipment manager Tony Egues said.'

Marker Dolphins starting over with new faces [6:26 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: 'At some point, though, Miami is going to have to go to the air, especially if it wants to match Buffalo’s high-powered offense, which is averaging 32 points a game behind rejuvenated quarterback Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Deal reported between Dolphins, Cris Carter [6:25 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: 'A 15-year veteran who spent the past 12 seasons in Minnesota, Carter has been working as an analyst on HBO’s Inside the NFL. He was reportedly given permission to get out of his deal with the cable network to pursue the one goal that has eluded him — a Super Bowl championship.'

Marker Replacements could rule day for Dolphins [6:24 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'At some point, though, Miami is going to have to go to the air, especially it wants to match Buffalo's high-powered offense that is averaging 32 points a game behind rejuvenated quarterback Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Miami set to sign Carter [6:23 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"We're not going to make any announcement until Monday," Greene said. "Our focus right now is on the game on Sunday."'

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October 19, 2002

Marker Williams figures to be busy against Bills [4:27 PM]
AP reports: '"They can talk all they want about Bledsoe competing with me, but we have the big No. 34 with the dreadlocks," Lucas said. "They can worry about me all week, and then when they get a dose of 34 down their throats, I think that's all going to change real quick."'

Marker Injury bug bites Bills big time [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Winfield's absence means Chris Watson will start, while Jason Bostic takes Watson's spot in nickel and dime coverages.'

Marker Winfield to miss Miami game [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'With Winfield out, reserve Chris Watson is expected to take over as starter, alongside right cornerback Nate Clements. Watson has had trouble defending the pass this season, and he was benched for part of Buffalo’s 31-24 win over Houston last weekend.'

Marker Dolphins run Ricky, Ricky, Ricky [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '“With Ricky running the ball, it’s awesome. He keeps running that clock which is a key. Whoever’s playing us can’t do anything against our defense if we’re not on the field.”'

Marker Shuffling out of Buffalo [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'One thing they have learned is that you never can be too prepared. In the early 1980s, Buffalo was playing the Dolphins in Miami, and someone stole 13 Bills helmets. “Fortunately, we were wearing white helmets and the Dolphins were, too,” Hojnowski said. “The Dolphins gave us some extra helmets, and we were able to cover over the Dolphins’ logos and stripes with the Bills logos and details we had brought down.”'

Marker Thomas' missing helmet was a super nightmare [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '“Coach (Marv) Levy is yelling at me and we’re all scrambling to find it,” he said. “We eventually found it at the end of the bench. At first, we thought somebody had stolen it. But I think what happened was that some player mistakenly thought it was his and picked it up, and then when he discovered it wasn’t his, he just put it down. The problem is he didn’t return it to where he found it.”'

Marker Bledsoe relishes pass-happy Bills [5:19 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''If you could ever tell, you could with Drew the way he's playing,'' Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor said. ``He's on a mission. He's playing outstanding. I don't know how his arm is holding up the way he's throwing it all the time. . . . He's 30 years old and looks like he's 22 or 23 out there.'''

Marker Offense to have three new starters [5:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins did catch an unexpected break, however, which could influence whether they play Chambers much Sunday: Bills starting cornerback Antoine Winfield, who was not previously on the injury report, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee Friday and is out.'

Marker Without deal, it's goodbye Gadsden [5:17 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"We wanted to get an extension as injury protection, but they offered a contract that should have gone to the 51st player on the roster instead of Oronde," said Michael Todd, Gadsden' agent.'

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