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Buffalo Bills News - December 11, 2002

Marker First came Priest, then came Ricky, now Bills face Tomlinson [9:38 PM]
AP reports: 'It doesn't get any easier for the Bills, two weeks after giving up 228 yards rushing to Williams in a win over Miami, and four weeks after allowing Holmes 104 yards in a loss to Kansas City.'

Marker Conway, Parker practice, still questionable [9:37 PM] reports: 'Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer said that wide receiver Curtis Conway, who has missed the last two and a half games with a shoulder injury, and starting right tackle Vaughn Parker, who has been out for four games with an elbow injury, both returned to practice on Wednesday. Conway and Parker were both listed as questionable on the Chargers’ official injury report.'

Marker Gilbride's Offense a Challenge For Chargers [7:23 PM] reports: "We're still a work in progress," Gilbride cautioned last week when asked if the 3-13 Bad News Bills of a year ago were on the verge of becoming the NFL's next Greatest Show on Turf. "We have a lot of young, talented guys, and if this unit stays together, it could become something really special. But we're not there yet. We still have a ways to go."

Marker 'Second String' scores a few TDs [4:09 PM]
Ventura County Star reports: 'At first, there are no real surprises about these characters. But as Bellows tackles the game, "Second String" quickly makes one touchdown after another in writing and acting.'

Marker Bills Add One To Practice Squad [3:27 PM] reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills today announced that the team has added offensive lineman Joey Hollenbeck to the team's practice squad. A native of Enumclaw, WA, Hollenbeck played collegiately at Washington State. He signed as a rookie free agent with the St. Louis Rams last spring but was released prior to the start of training camp. Hollenbeck replaces offensive lineman Michael Early, who was claimed off the Bills practice squad by Minnesota.

Marker Week 15 Injury Report [3:26 PM] reports: Jennings, Jonas T Leg Questionable Stevenson, Dominique LB Head Questionable

Marker Ask Brian Moorman [3:26 PM] reports: For the season, Brian Moorman is averaging 43.82 yards per punt (ranks 3rd in team history). In 19 of 29 career contests, he has at least one 50-yard kick and 30 of his 130 career punts (23.1%) have forced opponents inside the 20 (8th all-time in Bills history).

Marker Bills sign OL Hollenbeck to practice squad [1:12 PM]
AP reports: 'Hollenbeck, released by the St. Louis Rams prior to training camp last summer, fills the spot vacated by center Michael Early, who was signed by the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday.'

Marker Funke on the Bills [11:43 AM]
WHEC-TV reports: '...Peerless has been a heck of a receiver for this team this year. He's over a thousand yards. Will he be too expensive to keep? Probably, although the Bills salary cap circumstance isn’t as bad next year. Still, Josh Reed has proven that he can be a nice compliment to Eric Moulds and the Bills need money to improve their defense. It'll be a tough call for Tom Donahoe, I'm sure he doesn’t want to bust up what could be a very good thing, but Reed is ready.'

Marker Chargers scouting report [9:50 AM]
North County Times reports: 'So Buffalo has learned that Bledsoe isn't perfect. Then again, he isn't Rob Johnson, either.'

Marker Parity means playoffs still open [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fourteen of the AFC's 16 teams are still mathematically alive for the playoffs. That includes the Buffalo Bills, who need a lot of help.'

Marker Scouting Report [9:00 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'The Bills have allowed fewer than 17 points only once this season and more than 20 points in all but three games. Only the Bengals are allowing more points per game.'

Marker 5th Down: Where Now? Some FAQ's [12:05 AM] reports: Does that mean this season is not a success? A: That completely depends on your expectations… And admit it, they've changed three or four times already this season. Over the summer, most people outside the team would have been happy with a .500 record by year's end. When the team stumbled off to a haphazard 2-3 start, those expectations lowered a bit. Then the team surged to 5-3, and people suddenly started talking Super Bowl.

Marker Q&A: Monday With Gregg Williams [12:03 AM] reports: Final Three Games "Stranger things have happened. We're not out of it until someone says we're out of it. We've got to control what we do and that's winning this weekend."

Marker Game Photos [12:03 AM] reports: Photos from Sunday's Bills/Patriots game.

Marker On Any Given Tuesday: Dec. 10, 2002 [12:02 AM] reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe, punter Brian Moorman, and safety Tony Driver will attend the Rush for Reading party at the stadium with 125 kids from the Buffalo Public Schools. The kids earned the visit to the stadium by participating and excelling in the Bills literacy program.

Marker Bills Help Youngsters Manage Cap [12:01 AM] reports: $100 and two hours to shop at Dick's Sporting Goods. That was the dilemma 50 underprivileged kids from the Salvation Army had at Dick's Sporting Goods near the McKinley Mall in Hamburg on Monday night.

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December 10, 2002

Marker Tuesday Morning QB [9:32 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Drew Bledsoe deserves better than a high-school coach.'

Marker NFL issues one-year suspension to Bills' DT Robertson [9:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson was suspended for one year by the NFL on Tuesday for violating the league's substance abuse policy for the second time this season.'

Marker NFL keeps eye on Chargers' playoff possibilities [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'The Chargers hosting a wild card game wouldn't be much of a problem, Steeg said, but hosting the conference championship would be the worst-case scenario.'

Marker Nobody asked but [1:11 PM]
Cape Breton Post reports: 'But in the weeks and months that passed, it has been the manner in which Brady, Belichick and his players have picked Bledsoe and the Bills apart in two meetings this season that now has everyone convinced the Patriots management made the proper decision when they opted to make Brady their pony of choice for the race toward a second successive appearance in the Super Bowl.'

Marker Strong Armed Gambler? [10:05 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Let’s face it, Tom Brady didn’t even need to get his uniform dry cleaned after his games against the Bills.'

Marker Chargers look to get hot down the stretch [10:05 AM]
North County Times reports: 'If the season ended today, the Chargers would be on the outside looking in.'

Marker Shop 'til they drop [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Many of the players were probably still stinging from last Sunday's 27-17 loss to the New England Patriots, but no one could tell. After staring in the wondrous eyes of children, the game hardly mattered.'

Marker Williams' job still at stake down stretch [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' Just because the team doesn't quit on its coach, that doesn't mean the owner and the GM will not.'

Marker Winfield sees little hope for playoffs [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' streak of sellouts could end this week. Though no ticket information was made available Monday, there were a little less than 13,000 remaining heading into last weekend.'

Marker Chargers shoot for fast finish [9:09 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'They've closed a season with three straight wins six times in their 43-year history, the last being 1995, when they overcame a 4-7 record by winning their final five. But since then they've gone 1-2, 0-3, 0-3, 1-2, 0-3 and 0-3 to finish seasons.'

Marker Benching Brees loser's mentality [9:08 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'The Chargers are doing the right thing here. Maybe Brees isn't the ultimate answer. Who knows? But if he is the QB of the future, they have to know, and it isn't going to be Flutie. Still, that doesn't mean there aren't times when a change is necessary.'

Marker Bills need a miracle and they know it [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: '“We have to go out and win the games, whether we go to the playoffs or not, we’re still trying to go 3-0 the last three games,” he said.'

Marker Improved pass rush would help Bills [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Pressure on the QB is part and parcel to stopping the run. The Bills linebacking corps is a whole other topic of concern, but it starts up front. When star nose tackle Ted Washington was released during the cap purge, Gregg Williams had to lie down before he fainted. He knew the struggles that awaited.'

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