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Buffalo Bills News - December 19, 2003

Marker Ex-'Cane McGahee likely won't play Fish [5:09 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: '"He's made a lot of progress," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "He really has. We made the decision to move him up onto the active roster so we could work with him throughout the remaining part of the season. We will evaluate him at the end of every week whether he can add something into one of our packages to where he could help us win a ballgame and also give himself a chance to play in live competition. But we're not going to jeopardize the team, nor him, if everything is not fully 100 percent in both areas, be it mentally and be it physically."'

Marker Holiday cheers turn to jeers [5:08 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Each time, Dave Wannstedt's theretofore well-positioned team has been rendered anything but merry. This season has brought the same serving of holiday jeer the Dolphins find so distastefully familiar. It could cost Wannstedt his job.'

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December 18, 2003

Marker Open Mike Night [6:17 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'For a long period of time he was a superior player. But Ruben doesn’t belong in the Pro Bowl anymore.'

Marker Moulds happy Joe `Horned' in on phone idea [6:16 PM]
AP reports: '''I'm kind of glad he stole it so I can know the severity of what the penalty would be,'' Moulds said, smiling.'

Marker Brown And Spikes Honored For Hawaii [4:52 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Takeo Spikes makes his first ever Pro Bowl. He said he was very emotional inside, but he wasn't going to pull a Dick Vermeil.'

Marker Bills OG Brown, LB Spikes earn Pro Bowl selections [3:49 PM]
AP reports: 'For Spikes, this is the recognition he was seeking when he signed with the Bills last March. In Cincinnati, Spikes led the Bengals in four of his five seasons but failed to earn a Pro Bowl selection because of the team's poor record.'

Marker Brown and Spikes Earn Pro Bowl Honors [2:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Defensive tackles Pat Williams and Sam Adams along with punter Brian Moorman were selected as alternates.'

Marker Miller Ready for Last Home Stand [2:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I'm excited that my last home game is going to be against that team we all love to hate," Miller said. "The Bills and Dolphins have played some great games over the years and they continue to be one of the NFL's best rivalries."'

Marker Dolphins look to exorcise December road demons [2:39 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"We need to get focused and get ready to go and get after Buffalo this week. Play this thing out and see what happens," said Wannstedt. "We were in a similar situation a year ago and we know what happened in the end against us. We've just got to keep our focus. We can't worry about anyone else. We've just got to get ready for the next one, which is Buffalo."'

Marker Williams' fate seems a foregone conclusion [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams is a free agent at the end of the season, as the three-year contract he signed in 2001 comes to an end. With the Bills out of the playoffs and playing out the string of a disappointing year, it's a virtual foregone conclusion the Bills will not offer him a new contract.'

Marker Dolphins game will be eighth straight sellout [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're very proud of it," Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said. "You obviously have to take your hat off to the fans for their support. A lot of people in the organization have worked hard to do that, including the owner. In a couple of games where we were close and may not have made it, he bailed us out and gave us the opportunity to go eight for eight."'

Marker Several QBs figure to be caught in 2004's draft [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills need a young quarterback. What does the draft look like this year for quarterback talent?'

Marker Bills say Horn's call was wrong [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We would hope that our players have a little more class and a little more concern about their team than doing something like that,” Donahoe said Wednesday. “We would look at that as a very selfish act and not even having spoken to Gregg (Williams) about it, I’m sure, as well as I know him, he would say the same thing.”'

Marker Van Miller will make final call at Bills' stadium [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Miller will be featured on the cover of the collector’s edition game program and he will be honored during a ceremony at halftime.'

Marker Bills face Pro Bowl shutout [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Henry has had a fine 2003 season but at least four AFC running backs are enjoying even better seasons (Jamal Lewis, Clinton Portis, Priest Holmes and LaDainian Tomlinson). Bledsoe and Moulds don’t merit finishing in the top half-dozen at their positions.'

Marker Two experts break down a breakdown [5:14 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'McShay: ``Jay Fiedler is fine when he's healthy and can move, but when he's dinged -- and he's dinged every year -- his effectiveness really falls. He's only effective when he's on the move. That cuts his reads down to half the field. He has been great at times and they win, but you can't win a championship with him.'''

Marker Surtain, Ogunleye hope to sack Pro Bowl spots [5:13 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''If that happens, it would be a good story ending to the beginning of my career,'' he said. ``But I'm not really thinking about that.'''

Marker Wind could be a factor in frosty Buffalo [5:12 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Like the Patriots' Gillette Stadium, Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium has an opening at one end that can funnel wind inside. Like they did against the Patriots, the Dolphins will be more conservative going that way if the wind is significant, coach Dave Wannstedt said.'

Marker No, really, all is well! [5:11 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Though there would be a general sense of letdown if the Dolphins don't make the playoffs, the good news is it would spare the bitterness and anger everyone felt during the most recent season-ending playoff losses to Baltimore, 20-3, to Oakland, 27-0, and to Jacksonville, 62-7.'

Marker Wannstedt lifting Dolphins' spirits [5:10 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"[Wannstedt] went around and asked people what their mind-set was. The biggest thing was going out and having fun. You could see that today in practice. We were playing the game like it's supposed to be played."'

Marker Dolphins' Konrad out for Bills game [5:09 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Konrad, who also may miss the team's season finale against the New York Jets, suffered a Grade II (the second-most severe type) concussion in the first quarter and was carted off the field. Dolphins trainer Kevin O'Neill said Konrad was held overnight for observation at Broward General Medical Center and released Tuesday.'

Marker Without a victory, 'nothing will matter' for Dolphins [5:08 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"All you can worry about is what you can control," he said. "All we can control is how we play Sunday and whether or not we get a win."'

Marker Fins casual to looming disaster [5:07 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Somebody wearing a Miami uniform should be so ticked off by now that venom is spewed, and not in a Zach Thomas rant that serves more as personal catharsis than anything else. Apparently, though, nobody is.'

Marker Fiedler's numbers come up short [5:06 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'There is a reason most experts say quarterback is the most important position on a team. There are countless statistics to back that up. There are few statistics to back up Fiedler.'

Marker McGahee to sit against Dolphins despite 'a lot of progress' [5:05 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"I mean, you can just tell week by week he's not favoring his knee or nothing like that," Spikes said. "I knew the rap on him, (they) say he had a lot of speed coming in. I just noticed last week, one time when he went out on a pass route and a linebacker was chasing after him, he kind of pulled away from the linebacker. I was like, he's getting real close to playing form again."'

Marker Stuck in neutral [5:04 AM]
Jackson Sun reports: 'Bledsoe took them to the end zone in the final minute and nearly tied the game on the two-point conversion, a play that stopped Teague in his tracks, hope for the playoffs gone. "It's kind of fitting," Teague said. "It's been a roller coaster. We aren't where we thought we would be or where we should be. It's tough to come up that short. We knew it would be close like this, but it would have been nice to come home and get a win."'

Marker Bledsoe's confidence unshaken despite tough season [5:03 AM]
AP reports: '``If I get to the point where I don't believe I can get it done, I'll come in here and tell you that and I'll walk away,'' Bledsoe said Wednesday. ``I know I can make the throws and make the plays when they're there.'''

Marker Inside slant [5:02 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Without Donahoe having to say it, the people with a lot at stake these last two weeks are on the coaching staff and on offense.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:01 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Coaches often outthink themselves and last Sunday's loss to Tennessee was classic for Buffalo.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:00 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'It's hard to believe that burly defensive tackles Sam Adams and Pat Williams have as many touchdowns, one, as Pro Bowl WR Eric Moulds.'

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