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Buffalo Bills News - December 13, 2001

Marker Bills wrap up home slate against Patriots [11:17 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Both starting QBs for New England and Buffalo have been injury-injured. For New England, virtually unknown Tom Brady's 8-3 mark as a starter has him in the starting role likely for the rest of New England's season. Van Pelt recorded his first win as a starter since 1997 Sunday, he has performed very well and kept Buffalo's offense moving well in three of their last four games.

Marker Bills host party for top readers [11:10 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills tackle Jonas Jennings and safety Keion Carpenter will host the winners of the 2001 Rush for Reading Challenge at the Paul Maguire Club at Ralph Wilson Stadium from 6:00 - 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 12th.

Marker Van Pelt led Carolina comeback ranks fourth in Bills history [11:06 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Ven Pelt has joined Frank Reich and Todd Collins in the record book. The 18-point deficit overcome marked the fourth largest regular season comeback in team history and the largest since coming back from a 26-0 deficit vs. Indy on 9/21/97 by Todd Collins.

Marker Bills' 'Shop with a Jock' a success [10:08 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: With the help of Galyan's and the Buffalo Bills, local children affiliated with the Salvation Army were given the opportunity to 'Shop with a Jock' Tuesday evening. The event benefited 42 children and ran early Tuesday evening at the Walden Galleria Galyan's sporting goods store.

Marker Smith revives career with Patriots [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I do have confidence in my line, knowing they're going to come off hard and hit their blocks, which allows me just to think about running in there hard."'

Marker Price plans to appeal one of NFL's stiffest fines [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Pats are plus-2 in turnover ratio. The Bills are minus-16.'

Marker Free agents or first-round picks at the all-important position of QB [7:32 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'Since 1986, the starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl have been first-round picks 20 times. Nine other times they were drafted in the second and third round. With only a couple of exceptions, most prominently Brett Favre, the starting quarterback was still playing with the team that originally drafted him.'

Marker The Way We Hear It [7:30 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: RJ and Cowart in free agency, TD on trading down, plus McKinnie, Butler & Cottrell rumors.

Marker Pro Football Weekly's Spin On Dec 4th [7:28 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Buffalo-Carolina meeting Sunday will impact draft
Buchsbaum: The Buffalo Bills' first pick in the draft next year will either be an offensive left tackle or a quarterback. The only quarterback Buffalo would consider with that first-round pick is Fresno State's David Carr.

The draft pecking order could be affected by next week's Buffalo-Carolina game. Both teams have one win going in, and the loser could actually end up being the winner.

Marker Fred Smerlas - A Tribute to a Nose [7:21 AM]
TBD reports: 'After losing the AFC Championship game to Cincinnati in 1989 and an AFC Divisional playoff game to Cleveland in 1990, head coach Marv Levy made it clear that he wanted to rebuild his team around younger players. Joe Devlin and Art Still had been already told there was no longer a place for them on the team. Fred Smerlas was put on the list of unprotected free agents, meaning any team could now bid for his contract.'

Marker Departed Bills wouldn't have helped [5:44 AM]
D and C reports: 'Of the 22 players who were jettisoned from the 53-man roster of Wade Phillips and John Butler's final Buffalo team, only six have gone on to play regularly for new teams. Seven are contributing little to their new teams, and nine are out of football.'

Marker Rob might be back -- this year [5:44 AM]
D and C reports: '"He's probably got another couple of weeks of the bone healing, but we hope that he'll be able to get back into the practice situation within a couple of weeks and start to work on the field and be able to do some non-contact things," Williams said.'

Marker Brady's in position for a postseason reward [5:43 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Tom Brady, All-Pro. Tom Brady ... MVP?'

Marker Returning to familiar territory [5:42 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''Sometimes you are ahead, you get further ahead, sometimes you are behind, and you catch up. That is what it is about. It is about where we finish, not where we are in the middle of December. Right now it is Buffalo, that is it. 9-5, that is all we can do anything about, that's where we want to be.'''

Marker Final test for Brady a stretch [5:40 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Now, with three games remaining and all of New England watching, Brady is set to face a whole new battery of tests and an entirely new level of expectation. It's guaranteed to be more intense than anything he's experienced yet.'

Marker Sullivan returns to shore up front line [5:40 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'With Willie McGinest still on the shelf and depth on the defensive line at a premium, the Patriots turned to a familiar face yesterday, signing former Patriot and North Attleboro native Chris Sullivan.'

Marker Div. II Andruzzi is an A-1 find [5:39 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'In a number of ways, Andruzzi is the perfect symbol for the Pats this season.'

Marker Versatile Sullivan gets another shot [5:38 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Chris Sullivan is a Patriot again.'

Marker Older, wiser Patriots make impact [5:37 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Has it dawned on Roman Phifer, Otis Smith, Anthony Pleasant or Bryan Cox that they could be playing golf by now?'

Marker Hit parade continues with Phifer in the lineup [5:36 AM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: 'The 33-year-old linebacker is having what coach Bill Belichick considers his best season.'

Marker Belichick's worry: Bills due [5:36 AM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: '"Buffalo and New England have played tight, competitive games the last few years," Belichick said. "It doesn't matter if the quarterback was Bledsoe, Friesz, Brady, or Flutie or Johnson for them. It doesn't matter if the game was early in the season or late in the season. It doesn't matter if it was sunny or snowing. They've been tight, physical games, and we better be ready for a tight, physical game on Sunday."'

Marker Brady keeps head in game [5:35 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Brady said the physical conditioning aspect of playing his position can be addressed with off-season workouts. "But mentally," he added, "it can be quite a grind because every week you are putting all your energy and emotion and focus into one opponent. Then you play the game, and it's out the door. "What you did last week means nothing for what you are doing this week."'

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December 12, 2001

Marker Out of Buffalo, Smith no longer feels unappreciated [8:29 PM]
AP reports: '"It was just a matter of a team having faith in me and giving me enough opportunity."'

Marker Bills haven't ruled out Johnson's return [3:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Citing the most recent medical report on Johnson's broken collarbone, coach Gregg Williams held out hope on Wednesday that the quarterback could be ready to return to practice within two weeks. Whether that means he'll be healthy enough to play in time for the Bills' season finale, Jan. 6 at Miami, Williams wasn't sure.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Wallpaper by 'Moose' [1:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Eric Moulds is the star of the Bills monthly wallpaper by TBD allumni Gina Mustico. NOTE: Snow is artifical since Buffalo has not had snow yet.

Marker Tasty turnovers [12:51 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Exhibit 'A' in that argument is the New England Patriots, whose current three-game winning streak has been fueled, to a large extent, by a combined plus-6 turnover ratio in that span.'

Marker Freebie at the stadium this weekend [12:32 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills Experience, which takes place in the Fieldhouse prior to every Bills home game, will be free to attend prior to this Sunday's game vs. the New England Patriots. A special appearance by 2001 Wall of Fame honoree Fred Smerlas, who will be available for autographs.
Also an appearance by Billy Buffalo dressed in his Santa attire. Fans can get their picture taken with Santa Billy from 10:00-11:00 AM and again from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.

Marker Tom Donahoe's Weekly Bills Update [11:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Nate's got a bright future, and we feel good with him on one side and Antoine on the other side, and the way that Chris Watson has stepped up the last few weeks and improved his play, we feel good about that position overall on our team."

Marker [PICTURES] Buffalo Bills Shop with a Jock [11:39 AM]
TBD reports: Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Salvation Army present Shop With A Jock. An event where kids from the community have a chance to shop with a Bills player for Christmas presents for their family.

Sammy Morris, Shawn Bryson, Phillip Crosby, Kenyatta Wright, Kendrick Office, Keion Carpenter, Ken Irvin, Lance Brown, David Dinkins, Travares Tillman, Leif Larsen, Mo Unutoa, Ron Edwards, Brian Moorman and Shayne Graham, along with Billy Buffalo attended. Jack Wheeler, TBD's Blue Coat, is the photographer.

Marker Spoon's first pickoff one to remember [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' rookie linebacker didn't have any interceptions in high school (he played fullback and tight end) or in college at North Carolina, so when he finally got his first, fear took over.'

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