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Buffalo Bills News - December 7, 2001

Marker Buffalo Bills and Target Continue Art Program Series [7:46 AM] reports: Bills' center Craig Heimburger visited Buffalo City School #74 for the third time this season contributing to the Buffalo Bills-Target Art Program. Heimburger diligently assisted the students on their monoprints and calligraphs while completing a few art projects of his own.

Marker Kasay rewards Panthers' faith [7:16 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Kasay has made 16 of 18 field-goal attempts, including a 51-yarder late in Sunday's game at New Orleans.'

Marker Peter to wait on decision until spring [7:15 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Carolina Panthers defensive end Jason Peter said Thursday that he won't decide if he will retire until spring.'

Marker Van Pelt hopes to shake loss to 49ers [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'San Francisco's players and coaches vs. Buffalo's players and coaches looked like a chess match between Bobby Fischer and those who play with Fisher-Price toys.'

Marker Knee injury forces Price out for year [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Price will undergo surgery today or tomorrow to repair an anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the season's final five games.'

Marker Been There [5:19 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'No one has to sell the importance of this Sunday's game between the 1-11 Carolina Panthers and the 1-10 Buffalo Bills to Chris Slade.'

Marker Panthers Notebook [5:18 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'Wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, who practiced the past two days after missing the previous two games because of bruised shoulders, said he intends to return to the starting lineup on Sunday.'

Marker Panthers' DE says rebound is possible [5:17 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'Carolina's matchup with Buffalo marks the first time since that New England-Cincinnati game eight years ago that two NFL teams with only one win to their name have met in a December game.'

Marker Seifert says Walls a no-go for this week [5:16 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: "I don't think he's going to be able to go," Seifert said. "I would love for him to be able to play, but I think it's kind of a stretch."

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December 6, 2001

Marker Home not very sweet for once intimidating Bills [9:41 PM]
AP reports: '"I don't know what's up," Pat Williams said. "I'm mad about that. You've got to feel bad for the fans because they come to support us. They want to see us win, and we ain't winning for them. It's been backward for us. We haven't been playing good here or away."'

Marker Price to miss remainder of season with knee injury [4:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Shawn Price will miss the rest of the season with ligament damage in his left knee.'

Marker Centers makes bid for Pro Bowl [9:54 AM] reports: 'Centers has provided the team with veteran leadership since he arrived in Western New York this past May. Playing in for the NFL for over a decade, he has proved to be one of the league's best fullbacks. '

Marker Marv Levy: An appreciation [9:53 AM] reports: "I'll never forget that first time I walked into the Buffalo Bills' team meeting room in early November of 1986 upon being appointed in midseason to take over as head coach," Levy recalled at his Hall of Fame induction. "Sitting in that room were a young Jim Kelly, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Kent Hull and Darryl Talley were there, great leaders."

Marker Gregg Williams press conference (12/5) [9:53 AM] reports: "I will disagree, and say [Larry Centers and Jay Riemersma] are adequate [blockers for the run]. Larry Centers, has, and has been, a good blocker in our system, and that's another thing you'll see us package things out and sometimes have success of bringing three, four wides and still running the football. It basically comes down to the five guys up front most of the time, because if the formation that comes into the ballgame, it dictates how many people you have to have in come in and block anyway."

Marker Poor offense makes Bills stand up and doubt [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The confidence-challenged Bills might take heart in one fact: Carolina ranks 31st on defense.'

Marker Hall of Famer Levy to be honored in halftime ceremony [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Detroit's signing of quarterback Scott Dreisbach off the practice squad creates an opening for David Dinkins.'

Marker Bills unsure about their draft plan [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: '...the Bills figure to contest Detroit (0-11) and the Panthers for the second pick behind expansion Houston. At worst, the Bills will pick fourth.'

Marker Carpenter remains backup to Tillman at free safety [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '...but for the first time in the Bills' weekly press release, Travares Tillman was listed ahead of Carpenter on the depth chart.'

Marker Panthers officials work to protect sellout streak [5:23 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'The streak of 57 consecutive sellouts (every game at Ericsson Stadium since it opened in 1996) could be in serious jeopardy over the next few weeks. That could lead to the first television blackout of a Panthers game in Charlotte since the team moved into the stadium.'

Marker Muhammad expected to play Sunday against Bills [5:22 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Second-year Bills fullback Phillip Crosby, a native of Bessemer City, has blossomed in Buffalo this season. After being cut by the team last year, then signed back in April, he has played in every game and earned his first start last week.'

Marker Panthers' offensive line is regrouping [5:21 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'After yielding no sacks for the first time in 70 game during a 25-22 overtime loss to San Francisco on Nov. 18, the Carolina line has surrendered 12 sacks in the past two losses - including a season-high eight on Sunday during a 27-23 defeat at New Orleans.'

Marker Panthers Notebook [5:20 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'Coach George Seifert is used to hearing tight end Wesley Walls complain about not getting enough passes thrown his way. So Seifert's response to Walls' latest outburst - which came on Monday when Walls expressed his opinion that he is getting phased out of the offense and that his future with the team is in question - was somewhat predictable yesterday.'

Marker Muhammad likely to return Sunday vs. Bills [5:19 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'Temperatures for Sunday's game in Orchard Park, N.Y., are expected to dip into the 30s or 40s and there's even a chance for snow. At least one Panther player didn't seem to mind. "I like the cold. Everyone slows down to my speed," said left tackle Todd Steussie.'

December 5, 2001

Marker Hansen appreciates winning years during losing season [8:49 PM]
AP reports: '"I have a duty to them to make sure they know what being proud and being a Buffalo Bill is all about. Yeah, you're darn right," Hansen said. "After playing here for 11 years, you're darn right I care. This is part of my life."'

Marker Marv Levy: Johnson's Time is UP [6:15 PM]
WNSA reports: One of the most asked questions in Western NY is the status of beleaguered Rob Johnson and whether he will be returning next season. Donahoe said that he spoke briefly with the agent of Johnson and informed the agent that any consideration for the return of Johnson could not be at the cap figure Johnson will have next season ($11 million.) The GM said that it will be something to talk about at the end of the season.

The next morning, former Bills head coach Marv Levy spoke with Howard Simon on W N S A and when asked about Johnson by a caller, Marv Levy feels that Johnson's "time is up" in Buffalo, considering all the events over the past couple of years.

Marker Former Bill 1st round pick Thomas Smith released by Colts [5:56 PM]
AP reports: The Colts, plagued all season by short kickoffs and facing another possible blow with an injury to kicker Mike Vanderjagt, have signed veteran Doug Brien.
To make room for Brien, the team released veteran DB Thomas Smith, signed in September after being waived by the Chicago Bears.

Marker Bills sign Alexander to practice roster [3:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Alexander, who spent last spring playing in the defunct XFL, rejoins the Bills after being cut last August. He was cut despite a promising preseason in which he had 29 carries for 178 yards.'

Marker Bills sign RB Curtis Alexander to the team's practice squad [2:28 PM] reports: 'Alexander (5-11, 204) takes the place of QB Dreisbach, who was signed off the Bills PS to the 53-man roster of the Lions. He was originally drafted by Denver in the 4th round of the 1998 Draft out of Alabama and spent that season on the Broncos'PS before being released during the next preseason. He will wear #35 with the Bills.'

Marker Hall of Fame Exhibit on Display at this Sunday's Game [12:25 PM] reports: Mementos that will be on display in Buffalo include the following:

  • Football caught by James Lofton on 9/6/1992 against the L.A. Rams to set what was then a NFL record for most career reception yardage.
  • Gloves worn by Andre Reed on 11/23/1997 against the Tennessee Oilers in a career milestone game in which he became the NFL's third all-time leading receiver in receptions.
  • Shoe worn by Steve Christie in the 1992 AFC Wild Card Game against the Houston Oilers when he kicked the game-winning FG in overtime to complete the greatest comeback in NFL history. A game program from that contest is also part of the display.
  • Helmet worn by Bruce Smith in the 1990 season, the year the Bills earned their first trip to the Super Bowl.
  • Jim Kelly 1994 "Throwbacks" NFL 75th Anniversary celebration jersey.
  • Marker Bills' 2002 schedule taking shape [12:06 PM] reports: 'However, with Sunday's loss to San Francisco and New England's win over New York, the Bills are now assured of being seeded fourth in the new AFC East in terms of scheduling purposes for next year. This means Buffalo will host the fourth seed from the AFC North, and visit the fourth place seed in the AFC South.'

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