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Buffalo Bills News - August 29, 2004

Marker Bills bumble in loss [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Special teams mistakes and shaky pass protection marred the Buffalo Bills' preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday night. Then came the bad news.'

Marker Take it from James, McGahee needs time [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Edgerrin James will not be surprised if it's well into the season before Willis McGahee gets back to 100 percent. The Indianapolis Colts' star back knows what it's like to return from major knee surgery.'

Marker Bills are hit hard in loss to Colts [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'No fewer than four special-teams blunders led directly to or helped set up 20 first-half points by the high-powered Colts.'

Marker Breakdown for Bills a Jones flashback [5:13 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Exactly when did Bobby April become the second coming of Ronnie Jones?'

Marker Sunday's Indianapolis Coverage [5:12 AM]
TBD reports:
Colts win doesn't impress (Indianapolis Star)
Night belongs to special teams (Indianapolis Star)
Colts special teams step up in win (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
Colts top pick only hurting himself (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
A decisive victory (
Back in a big way (
Playing for a spot (
Game photos (

Marker Bills have their own troubles [5:11 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Miami Dolphins, as we all know, have been decimated over the last couple of months by a string of injuries and Ricky Williams' retirement. Now it's the Buffalo Bills' turn to take some hits.'

Marker Indianapolis 30, Buffalo 17 [5:10 AM]
AP reports: '``Special teams gave us a boost early and that was something we stressed this week,'' Dungy said. ``We just have to be a lot sharper.'''

Marker Bills lose Milloy, backup QB to injuries [5:09 AM]
AP reports: '``I think my hand got caught in the turf,'' Milloy said. ``I couldn't feel anything in my fingers. I just sat there and held my arm.'''

Marker Indianapolis 30, Buffalo 17 [5:08 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Losman is sidelined indefinitely and an initial prognosis on Brown was not disclosed. Starter Drew Bledsoe saw extended action and was 11-of-19 for 117 yards. Little-used Greg Zolman replaced Brown and was 6-of-10 for 80 yards with a touchdown and interception.'

Marker Indianapolis 30, Buffalo 17 [5:07 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Colts galloped to a 10-0 lead and never looked back. Vanderjagt booted a 23-yard field goal at the 9:00 mark of the first quarter and Bryan Fletcher recovered a blocked punt in the end zone minutes later to make it 10-0.'

Marker Bills safety Milloy breaks forearm [5:06 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Milloy has started all but six games in his nine-year career with New England and Buffalo.'

Marker Bills Banged Up After Loss to Colts [5:05 AM] reports: 'Milloy now will have surgery in an attempt to speed his recovery with doctors inserting a metal plate. The veteran safety who has never missed a start in his career said he will prepare as if he will be starting against Jacksonville in two weeks. "I've been pretty fortunate in my career to be able to avoid injuries," Milloy said. "This will be my first time dealing with something like this so I'm going to let the doctors do their thing and then I'm going to prepare for Jacksonville like I'll be the starter."'

Marker Bills Suffer Loss & Injuries [5:04 AM] reports: 'The team has two healthy quarterbacks, Drew Bledsoe & Greg Zolman. Bledsoe, and the first team offense failed to score a touchdown for a third straight preseason game.'

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August 28, 2004

Marker Mitchell released by Bills [2:59 PM]
Idaho State Journal reports: The Buffalo Bills released Isaac Mitchell, Thursday. The former Idaho State rusher signed with Buffalo after the April draft. Mitchell is ISU's career leader in rushing touchdowns.

Marker Evans, Reed each looking to start [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If neither player separates himself over the final two preseason games, the job could wind up being shared almost equally - at least to start the season.'

Marker Defense doubles up against top QB's [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're going up against the NFL player of the year for the second week in a row, so this is a good test," said Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.'

Marker McGahee gets his chance to start [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If there is any game to start in the preseason, this is the one. NFL clubs typically play their starters longer in the third preseason game than any other, and coach Mike Mularkey has said his first-stringers may work into the third quarter at the RCA Dome. "It will be at least the first half and maybe to start the third quarter," Mularkey said Thursday after the Bills closed the St. John Fisher College portion of their training camp.'

Marker Coaches can't ignore McGee [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'McGee is the front-runner to win the nickel cornerback position in the Buffalo defense, meaning he would be the fifth defensive back on the field in passing situations.'

August 27, 2004

Marker Bill's McGahee ready for first real test against Colts [10:11 PM]
AP reports: 'But with Henry out because of bruised ribs, McGahee will get his first real test against some Indianapolis Colts defenders who know him well. "He'll be a slasher or cutback kind of guy," said safety Mike Doss, who went head-to-head with McGahee the last time he started a game - in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl when Doss played for Ohio State and McGahee for Miami.'

Marker Former CFL kicker pushing Andersen [6:27 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo, left guard: Third-year veteran Mike Pucillo, a blue-collar guy with a superb work ethic, won the job in the offseason. But then he proved susceptible to the bull-rush in a scrimmage and the first preseason game, and suddenly Lawrence Smith, who has been a bit of a football nomad, began coming on. New line coach Jim McNally is famous for turning afterthoughts like Smith into players and, for now, the unheralded lineman is running with the first-unit offense.

Marker NFL Preseason Preview - Buffalo (1-1) at Indianapolis (1-1) [4:55 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Neither Henry nor McGahee found a wealth of running room against the Titans last week, with the incumbent rushing seven times for 27 yards and the rookie tallying 11 carries for 28 yards. McGahee did help his case by scoring a three-yard touchdown, however. Much of Buffalo's offensive damage was done by quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who completed 7 of 10 passes for 67 yards while working with the first-team offense. The Bills were dealt a blow in practice this week when backup quarterback and first-round draft pick J.P. Losman was lost for an indefinite period with a broken fibula in his left leg. Losman had played well in the preseason, completing 4 of 6 passes for 23 yards and rushing for a team-high 43 yards against the Titans. In addition to Henry, cornerback Terrence McGee (leg) is also listed as doubtful for the Colts game.'

Marker A good test [3:26 PM] reports: '“I think it’s going to be a great test for us,” Dungy said as the Colts (1-1 in the preseason) prepared to play the Bills (1-1) at the RCA Dome Saturday at 7 p.m. in the third preseason game for both teams. “They bring a lot to the table — they’ve got some Pro Bowl-caliber players who can play with a lot of emotion. We’ll see how ready we are. If we’re ready, I think we’ll play well. If not, they can make you look bad.”'

Marker Bills Battle Colts, Look for Second Win [3:24 PM] reports: '"The third preseason game is the game when the starters have the most playing time," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "There are a lot of things we're looking to accomplish and bottom line, we need to put the ball into the end zone. I think we'll correct the mistakes that have plagued us so far and I expect us to put some in the end zone."'

Marker Bills have a tough call with Losman [1:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Do you IR him and declare the year wasted, or commit a roster spot so that he can practice and at least salvage something of 2004?'

Marker Vincent provides a positive example [10:23 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“People are in need everywhere. People are in need here in Rochester, people are in need in Buffalo,” Vincent said. “As long as I’m there, if I can provide assistance, that’s what it’s all about."'

Marker The billboard [9:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We feel good about where we stand. Everybody came out and went to work every day, and I think we got good work done every day."'

Marker Reese is holding off rivals for starting job [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Even though we're breaking camp it's still the preseason, so I've got to keep fighting and keep doing my thing," he said. "The competition never stops, whether it's Coy or Baker or whomever. It's a part of the game. When I see those guys out there making plays it's telling me I need to step up my game even more."'

Marker Bills end camp amid questions [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What kind of coach is Mike Mularkey?'

Marker Tucker continues dream job [5:08 AM]
Princeton Packet reports: '"I have my eyes on the starting left guard spot," Tucker said. "They make the decisions. I go out there and play hard and play the way I know how to play. I just let the chips fall where they may."'

Marker Sales plan produces a sellout for Colts [5:07 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Fueling the sellout was the team's decision to link single-game ticket sales for the Sept. 26 regular-season home opener against quarterback Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers to the Bills game. Fans had to purchase similarly priced tickets to the preseason game to secure Packers tickets.'

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