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Buffalo Bills News - October 27, 2001

Marker At long last, feuding QBs meet on same field [7:47 AM]
National Post reports: '"I don't have to face him," Johnson said of Flutie. "He's not playing defence. Some of his fans probably think he can play defence, but no." Johnson's problem, of course, is that few Buffalo fans believe he can play offence.'

Marker Johnson’s put Flutie feud behind him [7:42 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"We've gone beyond ridiculous (on the Flutie-Johnson issue) a long time ago," he said with a sad smile.'

Marker Bills' defense mindful of Flutie's abilities [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: '"He's a great player, a great athlete, so you always like to watch him, but now the tables are turned. We have to go against him, I can't be in awe of what he's going to do next. The awe is over with, I know what he can do, now we have to stop it."'

Marker Chargers almost Rob-bed [5:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'With that in mind, tomorrow may provide the ultimate irony. Just as Ralph Wilson Stadium is sprinkled with Flutie supporters on any given Sunday, there will be a pro-Johnson faction of family, friends and fans at Qualcomm. Johnson is still remembered fondly in these parts for setting a number of passing records while at USC.'

Marker Winging it in Buffalo [5:43 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"Here," longtime Buffalo News football columnist Larry Felser said, "you're not considered an outsider, a mercenary, even if you are. It's a very important, very impressive thing, to be an athlete here." Sunday, as they watch how the Bills fare against the Chargers, Buffalonians will be renewing a time-honoured habit. They will look west, toward the sun, and measure the friends who moved on against the friends who stayed.'

Marker Wiley has lots to say about playing Bills [5:40 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'And how about Wiley on Chargers quarterback Doug Flutie? "Put it this way," he said. "When I signed here, I called Doug Flutie and I said, 'Come on, my man.'"'

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October 26, 2001

Marker TE Josh Whitman signed to active Chargers Roster [11:27 PM]
Chargers.com reports: DT Maa Tanuvasa (ankle) placed on "Reserve-Injured" list. On 10/9 Whitman was signed to Chargers PS.

Whitman, 6-4, 245, went to training camp with Buffalo as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2001. He was released by the Bills on 9/2 as part of final roster cuts. He went to training camp with Buffalo as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2001 after 4 year career at the University of Illinois.

Marker Bills rookie RB Henry pleads guilty to sexual misconduct [8:58 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Along with the 90 days in jail, Henry can be fined a maximum $500 for the misdemeanor.'

Marker Bills running back pleads guilty to sexual misdemeanor [2:58 PM]
AP reports: '...will be sentenced Nov. 9. He faces up to 90 days in jail and a maximum $500 fine for the misdemeanor, but it is more likely that he will have to do community service.'

Marker Gleason speaks to Rome about Flutie article [1:30 PM]
Buffalo News reports: Bucky Gleason will be on the Jim Rome radio show shortly -- today, Friday 10/26 -- discussing this article.

Marker Two Schools Benefit from the Buffalo Bills-Target Art Program [1:28 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills, Target and two selected Buffalo city schools kicked off the Buffalo Bills-Target Art Program Tuesday with a press conference and reception for the students who will be participating in the program. Buffalo Bills' Bryce Fisher represented School #53 and Bills' center Craig Heimburger represented School #74.

Marker Tasker, Edgerson inducted into Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame [1:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: During Tasker’s eleven seasons with the Bills, he was selected by his peers and coaches to represent the AFC in seven Pro Bowls and played in each of the Bills four Super Bowl appearances. His extraordinary talent on special teams and leadership attributes off the field, made him both a team and a fan favorite. Tasker retired in December of 1997 and is a commentator for CBS Sports, a host on the Empire Sports Network and member of the WNSA broadcast lineup.

Marker Tomlinson makes immediate impact for Chargers [1:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: While the primary focus on the changes to San Diego's offense in the off-season has been on the acquisition of Doug Flutie, a rookie running back is quietly becoming the key to the Charger offense. LaDainian Tomlinson has made an immediate impact in the NFL for the Chargers, and is filling the role to help pile up yardage and time of possession.

Marker 204,248 cans 'contributed' by Bills fans to Fight Hunger [11:22 AM]
TBD reports: The Bills and their fans came in 8th in their contribution to the Tackling Hunger™ effort by Campbell's® Chunky soup and the NFL. Five million cans will be donated to food banks across the country. The Bills fans were against some prime competition for some NFL web sites choose to use prime real estate to advertise the campaign.

Marker Rumbling for real [10:47 AM]
Orange County Register reports: '"It's better off for Rob that this game is on the road," said Dennis Williams, sports director at WIVB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Buffalo.'

Marker Late night with Flutie is a hit [10:17 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Linebacker Junior Seau (groin) worked on Thursday; Sam Rogers (thumb) didn't. But coach Mike Riley said Rogers is more certain to play Sunday against the Bills than Seau. "He's not full speed, so we are going to reserve judgment,'' Riley said of Seau. "But it is encouraging that he worked a little bit today." Said Seau: "I practiced at a controlled pace.'' Riley said Rogers will play with a cast on his dislocated thumb. If Seau can't go, Gerald Dixon would move from the strong side to Seau's weakside position, with Rogers taking Dixon's spot.'

Marker Rabid reunion [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wiley doesn't begrudge the Bills' decision. He just wishes they had made stronger attempt to keep him.'

Marker Special teams get charged up [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Buffalo Bills' special-teamers didn't realize they were in for a big test in San Diego, they found out the moment they looked in their locker stalls this week. The Bills' special-teamers found a sign reminding them that the Chargers rank No. 1 in the NFL in kickoff coverage.'

Marker Still touchy, Flutie remains a winner [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Prick him lightly and you'll find the resentments are still there, just beneath the surface.'

Marker Hansen may come back from elbow injury against Chargers [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive end Phil Hansen participated fully in workouts Thursday at the Bills' practice facility and appears ready to return to the lineup Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.'

Marker They meet again [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's the biggest (Bills) game since the last Super Bowl," said Chuck Dickerson, the "Coach" on WGR-AM. "Everyone has chosen sides, and those who deny it are BS'ers."'

Marker Pillar of Bolts secondary, Harrison ceding stats [9:18 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'Strong safety Rodney Harrison did it all for the Chargers last season. He led the team in tackles (127), interceptions (six) and passes defensed (17), and outpaced every NFL defensive back with six sacks. The scary part? He's playing better this year.'

Marker Buffalo's QB isn't coy: 'Flutie not nice person' [9:17 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"I'm not even going to respond," he said. "I'm glad I'm here. I think there are a lot of people here, too, that are glad I'm here. I've got a lot of friends on that team and had a great experience in Buffalo. I enjoyed my three years in Buffalo and now I'm in a great situation here and looking to take a run at the playoffs."'

Marker Flutie takes another shot [5:19 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As of late yesterday, 5,000 tickets remained for Sunday's game...'.

Marker Doug's a big fan of Canadian ball [5:17 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Chargers GM John Butler refused to be interviewed by Buffalo radio or TV stations this week. He did agree to talk to San Diego outlets, but only on the condition they didn't share the tape with affiliates in Western New York.'

Marker Johnson: I'm not facing Doug Flutie [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: '"I don't really care about them," Johnson said of Flutie Nation. "Fans are going to support who they want to and I don't think it's really going to change anything."'

Marker Johnson almost reunited with Chargers coach Riley [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'The two very likely would have been reunited last off-season had the Bills decided to release Johnson and keep Doug Flutie as their quarterback. Instead, Flutie was let go, he signed with the Chargers, and now Johnson's arch enemy is playing for his buddy. A strange twist indeed.'

Marker Chargers, Bills not hiding dislike for each other [5:08 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"It's one thing to see football -- that's a drama in itself," Wiley said. "But this one's expected to be a notch above that. It starts up top, all the way down to the field. It's just relationships. It's almost a chance for the little brother to beat up his big sister if he can, and mama don't get mad."'

October 25, 2001

Marker Containing Flutie key for Bills defense [7:54 PM]
AP reports: 'The only one not expressing concern is nosetackle Pat Williams. "There ain't no magic," Williams said of Flutie and the Chargers. "They lost against the Patriots, the Browns. They've been playing average. They ain't showed me nothing."'

Marker Johnson-Flutie rivalry once again takes center stage Sunday [4:12 PM]
AP reports: '"I think he's starting to get a good feel for it," general manager Tom Donahoe said of Johnson. "He played with a lot of courage and a lot of effort. He has all the tools. ... He's definitely a quarterback that can win a lot of games for us." Whether he ever wins more than Flutie, however, remains to be seen.'

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