Bills lose passion [5:02 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'In just four weeks, Buffalo's Gregg Williams has gone from a potential Coach of the Year contender to finding himself under heavy fire because of his team's lackluster performance since a 17-7 loss to the Dolphins.'
Honoree Has Ties to Lakeland [5:01 AM]
Lakeland Ledger reports: 'It's that work ethic, he believes, that endeared him and his teammates to the city of Buffalo in the late 1980s and early 1990's. "They're very blue collar people," he said. They know a thing or two about getting through long hard winters. People in Buffalo appreciated us because we were always a hard working group of guys."'
Return home peaceful for Washington's Smith [5:00 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Time and success soothed the hurt. Smith is 1 1/2 sacks shy of Reggie White's NFL record of 198.'
Weakness vs. Weakness [6:51 PM]
Warpath Magazine reports: 'Redskins 27, Bills 14.'
Smith eyes NFL sacks record in first return to Buffalo [1:12 PM]
AP reports: '''I wouldn't say it was necessarily circled, but I've looked forward to it,'' Smith said of his first trip back to Buffalo since he signed with Washington in February 2000. ''I'm very excited. It's going to be a memorable experience.'''
Will Bruce cut loose? [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've looked forward to this because of the fact I never had the opportunity to say farewell to the fans and to see them one last time," Smith said. "I guess I can kind of relate it to going to Jim's induction to the Hall of Fame. That was certainly a memorable experience for me, walking into the Hall of Fame and just hearing the fans chanting. It was emotional, and my wife was taken by it as well."'
Decision on Moulds will come down to game time again [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defensive tackle Sam Adams also practiced a bit Friday but remained questionable due to his sprained ankle. Adams' backup, Ron Edwards, did not practice due to a strained shoulder and appears unlikely to play. Fullback Sam Gash (ankle) was added to the list, as probable. Linebacker Takeo Spikes was ill and watched from the sidelines but will play Sunday.'
Wilson celebrates 85th birthday with $250,000 gift to Roswell Park [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. got a special 85th birthday card Friday, signed by dozens of patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He had something for Roswell Park as well: a check for $250,000.'
Williams: Execution, not spirit, hurts Bills [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Being a “yes” man and a game-day bungler doesn’t make for a great coach, but at least Williams’ players never went AWOL on him before. Last season, five of Buffalo’s eight losses were thrillers. The team competed in all 16 games to the final gun. If Williams has indeed lost that knack for keeping morale high — if the team’s entertainment value has gone poof — then his days truly are numbered.'
Redskins' Dockery Tries To Get Game in Line [5:14 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Washington projected Dockery as a first-round pick, but his stock tumbled partly because of his poor condition during predraft workouts, and the Redskins were thrilled to select him with the 81st pick overall. Dockery entered training camp at approximately 350 pounds, but he has dropped to 340 pounds, not far from his ideal weight of 330-335.'
Spurrier Denies Talk That He Almost Resigned [5:13 AM]
Washington Post reports: '"Of course I'm happy," Spurrier replied yesterday. "We've got a good team, we haven't played extremely well the last couple of games. But I think we're ready to play in Buffalo."'
Haley vetoes surgery on thumb [5:12 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Meanwhile, running back Trung Canidate was officially declared out for the Buffalo game with a high right ankle sprain. Canidate hopes to return following the bye week. Ladell Betts will start at tailback and receive the bulk of Washington's rushing attempts. "He very well could carry a whole bunch if we're making yards," coach Steve Spurrier said. "He's slated to get more action. Ladell's our man."'
Canidate expected to miss Sunday's game [10:01 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Canidate leads the Redskins with 295 rushing yards and a 4.8 average this season, but Ladell Betts has also seen plenty of action and will start Sunday.'
A Special Return for Smith [9:59 PM]
Warpath Magazine reports: '``We knew it was special,'' Smith said of those four years. ``But I don't think we quite knew it was as special as people talk about it nowadays. So many teams are going to the Super Bowl for one time and then disappear. Then players look around and see how hard it was to get there. Others have been in the league for five or 10 years and have never been close.'''
Bills are Desperate [9:56 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Prediction: Redskins 17 Bills 26.'
Bills WR Moulds still questionable after practicing [3:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Starting defensive tackle Sam Adams (sprained right ankle) also took part in Friday's practice but saw no change from his questionable status. Linebacker Takeo Spikes was listed as probable after sitting out of practice ill.'
Grasping for momentum [10:45 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"Right now whatever can go wrong has been going wrong," said offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. "I'm very disappointed. We're not playing very well. There's a lot of reasons you can point to but none of them matter. The only thing that matters is we're not playing well enough to win. That's the bottom line."'
Reese Ready for Third Start [10:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I've been competing in practice and I continue to work hard," Reese said. "When a starting opportunity presented itself I wanted to make the most of it each game and each play."'
Gash wants to get back on the block [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gash is not one to complain. His position dictates that he put team goals ahead of personal desires. He only wants to help his team win. "I'd love to be on the field more, and as a competitor, it's frustrating when I'm not," he said. "For whatever reason, game situations haven't called for it."'
In this town, coaches can run but can't hide [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams is at best a lame duck, at worst a dead duck.'
Spurrier switches from gun to ground [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'During this season’s 3-3 beginning, the trend has continued. The Redskins are 2-0 in games when they attempted more runs than passes (beat the Jets and Patriots) and 1-3 when they passed more than they ran (beat the Falcons, lost to the Giants, Eagles and Buccaneers).'
Redskins Turn to Bauman, Backups [5:14 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'If Eric Moulds, the Bills' standout wide receiver, returns from a groin injury, he likely would be Bailey's assignment for most of Sunday's game. That would leave Bauman usually covering one of Buffalo's less-proven wide receivers, Josh Reed or Bobby Shaw.'
Fiore to Have Surgery on Injured Knee [5:13 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Fiore started the first three games of the season but has been sidelined since because of discomfort in his knee, on which he underwent surgery last year. Rookie Derrick Dockery will make his fourth straight start at left guard in place of Fiore on Sunday at Buffalo, with Lennie Friedman ready to step in if Dockery falters.'
Bauman sizes up starting role [5:12 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"He's still in his second year in the league, so he's not as seasoned," Catavolos said. "But he studies as well as anybody. He understands the defense. And he's got an outstanding competitive nature. No matter what we ask him to do, this guy's a tireless worker."'
Fiore to have knee repaired [5:11 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'It would be fitting if kickoff returner Chad Morton capped a stretch of progressively better runbacks in recent weeks with a touchdown Sunday at Buffalo. As a New York Jet in last year's opener at Buffalo, Morton became the fifth player in NFL history to return two kickoffs for scores: a 98-yarder in regulation and a 96-yarder to start overtime.'
'Skins' Smith keeping Buffalo return in check [5:10 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'His teammates have noticed Smith's reticence. "He's been good at hiding it," said defensive end Renaldo Wynn. "I know he's excited about coming back to Buffalo, but he's been kind of low-key."'
Smith still shows no slack when it comes to sacks [5:09 AM]
Richmond Times Dispatch reports: '"The guy has the body of someone half his age," said Ted Cottrell, who was Smith's line coach in Buffalo and now is the defensive coordinator of the New York Jets. They remains close friends.'
Hall's hits are a hit with the Redskins [5:08 AM]
Northern Virginia Journal reports: 'It's not enough that John Hall has made 78 percent of his field goals, including four of six kicks from 50 yards and beyond, he's also one of the Redskins' more reliable players in kick coverage. And not just because of his five touchbacks. Hall also is a weapon because, unlike most kickers, he can actually tackle. It's not often that a kicker would be rewarded for his hits, but Hall has been honored that way twice in his seven years. The second time happened in Washington's 20-17 win over New England last month.'
Bauman to make first career start [5:07 AM]
Northern Virginia Journal reports: 'Ladairis Jackson called him a midget and LaVar Arrington walked by, interrupting an interview, and likened him to a pint-sized ruler in a movie. Rashad Bauman doesn't mind. He ignores their digs, even laughs at them. Besides, his height has never been an issue in his mind. This week, it's not an issue with the Redskins, either. Not with the injuries starting to mount.'
Scouting the Bills [5:06 AM]
Northern Virginia Journal reports: 'Weaknesses: The Bills, like Washington, can't pass protect. Some of that falls on Bledsoe, who holds the ball too long. At times he'll get rattled and force passes. The line and backs have also had problems pass blocking. Buffalo ranks last in the NFL in rushing, averaging 57.5 yards a game. Henry was slowed by a rib injury earlier this season, but appears fine now. Jennings sometimes struggles with speed rushers. If Moulds can't play, the Bills lack a consistent receiver with speed.'
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