Stewart injured in preseason finale [4:54 AM]
DetroitLions.com reports: 'Stewart, who recorded his second-career 1,000-yard rushing season in 2002, was taken to the locker room at the 9:06 mark of the first quarter after he was hit by Bills safety Coy Wire on a third-down-and-one rush.'
Stewart, Lions fall in 22-16 loss at Buffalo [4:53 AM]
LionsFans.com reports: 'After a slow start, the Lions took their first lead of the contest after a Jason Hanson 46-yard field goal put the Lions in front 16-14 with 8:52 remaining in the third quarter. That lead would quickly evaporate, however, during a 4th quarter Bills drive that spanned 16 plays and 85-yards, culminating in a one-yard Olandis Gary touchdown plunge. A two-point conversion handed Buffalo (3-1) a 22-16 lead they would not relinquish.'
Lions RB Stewart out with separated right shoulder [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'Detroit Lions running back James Stewart separated his right shoulder in the first quarter of Thursday night's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.'
Lions RB Stewart separates right shoulder [9:29 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Stewart was hit by safety Coy White, then tackled from behind by at least two other defenders. The injury occurred on the Lions' second series.'
Buffalo Bills Kick Off 2003 Season With The Pepsi Bottling Group [5:01 PM]
Pepsi Bottling Group reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced a six-year integrated marketing partnership with The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc., including exclusive pouring rights at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Pepsi-Cola and Aquafina have also been named the Buffalo Bills' official soft drink and bottled water, respectively.'
Ex-Cat Polk works up a sweat - in short bursts [1:55 PM]
Tucson Citizen reports: 'At times, Polk can't believe there are only seven players left from the Butler Era, which produced consistent playoff teams. "Me and Sammy Morris are the only ones left from our draft class," he said. "But teams change, coaches change, every year we get new people. I can't complain. It's a blessing to still be around."'
Tough Decisions Ahead For Bills Personnel [10:03 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"There a lot good players, particular at the receiver position, that have had great camps and have played well but there are only so many spots so it's a tough predicament for our personnel guys to be in, said Bledsoe."'
Lions come in limping for preseason finale [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams said third-string quarterback Travis Brown is going to be out "a significant time" after having surgery to repair the dislocated middle finger on his right (throwing) hand on Wednesday. The Bills brought back rookie Jason Johnson, who was cut last week. But they will likely survey the final cuts this weekend for a better alternative.'
Preseason finale finds Burns on bubble again [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is a big game for me," Burns said. "The coaches are getting ready to make some tough decisions. All you can do is make the decision hard for them."'
Bledsoe: Final Bills cuts will be tough [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Our personnel department and coaching staff have some very difficult decisions this year,” said Bledsoe. “ I don’t envy our guys trying to make the decisions because there are some good players who unfortunately won’t be with us.’’'
Ex-Steelers running back itching to keep coaching [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Along with drawing high praise from coach Gregg Williams, who was appreciative of Foster’s assistance when he was left short-handed after Fred Graves underwent surgery for prostate cancer, Foster has a big fan in Bills third-year star running back Travis Henry. “ Barry’s been a blessing,” Henry said.'
Former Bills great has Robins flight [5:16 AM]
Macon Telegraph reports: 'Kelly, who in 2002 became just the eighth quarterback inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, came to Robins Air Force Base Wednesday to meet with personnel and to experience flight in an F-15E fighter jet. Bielanin and his civilian wife Angela were among the first from the 5th Combat Communications Group to meet with Kelly, who signed autographs and posed for pictures at the second of three stops on base.'
Simonton battling for Bills’ roster spot [5:15 AM]
Salem Statesman Journal reports: '“I can cover kicks, guard gunners; I can return both kicks and punts. I’m an athlete, there’s not a lot athletically that I can’t do, and I feel like I’ve done pretty well.”'
Inside slant [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'While the personality this Bills team will display remains to be determined, it is easily the most talented of coach Gregg Williams' three teams in Buffalo, capable of winning that extra game or two it will take to make a run at a wild-card berth in the rugged AFC East.'
Strategy and personnel [5:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Player to watch: WR Clarence Coleman -- Former Division II record-setter at Ferris State was on track to make the final roster after missing all of 2002 with a broken lower leg/ankle. He was such an afterthought; he didn't make the Bills' media guide but turned in big plays in each preseason game at wideout and punt returner.'
Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:12 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'GM Tom Donahoe continues to deny reports that he's shopping RB Olandis Gary. If young Joe Burns continues to develop as he has, however, Gary may become expendable for a third- or fourth-round pick.'
Bills invest in defensive playmakers [6:28 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'Thus, among his 13 veteran acquisitions were seven defenders. Three of those -- outside linebackers Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey and defensive tackle Sam Adams -- are guaranteed starters, and three others -- defensive ends Marcus Jones and Keith McKenzie and free safety Izell Reese -- could join them.'
Brown's injury complicates Bills' roster decisions [6:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Brown's injury complicates the Bills decisions in making their final cuts. Like most teams, the Bills would rather enter the regular season with only three quarterbacks on their roster. Now they must decide whether to: go with two healthy quarterbacks and keep Brown on the active roster while he's injured; keep Brown and bring in a fourth quarterback; or reach an injury settlement with Brown to allow for his release and bring in a new third-stringer.'
Buffalo Bills Preview [4:32 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'This is where the plan might break down. Adams, who has been hailed as some sort of savior for the Bills, gradually wore out his welcome after a six-year run in Seattle, got his game in order and put together two Pro Bowl seasons with Baltimore, and then spent a nonproductive 2002 season with the Raiders, who cut him. He's on the downside of a basically underachieving career. "Not here, he won't be," Williams says. "Have you ever heard of a coach we have named Tim Krumrie?"'
Coleman gets last chance to impress Bills [3:56 PM]
AP reports: '''He's really taken the next step, going from a guy to being a guy that's a legitimate NFL football player,'' Bledsoe said. ''And we expect big things from him.'''
Bills, Lions tangle at Ralph Wilson Stadium [3:23 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Henry's injury isn't expected to be serious, but there is a good chance he'll sit this contest out. Veteran reserve RB Olandis Gary could see a bulk of the carries in this game.'
New run-stuffers will make difference for Bills, Pats [2:06 PM]
ESPN reports: "If you're a linebacker," said Spikes, "you dream about having a guy like Big Sam in front of you. Believe me, he isn't (anonymous) to the guys playing with him. And to all those (offensive) linemen trying to move that big butt even an inch … well, they know what a load he can be, and how good he can make the run defense."
Bills Alumni Spotlight: Keith Moody [2:05 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Moody concluded his playing career in ‘80 with the Super Bowl XV-winning Oakland Raiders. He still lives in Northern California, and is an assistant principal at Mountain View High School in Mountain View, Calif.'
Previewing the Bills [2:05 PM]
DetroitLions.com reports: 'Bledsoe will see limited action Thursday against the Lions along with back-up quarterback Alex Van Pelt. Rookie quarterback Jason Johnson should see a lot of snaps against Detroit. Johnson re-signed with the Bills after being cut at the end of training camp. Third-string quarterback Travis Brown disclocated his middle finger, which made room for Johson.'
What to watch for in the Buffalo battle [2:04 PM]
DetroitLions.com reports: '"We’re going to play James Stewart a little bit and then the other guys are going to have a chance to show what they can do again," Mariucci said Tuesday.'
Bledsoe shrugs off QB injuries [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"With Alex, we wouldn't miss a beat," veteran guard Ruben Brown said. "We have some inexperience on the offensive line and if someone went down there we might have some problems, but not at quarterback. With Alex, I think we have the best backup in the NFL."'
Bills place McGahee on non-football injury list [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The move does not affect McGahee’s contract because it includes a clause that ensures he will get his full base salary of $411,000. Ordinarily, teams are not obligated to pay players’ base salary if they are placed on any of the reserve lists.'
Leaving a lasting impression [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ In a lot of ways, he’s a steal,” said offensive line coach Pat Ruel. “ Ben came into Iowa and started at left tackle as a true freshman, which freshmen don’t do.”'
Buffalo cut Ray Thomas looks like a genuine catch [5:20 AM]
Hamilton Spectator reports: 'On Monday morning, Hamilton's Ray Thomas was cut by the Buffalo Bills. By all accounts he'd done well at training camp. He'd simply become caught in a numbers game. The team was happy with his work. He was pleased with his own performance. There just wasn't room on the roster for a third tight end. So he was called into coach Gregg Williams' office and told he wasn't needed. Not yet anyway.'
The Bills Release Three To Get Down To 65 Players [5:15 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Rone made the team after a sparkling preseason last year, but was never active for a game. With the emergence of Clarence Coleman, Rodney Wright and Antonio Brown, Rone never really had a chance this preseason.'
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