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Buffalo Bills News - August 30, 2003

Marker Preseason pain mounts [5:27 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In 1978, the NFL expanded the regular season by two games (14 to 16) and cut the preseason by two (six to four). Now the debate is taking that a step further, cutting the preseason to two games and expanding the regular season to 18.'

Marker Bills’ final cuts should look like this [5:26 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Meanwhile, veteran Charles Johnson, former practice squader Rodney Wright and fourth-round draft choice Sam Aiken have shown little. Aiken would be perfect for the practice squad, but there’s the risk of losing him if he’s waived.'

Marker Bills cut five, including WR Johnson [5:25 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'As the Bills' fourth receiver, Johnson caught three passes for 39 yards in 12 games.'

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August 29, 2003

Marker Bills release five players [8:46 PM]
AP reports: 'The moves left the Bills' roster at 61 players. It must be at 53 by 4 p.m. EDT Sunday.'

Marker Bills Release Five [6:23 PM] reports: The Bills announced that the team has released the following five players:
Jerton Evans, S
Marcus Floyd, CB
Mike Houghton, OL
Charles Johnson, WR
Brady McDonnell, TE

Marker Bills may give special teams a jump with new returner [3:17 PM]
AP reports: '''Good punt returners have to make that first move,'' said Bills head coach Gregg Williams. ''He also has the ability to outrun everyone.'''

Marker Bills Kick Off Season With The Pepsi Bottling Group [1:38 PM] reports: '"We're thrilled to start the 2003 football season with the Buffalo Bills and can't imagine a more ideal partner to grow our business in western New York," said Michael Matney, Market Unit General Manager for The Pepsi Bottling Group. "We're looking forward to working with the Bills organization on exciting programs for fans, retail promotions with the team throughout the region and a variety of initiatives to benefit the Buffalo community."'

Marker Lions can't eacape the injury monster [1:37 PM]
Oakland Press reports: 'Bryson had six carries for 10 yards and an 8-yard reception in the first half before Mariucci removed him - again very likely for precautionary reasons as much as any other.'

Marker Starting corners sit to avoid further injuries [1:36 PM]
Oakland Press reports: 'Playing it as safe as possible while still fielding a team, Lions coach Steve Mariucci started Jimmy Wyrick and rookie Blue Adams at the corners Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills, Pepsi uncork six-year marketing pact [11:40 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The partnership features category exclusivity for all Pepsi-Cola products. PBG will also collaborate with the Bills on various retail promotions, branding initiatives, fan entertainment events and community outreach projects.'

Marker Next time it's for real [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brown's play further muddled the roster situation at wide receiver, where most teams keep just five players. The Bills kept six last year but have eight legitimate candidates this year.'

Marker Brown enjoys another blaze of glory [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The job of every player fighting for a roster spot is to make it hard for the coaching staff to cut him. Brown has done just that.'

Marker Van Pelt's OK, but he's better on sidelines [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No offense, but here's hoping he doesn't start eight games this year.'

Marker Burns makes the most of his last chance to impress [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Starting for the injured Travis Henry, Burns gained 33 yards on nine carries. He also had a couple of big hits on special teams.'

Marker Patriots release G Lacina, five others [8:51 AM] reports: The New England Patriots released six players, including Corbin Lacina, who started all 16 games at left guard last season for Minnesota. Lacina, 32, started 79 of his 121 NFL games with Minnesota, Carolina and Buffalo during his 10 seasons. The Vikings led the NFL in rushing last season.

Marker Bills rally past Lions [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'While Brown hasn’t done much as a receiver, and the Bills do have third receiver Bobby Shaw slotted to be their prime punt returner — he ranked fourth in the AFC last season playing for Jacksonville — Brown has certainly made a strong case to make the team.'

Marker Real Bills test kicks off against Patriots [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Frankly, one could argue that the Bills have not faced a more significant opening game ever.'

Marker Bad break for Lions [5:11 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Instead, the Bills coaching staff used last night's game to evaluate players on the bubble before final cuts to bring the roster down to 53 players are made on Sunday. To that end, Antonio Brown may have made the strongest case when he outsprinted the Lions defence on a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown, his second of the pre-season. With moves like that, it may be difficult to keep the former Winnipeg Blue Bomber out of the lineup in nine days when the Bills open the season against the New England Patriots.'

Marker Back suffers dislocated shoulder on 10th play [5:10 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'The Bills scored in the first quarter on Antonio Brown's 75-yard punt return touchdown and on Alex Van Pelt's 34-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reed. The Bills rallied for the game-winning, one-yard touchdown run by Olandis Gary with 12:01 left to play.'

Marker Who's the back? [5:09 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'Shawn Bryson: 6-feet-1, 228 pounds, fifth year out of Tennessee. Speedy back who can catch. Gained 591 yards with Buffalo in 2000. For career has played in 37 games and gained 967 yards for a 3.8 per carry average. Had knee surgery last year. Thursday: Six carries for 10 yards.'

Marker Lions limp into opener [5:08 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'They gave up a touchdown on a 75-yard punt return just 1:44 into the game -- have you ever seen such a gaping hole up the middle? -- and a fumble resulted in another Bills TD. Gifts.'

Marker Lions lose Stewart [5:07 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'The loss made the Lions 2-2. Buffalo, picked to contend for first place in the powerful AFC East, finished 3-1.'

Marker Replacing Stewart is top priority [5:06 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Bryson had six carries for only 10 yards and one catch for eight yards. He also lost a fumble.'

Marker Preseason comes to dismal end as Stewart departs with dislocated shoulder [5:05 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'Stewart turned up in the hole and was met by Bills safety Coy Wire, who had a direct hit on him. Stewart was then hit from behind by several Buffalo players in a pileup.'

Marker With Stewart out, reserve backs get a chance to step up [5:04 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'There were some good things to come out of Thursday's game, including the performance of backup quarterback Mike McMahon. When he entered the game, the Lions were down 14-0 and Bryson fumbled the ball on McMahon's second play from scrimmage. After that, though, McMahon led Detroit on four consecutive scoring drives and Detroit took a 16-14 lead.'

Marker Bills 22, Lions 16 [5:03 AM]
AP reports: 'More important, Buffalo finished comparatively injury free.'

Marker Buffalo 22, Detroit 16 [5:02 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Signed in the offseason as a free agent, Gary had been a disappointment during the exhibition campaign and his roster spot reportedly was in danger. But Gary helped his cause, carrying 16 times for 57 yards.'

Marker The Bills Are Ready With A Final Preseason Win Over Detroit [5:01 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Buffalo ran the ball 36 times and only threw 13. They averaged 3.3 yards per carry, but that includes three kneel downs. The average goes to 3.7, which still isn't the four yards per carry you hope for. Gary had 57 yards and 16 carries while Joe Burns ran hard for 33 yards in nine attempts. Gary did have two fumbles. The second offensive line of Price, Ross Tucker, Ben Sobieski, Marques Sullivan and Mike Houghton dominated the line of scrimmage. Tucker played center.'

Marker Preseason Game 4: Bills-Lions Quotebook [5:00 AM] reports: 'Wide receiver Antonio Brown: "I’ve got 10 guys in front of me and they are doing a heck of a job. Anytime they allow me to use my God-given ability to run, something like that can happen anytime."'

Marker Preseason Game 4: Joe Burns Quotes [4:59 AM] reports: 'Coach Williams always says that we're each individual contractors, and we have to bring different things to the team. Hopefully I showed them enough where they want to keep my company around.'

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