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Buffalo Bills News - October 20, 2002

Marker Concussions are coming into focus [6:27 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"There is no piece of equipment I can put on a player and say, 'If you wear this you won't get hurt,' " Dolphins equipment manager Tony Egues said.'

Marker Dolphins starting over with new faces [6:26 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: 'At some point, though, Miami is going to have to go to the air, especially if it wants to match Buffalo’s high-powered offense, which is averaging 32 points a game behind rejuvenated quarterback Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Deal reported between Dolphins, Cris Carter [6:25 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: 'A 15-year veteran who spent the past 12 seasons in Minnesota, Carter has been working as an analyst on HBO’s Inside the NFL. He was reportedly given permission to get out of his deal with the cable network to pursue the one goal that has eluded him — a Super Bowl championship.'

Marker Replacements could rule day for Dolphins [6:24 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'At some point, though, Miami is going to have to go to the air, especially it wants to match Buffalo's high-powered offense that is averaging 32 points a game behind rejuvenated quarterback Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Miami set to sign Carter [6:23 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"We're not going to make any announcement until Monday," Greene said. "Our focus right now is on the game on Sunday."'

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October 19, 2002

Marker Williams figures to be busy against Bills [4:27 PM]
AP reports: '"They can talk all they want about Bledsoe competing with me, but we have the big No. 34 with the dreadlocks," Lucas said. "They can worry about me all week, and then when they get a dose of 34 down their throats, I think that's all going to change real quick."'

Marker Injury bug bites Bills big time [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Winfield's absence means Chris Watson will start, while Jason Bostic takes Watson's spot in nickel and dime coverages.'

Marker Winfield to miss Miami game [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'With Winfield out, reserve Chris Watson is expected to take over as starter, alongside right cornerback Nate Clements. Watson has had trouble defending the pass this season, and he was benched for part of Buffalo’s 31-24 win over Houston last weekend.'

Marker Dolphins run Ricky, Ricky, Ricky [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '“With Ricky running the ball, it’s awesome. He keeps running that clock which is a key. Whoever’s playing us can’t do anything against our defense if we’re not on the field.”'

Marker Shuffling out of Buffalo [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'One thing they have learned is that you never can be too prepared. In the early 1980s, Buffalo was playing the Dolphins in Miami, and someone stole 13 Bills helmets. “Fortunately, we were wearing white helmets and the Dolphins were, too,” Hojnowski said. “The Dolphins gave us some extra helmets, and we were able to cover over the Dolphins’ logos and stripes with the Bills logos and details we had brought down.”'

Marker Thomas' missing helmet was a super nightmare [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '“Coach (Marv) Levy is yelling at me and we’re all scrambling to find it,” he said. “We eventually found it at the end of the bench. At first, we thought somebody had stolen it. But I think what happened was that some player mistakenly thought it was his and picked it up, and then when he discovered it wasn’t his, he just put it down. The problem is he didn’t return it to where he found it.”'

Marker Bledsoe relishes pass-happy Bills [5:19 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''If you could ever tell, you could with Drew the way he's playing,'' Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor said. ``He's on a mission. He's playing outstanding. I don't know how his arm is holding up the way he's throwing it all the time. . . . He's 30 years old and looks like he's 22 or 23 out there.'''

Marker Offense to have three new starters [5:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins did catch an unexpected break, however, which could influence whether they play Chambers much Sunday: Bills starting cornerback Antoine Winfield, who was not previously on the injury report, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee Friday and is out.'

Marker Without deal, it's goodbye Gadsden [5:17 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"We wanted to get an extension as injury protection, but they offered a contract that should have gone to the 51st player on the roster instead of Oronde," said Michael Todd, Gadsden' agent.'

Marker Mare hampered by toe woes [5:16 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'It could explain why Mare, the NFL's highest-paid kicker, has struggled some this season. He's already missed four field goals, one more than in either of the past two years, and an extra point, equaling four of his five professional seasons.'

Marker Dolphins contact Cris Carter [5:15 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Gadsden said Friday he is no closer to making a decision whether he will have surgery, but he will not play Sunday against Buffalo.'

Marker Anthony hopes to make Miami home [5:14 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'On Friday, Anthony, the former Glades Central and University of Florida star, auditioned for the Dolphins with five other receivers in the event Oronde Gadsden is forced to undergo season-ending wrist surgery.'

Marker Bledsoe boosts Bills into playoff contention [5:13 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Williams said Bledsoe has been a team leader since the first day he walked in the door. And while the quarterback insists he is not playing like a guy with something to prove, his coach and those who have watched him on film will tell you otherwise.'

October 18, 2002

Marker Bills CB Winfield undergoes knee surgery [8:40 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The loss of Winfield is a significant one for the Bills, who are giving up an average of 34 points per game while ranking 25th in total yards allowed.'

Marker Bills lose Bryson; Winfield out with knee injury [8:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills reserve running back Shawn Bryson will miss the rest of the season with torn ligaments in his left knee, while starting cornerback Antoine Winfield won't play in Sunday's game against Miami. Winfield, the Bills' third-leading tackler this season, had arthroscopic knee surgery Friday, Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said. Berchtold said it was not immediately known how many games Winfield would miss.'

Marker Winfield Out For Miami Game/Bryson On IR [5:44 PM] reports: The Bills placed running back Shawn Bryson on injured reserve today and activated cornerback Ahmad Brooks from the practice squad.

Marker Antoine Winfield Out For Miami Game [4:43 PM] reports: Starting cornerback Antoine Winfield, who injured his knee during practice on Thursday, will not play against the Dolphins on Sunday. Also, the Bills placed running back Shawn Bryson on injured reserve today and activated Ahmad Brooks from the practice squad.

Marker Bryson to miss rest of season with torn knee ligaments [4:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Bryson missed his entire rookie season after tearing ligaments in the same knee during training camp.'

Marker Boselli promises he'll be back [2:18 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: What's wrong with the Buffalo corners? Antoine Winfield and Nate Clements came into the season as one of the rising duos in the league. Now they are having all sorts of trouble covering anybody they face. It doesn't help that the pass rush is woeful, but neither player has played up to the preseason hype. The Bills will continue to be involved in a lot of shootouts if these two don't improve.

Marker Bledsoe's Fourth Quarter Comebacks [2:13 PM] reports: In his career, Bledsoe has led 21 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter. Nineteen were come-from-behind victories, while two others broke ties to win the game.

Marker Picked on all season, Bills' Watson wants more [1:22 PM]
AP reports: 'After enduring a stretch of games in which he couldn't seem to do anything right, guilty of sometimes playing receivers too tight and at other times too soft, Watson enjoyed his best performance in the second half of Buffalo's 31-24 win over Houston last weekend.'

Marker Josh Reed Generating News As A Rookie [9:28 AM] reports: Through six games, rookie wide receiver Josh Reed has 19 catches for 263 yards (13.8 average) and 2 TDs to rank third on the team in receiving yardage behind Eric Moulds and Peerless Price. Of his 19 receptions, 11 have been for first downs, including his lone catch at Houston and 2 of 3 the week before vs. Oakland when he also recorded a career-long of 38.

Marker Miami set to back Bills into corners [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miami's Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain are one of the best cornerback tandems in the National Football League. They will try to be the first duo this year to keep Moulds and Price out of the end zone.'

Marker Sweet tooth and Nails finally get on same page [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 6-foot-6 Nails weighed 387 after his senior year at Florida A&M. The Bills had him at about 365 when they drafted him, which prompted former Bills scout Buddy Nix to say, "For Jamie, losing 20 pounds is like throwing a lawn chair off the deck of the Titanic."'

Marker Best meets the best in Miami [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'This isn’t just any challenge. It’s not just any week. This is the Dolphins. This is Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain, perhaps the finest cornerback tandem in the league. This is serious.'

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