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Buffalo Bills News - November 28, 2003

Marker Giants accentuating the positives [5:07 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, who come to Giants Stadium Sunday, have had a season that closely mirrors the Giants. Both teams have offenses that have failed to live up to expectations, particularly inside the 20-yard-line. But the Bills' red zone defense has been much better than the Giants', and that could be the deciding factor in this interconference affair.'

Marker Shockey further damages left knee [5:06 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"If it was an injury where I didn't think I could do it, I wouldn't play. But I felt I could play. I felt it important for me to play because we'd have had a chance if we'd won it. Now, watching from the sidelines, and obviously losing it, it's really made it hard on ourselves.'''

Marker Setback For Shockey's Knee [5:05 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Shockey aggravated the injury Monday before a 19-13 loss to the Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla., putting the knee through a hard workout after being told he was not going to play by coach Jim Fassel. "I think we overdid it," Fassel said. "There was some swelling."'

Marker Departed Spikes is true MVP [5:04 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Had Spikes not shuffled off to Buffalo, then defensive tackle John Thornton, middle linebacker Kevin Hardy and James — three defensive gems — wouldn't be here. And the Bengals wouldn't be sitting on top of the AFC North Division with a 6-5 record.'

Marker Shockey re-injures left knee in pregame workout [5:03 AM]
AP reports: 'Shockey left his knee brace off during his self-imposed workout before the game, so there was nothing to protect his sprained posterior cruciate ligament. ``I thought I could play last week and got the word I wasn't going to,'' Shockey said. ``I went out there and did some stupid things that right now I'm kind of regretting."'

Marker Bledsoe Didn't Practice Again After Suffering A Slight Concussion [5:02 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He let practice on Wednesday feeling dizzy and sick. He saw a neurologist who said he was fine. Bledsoe still had headaches on Thursday and didn't practice. He told me that he expects to work on Friday and expects to play Sunday against the Giants. He's been added to the injury report as probable.'

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November 27, 2003

Marker Drew Has Concussion [8:11 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'He's bothered by headaches and nausea and left practice early Wednesday. He did not practice on Thursday.'

Marker Bledsoe listed as probable due to effects of concussion [5:57 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bledsoe is reportedly suffering from the after effects of a concussion that occurred when he was kneed in the back of the helmet at the end of a run in Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.'

Marker Like Giants, Toomer struggling in 2003 [5:50 PM]
AP reports: '''I wouldn't say I'm in a slump,'' said Toomer, who caught 13 passes for 305 yards, a 23.5-yard average, and scored two TDs in the first three games of the season, two of which the Giants won. ''A slump is I am not getting open. I'm getting open. I'm getting in the right position. I'm just not finishing plays.'''

Marker Bledsoe 'probable' despite headaches, nausea [4:15 PM]
AP reports: Buffalo Bills QB Drew Bledsoe is experiencing headaches and nausea after sustaining a mild concussion (on Sunday), but is hopeful he will play against the New York Giants this weekend. Bledsoe did not participate in Thursday's practice, and was added to Buffalo's injury report. He is listed as probable and has a 75 percent chance of playing when the Bills travel to play at the Meadowlands on Sunday.

Marker Winfield is sorry he made remarks [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henry was still wondering, 11 games into the season, why the Bills didn't run the ball after supposedly changing their philosophy during the offseason. "That was the plan. I thought that was the plan," Henry said. "Bringing Sam (Gash) in here, you would think that was the direction we would have (gone). Losing Peerless and Jay Riemersma and running the stuff we run now, it's kind of hard without big playmakers like that in here."'

Marker Giving the needy their daily bread provides sustenance for Pat Williams [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I know the projects," Williams said last week. "I know everybody. Everybody knows me."'

Marker Coffin-corner kicks aren't only from dead-ball era [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Q: Why wouldn't the Bills consider converting Willis McGahee to a wide receiver? It would provide the Bills with a speed receiver, erase their need to spend a high pick on a receiver in April, and it would allow the Bills to have Travis Henry and McGahee on the field at the same time. - Kevin Hartnett, York, Pa.
A: This is an original idea . . . but not a good one. Players should play at their best position. Based on his college career, McGahee could be a great running back if healthy. With years of practice he'd be lucky to be a mediocre receiver.'

Marker Winfield laments scathing remarks [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“There’s a lot of things that we could have been doing early in the season, but we weren’t, so it’s got to come to a point where you have to point the finger at somebody. We have the right type of players, so I don’t know."'

Marker Winfield's remarks contain whiff of truth [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Now in his fifth season, Winfield has always been a dynamic, conscientious team player who, after putting together a season worthy of the Pro Bowl, was justified in letting off some steam at this late juncture. After all, he’s been making big play after big play (99 tackles, 8 for losses, 9 passes defended, 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles) this season, only to watch his offensive teammates not come through.'

Marker For Fassel, time to light a campfire? [5:18 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It’s hot when you get here,” he said. “In five of the seven seasons I’ve been here, I’ve been on the hot seat. And (the Yankees’) Joe Torre is the only coach/manager that’s lasted longer than I have in this town."'

Marker Fassel says he's not fazed by speculation [5:17 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"When we went to the Super Bowl everything was great, you're a genius," he said of the Giants' 34-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the title game three seasons back.'

Marker For Fassel and Mitchell, Not Many Happy Returns [5:16 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Mitchell's punt-return average of 4.1 yards is the poorest in the league, and his kickoff-return average of 20.5 yards is 18th in the National Football Conference among 20 returners.'

Marker Toomer commits a Giant boo-boo [5:15 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"Theoretically it's supposed to be a home-field advantage, it just hasn't been that way," Toomer said. "But not because we don't deserve it. We haven't been playing to our expectations."'

Marker If past is indication, Armani will catch heck and little else [5:14 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"It's the worst to play when you're losing, period," Toomer said. "I wouldn't say the other one. I would say it's just the worst place to play when you're losing."'

Marker Fassel deflects Mitchell's fire [5:13 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'All Mitchell would say yesterday was, "I've said all I have to say." Monday night he complained of "too much uncertainty around this locker room" and how "nobody talks, nobody communicates." He also accused the staff of making him a "scapegoat," even though "I've been the hardest-working player all year."'

Marker Can't 'stand' it [5:12 AM]
New York Post reports: '"They're not going to be real excited to see us and they're not going to be the most patient people if things don't go right in the first quarter," receiver Amani Toomer said of the fans, who have endured four losses in five Giant home games. "We know that. Once you know what you have to deal with it's not going to shock anybody around here."'

Marker Toomer's two that got away [5:11 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The most frustrating part for Amani Toomer was that when he looked at the Buccaneers' defense, he did not see the same dominant unit that made opposing offenses shudder.'

Marker Annoyed Fassel Clears Air With Miffed Mitchell [5:10 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"I don't want that going on and we don't need that," Fassel said he told Mitchell. "I said, 'The comment you said in the paper? That these things should not be aired in the newspapers? OK, it shouldn't be aired in the newspapers.'"'

Marker Live With QB's Flaws [5:09 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'How bad has it gotten for the Giants? Two words have seeped into talk radio chatter: Jesse Palmer. Here is a two-word response: Forget it.'

Marker Fassel orders Mitchell to keep whines in-house [5:08 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"Winning is a great deodorant," Fassel said. "I know that when you get into a situation like this, there are things that arise that don't usually arise and that's my job to manage those things. That's the way it is."'

Marker Record aside, Collins is very thankful [5:07 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"In our world, it's very easy to get wrapped up in wins and losses, but you've always got to try to remember what's really important," Collins said. "Obviously, being in the position I'm in, I'm able to do these kinds of things and I feel like it's important to do, especially around the holidays."'

Marker Bills coach could be lame duck [5:06 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"These guys are very good professionals," he said. "They understand that 24 hours after the ballgame you have to spit out the bitter taste and get on to the next opponent; and we are working very hard on getting ready for the Giants."'

Marker Inside slant [5:05 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Donahoe doesn't want to turn this final stretch into a glorified tryout process for 2004 but would like to see the Bills iron out some of their problems so there's a positive feeling going into the off-season. "We'll evaluate everything when the season is over," he said. "We still have five games to play and this team has shown it has a lot of fight. There's no reason to think that's going to change."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:04 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Giants were a playoff team a year ago but are reeling for a lot of reasons, No. 1 being a sudden inability to protect the football. In Jim Fassel's first six seasons, the Giants were a plus-23 in turnover differential, but this season they are a minus-8. Consider Buffalo's minus-11 and this game easily comes down to what team makes the fewest mistakes. The Bills and Giants have a combined 22 lost fumbles. The Bills have been horrendous on the road protecting the football, committing 31 turnovers against only five for their opponents during their 1-8 road record dating back to last season. The Giants are giving up 328 yards per game so Buffalo should be able to move the football, but it absolutely can't stop itself with mistakes and hope to win. Defensively, the Bills match their No. 4 pass defense against New York's No. 4 passing offense and can win this battle with pressure on the inconsistent Kerry Collins.'

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