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Buffalo Bills News - August 13, 2002

Marker Spoon Placed On Injured Reserve [10:40 AM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has placed linebacker Brandon Spoon on the Injured Reserve list.

Marker Bills get a charge out of depth at tight end [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Jay is your starter right now and he gives you a guy who can press it up the field better than most tight ends can do," he said. "He's a blocker who is getting better and needs to continue to improve at the point of attack. In Dave Moore you have a good all-around tight end, a solid blocker who can run routes well. He gives you versatility. He can come back into the backfield. He doesn't have quite the up-the-field ability as Jay."'

Marker Brown, Williams giving back [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills guard Ruben Brown was honored for his extensive charity work, and defensive tackle Pat Williams did a good deed for his high school alma mater.'

Marker This game is a pain [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '"I hate all this attention, I hate being in training rooms and being with Rusty every day. I just want to play," Ostroski said Monday after another long day of rehabbing his surgically repaired knee with Jones and watching his teammates go through a pair of steamy practices. "It was never about all this stuff before, it was about showing up every day at work, doing your job and going home. Hopefully I can get back to that."'

Marker Sacks are Schobel's specialty [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'With the departures of players such as Smith, Ted Washington and Phil Hansen, there is an alarming absence of star power on the Bills' defensive line. The team is desperate for someone to emerge and would be disappointed if it wasn't Schobel.'

Marker Centers remains impact player [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though it's not very likely he will lead the team in receptions again, Centers is relieved to see new coordinator Kevin Gilbride knows who he is. "It's always good to be involved," Centers said.'

Marker MASH unit [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'X-rays on Jennings' ankle were negative but he will be hobbled for some time and may not be able to play in Friday's preseason game against Minnesota. Compounding the issue is that Price is his backup. Stepping into the starting spot during Monday's afternoon drills was Kris Farris, who is attempting yet another comeback after breaking his leg last season.'

Marker Fan of the Day [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: '"This year I think it's up to him to put up or shut up. They got him all the help they needed with Drew Bledsoe and proven veterans. Now he's got to go out and do it."'

Marker Future uncertain for Bills, Sabres as comeback 2002 season looms large [5:14 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Head coach Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and defensive line coach John Levra (who announced before camp that he's retiring after this season) have a little more than three weeks to find an acceptable starting combination around Williams. The contenders at tackle: Tyrone Robertson, Justin Bannan, Leif Larson, Devonte Peterson, Ron Edwards and Demetrious Maxie. At end: Kendrick Office, Bryce Fisher, Ryan Denney, Aaron Schobel, Erik Flowers and Grant Irons make up the depth chart. Impressed? Neither were the Bengals.'

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August 12, 2002

Marker Drew Bledsoe Has ''Parents With Dignity'' [8:36 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'The Bledsoe family will hold a free parenting seminar at Buffalo Bills camp on Wednesday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. Parents are encouraged to bring their children.'

Marker Injury Bug Bites Bills [8:35 PM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Price should be back soon, once he woke up he was ready to rejoin the drill but was forced to sit out the rest of practice.'

Marker Safety Coy Wire leads new team in tackles in first game [8:00 PM]
AP reports: '"I thought he played very well in instinctive positions around the run," Williams said, "but we felt that would happen. He had good linebacker stats at Stanford."'

Marker London Fletcher Diary: Entry #5 [7:03 PM] reports: Hey, fans! How is everyone doing after our first preseason game against the Bengals? For our first live situation of the season we did all right. It felt good once we started playing out there and I didn't want to come off the field.

Marker Bills Bitten By Injury Bug In Morning Workout [5:01 PM] reports: Jennings joins Ruben Brown and Jerry Ostroski on the offensive line injury list. To make things worse Marcus Price, suffered a concussion shortly after.

"Obviously (Farris) is getting more repetitions now with a few of the guys down," said Williams. "He's technique has gotten better. This is a good time for him to stand up and show us he's back."

Marker Buffalo Bills Player Outfits Wossman Team [2:10 PM] reports: Pat Williams knows all about Wossman High School and the kids who go there. It's not just that the Bills defensive tackle comes home every summer to prepare for the frigid Buffalo winters in the sweltering streets of his home town. It's that he knows how lucky he was to have a high school coach who guided him through the tricky turns of adolescence in a place where young black men frequently bog down.

Marker Ruben Receives Pro Football Weekly's Humanitarian Award [2:02 PM] reports: Bills guard Ruben Brown, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, has added another accolade to his collection by earning the fourth annual Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award from Pro Football Weekly.

Marker Jennings and Price injured [1:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills' offensive line, already down two injured starters, suffered another blow Monday morning when both starting left tackle Jonas Jennings and his replacement were hurt.'

Marker Bills defense needs to find help [1:43 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: ''Anyone seen Erik Flowers lately, or for that matter, ever?'

Marker Spikes sidelined with chest injury [12:33 PM]
AP reports: 'Bengals LB Takeo Spikes has a slightly torn chest muscle and is out 2-4 weeks. Spikes got hurt while sacking Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe in the first quarter of the Bengals' 24-17 preseason victory Friday night. "I caught Bledsoe and I slipped off him and he was falling," Spikes said. "I was trying to go for the extra effort and pick him up and trying to dump him, and then I just felt like a catch in my chest."

Marker Falcons sign veteran linebacker Sam Rogers [12:27 PM]
AP reports: 'His best season was in 2000 when for the Bills he had a career-high five sacks and 74 tackles.'

Marker Buffalo Bills player outfits Wossman team [12:25 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams paid $10,000 for the new uniforms for the Wildcats. He also bought the basketball team new shorts. ``They had new jerseys, so I just got them shorts,'' Williams said. ``I just wanted to give something back, because football there meant so much to me.'''

Marker Bills Return From Preseason Opener Healthy [9:10 AM] reports: "This (first week of preseason games) gives us a chance to see some of the things we need to work on in a game situation as well get some more film to scout other teams," said Nate Clements. "This game here was a game to loosen our pads and get that football back in you."

Marker Fan Q & A With Eddie Robinson [9:09 AM] reports: Robinson: We're just starting off and we have a long way to go. We are making strides and improving. Guys are giving a lot of good effort and taking criticism contructively. Everyone is just trying to learn, we are going in the right direction.

Marker Fan Report Card: vs. Cincinnati Bengals (8/9) [9:08 AM] reports: Fans grade Friday's preseason game against the Bengals

Marker Kodak Fan's Fan of the Day [9:07 AM] reports: Kodak Fan's Fan of the Day

Marker Reed tops camp's best [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I see a lot of niftiness in the slot. The biggest thing is either you have that feel inside or you don't. It's tough to teach it. He obviously has a knack for getting into open spaces."'

Marker Kelly wants to do more than watch next time [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It will probably be the Busch because it takes a lot to put a race team together. It's not just a half-million dollars, it takes a couple of million just to be competitive in this sport."'

Marker Reed playing beyond his years [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: '"Josh is a young guy but he sure doesn't play like one," Bledsoe said. "He plays like a guy with experience. He's got excellent ability. He's very quick, he has strong hands and he's a physical player. He's come along quickly and we're expecting big things out of him this year."'

Marker Stopping the run a concern [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills were outrushed 181 yards to 50 and lost the time-of-possession battle 39 minutes to 21 as they opened the preseason with a 24-17 loss.'

Marker Bledsoes plan 'Parenting' day [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'Mac and Barbara Bledsoe, parents of Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe, will conduct a parenting skills day at training camp on Wednesday at St. John Fisher College.'

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