Johnson happy to return as starter [7:32 AM]
D and C reports: '"It feels great to get back in there and get all the reps in practice and know all week that you're going to play," Johnson said yesterday. "It's good to be back."'
Hobbled Bills make most of it [7:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Defensive end Phil Hansen remains sidelined by a knee injury, and eight others who were hurt Sunday in the victory over Chicago joined Hansen in sweat clothes on the sidelines.'
Bills, Flutie included, are limping into Kansas City [7:29 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The Bills, who won't get defensive end Phil Hansen back for another two or three weeks, had a host of players who stayed out of practice yesterday.'
Now Johnson is the healthy Bill [7:28 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'With Johnson poised to return as the Bills starter this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at raucous Arrowhead Stadium, the quarterback controversy between Johnson and Doug Flutie temporarily has taken a back seat to a more pressing issue -- the rash of injuries that suddenly has plagued the team.'
Overhaul of punt unit involves Alexander, Gonzalez [7:26 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Don't be surprised if you see Derrick Alexander returning punts for the Chiefs on Sunday. Or Tony Gonzalez attempting to block one.'
Seeing more conventional QB a relief to the Chiefs [7:25 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"If Flutie plays, we can go out and make a statement that we can play against a scrambling type of quarterback. If Johnson plays, we can go out and make a statement about that type of quarterback, too."'
Gunther could learn from Kurt Schottenheimer [7:23 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Translation: The defense was a lot more effective when I was the defensive coordinator from 1995 to 1998. Kurt Schottenheimer is no Gunther Cunningham.'
Former Chiefs QB Steve Fuller a partner at 'Bagger Vance' golf course [7:21 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'If you've ever played golf in North or South Carolina, scenes from "The Legend of Bagger Vance" will be incredibly familiar. But finding the perfect course for the movie involved a worldwide search that actually ended in the office of former Chiefs quarterback Steve Fuller.'
Chiefs report [7:20 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Second-year man Mike Maslowski will make his first NFL start Sunday against Buffalo when he takes over at left outside linebacker for Lew Bush.'
Johnson's the man now [7:18 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"(Johnson) was our starter at the start of the season, and that really hasn't changed," Phillips said Wednesday in a conference call. "Doug came in when he was hurt. There was no big, monumental decision here."'
Alexander may take over punt returns [7:17 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'Gunther Cunningham said Wednesday he was "as close as I can be" to installing starting receiver Derrick Alexander as the Kansas City Chiefs punt returner for Sunday's home game against Buffalo.'
Flutie steps aside for Johnson [7:15 AM]
AP reports: 'Rob Johnson, back as the Buffalo Bills' starter after missing four games with a separated shoulder, isn't worried about Doug Flutie or any quarterback controversy.'
Chiefs looking at big changes on punt returns [7:14 AM]
AP reports: 'Tony Gonzalez and Derrick Alexander, two key ingredients in Kansas City's rejuvenated passing attack, may have new jobs when the Chiefs meet Buffalo on Sunday.'
Banged up Bills missing 10 players in practice [9:08 PM]
AP reports: 'Not practicing were: guard Ruben Brown (foot), safety Keion Carpenter (ankle), backup defensive back Donovan Greer (ankle), running back Sammy Morris (ankle), nosetackle Ted Washington (neck), backup quarterback Doug Flutie (ankle) and defensive back Antoine Winfield (shoulder).'
Gunther wants 'my' defense back [1:35 PM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'His once water-tight defense has sprung more leaks than the Titanic in its death throes, but Gunther Cunningham clings to his belief that a rescue boat is in sight.'
Bills enter make-or-break stretch of four games [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Thanks to a three-game winning streak, the Buffalo Bills have played their way back into the AFC playoff race. But they are a long way from clinching a spot.'
Thurman deserved to go out on top, wearing Bills blue [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Say what you will about Thurman - and there is plenty to say - but nobody wanted to see him lying on his back, grimacing in pain and cupping his right knee after making one too many cuts in his Hall of Fame career.'
Report says Cottrell to talk with Rutgers [7:38 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: '"He loves Rutgers," Bills coach Wade Phillips said in a published report. "I don't know why. He coached there a long time and he has a great feeling for that school. They'd be smart to contact him, but I don't know if any college job is better than the one he's got here."'
Chiefs hit a dry spell in takeaways [7:28 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Chiefs have never gone three straight games without at least one takeaway. But it won't get easier this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.'
Banged up Bills get rare day off [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The laundry list of ailing Bills: Left guard Ruben Brown (turf toe), free safety Keion Carpenter (strained calf muscle), quarterback Doug Flutie (sprained ankle), cornerback Donovan Greer (sprained ankle), running back Sammy Morris (sprained ankle), strong safety Henry Jones (strained back muscle), nose tackle Ted Washington (shoulder stinger), defensive end Marcellus Wiley (thigh bruise) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (shoulder).'
Thurman finished for season [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The long-time Buffalo Bills running back suffered a torn ligament in his right knee in Sunday's 17-7 victory over the Chargers in San Diego and was placed on injured reserve.'
Chiefs showing vulnerability at Arrowhead [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's true that Arrowhead is a difficult place for a visitor, but the Chiefs lost two games there already. They also lost two home games last year and three the year before.'
Ailing Bills rest for one day [7:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Given the four-week gauntlet his team is about to embark on starting Sunday in Kansas City, a little rest and relaxation might be exactly what the Bills need right now.'
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest QB of all? [7:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Too many Flutie supporters think Johnson backers are anti-Flutie. I'm pro-Flutie and pro-Johnson. I support both QBs because I believe they're quality players capable of winning games for the Bills.'
The last word [7:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The football world keeps hearing the Bills' company line that Johnson is the future. At age 27, that future is now.'
Benched in Buffalo [7:13 AM]
National Post reports: 'Missing the playoffs with one fine quarterback is understandable; missing with two looks like carelessness.'
Chiefs headed in wrong direction as crunch time approaches [7:12 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'They haven't been competitive in two weeks. Sunday's 21-7 loss in San Francisco was perhaps the biggest disappointment of the Gunther Cunningham era, given the blowout defeat to what had been a 2-8 team.'
Phillips names Johnson to start over Flutie Sunday at KC [7:11 AM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I wanted him (Johnson) in the ballgame to get a feel for the game again," Phillips said. "He looked good and he'll start Sunday at Kansas City."'
Back in the hunt [8:22 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"They're not always pretty, but you do what you have to do to win the game," Flutie said. "We've won 4-of-5 and we're back in the hunt and in good shape."'
The Bills' QB controversy is over (for now) [8:21 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'So with Phillips having stated that the healthy Johnson is now his starter, has Buffalo's QB question been put to rest? Don't count on it.'
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