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Buffalo Bills News - November 30, 2002

Marker Now or never, veterans must lead [6:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'If the Bills fail to make the playoffs, it won’t be the team’s eight starters in their first or second year who will take the blame. It’ll be the guys who’ve been down this path.'

Marker Could Bruce set career sack record as a Bill? [6:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'If Washington decides Smith no longer is a fit, might the Bills consider bringing him back at a modest salary for a final season?'

Marker Slimmer Nails feels 'blessed' in Bills return [6:08 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Cold and artificial turf aside, Nails is looking forward to his Buffalo return. ''I feel I have something to prove,'' he said. ``I feel like I'm always under the microscope, somebody's always watching me.'''

Marker Fiedler, Carter improve [6:07 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Carter met with his doctor before practice and received some encouraging news in his battle back from kidney problems. Carter's tests improved and he might play on Sunday.'

Marker Late-season swoon? Take a cold pill [6:06 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'No Dolphins team of recent vintage has been as suited for this final slippery stretch as this one. It has a healthy roster, with 20 of 22 starters available, Jay Fiedler ready to return and Cris Carter close. It finally has a bruising runner in Ricky Williams, who realizes he was acquired to plow a path over Miami's past. And it has a defense fresh following the time-draining work Williams has done from September through November.'

Marker Wannstedt: Offense shouldn't go south [6:04 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'A sign in the Dolphins' locker room carried this message: "Buffalo forecast is for snow. When packing your bags, please be sure to have a pair of Destroyers if you are a Nike contract player. If you are a Reebok contract player, be sure to have Wet Turf Rat shoes. It would be a good idea to begin breaking them in today." "Destroyers" and "Wet Turf Rats" are models of shoes specifically designed for wet Astroturf-type surfaces.'

Marker Back could sideline Marion; Fiedler, Carter questionable [6:04 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Coach Dave Wannstedt said Marion's back started to tighten up Thursday, which is why he was held out of practice. If Marion is unable to start against the Bills then Shawn Wooden would take his place.'

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November 29, 2002

Marker Heartbeat amid the devastation [4:16 PM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'It has been years since Doug Goodwin has felt this strong. He gets around well now, and travels to see his son play at Boston College whenever he can. The only problem is that even with the help he received from his old pals in Buffalo, he has run up $300,000 in medical expenses and has to pay another $3,000 per month for medication. Doug Jr. considered passing up his senior year at Boston College to enter the NFL draft, but Goodwin has discouraged that idea. He says he wants his son to get his degree.'

Marker Dolphins' Marion might be sidelined [4:13 PM]
AP reports: 'Dolphins free safety Brock Marion might be sidelined for Sunday's game at Buffalo because of back spasms.'

Marker A look back at the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Day [11:44 AM] reports: Thursday, November 24, 1994: Lions 35, Bills 21 The Lions scored on a flea-flicker on the second play of the game as Detroit handed the Bills their fourth straight road loss, 35-21 on Thanksgiving Day. WR Herman Moore was the recipient of the flea-flicker, a 51-yard pass from QB Dave Kreig at 14:13 of the first quarter. RB Barry Sanders put the Lions up 14-0 early in the second half on a four-yard run. WR Russell Copeland caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from QB Jim Kelly in the second quarter to bring the Bills within 14-7.

Marker Many of Jim Kelly's Thanksgiving memories revolve around football [11:43 AM] reports: In East Brady, Pennsylvania, where I grew up, football was our town's whole life. You ate, slept, lived, and died football, whether it was playing a pick-up game in the backyard or watching the Steelers -- or whatever game we could find -- on television.

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Phillip Crosby [11:42 AM] reports: Fullback Phllip Crosby was the latest member of the Bills roster to sit down with for the Two Minute Drill. Read what the second-year player from Tennessee had to say about his teammates.

Marker Bills' defense isn't making stops where it counts [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When it comes to red-zone rankings, the Bills are just rank. They are next to last in the NFL in that all-important area.'

Marker Dolphins could fall victim to snow job [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The forecast calls for snow and wind with temperatures in the 20s at the 1 p.m. kickoff.'

Marker Steadier Lucas credits teammates [5:54 AM]
D and C reports: 'But by completing 51 of 77 attempts for 642 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions over the past three weeks -- jacking up his passer rating from 48.6 to 100.7 and Miami’s record from 5-4 to 7-4 -- Lucas has his swagger back.'

Marker Ricky nears record [5:54 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Delvin Williams never imagined in 1978 that, when he rushed for 1,258 yards to eclipse a single-season mark held previously by Larry Csonka, it would remain a record all this time. Now it appears certain to fall. With 1,056 yards already this season, Ricky Williams needs only to average a smidgen more than 40 yards per game over the Dolphins' remaining five to knock Delvin Williams off the throne.'

Marker Lucas to make Bills pay? [5:52 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''I realize a lot of things,'' he said. ``I don't have to be perfect. I just have to do my job. If we don't turn the ball over, there is no one that can beat us.'''

Marker Dynamic duo [5:51 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'No team in the NFL has a better pair of receivers this season than the Buffalo Bills, who will lean heavily on Price and Moulds to forge an upset Sunday of the Dolphins.'

Marker Chester regains confidence as pain finally fades [5:50 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Chester had a season-high eight tackles Sunday against San Diego and received a game ball for what coach Dave Wannstedt said was "his best game."'

Marker Fiedler practices, status still uncertain [5:50 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Fiedler, who has not played since breaking his right thumb against Denver on Oct. 13, is expected to dress against Buffalo, but coach Dave Wannstedt still has not said whether Fiedler will be the backup quarterback or No. 3. He is listed as questionable.'

Marker Dolphins' Taylor enjoys an MVP season [5:49 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'With an AFC-high 11 sacks, 29 quarterback hurries, 49 tackles, eight passes defensed, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 11 games, he has to be considered a strong candidate to become the third Dolphin in team history to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.'

November 28, 2002

Marker Gray defends himself, Bills' defense [7:54 PM]
AP reports: '''You've got guys saying, 'Jerry should be fired. Jerry should be that,''' Gray said. ''You know what, I've talked to a lot of guys and been around a lot of coaches and you know what they say? They say: 'Jerry, if you're in this business long enough, you may get fired more than once.''''

Marker Fiedler improving, working with first team [7:53 PM]
AP reports: 'Wannstedt said Wednesday that Fiedler probably will be uniform as the No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback Sunday at Buffalo.'

Marker Safety net has snags for Bills [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It is no surprise three-quarters of the way through the season that Coy Wire and Pierson Prioleau are suffering through growing pains.'

Marker More points would make Moulds happy [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sunday's game is sold out, but there may be some tickets available at the box office today and Friday if the Miami organization returns some seats from its allotment for the game.'

Marker Bills' receivers want to air it out [5:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'What is frustrating for the receivers is that the majority of the throws are underneath routes because the deep routes are being choked, so Bledsoe has opted against going long in favor of taking what the defense is giving him -- the short passes, many of which have been directed at the backs and tight ends.'

Marker Bills' defense worries Wannstedt [5:57 AM]
D and C reports: 'Both teams will enter the game pretty healthy for late November. The only player listed on Buffalo’s injury report is CB Antoine Winfield with a lower leg ailment, and he’s probable.'

Marker Bills need to shorten drive starts [5:56 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In the last 31/2 games, Buffalo hasn’t commenced a single drive in opposing territory ... that’s 33 possessions without starting on the opponent’s side of the 50.'

Marker For Bills, weather is delightful [5:55 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''There's snow on the ground today,'' Williams said with satisfaction in his voice. ``And it's supposed to snow all week long. I sure hope it snows. I hope it's Buffalo Bills weather. You play good old-fashioned football in those conditions.'' At this point, the Bills are looking for any positives.'

Marker R. Williams, Taylor receive AFC honors [5:54 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Taylor, who leads the AFC with 11 sacks, won the award for the second consecutive month -- the first time in NFL history a player has won back-to-back monthly honors.'

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