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Buffalo Bills News - September 4, 2005

Marker Bills Release Tucker, 13 More [4:55 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Tucker started 12 games as a Bill last season, and appeared in 28 with Buffalo over the past two seasons. The Princeton product's chances of making the roster were diminished in the offseason, when Buffalo signed free agent guards Mike Gandy and Bennie Anderson and drafted Duke Preston and Justin Geisinger.'

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September 3, 2005

Marker Tucker And Haddad Are Not Part Of The Final 53 [7:43 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills cut their most consistent receiver in camp in Haddad. The only thing I can think of is he's been hurt a lot while just being on practice squads during his six years around the league. He catches most balls that come his way and didn't have a dropped ball until about ten days ago when he started to drop a few like the whole corp. Haddad had two long punt returns in preseason too. 2nd round pick Roscoe Parrish is on the roster and will miss about three games with wrist surgery. Backing up Eric Moulds and Lee Evans are Josh Reed, Sam Aiken, Jonathan Smith and George Wilson. Reed's habit of dropping balls is worse this year, but he does block very well as does Aiken. Aiken had some nice catches in preseason, but he had streaks of dropped balls in camp too. Wilson pushed his way on the roster making some circus catches in camp and being pretty consistent. Smith had a good final preseason game against the Lions and had a long punt return called back by penalty.'

Marker Versatile OL Tucker among Bills' final cuts [7:35 PM]
AP reports: 'Tucker had been bothered by a back problem after having offseason surgery and missed the first week of training camp. He also missed Buffalo's second preseason game, a 27-7 win against Green Bay. He proved to be the odd man out as the Bills kept four relatively untested backups: tackle Greg Jerman, Jason Peters, fifth-round draft pick Duke Preston and sixth-rounder Justin Geisinger.'

Marker Bills waive 14 players [5:39 PM] reports: '...Drew Haddad...'.

Marker Losman supports NFL players relief fund for Katrina victims [5:16 PM]
AP reports: '"I think that's something the NFL players should accomplish," Losman said. "I've been talking it over right now with a few other players to see who's going to step up and be the leader to get the voices out, to get this money accomplished. And once we get the money, we have to figure out where it goes from there ... We actually have a lot of ideas right now."'

Marker Offense sputters again in loss [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Things never go as planned, and you've got to roll with it," he said. "I didn't think it was all that bad. It was just one bad throw. I learned today I can't baby a ball into the wind, and it took a right turn on me."'

Marker Reed uneasy with cuts looming [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It could have been better," Reed said of his preseason. "There's some little things that I've got to take care of. But I think I got better this offseason. It's like I'm trying to run before I get the ball. I don't make sure I have a good grip on it and let it slip away from me. The biggest thing is getting over that if it does happen and just move on."'

Marker Long preseason has ugly ending for Bills [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Most disturbing — on a night when there was a lot to be disturbed about, including 13 penalties for 99 yards and a shoulder injury suffered by cornerback Nate Clements, the severity of which is unknown — was the continued lackluster play of the J.P. Losman-led offense.'

Marker Losman, Bills look unready for opener [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With 13 penalties 3 turnovers, a 22 percent conversion rate on third down and 86 yards rushing, their performance was worthy of a sub-.500 team running for a warm bus in January, not a nine-win club vowing to take that next step by making the playoffs.'

Marker 53,713 watch Bills stumble [4:59 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The galling part of this effort (?) in Buffalo’s regular-season dress rehearsal was that it was a team effort. To be sure, J.P. Losman, the second-year quarterback on whom the Bills’ offense is depending, looked awful. But so did the rest of that unit. And the defense didn’t perform much better.'

Marker Bills' starting offense comes up with a big zero [4:58 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Losman was absolutely horrible at quarterback, throwing two interceptions and almost throwing a couple more. It wasn’t the type of performance that’s going to have the fans buzzing with excitement about the meeting with the Texans.'

Marker Bills Look Awful In Final Tuneup. Clements Is Hurt [4:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mularkey has to cut 14 players by 4:00 Saturday. It seems like players helped others get on the roster by playing poorly. That still makes Mularkey's job difficult for some decisions. My 14 cuts would be 1) Kevin Thompson, 2) Jim Leonhard, 3) Jon Goldsberry, 4) Lawrence Richardson, 5) Ryan Neufeld, 6) Liam Ezekiel, 7) Wendell Hunter, 8) Jasen Esposito, 9) Justin Geisinger, 10) Dylan McFarland, 11) Josh Reed 12) Constantin Ritzmann, 13) Lauvale Sape and 14) Jonathan Smith.'

Marker Bills Lose Preseason Finale [4:56 AM] reports: 'The Bills appeared to tie the game on a Willis McGahee touchdown run, but a Ryan Neufeld holding penalty wiped it out. Then Rian Lindell's 32 yard field goal attempt hit the post.'

Marker Saturday's Detroit Coverage [4:55 AM] reports:
Give us a break! (Detroit Free Press)
Remote hideaway a haven from Lions (Detroit Free Press)
Lions win, but lose Garcia (Detroit News)
Garcia breaks leg, sprains ankle (Detroit News)
Sanders deserves Hall, maybe more than Madden (Detroit News)
Photo Gallery (Detroit News)
Lions may look for another QB after Garcia injured (Booth Newspapers)
Lions deny Harrington-to-Chiefs trade rumor (Booth Newspapers)
Garcia sustains broken leg (AP)
Lions QB Garcia fractures left leg in preseason finale (Sportsticker)
Lions' Garcia suffers broken leg (The Sports Network)
Living Up To Expectations (
Coming Through in the Clutch (
Steve Mariucci Quotes (
Player Quotes (
Photo Gallery (
Play-By-Play (

September 2, 2005

Marker Cut-Down Day is Looming [11:10 PM] reports: '"He has a broken fibula up high on his left leg and a possible ankle sprain as well," Lions head coach Steve Mariucci said at halftime. "We did an X-ray in the locker room already. We are going to get an MRI in the morning just to see how badly the ankle might be sprained. Keep your fingers crossed. We should get him back sometime this year. It looks like it will be several weeks to heal that fibula, but he will be back. He is a tough guy."'

Marker Game Photos [10:39 PM]
AP reports:
Jeff Garcia
Shawn Bryson
Shaud Williams
Jeff Garcia
Jeff Garcia
Jeff Garcia

Marker Cowboys mull reuniting Price with Bledsoe [10:33 PM]
ESPN reports: Price had his best season in 2002, his only year catching passes from new Dallas quarterback Drew Bledsoe in Buffalo. He parlayed his 1,252-yard, 94-catch season into a $37 million, seven-year contract with Atlanta but never lived up to expectations and was cut this week.

Marker Garcia fractures fibula in preseason game at Buffalo [10:31 PM]
ESPN reports: Garcia was hurt at the end of a 23-yard run when he caught his left foot on the turf as he was hit across the neck by Bills cornerback Terrence McGee. Garcia, who scampered into a wide-open hole, was just beginning to slide when he was hit.

Marker Detroit 21, Buffalo 7 [10:25 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills (2-2) have problems of their own after first-year starter J.P. Losman had a sloppy outing. Buffalo's 2004 first-round draft pick, Losman finished 11-of-19 for 123 yards, but threw two interceptions and was sacked twice while playing the entire first half. So much for the rhythm coach Mike Mularkey wanted Losman to find in his final tune-up before opening the season hosting Houston on Sept. 11.'

Marker Detroit 21, Buffalo 7 [10:23 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'J.P. Losman led the Bills offense with 123 yards passing on 11-of-19 completions, but he did throw two interceptions.'

Marker AFC East football capsules [5:15 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Prediction: The Bills have talent, unfortunately they have to play the Patriots and Jets twice each. Defense will carry the Bills to eight wins while Losman develops.'

Marker Oglesby hangs on with Bills [2:35 PM]
Toccoa Record reports: 'Evan Oglesby, a 2000 graduate of Stephens County and former All-American at the University of North Alabama, is still fighting for a cornerback spot on the Buffalo Bills roster.'

Marker Bills' 'valuation' nearly doubles in 5 years [12:25 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The way Forbes magazine adds it up, the Buffalo Bills are worth $708 million, up 11 percent from last year.'

Marker Join us in the chat room! [8:57 AM]
TBD reports: Join us tonight in the chat room as the Bills face the Detroit Lions in their final preseason game. The action starts at 7:00 pm EDT. We hope to see you there!

Marker Receivers have final shot to state their case [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are expected to start the season with six receivers, one more than normal. That's because rookie Roscoe Parrish, whom the Bills are counting on to make an impact in the slot position, has a good chance to be out the first two to four weeks with a broken wrist. That leaves five players - Josh Reed, Sam Aiken, Drew Haddad, Jonathan Smith and George Wilson - in an intense battle for three remaining spots.'

Marker Vincent to help out with seminar for dads [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Husband and dad are the two most important jobs I do, so I strive every day to be the best husband and dad I can be," Vincent said. "The lessons that men can learn at the All Pro Dad Seminar are so important because our children do not come with an instruction manual or a playbook."'

Marker Bills prepare for final casting call [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'NFL rosters must be trimmed to 53 players on Saturday, meaning the Bills have to make roster moves affecting 14 players.'

Marker Tucker eyes latest NFL challenge [5:00 AM]
Princeton Packet reports: '"I think we always had the talent and we still do," Tucker said. "Defensively, we've had the No. 2 ranked defense in the league the last two years in a row. Our special teams was No. 1. Offensively, we've made a lot of strides. In the beginning of the year, nobody knew about Lee Evans. Guys like him emerged. He started decently and got better and better. Now he's a future star, or already one. Willis McGahee wasn't starting until the fifth game. They're key contributors. That was a big reason for the turnaround. On offense, we were able to take advantage of the opportunities special teams and defense gave us."'

September 1, 2005

Marker Bills starters need more time to jell against winless Lions [1:16 PM]
AP reports: 'Believing his first-stringers need more time to jell, Mularkey's prepared to break convention and play them as long as necessary when Buffalo closes its preseason schedule hosting Detroit on Friday. "We're going to play more because we need to be in a rhythm on both sides of the ball, special teams, altogether before we come out of this game," said Mularkey, who's Bills (2-1) are coming off a 16-12 loss at Chicago. "Hopefully, it happens early, but we'll just wait and see."'

Marker Down to the wire for pair of defensive ends [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The difficult part for them is their fate is in the coaches' hands once Friday's game is over. After that, all Ritzmann and Gause can do is sit, wait and hope they are not one of the players told to bring his playbook to Mularkey's office Saturday afternoon. "It's kind of tough because you don't know what the coaches are thinking," Gause said. "The best thing you can do is go out and leave it all out on the field and whatever happens, happens. I've worked hard and tried to do everything I can to make this team. Hopefully that will be enough when it's all said and done."'

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