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Buffalo Bills News - October 23, 2003

Marker Moulds limited in practice; questionable for Sunday [9:00 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Moulds is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against unbeaten Kansas City. He has already missed games against the New York Jets and Washington Redskins the past two weeks.'

Marker Moorman ready to test leg against Hall's quick feet [8:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Moorman has gone from playing two seasons in NFL Europe and interviewing for part-time teaching jobs in support of his wife's pursuit of a law degree, to emerging as one of the NFL's top young punters. It began when he joined the Bills just before the start of training camp in 2001, an 11th-hour pickup by a salary-cap strapped team gambling on an unproven player.'

Marker Baker gives his best in what could be Chiefs' key game [8:45 PM]
AP reports: 'One thing Vermeil has always liked about Baker is his ability to tune out the noise and chaos and concentrate on the task at hand. His net average of 34.9 yards through seven games is not the best in the league. But it tops the net of 31.9 that the Chiefs' opponents have averaged.'

Marker Blessing In Disguise [4:59 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'I know the have said they want to run the ball. But, I hope it remains the priority when Moulds returns. If Henry is the first focus for the Bills, it will only help Moulds. It sure looked in losses to Miami and Philadelphia that those teams realized if they took Moulds out of the game they would win. Both teams did a good job of neutralizing Moulds. The test will be the next time they struggle with the run, and whether or not they will stick with it.'

Marker Bills' Reese fined $25,000 for knocking over official [4:52 PM]
AP reports: '``I was coming up for run support and putting my hands on his lower back, trying to guide him out of the way, because he never moved,'' Reese said. ``It was a play I really couldn't avoid. ... I barely touched him and he fell over.'''

Marker WR Moulds still not sure if he can play Sunday [4:52 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills receiver Eric Moulds complained of soreness in his injured groin Thursday, and he wasn't sure whether he will be able to play against the Chiefs this weekend.'

Marker Ex-Bills WR Johnson considers joining team as coach [4:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Johnson said he's enjoying spending time with his family at his home in North Carolina. He wouldn't say whether the Bills have made him an offer or when he'll make a decision on his future. The Bills would only say that Johnson is with the team as a visitor.'

Marker Q&A with Dick Vermeil [4:17 PM] reports: '“London Fletcher, for example, is one of my all-time favorites in coaching in my career. You bond specially with those kind of kids – at least I do. Dante Hall is another one here. A guy like London Fletcher brings far more to the table than tackles. He brings a sense of purpose and leadership to a football team that not many people can do."'

Marker Round 1 [4:15 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Here are my preliminary picks for this year's Hall of Fame candidates...Kent Hull...Steve Tasker...'.

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Mario Clark [4:13 PM] reports: 'For the past 10 years, Clark was worked as the community outreach coordinator for the Rose Bowl in his hometown of Pasadena, Calif.. He’s focusing now on the Rose Bowl’s efforts to get an NFL team.'

Marker It’s Bills vs. Chiefs ... by the numbers [4:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If you’re wondering, the Bills have lost six of their last seven road games — the lone win at Jacksonville — and haven’t won at Arrowhead Stadium since the 2000 season, when Rob Johnson had one of his best games in a Buffalo uniform en route to a 21-17 victory.'

Marker Chiefs shoot for 8-0 start against Bills [4:11 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo will keep it close, but will come up short in the end.'

Marker Henry Named Ground NFL Player of the Week [3:11 PM] reports: Fans have voted Buffalo Bills running back Travis Henry the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for games played on October 19-20.

Marker Bills want to avoid that run-down feeling [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The most dangerous thing they do with Priest is they give him a lot of different things to do," said defensive tackle Sam Adams. "If he runs up the middle and you stack the middle, then he runs to the perimeter. Then they give him a draw, then they give him a screen. They change the personnel and do a lot of shifts and motions to try to disguise their basic plays. They get him the ball a lot of different ways."'

Marker Bledsoe needs to rev up his road show [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have lost six of their last seven road games. The only win was against a weak Jacksonville team on Sept. 14. In those six losses, Bledsoe threw three touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He was sacked 23 times. The Bills averaged 9.3 points in those games. They haven't scored an offensive touchdown in any of their last three road losses.'

Marker Reese plans to appeal fine [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was a run play and we were in three-deep coverage," Reese said. "You can't tell whether a runner is going to come out of there (through the line of scrimmage), so I'm coming straight down and trying to play for the run. The ref usually moves to the side and he didn't move. I kinda put my hands on his lower back and tried to guide him to the side and he fell over. I got fined 25,000. I'll definitely appeal it as long as I can."'

Marker Stopping a Priest [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We played well for 3 1/2 quarters last year, and they got that one drive on us at the end,” Prioleau said. “For whatever the reasons, we didn’t do what it took to get off the field. But the good thing about that is, is that it is what it is. It’s last year, and we have an opportunity to redeem ourselves this year.”'

Marker Moulds expected to play at K.C. [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It is believed that Moulds will gradually pick up his pace in practice this week, and Williams thinks the Bills’ No. 1 offensive receiving threat will play against the Chiefs.'

Marker Roland talks with the Bills [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'His latest trip brought him to the Buffalo Bills headquarters Tuesday afternoon. Williams, 28, wasn’t able to work out for the team, but he did visit with Bills player personnel director John Guy as well as several members of the coaching staff. The Bills medical staff also reviewed Williams’ X-rays and examined how well his torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus have healed.'

Marker Bills have an upset chance [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Kansas City has committed only 38 penalties for 294 yards compared to opponents’ 46 penalties for 375 yards. The Bills have 57 penalties for 531 yards compared to opponents’ 50 penalties for 449 yards.'

Marker Some trip home [5:11 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Williams' biggest task will be getting his team to play with some level of consistency. After opening the season with blowout victories against New England and Jacksonville, some in Buffalo were talking Super Bowl.'

Marker There's something similar about these Chiefs, '95 team [5:10 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Chiefs fans will remember 1995 as a season full of pleasant surprises. Of course, that's where they hope the similarities end, though don't be surprised if the Colts wind up here at Arrowhead again in January.'

Marker Chiefs notebook [5:09 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The grass at Arrowhead is already sparse in areas and certainly won't be helped by Wednesday night's women's exhibition soccer match between the United States and Italy. But the field will look presentable Sunday night. The grounds crew, for the first time this year, gave the field a coat of green paint Wednesday.'

Marker Vermeil verbatim [5:08 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'On the Chiefs' struggles to convert short-yardage running plays: “It can be critical. We lost games last year based on third and 2. The other side of the line of scrimmage is defensing the same situation. They're getting paid to do the same things, to prevent you (from converting). Sometimes they win, sometimes they lose.”'

Marker Chiefs are what they are [5:07 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"I'm pleased with where we are," he noted, "but I'm not blinded by it. We know our strengths and we know our weaknesses. We have to keep exploiting our strengths and either improve or disguise the areas we aren't as strong."'

Marker Vermeil says Chiefs not on par with ’99 Rams [5:06 AM]
St. Joseph News Press reports: '“As I’ve found after seven ball games, I think if we’re going to be successful, we’re going to have to be more like the New England Patriots (the 2001 Super Bowl champion) if we’re ever going to get it all done. A complete team organized in a way that we take advantage of the different things that different people do in all three phases of the game.”'

Marker Frustrated Hall feels ordinary [5:05 AM]
St. Joseph News Press reports: 'Hall hasn’t returned a punt or a kickoff for a score in the Chiefs’ last two games against Green Bay and Oakland. He nearly broke a punt for a score against Green Bay, but was tripped up by the punter. Against Oakland, he was held to 15 yards on two punt returns. “It’s been very frustrating,” Hall said after the Chiefs beat Oakland 17-10. “I got it a couple of times, actually, but what happens is we’re so concerned with where they’re going to kick it. Now, we’re to the point where we don’t know what they’re doing do. Are they going to kick it down the middle? Are they going to kick it right, left?'

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October 22, 2003

Marker Vermeil getting questions as though Chiefs were 0-7 [10:53 PM]
AP reports: 'One reason for fans' worry is probably the nature of many of the wins the Chiefs have piled up. Most were extremely close, such as the 17-10 win over Oakland on Monday night that wasn't decided until the Raiders' Tim Brown was tackled 1 yard short of the end zone as time ran out.'

Marker Moulds Back on Practice Field [10:46 PM] reports: '"If he feels he can play but our training staff determines that it puts him in danger for the rest of the year, then they'll yank him out," added Bledsoe. "But if they leave it up to me or they leave it up to Eric, we're going to put him on the field."'

Marker Vermeil Press Conference [10:29 PM] reports: '“Buffalo comes to town supporting a four win and three loss record – a team that was 8-8 last year, a team we beat 17-16 here in a very tough physical game. It was a game that was turned around by (CB) Eric Warfield picking one off that would have been a touchdown. I expect it to be the same type of football game. They’re a better football team and they’ve improved as much on defense in terms of points given up as we have. They tackle and move and fly around on defense as well as any team we play. They’re the number three team in the National Football League on defense from a statistical standpoint. They hadn’t been running the ball and were rated 32. They take a healthy running back and he runs for over 160 yards. That profile and their rank will change quickly. Players do make a difference."'

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