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Buffalo Bills News - August 19, 2001

Marker Eagles find positives in loss to Bills [7:36 PM]
Easton Express Times reports: 'Duce Staley's return to game action was proclaimed a success and two rookies made big plays in the passing game, giving the Eagles reason to smile despite Saturday's 6-3 preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Eagles gave Modrak a raw deal [7:34 PM]
Easton Express Times reports: '"Fortunately, I have a good situation here," Modrak said. "Tom couldn't have been more reassuring, and Mr. (Buffalo chairman Ralph) Wilson, too. I was going through the Chicago situation. He (Donahue) said, 'There's one here if that (job) doesn't work out.' I owe him a great deal. It's his show. He knows what he's doing and he's a good guy to work for."'

Marker Ostroski's injury severe blow for Bills offensive line [5:51 PM]
AP reports: 'Restricted by the salary cap, the Bills are severely handcuffed in going after a capable veteran. And even if they find someone, it's difficult to determine how long it will take for the line -- already featuring two newcomers in Conaty and rookie right tackle Jonas Jennings -- to jell.'

Marker Crack in the line [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills already had a concern at right tackle, where rookie third-round draft choice Jonas Jennings is trying to win the starting job. Now playing next to Jennings at right guard is Corey Hulsey, a second-year man who spent all of last season on the practice squad. Hulsey may be challenged by Craig Heimburger, who has appeared in two games over two NFL seasons, or by rookie Marques Sullivan.'

Marker Williams, defense rise to occasion [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have yet to unveil every aspect of their aggressive "46" defense, but they showed some glimpses Saturday of what it might look like.'

Marker Van Pelt shows he can play a little [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Alex Van Pelt is good for Johnson. He's a pal and a mentor to the starting QB, a good guy, a media favorite and a charitable sort in the community, a new Frank Reich for the Bills' new millennium. The one thing he is not supposed to be, under any circumstances, is a threat to Johnson's job.'

Marker Ostroski gets wrong type of break [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ostroski is expected to miss at least several weeks - and possibly the whole season - after he suffered a broken tibia bone on the second play of the Bills' opening drive in the game.'

Marker Bills limp past Eagles [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'It was plainly obvious last night that the Buffalo Bills made some positive strides in their 6-3 preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium. It's just too bad the all-around improved play will be overlooked by the fact that the offensive line is now in a state of emergency.'

Marker Casualties mount on suspect offensive line [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Some is Butler's, who shackled Donahoe with left tackle John Fina and left guard Ruben Brown -- two grossly overrated veterans whose big salaries will affect Buffalo's salary cap for years to come.'

Marker Onslaught of injuries puts damper on victory [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'At the end of the first half, when the first-team offense was still in the game, the Bills' line consisted of John Fina, Mike Heimberger, Michael Early, Corey Hulsey and Jonas Jennings. Other than Fina, none of the other four has an NFL start.'

Marker Ostroski will be missed as a leader [5:32 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'You want a scary thought? How about Michael Early, Corey Hulsey and Jonas Jennings lining up from center to right tackle come the regular-season opener against the New Orleans Saints ... merely the NFL's leader in sacks a year ago?'

Marker Injuries proving offensive to Bills [5:31 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'At this pace, the Buffalo Bills could run out of offensive starters before the regular season.'

Marker Hardly worth waiting for [5:30 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'It turns out that there are worse things than preseason cancellations. There are the actual games.'

Marker Birds bring back Hauck one more time [5:29 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'No Eagles were reported to have been injured last night. The Bills lost two offensive linemen, right guard Jerry Ostroski and center Bill Conaty, who went to Camden Catholic High.'

Marker Offenses take a night off in Buffalo [5:28 AM] reports: 'All you need to know about this game is that it was about as exciting as the Eagles' last one. The one that was cancelled.'

Marker Eagles preseason game notes [5:27 AM] reports: 'The Eagles have lost 11 straight road preseason games since Aug. 24, 1995, when they beat the Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. They're 1-14 in their last 15 road preseason games.'

Marker Defense, Duce are the bright spots [5:26 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: 'Andy Reid figured it was going to be a long night when one of his veteran players fielded the opening kickoff and promptly stepped out of bounds at the Eagles' 14-yard line. It set the tone for a typical first preseason game against, well, a team that made the typical exhibition opener mistakes the previous week.'

Marker Modrak: Reid's task tough [5:24 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: 'Deposed Eagles football operations chief Tom Modrak still hasn't heard from his successor, Andy Reid. Even last night, Modrak, now the director of football operations for the Buffalo Bills, was unable to get an audience with Reid before their preseason game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker On offense, Eagles struggle [5:23 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'The offense, with Donovan McNabb and Duce Staley playing the entire first quarter, was shut out by the Bills in the delayed preseason opener. The first unit played four series and never crossed midfield in an uneventful 6-3 loss at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Staley gets 4 yards on 2 carries [5:21 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'Bills starting center Billy Conaty, a graduate of Camden Catholic High School, got to run out on the field through a gauntlet of teammates since the offense was introduced to start the game. However, the game ended for Conaty with him leaving the field through the same tunnel midway through the second quarter with a right shoulder injury.'

Marker Eagles’ offense stalls [5:19 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: 'The Bills' subsequent offensive success came as the result of a difference in coaching philosophies. Reid, who was committed to looking at his younger players, pulled his starters at the end of the first quarter. Buffalo rookie coach Gregg Williams, who was previously Tennessee's defensive coordinator, extended his starters longer, perhaps because the Bills were playing their second preseason game.'

Marker Firing personal for ex-personnel chief [5:18 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: 'Although Modrak has been with the Bills since June 5, he still lives in Cherry Hill with his wife, Sandy, and spends a lot of time during the summer in Ocean City. And he has no plans to move. He is scheduled to attend most of Buffalo's home games, but will otherwise spend most of the week on the road scouting the top college players.'

Marker Bills 6, Eagles 3 [5:16 AM]
AP reports: 'Gregg Williams' first preseason victory as Buffalo Bills rookie head coach was a costly one.'

Marker Bills offensive linemen Ostroski breaks right leg [5:15 AM]
AP reports: 'After Buffalo's 6-3 win, coach Gregg Williams said Ostroski will be reevaluated on Sunday to determine how long he'll be sidelined.'

Marker Buffalo 6, Philadelphia 3 [5:14 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Alex Van Pelt was impressive in place of injured quarterback Rob Johnson as the Buffalo Bills recorded a 6-3 exhibition victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in a battle of otherwise struggling offenses.'

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August 18, 2001

Marker Jerry Ostroski out with broken tibia [11:15 PM]
TBD reports: ESN is reporting that OG Jerry Ostroski is out until November with a broken tibia (shin bone). Corey Hulsey replaced Ostroski after he left the game.

Marker Bills win defensive battle 6-3 over Eagles [11:01 PM] reports: 'Guard Jerry Ostroski injured his right knee while making a block on Buffalo's second offensive play of the game, center Bill Conaty injured his right shoulder, and Travis Henry suffered a groin injury in the first half.'

Marker Listen to the Eagles vs. Bills! [6:47 PM]
TBD reports: If you can't watch the game on the television, then listen to it on the internet! Please visit the GoBills! chat room while the game is on!

Marker Donahoe, Williams bring much-needed change [5:48 PM]
ESPN reports: 'For the remaining veterans who were a part of the historic stretch of four straight AFC championships -- and those still around from the team's last division title in 1995 -- that's a giant step in the right direction. Whether that step becomes a quantum leap at some point in the near future remains to be seen, but most players here agree that a change was due. And under the guidance of Donahoe and Williams, these definitely are not your father's Buffalo Bills, it has become readily apparent.'

Marker Johnson to rest finger during Eagles game [9:51 AM] reports: "He's really done well, and is feeling a lot better. We've made a decision that he's not going to play. That's my decision, he can play, there's no doubt about it, but rest is the best treatment right now. We're going to give it the weekend off, and get back here Monday and re-evaluate it and then make the next serious evaluation of where we're going with it."

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