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Buffalo Bills News - October 15, 2002

Marker Lucas comes in confident [5:31 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Sage Rosenfels will back up Lucas, and Wannstedt said the Dolphins will look to bring in a third quarterback, who will run the scout team. Rick Spielman, the Dolphins' senior vice president, said the third quarterback probably will be someone eligible for the practice squad.'

Marker WR Chambers' status uncertain vs. Bills [5:30 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'If Chambers can't play, James McKnight will start opposite Oronde Gadsden against the Bills. Dedric Ward would remain the slot receiver.'

Marker Defense still drives bus for Dolphins [5:30 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: 'Now the Dolphins will rely on Ray Lucas under center. Lucas is an athletic player, but Fiedler was the guy who quarterbacked the Dolphins to a 5-1 start. With the high-octane Buffalo Bills offense up next, Miami will need Williams to shine now more than ever.'

Marker Dolphins lose Fiedler to thumb injury; Lucas will take over [5:29 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The Dolphins (5-1), who have a two-game lead in the AFC East, will host the Bills on Sunday, then take their bye week before playing at Green Bay and the New York Jets. Winning those games would not only be important for winning the division, but also for gaining home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.'

Marker Tenacious hit angers Dolphins [5:28 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"I don't want to complain about a hit, but that was (expletive) (expletive)," Dolphins backup quarterback Ray Lucas said. "And then (Kennedy) got up and was jumping around. I'm still upset about that."'

Marker Last-minute victory could signal turning point for Dolphins [5:27 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'By getting this one, Miami (5-1) has established itself as one of the elite teams in the AFC and all of football. Had the Dolphins not come through on that drive, they would just be another good team that turns back into a pumpkin at the moment of truth.'

Marker Dolphins have a Ray of hope [5:27 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Lucas hasn’t thrown a pass this season. He attempted only three in 2001. But he does know what it means to start in the NFL and in the AFC East.'

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October 14, 2002

Marker Fiedler out at least four weeks with broken thumb [8:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler will miss at least four weeks because of a broken right thumb, making Ray Lucas a starter for the first time in three seasons.'

Marker Bills tackle icing hamstring strain [7:58 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams wouldn't discuss Mike Williams' status on Monday, only to say the rookie will be evaluated before the team resumes practice Wednesday.'

Marker Bills not content with 3-3 start [7:57 PM]
AP reports: 'As promising as their start has been, Buffalo has yet to prove it's capable of being anything more than a .500 team.'

Marker Dolphins Jay Fiedler out indefinitely with broken thumb [4:14 PM] reports: The Miami Dolphins are tied for the best record in the NFL, but may be without quarterback Jay Fiedler for a few weeks. Fiedler suffered a broken right thumb with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s thrilling 24-22 win over the Denver Broncos and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Marker A bad news, good news game for Bills [3:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Bad News: Houston is about the only team Buffalo could have beaten the way it played at Reliant Stadium.'

Marker 5th Down: A 15-Year Flashback? [2:57 PM] reports: More than once, I’ve heard people compare this Buffalo team with the Bills of 1987. There are some obvious similarities: Marv Levy was hired midway through the 1986 season, and began installing his own assistant coaches in 1987. One of those was offensive mastermind Ted Marchibroda, who designed the Bills’ no-huddle attack. You can fairly compare that to Gregg Williams coming to Buffalo in 2001 and, after a subpar season, installing Kevin Gilbride as offensive coordinator

Marker Bumbling Bills bounce back, pull out win after blase beginning in Houston [1:34 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Note to Buffalo's defense: When a running back slows down while running toward the sideline and lifts the ball above his shoulder, as Houston's James Allen did early in the fourth quarter, HE'S GOING TO THROW IT. SO COVER SOMEBODY.'

Marker Texans flagged for loss [1:20 PM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Why Buffalo won - Three reasons: Drew Bledsoe, Peerless Price and Travis Henry.'

Marker Rookie mistakes sink Texans, 31-24 [1:17 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: '"We knew we had enough time," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "Our guys kept their composure. They fought back and redeemed themselves."'

Marker All the wrong moves [1:15 PM]
Austin American Statesman reports: 'The Texans were penalized 11 times for 75 yards, but Buffalo was tagged 13 times for 128 yards. The ones on Houston hurt more. "We just beat ourselves," strong safety Erik Brown said. "Call it excitement or emotion, it got the best of us."'

Marker Game Notebook vs. Houston Texans [1:02 PM] reports: Through six games in 2002, the Bills have had seven 100-yard receiving games from three different receivers - three each from Eric Moulds and Peerless Price and one from Josh Reed. The most the team has ever had in one season was 11 in 1991, accomplished by four different receivers - Andre Reed (4), James Lofton (4), Thurman Thomas (2), and Don Beebe (1).

Marker Closest fight [11:44 AM]
Beaumont Enterprise reports: 'The Bills actually had more penalties than the Texans, racking up 128 yards on 13 penalties, to 11 penalties for 75 yards for the Texans. But the Bills were able to play their way out of their mistakes and the Texans weren’t.'

Marker High School Coach Of The Week - Week 6 [11:08 AM] reports: Head coach Tom Goddard of Clarence High School has been named the Buffalo Bills' high school football "Coach of the Week" for the sixth weekend of the 2002 season (Oct. 11-12). Clarence scored an exciting 35-28 overtime victory over arch-rival Lancaster, earning their fourth consecutive victory and a giant step toward a playoff spot in Class AA, Section VI football.

Marker Bills save their best for last in victory [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We just have to keep believing even when we're down. As a team we have to step up and be prepared."'

Marker Bills avoid a Texas misstep [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Jerry challenged them at halftime to step up and to not lose their confidence in their techniques," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "Both coordinators did a good job of scheming in the second half."'

Marker Williams' leg injury worries Bills [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams called it a strained muscle, but won't know for sure until the rookie has a magnetic resonance imaging examination today.'

Marker Texans' Foreman gives aid and comfort to enemy [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I take full responsibility," said a very somber Foreman. "It was a selfish display on my part. I'm not that type of player, not that type of person. There was a lot of pressure on me this week. I just did something I never ever have done before, and probably never ever will do again." Except that he did, on the very next play.'

Marker Bills make run toward balance [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, it was pretty bad out there for a while. But give the Bills credit. They kept plugging away. They maintained their poise in the midst of all the chaos. The coaches made the proper adjustments in the second half and the players executed them.'

Marker Defense isn't half bad after early struggles [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But after allowing 258 net yards in the first half, Buffalo's defense held the NFL's lowest-ranked offense to 80 yards the rest of the day.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A big reality check comes next week when the Bills travel to play their most hated rival, Miami. A win down there against one of the league's top teams and then you can start taking the Bills seriously as a potential playoff team.'

Marker All For Kicks: The Bills and Dunlop Team Up [8:48 AM] reports: The folks at Roswell Park Cancer Institute will be paying extra attention to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoons this season. They will be listening for key phrases from the play-by-play announcers. Phrases like, "it's up and it's good" or "the punt sails inside the 20."

Marker Defense takes a stand [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '“I think that probably was the best overall half of football we’ve played,” said linebacker London Fletcher, who led a unit that limited Houston to 80 yards net in the second half including just 18 passing by Carr.'

Marker Moral win does nada for Texans [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'A victory over Buffalo wouldn’t have been an upset in the Texans’ minds.'

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