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Buffalo Bills News - November 28, 2003

Marker Big plays Big Blue's big trouble [5:15 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Giants have completed 28 passes for 20 yards or longer, as opposed to the 42 they have allowed. Only four of those gains have come in the last three weeks. To date, they've hit nine passes of 30 or more yards.'

Marker Shockey's return suffered setback [5:14 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Fassel said Shockey's status is now day-to-day for Sunday's game against the Bills, a far cry from the optimism of earlier in the week when Fassel sounded all-but assured that Shockey was ready to return.'

Marker Kerry's heavy load [5:13 AM]
New York Post reports: '"You know, I think once you lose that aggressiveness, then you really have problems," Collins said. "There's no question I made some bad choices, but at the same time I go into a game, I try to see it, throw it. Obviously there was a couple of times what I saw wasn't what I needed to see. It's kind of like at times, damned if you do, damned if you don't. You've got to stay aggressive and I'll continue to do that."'

Marker Shockey Hurt Again During Hard Practice [5:12 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Shockey said he wanted to play against the Bucs because he knew one more loss would essentially end the Giants' playoff hopes. But he said he still wants to play down the stretch. "We have really nothing to play for, but I love playing with these guys," he said.'

Marker Vanishing Dayne [5:11 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'It has been a startling fall for the former Heisman Trophy winner, who is major college football's career rushing leader and was the 11th pick in the 2000 draft. He has not dressed for a game this season.'

Marker Fans can't make them blow their cool [5:10 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The last time the Giants played at home, they were booed. Coach Jim Fassel had his name turned into a chant, "Fi-re Fas-sel!" They lost, overwhelmingly, to an Atlanta team riding a seven-game losing streak.'

Marker Giants want more from DT Joseph [5:09 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"The last couple games with William, we just haven't had the production," Fassel said. "I know he's only getting a limited look, but sometimes that's all you can give them. If you have six plays or nine plays or 10 plays, you have to make the most of those. I expect the most because if you're only going to play 10 plays, you've got to be at the top of your game. You ought to be able to go in there fresh as a daisy and go in there and really do some damage."'

Marker Giants odds and ends [5:08 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Said RB Tiki Barber: "You play because it's your job and it's what you're paid to do. You play because you're always looking to gain a level of respect as a player - take pride in what you do for a living. Those things weigh more heavily on your mind than playing for nothing."'

Marker Giants accentuating the positives [5:07 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, who come to Giants Stadium Sunday, have had a season that closely mirrors the Giants. Both teams have offenses that have failed to live up to expectations, particularly inside the 20-yard-line. But the Bills' red zone defense has been much better than the Giants', and that could be the deciding factor in this interconference affair.'

Marker Shockey further damages left knee [5:06 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"If it was an injury where I didn't think I could do it, I wouldn't play. But I felt I could play. I felt it important for me to play because we'd have had a chance if we'd won it. Now, watching from the sidelines, and obviously losing it, it's really made it hard on ourselves.'''

Marker Setback For Shockey's Knee [5:05 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Shockey aggravated the injury Monday before a 19-13 loss to the Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla., putting the knee through a hard workout after being told he was not going to play by coach Jim Fassel. "I think we overdid it," Fassel said. "There was some swelling."'

Marker Departed Spikes is true MVP [5:04 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Had Spikes not shuffled off to Buffalo, then defensive tackle John Thornton, middle linebacker Kevin Hardy and James ó three defensive gems ó wouldn't be here. And the Bengals wouldn't be sitting on top of the AFC North Division with a 6-5 record.'

Marker Shockey re-injures left knee in pregame workout [5:03 AM]
AP reports: 'Shockey left his knee brace off during his self-imposed workout before the game, so there was nothing to protect his sprained posterior cruciate ligament. ``I thought I could play last week and got the word I wasn't going to,'' Shockey said. ``I went out there and did some stupid things that right now I'm kind of regretting."'

Marker Bledsoe Didn't Practice Again After Suffering A Slight Concussion [5:02 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He let practice on Wednesday feeling dizzy and sick. He saw a neurologist who said he was fine. Bledsoe still had headaches on Thursday and didn't practice. He told me that he expects to work on Friday and expects to play Sunday against the Giants. He's been added to the injury report as probable.'

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Marker Drew Has Concussion [8:11 PM] reports: 'He's bothered by headaches and nausea and left practice early Wednesday. He did not practice on Thursday.'

Marker Bledsoe listed as probable due to effects of concussion [5:57 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bledsoe is reportedly suffering from the after effects of a concussion that occurred when he was kneed in the back of the helmet at the end of a run in Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.'

Marker Like Giants, Toomer struggling in 2003 [5:50 PM]
AP reports: '''I wouldn't say I'm in a slump,'' said Toomer, who caught 13 passes for 305 yards, a 23.5-yard average, and scored two TDs in the first three games of the season, two of which the Giants won. ''A slump is I am not getting open. I'm getting open. I'm getting in the right position. I'm just not finishing plays.'''

Marker Bledsoe 'probable' despite headaches, nausea [4:15 PM]
AP reports: Buffalo Bills QB Drew Bledsoe is experiencing headaches and nausea after sustaining a mild concussion (on Sunday), but is hopeful he will play against the New York Giants this weekend. Bledsoe did not participate in Thursday's practice, and was added to Buffalo's injury report. He is listed as probable and has a 75 percent chance of playing when the Bills travel to play at the Meadowlands on Sunday.

Marker Winfield is sorry he made remarks [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henry was still wondering, 11 games into the season, why the Bills didn't run the ball after supposedly changing their philosophy during the offseason. "That was the plan. I thought that was the plan," Henry said. "Bringing Sam (Gash) in here, you would think that was the direction we would have (gone). Losing Peerless and Jay Riemersma and running the stuff we run now, it's kind of hard without big playmakers like that in here."'

Marker Giving the needy their daily bread provides sustenance for Pat Williams [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I know the projects," Williams said last week. "I know everybody. Everybody knows me."'

Marker Coffin-corner kicks aren't only from dead-ball era [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Q: Why wouldn't the Bills consider converting Willis McGahee to a wide receiver? It would provide the Bills with a speed receiver, erase their need to spend a high pick on a receiver in April, and it would allow the Bills to have Travis Henry and McGahee on the field at the same time. - Kevin Hartnett, York, Pa.
A: This is an original idea . . . but not a good one. Players should play at their best position. Based on his college career, McGahee could be a great running back if healthy. With years of practice he'd be lucky to be a mediocre receiver.'

Marker Winfield laments scathing remarks [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'ďThereís a lot of things that we could have been doing early in the season, but we werenít, so itís got to come to a point where you have to point the finger at somebody. We have the right type of players, so I donít know."'

Marker Winfield's remarks contain whiff of truth [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Now in his fifth season, Winfield has always been a dynamic, conscientious team player who, after putting together a season worthy of the Pro Bowl, was justified in letting off some steam at this late juncture. After all, heís been making big play after big play (99 tackles, 8 for losses, 9 passes defended, 1 sack, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles) this season, only to watch his offensive teammates not come through.'

Marker For Fassel, time to light a campfire? [5:18 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'ďItís hot when you get here,Ē he said. ďIn five of the seven seasons Iíve been here, Iíve been on the hot seat. And (the Yankeesí) Joe Torre is the only coach/manager thatís lasted longer than I have in this town."'

Marker Fassel says he's not fazed by speculation [5:17 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"When we went to the Super Bowl everything was great, you're a genius," he said of the Giants' 34-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the title game three seasons back.'

Marker For Fassel and Mitchell, Not Many Happy Returns [5:16 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Mitchell's punt-return average of 4.1 yards is the poorest in the league, and his kickoff-return average of 20.5 yards is 18th in the National Football Conference among 20 returners.'

Marker Toomer commits a Giant boo-boo [5:15 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"Theoretically it's supposed to be a home-field advantage, it just hasn't been that way," Toomer said. "But not because we don't deserve it. We haven't been playing to our expectations."'

Marker If past is indication, Armani will catch heck and little else [5:14 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"It's the worst to play when you're losing, period," Toomer said. "I wouldn't say the other one. I would say it's just the worst place to play when you're losing."'

Marker Fassel deflects Mitchell's fire [5:13 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'All Mitchell would say yesterday was, "I've said all I have to say." Monday night he complained of "too much uncertainty around this locker room" and how "nobody talks, nobody communicates." He also accused the staff of making him a "scapegoat," even though "I've been the hardest-working player all year."'

Marker Can't 'stand' it [5:12 AM]
New York Post reports: '"They're not going to be real excited to see us and they're not going to be the most patient people if things don't go right in the first quarter," receiver Amani Toomer said of the fans, who have endured four losses in five Giant home games. "We know that. Once you know what you have to deal with it's not going to shock anybody around here."'

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