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Buffalo Bills News - December 24, 2003

Marker 10 million reason$ make Milloy a winner [5:13 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'At 30 years old, the Washington product had to take steps to secure a quality life. With two trips to the Super Bowl under his belts and one championship ring could he blamed for looking out for No. 1? Of course not. And surely, the New England players will one day accept that. Just not this Saturday.'

Marker Rematch brings schedule full circle [5:12 PM]
Patriots.com reports: '"We want to go out and redeem ourselves."'

Marker Always unscripted, Miller ready to call last game for Bills [3:11 PM]
AP reports: '''It's familiar, it's quite intimate. It invites you in. He is the neighbor next door,'' Smith said. ''You never tired of Van Miller. He could go on for another 50 years and people would still be saying, 'More.''''

Marker Bills OG Brown misses second straight practice [3:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills guard Ruben Brown missed his second straight practice on Wednesday, excused for what coach Gregg Williams called personal reasons. Brown is not on the team's injury report and the team would not provide further details. The Bills are preparing for their season finale at New England on Saturday.'

Marker New England shoots for AFC's top seed versus Buffalo [3:09 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"I don't have any prediction with that, really," Williams said of the chances of being back in Buffalo for the 2004 season. "Next week is next week. We'll sit down as soon as possible. We'll talk. We do that every year. We'll start two days after the season, tearing everything down. We'll go through every phase of it. [GM Tom Donahoe] and I have done that every year."'

Marker Patriots have something to prove to Bills [3:08 PM]
Patriots.com reports: '"It's very ironic," Patriots strong safety Rodney Harrison said, "but it's the perfect setting. We're at home for the last game and it's a climactic game. There will be a lot of physical play and emotion."'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Van Miller [3:07 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Here's your chance to ask the long-time voice of the Bills a question!'

Marker Injured Patriot Colvin still thinking positively [3:06 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Colvin was supposed to inject life into the Pats' pass rush. Yet without him, Mike Vrabel (9.5 sacks), Richard Seymour (8) and Willie McGinest (5.5) have thrived. Colvin was supposed to shore up the run defense that had sagged in 2002. Yet without him the Patriots rank fourth in the league and have allowed only one 100-yard back all season. If this defense is that good without him, logic says it would be downright scary with him.'

Marker Klecko's fan appeal hasn't waned [3:05 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Saturday will be ‘‘Military Appreciation Day'' at Gillette Stadium, honoring personnel representing the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, plus Massachusetts Army National Guard and Air Guard. Four military A-10 jets will conduct a pregame fly-over, and Army Sergeant First Class David Ainslie, a Purple Heart recipient from the war in Iraq, will participate in the coin toss.'

Marker Colvin, Milloy back in town [3:04 PM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: '“I feel good. It’s not going to be a game of revenge. You guys know I’m going to fly around, and any eventual rage is going to be because I respect all of my (former) teammates over there. Anybody who gains my respect on any opposing team, they know they can expect my best. And hopefully, the way I approach this week, especially with the situation here, my teammates (in Buffalo) can see this is still football, we have a chance to be the No. 1 defense.”'

Marker Patriots stick to their story: winning [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You've got to give the players credit for making the plays that they've made," New England coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday. "We've had a lot of different people step up and make big plays at key times in the game on offense, defense and special teams."'

Marker Williams, Van Pelt nursing injuries [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams has a sprained right knee and Van Pelt has a sprained wrist. Both did not practice Tuesday, although Bills coach Gregg Williams said he is hopeful that Mike Williams will return to practice today. "He's done better," Gregg Williams said. "We hope that he will be able to progress throughout the course of the week."'

Marker Brady, Belichick defend Bledsoe [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He played pretty well in our game. That’s what I’m going on,” he said. “He played very well against us, the entire team played well. Drew certainly had an outstanding day. We have a lot of respect for Drew. I have a lot of respect for him personally. When you get beat 31-0 you better respect the team that beat you, I can tell you that.”'

Marker Williams' fate waits a week [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It’s believed that Williams was offered three-, four- and five-year deals when he signed with Buffalo in 2001 and elected to take three. When the Bills offered an extension with an option last off-season, Williams declined, believing — it now appears — that if he had coached a playoff team he’d have more leverage and options open to him.'

Marker Wire makes big impact off field, too [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The impact he has had away from the field has been much more profound than those helmet-rattling hits he delivers while covering kicks and receivers on Sunday afternoons at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Defense a fun group activity [5:12 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots play exceptional "team" defense. The term is redundant, but realize that it isn't easy to get 11 to think and play as one.'

Marker Colvin won't play what-if game [5:11 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'In a year in which the team is 13-2, won the AFC East, and is jockeying for prime playoff position, Colvin's season ended after he fractured his left hip in Game 2 against Philadelphia while trying to scoop up a loose ball and run.'

Marker Teaming up to carry the load [5:10 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots are averaging 3.4 yards per carry, second-worst in the league. In the offseason Belichick probably will look for a front-line running back. But for now, at least, he's not looking at next week as the start of his team's offseason.'

Marker NFL reversal just fine with Wilson [5:09 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Drew Bledsoe is among those who are amazed at how far the Bills have fallen since their blowout win over the Pats in Week 1. '`It seems like forever ago,'' he said. ``It's been surreal for me to see where we started and see where we are now. It's been hard.'''

Marker Bills' year goes sour [5:08 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'So, just what does crow taste like?'

Marker These Bills a far cry from their opening win [5:07 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"I'm on record that day saying, 'We're not as good as everybody thinks we are,' " head coach Gregg Williams pointed out yesterday. "We played well that particular day. We capitalized on some of the breaks in the ball game. They turned the ball over uncharacteristically and we capitalized. But I said at the time after that ball game and the second game that a lot of people believe we're a lot better than we are right now." He was right.'

Marker Recuperating Colvin can walk, but not much else [5:06 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It's been almost surreal to me to look at where we started [this season]," he told the Buffalo media yesterday. "It seems like forever ago. We were playing well. I think if you saw only one game this season and you're talking about the last week of the season, one team playing for home-field advantage and the other team out of the playoffs, you probably would have though the opposite team would have been in those respective situations. It's been surreal for me to see where we started and where we are now. It's been very hard."'

Marker Milloy Is Richer, But At A Price [5:05 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'In 2002, Milloy said he wasn't in position to make those plays. He was forced to play deep rather than near the line because of the coverage inadequacies of Otis Smith and Tebucky Jones. "[Cornerback] Tyrone Poole is the unsung hero of the year," Milloy said when asked who has been the Patriots' best defender. "He has played phenomenally."'

Marker Colvin works hard at rehab [5:04 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"I think it basically is coaching and the players," Colvin said. "Before I got here, they had already done what I wanted to do ... The same guys that did it in 2001 are doing it now with the exception of a couple of free agents."'

Marker How will fans receive Milloy? [5:03 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: '"It has been a humbling experience," said Milloy, who has been credited with 126 tackles, three sacks, 14 pass deflections and two forced fumbles by Buffalo coaches.'

Marker It’s hard to believe Bills beat Patriots [5:02 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: '"I had no idea," Patriots tight end Christian Fauria said. "I didn’t know what it was going to be like after that first game. I was still in shock and a little numb. You don’t really know what’s going to happen until you get late into the season. Everybody was making a big deal out of that first game, but we just stayed the course and just kept trying to win, so I didn’t have any clue."'

Marker Klecko receives 12th Man Award [5:01 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Milloy pointed out that his replacement Rodney Harrison has been blitzing on a lot more plays than he did during his last season with New England, which, in his opinion, is why his numbers weren’t that great. "You see how I played the last few years, it wasn't blitzing every damn play like he's doing," Milloy told the Boston Globe on Tuesday. "That's the way I made my name in the first place."'

Marker Bills Season Ends Saturday [5:00 AM]
RNews.com reports: '"That's kind of the way we wanted it and unfortunately it hasn't gone that way for a number of reasons," tight end Dave Moore explained.'

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December 23, 2003

Marker Discouraged Bills prepare to wrap up `surreal' season [8:55 PM]
AP reports: '''It seems like you're in a bad dream,'' receiver Eric Moulds said. ''It feels like we can't do anything right.'''

Marker Injured Patriots LB Colvin optimistic about next year [8:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Colvin said he's not overly frustrated. ''If the guys weren't out there doing good I think it would be worse,'' he said. ''But they're doing a good job, so I'm happy.'''

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