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Buffalo Bills News - December 1, 2002

Marker Dolphins quarterback Ray Lucas injured against Bills [4:34 PM]
AP reports: 'Miami Dolphins quarterback Ray Lucas suffered a stinger in his neck early in the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills and was replaced by usual starter Jay Fiedler.'

Marker Miami at Buffalo Game Preview [10:37 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Miami’s getting hot and Buffalo’s going cold. The one advantage for the Bills is the game is in Buffalo. However, unless Drew Bledsoe really lights it up and Ray Lucas has to start for Miami and lays an egg, the Bills could win — otherwise, you’ve got to go with Miami.

Marker Bills-Dolphins: Audio Game of the Week [10:27 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Listen to game if you can not be there.

Marker 8. Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills [10:19 AM]
ESPN reports: The worry for the Dolphins is that the Bills are desperate. They can see that their season is crashing. The defense is allowing 28 points a game, which would break a franchise record. In seven games, they haven't forced a turnover. The defense has only 16 turnovers all season. And everyone warned the Bills that Drew Bledsoe didn't have the luxury of hitting a slump. He has.

Marker Gunmen shoot, kill former Bills LB Covington [10:12 AM]
ESPN reports: Damien Covington, a former linebacker for the Buffalo Bills, was shot to death by robbers Friday night during a party at an apartment. Covington tried to fight off at least two assailants before being shot several times, Bill Shralow, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, said Saturday.

Marker Bills' drive for five begins against Dolphins [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It also might require the Bills to run the table, in other words, win their last five games. That appears to be a tall order for a team that hasn't won five straight in a season since 1998.'

Marker Snow might mean 'go' for Henry and Williams [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Forecasters at the National Weather Service are calling for lake-effect snow to reach the Southtowns this afternoon. Snowfall is expected to reach up to a foot.'

Marker Bills hit backstretch with too many questions, not enough answers [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He flunked again between his first season and his second when the only change he made was bringing in Kevin Gilbride as offensive coordinator, and there is a deep suspicion that Gilbride's hiring was Donahoe's idea.'

Marker Rookie Rewards [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think Josh wants to prove to himself that he can be better than his father was to him," said Margaret Reed, Josh's mother. "His father was never a factor in his life and wasn't there when he needed to be. Josh wants to give his son the best things. Not material things that can spoil a child, but just things to provide a good life for his son."'

Marker Bills, Sabres are both in good hands [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fans in many cities with National Football League and National Hockey League franchises wish they were in the same situation as Buffalo. Buffalo, a city filled with pessimists and critics about most things, including their sports franchises, have every reason to be positive about the Buffalo Bills and now, with its new ownership, the Buffalo Sabres.'

Marker Miami no longer climate controlled [5:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'In other words, the Dolphins, not the Bills, are better-equipped to play the “good old-fashioned football” Williams speaks of.'

Marker Q&A with Charlie Rogers [5:44 AM]
D and C reports: '’’Yes and no. I mean, I’m happy to be on the East coast and in Buffalo. It’s a great organization with a lot of history, but no way did I expect us to be 5-6 right now. I expected much better. Coming off the bye, we had it rolling and I thought we’d be two games in first place by now. It’s tough when you know that you’re better than what you’re performing.’’'

Marker Bills can stay in race with win over Miami [5:43 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Buffalo Bills’ fading playoff hopes are on week-to-week life support.'

Marker Bills are looking to chill the Fish [5:42 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"It's all on them," Bills safety Pierson Prioleau told the Buffalo News about today's guests, the Miami Dolphins. "They're in 80-to 85-degree weather, chillin', having fun in the sun. They come up here where it's going to be about 20 degrees with the wind blowing and snow in the air."'

Marker For local networks, picking NFL games can be tricky [5:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Because we are a Buffalo must-carry market, we had to carry them regardless," Herwood says. "That was kind of disappointing to ourselves and to our audience."'

Marker Henry balances the Bills' offense [5:40 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'In three of Miami's four losses, the Dolphins allowed 100 or more yards rushing. In the fourth loss, to the New York Jets, Miami allowed 97 yards rushing.'

Marker Taylor's season to remember [5:39 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'With 11 sacks in 11 games, he leads the 7-4 Dolphins into a critical game against the 5-6 Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. today at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Taylor family's history becomes part of trial [5:38 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Although the issue at hand is whether Anthony Taylor reached for his gun, the underlying question is how did he and his adoptive son, Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, get to this point in their relationship?'

Marker Taylor of the tape [5:37 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'For several weeks, Taylor has been as good as anyone.'

Marker Kelly leaves Dolphins feeling green [5:36 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'In no time, the Dolphins' 1989 season got off on the wrong foot.'

Marker The edge: Dolphins vs. Bills [5:35 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The weather is very changeable at this time of the year, and that can mean wind and the freezing cold that comes with it. That's Bills weather, and they're used to it. Buffalo has lost two in a row, but it will always get up for the Dolphins. Edge: Bills.'

Marker Rolling up the sacks [5:35 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'This week, however, he has read a clipping from The Buffalo News. The last time the Dolphins played the Bills, Taylor was held without a sack, and left tackle Jonas Jennings was given, he feels, too much credit. After all, Drew Bledsoe was sacked five times, even if Taylor did not pick up one of them.'

Marker Dixon returns to site of bad break [5:34 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'With 46 seconds left in the first quarter of last year's game at Buffalo, Mark Dixon's right fibula snapped. Ligaments were torn. His season, if not career, was over, that much he knew.'

Marker Williams nears mark set by another Williams [5:33 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Lucas, meanwhile, will be much more prepared to face the Bills this time. He has played increasingly better each week since that Buffalo game and played particularly well against the Chargers last Sunday.'

Marker Lucas settles in Miami [5:32 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Opponents have stopped blitzing Drew Bledsoe and are concentrating on dropping the safeties to take away the big passes to Eric Moulds and Peerless Price. The results: In the last two games, Moulds has six catches for 60 yards, Price has 10 catches for 89 yards. The results of that: The Bills have scored one touchdown in each of the last three games.'

Marker Gunmen kill ex-S.J. football star [5:31 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'In 1997, his final year as a linebacker with the Buffalo Bills, Covington earned $276,300. He became a starter toward the end of his brief career. In his final game, he made 20 solo tackles and seemed to be coming into his own. But during practice he suffered nerve damage in his left knee, cutting short his career.'

Marker Covington remembered for hard work and talent [5:30 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: '``He was a good, young kid. It's really a shame,'' said Dennis Lynch, a Glassboro native who is now the director of archives for the Buffalo Bills. ``He was a promising young player when we had him in Buffalo. We were both from South Jersey and we kidded around a little bit about that. He never really reached his potential in professional football after a really good college career. He never really got that full shot because of the knee injury.'''

Marker Former Bills linebacker killed in New Jersey [5:29 AM]
AP reports: 'The 29-year-old Covington, who died at the scene, did not live at the apartment, Shralow said.'

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November 30, 2002

Marker Ex-star athlete shot to death [10:19 PM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Covington, 29, was visiting friends at the Coachman Manor Apartments in Lindenwold when two men forced their way into the apartment, police said. Covington was shot as he struggled with one of the men. The men fled on foot, said Bill Shralow, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's office. Covington was a third-round draft pick in 1995. He played for the Buffalo Bills until 1997 when a knee injury ended his career. His attempted at a comeback in 1998 fizzled when he was waived by the team.

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