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Buffalo Bills News - August 20, 1999

Marker Old Reliables [6:30 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Buffalo veterans Bruce Smith, Andre Reed and Thurman Thomas won't play forever. Or will they?'

Marker Preseason Games Still Mean Very Little To Bills [6:25 AM]
D & C reports: 'In 39 previous summers, the team has had just eight winning records in practice games. Four of them occurred in the franchise's first seven years. Only one has occurred in the past 16.'

Marker Renfro Proving He Deserves A Long Look From Bills [6:23 AM]
D & C reports: 'Dusty Renfro, the pride of Cleburne, Texas, is an undrafted rookie trying to beat the odds with the Buffalo Bills. But three short weeks into training camp, the leading tackler at the University of Texas the past two seasons has shown that maybe he's not such a long shot Longhorn.'

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August 19, 1999

Marker For Starters, Redskins Will Outlast Bills [4:15 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Washington coach Norv Turner, who played most of his starters for an entire half in last week's 20-14 victory at New England, said his first-teamers will play well into the third quarter against the Bills.'

Marker As Skins Break Camp, Turner Accepts Future [6:30 AM]
Washington Post reports: '[Norv] Turner indicated that he plans to use his starters for at least a half against the Bills. Some starters will play into the third quarter, Turner said. He indicated that [Brad] Johnson will play longer than the 1 1/2 quarters of work he got against the Patriots.'

Marker Fredonia Or Rochester? Bills Pondering Next Summer's Camp Site [6:25 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The college has presented a proposal to the Bills that could keep them in Fredonia, but the team has taken no action yet. "It would effect our pride more than our economy," said Mayor Frank Pagano of the fallout from any Bills exodus. "We always say that the road to the Super Bowl starts in Fredonia."'

Marker Washington Skips Workout, Joins Family After House Fire [6:19 AM]
D & C reports: '"The fire was extensive enough that they couldn't stay there so he's in the process of relocating his family and getting all those things done," Phillips said. "But we're happy his family is fine. The other things certainly can be replaced."'

Marker Bills Say Final Goodbye To Fredonia [6:17 AM]
D & C reports: '"We're talking primarily with St. John Fisher and I'm confident we can strike a deal with them," Bill Duffy, the team's executive vice president of administration, said yesterday. "We've exchanged proposals. Have we reached a final proposal? No. But we are in negotiations."'

August 18, 1999

Marker Workhorse Gray Looks Like Darkhorse For Bills [1:28 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'With the Buffalo backfield depleted by injuries, he could become the biggest longshot running back to make the Bills' active squad out of training camp since Benedictine's Jamie Mueller in 1987...The Bills lack depth at running back with promising rookie Shawn Bryson lost for the season with a knee injury. Antowain Smith, the top running back last season, says his torn groin muscle is still a bit sore. Veteran Thurman Thomas can still carry the load at 33, but not all of it. Thomas has adjusted to his role as a part-time back. Jonathan Linton had trouble holding on to the ball at Seattle on Saturday.'

Marker Bills Owner Wilson Named Winner Of Pete Rozelle Award [6:39 AM]
Fox sports reports: 'According to the selection committee, the recipient is someone who has "set a standard of excellence that has had a tremendous influence on the game of football at the professional level and is worthy of special recognition."'

Marker Bills Veterans Will See Action In Washington [6:33 AM]
D & C reports: 'Andre Reed and Bruce Smith, who are starting their 15th seasons, and Thurman Thomas, starting his 12th, will see action in the Bills' preseason game at Washington Friday night.'

Marker Call It Super-Marketing [6:32 AM]
D & C reports: 'Two Saturdays ago, the first day individual game tickets went on sale, the Bills sold a single-day club record 24,135 tickets. Team officials say distribution through Wegmans stores was the main reason.'

August 17, 1999

Marker On The Brink [6:26 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Buffalo Bills rushed for 188 yards in their exhibition opener against Seattle. Not too bad an effort. But subtract quarterback Rob Johnson's 53 yards, remember that starter Antowain Smith is hobbled by sore groin and add in the fumbles of backup Jonathan Linton and suddenly, the Buffalo ground game is a lot scarier on paper than it is on the field.'

Marker Injuries Open Door For Bills' Linton [6:23 AM]
D & C reports: 'Linton fumbled three times, twice deep in his own territory on Buffalo' first two series. In the second quarter, he was stuffed on a third-and-goal-at-the-one plunge. On fourth down, he fumbled again, making a meaningless recovery. "I have no excuses for that," said Linton, who found himself the center of intense media attention yesterday after practice. "I'm not saying the ball was slick or my arms were wet or somebody knocked it out. That should never happen. I'm a running back. I know they're going to go after the ball. Nothing really happened, it was just a lack of focus and concentration."'

August 16, 1999

Marker Preseason notebook: Bills at Seahawks [5:26 PM]
NFL.com reports: Notebook on Bills/Seahawks. A good bit of the article is on Bryce Fisher, who left Sunday to fill his service obligation. Another class player for the Bills, and one we'll anxiously await to see during the regular season 2 years from now.

Marker Erie County Cashes In On Sale Of Stadium Seats [7:48 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Erie County Director of Purchasing John Doyle believes the sale of thousands of old seats at Ralph Wilson Stadium may bring in as much as $100,000.'

August 15, 1999

Marker Round One Goes to the Defense [2:23 PM]
TBD reports:

Marker Rick Gosselin's Pro Football Report: AFC Notes [1:51 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Look for the Buffalo Bills to leave their long-time training camp home in Fredonia, N.Y., for Rochester in 2000. Wegman's, a major supermarket chain in western New York, became the corporate sponsor of the Bills' training camp this summer, the final year of the Fredonia lease. Wegman's is based in Rochester.'

Marker Notebook: Huard Solid In His Debut [1:50 PM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'Early in the second period, after Bills' running back Jonathan Linton was stopped at the goal line, officials reviewed the play and ruled that he had not broken the plane of the goal line, which supported the ruling on the field. The interesting part is that Bills' coach Wade Phillips never intended to ask for a replay ruling. "I was going to call a timeout anyway, and the official asked if I wanted to challenge the call," Phillips said, taking a "why-not" approach.'

Marker It's NOW Time For Hawks To Be Real Patient - Or Get Better Fast [1:49 PM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'The Seahawks' defense made a number of big plays, forcing four fumbles and registering three sacks. And a second-quarter goal-line stand of four stops at the 1 was stunning. But the defense also gave up 188 rushing yards and let the Bills convert 60 percent of their third-down tries.'

Marker '99 Starts Like 1998 [1:48 PM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'Ted Washington, Buffalo's immovable noseguard, was impenetrable.'

Marker Rookies Stand out in Bills first Preseason Win [11:31 AM]
TBD reports:

Marker Seahawk Notebook [7:52 AM]
Seattle Times reports: Short Seattle-based review of game.

Marker Concrete Tent Kicks Off One Last Seahawk Revival [7:51 AM]
Seattle Times reports: Holmgren seems a bit grumpy.

Marker Seahawks: Offense Sluggish As Holmgren Loses Exhibition Opener [7:50 AM]
Seattle Times reports:

Marker Seattle Slain [7:44 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'It was not a stellar exhibition opener for either team's offensive starters.'

Marker Game Summary [7:38 AM]
USA Today reports:

Marker Bills Blow Past Seahawks [7:31 AM]
D & C reports: Game capsule of Bills victory over Seatlle.

August 14, 1999

Marker Seattle Spirits Soar With Holmgren At The Helm [2:29 PM]
National Post reports:

Marker Here's What To Watch As Bills Open Preseason [2:19 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Itís conceded that Doug Flutie will be the regular-season starter at quarterback off his inspired effort a year ago. But former first-stringer Rob Johnson is pressing him and, by most accounts, has outplayed Flutie in training camp.'

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