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Buffalo Bills News - September 8, 2001

Marker Faithful long for QB's magic [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'DiMaria said fans who signed up for the trip have expressed as much dislike for Johnson as love for their man Flutie. "One little old lady came in here and said, 'Rob Johnson is a China doll! He's a China doll!' " said DiMaria, who will escort the group along with her brother, R.J.'

Marker Saints salivating for shot at Buffalo steak [5:34 AM]
Biloxi Sun Herald reports: 'Bills fans and media are talking about the over/under on how many weeks/quarters/minutes it will take for oft-injured quarterback Rob Johnson to limp out of a game.'

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September 7, 2001

Marker Reed expected to retire with Bills [7:08 PM]
AP reports: 'Andre Reed, Buffalo's leading career receiver and a key member of the four Bills teams that went to four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s, has called a news conference for Saturday where he is expected to announce his retirement. The news conference is scheduled for noon at the Bills' headquarters in Orchard Park.'

Marker Bills Christie still questionable for season opener [6:16 PM]
AP reports: 'The team must decide by 4 p.m. whether to activate newly acquired kicker Jake Arians from the practice squad to replace Christie.'

Marker Shouldering the load [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How good is Sam Cowart? Buffalo Bills coach Gregg Williams thinks the Pro Bowl linebacker is so good he could line up just about anywhere on the field and still be a star. "A football player is a football player. Make no mistake about that," Williams said. "And guys with his ability, we can put his hand down as a rush nickel end and he'll do well there. You can play him at strong safety. Unless you have somebody with blazing speed, he'd line up and do that. That's the measure of what a really, really good player's about."'

Marker Groin injury makes Christie 'questionable' [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Gregg Williams Show, presented by Galyans, will premiere at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on Ch. 29. The 30-minute show is hosted by long-time Bills long-snapper Adam Lingner. Traci Buch, of WOKR, will host a player segment and Larry Centers will give a view from the backfield each week.'

Marker Bills, Sheriff's Dept. map alternate routes to game [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'To avoid congestion, drivers can stay on the Thruway, pass the Lackawanna toll barrier and take the Milestrip Road exit and approach via McKinley Parkway and Big Tree Road (Route 20A). Or they can continue south on Route 219 to the Big Tree Road (Route 20A) exit, turn right on California Road and left on Route 20 to reach the Drive 5 parking lot. Further south on Route 219, the exit at Armor-Duells Road will provide drivers with an approach to the stadium from the south, which is usually a quick way in.'

Marker Buffalo bonds [8:55 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: '"I'm always going to be a Buffalo fan, except for when we play them," said Haslett, who played for the Bills from 1979 to 1985. "I lived up there for a long time. I've got a lot of fans and friends up there, a lot of players that I played with still living up there."'

Marker AFC East preview [8:54 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'Now it's Johnson's team, and he'll have to remain healthy for the Bills to be solid.'

Marker Chargers DE Wiley has stress fracture [8:30 AM]
San Diego Union-Tribune reports: Marcellus was hurt in practice Wednesday and the stress fracture was diagnosed during tests Thursday. Wiley was scheduled for surgery for Thursday afternoon to have a screw inserted in his foot. He will be out 3-to-4 weeks.

Marker Christie hurting, backup signed [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Arians, 24, was with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie free agent in their 2000 training camp and spent all of last season on their practice squad.'

Marker Hansen leads Bills' defense [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Actually he's bordering on ancient by Buffalo Bills terms. Hansen is the only holdover from the Bills four Super Bowl teams of the early 1990s and no one on the roster has been with the club longer.'

Marker Bills get an extra day to avoid the blackout [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'As of last night, the Buffalo Bills were approximately 500 tickets short of a sellout for Sunday's season-opener against the New Orleans Saints at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Bills open season against Saints [12:07 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills officially kick off their 42nd season of professional football in Western New York by hosting last year's NFC West Champions, the New Orleans Saints. Last year, former Bills linebacker Jim Haslett assumed the head coaching position for the Saints, and guided his squad to a 10-6 mark and their first playoff victory in franchise history.'

Marker Christie listed as questionable for Sunday [12:05 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills kicker Steve Christie strained a groin muscle during warm-ups on Wednesday, so the Bills list him as questionable for Sunday's game against New Orleans. As a precaution, the Bills signed kicker Jake Arians, who was previously with the Falcons, to the practice squad.'

September 6, 2001

Marker A gameplan months in the making [11:44 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Williams always has been a stickler for details, and with his NFL regular-season head coaching debut coming Sunday, he has worked on preparation, looks and schemes for the season opener since the team's May passing camp.'

Marker LIFE OF A NFL QUARTERBACK [11:43 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This week's 5th Down takes a look at how one player made a quick
transition to life in Buffalo, and the ups-and-downs of professional
sports.'

Marker Desktop Wallpaper [11:42 PM]
TBD reports: Our longtime artist, Gina Mustico, has moved on up to producing designs for buffalobills.com! While we are sad that her designs are no longer TBD specific, we are proud as can be that her artwork is posted at the official site. With better photos and logos to work with, Gina's designs this month are better than ever. So, download your September desktop wallpaper today!

Marker Good Opening Day tickets available! [10:53 PM]
TBD reports: Many Bills fans have extra seats to the game this Sunday, so head on over to the Trading Post and grab your seats to the game!

Marker Prediction time! [10:48 PM]
TBD reports: It is time Bills' fans to submit your predictions to the Swami Board! Who will win this Sunday? What will be the Bills final record? Who will win the Super Bowl? Make any prediction you want... Have fun!

Marker No More Excuses [10:24 PM]
TBD reports: 'This is the season that will mark Johnson's progress to be like Steve Young's and not Browning Nagle's. And Johnson has run out of excuses. Not that this is coming at an opportune time. While Johnson emerged victorious after a three year soap opera of Jerry Springer proportions, the jury is still out whether the winner of the Bills quarterback position in 2001 was really the winner.'

Marker Revamped Bills defense faces first test against Saints [7:58 PM]
AP reports: '"We definitely got our work cut out for us," said middle linebacker Sam Cowart.'

Marker Bills Christie questionable with groin injury [4:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Christie did not practice on Thursday after hurting his groin a day earlier. The Bills signed kicker Jake Arians to the practice squad as a precautionary move.'

Marker AFC East preview [1:29 PM]
Oakland Tribune reports: 'How it ends: 8-8 ... but changes were good ones.'

Marker AFC East Preview [1:27 PM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Outlook: Middle of the pack.'

Marker AFC East Capsules [1:24 PM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'New head coach Gregg Williams brings in 12 assistants and a bevy of players to Buffalo this season. Despite talent on both sides of the ball, there is simply too much youth and not enough depth. A 7-9 record would be quite an achievement.'

Marker Bills count on ground game to neutralize Saints' rush [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"So we have a plan now," Fina said. "So whether it's Travis Henry or Shawn Bryson or Sammy Morris, all three of them are capable and all three of them run extremely hard. As long as we block well we'll have a chance."'

Marker It's time for Rob to stand on his own two feet [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson doesn't inspire loathing, as Doug Flutie could on his worst days. What he inspires is sympathy. Buffalo fans desperately want him to succeed. They want to believe in him. But they, too, can't help being fearful.'

Marker Sure-handed Price delighted to get opportunity to return punts [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Peerless Price is scheduled to get first crack at punt returns for the Buffalo Bills, and the third-year wide receiver couldn't be happier about it. "I just want opportunities," Price said after Wednesday's practice. "Last year I felt like I didn't get enough on offense. This year if that's going to be the case or not I want to be back there on punt returns. I want chances."'

Marker Wait 'til next year? [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bills could be 4-4 at midseason they would have a legitimate shot at the playoffs. Don't count on it. Look for a hideous start, a decent finish and a 7-9 record.'

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