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Buffalo Bills News - September 25, 2003

Marker McNabb: Eagles can save season [5:14 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: '"Everybody has been down on us, but we haven't been down on ourselves. That's something that we've talked about - that we're the ones involved in this thing. We can change this."'

Marker Whatever the theory, the Eagles are still 0-2 [5:13 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '''Those two games were abominations. There just wasn't much happening early. Once we get over that, you'll see a lot more emotion.'''

Marker After week off, Birds’ walking wounded still ache [5:12 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: 'During his first press conference in eight days, Reid confirmed yesterday there is a chance none of the three starters knocked out of action in the season opener -- Taylor, safety Brian Dawkins and defensive end Brandon Whiting -- will be returning in time to face the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Eagles’ true potential about to be revealed [5:11 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: 'There will either be a 1-2 football team recently off twin NFC final games, finally victorious, revived after having upset the Buffalo Bills, just a stride behind in its determined march to double-figure victories, back in contention in the NFC East. Or there will be an 0-3 team all but officially doomed to 2003 failure, an injury-stricken, demoralized slice of football yesteryear hopelessly trapped in a cyclone bearing down on NFL parity.'

Marker Refreshed McNabb remains confident [5:10 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'Despite their 0-2 start and McNabb's league-low 41.4 quarterback rating, the Eagles are just one game in the loss column behind the other three teams - Washington (2-1), the Giants (2-1) and Dallas (1-1) - in the NFC East.'

Marker No word on changes from Reid [5:09 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'Word is Henry will be fitted for a rib protector and try to play Sunday.'

Marker 0-2 Eagles need more from McNabb [5:08 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'Jaworski said McNabb has had "an incredible regression in his mechanics."'

Marker Injured Eagles not back in lineup yet [5:07 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'Under Reid, the Eagles are 4-0 after a bye week.'

Marker McNabb ready to rumble [5:06 AM]
Easton Express Times reports: 'McNabb is the worst quarterback in the league right now. It's right there on the NFL stat sheet. His quarterback rating of 41.4 is the lowest in the whole league, worse than Quincy Carter in Dallas, Kordell Stewart in Chicago and Drew Brees in San Diego. McNabb is the only starting quarterback in the NFL who hasn't thrown a touchdown pass yet, and with a completion percentage of 45.1, nobody's hit targets less.'

Marker Big Plays Would Go a Long Way for Birds [5:05 AM]
Comcast Sportsnet reports: '"We've got to worry about getting a W," Reese said. "That's the most important thing right now. Trying to get a positive atmosphere around here. Nobody is giving up on the season. I'll tell you what — a win does wonders to your psyche, to the atmosphere around here. We know the way we've played in the past. We can take one win and snowball it to two, three or four and get on a nice little roll. That's what we need — to get that first one out of the way. It's not going to be easy this weekend, though. I hope everybody is going to bring their lunch pails and their hats because that's the type of fight it's going to be."'

Marker Ex-Beavers star may get NFL chance [5:04 AM]
Salem Statesman Journal reports: 'The injury bug has hit the running back corps of the Buffalo Bills, and it may give former Oregon State star Ken Simonton a shot at playing in his first regular season game.'

Marker Bills' Henry questionable for Sunday [5:03 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Henry's backup, Sammy Morris, is expected to miss Sunday's game while recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia. That means third-string back Joe Burns will take the load during practice this week.'

Marker Henry Thinks He Can Be On The Field Against The Eagles [5:02 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Henry says he has cartilage damage and is still extremely sore. He did not practice Wednesday. Henry says he does not want to let his teammates down and will do anything he can to get on the field.'

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September 24, 2003

Marker Burns on Standby [9:26 PM] reports: '"I'm just working right now and looking to do my best Sunday if they ask me to play."'

Marker Philadelphia (0-2) at Buffalo (2-1) [9:18 PM]
AP reports: '``I know that there's been a lot of talk about whether he'll play, and I can tell you what he told me and told the team this morning that he's planning on playing,'' coach Gregg Williams said. ``He wanted to make sure they knew, and he is a warrior.'''

Marker Bills Add Maddox To Practice Squad [4:49 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has added running back Nick Maddox to its practice squad and released practice squad wide receiver Jerel Myers.'

Marker Henry intends to play despite bruised ribs [4:49 PM]
AP reports: '''I know that there's been a lot of talk about whether he'll play, and I can tell you what he told me and told the team this morning that he's planning on playing,'' coach Gregg Williams said. ''He wanted to make sure they knew, and he is a warrior.'''

Marker Bills add RB Maddox to practice squad [4:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Maddox played at Florida State and signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent last spring before he was released prior to the start of the season.'

Marker Bandwagon Jumping [4:48 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Trey Teague told us after the game that we (the media) put the Bills up too high when they win and too low when they lose. He’s right. The Bills aren’t a Super Bowl team, yet. But they aren’t as bad as the looked Sunday.'

Marker Henry Expects To Play Against Eagles [2:12 PM] reports: '"Right now Joe Burns will take the snaps and we're going to continue to go on the fact that Travis will be ready to go," said Williams.'

Marker Rochester marketer to rep Thurman Thomas Racing [11:52 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'MSM Sports Marketing Group has signed on handle sponsorships for Thurman Thomas Racing, the business venture launched by the former Buffalo Bills running back.'

Marker Bills Will Bounce Back [11:50 AM] reports: '"When you play in this league, every team that you go up against is so good," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "You're going to lose games through the course of the year. That happens. But the thing we have to focus on is going back and correcting the things we made mistakes on. That's where we have to put our focus. I think we've got enough veteran guys that we're going to respond the right way to this loss. It's a disappointing loss because it was a big game for us. But we're going to come back and go to work and correct the things that we made mistakes on."'

Marker Moorman's numbers get a kick-start [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I try not to go out there and get too excited, I just try and hit the ball easy and not swing too hard," Moorman said. "If I stick with that, I'll be fine."'

Marker Offense might be best defense against Bills [5:17 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: '"Miami controlled the clock, and Buffalo's offense never got into a rhythm," Eagles linebacker Ike Reese said Monday, as the Birds reconvened. "To me, that's a little bit of a blueprint of the way to beat those guys. You've got to control the clock, because if their offense gets enough chances, they're going to put points on the board."'

Marker A Sneak Peek at the Bills [5:16 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Injuries are decimating the Bills' backfield. Backup running back Sammy Morris will miss at least two weeks after surgery Monday to repair a hernia, and backup fullback Phil Crosby cracked his fibula against Miami. With Henry questionable for Sunday, the Bills are slated to announce today whether they will sign another tailback this week.'

Marker Reese: Eagles aren't 'giving up' [5:14 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: 'What Reese saw on TV on Sunday was both encouraging and concerning. After scoring 69 points while winning in its first two games — including a mauling of the same Patriots team that handled the Eagles — Buffalo suffered a 17-7 loss to Miami. ''They're definitely beatable,'' Reese said. ''After the first two weeks, they looked like world-beaters, headed for the Super Bowl.'''

Marker Modrak part of upgrade in Buffalo [5:11 AM]
Trenton Times reports: '"I can't say enough about the people here," Modrak said. "Obviously Tom and I know each other well and that makes for a comfortable situation. But Greg (head coach Williams) is good to work with, and I can't say enough about (owner) Ralph Wilson. He's an old-school guy who wants to win. You tell him what you want to do, and he says, `If it's going to work, do it.' "'

Marker Like Eagles, Bills aiming to bounce back [5:10 AM]
Trenton Times reports: '"It's a long season," Bills fullback Sam Gash said. "We have 13 more games to play, so we're going to watch the film and correct our mistakes and move on. We got Philly this week, so that's what we're going to do."'

Marker Eagles Can Take Cue from Dolphins' Williams this Sunday [5:09 AM]
Comcast Sportsnet reports: '"Buffalo never got a chance to get into a rhythm," Reese said. "They were out there, and the big plays weren't there for them. Miami's defense was fresh the whole night, and they were able to get after those guys."'

September 23, 2003

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Tom Janik [8:24 PM] reports: '"All I did was jump up and down all day after we beat San Diego," Janik said. "We all had a good game. We whipped the dog out of them."'

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