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Buffalo Bills News - October 18, 2002

Marker Miami set to back Bills into corners [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miami's Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain are one of the best cornerback tandems in the National Football League. They will try to be the first duo this year to keep Moulds and Price out of the end zone.'

Marker Sweet tooth and Nails finally get on same page [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 6-foot-6 Nails weighed 387 after his senior year at Florida A&M. The Bills had him at about 365 when they drafted him, which prompted former Bills scout Buddy Nix to say, "For Jamie, losing 20 pounds is like throwing a lawn chair off the deck of the Titanic."'

Marker Best meets the best in Miami [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'This isn’t just any challenge. It’s not just any week. This is the Dolphins. This is Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain, perhaps the finest cornerback tandem in the league. This is serious.'

Marker TV blackout is lifted [5:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Yet, because of returns of the Bills' allotment, a limited number of seats are still available via Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone and the Pro Player Stadium box office.'

Marker Gadsden unlikely to play Sunday [5:17 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'They are also preparing for the possibility Gadsden might not return this season.'

Marker Keep your head, Chambers. Just rest [5:14 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'When you consider the Dolphins have an off week after playing the Bills, why mess with Chambers' head?'

Marker Tight ends may be targets on offense [5:13 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'With rookie Randy McMichael (21 receptions, 292 yards, three touchdowns), veteran Jed Weaver (no receptions) and newcomer Desmond Clark, a fourth-year player, the Dolphins' tight-end contingent is solid.'

Marker Receivers still up in the air [5:12 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"Even if I made a decision today, it's too swollen for anybody to know," said Gadsden, whose wrist was taped and in a brace. "Hopefully by [today] or Saturday when the swelling goes down I can go out there and see if I can put it together."'

Marker No blackout for Sunday's Dolphins-Bills game [5:10 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Management said there are still a limited number of tickets still available.'

Marker Bledsoe the Bill will test Miami, Marino's record [5:09 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"He seems more confident," Dolphins cornerback Sam Madison said. "He seems happy. They're letting him do what he does best, and that's letting him throw the football downfield."'

Marker Chambers could play; Gadsden's wrist still too swollen [5:08 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"There's definitely a risk (of re-aggravating it)," Gadsden said. "We take risks all the time. I definitely have to factor all those things in. I'll make the best decision that I can."'

Marker Dolphins OK with Owens' antics [5:07 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"Some people just don't have the nerve to do that. He does," said Madison, a cornerback who faced Owens last year. "He's scoring touchdowns, and their football team is winning. To each his own. Would I do it? No. But it was just fun."'

Marker Fins again have quality backup QB [5:05 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: 'If you’re a Dolphins fan who believes in signs, omens and precursors, Jay Fiedler’s injury shouldn’t worry you.'

Marker Timing could be right for Dolphins, Lucas [5:03 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Fiedler is expected to be out at least the next four weeks, which would cover Sunday's game against Buffalo followed by a bye week and road games against Green Bay and the New York Jets. Beating Green Bay at Lambeau Field is a tough task for any team, whether Fiedler is healthy or not. But the Dolphins should be able to beat the Bills and Jets, which would leave them at 7-2 by the time Fiedler gets back.'

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October 17, 2002

Marker Gadsden will wait to decide on wrist surgery [4:46 PM]
AP reports: 'Gadsden rejoined the team after being examined by a Dallas doctor but didn't practice. He's listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo.'

Marker Taylor ready to chase Bledsoe [4:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Miami faces a daunting test Sunday against Bledsoe, a familiar AFC East rival wearing a new uniform. ''I don't understand why New England traded him to Buffalo,'' Taylor said. ''It was kind of a stupid move on their part. Now we're stuck playing against him again. He's playing unbelievable. He has brought so much to that team. They're a completely different team than they were last year.'''

Marker Dolphins aware of the 'Drew' factor [2:36 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"They're scoring 32 points a game," Thomas said incredulously. "Bringing Bledsoe into the picture makes them much more scary."'

Marker Bentley quits as Destroyers coach [1:21 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The news release said knee problems that resulted from an injury suffered 10 years ago when Bentley played for the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals as a cause for his resignation. The injury now prevents Bentley from standing on his leg for extended periods of time. Bentley also played for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills - Dolphins Series History [10:12 AM] reports: The Bills and Dolphins have played at least twice every season since 1966, with Miami holding a 47-28-1 overall series lead (46-25-1 in the reg. season). The Bills last victory in Miami was in 1999 (23-18).

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Dolphins Preview [10:11 AM] reports: The rivalry wasn't the same there (in New England) as it is here. I've learned very quickly how different it is with the Bills. It wasn't quite like that there, it was simply a big week because the Dolphins had been pretty tough and in particularly on defense. We knew it was going to be a tough week and that we would have our hands full.

Marker Focus is on mind games, at least for one day [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They're right where they need to be," he said. "They know how to come through adversity. They know how to stick together. They know how to play the entire game. That's what you look for."'

Marker Run, Ricky, run [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's got his life in order and he's having some success down here. So when all those personal things are better it usually translates to positive stuff on the football field. He's been fantastic as far as his work ethic and everything he's doing here."'

Marker Bills-Dolphins' rivalry still burns [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas wanted to tackle his TV set last April when he learned that the New England Patriots had traded quarterback Drew Bledsoe to the Buffalo Bills. Instead of watching one of the NFL’s great passers leave the AFC East Division, Thomas saw Bledsoe set up shop with one of Miami’s fiercest rivals. “When they made that move with New England, it was like ‘Go to Cincinnati man, don’t stay in the division,’ “ Thomas recalled on Wednesday. “That was ridiculous.”'

Marker Williams probably won't play [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though coach Gregg Williams said “you never rule anybody out,” it seems highly unlikely that Williams will recover in time to play. Gregg Williams termed Mike Williams’ injury as “a significant strain.”'

Marker Pass-happy Bills receive solid ground support [5:32 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'And if the Bills (3-3) are to have continued success through the air - in particular this Sunday against the dreaded divisional rival Dolphins (5-1) in Miami - Buffalo would be well served with another big game from their top back.'

Marker Bills QB looking upward [5:31 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'While the Bills probably lag well behind the Dolphins in overall talent, they may be catching their rivals at a ripe moment. Miami's 24-22 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night was huge, but also punishing.'

Marker Gadsden's dilemma: season-ending surgery . . . or play in pain [5:26 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Gadsden is in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. If Gadsden, 31, has surgery now, he would likely be healthy by the time free agency opens in March. If he puts off surgery, he won't be healthy until the end of April, at the earliest, assuming a four-month recovery. That would significantly reduce his chances of getting a decent contract with any team.'

Marker Confident QB Lucas shoots from the lip [5:25 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''The way I lead is a lot different from Jay,'' Lucas said. ``I'm definitely more vocal, I'm definitely up in your face. I don't know how the guys are going to respond. We'll find out real shortly.'''

Marker Searcy to have surgery, miss 3rd season in row [5:25 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Fewer than 800 tickets remain for Sunday's game and must be sold by 1 p.m. today for the game to be televised locally.'

Marker Wannstedt, teammates are certain Lucas can lead offense [5:20 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"Ray has a lot of confidence," said receiver Dedric Ward, who also played with Lucas with the Jets. "He is never going to let you think he is struggling. There isn't a guy in the locker room who thinks he can make more plays than Ray."'

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