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Buffalo Bills News - September 27, 2001

Marker Ready for another game [5:21 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'I'm really looking forward to the Buffalo game. It's been a pretty good series over the years, probably for a lot of the same reasons we've had a rivalry with Cleveland. We're both blue collar towns and the teams that represent those cities take on that city's personality. I anticipate a pretty physical game.'

Marker No defending Bills defence [5:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"This is the hand we've been dealt with, for whatever reason -- injuries, coaches, off-season (changes). Whatever, this is where we're at."'

Marker Start pleases Bills' Farris [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: '"Don't think I haven't thought of that, but yeah, it would mean a little bit more," Farris said. "You've always got something to prove in this league, but the fact it's the Steelers means a little bit more to me."'

Marker NFL's Bills tighten security at stadium [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: '"Heightened security is a fact of life in the society we live in today," said general manager Tom Donahoe. "We have taken measures, and it will be obvious, but we will try to do it in a way where it doesn't disrupt the fans' enjoyment."'

Marker Stadium security [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'Everything will be inspected.'

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September 26, 2001

Marker Steelers Prepare For Bills Game [9:20 PM]
Steelers Digest reports: '"It is interesting," said Cowher. "If anybody looks at us, last year we were 0-2 and finished with a winning record. The two previous years, were were 2-0 and finished with losing records. All that I will say is that I think you need to be careful in drawing too quick conclusions too fast. You don't want to get too far away from being in the chase, but at the same time, the most important thing is not about other people."'

Marker Security will be tight in Buffalo [9:17 PM]
Pittsburgh Steelers reports: 'Of the six touchdowns the Colts scored on Buffalo, Williams was most upset with the three drives that lasted only two plays each. "What I saw on most of the (big) plays was somebody trying to do someone else's job."'

Marker Steelers visit Buffalo in search of first win [9:15 PM]
Pittsburgh Steelers reports: 'If the Steelers can stop Henry early, it will make things much easier for their secondary. Don't be surprised, then, if Buffalo spends the first quarter establishing the run. Don't be fooled, either. The Bills are a passing team. Moulds is always a deep threat and Centers and Riemersma keep defenses very honest with their prowess underneath.'

Marker Steelers Remember Farris [9:10 PM] reports: '"Kris Farris?" inside linebacker Earl Holmes asked with a look of mistrust. "Well, I'm not going to say he sucked."'

Marker Brown has Faith in Pitt [9:08 PM] reports: 'Ruben Brown on how long Williams' honeymoon in Buffalo will last: "With the Buffalo media, the honeymoon is over right now."'

Marker Bills sign Robinson to practice squad; cut Taylor [8:48 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills bolstered their depth at linebacker, signing former prospect Junior Robinson to their practice squad on Wednesday. To make room for Robinson's return after he was cut prior to the start of the season, the Bills released receiver Chris Taylor.'

Marker Gregg Williams press conference (9/26) [5:33 PM] reports: GW speaks on the roster spot opened up by placing Cowart on IR, on injuries, the Steelers' two week layoff, Cowart and Moulds' absence, having contingency plans, the offensive line, Ruben as tackle, facing Stewart's mobility, Indianapolis' use of the no-huddle, the no-huddle's effectiveness, the quick scoring drives Sunday, Bettis, Stewart, and knowing the Steelers from his AFC Central days.

Marker Rob Johnson press conference (9/26) [5:28 PM] reports: RJ talks on his hip, Eric Moulds possible absence, if the Bills could run the no-huddle, On the pressure on the offense being less playing Pittsburgh rather than Colts, the coverage Buffalo's facing, the offensive line's injuries, Travis Henry, the difference in the Colts and Steelers' defense, and the Steelers' layoff.

Marker Roster moves (PS) - LB Robinson in, WR Taylor out [5:18 PM] reports: Bills signed LB Junior Robinson to the practice squad and released WR Chris Taylor from the practice squad. Robinson was in the Bills 2001 training camp but released before the regular season.

Marker Bills place MLB Cowart on injured reserve [4:34 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Bills rookie coach Gregg Williams probably regrets his decision to waive veteran linebacker John Holecek in training camp in the wake of Cowart's injury. Holecek was a starter at inside linebacker in Buffalo's 3-4 defense last year, but was deemed expendable when Williams switched to a 4-3 alignment.'

Marker Bills heighten security measures at Ralph Wilson Stadium [4:33 PM]
AP reports: 'Fans can not bring anything larger than a small purse into the stadium. The ban includes thermoses, which had previously been allowed in the stadium, as well as binocular and camera cases and fanny packs and backpacks. Coolers had not been permitted under the team's previous security policy. To compensate, the Bills announced that they are reducing the cost by 25 cents of bottled water, coffee and hot chocolate.'

Marker Bills' Defensive Stalwart Out for Season [3:04 PM]
AP reports: The Buffalo Bills will be without their best defensive player for the rest of the season.

Bills rookie coach Gregg Williams probably regrets his decision to waive veteran LB John Holecek in training camp in the wake of Cowart's injury. Holecek was a starter at inside LB in Buffalo's 3-4 defense last year, but was deemed expendable when Williams switched to a 4-3 alignment.

Marker Stillers @ Buffalo Pre-game Report [2:01 PM] reports: 'Buffalo has assembled one of the worst offensive lines to ever soil an NFL uniform.'

Marker Stillers @ Bills Preview [1:59 PM] reports: 'The Bills, who have won 7 straight home games against the Black and Gold, will prevail over a sloppy, meek Steeler team, 17-16.'

Marker Bills to place Cowart on injured reserve [1:39 PM]
ESPN reports: Middle linebacker Sam Cowart, the Buffalo Bills' best defensive player, is out for the season.
Coach Gregg Williams said on Wednesday that the team will place Cowarton injured reserve, ending his season. Cowart is recovering from surgery to repair a torn right Achilles' tendon he hurt in the second series of the Bills' season-opening game against New Orleans.

Marker This week pivotal for Steelers [9:24 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: 'Buffalo is not a very good team. In fact, the Bills are awful...The Steelers aren't a bad team. But they aren't a great one, either.'

Marker Lancaster brings healthy work ethic to role with Bills [9:23 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: 'Lancaster is the director of player programs for the Buffalo Bills, a role that finds him with only a rooting interest in the Bills' on-field performance. And a very active interest in the future of Bills' players. "My job encompasses quite a few things," said Lancaster, a 1995 graduate of California University, who earned his masters degree in counseling there in 1998. "I work with the athletes and their families in relocating assistance and adjusting to life here. But my big focus is on continuing education and financial planning."'

Marker Confidence elevates Clements [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I feel I can play with anybody," Clements said. "I'm as good as the man across from me, if not better."'

Marker Steelers face soft Bills 'D' [6:46 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: '"They are going through a process of getting a feel for Gregg's defense and the things he did (as defensive coordinator) at Tennessee," Cowher said. "They have some young guys playing (on defense) right now, and with a new defense, you would like to have some experience. I expect them to get better each week." The Steelers can only hope the Bills don't improve this week.'

Marker Steelers report no major problems on injury front [6:45 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: '"Eric Moulds is one of the most gifted wide receivers in the NFL," Townsend said. "And we'll prepare as if he's playing. He's such a great player for them that I'm sure they'll try to get him ready to play."'

Marker Vikings sign Bills castoff at safety [6:27 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"I wanted to come to a contender, and I think we can turn this around from 0-2 and be a Super Bowl contender," Jones said. "I turned down Detroit because I didn't think they'd be a contender, but I feel good about this situation."'

Marker Cowher Hopes Rust Comes Off Fast [5:23 AM] reports: 'The Steelers considered taking buses to Buffalo but will fly.'

Marker Smith Ready for Bills Rematch [5:22 AM] reports: 'But there's a feud brewing on another front, and fans should expect Rob Johnson and Aaron Smith to settle their differences on the field. "We'll remember that," Johnson told reporters after the Steelers' 20-0 preseason win. "We'll remember that play." The play in question was an eight-yard sack Smith made of Johnson, the Bills' quarterback. In do so, Smith ripped Johnson's helmet off by the facemask.'

Marker Colts mirror former Bills [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'For the first time since I started covering the Bills for this newspaper in 1990, I am chronicling the exploits of a team that is going nowhere this year, a team that no matter what the math tells you is already eliminated from the playoff picture after two games. Now I know what those poor guys who have covered the Arizona Cardinals feel like.'

Marker Donahoe, Cowher refuse to discuss falling out in public [5:15 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'He declined to talk about his falling out with Cowher but acknowledged Sunday's game will mean a little more to him after working 15 years for the Steelers as a scout and front-office executive and, before that, as a ballboy in training camp. "There's a long history there," Donahoe said. "I'd be foolish to expect someone to believe there won't be a butterfly. But there are butterflies every Sunday."'

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