Manning destroys defenses at will [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In his three playoff games, Manning has completed barely 50 percent of his passes for 558 yards with just 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. He knows he will ultimately be judged on his performances on the biggest stages, and it is his mission to rectify his sorry post-season record. “It’s just a fact, you can’t hide from it,” Manning said of his post-season struggles. “Three out of the past four years we’ve fought and scratched and found a way to get into the playoffs, and we’ve lost and it’s been disappointing, but at the same time it doesn’t mean we’re a bad football team."'
Henry wants to play on Sunday [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Agent Greg Johnson said Henry “desperately” wants to play because he feels the Bills still have a shot at making the playoffs. Johnson said he has been assured by general manager Tom Donahoe that the club won’t jeopardize Henry’s long-term future by playing him unless it was absolutely medically OK. That doesn’t ease Johnson’s worries.'
Dandy Vandy gets his kicks [5:18 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I think he just likes the spotlight, he enjoys the moment of the big kick, the pressure being on him," Colts coach Tony Dungy said of Vanderjagt yesterday in a conference call.'
Bills praise Henry's efforts [5:17 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"There aren't too many people that would do something like that."'
Line gives Manning edge in security [5:16 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"When a guy doesn't have to worry about getting hit from the blind side all the time . . . his job is a lot easier," center Jeff Saturday said.'
Colts add familiar receiver for Manning [5:15 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"I like guys I've had some sort of connection with," Manning said Wednesday afternoon. "(Dawson) is a guy I've worked out with basically every summer for the past six or seven years."'
Inside slant [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"When Travis puts weight on his ankle, there's not a lot of stress, but we don't know what's going to happen when he starts running and cutting," Johnson said. "He's dying to play but that's the big dilemma. We're afraid of him going back out there and getting hurt, but he's insistent."'
Strategy and personnel [5:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Even if RB Travis Henry can play against the Colts with his broken leg, the Bills are likely to take it easy with him and will have to spread the load around. The Colts rank 24th in run defense and Buffalo can't give up on the ground game if Henry is bottled up. That's where distributing the ball to Joe Burns, Sammy Morris and even FB Sam Gash can come into play.'
Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:12 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills kickoff coverage unit, among the worst in the NFL in recent years, ranks No. 2 this season at 19.3 yards per return. LB Dominique Stevenson leads the head hunters with 25 special teams tackles.'
Bills waive injured FB Crosby [5:11 AM]
AP reports: 'Crosby had been on the Bills injured reserve list since he cracked his fibula in Buffalo's 17-7 loss at Miami on Sept. 21. In three seasons with the Bills, he appeared in 35 games -- including three this year -- mostly as a special teams player, and had six receptions for 49 yards.'
NFL reduces Milloy's fine [5:10 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Milloy learned of his successful appeal to the league on Tuesday, four days after his 30th birthday. The NFL's initial ruling said that Milloy made "impermissible physical contact with a game official."'
Moulds, Henry questionable for Sunday [5:09 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Wide receiver Eric Moulds and running back Travis Henry were both listed as questionable for the Bills' game this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.'
Harrison questionable; hopes to practice Friday [5:08 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Colts hope Harrison will be able to practice Friday to determine his status for Sunday's game.'
Gregg Williams Is Optimistic About Travis Henry [5:07 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Henry's cracked fibula is questionable. He did not practice Wednesday, but Gregg Williams says he's "optimistic" that Henry will play. Williams says he continues to see progress from number one pick Willis McGahee, but Henry's status will not dictate whether McGahee is active on Sunday against the Colts.'
Hurting Bills [5:06 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Henry was a spectator during practice Wednesday. If he doesn't play, Joe Burns will start at running back against Indianapolis, and Willis McGahee could suit up for the first time.'
Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews Indianapolis [8:15 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"There's a lot of good football being played by so many people even on the offensive side of the ball. We have to do a better job in the red zone. We move the ball up and down the field a ton. We've got to do a better job on capitalizing on the plays we have available there. We've got to finish those plays and we've got to come up with some catches. We've got to come up with some blocks and some runs down there to put it in the end zone. We had our opportunities and we're going to have to do a good job with that. A big part of the game plan this weekend is our red zone efficiency once we get down there, capitalizing and putting points on the board. It's a pretty good team coming in here this week. We're excited about the opportunity to play this team."'
Bills Make Roster Moves [8:15 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has signed tight end Rod Trafford to the practice squad and also re-signed practice squad receiver wide receiver Jerel Myers.' In addition, the Bills released fullback Phil Crosby from the Reserve-Injured list.
Changes in Tulsa and Buffalo prove Kragthorpe's value [6:50 PM]
NewsOK.com reports: 'But now with Kragthorpe in Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane are thriving and the Bills are dying.'
Bills Milloy's Fine Reduced to $2,500 [6:48 PM]
AP reports: 'In its initial finding, the league ruled Milloy made "impermissible physical contact with a game official," during Buffalo's 24-7 win against Washington on Oct. 19.'
Sputtering Bills offense now banged up [6:47 PM]
AP reports: '``I've missed three games but that's not an excuse for other guys not to step up and make plays,'' said Moulds. ``We had opportunities last week to make plays and we just haven't made them.'''
A Quick Look at the Buffalo Bills [3:48 PM]
Colts.com reports: 'The Bills have allowed 20 or fewer points in six of eight games, but the offense has scored more than 13 points just twice in the last eight games.'
ESPN Chat Wrap up [1:54 PM]
ESPN reports: Harvey (Albany, N.Y): Mort, Has the NFL policy regarding interviews of minority candidates for vacant head coaching positions put an end to mid-season firings of head coaches?
Chris Mortensen: (12:43 PM ET) No! The NFL has never had a strong history of firing coaches at midseason because it generally doesn't work. It usually means a coordinator assume the head coach role, and then that specific unit under the coordinator is thrown into chaos. The minority policy has no impact because it does not apply to a mid-season change.
Buffalo's Henry, Moulds questionable for Sunday [1:06 PM]
AP reports: '``He's dying to play,'' said Henry's agent, Greg Johnson. ``And that's the big dilemma. We're afraid of having him go back out there and get hurt, but he's insisting on playing.'''
Sizing up the playoff race [9:15 AM]
CNN/SI reports: Buffalo (4-6): Losers of six of their past eight, the Bills have gone belly up in particularly odorous style. The defense continues to play hard, but on offense it's three games in a row now without a touchdown. All that's really left is to see how Buffalo handles its looming decisions on the head coaching and quarterback fronts.
Playoff projection: Maybe 2004, Bills fans.
Bills Keep Going Backward [5:20 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Offensive coordinator Kevin Gillbride may be part of the problem. The Bills have an excellent running back in Travis Henry (193 carries for 780 yards, 4.0 average), who broke a bone in his leg Sunday. But Gillbride loves to throw and throw deep, and he is trying to use Reed in the role vacated by Price, a role for which Reed seems ill-suited.'
Orchard Park firefighters talk about cutting a Buffalo Bill out of his truck [5:19 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The driver was wearing a seatbelt. That prevented him from being thrown out the windshield or being tossed around inside the cab of the truck.'
Tops Game Ball Winner: Travis Henry [9:32 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Henry rushed for a game-high 149 yards despite cracking a bone in his lower right leg during the second quarter.'
Tasker Flattered By Semi-Finalist Selection [9:22 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I think it’s great," Tasker said. "I didn’t expect it. It’s certainly flattering, no question about it, and it never ceases to amaze me that people remember when I played the further it gets into the history books. I’m flattered even more that people still remember that I actually played and sometimes played pretty well."
Former Bills Endorse Wilson For Hall of Fame [3:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Unquestionably, he belongs in and I’ve talked to many of the board of selectors who wholeheartedly agree with me. Here’s a man that’s been there since the inception of the AFL. What a sense of loyalty to the game," said Levy, a Hall of Fame member. "He’s been on almost every meaningful committee that there’s been. He’s been such an asset to the league. I was blessed because I couldn’t have had a better man to work for during my 12 years in Buffalo."'
Bills might be league's most disappointing [12:51 PM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'We have got to make plays when we have our opportunities," Bledsoe said. For 2003, the opportunity has passed.'
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