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Buffalo Bills News - August 21, 1999

Marker Veteran Line Is Stout In Defense [7:26 AM]
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Marker Mistakes Cost Bills [7:24 AM]
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Marker Redskins Focus [7:22 AM]
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Marker TD Pass From Weldon Gives Redskins Win [7:19 AM]
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Marker Team Has Room For Doleman [7:16 AM]
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Marker Getting There Still A Contest [7:14 AM]
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Marker Redskins Call In The Reserves [7:10 AM]
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Marker Redskins 20, Bills 19 [7:08 AM]
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Marker Gamble Doesn't Pay Off [7:06 AM]
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Marker Game Summary [7:02 AM]
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August 20, 1999

Marker The Bills Visit A "Shaky" Redskins House [10:53 AM]
TBD reports: Bob Lamb sports his analysis skills in evaluating the Redskins vs. Buffalo matchup.

Marker Old timers not ready to pack it in [10:46 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Article illustrates that one of Buffalo's strengths is it's 3 veterans. Andre, Bruce & Thurman teach by example and with words.

Marker Redskins Putting Preseason To The Test [6:36 AM]
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Marker Subtract Frerotte, Add Another Johnson To Bills-Skins Clash [6:35 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Flutie and Rob Johnson are both listed as starters on the Bills' depth chart, but even Johnson admits Flutie is No. 1 right now. Both will get more time than in the 24-10 victory at Seattle last week, when coach Wade Phillips brought the subs in early and didn't use Andre Reed, Bruce Smith and Thurman Thomas at all.'

Marker Old Reliables [6:30 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Buffalo veterans Bruce Smith, Andre Reed and Thurman Thomas won't play forever. Or will they?'

Marker Preseason Games Still Mean Very Little To Bills [6:25 AM]
D & C reports: 'In 39 previous summers, the team has had just eight winning records in practice games. Four of them occurred in the franchise's first seven years. Only one has occurred in the past 16.'

Marker Renfro Proving He Deserves A Long Look From Bills [6:23 AM]
D & C reports: 'Dusty Renfro, the pride of Cleburne, Texas, is an undrafted rookie trying to beat the odds with the Buffalo Bills. But three short weeks into training camp, the leading tackler at the University of Texas the past two seasons has shown that maybe he's not such a long shot Longhorn.'

August 19, 1999

Marker For Starters, Redskins Will Outlast Bills [4:15 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Washington coach Norv Turner, who played most of his starters for an entire half in last week's 20-14 victory at New England, said his first-teamers will play well into the third quarter against the Bills.'

Marker As Skins Break Camp, Turner Accepts Future [6:30 AM]
Washington Post reports: '[Norv] Turner indicated that he plans to use his starters for at least a half against the Bills. Some starters will play into the third quarter, Turner said. He indicated that [Brad] Johnson will play longer than the 1 1/2 quarters of work he got against the Patriots.'

Marker Fredonia Or Rochester? Bills Pondering Next Summer's Camp Site [6:25 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The college has presented a proposal to the Bills that could keep them in Fredonia, but the team has taken no action yet. "It would effect our pride more than our economy," said Mayor Frank Pagano of the fallout from any Bills exodus. "We always say that the road to the Super Bowl starts in Fredonia."'

Marker Washington Skips Workout, Joins Family After House Fire [6:19 AM]
D & C reports: '"The fire was extensive enough that they couldn't stay there so he's in the process of relocating his family and getting all those things done," Phillips said. "But we're happy his family is fine. The other things certainly can be replaced."'

Marker Bills Say Final Goodbye To Fredonia [6:17 AM]
D & C reports: '"We're talking primarily with St. John Fisher and I'm confident we can strike a deal with them," Bill Duffy, the team's executive vice president of administration, said yesterday. "We've exchanged proposals. Have we reached a final proposal? No. But we are in negotiations."'

August 18, 1999

Marker Workhorse Gray Looks Like Darkhorse For Bills [1:28 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'With the Buffalo backfield depleted by injuries, he could become the biggest longshot running back to make the Bills' active squad out of training camp since Benedictine's Jamie Mueller in 1987...The Bills lack depth at running back with promising rookie Shawn Bryson lost for the season with a knee injury. Antowain Smith, the top running back last season, says his torn groin muscle is still a bit sore. Veteran Thurman Thomas can still carry the load at 33, but not all of it. Thomas has adjusted to his role as a part-time back. Jonathan Linton had trouble holding on to the ball at Seattle on Saturday.'

Marker Bills Owner Wilson Named Winner Of Pete Rozelle Award [6:39 AM]
Fox sports reports: 'According to the selection committee, the recipient is someone who has "set a standard of excellence that has had a tremendous influence on the game of football at the professional level and is worthy of special recognition."'

Marker Bills Veterans Will See Action In Washington [6:33 AM]
D & C reports: 'Andre Reed and Bruce Smith, who are starting their 15th seasons, and Thurman Thomas, starting his 12th, will see action in the Bills' preseason game at Washington Friday night.'

Marker Call It Super-Marketing [6:32 AM]
D & C reports: 'Two Saturdays ago, the first day individual game tickets went on sale, the Bills sold a single-day club record 24,135 tickets. Team officials say distribution through Wegmans stores was the main reason.'

August 17, 1999

Marker On The Brink [6:26 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Buffalo Bills rushed for 188 yards in their exhibition opener against Seattle. Not too bad an effort. But subtract quarterback Rob Johnson's 53 yards, remember that starter Antowain Smith is hobbled by sore groin and add in the fumbles of backup Jonathan Linton and suddenly, the Buffalo ground game is a lot scarier on paper than it is on the field.'

Marker Injuries Open Door For Bills' Linton [6:23 AM]
D & C reports: 'Linton fumbled three times, twice deep in his own territory on Buffalo' first two series. In the second quarter, he was stuffed on a third-and-goal-at-the-one plunge. On fourth down, he fumbled again, making a meaningless recovery. "I have no excuses for that," said Linton, who found himself the center of intense media attention yesterday after practice. "I'm not saying the ball was slick or my arms were wet or somebody knocked it out. That should never happen. I'm a running back. I know they're going to go after the ball. Nothing really happened, it was just a lack of focus and concentration."'

August 16, 1999

Marker Preseason notebook: Bills at Seahawks [5:26 PM]
NFL.com reports: Notebook on Bills/Seahawks. A good bit of the article is on Bryce Fisher, who left Sunday to fill his service obligation. Another class player for the Bills, and one we'll anxiously await to see during the regular season 2 years from now.

Marker Erie County Cashes In On Sale Of Stadium Seats [7:48 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Erie County Director of Purchasing John Doyle believes the sale of thousands of old seats at Ralph Wilson Stadium may bring in as much as $100,000.'

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