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Buffalo Bills News - December 7, 2001

Marker Been There [5:19 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'No one has to sell the importance of this Sunday's game between the 1-11 Carolina Panthers and the 1-10 Buffalo Bills to Chris Slade.'

Marker Panthers Notebook [5:18 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'Wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, who practiced the past two days after missing the previous two games because of bruised shoulders, said he intends to return to the starting lineup on Sunday.'

Marker Panthers' DE says rebound is possible [5:17 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'Carolina's matchup with Buffalo marks the first time since that New England-Cincinnati game eight years ago that two NFL teams with only one win to their name have met in a December game.'

Marker Seifert says Walls a no-go for this week [5:16 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: "I don't think he's going to be able to go," Seifert said. "I would love for him to be able to play, but I think it's kind of a stretch."

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December 6, 2001

Marker Home not very sweet for once intimidating Bills [9:41 PM]
AP reports: '"I don't know what's up," Pat Williams said. "I'm mad about that. You've got to feel bad for the fans because they come to support us. They want to see us win, and we ain't winning for them. It's been backward for us. We haven't been playing good here or away."'

Marker Price to miss remainder of season with knee injury [4:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Shawn Price will miss the rest of the season with ligament damage in his left knee.'

Marker Centers makes bid for Pro Bowl [9:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Centers has provided the team with veteran leadership since he arrived in Western New York this past May. Playing in for the NFL for over a decade, he has proved to be one of the league's best fullbacks. '

Marker Marv Levy: An appreciation [9:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I'll never forget that first time I walked into the Buffalo Bills' team meeting room in early November of 1986 upon being appointed in midseason to take over as head coach," Levy recalled at his Hall of Fame induction. "Sitting in that room were a young Jim Kelly, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Kent Hull and Darryl Talley were there, great leaders."

Marker Gregg Williams press conference (12/5) [9:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I will disagree, and say [Larry Centers and Jay Riemersma] are adequate [blockers for the run]. Larry Centers, has, and has been, a good blocker in our system, and that's another thing you'll see us package things out and sometimes have success of bringing three, four wides and still running the football. It basically comes down to the five guys up front most of the time, because if the formation that comes into the ballgame, it dictates how many people you have to have in come in and block anyway."

Marker Poor offense makes Bills stand up and doubt [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The confidence-challenged Bills might take heart in one fact: Carolina ranks 31st on defense.'

Marker Hall of Famer Levy to be honored in halftime ceremony [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Detroit's signing of quarterback Scott Dreisbach off the practice squad creates an opening for David Dinkins.'

Marker Bills unsure about their draft plan [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: '...the Bills figure to contest Detroit (0-11) and the Panthers for the second pick behind expansion Houston. At worst, the Bills will pick fourth.'

Marker Carpenter remains backup to Tillman at free safety [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '...but for the first time in the Bills' weekly press release, Travares Tillman was listed ahead of Carpenter on the depth chart.'

Marker Panthers officials work to protect sellout streak [5:23 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'The streak of 57 consecutive sellouts (every game at Ericsson Stadium since it opened in 1996) could be in serious jeopardy over the next few weeks. That could lead to the first television blackout of a Panthers game in Charlotte since the team moved into the stadium.'

Marker Muhammad expected to play Sunday against Bills [5:22 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Second-year Bills fullback Phillip Crosby, a native of Bessemer City, has blossomed in Buffalo this season. After being cut by the team last year, then signed back in April, he has played in every game and earned his first start last week.'

Marker Panthers' offensive line is regrouping [5:21 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'After yielding no sacks for the first time in 70 game during a 25-22 overtime loss to San Francisco on Nov. 18, the Carolina line has surrendered 12 sacks in the past two losses - including a season-high eight on Sunday during a 27-23 defeat at New Orleans.'

Marker Panthers Notebook [5:20 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'Coach George Seifert is used to hearing tight end Wesley Walls complain about not getting enough passes thrown his way. So Seifert's response to Walls' latest outburst - which came on Monday when Walls expressed his opinion that he is getting phased out of the offense and that his future with the team is in question - was somewhat predictable yesterday.'

Marker Muhammad likely to return Sunday vs. Bills [5:19 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'Temperatures for Sunday's game in Orchard Park, N.Y., are expected to dip into the 30s or 40s and there's even a chance for snow. At least one Panther player didn't seem to mind. "I like the cold. Everyone slows down to my speed," said left tackle Todd Steussie.'

December 5, 2001

Marker Hansen appreciates winning years during losing season [8:49 PM]
AP reports: '"I have a duty to them to make sure they know what being proud and being a Buffalo Bill is all about. Yeah, you're darn right," Hansen said. "After playing here for 11 years, you're darn right I care. This is part of my life."'

Marker Marv Levy: Johnson's Time is UP [6:15 PM]
WNSA reports: One of the most asked questions in Western NY is the status of beleaguered Rob Johnson and whether he will be returning next season. Donahoe said that he spoke briefly with the agent of Johnson and informed the agent that any consideration for the return of Johnson could not be at the cap figure Johnson will have next season ($11 million.) The GM said that it will be something to talk about at the end of the season.

The next morning, former Bills head coach Marv Levy spoke with Howard Simon on W N S A and when asked about Johnson by a caller, Marv Levy feels that Johnson's "time is up" in Buffalo, considering all the events over the past couple of years.

Marker Former Bill 1st round pick Thomas Smith released by Colts [5:56 PM]
AP reports: The Colts, plagued all season by short kickoffs and facing another possible blow with an injury to kicker Mike Vanderjagt, have signed veteran Doug Brien.
To make room for Brien, the team released veteran DB Thomas Smith, signed in September after being waived by the Chicago Bears.

Marker Bills sign Alexander to practice roster [3:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Alexander, who spent last spring playing in the defunct XFL, rejoins the Bills after being cut last August. He was cut despite a promising preseason in which he had 29 carries for 178 yards.'

Marker Bills sign RB Curtis Alexander to the team's practice squad [2:28 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Alexander (5-11, 204) takes the place of QB Dreisbach, who was signed off the Bills PS to the 53-man roster of the Lions. He was originally drafted by Denver in the 4th round of the 1998 Draft out of Alabama and spent that season on the Broncos'PS before being released during the next preseason. He will wear #35 with the Bills.'

Marker Hall of Fame Exhibit on Display at this Sunday's Game [12:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Mementos that will be on display in Buffalo include the following:

  • Football caught by James Lofton on 9/6/1992 against the L.A. Rams to set what was then a NFL record for most career reception yardage.
  • Gloves worn by Andre Reed on 11/23/1997 against the Tennessee Oilers in a career milestone game in which he became the NFL's third all-time leading receiver in receptions.
  • Shoe worn by Steve Christie in the 1992 AFC Wild Card Game against the Houston Oilers when he kicked the game-winning FG in overtime to complete the greatest comeback in NFL history. A game program from that contest is also part of the display.
  • Helmet worn by Bruce Smith in the 1990 season, the year the Bills earned their first trip to the Super Bowl.
  • Jim Kelly 1994 "Throwbacks" NFL 75th Anniversary celebration jersey.
  • Marker Bills' 2002 schedule taking shape [12:06 PM]
    BuffaloBills.com reports: 'However, with Sunday's loss to San Francisco and New England's win over New York, the Bills are now assured of being seeded fourth in the new AFC East in terms of scheduling purposes for next year. This means Buffalo will host the fourth seed from the AFC North, and visit the fourth place seed in the AFC South.'

    Marker Tom Donahoe's Weekly Bills Update [12:05 PM]
    BuffaloBills.com reports: "Our effort was disappointing, and it hasn't been up to this point. You think playing a team with the record the 49ers have, and a national television game, that you'd be able to get a better effort, and we didn't. We're very disappointed in that, and we have to take the steps to correct that, and we'll try to do that this week."

    Marker Press Conference with Bills [11:12 AM]
    TBD reports: Transcripted from press conference:
    Van Pelt says Carolina will not come here and die and they will be playing to win and but the Bills will not quit they can still go 6-10; there are no quitters on the Bills and they will be playing to win even if they do not win until they go into Miami the last week. Hard practicing team who just needs to translate it to wins.

    Other notes:
    First part of halftime for Marv Levy - it will be quick (2-4 minutes).
    Same layout as Jim's weekend.

    Roster Move - filled PS with RB Curtis Alexander (from preseason).
    David Dinkins to be our PS QB.

    Marker Pro Football Hall of Fame's will visit the Buffalo Bills [10:32 AM]
    TBD reports: Pro Football Hall of Fame's traveling exhibit will visit the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse and be on display at the Bills Experience prior to Sunday's game.

    Marker Harmon Forcast - Buffalo 20, Carolina 7 [10:06 AM]
    CBS Sportsline reports: The Panthers have no bright spots on offense or defense, but the Bills pass the ball well and defend against the pass even better. Buffalo's two for two in the series, with wins in 1995 and '98.

    Marker Texans will host Bills next season [8:58 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'They will also host Chicago, Detroit, Oakland and San Diego, and visit Denver, Green Bay, Kansas City and Minnesota.'

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