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Buffalo Bills News - October 18, 2002

Marker Bills CB Winfield undergoes knee surgery [8:40 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The loss of Winfield is a significant one for the Bills, who are giving up an average of 34 points per game while ranking 25th in total yards allowed.'

Marker Bills lose Bryson; Winfield out with knee injury [8:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills reserve running back Shawn Bryson will miss the rest of the season with torn ligaments in his left knee, while starting cornerback Antoine Winfield won't play in Sunday's game against Miami. Winfield, the Bills' third-leading tackler this season, had arthroscopic knee surgery Friday, Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said. Berchtold said it was not immediately known how many games Winfield would miss.'

Marker Winfield Out For Miami Game/Bryson On IR [5:44 PM] reports: The Bills placed running back Shawn Bryson on injured reserve today and activated cornerback Ahmad Brooks from the practice squad.

Marker Antoine Winfield Out For Miami Game [4:43 PM] reports: Starting cornerback Antoine Winfield, who injured his knee during practice on Thursday, will not play against the Dolphins on Sunday. Also, the Bills placed running back Shawn Bryson on injured reserve today and activated Ahmad Brooks from the practice squad.

Marker Bryson to miss rest of season with torn knee ligaments [4:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Bryson missed his entire rookie season after tearing ligaments in the same knee during training camp.'

Marker Boselli promises he'll be back [2:18 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: What's wrong with the Buffalo corners? Antoine Winfield and Nate Clements came into the season as one of the rising duos in the league. Now they are having all sorts of trouble covering anybody they face. It doesn't help that the pass rush is woeful, but neither player has played up to the preseason hype. The Bills will continue to be involved in a lot of shootouts if these two don't improve.

Marker Bledsoe's Fourth Quarter Comebacks [2:13 PM] reports: In his career, Bledsoe has led 21 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter. Nineteen were come-from-behind victories, while two others broke ties to win the game.

Marker Picked on all season, Bills' Watson wants more [1:22 PM]
AP reports: 'After enduring a stretch of games in which he couldn't seem to do anything right, guilty of sometimes playing receivers too tight and at other times too soft, Watson enjoyed his best performance in the second half of Buffalo's 31-24 win over Houston last weekend.'

Marker Josh Reed Generating News As A Rookie [9:28 AM] reports: Through six games, rookie wide receiver Josh Reed has 19 catches for 263 yards (13.8 average) and 2 TDs to rank third on the team in receiving yardage behind Eric Moulds and Peerless Price. Of his 19 receptions, 11 have been for first downs, including his lone catch at Houston and 2 of 3 the week before vs. Oakland when he also recorded a career-long of 38.

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 isnít just any challenge. Itís 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 youíre a Dolphins fan who believes in signs, omens and precursors, Jay Fiedlerís injury shouldnít 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."'

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