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Buffalo Bills News - September 26, 2001

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."'

Marker Steelers Report [5:14 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The Bills are hurting, which won't ease Steelers Coach Bill Cowher's mind about playing them this week. "Jacksonville was pretty banged up before went down there, too," he said. The limping Jaguars beat the Steelers, 21-3, in the opener.'

Marker Donahoe challenged to fix Buffalo mess [5:13 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"It was one of the worst situations in the league," said Donahoe, who was named the first president/general manager in the 40-year history of the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 10, almost a year to the day after he was forced to resign as the Steelers' director of football operations. "We had to make some tough decisions and that has upset some of our fans."'

Marker Bills rookie cornerback shows potential [5:12 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Cowher said Clements, the Bills' dime back, showed great eagerness in overplaying a sideline pass, and it worked against the Colts. "He has excellent hands, and he's going to be a good cornerback in this league," Cowher said, "and good cornerbacks are going to take some chances. "We have to make sure we don't tip our routes and that we have a chance to maybe show a couple of double moves that he does want to bite on. It can become a feast-or-famine type of thing. If there is any corner that wants to jump some things, we have to give him something else to think about."'

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September 25, 2001

Marker Dr Z's Power Ratings - 21 (was 19) [9:30 PM]
CNN/SI reports: In the old days, they'd figure out a way to lasso the kind of whirlwind Indy unleashed on them, but their defensive unit has thinned out.

Marker Vikings sign Jones [9:22 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Jones, a first-round draft pick by the Bills in 1991, played in 144 regular-season games for Buffalo, with 129 starts. He started in 61 straight games from 1997 through last season.
He recorded 100 or more tackles in each of his last four seasons.

Marker Steelers offense hoping for breakout against winless Bills [9:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Not surprisingly, the Bills are last in the NFL in total defense, last in pass defense and last in the AFC East.'

Marker CBS Power Poll #26 (was 22) [9:15 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Still haven't stopped Peyton Manning and the Colts offense.

Marker ESPN Power Poll 27. Bills (0-2) (was 24) [8:49 PM]
ESPN reports: Cowart injury made things go from bad to worse.

Marker Power Poll - Buffalo #21 (was #17) [8:45 PM]
TSN's War Room reports: New 46 defense obviously struggled versus explosive Colts, and offense isn't helping either.

Marker TSN Power Poll - Bills #27 [8:41 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Of our remaining opponents only New England (#31) is rated lower by Dan Pompei.

Marker Three rules for the Bills to go by [8:29 PM] reports:

  • Honestly, what is the worst that can happen?
  • Get ready to accept the worst, only if necessary
  • Recognize the worst, then figure out how to make it better.

    Marker Tom Donahoe's Weekly Bills Update [8:24 PM] reports: Topics covered were what fans can expect at Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, as well as what the team is learning from their loss to Indianapolis on Sunday.

    Marker Bills players helping out Tuesday [8:19 PM] reports: QB Rob Johnson is particpating in 3rd annual "Rush for Reading" challenge.

    Jake Arians, Brian Moorman, Brown, Phil Crosby, DaShon Polk, Avion Black, Peerless Price, Jonas Jennings, Kendrick Office and Tyrone Roberston are particpating in United Way Hometown Huddles.

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