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Buffalo Bills News - October 9, 2003

Marker Abraham takes his punishment [11:52 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Jets can circumvent the suspension by deactivating Abraham, the likely scenario. (He still would get his weekly game check, $95,000.) Bryan Thomas, the disappointing No. 1 pick from 2002, would replace Abraham as the starting right end.'

Marker Pennington practices [11:51 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"You saw him practice; I can't hide it anymore," Edwards joked. "I can't keep him in the (practice) bubble forever. Poor guy needs a tan anyway."'

Marker 'I'll take it on the chin' [11:50 AM]
New York Post reports: '"I wanted to see everybody in their face when we talked and I apologized," said Abraham, who crashed his 2003 Hummer Sept. 30 in Baldwin and pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge of driving while impaired. "Instead of doing it as a team thing, that doesn't seem as personal to me. I had different things to say to different people so I talked to everybody one-on-one."'

Marker Chad upgrade a symbol of progress [11:49 AM]
New York Post reports: 'In NFL terms, "doubtful" means the player has a 25-percent chance to play. Pennington, though he's starting to practice a little bit, will not play Sunday. The earliest hope is Oct. 26 against the Eagles in Philadelphia and the more realistic return date is Nov. 2 against the Giants, the team that sent him into surgery and rehab in the first place.'

Marker Chad Takes Another Step [11:47 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'While Vinny Testaverde ran the starting offense against the scout defense, Pennington took snaps from Lott about 20 yards behind the line to mimic the plays. Pennington, who had surgery on his dislocated left wrist 6 1/2 weeks ago, did not work with the scout team in seven-on-seven drills. He is expected to do that today.'

Marker Punishment Drill [11:46 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"It's Herm's decision," Abraham said. "Whatever he says, I'll live by. It has not been discussed whether or not I'm going to play."'

Marker Harsh reality makes Abraham feel fortunate [11:45 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"Then, right before I was getting on the plane to come back here, I saw that story and it kind of showed me that maybe it was for a reason that nothing happened to anybody. I wasn't hurt and no one else was hurt. Sure, the Hummer was (damaged) and the pole, but they can be repaired. Someone's life can't."'

Marker Pennington is no longer 'out' [11:44 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Edwards confirmed Pennington had been throwing in the team's practice bubble for three days last week before he threw in front of the media on Monday. "It's day-to-day," Edwards said, flashing a smile. "He's showing a lot better. It's good to see him out there throwing the football."'

Marker Bills coach likes his new defense [11:43 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'He's one of the premier players in this league and he played like a tremendous warrior this last game (an OT victory against Cincinnati). Even when he strained his groin on the last play, he did it on the elevation to the catch and he still ran and took the ball down inside the 10 yard line. He's one of those few guys that when he steps on the field, people can argue that he's the best player out there.'

Marker Abraham awaits reprimand [11:42 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"I just apologize to the fans, my family, coaches," Abraham said, "everybody around who has any kind of feeling for me and knows anything about me and hopefully knows what kind of person I am."'

Marker Jets odds and ends [11:41 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'But let's not get carried away. Edwards said Pennington will not play against the Bills.'

Marker Jets' Thomas sees opportunity [11:40 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"When they draft you and the fans and everybody expect things from you, how can you prove to them if you aren't getting an opportunity?'' said Thomas, adding his playing time is more adequate this season. "Sixty percent of last year I was getting like one snap a game. I can't do anything with that. You have to accept all the media stuff and the fans saying, 'He's not doing that.' They don't know, they don't watch the individual players and say, 'Well, he got one snap a game, so we can't talk about him, we can't say stuff about him.' '''

Marker Pennington might be back earlier than expected [11:39 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"These rumors as soon as he started throwing ... better than what my wife asked me yesterday,'' Edwards said. "She just figured he was playing. She had a great point. 'Only given up two sacks all year, why can't he play?' Honey, lay down, you're tired. But you know, that's my wife. She asks a crazy question like that when you come home at 1 in the morning. That's all right. It's a bye week, you'll be OK in the morning.'''

Marker How much do the Jets really want it? [11:38 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'That 1992 Chargers team is the only NFL team to lose its first four games and come back to make the playoffs. I was in the locker room at Giants Stadium two Sundays ago after Bill Parcells and the Dallas Cowboys dropped the Jets to 0-4, and I didn't see a tear shed. Nor did I sense any outrage at the fact that the season was slipping into oblivion. And that's the biggest indictment of the 2003 Jets.'

Marker Moulds doubtful because of groin strain [11:37 AM]
AP reports: 'Without Moulds, the Bills would have to elevate two untested rookies: undrafted free agent Clarence Coleman, fourth-round pick Sam Aiken. Coleman doesn't have a catch this season, Aiken has been inactive.'

Marker Urgency in McGahee's step as he approaches first practice [11:36 AM]
AP reports: '''I think you all are getting more excited than me,'' McGahee said, laughing, to a group of reporters. ''Yeah, I'm getting excited. I'm looking forward to see how things are going to turn out.'''

Marker NFL pushes back start time for Redskins-Bills game [11:35 AM]
AP reports: 'The move was made to accommodate television schedules.'

Marker Pennington upgraded to doubtful but will not play [11:34 AM]
AP reports: '''I don't know if he's ahead, but for him to go out and throw and for all of mankind to put it on TV like we found our lost son, I have to say something,'' Edwards said. ''His status is doubtful. It's not like I can hide it any longer. He's been throwing for three days.'''

Marker Bradway taking heat for Jets slow start [11:33 AM]
AP reports: 'Bradway seems the perfect target after an offseason in which the Redskins plucked four players including top receiver Laveranues Coles from the team. Bradway also traded two No. 1 picks to move up and take defensive tackle Dwayne Robertson, who has not had an immediate impact.'

Marker Buffalo (3-2) at NY Jets (0-4) [11:32 AM]
AP reports: '``The bottom line is the running game isn't getting it done right now,'' said Martin, who has run for just 197 yards and no touchdowns in four games.'

Marker Moulds doubtful for Sunday's game versus Jets [11:31 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Moulds suffered the injury during this past Sunday's overtime win against Cincinnati. On the game-winning drive, he caught a 28-yard pass and landed awkwardly after being tackled by Bengals safety Kevin Kaesviharn.'

Marker Bills RB McGahee passes physical [11:30 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'If the elusive back is cleared to play, McGahee can begin to participate in practice at any point during a three-week period starting the day after week 6. The Bills will then have the option of activating McGahee within 21 days from that date, or he will become ineligible for the remainder of the season.'

Marker Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews NY Jets [11:29 AM] reports: '"Every time there is an injury there's an opportunity for somebody else to step up. There are some other good football players on that team, on this team, on our offense. We'll have to adapt and change. The teams that adapt the best are the ones that continue to improve and are the most successful in the league. Injuries are a part of this game. We'll just have to adapt and go on. Don't count him out."'

Marker Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews NY Jets [11:28 AM] reports: '"We lean on Eric fairly heavily with our offense. He's one of the best players in the league and generally when we take the field we feel like he's the best guy out there. If Eric is not able to go that does hurt us offensively but we have to have guys step up. That's the name of the game in this league. No team goes through this season with all their guys healthy the entire season and when guys get hurt guys have to step in and make plays. It's a great opportunity for some guys that don't normally play as big a role to step in and take a larger role and the guys that capitalize on those opportunities are the guys that end up playing a long time in the league. They have to fill those shoes."'

Marker Buffalo May Miss Moulds [11:27 AM] reports: '“We feel every time we take the field with Eric, he is going to be the best player on the field,” Drew Bledsoe said. “We feel that he is a tremendous athlete, one of the best athletes I have ever seen. He does a great job running his routes. He has improved on that even in the time I have been here. And with that, he is very explosive after the catch. Eric is a great asset to our offense.”'

Marker Moulds Doubtful for Sunday [11:26 AM] reports: '"We're going to have to kick, and scrap, and fight and do whatever it takes, because we got other guys who are going to have to step it up including myself," Shaw explained.'

Marker Field goal folly? [11:25 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'But pleeeeeze. Ask his players how many of them think he should have lined up to kick the field goal on 2nd and goal at the 2. Rian Lindell’s hand would be the only one to go up, and I’m not so sure about that.'

Marker A Win Is A Win [11:24 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Certainly there are unanswered questions; Will Josh Reed get out of his funk? Has the offense returned to their early season form after a decent second half? Is the defense still capable of becoming championship caliber? Can the Bills figure out a way to start games like they did the first two weeks, and not need ra-ra halftime speeches in the locker-room to get them going? Can Gregg Williams get through a game without making a questionable decision, like this week's full rush on the punt, where Coy Wire took a costly penalty?'

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October 8, 2003

Marker The Other Side: A Hurt Buffalo [7:02 PM] reports: 'What gives with the Buffalo Bills? They looked like world-beaters early, clobbering New England and Jacksonville by a combined score of 69-17. Since then, the Bills have appeared rather pedestrian in losses to Miami (17-7) and Philadelphia (23-13) and most recently, needed an overtime squeaker to beat Cincinnati at home.'

Marker Some stats and notes from Bills [7:01 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'However, the victory over Cincinnati produced two more upbeat stats for Bledsoe. First, it marked the 22nd time in his career that he had rallied a team to victory after it trailed in the fourth quarter. And, it was the 11th time he’s done it in the last two minute, three times as a Bill.'

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