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Buffalo Bills News - December 1, 2002

Marker Bills are looking to chill the Fish [5:42 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"It's all on them," Bills safety Pierson Prioleau told the Buffalo News about today's guests, the Miami Dolphins. "They're in 80-to 85-degree weather, chillin', having fun in the sun. They come up here where it's going to be about 20 degrees with the wind blowing and snow in the air."'

Marker For local networks, picking NFL games can be tricky [5:41 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Because we are a Buffalo must-carry market, we had to carry them regardless," Herwood says. "That was kind of disappointing to ourselves and to our audience."'

Marker Henry balances the Bills' offense [5:40 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'In three of Miami's four losses, the Dolphins allowed 100 or more yards rushing. In the fourth loss, to the New York Jets, Miami allowed 97 yards rushing.'

Marker Taylor's season to remember [5:39 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'With 11 sacks in 11 games, he leads the 7-4 Dolphins into a critical game against the 5-6 Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. today at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Taylor family's history becomes part of trial [5:38 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Although the issue at hand is whether Anthony Taylor reached for his gun, the underlying question is how did he and his adoptive son, Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, get to this point in their relationship?'

Marker Taylor of the tape [5:37 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'For several weeks, Taylor has been as good as anyone.'

Marker Kelly leaves Dolphins feeling green [5:36 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'In no time, the Dolphins' 1989 season got off on the wrong foot.'

Marker The edge: Dolphins vs. Bills [5:35 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The weather is very changeable at this time of the year, and that can mean wind and the freezing cold that comes with it. That's Bills weather, and they're used to it. Buffalo has lost two in a row, but it will always get up for the Dolphins. Edge: Bills.'

Marker Rolling up the sacks [5:35 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'This week, however, he has read a clipping from The Buffalo News. The last time the Dolphins played the Bills, Taylor was held without a sack, and left tackle Jonas Jennings was given, he feels, too much credit. After all, Drew Bledsoe was sacked five times, even if Taylor did not pick up one of them.'

Marker Dixon returns to site of bad break [5:34 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'With 46 seconds left in the first quarter of last year's game at Buffalo, Mark Dixon's right fibula snapped. Ligaments were torn. His season, if not career, was over, that much he knew.'

Marker Williams nears mark set by another Williams [5:33 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Lucas, meanwhile, will be much more prepared to face the Bills this time. He has played increasingly better each week since that Buffalo game and played particularly well against the Chargers last Sunday.'

Marker Lucas settles in Miami [5:32 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Opponents have stopped blitzing Drew Bledsoe and are concentrating on dropping the safeties to take away the big passes to Eric Moulds and Peerless Price. The results: In the last two games, Moulds has six catches for 60 yards, Price has 10 catches for 89 yards. The results of that: The Bills have scored one touchdown in each of the last three games.'

Marker Gunmen kill ex-S.J. football star [5:31 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'In 1997, his final year as a linebacker with the Buffalo Bills, Covington earned $276,300. He became a starter toward the end of his brief career. In his final game, he made 20 solo tackles and seemed to be coming into his own. But during practice he suffered nerve damage in his left knee, cutting short his career.'

Marker Covington remembered for hard work and talent [5:30 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: '``He was a good, young kid. It's really a shame,'' said Dennis Lynch, a Glassboro native who is now the director of archives for the Buffalo Bills. ``He was a promising young player when we had him in Buffalo. We were both from South Jersey and we kidded around a little bit about that. He never really reached his potential in professional football after a really good college career. He never really got that full shot because of the knee injury.'''

Marker Former Bills linebacker killed in New Jersey [5:29 AM]
AP reports: 'The 29-year-old Covington, who died at the scene, did not live at the apartment, Shralow said.'

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November 30, 2002

Marker Ex-star athlete shot to death [10:19 PM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Covington, 29, was visiting friends at the Coachman Manor Apartments in Lindenwold when two men forced their way into the apartment, police said. Covington was shot as he struggled with one of the men. The men fled on foot, said Bill Shralow, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's office. Covington was a third-round draft pick in 1995. He played for the Buffalo Bills until 1997 when a knee injury ended his career. His attempted at a comeback in 1998 fizzled when he was waived by the team.

Marker Game Entertainment - Bills vs. Dolphins [12:09 PM] reports: Anthem Singer - Tom Sartori Tom Sartori has been heralded Buffalo, NY's Top Solo Artist for many years. Self-taught on the guitar, keyboards, trumpet, and drums, this multi-talented singer/songwriter has been performing professionally from a very early age. Officials Referee-Bill Carollo (63) Umpire-Butch Hannah (40) Head Linesman-Paul Weidner (87) Line Judge-Ben Montgomery (117) Field Judge-Steve Zimmer (33) Side Judge-John Parry (132) Back Judge-Bob Waggoner (25) Observer-Chuck Heberling

Marker 2002 Running Back Comparison: Henry vs. Williams [11:51 AM] reports: Williams Notes: Currently ranks 3rd in the AFC in rushing… also ranks 4th in the AFC and in the NFL with 1,350 total yards from scrimmage… has led the Dolphins in rushing ten times this season, in receptions three times and in reception yardage once.

Marker What To Look For: Bills vs. Dolphins [11:51 AM] reports: Peerless Price: Needs 73 receiving yards for his first career 1,000 yard season. He'd be just the 7th Bills player to have one and there have been only 11 in team history.

Marker Travis Henry Q&A [11:50 AM] reports: With 43 rushing yards, Henry will becomethe 8th different Bills player with a 1,000-yard campaign and the 21st overall. After practice on Friday, the Bills running back answered some emails.

Marker Lucas out to atone for 'worst' game against Bills [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Just because I played the worst game in history doesn't mean I don't want to come face them again," Lucas said. "If I was smart I wouldn't want to be in there right now. I'm sure all these guys (in Buffalo) are saying, "Oh, good. Ray's coming to town. We're going to get some picks this week.' All I'm doing is looking at it as another game. I'm going to play it one play at a time and let the other 10 guys around me make plays."'

Marker Dolphins supply test for special teams [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miami ranks No. 1 in average drive start after kickoffs.'

Marker Now or never, veterans must lead [6:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'If the Bills fail to make the playoffs, it won’t be the team’s eight starters in their first or second year who will take the blame. It’ll be the guys who’ve been down this path.'

Marker Could Bruce set career sack record as a Bill? [6:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'If Washington decides Smith no longer is a fit, might the Bills consider bringing him back at a modest salary for a final season?'

Marker Slimmer Nails feels 'blessed' in Bills return [6:08 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Cold and artificial turf aside, Nails is looking forward to his Buffalo return. ''I feel I have something to prove,'' he said. ``I feel like I'm always under the microscope, somebody's always watching me.'''

Marker Fiedler, Carter improve [6:07 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Carter met with his doctor before practice and received some encouraging news in his battle back from kidney problems. Carter's tests improved and he might play on Sunday.'

Marker Late-season swoon? Take a cold pill [6:06 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'No Dolphins team of recent vintage has been as suited for this final slippery stretch as this one. It has a healthy roster, with 20 of 22 starters available, Jay Fiedler ready to return and Cris Carter close. It finally has a bruising runner in Ricky Williams, who realizes he was acquired to plow a path over Miami's past. And it has a defense fresh following the time-draining work Williams has done from September through November.'

Marker Wannstedt: Offense shouldn't go south [6:04 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'A sign in the Dolphins' locker room carried this message: "Buffalo forecast is for snow. When packing your bags, please be sure to have a pair of Destroyers if you are a Nike contract player. If you are a Reebok contract player, be sure to have Wet Turf Rat shoes. It would be a good idea to begin breaking them in today." "Destroyers" and "Wet Turf Rats" are models of shoes specifically designed for wet Astroturf-type surfaces.'

Marker Back could sideline Marion; Fiedler, Carter questionable [6:04 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Coach Dave Wannstedt said Marion's back started to tighten up Thursday, which is why he was held out of practice. If Marion is unable to start against the Bills then Shawn Wooden would take his place.'

November 29, 2002

Marker Heartbeat amid the devastation [4:16 PM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'It has been years since Doug Goodwin has felt this strong. He gets around well now, and travels to see his son play at Boston College whenever he can. The only problem is that even with the help he received from his old pals in Buffalo, he has run up $300,000 in medical expenses and has to pay another $3,000 per month for medication. Doug Jr. considered passing up his senior year at Boston College to enter the NFL draft, but Goodwin has discouraged that idea. He says he wants his son to get his degree.'

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