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Buffalo Bills News - September 8, 2004

Marker Home Game Traffic Safety Increased [5:01 PM] reports: '"It's our hope that fans will be respectful of each other, and mindful of their own behavior so that the game can be enjoyed equally by everyone," said Tom Donahoe, the Bills President/General Manager. "We have the best fans in the league, and we want to see every one of them back in Orchard Park game after game and week after week."'

Marker Celebrate the Season with 'Blue Friday' [5:01 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and Heritage Centers are teaming up to celebrate the start of the 2004 NFL Season in grand style. On Friday, September 10, Heritage Centers and Buffalo Place will host a Buffalo Bills pep rally, dubbed "Blue Friday" to commemorate the beginning of another exciting Buffalo Bills season.'

Marker Schobel Extends Contract [5:00 PM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that Aaron Schobel has extended his contract. As per team policy, terms of the extension were not disclosed.'

Marker Police plan stepped up road details for Bills' games [5:00 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Law enforcement agencies will be more vigilant in checking for impaired drivers during the upcoming Buffalo Bills season.'

Marker Bills DE Schobel extends contract [3:57 PM]
AP reports: 'A second-round pick in the 2001 draft, Schobel was entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract that paid him an average of $711,000 a season.'

Marker Bills extend Schobel's contract [3:56 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Schobel has led Buffalo in sacks in each of his three years with the team. He posted a career-high 11.5 sacks in 2003.'

Marker Five-year deal worth almost $28M [2:10 PM]
ESPN reports: 'In a move Wednesday that keeps one of their top young players out of the spring 2005 unrestricted free agent market, the Buffalo Bills signed right defensive end Aaron Schobel to a five-year contract extension, has learned.'

Marker With Vincent's help, Evans goes practice route [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I told him it was something that we needed to do, so he really didn't have much of a choice," Vincent said.'

Marker Fateful heart transplant spurred ex-Bill to action [8:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The experience made Goodwin an advocate for organ donation - a calling that will bring him to the Buffalo area for Upstate New York Transplant Services' annual community recognition dinner Thursday in Salvatore's Italian Gardens in the Town of Lancaster. Goodwin, 62, will urge his audience to hop on the transplant bandwagon by signing the organ donation form that accompanies driver's license renewal information from the state Department of Motor Vehicles.'

Marker Stand by your man [5:02 AM] reports: 'Would Donahoe do it again? “Absolutely, because these kinds of players are so rare and so hard to get that you have to take a chance. It was not a blind gamble. We talked to our doctors. Everybody was on board with it. To roll the dice on a talent like McGahee, we'd definitely do it again.”'

Marker Wednesday's Jacksonville Coverage [5:01 AM] reports:
Rookie debut (Florida Times Union)
One road mark favors Jags, another road mark does not (Florida Times Union)
Lewis finds the news he wants (Orlando Sentinel)
Taylor joins practice (
Stand by your man (
Don’t turn it over (
Leftwich: He and Taylor ready for opener with Bills (AP)

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September 7, 2004

Marker Coach's home sold for $835K [9:03 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Williams, who was not rehired when his contract expired after last season, sold his home in Clarence's Spaulding Lake subdivision for $835,000.'

Marker 'Fan Cost Index' says Bills are NFL's best buy [5:34 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Bills' FCI is placed at $228.52, lowest in the league. Again, the Patriots again have the highest cost per game at $415.95 Across the NFL the average FCI is $312.62, up 4.3 percent from last season.'

Marker Williams Forces Coaches to Keep Him [5:32 PM] reports: '"I'm excited to be a part of this ball club," Williams said. "I'm looking forward to this opportunity. Sunday night was probably the best night of sleep I've gotten in the past couple of months. It just feels like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I'm happy that I'm here. This is where I wanted to be."'

Marker HS Football "Coach of the Week" - Week 1 [5:32 PM] reports: 'Head coach Rich Harris of Kenmore West High School has been named the Buffalo Bills’ high school football “Coach of the Week”.

Marker Flashback: Bills Beat Jaguars on Flutie TD [3:20 PM] reports: '"We had a ‘check with me play.’ I called one play and Thurman thought I called another," Flutie said. "I turned and he wasn’t there, so I just took off. It was a busted play. It wasn’t a naked bootleg. The blocks were made, the play was there and I walked into the endzone. If that had been Thurman, he would have walked into the endzone."'

Marker Andrews legend still on Bills’ roster [12:50 PM]
Odessa American reports: 'Shaud Williams, a 1999 graduate of Andrews High School whose collegiate football career took many strange turns, made the opening-day roster of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.'

Marker Buffalo Bills to be featured at annual golf tournament [12:49 PM]
Herkimer Evening Telegram reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be a feature at the 11th Annual St. Francis de Sales Charities Golf Tournament to be held Friday, Sept. 10 at the Twin Ponds Golf and Country Club.'

Marker Almost Time for Kickoff [12:49 PM] reports: 'I don't think any of this weekend's cuts were shockers. One thing that somewhat surprised me was to see the Bills cut both Jason Gildon and Keith McKenzie. I figured those two guys would battle it out for a veteran pass rusher spot, but neither of them ended up making the team. I was also surprised at the Travis Brown situation. They put him on injured reserve and unfortunately, that's just part of the business. As a younger guy it can be frustrating to catch on with a team. I was cut three times before I finally stuck around and made it somewhere. He's just got to keep his head up. It's nothing that he did. I thought he had an outstanding camp and he did everything he had to do to be the back-up. It's just unfortunate that an injury had to basically cause his release.'

Marker Bills' needs cost Brown roster spot [8:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We really like Travis," Donahoe said after practice. "The plan during the week was to see if there was a way we could keep four. But when you start to put the numbers together it just couldn't work. It's unfortunate for Travis, but as I told him (Monday) morning it may not be the best thing for him, but it's the best thing for the team right now to give us the additional roster spot. So he understood better after we talked to him. There are no guarantees until you put the final roster together."'

Marker Injured Losman views practice from sidelines [8:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's my first day I've got out of my bed, so I wanted to see the guys and it was good for everyone to see me and I'm glad to see them," Losman said after practice. "It's good to be part of the team again."'

Marker Sharing the load works for ends [4:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Denney and Kelsay are going to split time at the position, which, in today's NFL is not a bad thing. Teams have come to realize that they must rotate defensive linemen during games because the line positions are physically demanding and it's very difficult for players to play entire games up front.'

Marker Tennessee Trio makes the Bills cut [4:58 AM]
AP reports: 'Boy, did 31 teams miss out when all three of them went undrafted last spring, Ritzmann chimed in. ''We all kind of felt, `Man, this is not right,''' Ritzmann said. ''So we all came in here knowing that we were going to give everything we've got to make this football team.'''

Marker Losman Says Vincent Isn't To Blame For His Injury [4:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The GM said, "It's unfortunate for Travis, I told him it may not be good for him, but it's the best thing for the team to give us the additional roster spot." He understood better after we talked to him, but I think he felt that he was here, but there are no guarantees until you put the final roster together."'

Marker Bills a Little Bit Better [4:56 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Add it up, and you've got a 9-7 team headed for bigger and better things, even if that won't be quite good enough to get into the playoffs.'

September 6, 2004

Marker Bills Fill Practice Squad [7:57 PM] reports: 'The Bills signed eight players to the Practice Squad. A day after reducing their roster to the league mandatory 53, the Bills along with the rest of the league could sign up to eight players to their Practice Squad.'

Marker Bills defend decision to place Brown on IR [6:29 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe said Brown proved to be the odd man out because the team had already elected to keep active starting safety Lawyer Milloy and rookie quarterback J.P. Losman. Milloy is expected to miss at least the season opener with a broken forearm, and Losman will miss at least the first half of the season.'

Marker Giants Continue to Build Roster [6:21 PM] reports: A fifth-round draft choice out of Illinois by Buffalo in 2001, the 6-5, 325-pound Sullivan played in 32 games with 22 starts over the past three seasons for the Bills. He played in 10 games with two starts (one at left tackle and one at right tackle) as a rookie in 2001. In his second season, Sullivan started all 16 games at right guard for the Bills. The 26-year old Sullivan was inactive for the first eight weeks of the 2003 season before starting the last four games of the year at left tackle. Sullivan was born on Feb. 2, 1978 in Chicago.

Marker Bills QB Losman takes first step in rehab on crutches [5:59 PM]
AP reports: '''This is my first day out. It feels good,'' said Losman, who is now wearing a protective boot that covers his lower left leg. ''I wanted to see the guys. And it's good for everyone to see me. I'm glad to see them. It's good to feel like part of the team again.'''

Marker McFarland Fights His Way onto Roster [5:54 PM] reports: 'Offensive lineman Dylan McFarland fought his way onto the Bills 53-man roster. The seventh round pick from Montana even beat out a few veterans to grab the last lineman spot on the Bills squad. "It's a great feeling," McFarland said. "This is something I've worked for my whole life and to make this team is pretty special."'

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