Feud for thought [8:07 AM]
SportsWritersDirect reports: 'It's obvious that these guys aren't bosom buddies. In fact, you have a better chance of seeing Al Gore at a Limp Bizkit concert than of Johnson co-starring in one of Flutie's cheesy long-distance commercials. The task now is not to let this tension infect others. The two don't have to hang out, but they must be able to coexist.'
Rob's reign [8:04 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The 27-year-old quarterback didn't take over the team until the last regular-season game last season, irritating Flutie fans and Flutie himself. After Buffalo lost its playoff game with Tennessee, Flutie charged that it wouldn't have happened had he been the quarterback. Maybe, but the popular opinion throughout NFL circles was that Buffalo made a move it could have - maybe should have - made earlier. Johnson has the better arm; Flutie was running into trouble. Johnson could perk up an offense that wound down as the season wore on; Flutie was trying to do too much by himself.'
Administers of defense [8:02 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Bills saw the potential of losing Smith a few years ago and drafted Marcellus Wiley and in this year's draft, they got Erik Flowers. So that brings an infusion of young talent to the defense, but what about the invaluable veteran leadership Smith took with him? SS Henry Jones and DE Phil Hansen have taken on that role. With 10 seasons each under their belt they will carry the torch of the great Buffalo teams of the early 1990s to the class of the new millennium.'
By the numbers [8:01 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The Buffalo Bills didn't make the playoffs last year because of their offense...No, this was the type of team defensive-oriented coach Wade Phillips loved.'
Settling the Bills [7:59 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'There are two things they've got to figure out right away in Buffalo. One, who's the man at quarterback, Rob Johnson or Doug Flutie? And two, if it's Johnson, can he stay healthy? The team has thought for two years now that Johnson was the guy, but there's another faction of the team that knows the wins have come mainly with Flutie. While Flutie is hurt right now, he'll be back, but Johnson is going to get the nod.'
Tit-for-tat [6:13 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Quarterback controversies germinate in the strangest places but few more strange than the pages of Penthouse where, it often is said, the two tight-end offence was perfected.'
Smith: Injury won't slow me [6:02 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've missed two games and I'd like to get back in the flow of things," he said. "I know I have to get back on top of my conditioning and you don't want to get that label as injury prone. I want to come back this year strong and be productive and help us take a step forward."'
Johnson shows he can fight back [6:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'Johnson's dad once said that there is indeed substance to Rob and we would see it in time. Now that he has been firmly reestablished as the team's starting quarterback, that time has arrived. He truly has gone from the outhouse, ahem, to Penthouse. With any luck, Johnson will say a few more things this season -- hopefully to the local media -- that are worth quoting.'
Johnson is critical of Flutie in magazine [4:00 PM]
AP reports: 'There has been friction between the two men during much of the last three seasons, as they battled for the starting quarterback job, but Johnson said the conflict has been exaggerated. "If it was that bad -- I mean, we're around each other eight or 10 hours a day -- something else would have happened by now if we hated each other that much," Johnson told the Buffalo News. "It was just a situation last year." Andre Reed criticized Flutie on his Web site around the time of Reed's departure and other players are rumored to have privately criticized Flutie promoting himself at the expense of the team.'
Are Bills facing a QB controversy? [1:41 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '...Johnson was quick to add, "There's no ill will (now) we help each other all the time. What I said referred just to that week." He did wonder, though, "Why are you guys asking so much about this now? You didn't do that (when Flutie made his remarks in Canada)?" But we quickly pointed out that, to be sure, we had made a very big issue of Flutie's annoyingly self-serving comments to the Canadian press. "Oh," Johnson said sheepishly, "I guess that didn't get to me out in California."
Johnson sounds off on Flutie in magazine [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Penthouse asked the question, "How did you feel when Doug Flutie said the Bills would have beaten Tennessee if he'd started at quarterback instead of you?" "If he was covering kicks, maybe (laughs) . . . maybe he could have been out there on that final play," he said. "I think that (what Flutie said) was more of an insult to the entire team. That's just the type of guy Doug is. He's not much fun to play with - you just have to deal with it."'
A leader emerges by stating the naked truth [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Little things can have a massive impact on a team. Johnson has taken a big step forward as a leader. By telling Penthouse that Flutie had insulted his teammates with his incessant whining about the Tennessee playoff game, Johnson told the fans, his teammates, the entire football world, that this is his team now.'
Panos to miss at least three games [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills right guard Joe Panos will be sidelined for at least the first three games of the regular season after partially tearing ligaments and a muscle along the arch of his right foot. Panos was still on crutches but moving better Tuesday after he received results from a magnetic resonance imaging exam. The injury, to an area called the plantar fascia, is not expected to require surgery. He could be back by the bye week Sept. 24. "The first week is nothing but rest and ice until the swelling goes down," Panos said. "We have to let it heal and start some aggressive therapy. It's not completely torn."'
Johnson raps Flutie [6:07 AM]
D and C reports: '...one query in particular dealt with a pertinent topic -- Flutie's interview last February with Canadian cable sports network TSN when he said, "I honestly believe that if I would have been playing (in the playoff loss to Tennessee), we could have, would have, won." Johnson's response in the Penthouse feature: "If he was covering kicks, maybe (laughs). Maybe he could have been out there on that final play. I think that (what Flutie said) was more of an insult to the entire team. "That's just the type of guy Doug is. He's not much fun to play with -- you just have to deal with it."'
Hard-luck Panos out of action four weeks [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'An MRI taken Monday revealed a tear in the Plantar Fascia, an area of ligaments and tendons on the bottom of the foot. There is also a strain that is affecting his big toe. Originally, the training staff was hoping Panos would only miss the season opener against Tennessee, but the bad news is it now looks like he'll be out four weeks. The good news? It could have been as much as six weeks. "After it happened I was like `What did I do to deserve this kind of stuff?' " said Panos, who missed all of last season due to neck surgery. "But it happens for a reason, though I don't know what the reason is. I'm out for a little bit longer than I thought, those are the cards that I've been dealt."'
Former Bills defensive standout Tom Day dead at 65 [6:37 PM]
AP reports: 'Day was a member of the defensive unit that helped the Bills win AFL titles in 1964 and 1965. Day also played for the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers before retiring in 1968. After retirement, Day worked to help former NFL players in times of need through the retired players division of the NFL Players Association, Day was active in the United Way. He was also a member of the Bills Alumni and served as president of the organization for two years.'
Josh Roth Survives Bills' First Cut [10:22 AM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: 'The former Pine Valley and University of Buffalo star has made the first cut of the Buffalo Bills after appearing in the first three exhibition games against Cincinnati, Detroit and St. Louis. "Definitely, I am pleased to have made the first cut and I am one of three fullbacks remaining on the roster," said Roth, who will be in action against Philadelphia on Thursday night.'
Foot injury has Panos asking, 'Why me?' [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know what the hell is going on," Panos said. "It's real frustrating. I was in a pretty bad place (mentally) after the game. I was pretty (angry). They say this stuff happens for a reason. What it is, I have no idea."'
Former Bills defensive standout Tom Day dead at 65 [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tom Day, a former Buffalo Bill whose avocation later in life was helping other former NFL players in times of need, died suddenly Monday at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst. He had entered the hospital Saturday for tests. His death came one day after his 65th birthday.'
Stambaugh waived; Haddad, Roth survive [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills cut 14 players Monday as teams trimmed their rosters to 65. Both players from the University at Buffalo, receiver Drew Haddad and fullback Josh Roth, were among the survivors with more cuts coming by Sunday. Quarterback Phil Stambaugh, who did not play a down in the first two preseason games, was among those released.'
Foot injury will sideline Bills' Panos [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'After an encouraging return from surgery to repair a bulging disk in his neck, an injury that cost him all of last season, Panos will miss at least the regular-season opener against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 3 after tearing a muscle under the arch of his right foot.'
Ex-Bills standout lineman Tom Day dies [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '"Tom was the joy of the defensive line," said Lou Saban, who coached Day in Buffalo. "He had a lot of spirit and a lot of drive. He was playful at times, but when the whistle blew, he got the job done."'
Making the first cuts was easy; the next cuts won't be [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills trimmed their roster by 14 players yesterday. Now comes the hard part, trimming to the NFL regular season limit of 53 by Sunday. "That's the toughest cut overall," coach Wade Phillips said. "All the guys who left today didn't have quite as much of a chance because of ability. Certainly the next cut, it's about guys with more ability who have a chance of making an NFL club."'
Bills make cuts [5:17 AM]
AP reports: 'Free-agent rookie quarterback Phil Stambaugh was among 14 players cut by the Buffalo Bills Monday...All 14 players were free-agent pickups this offseason.'
Williams developing knack for knocking linemen back [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams' penchant for knocking back centers - and everything else in his path - has made him a key player on the Bills' defense. Although his playing time is limited because he backs up Ted Washington, Williams makes the most of his opportunities. He had 44 tackles, 21/2 sacks and nine quarterback pressures for the NFL's top-ranked defense last season. Not bad for a guy who usually gets fewer than 20 snaps per game. "I just try to go out there and make things happen," said Williams, 28. "I'll do anything the team needs to be successful."'
Johnson's status no longer open to debate [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Rob Johnson's performance in St. Louis Saturday night wasn't enough to induce the Doug Flutie loyalists to call a truce in their carping about Johnson's status as the Bills' starting quarterback, nothing will. Confronted by the toughest pass rush in the NFC and an overall defense that was a pillar in the Rams winning the last Super Bowl, Johnson did what he has done best for most of his brief experience as the Bills' starter - produce a lot of points in a spectacular manner.'
Bills struggle to boost sale of season tickets [6:05 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Wilson has said it before: Winning is what sells tickets. In Buffalo fans appear to support that theory one game at a time.'
Bills outlast Rams [4:41 PM]
Rams Update reports: 'It's said beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. That was certainly the case in the St. Louis Rams' 31-27 preseason loss to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night at the Trans World Dome.'
Bills big-play offense working fine [9:17 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In an unexpected twist, the Bills have suddenly become a big-play offense. First, there was McDaniel's 85-yard touchdown reception to go with wide receiver Eric Moulds' 72-yarder last week and running back Shawn Bryson's 73-yard effort in the opener. Toss in Avion Black's 34-yard TD in the first exhibition game and tight end Bobby Collins' 26-yarder last night, on another blown coverage, and that's five of Buffalo's eight preseason touchdowns.'
Big air strikes lead Bills past Rams [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' first-team offense still needs a little work as far as consistency is concerned. But when it comes to quick-strike capability, this group is in mid-season form.'
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