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Buffalo Bills News - August 29, 2002

Marker Riemersma: Bull's-eye in middle [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'With three preseason games over with and the regular-season opener against the New York Jets just 10 days away, Riemersma has just one catch for three yards.'

Marker Bills on the bubble [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have until Sunday to trim down to the 53-man roster limit. Tonight's preseason game against the Detroit Lions could go a long way in deciding which players stay. Here is a look at some players fighting for jobs...'

Marker Lions' Final exhibition [5:26 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'In fact, if it were up to McMahon -- the second-year quarterback and designated starter for the opener Sept. 8 -- the regular season could start now.'

Marker Roster spots are on the line [5:24 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Quarterback Mike McMahon will start and play 2-4 series, depending on how many plays the offense runs, before turning the offense over to rookie Joey Harrington and No. 3 quarterback Ty Detmer.'

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August 28, 2002

Marker A work in progress [9:17 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'If anything, the loss to the Colts, which put the Bills at 0-3 in the "it doesn't count" part, only points up what has sort of been forgotten in all the excitement of Drew Bledsoe. This is still a very, very, very young Bills team. Young players make mistakes, and mistakes lead to losses.'

Marker 2002 NFL forecast: Division winners and losers [8:57 PM]
ESPN reports: 'I know this much: Bills brass Tom Donahoe and Tom Modrak will ultimately get all the pieces in place, and sooner rather than later.'

Marker AFC East football capsules [8:55 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Prediction: Even though the Bills are tied with the San Diego Chargers for the toughest strength of schedule, the Bills should be better than last year's 3-13 record.'

Marker Lions and Bills play for first preseason win [4:30 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills and their new quarterback, Drew Bledsoe, have regressed since playing relatively well in their first preseason game against Cincinnati. They didn't look sharp in the second preseason game against Minnesota and looked even worse last week versus Indianapolis.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Preview [1:27 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Before the season starts, there could be more pickups along the D-line, but the Bills' biggest problem was cured when they got Bledsoe.'

Marker Two Minute Drill... With Josh Reed [12:28 PM] reports: Rookie wide receiver and second round pick Josh Reed sat down with for the Two Minute Drill. Read what he had to say about his teammates.

Marker Join the TBD Pick 'Em Contest! [10:51 AM]
TBD reports: Sign up today for our weekly NFL pick 'em pool. Put your football knowledge to the test against your fellow Bills' fans. Space is limited so sign-up today....

Marker Bad knee forces Ostroski to retire [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's better to walk away one or two years early than to limp away one or two years late,' " Ostroski said.'

Marker Bills bond when waiting for final cuts [9:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How much longer Jackson and Fisher will remain teammates all depends. Maybe for another season, maybe for a scant few days.'

Marker Sparring with Redskins, Bills and Hemingway [9:42 AM] reports: And I like Bledsoe's weapons -- Moulds, the rookie, Josh Reed, Jay Riemersma down the seam. Will the QB and the coordinator click? That's the question. I think Gilbride is better working with established players than young ones. It's not the offense I worry about with Buffalo, it's that D-line.

Marker Bills Offensive Lineman Ostroski Retires Because of Knee Injury [6:27 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'He started 102 of 106 career games -- 36 at right guard, 34 at center, 29 at right tackle and three at left guard.'

Marker The quest begins [6:02 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Bledsoe or no Bledsoe, the defense must dramatically improve for the Bills to have any shot at a playoff spot, and that's too much to ask. The prediction: 6-10, and no playoffs for a third straight year.'

Marker Ostroski retires on bad knee [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though limited athletically, the popular 6-foot-3, 323-pound Ostroski leaves a legacy of toughness, versatility and loyalty to the Bills, who signed him to their practice squad in 1993 after Kansas City and Atlanta cut him.'

Marker Bills could call on Jackson again [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though released by the Bills on Tuesday at the NFL's mandatory roster cut to 65 players, Jackson has a chance of landing on the team's practice squad next week.'

August 27, 2002

Marker Hey, holdouts: Get into camp now [11:04 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The hangup for Jammer, Sims and McKinnie seems to be the contract the Bills worked out with the No. 4 pick, Mike Williams. The deal has clauses and escapes the others all desire but there is no way the Chargers are going to surrender to those demands, and why should they?

Marker How the experts see it [10:53 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Vic Carucci is only CBS expert (of 10) who predicts the Bills make the playoffs, even as a wild card team.

Marker Pete Prisco: The real must-see TV: Top 10 NFL games to watch [10:47 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: New England at Buffalo, Nov. 3 -- Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe gets to face his old team for the first time.

Bledsoe wasn't exactly thrilled with the way he was treated at the end, forced to watch the Super Bowl as a spectator after years of good service, so he will be a little pumped.

Marker Andy Hanacek: Pro Football Weekly chat [10:39 PM]
ESPN reports: With the final cut one week away, who do you see being the odd-man-out in the Buffalo backfield: Bryson or Morris. I would prefer to keep Bryson.

It's an interesting situation in Buffalo, and I'm not sure what they'll do. I know there are rumors that the Bills are simply waiting for a major-RB injury to try to trade Bryson, and that would seem to make the most sense, as they wouldn't get anything for any of the other backs. i think you will see them keep all 4 RBs, shaking down this way on the depth chart: Henry, Bryson, Huntley, Morris. Morris is a very good special-teams player who they won't just give away, and we know what Bryson can do after subbing in for Henry last season. Huntley has been solid in the preseason so far too, so they're in good shape at RB.

Marker Lief Larsen waived-injured [10:02 PM] reports: In order to get to the 65-man roster limit, the Bills also designated defensive lineman Leif Larsen as waived-injured. He injured his groin earlier in camp.

Marker Bills veteran OL Ostroski announces retirement [9:24 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"My mind and my heart still say play, but my knee says no," Ostroski said.'

Marker Offensive Lineman Jerry Ostroski Calls It Quits [6:39 PM] reports: "Nothing will ever be able to replace that feeling of getting into the end zone at Ralph Wilson Stadium and have all those fans, sold-out fans, cheering for you. It's very special. That feeling and others like it is why you play the game."

Marker The Football Gods Chortled [5:28 PM]
ESPN reports: (see bottom of article) Bengals defender Takeo Spikes will miss the rest of the preseason after injuring himself while attempting to injure Drew Bledsoe. In the first week of ersatz play, Spikes was attempting to lift Bledsoe for the illegal body-slam maneuver when he suddenly gasped and clutched his chest; attempting the body-slam had caused Spikes to tear a pectoral muscle. "I was trying to pick him up and dump him," Spikes admitted to The Associated Press

Marker AFC's best division? Try this one [5:21 PM]
AP reports: Oddly, the most improved team in the AFC East could be Buffalo, yet the Bills are destined to finish last. They won only three times in '01, ranking next-to-last in points scored and allowed.

Marker Ostroski announces his retirement from Football [5:20 PM]
WGR 55 reports: Buffalo Bills veteran offensive lineman Jerry Ostroski announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon. "My mind and my heart still say play," Ostroski said at his press conference. "But my knee says no."

Marker Ostroski couldn't recover from knee injury [5:20 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Given his lack of activity this summer, the retirement did not come as a surprise to Buffalo officials, who had suggested a few weeks ago Ostroski might have to accept a salary reduction to remain with the team.'

Marker Jerry Ostroski retires [5:19 PM]
AP reports: He was unable to fully recover from knee surgery, announced his retirement on Tuesday. Ostroski, who was entering his ninth season and had been the longest serving member of the Bills, had spent all of training camp on the PUP list recovering from knee surgery. After breaking his right leg in August 2001, Ostroski returned to the Bills to start seven games last season. "My mind and my heart still say to play, but my knee says 'No,'" said Ostroski. "This has truly been a great ride."

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