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Buffalo Bills News - January 8, 2002

Marker Fickle Johnson should not return [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Donahoe's recent comments about Johnson's durability and burdensome contract lead one to believe that the Bills are ready to file for divorce. Still, talk that Donahoe will meet this week with Johnson's agent have kept open the possibility that he may return. Let's hope not.'

Marker Ex-NDSU star ends 11-year Buffalo career [5:09 AM]
Fargo Forum reports: '"I want to be remembered as a consistent, dependable guy everyone could depend on," Hansen said. "I got everything out of my God-given talent, and I believe I used all the tools at my disposal, and got everything out that I could."'

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Marker Bills Defensive End Hansen Retires After 11-Year NFL Career [7:45 PM]
Bloomberg reports: '"I want to be remembered as a consistent, dependable guy," Hansen said. "I wasn't Bruce Smith, and I couldn't do what Bruce Smith did. I believe I used all the tools at my disposal, and got everything out of my talent that I could."'

Marker Bills' Henry to have knee surgery [2:59 PM]
AP reports: 'Rookie Travis Henry, the Buffalo Bills leading rusher, will have arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to relieve tendinitis in his right knee.'

Marker Bills DE Phil Hansen announces retirement [1:55 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Although he never received Pro Bowl recognition, Hansen started 148 of 156 games with the Bills and was regarded as one of the team's most consistent players, compiling 867 tackles.'

Marker Phil Hansen announces his retirement [11:33 AM] reports: 'One of just two Bills remaining from the team's Super Bowl runs of the early 1990s, Hansen leaves the Bills as the team's second-best sack producer, with 61.5, and the team's active leader in games played (156).'

Marker Bills Hansen retires, ending 11-year career [11:13 AM]
AP reports: '"My body and my heart tell me it's time to move on. I've known for a long time now that this would be my final season. I tried to keep it a secret because I didn't want it to become a distraction to any of my teammates," Hansen said. "I always thought the focus should be on the opponent."'

Marker Glory days aren't around the corner for Bills [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Nine of the Bills' 16 games were decided by a touchdown or less. That means they were competitive. But they won just three of those games. That means they weren't good enough to make the plays when it counted.'

Marker Sprained shoulder ends Van Pelt's day and season [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think it's a partial dislocation, and the doctors said it should take about six to eight weeks to completely heal."'

Marker Monday billboard [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fiedler is 4-0 against the Bills since becoming the starter last year.'

Marker Buffalo finishes out season with loss [7:22 AM] reports: 'The Bills wrapped up their 42nd season with a 34-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon at Pro Player Stadium, a game in which the Dolphins were able to keep the Bills offense off the field in the first half. As a result of a dominant 30 minutes early, Miami wore out the Buffalo defense in the second half, and broke open a close game in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Plug is finally pulled on long, painful season [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'There couldn't have been a more fitting end to this pathetic season for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Chilling reminder under Miami sun [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'But losing this way, manhandled on both lines of scrimmage, melting down with penalties and special teams mistakes -- Dolphins safety Brock Marion returning an interception 100 yards at the buzzer for the merciful exclamation point, for crying out loud -- well, there won't be any false pretenses engulfing the club heading into free agency and the draft.'

Marker Brown can handle No. 3 role [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'Let's put it this way: How much worse was he than Johnson?'

Marker Bills report card [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'There were some dubious offensive play calls (a pass on critical third-and-one in third quarter was among them) made and the lackluster defensive unit made Fiedler and Smith look like Griese and Csonka. Lousy finish spoils a good last month for Gregg Williams.'

Marker Convincing romp over Bills ensures playoff game at Pro Player Stadium vs. Jets or Ravens [5:47 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '"It was a great team win,'' coach Dave Wannstedt said after Miami outgained Buffalo on the ground 202-39 to clinch a home playoff game next Sunday.'

Marker Just In Case: Backup excels [5:46 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The stingy Dolphins defense allowed 38 rushing yards on 17 attempts. That included 3 rushing yards in the first half on eight attempts in what was a stunning defensive effort.'

Marker Buffalo QB R. Brown gets first extensive playing time [5:45 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '"He did some good things with a limited amount of practice time and game-speed experience,'' Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "We saw him do some good things, but he saw some things that he has to improve to take the next step."'

Marker A mirage, or start of something special? [5:45 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The remnant of a big home crowd howled, coach Dave Wannstedt jogged off the field into a grinning hug from old Hurricanes quarterback Jim Kelly, and Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga waited inside the winners' dressing room, beaming, squeezing every sweaty player's fingers in a pistoning handshake. Everybody felt great.'

Marker Moulds held in check [5:44 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'But in three of the past four meetings, Moulds has been held to 12 catches for 164 yards and no touchdowns.'

Marker Huizenga: Spurrier a nonissue [5:43 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Quarterback Jay Fiedler finished the season with a rating of 80.3, the highest for a Dolphins quarterback since Dan Marino's 80.7 in 1997.'

Marker Five keys to Dolphins-Bills [5:43 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '[Pat] Williams played approximately a half-dozen downs on a sore knee. After Ruddy blocked him low a couple of times, Williams called it a game. That essentially took out Buffalo's best defensive player, who the Dolphins believed should have made the Pro Bowl.'

Marker Dolphins enter playoffs on a high note [5:42 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Fiedler only attempted 16 passes, completing nine for 110 yards. But with a 27-point victory and the offense not committing a turnover, Wannstedt doesn't mind the unimpressive aerial numbers.'

Marker Smith's momentum carries entire team [5:41 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'He rushed for a season-best 158 yards and on a season-high 30 carries, and he was running aggressively, slamming into the holes and carrying defenders while grinding out the tough yards.'

Marker The backup plan works just fine [5:40 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Linebackers Tommy Hendricks and Scott Galyon and free safety Arturo Freeman, members of the "JIC Club," have proven in the past two weeks that they are ready when the Dolphins need them. "We tagged it the `Just In Case Club,'" Galyon said, "and we prepare ourselves to be ready when the team needs us. You never know when your time will come, but you can't let your teammates down."'

Marker To Turk, if shoe fits ... [5:40 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Five punts, five balls down inside the 20-yard line for Matt Turk, whose value has grown enormously as the offense has turned increasingly more docile in the second half of the season.'

Marker Mounting injuries a concern [5:39 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The list of injured players increased for the Dolphins after Sunday's 34-7 victory over Buffalo, and that could be troublesome for a team that had nine starters on last week's injury report.'

Marker Enjoy, but don't kid yourself [5:38 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The good news: They start with a home game Sunday. The bad news: They start against the Ravens or Jets. Pick your poison.'

Marker The J-word can give Huizenga the jitters [5:37 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"But that team from New York is 8-0 against us lately! And they're 7-1 on the road this year! And they came back from 17-0 to beat us this season! And there was the Monday Night Meltdown last year! They're a Stephen King character in a green uniform!"'

Marker Bills coach notes some bright spots [5:36 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"Nine of our last 12 games have been competitive," Williams said. "We were extremely competitive [today] until that penalty. When we pressed to get back into the game, our younger players committed some turnovers, negating some significant big-play opportunities. We've got a lot to do in the offseason, but we've come a long ways also."'

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