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Buffalo Bills News - August 27, 2002

Marker Booster club meeting at Ralph Wilson Stadium [10:09 AM]
TBD reports: Meeting will be at 7 PM in the Paul Maguire suites.

Marker Price is right in Buffalo [10:08 AM]
Canadaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"Drew takes more chances than Peyton, but I saw Peyton last year taking some chances," Price said. "He told me he had to because he felt the (Colts) defense was going to give stuff up." The Bills might be in the same boat this year.'

Marker Ostroski near Bills' exit door [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ostroski hasn't participated in live drills throughout the preseason because of a knee condition, and he doesn't appear close to doing so.'

Marker Jennings delivers gift: intact offensive line [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Left tackle Jonas Jennings made a surprise return to practice Monday and participated in most team and individual drills. He's hopeful he can play in the Bills' preseason finale Thursday at Detroit.'

Marker Rone knows it's his time to make it [5:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'The 26-year-old native of Daytona Beach, Fla., is trying to make an NFL roster for the fourth time, and if he doesn't survive the Bills' final cut Sunday, he knows it might be time to move on with his life.'

Marker On the surface, Bills like their new look [5:55 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have installed a 45-yard tract of the new AstroPlay surface on their practice field behind the fieldhouse on One Bills Drive, and they tested it for the first time Monday.'

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August 26, 2002

Marker Jennings resumes practicing with Bills [11:40 PM]
AP reports: '"Everything's limited right now, you've got to crawl before you walk, but everything I am doing, I'm doing well," Jennings said. "It's enough to get it done to build up to the opener."'

Marker Photos from Colts preseason game [8:27 PM] reports: Photo subjects include Bledsoe, Henry, Robertson, Bannan, Tillman and Charlie Johnson.

Marker Bills Return To Practice Following Indy Loss [5:02 PM] reports: Jonas Jennings returned to practice on Monday. Gregg Williams: "It was nice to see Jonas (practicing) today. He was bouncing around pretty good. We'll take him day-by-day, similar to what we did with Ruben, and see how he is at the end of the week."

Marker Bledsoe brings playoff chemistry to Buffalo [4:08 PM] reports: The Bills have only a dozen players on their roster whose resumes include more than five years of NFL experience. There are roughly three times that many with two seasons or less in the league.

Marker August 26 Kelly Krunch Autograph Winner [11:20 AM] reports: I was thrilled to watch Jim and the team march through the playoffs and on to the national sports spotlight of four Super Bowls! But to me, his commitment to giving back to the community that supported him for so many years is definitely his most "Super" effort!

Marker If 'O' tackles falter, Price will 'flip' into line [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With Jonas Jennings nursing a sprained ankle that may be more serious than the Bills are letting on, Price could find himself in the starting lineup at left tackle when the regular season begins 13 days from now.'

Marker It's only preseason, but Bills sure look average [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Bills don't look like a playoff team. They're a work in progress, young and unproven at too many key positions. They will have ups and downs. They will excite you one moment and make you tear your hair out the next.'

August 25, 2002

Marker Road test not so smooth [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Penalties, penalties, penalties.'

Marker Newcomer Ahanotu gets in the game [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It felt good to be out there again," Ahanotu said. "It's been a long time. This is the first time that I've had pads on since the Super Bowl. I felt all right. It will get better next week."'

Marker Football's greatest shrine isn't Hall of Very Good [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'From the time Jim Kelly was confirmed as one of the football immortals, Buffalo has gone Hall of Fame nutsy.'

Marker A Bills backer in Albany [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I root for the Buffalo Bills because they are New York's true team," Pataki said during his visit. "But I'll root for the Jets except when they play the Bills."'

Marker Colts, penalties dampen Bills optimism [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Quite simply, it was not a good night for the Bills as they were sloppy and largely unproductive in every phase of the game, and the clearest shred of evidence was a ghastly 16 penalties for 97 yards.'

Marker Bills don’t look too promising in loss [5:14 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Is it too soon to be concerned about the Buffalo Bills' season?'

Marker Defense dominates for Colts [5:13 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The No. 1 unit actually remained intact through the first series of the third quarter and had its way with the Bills.'

Marker Colts' offense produces no reason for optimism [5:12 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'So far, there has been no reason whatsoever to be optimistic the offense will carry the load for this team again. Not a single reason.'

Marker Colts defensive line gets new look and solid results [5:11 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Playing the first half and the first possession of the third quarter, the Colts line sacked Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe three times and anchored a defensive effort that over the time it was on the field limited the Bills to 95 total yards in a 19-7 Colts victory.'

Marker Colts 19, Bills 7 [5:10 AM]
AP reports: 'If it seemed a subpar night for the Colts, it was even worse for the Bills.'

Marker Indianapolis 19, Buffalo 7 [5:09 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Bledsoe continued his solid preseason play in the first half, completing 9-of-16 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. He started the second half and completed just 1-of-4 attempts and threw an interception.'

August 24, 2002

Marker AFC East preview [3:40 PM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Few expect a playoff team in Buffalo, but maybe a contender. New offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has taken over broken offenses before, but not always successfully.'

Marker Ex-NFL pro done with football theology [10:18 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: 'So while Reich is invariably introduced at prayer breakfasts and business lunches as the quarterback who engineered the greatest football comeback ever, he tends to play his light over the anti-climatic final chapters, too. "God is controlling all outcomes for his own purposes," Reich said. "We don't know the hidden purposes behind his work, so our responsibility is to give our all and seek the good."'

Marker Battle for jobs puts Bills under microscope [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills must cut 10 players to get down to a 65-man roster by Tuesday. The team could wait until next week's final cut to trim its backfield. It won't be easy whenever the cuts are made.'

Marker Bills' tune-up needed against Colts [5:44 AM]
D and C reports: 'The third preseason game is usually the one coaches take their longest look at the starters, and then the final exhibition is used to give on-the-bubble players one last chance to make a big push to earn a roster spot.'

Marker Former Bills linebacker dies [5:43 AM]
D and C reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills' linebacker Wayne Simmons, a starter on the Green Bay Packers' 1997 Super Bowl championship team, was killed early Friday when his car crashed and burst into flames. He was 32.'

Marker Colts looking to correct their offensive problems [5:43 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'During the Colts' week of preparation for tonight's preseason game with Buffalo in the RCA Dome, the topic of virtually every post-practice interview eventually turned to the struggles of the No. 1 offense.'

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