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Buffalo Bills News - December 5, 2003

Marker McGahee could see playing time Sunday [4:04 PM]
AP reports: '``Willis had a good week of work. He practiced with our offense every day this week,'' Williams said. ``We'll go down to the final warm-up before we make a decision.'''

Marker Five Fans To Compete In Halftime Contest [1:26 PM] reports: 'Contestants will attempt to throw a football into a Tops shopping cart from 20 yards away. The grand prize winner will receive free groceries from Tops as well as a VIP visit to a Bills practice to meet Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe and the rest of the team.'

Marker Round Two: Buffalo [11:42 AM] reports: '“Our crowd has been tremendously supportive,” explained Williams, “we are famous throughout the National Football League with how loud it is here and we need to play well and give them something to cheer about.”'

Marker Protection issues [11:36 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills have a bad combination of things going on heading into Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium, as they have a woozy Drew Bledsoe and an injured offensive line.'

Marker Owner makes sure Bills sellout streak intact [9:21 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Bills said Thursday that Wilson had purchased the remaining 3,000-plus tickets for this Sunday's game with the New York Jets and donated them to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western New York.'

Marker Bills need to limit returns [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are second in the NFL, allowing just 19.3 yards on 43 kickoff returns, and they haven't given up a return longer than 35 yards. The Bills have already held two of the league's best return specialists - Kansas City's Dante Hall and Washington's Chad Morton - to less than 20 yards per return.'

Marker Opportunistic Tucker happy with new niche [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was really excited for the opportunity," Tucker said of his first starting assignment last week. "Everybody likes to be able to go out there and turn it loose. But my personality is I can always play better. If I do play this week, I'll be looking to improve on last week."'

Marker Chad is money in the red [8:57 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"We work on our red zone every day," offensive coordinator Paul Hackett said after Thursday's practice for Buffalo on Sunday. "Chad doesn't make bad decisions down there. I think he just zeroes in, he heightens his focus."'

Marker For Herm, no escape from deal [8:56 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Edwards declined comment specifically about the escape-clause story. But he has told people he wants to be around the Jets for the development of "No. 10," meaning Pennington.'

Marker Plenty of pain, gain for Henry [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It feels really good,” Henry said. “I’ve been going up the ranks slowly. These last few weeks we’ve really run the ball effectively. It’s always good to reach the 1,000 mark in this league, so it feels really good to be close to it.”'

Marker `Stupidity' for Bills' Bledsoe to suit up [5:14 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"First of all, he could die, but that's rare," says Tator, who'll be chairing a seminar on concussions in hockey for roughly 500 doctors, therapists and coaches tomorrow at Air Canada Centre. "If your brain gets another blow before it has recovered from the first blow, it could cause massive brain swelling and death.'

Marker Shrugging Off Pain and Age, Martin Runs at Milestones [5:13 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Showing a tolerance for pain that seems to increase with age, Martin finds himself on the brink of key milestones against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. With 11,230 career rushing yards, he needs 7 yards to pass O. J. Simpson for the No. 12 spot in N.F.L. history and 123 yards to pass the former Jet John Riggins. If Martin reaches 131 yards, he will join Barry Sanders as the only other back to begin his career with nine straight 1,000-yard seasons. Sanders ended his steak at 10 seasons by retiring suddenly.'

Marker No way out for Herm [5:12 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Edwards, who will earn an average of $1.3 million for the final two years of his deal, was adamant that he's not seeking more control, insisting he likes the existing structure. "Everything is fine here the way it is," Edwards said. "I'm happy with the way we do things here. We've got a good structure. I'm not looking for more [input] than I already have."'

Marker Good times for Woody to extend Edwards era [5:11 AM]
New York Post reports: 'With all this, after that 0-4 start, the 5-7 Jets are somehow still breathing and dreaming about a most improbable playoff run. With all the complaints about his clock management, Edwards has managed to steer the ship through the storm to port. "He's a master motivator," Sam Garnes said.'

Marker Thomas making most of opportunity [5:10 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets added LB Sam Cowart to the injury list with some knee swelling. He didn't practice yesterday, but is listed as probable and is expected to face his old team.'

Marker For Herm, 'escape' not an option [5:09 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Even if he wanted to leave the Jets to take another job, Edwards couldn't do much about it. Contrary to the report, which quoted an unidentified source, his contract doesn't include an escape clause, according to Edwards.'

Marker Edwards hasn't earned green, yet [5:08 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Edwards has provided the Jets with stability and continuity, a rare commodity in a league that offers no job security. But he is not in a position of power, not with the Jets in the midst of an underachieving 5-7 season. With two years remaining on his contract, he's in no position to be asking for extension.'

Marker Chad's red-zone pitching perfect [5:07 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'This is hard to believe, but Pennington never has thrown an interception inside the opponents' 20. That's zero interceptions and 29 touchdown passes. Crazy, huh?'

Marker Job Security an Issue With Edwards [5:06 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Edwards is signed through 2005 and is free of the slightest indication that the owner, Woody Johnson, is unhappy with him. Nonetheless, he's concerned about how the NFL coaching carousel sabotages teams' ability to sustain success. A person familiar with Edwards' situation believes that Johnson, aware that many new coaches will get four- and five-year contracts, might feel pressured to give Edwards a two-year extension after this season, ensuring that Edwards would be the coach beyond 2005.'

Marker Jets defense finally shows some spark [5:05 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"I think after the Indianapolis game everybody really just took it to heart," Ferguson said. "We didn't show up at all. We felt we could never have a game like that again. That game stands out to me all the time. The offense played too well for us to lose. Special teams played well, too. I think that game turned us around and let us know that we have to play."'

Marker Team disputes Edwards report [5:04 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The newspaper, citing a league official who requested anonymity, reported Edwards would consider exercising the escape clause if the Jets didn't give him a two-year extension and more say in personnel matters.'

Marker Conway is catching on [5:03 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"Well, I think you know when you come in, you replace a guy like Laveranues, no matter what you say you're going to figure, `Well, I've got to try to play like him or whatever,'‚" Jets coach Herman Edwards said.'

Marker Edwards can't opt out of deal [5:02 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"Change isn't always good,'' Edwards said. "A lot of times change is good. But a lot of times when you talk about changing the coaches, changing the system, most of the times it doesn't work out."'

Marker Thomas making his mark [5:01 AM]
New Haven Register reports: 'With Pro Bowler John Abraham expected to miss Sunday’s game in Buffalo, his fifth in the last six weeks, Thomas will continue to start on the right side. Starting the last five games, Thomas had made 34 tackles and is coming off his best performance in Monday night’s win over Tennessee.'

Marker Drew Back at Practice [5:00 AM] reports: 'He said he's need to practice sometime this week in order to play on Sunday. It appears Bledsoe will be back under center this Sunday's home game against the Jets. He is still listed as probable.'

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December 4, 2003

Marker Bledsoe returns to practice; probable for Sunday [6:01 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Last week, a blow to the head by New York's Keith Hamilton left Bledsoe lying on the field for a few minutes with his eyes closed. He got up and finished the series, which ended in a touchdown run by Travis Henry.'

Marker Jets, Bills attempt to keep playoff dreams alive [6:00 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Jets have won two straight trips to Buffalo, including a thrilling 37-31 overtime victory at Ralph Wilson Stadium last season. Edwards is 4-1 against the Bills, while Williams 1-4 versus the Jets.'

Marker Bledsoe Returned To Practice, But In A Limited Role [5:59 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bledsoe apparently told Gregg Williams that he wanted to do more, but practice was scripted for the quarterback to alternate and Williams said no. Bills spokesperson Scott Berchtold said he did not ask Bledsoe if he was still dizzy or fuzzy.'

Marker Gray has Bills defense near top [5:58 PM]
AP reports: '''All I knew was being a hard-worker and hands-on,'' Gray said. ''And you can do that. But the thing you have to do is not be so hands-on that you step on your position coaches' toes, especially when those guys know what they're doing.'''

Marker Bledsoe returns to practice [5:57 PM]
AP reports: 'Team spokesman Scott Berchtold said Bledsoe took part in alternating practice periods, and added the quarterback told him he was prepared to participate more.'

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