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Buffalo Bills News - August 2, 2001

Marker Players carry on after Stringer's death [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills learned of the heatstroke-induced death of Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Korey Stringer before yesterday morning's workout, and while a cloud of sadness hung over the practice field at St. John Fisher College, it was otherwise business as usual.'

Marker NFL player's death adds to Bills' heat sensibility [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'In addition to drinking water, Gatorade and Pedialyte, Jones advises the players to salt all food excessively to maintain sodium levels. He warns them not to use supplements such as Creatine because, as Jones said, "All these hocus-pocus things, we have enough money to buy them, but they don't work." He also wants players to stay away from alcohol and caffeinated beverages.'

Marker Williams wants youth coaches to stress prevention [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Following the death of Minnesota Vikings tackle Korey Stringer from heatstroke, Buffalo Bills coach Gregg Williams implored youth coaches and parents to educate themselves about heatstroke and heat exhaustion.'

Marker Bills feel loss of NFL family member [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'The NFL is an elite brotherhood, a fraternity that will consist of just 1,643 of the most gifted and fortunate football players by the time training camps have once again done their evil weeding out. So when the Bills took a knee and listened to captain Henry Jones lead them in prayer, they were honoring one of their own.'

Marker Pre-scrimmage injury report [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'It is doubtful that Hansen will play in the scrimmage against Cleveland, but he may get some reps in tomorrow's two practices with the Browns.'

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August 1, 2001

Marker Bills' thoughts and prayers with Stringer's family [10:18 PM] reports: "We want to open up today by saying every member of the Buffalo Bills organization wants to extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Korey Stringer's family and friends and every member of the Minnesota Vikings organization," coach Gregg Williams said at his daily press conference.

Marker Wallpaper: August 2001 Edition [8:49 PM]
TBD reports: Download great Buffalo Bills artwork to use as wallpaper for your PC. It includes a calendar and best of all it is free!

Marker Moore argues his way into Bills practice [8:43 PM]
AP reports: '"I argued with the trainers," Moore said. "I told them I'd rather be out here instead of standing around and getting stiff."'

Marker Bills mourns Stringers' death [8:42 PM]
AP reports: 'While most Bills players and coaches didn't know the Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl tackle personally, it didn't stop them from mourning the loss of what many regarded as an NFL family member.'

Marker Holecek checks in with Chargers [1:41 PM]
North County Times reports: 'Unless the subject is Bills executive Tom Donahoe. "I really don't care for the general manager much," Holecek said. "That guy is a (jerk)." Ouch.'

Marker Edinboro scrimmage information [10:13 AM] reports: The Bills will travel to Edinboro University on Thursday and practice twice with the Cleveland Browns on Friday at Sox Harrison Stadium. The two teams will scrimmage on Saturday morning. The last time Edinboro hosted an NFL scrimmage was in 1995 when the Bills and Steelers got together...

Marker Kris Farris Talks to [10:12 AM] reports: "I feel great. I've got to shake the rust off, the ankle feels good it's all I've been worrying about the last two years when I went last year to camp with the Steelers it wasn't feeling right yet. It's finally feeling good, now all I have to do is work on the football. I've been out of it for two years so any extra bit of help…I promised myself when I was out of it that I'd always work on my stuff and wouldn't let it ride. If I do something wrong at practice...

Marker 5th Down : Marv Levy - Always a Gentlemen [10:11 AM] reports: The first time I met Marv Levy was in the fall of 1986. I wasn't yet a writer; in fact, I wasn't even in junior high school. When Levy was hired by Ralph Wilson and Bill Polian in November of 1986, I was a 10 year-old fifth-grader and a brand-new Bills fan...

Marker Bills Autograph Sessions [9:27 AM]
TBD reports: The Bills report that there will be six times when the entire team will sign after practice:

Fri, Aug. 10 (PM)
Sat, Aug. 11 (AM)
Thu, Aug. 16 (PM)
Fri, Aug. 17 (AM)
Tue, Aug. 21 (AM & PM)

Marker Browns, Bills will take it easy [9:15 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'The Friday sessions, which are free to the public, will have "no tackling whatsoever," said Browns coach Butch Davis. The teams essentially will engage in individual position drills and 7-on-7 sessions beginning at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The scrimmage on Saturday is full speed and will have live tackling (except quarterbacks). A series of full-speed kicking and punting drills will kick off the scrimmage at 10:55 a.m.'

Marker Five's a crowd at tight end for Bills [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They all are skilled. It is loaded," tight ends coach Dan Neal said. "It's a good position to be in, team-wise."'

Marker Johnson at home in West Coast offense [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Our offense is a lot smoother than it was last year during camp. I just see a lot more open guys than there were in the past."'

Marker Viking Tackle Stringer Dies from Heat Stroke [8:52 AM]
ESPN reports: Former Ohio State Buckeye Corey Stringer collapsed at practice yesterday and was unresponsive upon arrival at the hospital. He had an extremely high core temperature of over 108 degrees. Stringer developed multi-organ system failure throughout the day and night. He never regained consciousness and despite all efforts his heart failed at 1:50 a.m.

Marker Bills' Fans Left Empty-Handed In Quest For Nighttime Tickets [7:42 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Wegman's said they never expected that kind of demand on Tuesday morning.'

Marker Bills Ticket Trouble [7:41 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Managers at the Wegmans corporate office decided to give the tickets away earlier than scheduled...But apparently not all Wegmans locations got the message. All the stores are tied into the same pool of about five thousand tickets, which disappeared in twenty minutes, before some locations even had a chance to give them away.'

Marker Bills coach responds to player's camp comments [7:39 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Cornerback Antoine Winfield, sidelined for Tuesday's practice by a hamstring pull, said he thinks the injuries are a result of the increased running the team is doing under Williams.'

Marker Flutie Happy to Be the Chargers' Little Big Man [6:23 AM]
New York Times reports: 'A current Bills player who likes both quarterbacks backed Flutie's version, saying the main source of friction between the two was mostly because of Johnson's insecurity as Flutie's status in Buffalo grew.'

Marker Black just wants playing time [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'In 1996, fresh out of Maplewood High School in Nashville, Tenn., Black red-shirted his freshman season at Tennessee State. He didn't play, he just practiced. That's essentially just how his rookie season in the NFL went.'

Marker Hojnowski horns in on players' sleep [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills equipment manager Dave Hojnowski has been on the job 24 years. After that long, you'd think training camp would become ho-hum for "Hojo." To the contrary, he's having a blast.'

Marker Memory of 'Big Sis' empowers Cowart [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm hoping I can use my celebrity to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence," Cowart said.'

Marker 5,000 tickets go in 20 minutes [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: '"A few stores sat back, still waiting for 10:30. And when they turned the system on at 10:30, there were no tickets left."'

Marker QB Johnson says he's learning [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: '"I scrambled around too much," Johnson said. "When you're learning an offense, you should really stay in the pocket and get through the reads."'

July 31, 2001

Marker Dude, where's the doctor? [10:26 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Antoine Winfield, Travares Tillman, Jay Riemersma, Brandon Spoon, Jeremy McDaniel, Ken Irvin, Leif Larsen, Lance Brown, Sammy Morris, Josh Roth and Corey Moore all sat out Tuesday morning's practice with various injuries. None are serious.'

Marker Feel-good football under the lights [10:25 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Monday night’s training camp session – the first evening training camp session in modern Bills history – was a made-for-TV event much like the Tiger Woods/David Duval/Annika Sorenstam/Karre Webb “Battle at Bighorn” golf match on ABC television.'

Marker Bills pull quick turnaround Tuesday morning [10:22 PM] reports: "I feel I'm getting better and better at it," Johnson said. "Last night I scrambled around too much, guys weren't open and when you're learning a new offense you should really throw in the pocket and try to go through all your progressions. … come game time, when the scrambles are there and you've got to make plays, then you take them, but it practice you really have got to get through the reads."

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