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Buffalo Bills News - October 3, 2002

Marker No prime time for Bledsoe's show [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Could there be a better Week 5 Sunday night or Monday night matchup than the Bills hosting the Oakland Raiders?'

Marker Buffalo under air attack [5:15 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Granted it's early in the season, but both veterans are on pace to shatter a number of team and league passing records. So don't expect either to stop flinging it now.'

Marker Raiders aware of Bledsoe influence [5:12 AM]
Silver and Black Illustrated reports: '"Drew Bledsoe has changed that football team," Raiders' outside linebacker Bill Romanowski said. "He's given them the ability to throw downfield. The guys believe in him."'

Marker 'It's dangerous out there' — but amazing Favre keeps on keeping on [5:11 AM]
Jackson Clarion Ledger reports: 'Sunday, in Buffalo, Greenwood's Kent Hull will become the 19th player in the 42-year history of the Buffalo Bills to have his name placed on that franchise's Wall of Fame. Couldn't happen to a more consistent player — or a better guy. Hull missed only two starts in 14 years, playing the physically demanding position of center.'

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October 2, 2002

Marker Bills' Robertson Suspended Four Games for Violating Drug Policy [8:20 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The league doesn't disclose details of such suspensions.'

Marker Gilbride has Bills' offense off to potent start [8:07 PM]
AP reports: '''The guys are playing well,'' Gilbride said. ''It's somewhat satisfying to see them raise their performance level, understand what they're trying to get done. I've been around some good teams before, but I don't know if I've ever had one consistently come through in the clutch the way they have.'''

Marker DT Robertson suspended four games [8:05 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The former Hinds (Miss.) Community College standout, who started his college career at the University of Georgia, was fined several times last year for being tardy to meetings. The fact he had not dressed for a game yet this season was likely a reflection of his lack of maturity.'

Marker NFL suspends Bills DT Robertson four games for substance abuse [8:03 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'A seventh-round pick by the Bills in 2001, Robertson will not be paid during the suspension, which will cost him $70,588. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on October 27.'

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Pierson Prioleau [5:27 PM] reports: Prioleau says Eric Moulds has the best hands on the team and Peerless Price is the best dresser off the field.

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Raiders Preview [4:28 PM] reports: "It's always a little special going against a guy that's as hot as Rich Gannon is and who plays the game the way that he does. You know that it presents a challenge because it's a lot to ask of your defense to hold an offense like theirs down the whole game. You know you have to go out and take advantage of your opportunities a little bit more."

Marker Week 5 Injury Report [2:23 PM] reports: Travis Henry and Jay Riemersma listed as probable for the Bills.

Marker Bills Make Roster Moves [1:56 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has elevated LB Dominique Stevenson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and signed defensive tackle Omari Jordan to the practice squad.

Marker Robertson suspended four games by NFL [1:06 PM]
AP reports: 'The NFL would not elaborate on the details of the violation.'

Marker Alumni Update: Daryle Lamonica [10:26 AM] reports: "I went to (Notre Dame head coach) Joe Kuharich and he said, ‘That’s a pretty good contract and you ought to sign it.’ I remember walking back to my dorm and I thought, ‘God, I’m worth more money than that!’ So I called Johnny Mazur back and I said, ‘Coach, I’m ready to sign but I’ve got to have more money.’ He said, ‘Well, what do you need?’ I said, ‘I need a $2,000 bonus and a $12,000 contract.’

Marker Bills' tight ends join receiving line [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well, what do you know? Tight ends really do exist in the Buffalo Bills' offense.'

Marker The defense doesn't rest during overtime [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Jerry was more aggressive with his third down calls in overtime," said middle linebacker London Fletcher. "Even against Minnesota, we were aggressive each time their offense had the ball. We came after (the Bears) that last time and forced a hurried throw by (quarterback Jim) Miller."'

Marker Bledsoe making teams pay for not believing [6:41 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: '"Drew's on a mission because of what happened last year," Bills President Tom Donahoe said.'

Marker Bills' Robertson suspended for four games [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills reserve defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violation of an undisclosed league policy.'

October 1, 2002

Marker Bills And The ONDCP Rally To Prevent Youth Drug Use [3:37 PM] reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) have joined forces to help prevent teen drug use and in particular, marijuana use among this age group.

Marker Bills Safety Tony Driver Among Finalists Sept. Extra Effort Award [3:09 PM] reports: While rehabbing in Buffalo during the offseason, Driver spent mornings at the stadium and afternoons and evenings at community events. He was involved in the NYS Special Olympics Summer Games, attending the kickoff breakfast and the Opening Ceremonies in June where he walked with the athletes during the ceremony.

Marker Bills penalties [1:35 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'That’s not to say the Bills are a serious contender for a division title, but it is getting more difficult to say they can’t be, if they can cut down on penalties. A fumble-less game from Travis Henry, and oh, even an interception, might help too against the Raiders.'

Marker Bills' attitude reminiscent of breakthrough ‘87 team [1:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'So the next step in Buffalo’s improvement must come from the defense. After Sunday’s win, cornerback Antoine Winfield admitted, “Right now our offense is playing very well ... putting up points and putting us in a position to win. Defensively, we’ve given up too much ... too many penalties ... touchdowns instead of field goals. “We’ve got to do more.”'

Marker Some upbeat shows on Buffalo to air on TNT, Travel Channel [9:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'TNT has moved up by several months the airing of the fantasy movie, "Second String," in which the Bills win the Super Bowl. It now plans to carry it on Dec. 18.'

Marker Bills playing like division contenders [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The win not only improved the Bills to 2-2, it put them in a position few people outside the organization - and maybe some inside it - ever imagined.'

Marker Buffalo's extra work racks up some NFL records [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo is the first to play in three overtime games in the first four weeks of the season and the second to do it in any four-week period since the Minnesota Vikings in 1995. No team has ever played in four overtime games in five weeks.'

Marker Google News serves fresh Bledsoe links by the hour [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The search engine site Google launched a news page last week that has enough fresh links to keep you clicking like a rhesus monkey connected to an intravenous drip from Randy Moss' medicine cabinet.'

Marker Kent Hull - Fan Memories [8:46 AM] reports: Was Kent Hull the greatest center to play for the Bills? Does he deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? Email your thoughts to A selection of the responses will be published on the site later in the week.

Marker Bills TE Moore wants more passes [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '“The reason you play is to help your team win,” the veteran free agent said. “I want the ball when the game’s on the line, Jay wants the ball when the game’s on the line. Eric does, Peerless does. Unfortunately, I haven’t been here very long so I’m further down in the pecking order, but the bottom line is that when your number is called, you have to make the plays to help your team win. When that happens, there’s a sense of accomplishment because that’s why you’re here.”'

Marker Where do the Bills stand after four games? [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'We all knew this team was going to be better, certainly more competitive than last year, but I have to admit I’m a little surprised that the turnaround from 3-13 has been this fast. I guess that’s what happens when you trade for a guy like Drew Bledsoe who right now might be the MVP in the NFL.'

Marker First look: Bills week 5 [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have put up 132 points in four games, the Raiders 113 in three games. Good luck to defensive coordinators Jerry Gray of Buffalo and Chuck Bresnahan of Oakland.'

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