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Buffalo Bills News - August 15, 2001

Marker Flowers hurts knee vs. Rams [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'Flowers was hit on the knee on a cut block and had "significant swelling," coach Gregg Williams said. "All indications are that things will be fine."'

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August 14, 2001

Marker Bills return to work, get a bit of a scare [9:49 PM] reports: 'The Bills returned to practice Tuesday afternoon following Sunday's game with the Rams, and they got a little bit of a scare when quarterback Rob Johnson left practice early after suffering an injury in drills. However, coach Gregg Williams said his injury wasn't serious and wouldn't keep Johnson out for a significant length of time.'

Marker Quarterback's wince gives Bills a scare [8:51 PM]
AP reports: '"It looks like Rob banged that jammed (index) finger again," Williams said. "We'll go ahead and treat it and ice it. After a good practice today, we were going to hold him out tomorrow anyway."'

Marker Price turns fearless in quest to be peerless [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It shows that he has some confidence in me," Price said. "Coach Williams and I have a great relationship. He's on me a lot. He wants me to perform well. He thinks that I can perform at a high level, and that's basically what he was throwing out there. It's time for me to step up and have a big year."'

August 13, 2001

Marker Bills regroup after preseason-opening loss [7:55 PM]
AP reports: '"Overall, we have a lot to work on and point to next week," Williams said as Buffalo resumes practicing at St. John Fisher College outside of Rochester, N.Y., on Tuesday. "We have to go back to training camp and concentrate on correcting the little things."'

Marker Rookies Henry and O'Leary step up [5:47 PM] reports: 'With a new West Coast Offensive scheme under head Coach Gregg Williams and a new starting quarterback , Rob Johnson, it seems things are about to change for the Buffalo Bills. The players that will stand out and make the Bills final roster are the ones who step up here in the preseason.'

Marker Quotes from game [5:46 PM] reports: "For sure you can see that there were too many negative plays here to start the ballgame out and throughout the ballgame. That's not the way we like to play. I thought that I saw some good positive things to build on. I thought I saw Travis Henry run the ball pretty effectively."

Marker Bills first round draft pick answers fans [5:45 PM] reports: 'I feel naturally I play aggressive, a lot of people say I play too aggressive. Naturally playing aggressive will help me to fit in to a solid defense.'

Marker Interview with Bills alum Darryl Talley [5:43 PM] reports: "The camardamereship that I had with the guys that I played with and walking out on the field on Sunday or Monday nights, that is the best feeling in the world."

Marker FASTNET Powers Bills Training Camp Broadcast Via Wireless LAN [2:16 PM]
Yahoo Business reports: FASTNET used their existing Wireless network in Rochester, NY to deploy a roaming Wireless LAN solution allowing Logical Solutions to use their portable web cam anywhere inside the stadium. The result is live footage from the Bills training camp that fans can access via, a web site, or daily from 6 - 11am.

Marker Bills still have a lot of work to do [1:30 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Still, they out-gained the Bills, 375-173, in total yardage and were much more potent offensively, though trailing 10-7 with 14 minutes to play. As Williams noted, "We've got a lot to work on." And, clearly, he's right.'

Marker GoBills! Game Chat Filled to the Brink [11:55 AM]
TBD reports: We would like to give a special thanks to all the TBD, TSW, and Bills Daily readers who participated in the chat room last night. While we didn't break the century mark, we did reach a peak of 98 simultaneous fans in the room! That easily tops any of our chat sessions last year. Last night was a great success and we hope we can top that number this Saturday when the Bills take on the Eagles.

Marker Aug. 12: Bills vs. Rams pre-season photos [11:48 AM] reports: Photos from the game.

Marker Rams defeat Bills 24-10 in Buffalo's pre-season opener [11:47 AM] reports: 'St. Louis recorded 17 points in the fourth quarter, giving the Rams a 24-10 win over Buffalo in front of 36,043 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Rams turned a 10-7 deficit early in the fourth with a Justin Watson touchdown, a Jeff Wilkins field goal and Chris Cummings kickoff fumble recovery for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to drop the Bills to 0-1 on the pre-season. '

Marker Henry provides only excitement in Bills' loss [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Travis Henry took Round One of the Buffalo running back derby, and the Bills suffered no serious injuries Sunday night. Those were the most significant developments in the Bills' preseason opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Punting prospects find their legs [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brian Moorman and Jay Taylor had their first opportunity to show they deserve the job Sunday night during the Bills' 24-10 preseason-opening loss to the St. Louis Rams at Ralph Wilson Stadium. For the most part, it was a good audition for both.'

Marker It's clear the rookie is the Bills' best back [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's only the first preseason game, but the Bills have a long way to go to justify Williams' contention that they're a playoff team. The good news is that rookie Travis Henry looks like the answer at the crowded tailback position.'

Marker Larsen comes to life on defense [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Larsen realizes he can gain playing time by being disruptive, which he was for one series Sunday in the Bills' 24-10 loss to the St. Louis Rams at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Larsen, the second-year player out of UTEP, played well despite being hampered by a groin injury since the beginning of the Bills' rookie camp.'

Marker New-look Bills show signs of old [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '"You can see that there were too many negative plays to start the ballgame out and throughout the ballgame," he said. "It's not the way we want to play. You can see we're still in camp, that's what training camp is for and we have a lot of work to do."'

Marker Flowers gets message, maybe [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Nobody's expecting Flowers to produce 16-plus sacks like Kearse did, but some passion would be nice. Too often he's ridden to the outside and out of sight. Too often he's all bark and no bite.'

Marker Cowart gives injured back a break [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Cowart suffered heat-related back spasms in practice Thursday. Second-year pro Kenyatta Wright started in his place last night.'

Marker Bills open pre-season action with a defeat [5:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The best showing of all for the Bills may have come from rookie running back Travis Henry, who is locked in a training camp battle with Shawn Bryson and Sammy Morris to become the team's featured ball carrier.'

Marker Rams put 10 and 10 together [5:15 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Midway through the second quarter, the Rams had outgained Buffalo 196-37, with 11 Rams players touching the ball on offense.'

Marker Rams "D" gets closer to graduating from preschool [5:14 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Seeing how Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed have retired, the Bills are fairly toothless on offense these days. They stayed basic on offense Sunday. Then again, the Rams kept it simple on defense, too.'

Marker Rams 24, Bills 10 [5:12 AM]
AP reports: 'The defenders came out sharp against Buffalo, limiting the Bills' first-string offense to 19 yards in three first-quarter series. Overall, Buffalo was limited to 173 yards of total offense and only 10 first downs.'

Marker St Louis 24, Buffalo 10 [5:12 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Rob Johnson played three series for the Bills and completed 3-of-5 for 13 yards. Backup Alex Van Pelt was 6-for-11 for 54 yards with an interception. The Bills were held to just 164 total yards.'

August 12, 2001

Marker NFL Summary of Bills-Rams game [11:23 PM] reports: Stats of game.

Marker NFL game summary [11:22 PM] reports: "Rob Johnson had a hard time adjusting to the West Coast offense."

Bills starting quarterback Rob Johnson was in for three series, going 3-for-5 for 13 yards and managing just one first down.

"We obviously would have like to have moved downfield and put the ball in the end zone, but this was the first game for us and we'll look to improve," Johnson said.

Marker Bills' youth movement gets first test [12:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sixty-two of their 80 players, in fact, have played just two NFL seasons or fewer. Almost half the players on the team (37) never have appeared in an NFL regular-season game.'

Marker Rams missing Faulk, Canidate [12:26 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fourth-year back Robert Holcombe will start in the backfield because All-Pro Marshall Faulk and former No. 1 pick Trung Canidate both are injured.'

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