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Buffalo Bills News - October 17, 2002

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Dolphins Preview [10:11 AM] reports: The rivalry wasn't the same there (in New England) as it is here. I've learned very quickly how different it is with the Bills. It wasn't quite like that there, it was simply a big week because the Dolphins had been pretty tough and in particularly on defense. We knew it was going to be a tough week and that we would have our hands full.

Marker Focus is on mind games, at least for one day [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They're right where they need to be," he said. "They know how to come through adversity. They know how to stick together. They know how to play the entire game. That's what you look for."'

Marker Run, Ricky, run [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's got his life in order and he's having some success down here. So when all those personal things are better it usually translates to positive stuff on the football field. He's been fantastic as far as his work ethic and everything he's doing here."'

Marker Bills-Dolphins' rivalry still burns [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas wanted to tackle his TV set last April when he learned that the New England Patriots had traded quarterback Drew Bledsoe to the Buffalo Bills. Instead of watching one of the NFL’s great passers leave the AFC East Division, Thomas saw Bledsoe set up shop with one of Miami’s fiercest rivals. “When they made that move with New England, it was like ‘Go to Cincinnati man, don’t stay in the division,’ “ Thomas recalled on Wednesday. “That was ridiculous.”'

Marker Williams probably won't play [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though coach Gregg Williams said “you never rule anybody out,” it seems highly unlikely that Williams will recover in time to play. Gregg Williams termed Mike Williams’ injury as “a significant strain.”'

Marker Pass-happy Bills receive solid ground support [5:32 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'And if the Bills (3-3) are to have continued success through the air - in particular this Sunday against the dreaded divisional rival Dolphins (5-1) in Miami - Buffalo would be well served with another big game from their top back.'

Marker Bills QB looking upward [5:31 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'While the Bills probably lag well behind the Dolphins in overall talent, they may be catching their rivals at a ripe moment. Miami's 24-22 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night was huge, but also punishing.'

Marker Gadsden's dilemma: season-ending surgery . . . or play in pain [5:26 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Gadsden is in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. If Gadsden, 31, has surgery now, he would likely be healthy by the time free agency opens in March. If he puts off surgery, he won't be healthy until the end of April, at the earliest, assuming a four-month recovery. That would significantly reduce his chances of getting a decent contract with any team.'

Marker Confident QB Lucas shoots from the lip [5:25 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''The way I lead is a lot different from Jay,'' Lucas said. ``I'm definitely more vocal, I'm definitely up in your face. I don't know how the guys are going to respond. We'll find out real shortly.'''

Marker Searcy to have surgery, miss 3rd season in row [5:25 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Fewer than 800 tickets remain for Sunday's game and must be sold by 1 p.m. today for the game to be televised locally.'

Marker Wannstedt, teammates are certain Lucas can lead offense [5:20 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"Ray has a lot of confidence," said receiver Dedric Ward, who also played with Lucas with the Jets. "He is never going to let you think he is struggling. There isn't a guy in the locker room who thinks he can make more plays than Ray."'

Marker Gadsden, Chambers questionable against Buffalo [5:19 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'If Gadsden has surgery for the unspecified injury, he'll be out for the season, according to an NFL source. If he opts to forgo surgery, he could return later this year. The Dolphins are expected to speak with Gadsden's doctors today to decide on a course of action.'

Marker Dolphins split on Chambers' helmet hit [5:19 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"It's what you call hazards of the job," Rodgers said. Safety Brock Marion called the hit "the nature of the beast."'

Marker Being a black QB a non-issue now [5:18 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Three decades ago, Briscoe came to the Dolphins from Buffalo as a star receiver. But he thought of himself first as a quarterback and so did others. In fact, whenever they meet today, Joe Namath never calls Briscoe by name. "The Quarterback," Namath calls him, showing Briscoe that his mark was left among some who matter most.'

Marker In pinch, Aikman is still out there [5:17 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Former Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman is available, and he does keep in touch with Dolphins offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who coached him in Dallas, on a regular basis.'

Marker Lucas brings emotion to huddle [5:11 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The truth is Lucas played well enough during the exhibition season while Fiedler was absent after hip surgery that a debate could have begun about who deserved the starting job at the start of the season. If an underlying dissenting current did exist, Lucas wasn't part of it. He expressed belief in his own ability -- and said he considers himself capable of being a starter -- but always called it Fiedler's position.'

Marker Injured wrist could leave Gadsden out for season [5:11 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'He is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo, and wide receiver coach Robert Ford said the wrist is not broken but there is ligament damage.'

Marker Parcells roots for Lucas to succeed as starting QB [5:10 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"Ray was a perfect fit for Bill Parcells," said Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who will face his former New England teammate when the Bills visit Pro Player Stadium on Sunday. "Bill just absolutely loved the guy. He would do whatever he could to get noticed on film to make a play. He would always find a way to show up and that's really what kept him around. And he was not one to shy away from saying something about it, too. Parcells liked that as much as anything."'

Marker When healthy, Fiedler hopes to keep job [5:09 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Fiedler is expected to miss at least six weeks and will be in the cast for a month. Depending on how quickly he rehabilitates the injury, he could be ready Nov. 24 against San Diego.'

Marker Dolphins highly confident in QB sub Lucas [5:08 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: '“We have a lot of confidence in Ray Lucas. Probably as much as he has in himself,” Miami Dolphins left guard Jamie Nails said.'

Marker Lucas next Super QB? [5:07 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Lucas, who was 6-3 in nine starts for the New York Jets in 1999, will bring a much different kind of energy to the Dolphins' huddle. Whereas Fiedler is known for being calm and not letting his emotions show, Lucas is more like the Tasmanian Devil.'

Marker Dolphins hold tryouts [5:07 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Coach Dave Wannstedt said there is a possibility injured wide receivers Chris Chambers and Oronde Gadsden could play this week, but just in case the Miami Dolphins will hold a tryout for four or five receivers on Friday.'

Marker The Shift to Starter Isn't New for Lucas [5:03 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Ward says Lucas exudes a positive attitude that knows few limits. "Sometimes he makes the play, sometimes he doesn't," Ward said. "But he's never going to let you think he can't make a play."'

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October 16, 2002

Marker More than bragging rights on line for Bledsoe, Bills [8:30 PM]
AP reports: '''In order to get into the middle of this thing, we've got to beat a good team, and the Dolphins are playing as well as any team in the league right now.'''

Marker Bills will put Lucas' swagger to the test [8:29 PM]
AP reports: '''Everybody in this locker room makes me feel like I belong here,'' he said. ''I won't let them down.'''

Marker Gadsden's season threatened by wrist injury [8:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Dolphins receiver Oronde Gadsden might miss the rest of the season after spraining his left wrist last weekend against the Broncos. He was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo.'

Marker Alumni Update: Shane Conlan [3:13 PM] reports: Shane Conlan, who was voted to the Pro Bowl three times during his six years with the Bills retired after the ‘95 season, enjoying a nine-year career. Why did he find success in the NFL?

Marker Bills' Bryson out with torn knee cartilage [1:16 PM]
AP reports: ' Buffalo Bills running back Shawn Bryson will be sidelined indefinitely after having surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee Wednesday. Bryson, who missed his rookie season in 1999 with torn ligaments in the same knee, was injured in Sunday's 31-24 win at Houston.'

Marker Henry Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week [11:36 AM] reports: Bills running back Travis Henry has been selected as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in last week’s win at Houston.

Marker Bills Injury Report - Week 7 [10:04 AM] reports: Starting offensive tackle Mike Williams, the fourth player selected in last April's NFL Draft, is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury for Sunday's game at Miami and backup running back Shawn Bryson is ruled out with a knee injury. Williams was hurt in the first quarter of Buffalo's 31-24 win at Houston on Sunday.

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