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Buffalo Bills News - October 2, 2003

Marker Surviving the game [7:09 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"If it weren't for football," he says solemnly, humbly, "I'd be one of three places. I'd be dead, I'd be in jail, or, what's the third thing? -- selling drugs. I guarantee you I could give you 30 names right now of people I grew up with who are dead. We got 'em dead, we got 'em in jail, we got 'em on the street hustling."'

Marker Bills aware yellow flags must stop [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Against Miami and Philadelphia the past two weeks, the Bills committed 21 penalties worth 168 yards and lost both games, deflating the team’s early season momentum like police road spikes piercing the tires of a getaway car.'

Marker Spikes says Bengals offense won't stall [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I think it helps to know players’ tendencies,” he said. “I never had to play against the Cincinnati Bengals offense, but I practiced against them a lot. Just seeing how they react in certain situations, who seems to turn it up a level, who falls below the level, who seems to be like ‘I’m going to just do my job and see what happens.’ I definitely know that.”'

Marker Bills getting positive returns on premium seat renewals [5:17 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"We will continue to work from the list of our clientele," said Tom Donahoe, Bills' president and general manager. "We will utilize this month to get a firm understanding of exactly where we are in the process. The figures are now in but we want to take a good look at what they indicate."'

Marker Bills regroup for the Bengals [5:16 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"It gets to the point where you're getting tired of being an average defence," said Spikes.'

Marker Henry, Dillon likely to sit [5:15 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bengals' plan would appear to be to run Johnson in Dillon's role as the featured back and spell him with Brandon Bennett.'

Marker Spikes speaks about his decision to leave [5:14 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Q: Are you surprised by the power Lewis has in the organization and what he has been able to do? A: "What has he done? The only thing I know is what the record (1-3) is right now."'

Marker Ex-Bengal enjoys living life of a star [5:13 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Off the field, Spikes has become a celebrity. He's been interviewed by media megastars Jim Rome and Dan Patrick. He appears in ESPN commercials that trumpet the network's NFL coverage. And he's all over the Buffalo and Rochester TV and radio air waves. "That comes along with winning," Spikes said. "You can go out and hire all the best people (to promote you), but if you don't win, it's pretty much irrelevant."'

Marker Eric Moulds has his own TV show [5:12 AM]
Mississippi Press reports: 'That's right, the Eric Moulds Show airs weekly on the Empire Sports Network across the state of New York. Here on the Coast and anywhere else outside of New York, the Empire Sports Network is available on DirecTV.'

Marker Closeup: Chief Charlie Waters [5:11 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'You have to get there to lose. So there is something to be said for just getting there. The day before the Super Bowl was always the best. The day after was always the worst. But it might happen this year. I thought that until [the Sept. 21 game] against the Dolphins.'

Marker Spikes Psyched for Bengals [5:10 AM]
RNews.com reports: '"You got to go out and prove something," explained the Bills linebacker. "Two of the things I miss about Cincinnati are the friendships I built with some of the guys, and I miss the fans there also."'

Marker Round 1: Patriots vs. Bills [5:09 AM]
ESPN reports: 'After seeing how the Bills dress, no wonder Buffalo is known as a "drinking town with a football problem."'

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October 1, 2003

Marker Myers Joins Bills Practice Squad [9:01 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills announced that the team has re-signed wide receiver Jerel Myers to its practice squad.'

Marker Marvin Lewis news conference [8:59 PM]
Bengals.com reports: 'Are the fingerprints of Dick LeBeau all over the Buffalo defense?
“No, I wouldn’t say that. I think it’s still the things that Tennessee did, and the Houston Oilers before that. That’s where Gregg (Williams) was, and also Jerry Gray, who is coordinating their defense. What Dick (LeBeau) brings is a sense of calmness and stability and some reinforcement of the things that they are doing when Gregg is not there with them. They have a resource in Dick and his coaching ability and philosophy.”'

Marker Jon Kitna news conference [8:58 PM]
Bengals.com reports: What does Takeo do best?
“If you run the same play twice, he’s on it. The play that stands out to me is in Baltimore two years ago, and they ran a sprint pass for the second time in the game and he ran out of what his job was supposed to be, because he saw the play. He trusted his instincts and got an interception and ran it back for a touchdown. That’s the thing about him, he recognizes you and what you are trying to do. If you run the same play twice, he’s going to be in that spot, and that’s a lot like Rod Woodson.”'

Marker Henry returns to practice for Bills [8:38 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'His backup, Sammy Morris, also missed last Sunday's game while recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia and is not expected to play this Sunday.'

Marker Lewis & Spikes were never meant to be [8:02 PM]
AP reports: '''Takeo couldn't predict the future, and Marvin couldn't look into the past.'''

Marker Bills RB Henry returns to practice; still questionable [8:00 PM]
AP reports: '''It's getting better every day. I'm better than I was yesterday, and I think that's how it's going to go throughout the week,'' Henry said, adding that he expected to practice more on Thursday.'

Marker Bills running game barely walking [7:59 PM]
AP reports: '''You want to make sure you take pressure off of that pass game by running the football, and we've got to get better at that,'' coach Gregg Williams said. ''And that's all of us. I've got to give them some better answers.'''

Marker Bills-Bengals Running Back Status In Question [4:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo has allowed 158.8 yards rushing per game.'

Marker Bills RB Henry returns to practice [3:12 PM]
AP reports: 'Henry wore shoulder pads beneath his jersey and shorts as he took handoffs from Drew Bledsoe during drills.'

Marker Middle Age Crisis [9:32 AM]
TBD reports: 'In the first two weeks I could not contain my glee, as Bledsoe & Co. rattled off 68 points in the opening eight quarters, and the running game delivered 5 TDs. I remarked on how happy I would have been in recent years to get that total over 4 games. How prescient that thought had turned out to be. As the Bills offense sputtered to add a total of 13 points in the following two games, we are almost back to the depths of time when we had vicious debates on the choice of a starting quarterback...'

Marker Spikes vents displeasure over lapses on defense [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's gotta mean something to you deep down inside," Spikes said. "When you wake up in the morning and you look in the mirror - you might not say it out loud - but did you do everything possible to help this team win? If you can't answer yourself in the mirror with a straight face, then you know you have to go back to the drawing board."'

Marker Judge warns former Bulldog in rehab [8:52 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'Wright is currently at the Comprehensive Alcohol Program west of Fresno, where he is an in-house patient. Wright entered the program in late September and is scheduled to leave late this month.'

Marker Booster Club Meeting Report [8:29 AM]
TBD reports: The first surprise speaker was Coy Wire. He talked about the foundation and its raffle and what he would like to do with the charity work and special teams. How important they are to the game. He also mentioned that he was a RB the first two years in college so he was asked "Since we are having so much trouble running the ball and with the injuries - have you asked the coaching staff to let you try running the ball?" He smiled and got a gleem in his eyes "I'd love the have my hands on the ball" but of course he doesn't think it will happen.

The second speaker was our magical long snapper and his rope tricks. He is so great up beat and friendly.

Our third speaker was the author of Relentless and Relentless II. He has a new book out and it is $15 available at the fieldhouse at the Booster booth which is by the Alumni booth (down left hand side) he will autograph it for you there and it deals with the old AFL.

Marker Bengals rely on backup running backs [5:20 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'With Corey Dillon doubtful to play against the Bills on Sunday because of a nagging groin injury, the Bengals will turn to backups Brandon Bennett and Johnson for assistance.'

Marker Bengals' backfield gets additions, subtractions [5:19 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bengals released fullback Chris Edmonds, the preseason starter, from the 53-man roster. They also cut former UC star Ray Jackson from the practice squad. The Bengals signed former Washington Redskins tailback Kenny Watson to a two-year contract to take Edmonds' spot on the active roster.'

Marker Rookie receiver has dancing fever [5:18 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Bengals rookie wide receiver Kelley Washington desperately wants to contribute. While understanding the Bengals' pecking order — "Chad (Johnson) is the number one, Peter (Warrick) is the number two" — Washington would like to see more plays called his way. So much so that a week ago he asked offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski and wide receivers coach Alex Wood if he could see more action.'

Marker Wright in Court [5:17 AM]
KFSN-TV reports: 'Tuesday, the judge could have arrested Wright for violating his order. Instead, the judge decided to let Rodney Wright remain in an alcohol treatment program and didn't arrest him.'

Marker Autographed Fiberglass Buffalo [5:16 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'Today, the ESL Animal Scramble showed off a "one of a kind"...life-sized fiberglass buffalo, autographed by all the members of the Buffalo Bills. The only way you can own it is by going to the animal scramble auction Friday.'

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