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Buffalo Bills News - August 22, 2001

Marker Thirty-one teams, 31 observations [11:59 AM]
ESPN reports: Chris Mortensen writes about the Bills "No matter how they struggle with a young team, ThePrez (Tom Donohoe) will not blink. He believes they picked the right quarterback in Rob Johnson...Rookie RB Travis Henry could be the real deal.... The draft class looks pretty productive"

Marker Must be more than just for money [11:14 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "You have to love this game to go though this. You have to love it with every ounce of blood and sweat to grow through this. There has to be something to drive a person to do this and let me tell you, it's got to be about more than money. This is pain. People don't see this part, they just see what happens on Sundays."

Marker Bills cut 10 - [9:49 AM]
Empire reports: Here are the players cut by the Bills.

1. RB David Dinkins
2. QB Pete Gonzalez
3. LB Donny Green
4. LB Corey Moore
5. S Carl Nesmith
6. DT DeVonte Peterson
7. WR Jonathan Pittman
8. OT Clark Roosendaal
9. P/K Jay Taylor
10. WR Corey Thomas

Marker Instant Replay May Go Dark [9:44 AM]
Empire reports: While talks are going on, the NFL may face the prospects of replay officials and video operators joining the on-field officials on the sidelines.

The NFLRA indicates that these "in-the-booth" officials will support the regular officials in the event of a lockout or if the NFL hires replacements. The NFL says they expect the replay people to work, saying, "We're not bargaining with them. They are NFL employees."

Marker Johnson faces another test [9:30 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Quarterback Rob Johnson gave the Buffalo Bills the finger yesterday.'

Marker Moore still lags behind teammates [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Corey Moore has a shot to make the Buffalo Bills roster this year. After all, the pass rushing linebacker started four games last year as a rookie. But as the preseason draws to a finish - the Bills break training camp at St. John Fisher College today - Moore's odds of making the transition from outside to middle linebacker in coach Gregg Williams' new 4-3 defense appear bleak.'

Marker Johnson bent on getting back to business [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The plan is I'll play a half and maybe a series in the third quarter. I think that's a good amount of time."'

Marker No excuses please [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"They don't care. Nobody's going to give you any sympathy, so we have to move on. Jerry understands that and that's not being cruel to him. We have to figure something out and go forward and that's what we're going to do."'

Marker Robertson a study in talent [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Sloughing off in the classroom didn't just cost Tyrone Robertson two or three seasons of football at the University of Georgia. "I figured it cost me about $10 million," Robertson said. Now that's a hit to the wallet.'

Marker Ostroski will stay on active roster [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: '"When you have seven players each week that you can't dress anyway, that gives you some flexibility to carry a player you feel has a chance to get back," Donahoe said. "At some point as we go through the process (with Ostroski) and it changes, then we can always put him on IR. But we don't have to do it now."'

Marker Morris to start against Bengals [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Now it's Morris' turn as the Bills give each player an equal shot at winning the starting tailback job.'

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August 21, 2001

Marker SI's Dr. Z: Whirlwind trip through the AFC East [10:01 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Rob Johnson, at 6-4 and a skinny 212, seems like anything but a quick-read, quick-drop guy. But he says he's perfectly suited to it -- hell, he'd tell me that if they put him in at blocking back -- so who am I to argue?'

Marker Donahoe not ready to push panic button following Ostroski's loss [8:53 PM]
AP reports: '"We have a lot of confidence in the people that we have here and we want to give them a shot," Bills general manager Tom Donahoe said as the team continued training camp at St. John Fisher College on Tuesday. "They're going to have to prove to us that they can't do it. ... If that's not the case, then we'll re-evaluate it."'

Marker Ralph Wilson answers e-mails (8/21) [12:47 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Well, I think we now have the best front organization that I've had in the 41 years I have been associated with the team. That goes from Tom Donahoe,the President and General Manager, all the way down through all of the positions. My expectation for the team, we have a lot of young players it's going to take time to develop as it always does. We probably will be starting four rookies, which we've never done before."

Marker Players understand the produce-or-else drill [10:02 AM]
CNN/SI reports: The Bills recently let right tackle Robert Hicks go. Hicks started seven games last year but was struggling to win the starting job. When it became clear that rookie Jonas Jennings, a third-round pick from Georgia, would be good enough, Buffalo dumped Hicks. He counted for $512,000 against the salary cap and, for the cash-strapped Bills, that's a lot of space. Hicks could have gone down with an injury or the tendinitis in his right knee could have put him on IR. That was too much risk for GM Tom Donahoe to tolerate. As for the 6-foot-7, 330-pound Hicks, he was snatched up by the Lions.

Marker Thief loots parked car of Bills receiver McDaniel [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McDaniel, an East Aurora resident, reported to Buffalo police Sunday that someone broke into his 2000 Ford between 2 and 4 a.m. while it was parked near William Street and Michigan Avenue. The thief broke a window and made off with two 4-inch television sets, an eight-disc CD changer and a DVD player, according to the police report.'

Marker Ostroski's injury is break for Hulsey [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Obviously, Hulsey thinks well on the fly because he enjoyed a solid outing, and with Ostroski out indefinitely with a broken tibia, this is Hulsey's time to prove he can play in the NFL. While a number of players can slip into Ostroski's position at right guard, Hulsey appears to be the most likely candidate to start when the Bills play their third preseason game Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals.'

Marker Ostroski may not miss whole season [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"At this time, it doesn't look like it's going to be a season-ending injury," Williams said. "He's going to be out for an indefinite period of time, and as the early stages of his rehabilitation takes place, hopefully we'll have a better timetable on that as it progresses. Right now, we believe it won't be a season-ending injury."'

Marker Training Camp Update (8/21) [8:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Players Scheduled for McDonalds Autograph Tent: Peerless Price, Reggie Germany, Corey Thomas (after AM practice) Ruben Brown, Marques Sullivan, Michael Early (after PM practice).

Marker Line will stand pat, for now [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: '"As the early stages of his rehabilitation takes place, we'll hopefully have a better timetable as it progresses ... to get a window of chance on when he can come back," Williams said. "But right now, we believe it won't be a season-ending injury."'

Marker Mom's near-death toughened up Bowens [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bowens knows it will take time for him to fully adapt to the Bills' style, but he's patient. Like his mother's near-death experience taught him, life is too precious to worry about what's going to happen tomorrow. "My focus," he said, "is on the next practice."'

Marker With precious little depth, injuries could doom Bills [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'The main reasons for my initial 10-6 or 9-7 optimism were Buffalo playing in a less-than-stellar division and against a relatively soft schedule. Considering the subsequent roster cuts and injuries, now 7-9 or 6-10 is a more realistic projection.'

Marker Wounded Bills skip practice to rest minor injuries [5:39 AM]
D and C reports: 'The coach is familiar with players who don't practice well and instead save their best for the games. He's not enamored with them. "I hate it, I don't like it," he said. "I want them to show me in practice to get the opportunity to do it in the ballgame. But we all know some guys can crank it up and do it better in the ballgame. "These young guys better show it in practice if they want to get into the game."'

August 20, 2001

Marker Van Pelt; Player of the game [11:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Gregg Williams commented after the game on Alex’s performance," I thought that Alex played well. He distributed the ball very well and got the ball to many different receivers. The mixture of the run game allows him to do that. I was pleased."

Marker Ostroski's injury likely not season-ending [10:55 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "At this time, it doesn't look like it's going to be a season-ending injury. He's going to be out for an indefinite period of time, and as the early stages of his rehabilitation takes place, hopefully we'll have a better timetable on that as it progresses. Right now, we believe it won't be a season ending injury."

Marker Ostroski out indefinitely after undergoing surgery [8:16 PM]
AP reports: 'Although coach Gregg Williams could not provide a timetable for Ostroski's recovery, preliminary indications are that he will not miss the entire season.'

Marker Injuries are a new concern for the Bills [3:25 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As for Moore, his days in Buffalo appear numbered. In limited action, he had two tackles and a sack, but was called for the face-mask infraction and a critical offsides while doing nothing on special teams. It seemingly will take a miracle to keep last season's third-round draft choice on the roster.'

Marker Bills-Eagles Game photos [2:07 PM]
NFL.com reports: - Travis Henry eludes LB Carlos Emmons - Sam Cowart tackles RB Duce Staley - KR Brian Mitchell is tackled by Dan O'Leary - TE Jay Riemersma is tackled after catching a pass near midfield - Larry Centers makes the catch - Nate Clements runs around Philadelphia punter during a punt return - and more

Marker Good News, Bad News [12:40 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Despite the injuries and the close score, the Bills dominated the Eagles on both sides of the ball, evening their preseason record to 1-1.

The good news was a solid defensive performance, which limited the Eagles 187 to net yards of offense and 11 first downs. The bad news was the inability to score in the red zone; the worst news was that versatile and durable veteran Ostroski breaking a leg.

Marker Crosby hopes for better luck this time in making Bills' roster [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You can say this about fullback Phillip Crosby: He sure is persistent.'

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