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Buffalo Bills News - November 28, 2003

Marker Bills Scouting Report [3:25 PM] reports: 'Despite these deficiencies, the Bills play hard on both offense and defense. The last three losses - to the Cowboys, Texans and Colts - were by a total of nine points.'

Marker Bills are Thankful [3:24 PM] reports: 'Terrence McGee: Being able to play in the NFL.'

Marker Bledsoe ready to play despite feeling `fuzzy' [3:23 PM]
AP reports: 'Bledsoe was in an upbeat mood Friday, joking that the fuzziness allow him to play better than he has during a nine-game slump in which he's thrown eight interceptions and three touchdowns. ``Maybe I'm off just enough to make some better decisions,'' Bledsoe said, smiling.'

Marker Ask Brian Moorman [3:22 PM] reports: The third-year punter has been outstanding for the Bills in 2003. His 45.5-yard average ranks third in the NFL and his 37.5 net ranks fifth. In weeks 12 and 13, he had a total of eight punts downed inside-the-20 (four per game). The club single-game record is five in-the-20 and no Bills player has ever had four in consecutive games. In addition, three of his six punts vs. Indy were downed inside-the-10, including one at the 1-yard line.

Marker Desire to excel persists in Bills' Fletcher [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's my nature," Fletcher said. "Rarely do I wake up in a bad mood. I live by the philosophy that tomorrow will be a brighter day. We're having tough times right now, but I know the good times are ahead of us. Hopefully, it will start this Sunday."'

Marker Woozy Bledsoe misses practice [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Yesterday, I was feeling some symptoms from a head hit I took in the game so I figured it would be wise to go get it checked out," Bledsoe said. "I was feeling a little dizzy, a little nauseated, had a little vision problem, but it seems to be getting back to normal and I anticipate playing in the game."'

Marker Field goals are few, too [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Kicker Rian Lindell, who generally has been very reliable in his first year with the team, has missed three 3-pointers the past two weeks, the difference in a two-point loss to Houston and a three-point loss to Indianapolis.'

Marker Injury Silences Shockey (for a Practice, at Least) [5:17 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Shockey, the Giants' voluble tight end, spent practice getting treatment on his injured left knee, a setback from last Monday when Shockey appeared ready to bolster the Giants' thinning corps of receivers against Tampa Bay. But his knee swelled badly after his pregame workout, and he was not ready to play. He hopes to return Sunday at home against Buffalo.'

Marker Losing Himself to Find Himself [5:16 AM]
New York Times reports: '"Once I got clean," he continued, "I remember thinking, `I got sober for this?' But somebody told me: `Take one problem at a time. You can't handle all your problems at once. Take one, knock it down. Another one, knock it down.' That's what I did. I never thought I'd get rid of 'em all. But one case got settled, then another got settled, then another, and it was over. I didn't have to worry about nobody stopping me."'

Marker Big plays Big Blue's big trouble [5:15 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Giants have completed 28 passes for 20 yards or longer, as opposed to the 42 they have allowed. Only four of those gains have come in the last three weeks. To date, they've hit nine passes of 30 or more yards.'

Marker Shockey's return suffered setback [5:14 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Fassel said Shockey's status is now day-to-day for Sunday's game against the Bills, a far cry from the optimism of earlier in the week when Fassel sounded all-but assured that Shockey was ready to return.'

Marker Kerry's heavy load [5:13 AM]
New York Post reports: '"You know, I think once you lose that aggressiveness, then you really have problems," Collins said. "There's no question I made some bad choices, but at the same time I go into a game, I try to see it, throw it. Obviously there was a couple of times what I saw wasn't what I needed to see. It's kind of like at times, damned if you do, damned if you don't. You've got to stay aggressive and I'll continue to do that."'

Marker Shockey Hurt Again During Hard Practice [5:12 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Shockey said he wanted to play against the Bucs because he knew one more loss would essentially end the Giants' playoff hopes. But he said he still wants to play down the stretch. "We have really nothing to play for, but I love playing with these guys," he said.'

Marker Vanishing Dayne [5:11 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'It has been a startling fall for the former Heisman Trophy winner, who is major college football's career rushing leader and was the 11th pick in the 2000 draft. He has not dressed for a game this season.'

Marker Fans can't make them blow their cool [5:10 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The last time the Giants played at home, they were booed. Coach Jim Fassel had his name turned into a chant, "Fi-re Fas-sel!" They lost, overwhelmingly, to an Atlanta team riding a seven-game losing streak.'

Marker Giants want more from DT Joseph [5:09 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"The last couple games with William, we just haven't had the production," Fassel said. "I know he's only getting a limited look, but sometimes that's all you can give them. If you have six plays or nine plays or 10 plays, you have to make the most of those. I expect the most because if you're only going to play 10 plays, you've got to be at the top of your game. You ought to be able to go in there fresh as a daisy and go in there and really do some damage."'

Marker Giants odds and ends [5:08 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Said RB Tiki Barber: "You play because it's your job and it's what you're paid to do. You play because you're always looking to gain a level of respect as a player - take pride in what you do for a living. Those things weigh more heavily on your mind than playing for nothing."'

Marker Giants accentuating the positives [5:07 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, who come to Giants Stadium Sunday, have had a season that closely mirrors the Giants. Both teams have offenses that have failed to live up to expectations, particularly inside the 20-yard-line. But the Bills' red zone defense has been much better than the Giants', and that could be the deciding factor in this interconference affair.'

Marker Shockey further damages left knee [5:06 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"If it was an injury where I didn't think I could do it, I wouldn't play. But I felt I could play. I felt it important for me to play because we'd have had a chance if we'd won it. Now, watching from the sidelines, and obviously losing it, it's really made it hard on ourselves.'''

Marker Setback For Shockey's Knee [5:05 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Shockey aggravated the injury Monday before a 19-13 loss to the Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla., putting the knee through a hard workout after being told he was not going to play by coach Jim Fassel. "I think we overdid it," Fassel said. "There was some swelling."'

Marker Departed Spikes is true MVP [5:04 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Had Spikes not shuffled off to Buffalo, then defensive tackle John Thornton, middle linebacker Kevin Hardy and James — three defensive gems — wouldn't be here. And the Bengals wouldn't be sitting on top of the AFC North Division with a 6-5 record.'

Marker Shockey re-injures left knee in pregame workout [5:03 AM]
AP reports: 'Shockey left his knee brace off during his self-imposed workout before the game, so there was nothing to protect his sprained posterior cruciate ligament. ``I thought I could play last week and got the word I wasn't going to,'' Shockey said. ``I went out there and did some stupid things that right now I'm kind of regretting."'

Marker Bledsoe Didn't Practice Again After Suffering A Slight Concussion [5:02 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He let practice on Wednesday feeling dizzy and sick. He saw a neurologist who said he was fine. Bledsoe still had headaches on Thursday and didn't practice. He told me that he expects to work on Friday and expects to play Sunday against the Giants. He's been added to the injury report as probable.'

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Marker Drew Has Concussion [8:11 PM] reports: 'He's bothered by headaches and nausea and left practice early Wednesday. He did not practice on Thursday.'

Marker Bledsoe listed as probable due to effects of concussion [5:57 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bledsoe is reportedly suffering from the after effects of a concussion that occurred when he was kneed in the back of the helmet at the end of a run in Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.'

Marker Like Giants, Toomer struggling in 2003 [5:50 PM]
AP reports: '''I wouldn't say I'm in a slump,'' said Toomer, who caught 13 passes for 305 yards, a 23.5-yard average, and scored two TDs in the first three games of the season, two of which the Giants won. ''A slump is I am not getting open. I'm getting open. I'm getting in the right position. I'm just not finishing plays.'''

Marker Bledsoe 'probable' despite headaches, nausea [4:15 PM]
AP reports: Buffalo Bills QB Drew Bledsoe is experiencing headaches and nausea after sustaining a mild concussion (on Sunday), but is hopeful he will play against the New York Giants this weekend. Bledsoe did not participate in Thursday's practice, and was added to Buffalo's injury report. He is listed as probable and has a 75 percent chance of playing when the Bills travel to play at the Meadowlands on Sunday.

Marker Winfield is sorry he made remarks [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henry was still wondering, 11 games into the season, why the Bills didn't run the ball after supposedly changing their philosophy during the offseason. "That was the plan. I thought that was the plan," Henry said. "Bringing Sam (Gash) in here, you would think that was the direction we would have (gone). Losing Peerless and Jay Riemersma and running the stuff we run now, it's kind of hard without big playmakers like that in here."'

Marker Giving the needy their daily bread provides sustenance for Pat Williams [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I know the projects," Williams said last week. "I know everybody. Everybody knows me."'

Marker Coffin-corner kicks aren't only from dead-ball era [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Q: Why wouldn't the Bills consider converting Willis McGahee to a wide receiver? It would provide the Bills with a speed receiver, erase their need to spend a high pick on a receiver in April, and it would allow the Bills to have Travis Henry and McGahee on the field at the same time. - Kevin Hartnett, York, Pa.
A: This is an original idea . . . but not a good one. Players should play at their best position. Based on his college career, McGahee could be a great running back if healthy. With years of practice he'd be lucky to be a mediocre receiver.'

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