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Buffalo Bills News - October 16, 2003

Marker Smith brings ‘Hall’ career back to town [1:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Bruce is getting up there a bit (in age), he doesn’t play every down like he used to, but he can still bring it when he comes. He’s still got great explosiveness off the ball and he’s still got all the crafty moves that he’s always had."'

Marker McGahee takes good first step [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You can tell he's got the talent," fullback Sam Gash said. "It's just going to take him some time to get used to playing again."'

Marker Redskins game looking like recall election [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If they don't wake up and start playing that way soon, they might be playing for a new head coach. Hey, maybe they could bring in a real tough guy, like Arnold Schwarzenegger.'

Marker Moulds insists his injured groin is feeling better [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"But it's nothing really, really serious," said Moulds, who had the same injury in college. "I just think it needs a little bit of rest and a little ice. It's helped me out a lot. It's gotten a lot stronger, so I feel pretty confident."'

Marker Price check: Peerless is missed [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The bottom line: The Bills need to do more with what they have.'

Marker Bills RBs get back to work [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'McGahee has been on the reserve/non-football injury list since the beginning of the season, and couldn’t begin practicing until the start of Week 7. Now that he has started, the Bills have up to 21 days to decide whether to elevate him to the 53-man roster. If he’s not ready within that window, he must sit out the rest of the season, though that seems unlikely.'

Marker Uncertainty surrounds Moulds' status [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Moulds is likely to be a game-time decision. How will he know he can play? “When I’m able to get the deep ball,” he said.'

Marker Bills' Williams is a marked man [5:13 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"Sure it is," answered Williams when asked if it was embarrassing for a team that was touted as an early AFC contender to now be the most unproductive team in the league.'

Marker Mounting Injuries Present Hurdle for Spurrier, Redskins [5:12 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Another starter, defensive tackle Jermaine Haley, said he is considering undergoing surgery on his injured thumb. The procedure would sideline him three to four weeks, he said. The Redskins also will be without cornerback Fred Smoot, who has a fractured sternum, and almost certainly will be without tailback Trung Canidate for Sunday's game at Buffalo. But with a bye week after the Bills game, club officials hope both will be able to play Nov. 2 at Dallas.'

Marker Dalton Is Still Waiting His Turn in Line [5:11 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Redskins officials have received league approval to stop Sunday's game for a brief ceremony if Bruce Smith breaks Reggie White's NFL career sacks record. The veteran defensive end needs two sacks to break the record.'

Marker Redskins priority: Protecting Ramsey [5:10 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Through six games, Ramsey remains the NFL's most sacked passer (21 times). And he has been hit on countless other occasions and had his left (non-throwing) shoulder sprained twice.'

Marker Haley, Fiore might have surgery [5:09 AM]
WashingtonTimes reports: 'Guard Randy Thomas, defensive end Bruce Smith and linebacker Jeremiah Trotter sat out practice yesterday. All three veterans routinely have been taking days off to rest nagging injuries. The absence of Thomas and Fiore on the offensive line left the Redskins with a first-team guard duo of rookie Derrick Dockery and seldom-used Lennie Friedman. Spurrier said Friedman likely will see some playing time Sunday.'

Marker For LaVar, risk not always rewarded [5:08 AM]
Northern Virginia Journal reports: 'Against Buffalo on Sunday that could mean more of a pass-rushing role. Which is just fine with Arrington, who has 2 1/2 sacks after getting 11 1/2 a year ago. Last year, he lined up often as a left end, much to his chagrin. This year he's done that only a couple times.'

Marker Smith can shuffle record in Buffalo [5:07 AM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: '"It's going to be nice to see them," Smith said Wednesday. "I never had an opportunity to see the fans and say goodbye, so it will be nice to go back."'

Marker Bauman ready to start [5:06 AM]
Fredericksburg Free Lance Star reports: 'If Moulds can go, Bailey is likely to cover him for the majority of the snaps. That would likely leave Bauman matched up with the 6-foot-1 Bobby Shaw--who has 26 catches for 342 yards and two touchdowns this season--or 5-10 wideout Josh Reed.'

Marker Skins notes [5:05 AM]
Richmond Times Dispatch reports: 'Redskins long snapper Ethan Albright played five seasons in Buffalo and doesn't expect to hear a sound when he returns there for the first time since leaving after the 2000 season. "They didn't know I was there when I was there," Albright said, laughing. "That means I did my job."'

Marker Moulds could return on Sunday [5:04 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Moulds, whose status is improving, didn't practice all last week and missed last Sunday's 30-3 loss to the New York Jets. He could return to practice this week.'

Marker Campbell's Click for Cans - Bills are in third place [12:03 AM] reports: Campbell's® Chunky™ soup and the NFL™ are once again having their Tackling Hunger™ campaign. Donations will be made of up to a total of 5 million cans of a variety of Campbell's® soups on behalf of all 32 NFL™ teams. Click for Cans™ donations are made over the course of the year to a variety of hunger relief charities across the country, in NFL™ cities and in many other communities.

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October 15, 2003

Marker Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews Washington [8:57 PM] reports: '"No, I have complete confidence in myself. When presented an opportunity to make a play I know that I can make it. As an offense we have to improve. The biggest area is our third down conversions. That's not allowing us to sustain drives. Whatever the reason, we have to get it straightened out. We had some reasonable down and distance and we need to be able to convert those. No question."'

Marker Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews Washington [8:54 PM] reports: '"Our personnel is what it is right now. Our roster is set and we play multiple packages. Guys are on the field a bunch with exception of our offensive line, it's pretty much stays static throughout the course of a ballgame. In the special teams, the offense, and the defense everyone that dresses plays. Those guys are getting on the field in whatever packages we have. We have to make sure that our basics are being handled. We have to mark sure we are executing within the structure and the call and not trying to get too much too fast. Some guys are pressing a little bit and it's my job to make sure they are not pressing too much. Just do what the design says and everything else is gravy. We'll get back on base."'

Marker Quotes From Redskin Park, Oct. 15 [8:52 PM] reports: 'On whether the Buffalo game is a “Must-Win”: “It would certainly help us to get this game and be in decent shape within our division. We’re in second place within our division. We’re not the only team struggling out there. But this is a crucial game for us.”'

Marker For Smith, Sunday Will be Emotional ... But Winning Is First [8:51 PM] reports: 'Q: Emotionally, how will it feel going back to Buffalo: A: “Certainly it will be an extra feeling and it’ll be an emotional experience. And I’m looking forward to it. Again, I can’t let that sidetrack me or this team. It’ll be a phenomenal experience. I think Darryl Talley’s jersey is being retired on Sunday and he’s being put on the Wall of Fame. It’ll be wonderful for him and a historic day. But once again, my mindset is going to be on playing well. And after the ballgame is over, I’ll have all the time in the world to visit with all of my friends that I’ve known for years in Buffalo.”'

Marker Injuries To Cause Shuffling of Starting Lineup [8:50 PM] reports: 'Running back Trung Canidate is listed as doubtful for the game with a mild ankle sprain. While club officials say there is a slight chance he could play on Sunday, Canidate was less optimistic.'

Marker McGahee Now Part of the Team [8:48 PM] reports: '"The biggest thing I need to see is his overall conditioning," head coach Gregg Williams said. "He's in very good physical condition, he's just got to get into playing shape."'

Marker McGahee Is Back On The Field [8:48 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McGahee says he could do everything that was asked of him. He even played some defense on the scout team. Gregg Williams says McGahee will do more with the offense as the week goes on. The head coach says realistically, players need a few weeks to get into football shape. McGahee says he can play anytime the coaches ask him to.'

Marker Smoot out 2-3 weeks; Canidate, Fiore doubtful [8:41 PM]
AP reports: 'Canidate, the team's leading rusher, has a severe ankle sprain. He is listed as doubtful and sounded pessimistic about his chances of playing.'

Marker McGahee pleased after first practice [8:38 PM]
AP reports: The smile was genuine, a reflection of how happy McGahee was following his long-awaited first practice since the Buffalo Bills made him their first-round draft pick last April.

Marker Quotes From Buffalo (Conference Call), Oct. 15 [4:07 PM] reports: 'On the change after starting the season 2-0: “We haven’t had any offensive rhythm. We haven’t been able to establish some of the things we did early in the year offensively. We’re trying to, maybe, do too much. I said earlier in the year that we probably aren’t as good as a 31-0 team when we won the opener, and we know we’re not as bad as the 30-3 loss to the Jets in this past ball game. We’re somewhere in between. A couple of guys have been pressing a little bit, trying to do more than what’s in the call instead of just executing the design of the play, the design of the call and anything after that is gravy. We just have to get back to the basics.”'

Marker Smoot Out for Buffalo Game, Maybe Longer [4:06 PM] reports: 'Head coach Steve Spurrier said on Wednesday that cornerback Fred Smoot would sit out the game against the Buffalo Bills. Smoot has a sprained clavicle.'

Marker Bills WR Moulds upgraded to questionable [3:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said Moulds' health is improving, and his groin strain will be monitored. He officially was upgraded from doubtful to questionable, which means he has a 50-50 chance of playing.'

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