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Buffalo Bills News - December 4, 2002

Marker Linebacker's role expands with Bruschi injury [9:03 PM]
AP reports: '''On a personal level, I feel bad for'' Bruschi, said Drew Bledsoe, anticipating his first game in Foxboro since his offseason trade. ''But on a professional level, I'd be really happy to see him standing over there in street clothes because he is very tough to play against.'''

Marker More than 'Bledsoe Bowl II' on line for Bills [9:01 PM]
AP reports: '''We can't worry about winning one for The Gipper,'' guard Ruben Brown said Wednesday. ''We've got to win one for the Bills.'''

Marker Bills sign DT Seals to practice squad [9:00 PM]
AP reports: 'To make room for Seals, the Bills released receiver Rodney Wright from their practice squad.'

Marker Ask Eric Moulds A Question [6:10 PM] reports: With his 5th 100-yard game of the season (21st of his career), the former 1st Round Draft pick by the Bills also went over 1,000 receiving yards for the season to give him his third career 1,000-yard campaign. In addition, he extended his franchise-record streak of games with a catch to 77 games. Now is your chance to ask the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver a question!

Marker Bills Add One To Practice Squad [5:25 PM] reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills today announced that the team has added defensive tackle Richard Seals to it practice squad. Seals (6-3, 305) was drafted by the New York Jets in the seventh round of the 2000 Draft out of Utah. After being released by the Jets at the end of the preseason he then spent part of the 2000 season on Jacksonville’s practice squad. To make room for Seals...

Marker Bledsoe's return is a big game [4:44 PM] reports: 'So while Belichick will obviously be preparing for Bledsoe as a key Bills weapon, that is not the story of the game. Patriots and Bills matchups are always exciting affairs, and with both teams still clinging to playoff hopes the real story will unfold between the first and last whistle. Bledsoe Bowl II talk makes for enjoyable fodder, but a competitive matchup is even better.'

Marker Office wrist nicked, but he should play [4:02 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Left end Kendrick Office is questionable for the Patriots game with a sprained wrist. He's the only Bill on the injury list. The unfortunate part is that Office was just getting comfortable, having battled a number of injuries since early training camp.'

Marker Law, Belichick tough opponents to beat [4:00 PM]
Shout! reports: '"There's no question when you put something new in, you have to make sure the players A) have to be able to adjust to it, and B) that they're physically capable of being able to do what you want them to do. A lot of times you get into practice and find it's going to be either harder than you thought or easier than you thought. You listen to the players' feedback."'

Marker Phillips shows how D can be learned [3:59 PM]
Shout! reports: 'On the other hand, Williams seems to be prepared to ride his 46 mutant all the way to the unemployment line.'

Marker Where Are They Now: Mark Brammer [2:25 PM] reports: The Bills went 11-5 during Brammer’s first season and won their division for the first time since 1966. It was also the first time in six years that they were in the playoffs. Some of Buffalo’s fans were ‘Talkin’ Proud’ and supporting the team Sunday afternoons at Rich Stadium and early Monday mornings at the airport.

Marker Another Special Moment For Don Beebe [2:24 PM] reports: Despite the fact he lives in Illinois, Beebe has made several trips back to Buffalo since his playing days. He quickly adds that coming back to visit isn't always easy; he finds it difficult to just sit back and watch.

Marker Week 14: Bills at Patriots Injury Report [2:23 PM] reports: Kendrick Office (wrist), questionable.

Marker Bills - Patriots Series History [2:22 PM] reports: The Bills & Patriots will be meeting for the 85th time ever in the regular season. The Patriots hold a 44-39-1 overall series lead. The 39 wins against NE mark the second-highest total by the Bills against any team (NY Jets - 47). Six of the last nine games have been decided by 4 points or fewer (5 of 8 by three points) and four of the last six meetings have gone into OT.

Marker Chargers replace Richey, near deal with lineman [1:29 PM]
North County Times reports: 'A team source said the Chargers brought in for a workout veteran lineman Shawn Price, who is currently out of football after being released by the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 5. He could be signed as soon as today, pending the result of a physical.'

Marker One false step could doom Patriots season to failure [1:22 PM]
Qunicy Patriot Ledger reports: '‘‘We know what's in front of us there,'' Belichick said, ‘‘but the main thing that's on our minds now is preparing for Buffalo. We know what happened the last time we played them (a 38-7 Patriots laugher in Orchard Park, N.Y., Nov. 3). I'm sure they'll make some adjustments. This game will have some different dynamics to it, like it always does when you play a team a second time. It's never the same, so it'll be different on our end, I'm sure it'll be different on their end.'''

Marker Coach is X and O factor behind Henry's success [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Travis Henry reached 1,000 yards rushing last Sunday, no one in Ralph Wilson Stadium was more gratified than Buffalo Bills running backs coach Steve Fairchild.'

Marker Game in snow shows why it's so special here [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Would you rather spend Christmas sweating on a beach, or watching a blanket of snow fall in the moonlight on the roof of a hundred-year-old Victorian? That's why it was a happy coincidence that the Dolphins were in town the day the season's first storm hit. Around here, it doesn't get much better than that.'

Marker Bledsoe is merely a side issue [5:37 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots beat the Bills in Buffalo not because they beat Bledsoe but because Tom Brady beat up Buffalo's shoddy defense the way Mike Tyson beats up sparring partners. The same holds true in nearly all of Buffalo's defeats.'

Marker Breakthrough year for Henry [5:35 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''The guys on the team joke with me, telling me that I'm slippery,'' said Henry, the latest in a recent line of University of Tennessee runners (Jamal Lewis, James Stewart) to hit the ground running in the NFL. ''So I guess I am slippery. I'm used to breaking tackles. That's my forte to running. The offensive line blocked well, and I just hit the holes and made something happen.'''

Marker Belichick does it the hard way [5:34 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``It's been a very, very difficult year,'' said safety Lawyer Milloy. ``It's a year where everyone is geared up to play us. I think the (opposing) coaches are more aware of (Belichick's) schemes, too. So it's harder to camouflage it. It's just a battle. It's a grind.'''

Marker Pioli, Pats may be near deal [5:33 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Richard Seymour practiced with the team yesterday, a good sign that the defensive tackle, who suffered what he called a bruised thigh in Detroit last Thursday, will be ready to play Sunday against the Bills.'

Marker Bills are tough on the corners [5:32 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price starting making big plays as soon as the season began. It seemed for a few weeks leading up to last Sunday's game against Miami that defenses had found a way to contain the pair, but Drew Bledsoe was again finding his favorite targets against the Dolphins in what turned out to be a 38-21 victory.'

Marker Patriots add Hayes for safety reasons [5:32 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Recognizing a need at safety, the Patriots reacquired veteran Chris Hayes on Monday to fill their roster vacancy. Hayes, 30, was with the Patriots during training camp, but they released him on Aug. 30 before the season began.'

Marker Last year’s ‘Team of Destiny’ controls its own destiny now [5:31 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'So who has the edge at Gillette this weekend? The Patriots have already exposed the Bills’ weaknesses on defense once this season. It’s doubtful that they will execute the exact same game plan, but why stray from what works?'

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December 3, 2002

Marker Funke on the Bills [9:53 PM]
WHEC-TV reports: 'But every offense needs one thing and it was the big difference against Miami. It's what the Bills didn’t have against the Jets. Field position.'

Marker Patriots enter home stretch hosting the Bills [9:35 PM] reports: 'Patriots running back Antowain Smith will play in his fourth game against his former team this weekend when the Patriots host the Bills. Smith has rushed for an average of 102 yards in his three games against the Bills, including his 111-yard effort in the Patriots 38-7 victory on Nov. 3.'

Marker Wind advisory [1:14 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'In many ways the setup is similar to that of Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, which debuted last year as a kickers' graveyard - the Steelers and their opponents combined to miss 16 of 33 field goal tries there during the regular season. Once December rolled around it was worse with the two sides going a combined 7-for-15.'

Marker Circling the Wagons [1:12 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'But if we’re going to blame Williams for some of the Bills’ shortcomings, and they still have many, we should also point out how he’s kept an even keel through the ups and downs.'

Marker Week 13: Gregg Williams Postgame Quotes [9:52 AM] reports: "It was a big game and a big win for us. We had our backs against the wall, we needed to answer and we did. I'm very proud of how the team responded and battled back through some tough times in the ball game and didn't lose confidence in themselves. They came up with a hard fought victory today."

Marker Thanks for the Tip [9:52 AM] reports: Pardon the Miami Dolphins' defensive backs if that's how they feel today. They thought they had Eric Moulds covered, they were sure they had Peerless Price contained. They read Moulds' route perfectly well, they collapsed on him-- and, uh, left Price open. That's a safety who fled from a danger zone. They zoned in on Drew Bledsoe's pass. They reached out and touched it-- tapping it right into Moulds' outstretched hand. How touching, Moulds must have been thinking. Thanks for the tip, guys.

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