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Buffalo Bills News - August 28, 2002

Marker Ostroski retires on bad knee [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though limited athletically, the popular 6-foot-3, 323-pound Ostroski leaves a legacy of toughness, versatility and loyalty to the Bills, who signed him to their practice squad in 1993 after Kansas City and Atlanta cut him.'

Marker Bills could call on Jackson again [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though released by the Bills on Tuesday at the NFL's mandatory roster cut to 65 players, Jackson has a chance of landing on the team's practice squad next week.'

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August 27, 2002

Marker Hey, holdouts: Get into camp now [11:04 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The hangup for Jammer, Sims and McKinnie seems to be the contract the Bills worked out with the No. 4 pick, Mike Williams. The deal has clauses and escapes the others all desire but there is no way the Chargers are going to surrender to those demands, and why should they?

Marker How the experts see it [10:53 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Vic Carucci is only CBS expert (of 10) who predicts the Bills make the playoffs, even as a wild card team.

Marker Pete Prisco: The real must-see TV: Top 10 NFL games to watch [10:47 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: New England at Buffalo, Nov. 3 -- Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe gets to face his old team for the first time.

Bledsoe wasn't exactly thrilled with the way he was treated at the end, forced to watch the Super Bowl as a spectator after years of good service, so he will be a little pumped.

Marker Andy Hanacek: Pro Football Weekly chat [10:39 PM]
ESPN reports: With the final cut one week away, who do you see being the odd-man-out in the Buffalo backfield: Bryson or Morris. I would prefer to keep Bryson.

It's an interesting situation in Buffalo, and I'm not sure what they'll do. I know there are rumors that the Bills are simply waiting for a major-RB injury to try to trade Bryson, and that would seem to make the most sense, as they wouldn't get anything for any of the other backs. i think you will see them keep all 4 RBs, shaking down this way on the depth chart: Henry, Bryson, Huntley, Morris. Morris is a very good special-teams player who they won't just give away, and we know what Bryson can do after subbing in for Henry last season. Huntley has been solid in the preseason so far too, so they're in good shape at RB.

Marker Lief Larsen waived-injured [10:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: In order to get to the 65-man roster limit, the Bills also designated defensive lineman Leif Larsen as waived-injured. He injured his groin earlier in camp.

Marker Bills veteran OL Ostroski announces retirement [9:24 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"My mind and my heart still say play, but my knee says no," Ostroski said.'

Marker Offensive Lineman Jerry Ostroski Calls It Quits [6:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Nothing will ever be able to replace that feeling of getting into the end zone at Ralph Wilson Stadium and have all those fans, sold-out fans, cheering for you. It's very special. That feeling and others like it is why you play the game."

Marker The Football Gods Chortled [5:28 PM]
ESPN reports: (see bottom of article) Bengals defender Takeo Spikes will miss the rest of the preseason after injuring himself while attempting to injure Drew Bledsoe. In the first week of ersatz play, Spikes was attempting to lift Bledsoe for the illegal body-slam maneuver when he suddenly gasped and clutched his chest; attempting the body-slam had caused Spikes to tear a pectoral muscle. "I was trying to pick him up and dump him," Spikes admitted to The Associated Press

Marker AFC's best division? Try this one [5:21 PM]
AP reports: Oddly, the most improved team in the AFC East could be Buffalo, yet the Bills are destined to finish last. They won only three times in '01, ranking next-to-last in points scored and allowed.

Marker Ostroski announces his retirement from Football [5:20 PM]
WGR 55 reports: Buffalo Bills veteran offensive lineman Jerry Ostroski announced his retirement Tuesday afternoon. "My mind and my heart still say play," Ostroski said at his press conference. "But my knee says no."

Marker Ostroski couldn't recover from knee injury [5:20 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Given his lack of activity this summer, the retirement did not come as a surprise to Buffalo officials, who had suggested a few weeks ago Ostroski might have to accept a salary reduction to remain with the team.'

Marker Jerry Ostroski retires [5:19 PM]
AP reports: He was unable to fully recover from knee surgery, announced his retirement on Tuesday. Ostroski, who was entering his ninth season and had been the longest serving member of the Bills, had spent all of training camp on the PUP list recovering from knee surgery. After breaking his right leg in August 2001, Ostroski returned to the Bills to start seven games last season. "My mind and my heart still say to play, but my knee says 'No,'" said Ostroski. "This has truly been a great ride."

Marker Offensive guard Jerry Ostroski has announced his retirement from the Buffalo Bills. [5:15 PM]
Buffalobills.com reports: He went on to play nine seasons with the Bills (1994-2001) and appeared in 106 regular season games, more than any other current Bills player. He also made 102 career starts for the Bills, including 36 at right guard, 34 at center, 29 at right tackle, and 3 at left guard.

Marker Former Stampeders lineman Cotton released by NFL's Buffalo Bills [12:41 PM]
CP reports: 'Cotton took advantage of the CFL-NFL agreement to join the Bills despite still being under contract to the Stampeders. The deal between the two leagues gives NFL teams until Feb. 28 each year to sign CFL players entering the option year of the Canadian contracts. If the players don't make an NFL squad, then they must honour the remaining year of their CFL deal.'

Marker Security is not promised to head coaches [12:36 PM]
ESPN reports: ESPN's John Clayton lists NFL coaches on the hot seat:
"5. Gregg Williams, Buffalo: Getting quarterback Drew Bledsoe raises the bar on the expectations for Williams, which is a little unfair. The franchise took the direction of weeding out high-paid aging players on the front seven of their defense last season, and the rebuilding process in that unit won't be complete until next year."

Marker Bills cut five, including O'Leary [12:20 PM]
AP reports: 'His release leaves the Bills without a proven long-snapper.'

Marker Bills Make Roster Moves [10:15 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has released five players, including tight end Dan O'Leary and running back Curtis Alexander.

Marker Booster club meeting at Ralph Wilson Stadium [10:09 AM]
TBD reports: Meeting will be at 7 PM in the Paul Maguire suites.

Marker Price is right in Buffalo [10:08 AM]
Canadaigua Daily Messenger reports: '"Drew takes more chances than Peyton, but I saw Peyton last year taking some chances," Price said. "He told me he had to because he felt the (Colts) defense was going to give stuff up." The Bills might be in the same boat this year.'

Marker Ostroski near Bills' exit door [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ostroski hasn't participated in live drills throughout the preseason because of a knee condition, and he doesn't appear close to doing so.'

Marker Jennings delivers gift: intact offensive line [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Left tackle Jonas Jennings made a surprise return to practice Monday and participated in most team and individual drills. He's hopeful he can play in the Bills' preseason finale Thursday at Detroit.'

Marker Rone knows it's his time to make it [5:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'The 26-year-old native of Daytona Beach, Fla., is trying to make an NFL roster for the fourth time, and if he doesn't survive the Bills' final cut Sunday, he knows it might be time to move on with his life.'

Marker On the surface, Bills like their new look [5:55 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have installed a 45-yard tract of the new AstroPlay surface on their practice field behind the fieldhouse on One Bills Drive, and they tested it for the first time Monday.'

August 26, 2002

Marker Jennings resumes practicing with Bills [11:40 PM]
AP reports: '"Everything's limited right now, you've got to crawl before you walk, but everything I am doing, I'm doing well," Jennings said. "It's enough to get it done to build up to the opener."'

Marker Photos from Colts preseason game [8:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Photo subjects include Bledsoe, Henry, Robertson, Bannan, Tillman and Charlie Johnson.

Marker Bills Return To Practice Following Indy Loss [5:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Jonas Jennings returned to practice on Monday. Gregg Williams: "It was nice to see Jonas (practicing) today. He was bouncing around pretty good. We'll take him day-by-day, similar to what we did with Ruben, and see how he is at the end of the week."

Marker Bledsoe brings playoff chemistry to Buffalo [4:08 PM]
ESPN.com reports: The Bills have only a dozen players on their roster whose resumes include more than five years of NFL experience. There are roughly three times that many with two seasons or less in the league.

Marker August 26 Kelly Krunch Autograph Winner [11:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: I was thrilled to watch Jim and the team march through the playoffs and on to the national sports spotlight of four Super Bowls! But to me, his commitment to giving back to the community that supported him for so many years is definitely his most "Super" effort!

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