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Buffalo Bills News - October 15, 2004

Marker Only an accountant could completely explain salary cap [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I'll have to give you the CliffsNotes answer for two reasons: 1), there's not enough space for the full answer; and 2), unless you're an accountant, you probably don't want the full answer.'

Marker Just Asking [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What else do you like to do away from the game? "I love fishing, boating, being out on the water. We have a couple boats back home on the Susquehanna River. We have a pontoon and a jon boat (a flat-bottom boat). I love quadding (riding all-terrain vehicles) up in the mountains. A bunch of us get on our quads and go all day. Fishing is another thing where this is how it used to be. If you didn't catch anything, you went hungry."'

Marker Bills still looking for magic of home [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo is batting .500 at home the past two-plus seasons (9-9) and .385 (10-16) since general manager Tom Donahoe took charge three-plus years ago.'

Marker Friday's Miami Coverage [5:00 AM] reports:
A really foul problem (Miami Herald)
Team quiet on Ahanotu; Fiedler will start (Miami Herald)
Dolphins' offensive line struggles to communicate (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Fiedler practice goes well; may start against Bills (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins' struggles tough on Mandich (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Forsey worth a second look (Palm Beach Post)
Ahanotu latest to quit on Dolphins (Palm Beach Post)
Report: Huizenga might be interested in hiring Spurrier (Naples Daily News)
Freelancer Bryant to replace Mare on Sunday (AP)
Dolphins' DE Ahanotu quits team (AP)
Frustrated Ahanotu leaves Dolphins (The Sports Network)
Fiedler will start for Miami, if healthy (The Sports Network)

Marker Newbies feeling at home [4:59 AM]
North Raleigh News reports: '"Even when the Bills are losing it's like a family," Pfeiffer said. "They can rip your heart out, but boy it's fun."'

Marker Wire Surprised By Loss Of Shaw [4:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'While the Bills coaching staff said the midseason cutting of Bobby Shaw was for production reasons, one can't ignore the implied message that was sent to the rest of the team. Wire told Brad and Jer that he got the message loud and clear, "It makes a strong statement and opened some guys eyes. It lets you know that each day you come to work your job is on the line and you can't take anything for granted. You just can't take a day off in this league."'

Marker No Joke Sunday [4:57 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Bills 23 Dolphins 6.'

Marker Shaw may catch on [4:56 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Veteran receiver Bobby Shaw, who was released by Buffalo Wednesday, was at Gillette Stadium yesterday meeting with the Pats coaches and other personnel. If all goes well, it's possible Shaw could be in uniform in time for Sunday's game against Seattle.'

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October 14, 2004

Marker Bills' RB Henry questionable for Sunday [10:14 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Henry, who was injured during the first quarter of Buffalo's loss to the Jets on Sunday, could be replaced in the starting lineup by Willis McGahee if he's not ready to go. But that will likely be a gametime decision for head coach Mike Mularkey.'

Marker Bills/Dolphins Sold Out. Wire Upgraded [10:02 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Coy Wire practiced again on Thursday and has been upgraded to probable. Travis Henry and Jonas Jennings are both still limping and missed practice. They remain questionable.'

Marker Miami (0-5) at Buffalo (0-4) [5:47 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bills 14, Dolphins 0.'

Marker Family Fun for Backers of Naples, FL [4:50 PM] reports: 'Why the drastic increase in membership? Bamberg and the other members worked hard at getting the word out. "We finally marketed what we were up to," Bamberg said. "We tried to really show our presence in the off-season."'

Marker Bills vs. Dolphins Sold Out [4:49 PM] reports: 'This week's game is the 11th straight sellout for the Bills.'

Marker Bills Henry misses second straight practice; McGahee could start [4:47 PM]
AP reports: 'McGahee said Thursday that he's not been informed as to whether he'll start, and that the decision will likely come down to game time. ''I'm just going in there and be ready for whenever my number's called,'' McGahee said. ''All I can do is just wait and see.'''

Marker Moulds favors opening up Bills passing attack [4:47 PM]
AP reports: '''I think we've got the players to open it up,'' Moulds said, Thursday. ''We've been coming out trying to establish the run game. And I think we're going to try to continue to establish the run. But at the same time, we need to throw the ball a little more.'''

Marker Losman, Milloy back practicing [1:48 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"It's a small first step," said Losman before yesterday's afternoon workout. "I really had set my sights on practicing this week and I just want to practice. I'm not full-go or anything like that. I'm probably just going to throw a little bit, not doing to much. I just need to get back out there and see some things."'

Marker Bills send message with release of Shaw [1:47 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'The Bills are hoping the surprise move sends the right message to the players, that they need to turn things around or somebody else may be in their spot tomorrow. "If you're not winning, if you're 0-4, everybody is looking to make the situation better in any way that we can," said Bledsoe. "I assume that this was a move that was made with the idea of making us better."'

Marker Teams Battle for First Victory [1:45 PM] reports: 'A win doesn't save either team's season, but it puts them back on the right track.'

Marker Curtain closes on Shaw in Bills shake-up [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills tried to trade Shaw on Wednesday but were unable to cut a deal.'

Marker Not even Cox gets riled up for Bills-Fish [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cox said he has fond memories of the Miami-Buffalo rivalry. It was fun. It mattered because one or both of the teams were contenders. But the Bills won so often it ripped his heart out. It wasn't Buffalo he really hated but losing all the time. "I hated those guys," he said, "but it was so one-sided. I have friends on that Buffalo team now. I would never have talked to any of those Bills back then. Now Andre Reed and I have become friends. I see Jim Kelly now, too. Back then, I didn't get close to any opponent. I wanted it to be a hate-hate relationship."'

Marker Milloy practices, but he's unlikely to play [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm just really happy to get back out there with the fellas," Milloy said. "I think mentally I'll be sharp, but there are still some physical things that I need to go out there and practice."'

Marker Milloy returns to practice [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He did not rule out returning to the lineup Sunday when the 0-4 Bills host the 0-5 Miami Dolphins to crown the AFC Least champion. He's listed as questionable on the injury report but realistically he remains another week or two away. But there's no question that Wednesday was a big step for him.'

Marker Dolphins' collapse outrages fans [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Losing is a foreign concept and a spoiled fan base that has seen their Dolphins post a sub- .500 record just twice in the 35 years since the AFL-NFL merger the Bills have 16 such seasons is having a difficult time coping with the Dolphins' 0-5 start.'

Marker Bills send receiver Shaw packing [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In last week's 16-14 loss to the New York Jets, Shaw was Bledsoe's intended target on four third-down pass attempts but only one was completed. Shaw also had a missed assignment that resulted in a pass glancing off his back on first down. Mularkey said Shaw, who was signed through 2005, was also not productive enough in practice and in team meetings.'

Marker Surprise: Winless Bills are favored by 6 1/2 [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The explanation is simple: The Bills are a decent team with a lousy record and the Dolphins are just plain lousy.'

Marker Inside slant [5:00 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Instead, he said Shaw's production - in practice, in team meetings, in games - had fallen to the point where he felt it was necessary to release him. The move bumps second-year man Sam Aiken up the depth chart and practice squad member Drew Haddad will be promoted.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:59 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Milloy, who shattered his right forearm during a preseason game at Indianapolis on Aug. 28, began practicing in live drills on a limited basis and working with the scout team on Wednesday. He did not rule himself out of the Dolphins game, but a realistic return is in a week or two.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:58 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'SS Pierson Prioleau's nit-picky pass interference penalty in the end zone on the Jets' Santana Moss is still a topic of conversation.'

Marker The rush is on ... [4:57 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"You get big eyes going into this game," said defensive end David Bowens, who might be the only Dolphins player not fearing a little public gloating. "He's been hit at least 40 times and sacked 19 this year. Any time you get a quarterback that isn't mobile and with us blitzing and with our athletic ability, we have a pretty good chance of getting a couple more sacks."'

Marker Devalued Bill [4:56 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'He has had one 300-yard game in his past 24 games.'

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