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Buffalo Bills News - October 18, 2003

Marker Redskins' Dockery Tries To Get Game in Line [5:14 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Washington projected Dockery as a first-round pick, but his stock tumbled partly because of his poor condition during predraft workouts, and the Redskins were thrilled to select him with the 81st pick overall. Dockery entered training camp at approximately 350 pounds, but he has dropped to 340 pounds, not far from his ideal weight of 330-335.'

Marker Spurrier Denies Talk That He Almost Resigned [5:13 AM]
Washington Post reports: '"Of course I'm happy," Spurrier replied yesterday. "We've got a good team, we haven't played extremely well the last couple of games. But I think we're ready to play in Buffalo."'

Marker Haley vetoes surgery on thumb [5:12 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'Meanwhile, running back Trung Canidate was officially declared out for the Buffalo game with a high right ankle sprain. Canidate hopes to return following the bye week. Ladell Betts will start at tailback and receive the bulk of Washington's rushing attempts. "He very well could carry a whole bunch if we're making yards," coach Steve Spurrier said. "He's slated to get more action. Ladell's our man."'

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October 17, 2003

Marker Canidate expected to miss Sunday's game [10:01 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Canidate leads the Redskins with 295 rushing yards and a 4.8 average this season, but Ladell Betts has also seen plenty of action and will start Sunday.'

Marker A Special Return for Smith [9:59 PM]
Warpath Magazine reports: '``We knew it was special,'' Smith said of those four years. ``But I don't think we quite knew it was as special as people talk about it nowadays. So many teams are going to the Super Bowl for one time and then disappear. Then players look around and see how hard it was to get there. Others have been in the league for five or 10 years and have never been close.'''

Marker Bills are Desperate [9:56 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Prediction: Redskins 17 Bills 26.'

Marker Bills WR Moulds still questionable after practicing [3:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Starting defensive tackle Sam Adams (sprained right ankle) also took part in Friday's practice but saw no change from his questionable status. Linebacker Takeo Spikes was listed as probable after sitting out of practice ill.'

Marker Grasping for momentum [10:45 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"Right now whatever can go wrong has been going wrong," said offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. "I'm very disappointed. We're not playing very well. There's a lot of reasons you can point to but none of them matter. The only thing that matters is we're not playing well enough to win. That's the bottom line."'

Marker Reese Ready for Third Start [10:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I've been competing in practice and I continue to work hard," Reese said. "When a starting opportunity presented itself I wanted to make the most of it each game and each play."'

Marker Gash wants to get back on the block [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gash is not one to complain. His position dictates that he put team goals ahead of personal desires. He only wants to help his team win. "I'd love to be on the field more, and as a competitor, it's frustrating when I'm not," he said. "For whatever reason, game situations haven't called for it."'

Marker In this town, coaches can run but can't hide [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams is at best a lame duck, at worst a dead duck.'

Marker Spurrier switches from gun to ground [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'During this seasonís 3-3 beginning, the trend has continued. The Redskins are 2-0 in games when they attempted more runs than passes (beat the Jets and Patriots) and 1-3 when they passed more than they ran (beat the Falcons, lost to the Giants, Eagles and Buccaneers).'

Marker Redskins Turn to Bauman, Backups [5:14 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'If Eric Moulds, the Bills' standout wide receiver, returns from a groin injury, he likely would be Bailey's assignment for most of Sunday's game. That would leave Bauman usually covering one of Buffalo's less-proven wide receivers, Josh Reed or Bobby Shaw.'

Marker Fiore to Have Surgery on Injured Knee [5:13 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Fiore started the first three games of the season but has been sidelined since because of discomfort in his knee, on which he underwent surgery last year. Rookie Derrick Dockery will make his fourth straight start at left guard in place of Fiore on Sunday at Buffalo, with Lennie Friedman ready to step in if Dockery falters.'

Marker Bauman sizes up starting role [5:12 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"He's still in his second year in the league, so he's not as seasoned," Catavolos said. "But he studies as well as anybody. He understands the defense. And he's got an outstanding competitive nature. No matter what we ask him to do, this guy's a tireless worker."'

Marker Fiore to have knee repaired [5:11 AM]
Washington Times reports: 'It would be fitting if kickoff returner Chad Morton capped a stretch of progressively better runbacks in recent weeks with a touchdown Sunday at Buffalo. As a New York Jet in last year's opener at Buffalo, Morton became the fifth player in NFL history to return two kickoffs for scores: a 98-yarder in regulation and a 96-yarder to start overtime.'

Marker 'Skins' Smith keeping Buffalo return in check [5:10 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'His teammates have noticed Smith's reticence. "He's been good at hiding it," said defensive end Renaldo Wynn. "I know he's excited about coming back to Buffalo, but he's been kind of low-key."'

Marker Smith still shows no slack when it comes to sacks [5:09 AM]
Richmond Times Dispatch reports: '"The guy has the body of someone half his age," said Ted Cottrell, who was Smith's line coach in Buffalo and now is the defensive coordinator of the New York Jets. They remains close friends.'

Marker Hall's hits are a hit with the Redskins [5:08 AM]
Northern Virginia Journal reports: 'It's not enough that John Hall has made 78 percent of his field goals, including four of six kicks from 50 yards and beyond, he's also one of the Redskins' more reliable players in kick coverage. And not just because of his five touchbacks. Hall also is a weapon because, unlike most kickers, he can actually tackle. It's not often that a kicker would be rewarded for his hits, but Hall has been honored that way twice in his seven years. The second time happened in Washington's 20-17 win over New England last month.'

Marker Bauman to make first career start [5:07 AM]
Northern Virginia Journal reports: 'Ladairis Jackson called him a midget and LaVar Arrington walked by, interrupting an interview, and likened him to a pint-sized ruler in a movie. Rashad Bauman doesn't mind. He ignores their digs, even laughs at them. Besides, his height has never been an issue in his mind. This week, it's not an issue with the Redskins, either. Not with the injuries starting to mount.'

Marker Scouting the Bills [5:06 AM]
Northern Virginia Journal reports: 'Weaknesses: The Bills, like Washington, can't pass protect. Some of that falls on Bledsoe, who holds the ball too long. At times he'll get rattled and force passes. The line and backs have also had problems pass blocking. Buffalo ranks last in the NFL in rushing, averaging 57.5 yards a game. Henry was slowed by a rib injury earlier this season, but appears fine now. Jennings sometimes struggles with speed rushers. If Moulds can't play, the Bills lack a consistent receiver with speed.'

Marker Game Preview [5:05 AM]
Redskins.com reports: 'Probably the most intriguing matchup of the afternoon will be wide receiver Eric Moulds vs. cornerback Champ Bailey. Moulds leads the Bills with 30 receptions for 457 yards and is regarded as one of the premiere receivers in the NFL. Bailey is a three-time Pro Bowler and is regarded as one of the premiere corners in the NFL. But most of the passes will likely be directed at Redskinsí cornerback Rashad Bauman, who is filling in for the injured Fred Smoot. Bauman is a second-year player starting his first NFL game and will either square off against Bobby Shaw (26 catches) or Josh Reed (14 catches).'

October 16, 2003

Marker Former Bills quarterback bashes Buffalo [7:12 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'When asked why Buffalo is such a tough place for an opposing team to play, Johnson dropped his personal bomb. "That's all they have up there. Have you ever been there? It's awful," Johnson said. After sharing a chuckle with the local reporters in D.C., Johnson continued. "Nah, it's alright," he said. "When I was up there, we had two of the worst snowstorms in their history."'

Marker Bills skid raises questions about Williams' status [6:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Cornerback Antoine Winfield provided one curious answer. Asked who was to blame -- players or coaches -- for the team's struggles, Winfield responded: ``It's a combination of both. I think we could split it 50-50.'''

Marker Bills-Redskins Game Sold Out [5:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Sundayís game kicks off at 4:15 PM (it was originally scheduled for 1:00 PM) and will be carried by local FOX affiliates.'

Marker With Smoot out, Redskins turn to 'Lord Farquaad' [5:59 PM]
AP reports: 'Lord Farquaad, for those not familiar with animated mega-movies, is the short guy from ''Shrek.'' And Bauman, generously listed at 5-foot-8, is one of the shortest players on the Redskins roster. The Redskins will need Bauman to stand tall against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, when he replaces injured starter Fred Smoot.'

Marker Bills, Redskins tangle in Buffalo [1:28 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Both of these squads are searching desperately for some momentum. Look for both teams to have breakout games and combine to score a lot of points. Buffalo gets the edge due to the home field advantage.'

Marker Bills' owner Wilson to donate $250K to Roswell [1:23 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. will spend part of his 85th birthday making a check presentation to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.'

Marker Bills Regular Season Home Games @ 4:00 PM [1:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Since 1975, the Buffalo Bills have hosted 16 regular season games that have kicked off at the 4:00 p.m. time slot. Buffalo holds a 9-7 record in these games with their most recent being a loss to the New York Jets on October 7, 2001.'

Marker Bills Games Played On October 19 [1:15 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Sunday, October 19, 1969 - Raiders 50, Bills 21.'

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