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Buffalo Bills News - August 29, 2004

Marker Indianapolis 30, Buffalo 17 [5:07 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Colts galloped to a 10-0 lead and never looked back. Vanderjagt booted a 23-yard field goal at the 9:00 mark of the first quarter and Bryan Fletcher recovered a blocked punt in the end zone minutes later to make it 10-0.'

Marker Bills safety Milloy breaks forearm [5:06 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Milloy has started all but six games in his nine-year career with New England and Buffalo.'

Marker Bills Banged Up After Loss to Colts [5:05 AM] reports: 'Milloy now will have surgery in an attempt to speed his recovery with doctors inserting a metal plate. The veteran safety who has never missed a start in his career said he will prepare as if he will be starting against Jacksonville in two weeks. "I've been pretty fortunate in my career to be able to avoid injuries," Milloy said. "This will be my first time dealing with something like this so I'm going to let the doctors do their thing and then I'm going to prepare for Jacksonville like I'll be the starter."'

Marker Bills Suffer Loss & Injuries [5:04 AM] reports: 'The team has two healthy quarterbacks, Drew Bledsoe & Greg Zolman. Bledsoe, and the first team offense failed to score a touchdown for a third straight preseason game.'

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August 28, 2004

Marker Mitchell released by Bills [2:59 PM]
Idaho State Journal reports: The Buffalo Bills released Isaac Mitchell, Thursday. The former Idaho State rusher signed with Buffalo after the April draft. Mitchell is ISU's career leader in rushing touchdowns.

Marker Evans, Reed each looking to start [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If neither player separates himself over the final two preseason games, the job could wind up being shared almost equally - at least to start the season.'

Marker Defense doubles up against top QB's [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're going up against the NFL player of the year for the second week in a row, so this is a good test," said Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.'

Marker McGahee gets his chance to start [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If there is any game to start in the preseason, this is the one. NFL clubs typically play their starters longer in the third preseason game than any other, and coach Mike Mularkey has said his first-stringers may work into the third quarter at the RCA Dome. "It will be at least the first half and maybe to start the third quarter," Mularkey said Thursday after the Bills closed the St. John Fisher College portion of their training camp.'

Marker Coaches can't ignore McGee [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'McGee is the front-runner to win the nickel cornerback position in the Buffalo defense, meaning he would be the fifth defensive back on the field in passing situations.'

August 27, 2004

Marker Bill's McGahee ready for first real test against Colts [10:11 PM]
AP reports: 'But with Henry out because of bruised ribs, McGahee will get his first real test against some Indianapolis Colts defenders who know him well. "He'll be a slasher or cutback kind of guy," said safety Mike Doss, who went head-to-head with McGahee the last time he started a game - in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl when Doss played for Ohio State and McGahee for Miami.'

Marker Former CFL kicker pushing Andersen [6:27 PM]
ESPN reports: Buffalo, left guard: Third-year veteran Mike Pucillo, a blue-collar guy with a superb work ethic, won the job in the offseason. But then he proved susceptible to the bull-rush in a scrimmage and the first preseason game, and suddenly Lawrence Smith, who has been a bit of a football nomad, began coming on. New line coach Jim McNally is famous for turning afterthoughts like Smith into players and, for now, the unheralded lineman is running with the first-unit offense.

Marker NFL Preseason Preview - Buffalo (1-1) at Indianapolis (1-1) [4:55 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Neither Henry nor McGahee found a wealth of running room against the Titans last week, with the incumbent rushing seven times for 27 yards and the rookie tallying 11 carries for 28 yards. McGahee did help his case by scoring a three-yard touchdown, however. Much of Buffalo's offensive damage was done by quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who completed 7 of 10 passes for 67 yards while working with the first-team offense. The Bills were dealt a blow in practice this week when backup quarterback and first-round draft pick J.P. Losman was lost for an indefinite period with a broken fibula in his left leg. Losman had played well in the preseason, completing 4 of 6 passes for 23 yards and rushing for a team-high 43 yards against the Titans. In addition to Henry, cornerback Terrence McGee (leg) is also listed as doubtful for the Colts game.'

Marker A good test [3:26 PM] reports: '“I think it’s going to be a great test for us,” Dungy said as the Colts (1-1 in the preseason) prepared to play the Bills (1-1) at the RCA Dome Saturday at 7 p.m. in the third preseason game for both teams. “They bring a lot to the table — they’ve got some Pro Bowl-caliber players who can play with a lot of emotion. We’ll see how ready we are. If we’re ready, I think we’ll play well. If not, they can make you look bad.”'

Marker Bills Battle Colts, Look for Second Win [3:24 PM] reports: '"The third preseason game is the game when the starters have the most playing time," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "There are a lot of things we're looking to accomplish and bottom line, we need to put the ball into the end zone. I think we'll correct the mistakes that have plagued us so far and I expect us to put some in the end zone."'

Marker Bills have a tough call with Losman [1:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Do you IR him and declare the year wasted, or commit a roster spot so that he can practice and at least salvage something of 2004?'

Marker Vincent provides a positive example [10:23 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“People are in need everywhere. People are in need here in Rochester, people are in need in Buffalo,” Vincent said. “As long as I’m there, if I can provide assistance, that’s what it’s all about."'

Marker The billboard [9:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We feel good about where we stand. Everybody came out and went to work every day, and I think we got good work done every day."'

Marker Reese is holding off rivals for starting job [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Even though we're breaking camp it's still the preseason, so I've got to keep fighting and keep doing my thing," he said. "The competition never stops, whether it's Coy or Baker or whomever. It's a part of the game. When I see those guys out there making plays it's telling me I need to step up my game even more."'

Marker Bills end camp amid questions [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What kind of coach is Mike Mularkey?'

Marker Tucker continues dream job [5:08 AM]
Princeton Packet reports: '"I have my eyes on the starting left guard spot," Tucker said. "They make the decisions. I go out there and play hard and play the way I know how to play. I just let the chips fall where they may."'

Marker Sales plan produces a sellout for Colts [5:07 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Fueling the sellout was the team's decision to link single-game ticket sales for the Sept. 26 regular-season home opener against quarterback Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers to the Bills game. Fans had to purchase similarly priced tickets to the preseason game to secure Packers tickets.'

Marker Bills Break Training Camp at St. John Fisher [5:06 AM] reports: '"We had great fans through morning practices, afternoon practices, and Wednesday night practices. I want to thank St. John Fisher. What a great job these guys have done year-in and year-out. This is really my first experience with it and it's second to none. There as big as part of making our camp as productive as it was."'

Marker Nate Clements Interview [5:05 AM] reports: 'Well, my mindset going into a game is that I am the best and I am going to beat this guy flat out lined up across from me. That is how my feelings are going into every game.'

Marker Vincent's last laugh will be on the field [5:04 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'Vincent signed a six-year deal with the Bills this offseason. He'll likely play half of that...'

August 26, 2004

Marker AFC East Preview [7:59 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Won't go to the playoffs if ... Travis Henry and Willis McGahee don't grow up and realize that starting isn't everything.

Marker Jaguars sign veteran kicker Christie [7:51 PM]
ESPN reports: The most successful run of Christie's career came from 1992-2000 as a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he scored over 100 points in eight of nine seasons and played in two Super Bowls.

Marker Mort Online Report [7:50 PM]
ESPN reports: Just his weekly chat session but he comments on Losman and getting another QB due to his injury, Henry as RB starter, resurgance of Bledsoe - amongst othre NFL news and notes.

Marker Bills Break Camp [5:51 PM] reports: '"There was no hidden agenda coming in," said linebacker Takeo Spikes. "We knew what to expect because of his background. I think what we benefited most is that he's an ex-player. He knows the response he gets from his players as far as how far he's going to push us."'

Marker The Bills Release Six Players Early [4:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Coleman was so good in preseason last year he forced his way on to the roster. He could never get open once he faced better players. He caught eight passes for 69 yards. Coleman has a very bad camp this season. He short armed the ball twice on Wednesday which may have spelled his demise.'

Marker Bills break camp with lingering questions about offense [1:51 PM]
AP reports: '''Consistency,'' receiver Eric Moulds said. ''I think we lacked a lot of consistency last year. And I think at times this year, in the first two preseason games, we haven't been really consistent.'''

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