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Buffalo Bills News - September 6, 2004

Marker Bills defend decision to place Brown on IR [6:29 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe said Brown proved to be the odd man out because the team had already elected to keep active starting safety Lawyer Milloy and rookie quarterback J.P. Losman. Milloy is expected to miss at least the season opener with a broken forearm, and Losman will miss at least the first half of the season.'

Marker Giants Continue to Build Roster [6:21 PM] reports: A fifth-round draft choice out of Illinois by Buffalo in 2001, the 6-5, 325-pound Sullivan played in 32 games with 22 starts over the past three seasons for the Bills. He played in 10 games with two starts (one at left tackle and one at right tackle) as a rookie in 2001. In his second season, Sullivan started all 16 games at right guard for the Bills. The 26-year old Sullivan was inactive for the first eight weeks of the 2003 season before starting the last four games of the year at left tackle. Sullivan was born on Feb. 2, 1978 in Chicago.

Marker Bills QB Losman takes first step in rehab on crutches [5:59 PM]
AP reports: '''This is my first day out. It feels good,'' said Losman, who is now wearing a protective boot that covers his lower left leg. ''I wanted to see the guys. And it's good for everyone to see me. I'm glad to see them. It's good to feel like part of the team again.'''

Marker McFarland Fights His Way onto Roster [5:54 PM] reports: 'Offensive lineman Dylan McFarland fought his way onto the Bills 53-man roster. The seventh round pick from Montana even beat out a few veterans to grab the last lineman spot on the Bills squad. "It's a great feeling," McFarland said. "This is something I've worked for my whole life and to make this team is pretty special."'

Marker Bills attempt to erase memories of last year's blunders [3:39 PM]
AP reports: '''It's time to play,'' Henry said. ''I think the attitude is that things haven't been right around here as far as winning the way we ought to with the players that we've got on this team. It's time to put up.'''

Marker Bills Sign Eight To Practice Squad [3:36 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today signed the following eight players to the Practice Squad...'.

Marker Practice Squad Proves Beneficial for Team [1:46 PM] reports: '"The only difference is that you're not active during the game," said linebacker Mario Haggan, a former Practice Squad player. "You're basically still learning the system. It's another opportunity to continue to be in the system and learn and develop as a player and hopefully in weeks to come you can move up and contribute to the team as an active player."'

Marker Bills Team Report [9:50 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Matthews' good showing in the final exhibition game might have convinced the team it could live with two healthy passers, which made Brown expendable. Matthews doesn't have a strong arm, but he is accurate and usually makes good decisions. He also gives the team a backup with experience as a starter; neither Losman nor Brown has started an NFL game.'

Marker Surprise gifts for Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The surprise walk-on rookie was defensive end Constantin Ritzmann, another Tennessee Vol who was kept in favor of veterans Jason Gildon and Keith McKenzie.'

Marker A look at the 2004 Buffalo Bills [8:52 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'Things still have time to work themselves out, but the way things are going right now, the Bills will be lucky to play .500 ball.'

Marker Roster moves surprise Brown [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"The news is brand new, but I just don't feel like they treated me right."'

Marker The Bills Cut Gildon And 13 Others [5:02 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Travis Brown's season could be over as he's been put on the Reserve/Injured list. If the Bills buy him out they could bring him back after ten weeks, but J.P. Losman should be ready by then.'

Marker Bills Reduce Roster To 53 [5:01 AM] reports: 'Backup quarterback Travis Brown was placed on injured reserve, meaning his season is over. Earlier in the week Bills President & GM Tom Donahoe stated the team would carry four quarterbacks on the roster and not put Brown on I-R.'

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September 5, 2004

Marker Couch, Gildon, Levens among notable vets cut [11:14 PM] reports: Buffalo released LB Jason Gildon and placed QB Travis Brown on injured reserve. Brown also sat out the entire 2003 season with an injury. Gildon, who holds the Pittsburgh Steelers' record with 77 sacks, was cut six weeks after the Bills signed the 10-year veteran in hopes of bolstering their pass rush.

Marker Gildon among Bills cuts [7:05 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Gildon, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, signed as a free agent in July after spending 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is Pittsburgh's all-time sack leader with 77 and had six last season.'

Marker Bills place QB Brown on injured reserve; release 14 others [5:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Backup quarterback Travis Brown's season is over after he was placed on injured reserve by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.'

Marker Bills reduce roster to 53 [4:41 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today waived the following players to bring the roster to 53, the mandatory number required by the NFL...'.

Marker Roster cuts [4:39 PM] reports: '
Gerald Dixon CB Alabama
Jasen Esposito OL Kutztown
Jason Gildon LB Oklahoma
Drew Haddad WR Buffalo
Luke Lawton FB McNeese State
Keith McKenzie DE Ball State
Lauvale Sape DT Utah
Ken Simonton RB Oregon State
Jonathan Smith WR Georgia Tech
Ben Sobieski OL Iowa
Dominique Stevenson LB Tennessee
Marques Sullivan OT Illinois
Rod Trafford TE South Carolina
Greg Zolman QB Vanderbilt

Marker DT Decisions Right Down to the Wire [3:38 PM] reports: 'Returning starters Sam Adams and Pat Williams are expected to anchor the middle of the defense again, leaving Tim Anderson, Justin Bannan, Ron Edwards, and Lauvale Sape to battle it out for the remaining spots.'

Marker Bills decide today who is a cut above [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The toughest calls are on the defensive line and defensive backfield. Pass-rushing defensive end Jason Gildon, a three-time Pro Bowler, is on the roster bubble. And the Bills will have to divert from the normal plan at safety because of the injury to Lawyer Milloy.'

Marker Smoke signals from Bills don't fan the flames of optimism [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sorry, folks, but when it's all added up, I get six wins. I can't fathom being half right again.'

Marker Gogolak style in fashion for 40 years [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In his first preseason game, against the New York Jets in Tampa on Aug. 8, 1964, Gogolak kicked a 57-yard field goal, 3 yards longer than the pro record at the time. The pros started paying attention.'

Marker Last Impressions: Mike Mularkey [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You better be secure, smart and self-effacing to command the respect of NFL players these days. At the top of the coaching profession, it's not about making players follow you. It's about convincing them to join you. Starting next Sunday, we see if Mularkey is up to the task.'

Marker Buffalo vs. Miami [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I've always felt this was football's perfect rivalry - North against South, Cold vs. Sun, Blue Collar City vs. Versace Death Site. They beat us for the entire decade of the '70s, we returned the favor a decade later. Like Michigan/Ohio State - even if the season's a bust - you gotta win this one. We don't get 'em at home in the winter this year, but we don't need to. Let the pummeling begin: Buffalo vs. Miami - the teams, the towns. ... It's got to help to see how they stack up at the Tale of the Tape.'

Marker Boom! It's a hit [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"If we have a little free time, we'll get some rest, play the game, have some fun and get our minds off (the job) for a while," rookie free safety Rashad Baker said. "I love the game and I'm very competitive, even outside of football. It gets you pumped up playing it."'

Marker Donahoe: Rooneys made 'a mistake' [5:04 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: I think they made a mistake," Donahoe said. "A lot of people in the organization feel they made a mistake. But, you know, you have to run your franchise the way you want to run it, so I don't have any hard feelings

Marker Overdue Bills [5:03 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: The point is that Donahoe, who has this season and next remaining on his contract, has tied his fortune to a core of former Steelers comrades -- and Buffalonians have mixed feelings about that, considering Donahoe is 17-31 without a winning season since he took over as president and general manager in 2001.

Marker Controversy breaks serenity of Bills camp [5:02 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'In a one-on-one interview with, McGahee didn't say he demanded a trade but admits he is certainly concerned about his status in the offense. "We have two good backs here and neither one of us wants to be a backup," McGahee said. "I don't blame him from saying what he said ó he doesn't want to split any time. I'm just like him, I want to play too."'

Marker Bills' preview [5:01 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'How about a new head coach plus 10 assistants? Thatís the byproduct of failed expectations.'

September 4, 2004

Marker A.F.C. East Scouting Report [7:55 PM]
New York Times reports: 'If the defense can play as well as it did last season, and Bledsoe can return to something close to his normal form, the Bills could contend with the Dolphins and the Jets for second place.'

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