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Buffalo Bills News - December 4, 2003

Marker Pennington brilliant in red zone [5:05 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'From the start of last season, including the 2002 playoffs and through Game 12 of this season, Chad Pennington has thrown 27 touchdown passes while working from inside the red zone and has not been intercepted.'

Marker Jets’ defense starting to get noticed [5:04 AM]
New Haven Register reports: 'Still, after watching the Jets’ defense play two of its best games the past two weeks — some players feel their remarkable performance against Tennessee and MVP candidate Steve McNair was their best to date — people have to be wondering where this defense was for much of the first 2˝ months.'

Marker Bills' Bledsoe 'probable' against Jets this Sunday [5:03 AM]
New Haven Register reports: '"He’s fine and basically I don’t even have to list him as probable to tell you the truth," Buffalo coach Gregg Williams said in a conference call. "He could have finished the ball game last week. Drew was going to come back in the game if we needed him."'

Marker Schobels have reason to smile [5:02 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: '"It was an exciting weekend," said Donna Schobel, Aaron and Matt's mom. "To have both of them contribute like that and have both teams win was a lot of fun."'

Marker Bledsoe misses practice; could sit Sunday [5:01 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"I wouldn't say I feel completely normal, but I'm all right," Bledsoe said. "This is football, man, you play. If I'm able to play, I'm going to play."'

Marker Inside slant [5:00 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Jets have won five of their last eight and are 3-2 with Pennington, averaging 24.7 points per game. This is a revenge match the Bills have been looking forward to. "Herman (Edwards) has a history of getting guys to play very hard and play very well," said coach Gregg Williams of his New York counterpart. "They've done this the last couple of years, and we know we're going to get their best. We're similar teams. We need to play better than we did the last time. Our guys are looking forward to this contest."'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [4:59 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Donahoe continues to give off solid vibes that he likes Williams, whom he hand-picked three years ago. Williams just keeps plowing ahead, knowing the only thing he can control is what takes place on the field. "These guys have been working hard," he said of his players. "There's been a lot of good football played in that locker room without getting a 'W.' It wears on you. Our guys did good a job of battling through that, never wavering, and to the credit of a lot of the guys in there, guys are getting better and better."'

Marker Season Over for Bills Offensive Tackle Jennings [4:58 AM]
Reuters reports: 'The offensive tackle has been a starter in each of his first three NFL campaigns. He started 12 games in 2001, 15 games in 2002 and all but one this season, missing last month's encounter with Dallas due to a hip injury.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:58 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"They're checking me out," Bledsoe said. "The league as a whole has really changed their stance on the whole head injury thing now. Guys like Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Chris Miller who ended up ending their careers because of head injuries, the league is very careful. I have confidence our guys are going to do the right thing and analyze my situation the right way and if it's not safe to play, I wont play."'

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December 3, 2003

Marker Bledsoe Is Still Not All Healed As He Misses Practice [10:07 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As an insurance policy, the Bills resigned QB Travis Brown. He was given an injury settlement on September 4th after breaking the middle finger of his throwing hand in training camp. This was the first week the Bills could bring him back while other teams could've signed him.'

Marker Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews NY Jets [10:05 PM] reports: '"They're checking me out. The league has changed their stance with head injuries. They are very careful about things now. When you have guys like Steve Young, Troy Aikman, and going back farther Chris Miller, who ended up ending their careers because of head injuries the league is very careful about stuff. I have confidence that our guys are going to do the right thing and analyze my situation the right way. If it's not safe to play I won't play."'

Marker Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews NY Jets [10:04 PM] reports: '"Jonas Jennings has a fracture of that toe joint and it's something that he won't be able to play with. We have put him on the IR. He is out for this week. Mike Pucillo is still doubtful. Terrence McGee, Keith McKenzie and Sammy Morris we have listed as questionable. We don't have to list Drew (Bledsoe) but we put him down as probable since it was a coaching decision on pulling him out of the ballgame. Dave Moore is also probable. Both of those guys have bounced back okay."'

Marker Garnes comes up with big plays [10:04 PM]
AP reports: '''He definitely did things that opened some eyes, not just fans, but players as well,'' cornerback Ray Mickens said. ''He's a difference maker on our defense. He's had a lot of real big games. It was just another outstanding performance.'''

Marker Bills place OT Jennings on IR [4:30 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The three-year veteran was hurt in the fourth quarter of Buffalo's 24-7 win over the Giants on Sunday. Jennings started 11 games this season, missing one due to a hip flexor injury earlier in the year.'

Marker Bills place OT Jennings on injured reserve [4:29 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Jonas Jennings, a starter in each of his three years in the NFL, will miss the rest of the season with a toe injury.'

Marker Bledsoe still dizzy after hit to head [2:03 PM]
AP reports: 'He is listed as probable, meaning there is a 75 percent chance he will play in Sunday's home game. This was the second straight week in which he took a blow to the head.'

Marker Jets Heading to Buffalo, Hoping for Hot Winter [1:03 PM] reports: 'We need to win this game. These are very, very important games. All we're trying to do is beat the Buffalo Bills, and it will be a tough game, believe me. They had a big win here over the Giants, and Greg will have them going. They are playing at home. It will be a tough game, but it's one we need to win.'

Marker Schobel Selected As AFC Defensive POW [1:01 PM] reports: 'Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel has been selected as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in last Sunday’s win over the New York Giants.'

Marker Bills Sign Brown; Place Jennings On I.R. [1:01 PM] reports: 'The Bills announced that the team has re-signed quarterback Travis Brown and placed offensive tackle Jonas Jennings on Injured Reserve (toe).'

Marker Bills OT Jennings placed on IR [12:19 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills starting left tackle Jonas Jennings will miss the rest of the season because of a broken toe in his right foot.'

Marker Bills' defense closing in on top ranking [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We said back in training camp that we wanted to be the No. 1 defense in football," Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said. "The best thing you can do is go out and play like it, no matter what the circumstances are. You wish that (won-loss) record was totally different, but it's not. You have to play with what you have. You can't change the past. The thing we're trying to do is keep going forward and play one game at a time."'

Marker Changing their tune [9:14 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Playoffs for the Jets? It's still not something to bet the ranch on. Yet heading to cold Buffalo, the players are warming to the idea.'

Marker Jets odds and ends [9:13 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell said the secret to the Jets' efficient containment of Tennessee's dangerous offense Monday night was not in being more aggressive with blitzes, but in "executing a lot better."'

Marker There's Just Last Stands Remaining for the Jets [5:59 AM]
New York Times reports: '"He made it plain to us that we would not leave the stadium unless we were 5-7," Curtis Martin said. "And now we're 5-7. When our leader stands up and says something, you feel obligated to carry it out. I think we all feed off his fire."'

Marker Chad, Jets stayin' alive [5:58 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Referring to Sunday's game against the Bills (5-7) in Orchard Park, he said, "This is probably the most important game we're going to play all year."'

Marker Herm knows Jets must fly next year [5:57 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"A lot of it is on me, my fault," he continued. "I've got to do a better job. If I don't, I don't know. We've got to do something. So I've got to do a better job with this football team. I know that."'

Marker Jet to be determined [5:56 AM]
New York Post reports: 'To those who believe the Jets have used up their supply of miraculous finishes the past two seasons, Ray Mickens offered these defiant words: "We ain't dead. We're still playing. We ain't going to let it die."'

Marker Swayne catches big break [5:55 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Edwards, asked which loss this season eats at him most, said, "The first game of the season [in Washington, 16-13]. That was one where if we win that game it kind of propels you in a different direction. The game was tied, it was on the road with all the fanfare, and we had a chance to win it. If we win that game we get a little shot in the arm."'

Marker Big Win Can Do Wonders [5:54 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"I'm just glad our head coach had the nerve to tell everybody we were going to win this game," defensive tackle Josh Evans said.'

Marker Edwards Is a Preacher Man Who's Found His Believers [5:53 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'You can say all you want that the Jets are paid to play hard, that they're professional athletes, that if losing a few games is the worst that ever happened to them, then their lives are pretty blah blah blah. But it's not easy to do what Edwards has been able to do with the Jets after their 0-4 start this year.'

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