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Buffalo Bills News - August 30, 2004

Marker Matthews Signs. Brown Out 4 To 6 Weeks [9:55 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He watched practice on Monday standing next to quarterbacks coach Sam Wyche talking about plays.'

Marker Bills sign Matthews to replace injured backup QB [9:55 PM]
AP reports: 'It's possible that Matthews could make his Bills debut in the team's preseason finale, at Detroit on Thursday. The Bills, who open their regular season hosting Jacksonville on Sept. 12, have only two other healthy quarterbacks on their roster: Bledsoe and Greg Zolman, who opened camp as the team's fourth-stringer.'

Marker Bills QB Brown out 4-6 weeks with sprained knee [9:54 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"The news is better than we expected," Bills general manager Tom Donahoe said. "Travis has a sprain of the knee. His anterior cruciate ligament is fine. It's a four to six week injury, but it could be sooner or a little longer."'

Marker Injury a sprained MCL, not a torn ACL [5:21 PM]
ESPN reports: In the meantime, the Bills on Monday added journeyman Shane Matthews, who was with Cincinnati in 2003, but did not appear in a single game. The 10-year veteran certainly meets the requirement of being able to get into camp with the Bills, quickly assimilate the offense, and serve as a stopgap of sorts.

Marker Patriots have an easier division ride [4:52 PM]
AP reports: 'New England 13-3; Jets 9-7; Buffalo 7-9; Miami 4-12.'

Marker New Bills looking awfully familiar [4:09 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'You might have thought an astute football mind like Donahoe would have signed a veteran quarterback this spring or summer at bargain-basement rates. Ol' Whitey clearly knew better, though, sticking with an unproven rookie and a relative veteran proven to not be very good. Hey, Tom: Kordell Stewart awaits your call.'

Marker Bills now face big decisions on QB, safety [1:38 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'So what does Donahoe do? Zolman has to stay on the active roster for the immediate future ... at least until the Bills’ new QB — whoever it might be — gets comfortable. Until then, does Buffalo keep four QBs on the active roster to prevent Losman from wasting the year? What a decision ... and it’s still only preseason.'

Marker Cornerback Thomas Known for Big Plays [1:03 PM] reports: '"I think Kevin and Terrence are doing a good job," said Defensive Coordinator Jerry Gray. Nickel corner is one of the harder positions because you've got to read the quarterback, you've got to read the line and you've got to make tackles. Each guy is qualified to play the spot so that's going to be a healthy competition also. All in all our team will be better because we will be getting the maximum amount of ability out of these guys. Everyone has to raise their game to play on this defense."'

Marker Preseason Week Four game recaps [10:43 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Buffalo saw its bad luck at quarterback continue, as backup QB Travis Brown was carted off the field following a hit to his left knee. The Bills had already lost rookie QB J.P. Losman with a broken leg Tuesday. On top of that, Bills S Lawyer Milloy broke his right forearm Saturday night and will undergo surgery. The Bills didn't know how much time he'd miss.

Marker Bills go shopping for a backup quarterback [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The experienced free-agent quarterbacks on the open market include Chad Hutchinson, Jamie Martin, Shane Matthews, Akili Smith, Neil O'Donnell, Chris Redman, Scott Covington, Ray Lucas and Mike Quinn.'

Marker Bledsoe wants Brown involved [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Believe it or not I have a great peace over me right now," Brown said in the locker room at the RCA Dome after the Bills' 30-17 loss. "Is this what I wanted to have happen? Absolutely not. But understanding what I went through last year and being gone most of the year, I understand there's a reason things happen." '

Marker Injuries emerge as an issue [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We're going to take a step back and evaluate what we have to do there (at quarterback)," coach Mike Mularkey said. "Obviously, we have to do something. We'll see what's available. It will be addressed."'

Marker These Bills look like another 6-10 team [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The New England Patriots appear to have widened the gap over the rest of the AFC East. My original theory was that the Bills would clearly be the second-best team in the division and have a decent shot at a playoff berth. But now I'm wondering if they can match last year's 6-10.'

Marker Bills Team Report [5:11 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'If new coach Mike Mularkey's vision of a ball-control offense comes to fruition and the defense remains strong, the Bills could be one of the NFL's surprise teams and make a run at a playoff berth. But given the unstable nature of the offensive line, a .500 season appears to be a more realistic goal.'

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August 29, 2004

Marker Bills' Brown to have MRI on injured left knee [3:52 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Mike Mularkey should have the results of the MRI on Monday after practice, the Bills said.'

Marker Andre Reed to present public talk at college [3:32 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed will present a program titled "Giving Your Best" at noon Sept. 10 in the Physical Education Complex at Jamestown Community College.'

Marker Bills Sloppy In Costly Loss To Colts [3:16 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Offensively, the starting unit for the Bills again could not get into the endzone for the third consecutive preseason game. The Bills, as a team, fumbled seven times, losing three. Bills quarterbacks also threw two interceptions and were sacked three times.'

Marker Billadelphian [9:42 AM] reports: '"It's time to work," Vincent said passionately. "Now is pretty much that time in my life where it's [football]. I understand it [and] my wife understands it. We're the only ones that need to understand that this is not going to last a lifetime. Let's seize the moment."'

Marker Bills bumble in loss [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Special teams mistakes and shaky pass protection marred the Buffalo Bills' preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday night. Then came the bad news.'

Marker Take it from James, McGahee needs time [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Edgerrin James will not be surprised if it's well into the season before Willis McGahee gets back to 100 percent. The Indianapolis Colts' star back knows what it's like to return from major knee surgery.'

Marker Bills are hit hard in loss to Colts [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'No fewer than four special-teams blunders led directly to or helped set up 20 first-half points by the high-powered Colts.'

Marker Breakdown for Bills a Jones flashback [5:13 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Exactly when did Bobby April become the second coming of Ronnie Jones?'

Marker Sunday's Indianapolis Coverage [5:12 AM]
TBD reports:
Colts win doesn't impress (Indianapolis Star)
Night belongs to special teams (Indianapolis Star)
Colts special teams step up in win (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
Colts top pick only hurting himself (Anderson Herald Bulletin)
A decisive victory (
Back in a big way (
Playing for a spot (
Game photos (

Marker Bills have their own troubles [5:11 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Miami Dolphins, as we all know, have been decimated over the last couple of months by a string of injuries and Ricky Williams' retirement. Now it's the Buffalo Bills' turn to take some hits.'

Marker Indianapolis 30, Buffalo 17 [5:10 AM]
AP reports: '``Special teams gave us a boost early and that was something we stressed this week,'' Dungy said. ``We just have to be a lot sharper.'''

Marker Bills lose Milloy, backup QB to injuries [5:09 AM]
AP reports: '``I think my hand got caught in the turf,'' Milloy said. ``I couldn't feel anything in my fingers. I just sat there and held my arm.'''

Marker Indianapolis 30, Buffalo 17 [5:08 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Losman is sidelined indefinitely and an initial prognosis on Brown was not disclosed. Starter Drew Bledsoe saw extended action and was 11-of-19 for 117 yards. Little-used Greg Zolman replaced Brown and was 6-of-10 for 80 yards with a touchdown and interception.'

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."'

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