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Buffalo Bills News - October 10, 2003

Marker Back to basics [11:48 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Defensively, the Jets rank last in the NFL in run defense, yielding an astounding 174 yards per game.'

Marker Pennington looks sharp in drills [11:47 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'LB Sam Cowart is second on the team in tackles with 39, but looks nothing like the sideline-to-sideline tackling machine he was during his four-year stint in Buffalo. And he's healthy. Cowart is expected to rotate with Jason Glenn in the base defense as Edwards looks for someone to spark the struggling unit.'

Marker Turnpike ready to blitz Giants Stadium scalpers [11:46 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"If you went to East Rutherford municipal court, you'd see the same names 200 times," Aramini said. "I can tell you the names of the people out on Route 3. It's the same people all the time."'

Marker Young linebackers get a shot [11:45 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"I worry about it a little bit," Edwards said of the danger such rotations will have on the continuity of the position. "But then again, I don't worry about it. We're trying to get better, we've got to find a way to get better. Just put them in there and they've got to go play, that's how they've got to do it."'

Marker Jets odds and ends [11:44 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'But actually, things may be changing rapidly. Pennington's return has unofficially been advanced from Game 10 at Indianapolis (at the time of his Aug. 23 surgery) to perhaps Game 7 at Philadelphia. Is it out of the question to ask whether Pennington, making progress by leaps and bounds, will be available if needed for the Jets' next game after Buffalo, at Houston? That's the question Edwards will have to tackle beginning Monday.'

Marker Awkward position for heir apparent [11:43 AM]
Middletown Times Herald-Record reports: 'Jordan is a guy who was tabbed for stardom when the Jets nabbed him in the second round of the 2001 NFL draft, a guy who is the all-time leading rusher at the University of Maryland, one of only four ACC players to run for over 4,000 yards. Yet he only has 10 carries in the Jets' first four games this year.'

Marker Isn't That Special [11:42 AM]
Amarillo Globe News reports: '"I wish I knew as much about special teams when I was with the Buffalo Bills as I do now," he said. "It's such an important area that I decided to take it over after last season."'

Marker Bills face prospect of facing Jets without Moulds [11:41 AM]
AP reports: '''Drew Bledsoe is one of the better quarterbacks. They have a good group of receivers and an excellent runner,'' Edwards said. ''They're fine. They have enough weapons, believe me.'''

Marker Bills OL Sullivan unhappy over demotion [11:40 AM]
AP reports: '''You have to sit back and take it.'''

Marker Jets ready for infusion of younger players [11:39 AM]
AP reports: '''Whenever your job is threatened, the pressure is on,'' Cowart said. ''You have to play well. Not just the linebackers, the team in general. We know as a unit we have to make more plays. ''I know I can play better. I know I have the skills to do it.'''

Marker Pennington throws during practice [11:38 AM]
AP reports: '''Every day is exciting for me because I get a chance to do what I love, play football,'' Pennington said.'

Marker Winless Jets welcome Bledsoe's Bills to the Meadowlands [11:37 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'With a week to prepare, expect the Jets to finally mean it when they say that they will stick with the running game. The Bills give up an average of 122 yards per game on the ground.'

Marker A Closer Look at Antonio Brown [11:36 AM] reports: 'Q: What are you goals for after professional football?
AB: I see myself in some type of charity event raising money for the innocent kids in Miami.'

Marker Bills Games Played On October 12 [11:35 AM] reports: 'Monday Night, October 12, 1981 - Bills 31, Dolphins 21...The Bills beat Miami for the second year in a row at home, taking a 31-7 halftime lead on Monday Night Football.'

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October 9, 2003

Marker Moulds unlikely to play against Jets [12:00 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It may take a minor miracle for Moulds to play. He didn't practice Wednesday and appeared to walk stiffly around the field. He went directly into the training room for treatment after practice and did not comment.'

Marker Practice is on the horizon for McGahee [11:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When our doctors say he's cleared, I'm anxious to watch him practice," coach Gregg Williams said Wednesday. "But he's got to be cleared first."'

Marker No-huddle offense could return on limited basis [11:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills tried to run no-huddle on the first series versus the Bengals but were chased off the field too fast to keep it up. Bledsoe likes it. Expect them to do it again on a limited basis.'

Marker Moulds doubtful; Coleman is ready [11:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'No, Moulds did not practice, yes, he is feeling a little better, and yes, he’s going to take it day by day and see what happens. It made for great comedy, but when the laughing stopped, the cold reality remained that it is not likely that Moulds will play Sunday in New York against the Jets.'

Marker Schobel lives for a sack [11:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It was good to get a turnover and we scored on it, so that was good, but I’d trade it in for a sack/forced fumble,” said Schobel, who picked off Jon Kitna’s deflected pass because the Bills were in a zone blitz with Schobel in pass coverage.'

Marker McGahee's return is up to Bills' doctors [11:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo Bills running back and top draft pick Willis McGahee has received medical clearance from his personal surgeon to start practicing next week. The Buffalo Bills said hold everything.'

Marker Abraham Likely to Sit Out Despite Offering Apology [11:54 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Abraham will not lose his salary if he is benched. Edwards's options are limited by N.F.L. rules that allow only the league to suspend or fine a player for an incident involving alcohol or drugs.'

Marker Pennington Back on Oct. 26 [11:53 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Doctors originally estimated that Pennington would be out 10 to 12 weeks, which at the earliest would have made him available for the game on Nov. 2 against the Giants.'

Marker Abraham takes his punishment [11:52 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Jets can circumvent the suspension by deactivating Abraham, the likely scenario. (He still would get his weekly game check, $95,000.) Bryan Thomas, the disappointing No. 1 pick from 2002, would replace Abraham as the starting right end.'

Marker Pennington practices [11:51 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"You saw him practice; I can't hide it anymore," Edwards joked. "I can't keep him in the (practice) bubble forever. Poor guy needs a tan anyway."'

Marker 'I'll take it on the chin' [11:50 AM]
New York Post reports: '"I wanted to see everybody in their face when we talked and I apologized," said Abraham, who crashed his 2003 Hummer Sept. 30 in Baldwin and pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge of driving while impaired. "Instead of doing it as a team thing, that doesn't seem as personal to me. I had different things to say to different people so I talked to everybody one-on-one."'

Marker Chad upgrade a symbol of progress [11:49 AM]
New York Post reports: 'In NFL terms, "doubtful" means the player has a 25-percent chance to play. Pennington, though he's starting to practice a little bit, will not play Sunday. The earliest hope is Oct. 26 against the Eagles in Philadelphia and the more realistic return date is Nov. 2 against the Giants, the team that sent him into surgery and rehab in the first place.'

Marker Chad Takes Another Step [11:47 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'While Vinny Testaverde ran the starting offense against the scout defense, Pennington took snaps from Lott about 20 yards behind the line to mimic the plays. Pennington, who had surgery on his dislocated left wrist 6 1/2 weeks ago, did not work with the scout team in seven-on-seven drills. He is expected to do that today.'

Marker Punishment Drill [11:46 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"It's Herm's decision," Abraham said. "Whatever he says, I'll live by. It has not been discussed whether or not I'm going to play."'

Marker Harsh reality makes Abraham feel fortunate [11:45 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"Then, right before I was getting on the plane to come back here, I saw that story and it kind of showed me that maybe it was for a reason that nothing happened to anybody. I wasn't hurt and no one else was hurt. Sure, the Hummer was (damaged) and the pole, but they can be repaired. Someone's life can't."'

Marker Pennington is no longer 'out' [11:44 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Edwards confirmed Pennington had been throwing in the team's practice bubble for three days last week before he threw in front of the media on Monday. "It's day-to-day," Edwards said, flashing a smile. "He's showing a lot better. It's good to see him out there throwing the football."'

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