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Buffalo Bills News - December 4, 2003

Marker Jets odds and ends [10:58 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'The Jets probably would prefer to face Bledsoe than backup Alex Van Pelt. Bledsoe has lost nine of his last 10 starts against the Jets and was sacked seven times in the 30-3 rout in October for their first win of the season.'

Marker Bledsoe held out of practice [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm calling it a good hit to the head," Bledsoe said. "The dilemma comes in that did I get hit in the head hard? Yeah. Did I close my eyes for a couple seconds? Yeah. When I got up everything looked yellow. But when you come to the sidelines they have a series of questions they ask you to find out how you're functioning, and I was able to answer all the questions about where I was and what I was doing. . . . It was a hit to the head that knocked me out a little bit. As far as defining whether it's a concussion or not, the tests they do to determine whether you're concussed, I passed those."'

Marker Jets likely to be without pass rusher Abraham [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There still were about 3,000 tickets left for Sunday's game, which starts at 4:15 p.m. The tickets must be sold by 4:15 p.m. today for the local blackout to be lifted. The parking lots at Ralph Wilson Stadium will be open four hours before the game at 12:15 p.m. Fans can enter the stadium 90 minutes before kickoff.'

Marker It's still too early to get a handle on last spring's draft picks [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The most productive rookie taken after McGahee in the first round was Nick Barnett (No. 29), who has excelled as Green Bay's middle linebacker. Guard Eric Steinbach, taken by Cincinnati at the top of the second round, has been good for the Bengals. His mobility has helped spring some of Rudi Johnson's runs. The steal of the second round so far was receiver Anquan Boldin to Arizona at No. 54.'

Marker Sloan man admits assisting ex-Bills player with cocaine [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Crafts, arrested Aug. 29 and currently in the Erie County Holding Center, faces a possible 15-year term, but as a first-time offender could be placed on probation, court officials said.'

Marker Bills haven't cleared Bledsoe to play [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I have to practice this week in order to see how things go before I go into the game,” Bledsoe said. “I would say (today or Friday) I’ll practice and based on how I feel then, we’ll determine what to do for the game. I have confidence our (training and medical) staff is going to do the right thing and analyze my situation the right way, and if it’s not safe to play I won’t play.”'

Marker Broken toe sidelines tackle Jennings [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said that Jennings won’t need surgery, but the injury is “something he won’t be able to play with, so we put him on injured reserve.” Marcus Price, a valuable backup who has stepped in to start for Jennings and for Mike Williams (who missed the Houston game because of a car accident) will get the call for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. “He’s a smart guy and has the ability to play on both sides,” said Williams. “What we’ve got to have is some guys step up.”'

Marker Jets' Pass Rushers Hoping to Repeat Pressure on Bills [5:14 AM]
New York Times reports: 'In five games against the Herman Edwards's Jets, Bledsoe has thrown 1 touchdown pass and 7 interceptions.'

Marker Second that emotion [5:13 AM]
New York Post reports: 'A loss to the 5-7 Bills at this point in the season - just when the Jets are truly starting to believe they're a pretty good team - would be a major setback, not to mention certain elimination from the playoff contention.'

Marker Bledsoe intends to tough it out [5:12 AM]
New York Post reports: 'If Bledsoe is unable to play, Alex Van Pelt, who's thrown 12 passes this season and has a 14.2 rating, would step in.'

Marker Herm's time frame [5:11 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Edwards, who revealed Tuesday that he has compiled a list of areas in which he must improve, said yesterday he may assign a member of the coaching staff the responsibility of clock-management issues during games next season. That is something he will consider during the offseason. It's not uncommon for a head coach to delegate that job to an assistant. In Bill Parcells' days with the Giants, he used running backs coach Ray Handley, a quick-thinking math whiz, as his clock expert.'

Marker Bledsoe may avoid Jet beating [5:10 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Even though they won't admit it publicly, the Jets relish another shot at Bledsoe, who is prone to sacks because he holds the ball longer than most quarterbacks. Asked if Bledsoe is an inviting target, NT Jason Ferguson said, "What makes him more inviting is when you stop (Travis) Henry. That makes them one-dimensional."'

Marker Abraham a Fit at LB? [5:09 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Pro Bowl defensive end has endured a dreadful season in which he can't seem to shake injuries that sidelined him for four of the last five games. Abraham is doubtful again for Sunday's game at Buffalo and has said he might not play again this season.'

Marker Martin makes his yards count [5:08 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'After a slow start that fueled talk he was finished, RB Curtis Martin is just 131 yards shy of becoming the second player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in each of his first nine seasons. Barry Sanders is the other with 10.'

Marker With escape clause, Edwards holds hammer on Jets [5:07 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Although Edwards has two years remaining on his contract, he has an escape clause allowing him to leave after this season and is expected to exercise that right if he does not receive a two-year extension from owner Woody Johnson, a league official with knowledge of the situation said yesterday.'

Marker Jets try to retain focus [5:06 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"We have to be focused, we have to play with poise, we have to play with the same mentality we played with Monday night and I think it will be hard for anybody to beat us,'' running back Curtis Martin said of the 5-7 Jets, who still have a shot at making the playoffs.'

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 2½ 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.'

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