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Buffalo Bills News - October 19, 2002

Marker Dolphins run Ricky, Ricky, Ricky [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '“With Ricky running the ball, it’s awesome. He keeps running that clock which is a key. Whoever’s playing us can’t do anything against our defense if we’re not on the field.”'

Marker Shuffling out of Buffalo [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'One thing they have learned is that you never can be too prepared. In the early 1980s, Buffalo was playing the Dolphins in Miami, and someone stole 13 Bills helmets. “Fortunately, we were wearing white helmets and the Dolphins were, too,” Hojnowski said. “The Dolphins gave us some extra helmets, and we were able to cover over the Dolphins’ logos and stripes with the Bills logos and details we had brought down.”'

Marker Thomas' missing helmet was a super nightmare [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '“Coach (Marv) Levy is yelling at me and we’re all scrambling to find it,” he said. “We eventually found it at the end of the bench. At first, we thought somebody had stolen it. But I think what happened was that some player mistakenly thought it was his and picked it up, and then when he discovered it wasn’t his, he just put it down. The problem is he didn’t return it to where he found it.”'

Marker Bledsoe relishes pass-happy Bills [5:19 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''If you could ever tell, you could with Drew the way he's playing,'' Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor said. ``He's on a mission. He's playing outstanding. I don't know how his arm is holding up the way he's throwing it all the time. . . . He's 30 years old and looks like he's 22 or 23 out there.'''

Marker Offense to have three new starters [5:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins did catch an unexpected break, however, which could influence whether they play Chambers much Sunday: Bills starting cornerback Antoine Winfield, who was not previously on the injury report, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee Friday and is out.'

Marker Without deal, it's goodbye Gadsden [5:17 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"We wanted to get an extension as injury protection, but they offered a contract that should have gone to the 51st player on the roster instead of Oronde," said Michael Todd, Gadsden' agent.'

Marker Mare hampered by toe woes [5:16 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'It could explain why Mare, the NFL's highest-paid kicker, has struggled some this season. He's already missed four field goals, one more than in either of the past two years, and an extra point, equaling four of his five professional seasons.'

Marker Dolphins contact Cris Carter [5:15 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Gadsden said Friday he is no closer to making a decision whether he will have surgery, but he will not play Sunday against Buffalo.'

Marker Anthony hopes to make Miami home [5:14 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'On Friday, Anthony, the former Glades Central and University of Florida star, auditioned for the Dolphins with five other receivers in the event Oronde Gadsden is forced to undergo season-ending wrist surgery.'

Marker Bledsoe boosts Bills into playoff contention [5:13 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Williams said Bledsoe has been a team leader since the first day he walked in the door. And while the quarterback insists he is not playing like a guy with something to prove, his coach and those who have watched him on film will tell you otherwise.'

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October 18, 2002

Marker Bills CB Winfield undergoes knee surgery [8:40 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The loss of Winfield is a significant one for the Bills, who are giving up an average of 34 points per game while ranking 25th in total yards allowed.'

Marker Bills lose Bryson; Winfield out with knee injury [8:39 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills reserve running back Shawn Bryson will miss the rest of the season with torn ligaments in his left knee, while starting cornerback Antoine Winfield won't play in Sunday's game against Miami. Winfield, the Bills' third-leading tackler this season, had arthroscopic knee surgery Friday, Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said. Berchtold said it was not immediately known how many games Winfield would miss.'

Marker Winfield Out For Miami Game/Bryson On IR [5:44 PM] reports: The Bills placed running back Shawn Bryson on injured reserve today and activated cornerback Ahmad Brooks from the practice squad.

Marker Antoine Winfield Out For Miami Game [4:43 PM] reports: Starting cornerback Antoine Winfield, who injured his knee during practice on Thursday, will not play against the Dolphins on Sunday. Also, the Bills placed running back Shawn Bryson on injured reserve today and activated Ahmad Brooks from the practice squad.

Marker Bryson to miss rest of season with torn knee ligaments [4:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Bryson missed his entire rookie season after tearing ligaments in the same knee during training camp.'

Marker Boselli promises he'll be back [2:18 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: What's wrong with the Buffalo corners? Antoine Winfield and Nate Clements came into the season as one of the rising duos in the league. Now they are having all sorts of trouble covering anybody they face. It doesn't help that the pass rush is woeful, but neither player has played up to the preseason hype. The Bills will continue to be involved in a lot of shootouts if these two don't improve.

Marker Bledsoe's Fourth Quarter Comebacks [2:13 PM] reports: In his career, Bledsoe has led 21 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter. Nineteen were come-from-behind victories, while two others broke ties to win the game.

Marker Picked on all season, Bills' Watson wants more [1:22 PM]
AP reports: 'After enduring a stretch of games in which he couldn't seem to do anything right, guilty of sometimes playing receivers too tight and at other times too soft, Watson enjoyed his best performance in the second half of Buffalo's 31-24 win over Houston last weekend.'

Marker Josh Reed Generating News As A Rookie [9:28 AM] reports: Through six games, rookie wide receiver Josh Reed has 19 catches for 263 yards (13.8 average) and 2 TDs to rank third on the team in receiving yardage behind Eric Moulds and Peerless Price. Of his 19 receptions, 11 have been for first downs, including his lone catch at Houston and 2 of 3 the week before vs. Oakland when he also recorded a career-long of 38.

Marker Miami set to back Bills into corners [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miami's Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain are one of the best cornerback tandems in the National Football League. They will try to be the first duo this year to keep Moulds and Price out of the end zone.'

Marker Sweet tooth and Nails finally get on same page [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 6-foot-6 Nails weighed 387 after his senior year at Florida A&M. The Bills had him at about 365 when they drafted him, which prompted former Bills scout Buddy Nix to say, "For Jamie, losing 20 pounds is like throwing a lawn chair off the deck of the Titanic."'

Marker Best meets the best in Miami [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'This isn’t just any challenge. It’s not just any week. This is the Dolphins. This is Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain, perhaps the finest cornerback tandem in the league. This is serious.'

Marker TV blackout is lifted [5:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Yet, because of returns of the Bills' allotment, a limited number of seats are still available via Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone and the Pro Player Stadium box office.'

Marker Gadsden unlikely to play Sunday [5:17 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'They are also preparing for the possibility Gadsden might not return this season.'

Marker Keep your head, Chambers. Just rest [5:14 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'When you consider the Dolphins have an off week after playing the Bills, why mess with Chambers' head?'

Marker Tight ends may be targets on offense [5:13 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'With rookie Randy McMichael (21 receptions, 292 yards, three touchdowns), veteran Jed Weaver (no receptions) and newcomer Desmond Clark, a fourth-year player, the Dolphins' tight-end contingent is solid.'

Marker Receivers still up in the air [5:12 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"Even if I made a decision today, it's too swollen for anybody to know," said Gadsden, whose wrist was taped and in a brace. "Hopefully by [today] or Saturday when the swelling goes down I can go out there and see if I can put it together."'

Marker No blackout for Sunday's Dolphins-Bills game [5:10 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Management said there are still a limited number of tickets still available.'

Marker Bledsoe the Bill will test Miami, Marino's record [5:09 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"He seems more confident," Dolphins cornerback Sam Madison said. "He seems happy. They're letting him do what he does best, and that's letting him throw the football downfield."'

Marker Chambers could play; Gadsden's wrist still too swollen [5:08 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"There's definitely a risk (of re-aggravating it)," Gadsden said. "We take risks all the time. I definitely have to factor all those things in. I'll make the best decision that I can."'

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