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Buffalo Bills News - September 7, 2004

Marker Buffalo Bills to be featured at annual golf tournament [12:49 PM]
Herkimer Evening Telegram reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will be a feature at the 11th Annual St. Francis de Sales Charities Golf Tournament to be held Friday, Sept. 10 at the Twin Ponds Golf and Country Club.'

Marker Almost Time for Kickoff [12:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I don't think any of this weekend's cuts were shockers. One thing that somewhat surprised me was to see the Bills cut both Jason Gildon and Keith McKenzie. I figured those two guys would battle it out for a veteran pass rusher spot, but neither of them ended up making the team. I was also surprised at the Travis Brown situation. They put him on injured reserve and unfortunately, that's just part of the business. As a younger guy it can be frustrating to catch on with a team. I was cut three times before I finally stuck around and made it somewhere. He's just got to keep his head up. It's nothing that he did. I thought he had an outstanding camp and he did everything he had to do to be the back-up. It's just unfortunate that an injury had to basically cause his release.'

Marker Bills' needs cost Brown roster spot [8:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We really like Travis," Donahoe said after practice. "The plan during the week was to see if there was a way we could keep four. But when you start to put the numbers together it just couldn't work. It's unfortunate for Travis, but as I told him (Monday) morning it may not be the best thing for him, but it's the best thing for the team right now to give us the additional roster spot. So he understood better after we talked to him. There are no guarantees until you put the final roster together."'

Marker Injured Losman views practice from sidelines [8:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's my first day I've got out of my bed, so I wanted to see the guys and it was good for everyone to see me and I'm glad to see them," Losman said after practice. "It's good to be part of the team again."'

Marker Sharing the load works for ends [4:59 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Denney and Kelsay are going to split time at the position, which, in today's NFL is not a bad thing. Teams have come to realize that they must rotate defensive linemen during games because the line positions are physically demanding and it's very difficult for players to play entire games up front.'

Marker Tennessee Trio makes the Bills cut [4:58 AM]
AP reports: 'Boy, did 31 teams miss out when all three of them went undrafted last spring, Ritzmann chimed in. ''We all kind of felt, `Man, this is not right,''' Ritzmann said. ''So we all came in here knowing that we were going to give everything we've got to make this football team.'''

Marker Losman Says Vincent Isn't To Blame For His Injury [4:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The GM said, "It's unfortunate for Travis, I told him it may not be good for him, but it's the best thing for the team to give us the additional roster spot." He understood better after we talked to him, but I think he felt that he was here, but there are no guarantees until you put the final roster together."'

Marker Bills a Little Bit Better [4:56 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Add it up, and you've got a 9-7 team headed for bigger and better things, even if that won't be quite good enough to get into the playoffs.'

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September 6, 2004

Marker Bills Fill Practice Squad [7:57 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'The Bills signed eight players to the Practice Squad. A day after reducing their roster to the league mandatory 53, the Bills along with the rest of the league could sign up to eight players to their Practice Squad.'

Marker Bills defend decision to place Brown on IR [6:29 PM]
AP reports: 'Donahoe said Brown proved to be the odd man out because the team had already elected to keep active starting safety Lawyer Milloy and rookie quarterback J.P. Losman. Milloy is expected to miss at least the season opener with a broken forearm, and Losman will miss at least the first half of the season.'

Marker Giants Continue to Build Roster [6:21 PM]
Giants.com reports: A fifth-round draft choice out of Illinois by Buffalo in 2001, the 6-5, 325-pound Sullivan played in 32 games with 22 starts over the past three seasons for the Bills. He played in 10 games with two starts (one at left tackle and one at right tackle) as a rookie in 2001. In his second season, Sullivan started all 16 games at right guard for the Bills. The 26-year old Sullivan was inactive for the first eight weeks of the 2003 season before starting the last four games of the year at left tackle. Sullivan was born on Feb. 2, 1978 in Chicago.

Marker Bills QB Losman takes first step in rehab on crutches [5:59 PM]
AP reports: '''This is my first day out. It feels good,'' said Losman, who is now wearing a protective boot that covers his lower left leg. ''I wanted to see the guys. And it's good for everyone to see me. I'm glad to see them. It's good to feel like part of the team again.'''

Marker McFarland Fights His Way onto Roster [5:54 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Offensive lineman Dylan McFarland fought his way onto the Bills 53-man roster. The seventh round pick from Montana even beat out a few veterans to grab the last lineman spot on the Bills squad. "It's a great feeling," McFarland said. "This is something I've worked for my whole life and to make this team is pretty special."'

Marker Bills attempt to erase memories of last year's blunders [3:39 PM]
AP reports: '''It's time to play,'' Henry said. ''I think the attitude is that things haven't been right around here as far as winning the way we ought to with the players that we've got on this team. It's time to put up.'''

Marker Bills Sign Eight To Practice Squad [3:36 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today signed the following eight players to the Practice Squad...'.

Marker Practice Squad Proves Beneficial for Team [1:46 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"The only difference is that you're not active during the game," said linebacker Mario Haggan, a former Practice Squad player. "You're basically still learning the system. It's another opportunity to continue to be in the system and learn and develop as a player and hopefully in weeks to come you can move up and contribute to the team as an active player."'

Marker Bills Team Report [9:50 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Matthews' good showing in the final exhibition game might have convinced the team it could live with two healthy passers, which made Brown expendable. Matthews doesn't have a strong arm, but he is accurate and usually makes good decisions. He also gives the team a backup with experience as a starter; neither Losman nor Brown has started an NFL game.'

Marker Surprise gifts for Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The surprise walk-on rookie was defensive end Constantin Ritzmann, another Tennessee Vol who was kept in favor of veterans Jason Gildon and Keith McKenzie.'

Marker A look at the 2004 Buffalo Bills [8:52 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'Things still have time to work themselves out, but the way things are going right now, the Bills will be lucky to play .500 ball.'

Marker Roster moves surprise Brown [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"The news is brand new, but I just don't feel like they treated me right."'

Marker The Bills Cut Gildon And 13 Others [5:02 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Travis Brown's season could be over as he's been put on the Reserve/Injured list. If the Bills buy him out they could bring him back after ten weeks, but J.P. Losman should be ready by then.'

Marker Bills Reduce Roster To 53 [5:01 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Backup quarterback Travis Brown was placed on injured reserve, meaning his season is over. Earlier in the week Bills President & GM Tom Donahoe stated the team would carry four quarterbacks on the roster and not put Brown on I-R.'

September 5, 2004

Marker Couch, Gildon, Levens among notable vets cut [11:14 PM]
NFL.com reports: Buffalo released LB Jason Gildon and placed QB Travis Brown on injured reserve. Brown also sat out the entire 2003 season with an injury. Gildon, who holds the Pittsburgh Steelers' record with 77 sacks, was cut six weeks after the Bills signed the 10-year veteran in hopes of bolstering their pass rush.

Marker Gildon among Bills cuts [7:05 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Gildon, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, signed as a free agent in July after spending 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is Pittsburgh's all-time sack leader with 77 and had six last season.'

Marker Bills place QB Brown on injured reserve; release 14 others [5:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Backup quarterback Travis Brown's season is over after he was placed on injured reserve by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.'

Marker Bills reduce roster to 53 [4:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today waived the following players to bring the roster to 53, the mandatory number required by the NFL...'.

Marker Roster cuts [4:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '
Gerald Dixon CB Alabama
Jasen Esposito OL Kutztown
Jason Gildon LB Oklahoma
Drew Haddad WR Buffalo
Luke Lawton FB McNeese State
Keith McKenzie DE Ball State
Lauvale Sape DT Utah
Ken Simonton RB Oregon State
Jonathan Smith WR Georgia Tech
Ben Sobieski OL Iowa
Dominique Stevenson LB Tennessee
Marques Sullivan OT Illinois
Rod Trafford TE South Carolina
Greg Zolman QB Vanderbilt

Marker DT Decisions Right Down to the Wire [3:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Returning starters Sam Adams and Pat Williams are expected to anchor the middle of the defense again, leaving Tim Anderson, Justin Bannan, Ron Edwards, and Lauvale Sape to battle it out for the remaining spots.'

Marker Bills decide today who is a cut above [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The toughest calls are on the defensive line and defensive backfield. Pass-rushing defensive end Jason Gildon, a three-time Pro Bowler, is on the roster bubble. And the Bills will have to divert from the normal plan at safety because of the injury to Lawyer Milloy.'

Marker Smoke signals from Bills don't fan the flames of optimism [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sorry, folks, but when it's all added up, I get six wins. I can't fathom being half right again.'

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