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Buffalo Bills News - August 25, 2003

Marker Bills 3rd-string QB Brown out indefinitely [3:12 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said Brown will have a pin inserted to hold the finger on his right hand in place. Williams added that it will take further evaluation to determine when Brown will be able to return.'

Marker Bills release five, re-sign QB Johnson [1:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Jett was released by Oakland last February, and signed with the Bills in June in an attempt to continue his career after spending his previous 10 seasons with the Raiders. The Bills also released third-year safety Tony Driver, second-year cornerback Ahmad Brooks, offensive guard Richard Seals and tight end Ray Thomas.'

Marker Bills Make Roster Moves [12:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In other moves, the team placed tackle Gary Byrd on Injured Reserve (knee) and has re-signed rookie quarterback Jason Johnson.'

Marker Nine Bills Face Roster Cutdown [9:36 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The deadline is Tuesday at 4pm, but its likely that Gregg Williams will make the moves by Monday.'

Marker Donahoe denies Gary trade rumor [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, it doesn't appear the Bills would consider trading Gary unless they could get a midround draft choice in exchange. A Gary trade also would be risky given the possibility that Henry could get hurt.'

Marker Reese makes Bills three deep at safety [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think it's more of a rotational thing," Reese said. "They want to make sure we're all ready to go before the season kicks off. If someone goes down, we all need to be ready and we all need to have some experience playing with the first group. It shouldn't matter what situation it is or who they call on, the coaches have to have confidence in all of us to be able to go in and get the job done."'

Marker Bills due to win division [9:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'That's why they are the team to beat in the AFC East, provided the change in offensive styles doesn't have that great an impact on a unit that scored points last season.'

Marker Stamer making plays at right time [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' Thats a difference-maker play and hes been playing very well, not only in that situation there, but hes been doing a good job in special teams, coach Gregg Williams said of Stamer.'

Marker Starting job at wideout may be Shaw's [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: ' Hes a very smart receiver in the slot, Bledsoe said of Shaw, who played for Bills offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride in Jacksonville. He does a great job with his moves at the top of his routes and gets himself separation. He has a lot of experience in this offense, so he really understands where we need him to be.'

Marker More Than Exhibition For Fletcher [5:16 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It was a little weird, Fletcher said following Buffalo's 28-24 victory. "I finally got an opportunity to hit those guys for real, a lot of those offensive stars they have. I missed my only opportunity to get (quarterback) Kurt (Warner) real good, but other than that I got some good hits on the other guys."'

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August 24, 2003

Marker Offense Impressive In Comeback Over Rams [8:15 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bledsoe was not sacked at all, in comparison to last week where he took a beating, the team as a whole yielded no sacks in the entire game. He finished 22-of-29 for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns, with one interception.'

Marker Bills starters get needed confidence boost with win over Rams [5:51 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills remain relatively healthy. Left tackle Jonas Jennings sustained a concussion in the second quarter, and running back Travis Henry twisted his left foot. Both are expected to be ready to open the regular season.'

Marker Bills come back on Rams [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe completed 22 of 29 passes for 231 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He wasn't sacked once. Receiver Eric Moulds was brilliant, catching nine passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Receiver Josh Reed, who had not caught a pass the first two exhibitions, caught three balls for 44 yards.'

Marker Moulds takes apart St. Louis' defense [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When they go one on one, he's the guy who has to win for us," Gilbride said.'

Marker Bledsoe puts a little more action into all the Bills talk [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We showed what we're capable of if we don't have mistakes," said Bledsoe, who played into the third quarter. "When we don't make mistakes, we're efficient. I know we can do a great job offensively."'

Marker Jennings' concussion not serious [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He got kicked in the head," Williams said. "He tried to cut on a pass protection. He's fine. He could have gotten up a lot earlier, but we went through all the precautions that you should do."'

Marker Bills rally sinks Rams [5:37 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'After two sloppy preseason efforts by the Buffalo Bills and the regular season just on the horizon, quarterback Drew Bledsoe wasnt kidding when he said it was time he and his teammates got their act together. Consider it mission accomplished.'

Marker Bills tackle Jennings leaves game with concussion [5:36 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Jennings was motionless for several minutes, then was able to get to his feet before being taken off the field by cart. He was injured while pass blocking.'

Marker Slow start for Bills could doom coach Williams [5:36 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills could finish 9-7 and miss the playoffs but still be on the upgrade. If that happens, dumping a young head coach who is growing with his team probably would be a mistake and a big step backward.'

Marker Bills answer questions against Rams [5:35 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'We had good (offensive) rhythm early, said coach Gregg Williams. (Bledsoe) was into it and the ball was coming out of his hand very fast."'

Marker Bledsoe's Bills batter Rams [5:34 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Playing into the third quarter to the delight of the crowd of 62,286, Bledsoe looked mid-season sharp while directing touchdown drives on his team's first two possessions. "We showed what we are capable of if we don't make mistakes," said Bledsoe, who completed 22 of 29 attempts for 231 yards. "When we don't make mistakes, we're efficient. I know we can do a great job offensively."'

Marker Faulk shines in debut as Rams falter [5:33 AM]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: 'Actually, with the Buffalo corners frequently playing 10 yards off the Rams receivers, Warner didn't have much opportunity to look downfield. And when he tried, he frequently got hammered by the Buffalo pass rush.'

Marker Herring breaks his arm during opening kickoff [5:32 AM]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: 'Fletcher was his usual active self, tackling Marshall Faulk in the backfield for a 3-yard loss early in the second quarter. Later in the quarter, Fletcher chased Faulk out of bounds after a 7-yard pass completion. As they headed back to the huddle, Fletcher and Faulk patted each other on the helmet and exchanged small talk.'

Marker Faulk finds end zone twice in loss [5:31 AM]
Belleville News Democrat reports: 'The Bills got the performance they was looking for from Bledsoe. Bledsoe finished 22-of-29 for 231 yards and two touchdowns, an 8-yarder to Bobby Shaw and an 18-yarder to Eric Moulds.'

Marker Magic man [5:30 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The last Buffalo Bill in the lunchroom, Jon Dorenbos packs up his cards and coins, and makes his thick-bodied walk toward his room. He believes his NFL career is about to take flight, but whatever happens, he says his heart and mind and will be powered as they've long been, by the memory and spirit of his mother. He will make her proud. He will keep living the same way, "waking up every day and feeling the breeze and smelling the air and trying to put smiles on people's faces." Dorenbos knows he will succeed, because you can't go backward and you can't give in, and because love has a magic all its own. "I know I will never be alone," Jon Dorenbos says.'

Marker Bills 28, Rams 24 [5:29 AM]
AP reports: 'After squandering a 14-0 lead, the Bills second- and third-stringers pulled out the victory on Joe Burns' 13-yard touchdown run with 2:03 remaining.'

Marker Bills OT Jennings hurt against Rams [5:29 AM]
AP reports: 'Jennings did not return, and the Bills did not disclose the extent of the injury.'

Marker Rams S Herring hurt covering opening kickoff [5:28 AM]
AP reports: 'St. Louis Rams safety Kim Herring will miss up to eight weeks after breaking a bone in his left forearm covering the opening kickoff against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night.'

Marker Buffalo 28, St Louis 24 [5:27 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Joe Burns, a second-year-player from Georgia Tech, scored on a 13-yard run with 2:03 remaining to lift the Buffalo Bills to a come-from-behind 28-24 victory over the St. Louis Rams. Burns is the fifth back in the Bills backfield behind Travis Henry, Olandis Gary, Sammy Morris and Sam Gash. First-round pick Willis McGahee is expected to start the regular season on the physically-unable-to-perform list.'

Marker Bills-Rams Quotebook [5:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We got off to a good start. I think that we came out and we were efficient, hit some short passes, early on we executed very well offensively at the start of the game. We were able to take those first two drives down for scores. I think we showed what we are capable of when we don't make mistakes is what I took out of that game. If we play clean football, and we don't have the penalties, eliminate some of the turnovers, I think we can be a very good football team. We still made to many mistakes. The bone-headed interception by me in the third possession where I had a guy fall down and I just threw it back into the middle and didn't see the linebacker. Those kinds of things we can't do, but if we are efficient and if we execute like we did tonight I think that we are going to be a very good offense."'

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