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Buffalo Bills News - August 3, 2002

Marker Second to none [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He might not have been the best player in Bills history, but he unquestionably was Buffalo's greatest Bill.'

Marker Browns turn Bills black, blue [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills expected their joint practices with the Cleveland Browns to be spirited, but they didn't anticipate paying such a high physical price.'

Marker Healthy Morris is ready to run [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There's a lot of competition at the position, but he's the type of person that will fight for the job," running backs coach Steve Fairchild said. "He's the nicest guy to be around, and the perfect kind of guy you want to coach. His mind is in the right place."'

Marker Summertime, and the viewing is easy for Bills fans [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Empire plans to rebroadcast the Kelly special and the scrimmage starting at 7:30 tonight. Channel 4 plans a half-hour special on the induction and Kelly's career at 7 tonight.'

Marker Postcard From Rochester (III) [9:00 AM]
Cleveland Browns reports: 'Buffalo safety Coy Wire. I like the name, but I also like his style. He's physical and fearless like Robert Griffith. He's been knocking heads all day.'

Marker Browns add to intensity [6:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo's Ruben Brown, Erik Flowers, Tyrone Robertson and Brandon Spoon found that out in the morning when all four suffered various injuries, with Spoon's probable season-ending biceps tendon rupture by far the most serious.'

Marker Right tackle looking very right [6:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'Squared off against some of the NFL's better defenders, Williams sure didn't look like a rookie, more like a seasoned traffic cop against the likes of linemen Kenard Lang and Gerard Warren, the Browns' No. 1 pick a year ago, and Pro Bowl linebacker Jamir Miller, who had 114 tackles and 13 sacks last fall.'

Marker Training camp information [6:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Empire will broadcast the scrimmage live.'

Marker Spoon probably lost for season [6:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'He extended his right arm to make a hit when injured and will have surgery on Monday. Spoon suffered a similar injury to his left arm in college, costing him an entire year.'

Marker Fan of the Day [6:18 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've been a Browns fan ever since growing up in East Cleveland. Browns fans are glad to show Bills fans what REAL fans are all about. We're confident in our quarterback, but we're really looking for a running game. I'll tell you one thing, the Browns will be better than the Bills, and it won't even be close!"'

Marker Offense making gains, but still has far to go [6:15 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Earlier in the day, Bills coach Gregg Williams paid the Browns a compliment when he said: "They're extremely physical. Butch and I both want to establish a physical presence, and he's done a good job of that."'

Marker Green's daylong battle vs. Fletcher ends with injury [6:14 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Shea said Fletcher is a "dirty player" based on their altercation in the morning session. "I was just blocking the heck out of him and he wanted to be Mr. Tough Guy and try and rip my helmet off, but that's a 15-yard penalty for my offense," said Shea. "I've got something for him [today]." And that would be? "I'm just kidding," Shea said. "But he is dirty, like a Bill Romanowski."'

Marker Browns have a fan in Fletcher [5:59 AM]
Lorain Morning Journal reports: '''But I'm happy I'm here. Things happen for a reason. This is a great organization and they're aggressive in the way they play defense. This is the best place for me. It suits my style. Don't be surprised if we're out there playing in late January."'

Marker Pro football’s greats share their knowledge [5:26 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'Friday morning, Kelly took the time to talk to 200 high school and youth football coaches brought to town from across the nation for a three-day youth football summit. Kelly gave a heart-felt talk at Kent State University Stark Campus about his high school football experiences in rural Pennsylvania. It was his small way of thanking all high school football coaches for the important job they do of teaching America's young athletes.'

Marker Bledsoe ready to start new life with Buffalo [5:25 AM]
Canton Repository reports: 'By now, has anybody played the "diminished skills" card on him? "Not to my face," Bledsoe laughed.'

Marker Fletcher signed with Bills after Browns didn’t make call [5:24 AM]
Canton Repository reports: '"The day I signed with Buffalo," Fletcher said after a Friday morning practice against the Browns, "Cleveland initiated a call, trying to get me to visit."'

Marker Browns' offense struggles vs. Bills [5:23 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: 'Today's scrimmage will be a major test. The Browns felt they performed well in a scrimmage against the Bills last year. The goal is to take it another step today.'

Marker Buffalo's Fletcher almost a Brown [5:22 AM]
Warren Tribune Chronicle reports: '"This is a great organization, and they're aggressive in the way they play defense. This is the best place for me. It suits my style."'

Marker From western Pa., Kelly found way to Canton [5:11 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"How can you predict all of this?" said Joe Kelly, the father of six sons who were raised in East Brady, which sits 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. "I just wanted him to be a good person and work hard at what he wanted. He did all of that."'

Marker Kelly gets top Bill-ing [5:08 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Bills eventually adopted the K-Gun offense in which Kelly ran a no-huddle offense and called almost all the plays. Dan Marino will take the credit for that. ''If we hadn't been beating them so bad, they probably never do that K-Gun stuff,'' said Marino, close friends with Kelly from their days growing up in Western Pennsylvania and then rivals when Marino played for the Dolphins. ``We were up like 21-0 at halftime and they come out and do all that no-huddle stuff and come back and beat us. Jim runs in with like two seconds left to beat us.'''

Marker Kelly still has hill to climb [5:07 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Here's a quarterbacks club you rarely hear about: Doug Flutie's son, Doug Jr., has severe autism. Boomer Esiason's son, Gunnar, has cystic fibrosis. Mark Rypien's son died of a brain tumor. Jeff Blake's son has no nerve endings to his intestines. Jeff Hostetler's son has a heart ailment. Kurt Warner's stepson is blind. And upon being inducted today into the Hall of Fame, Jim Kelly will spotlight his life of nevers with his son, Hunter.'

Marker Famed toughness [5:06 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Schnellenberger called Kelly the single most important person in the revival of Miami football.'

Marker Son's presence is Kelly's best honor [5:05 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"As tough as Jim is, he'll be the first to tell you his son is tougher,'' said Leo Armbrust, team chaplain for the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins and a close friend of Kelly's.'

Marker Bledsoe is asking $9 million for home [5:04 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Selling the Bledsoe property might be difficult because of its size and price, Thompson said. The house is available for viewing by appointment only, said Maryanne Rizzo, from the DeWolfe real estate agency in Westwood, which is handling the sale.'

Marker Kelly contingent like none before [5:03 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"I brought family, friends, teammates and coaches from as far back as I can remember," Kelly said. "I wish I could have brought more."'

Marker Kelly makes himself top attraction at Hall of Fame induction [4:54 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The former star of the Buffalo Bills has taken over two hotels in nearby Akron and expects about 1,200 close friends from upstate New York and his native western Pennsylvania to attend induction ceremonies on Saturday afternoon.'

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August 2, 2002

Marker Bills offensive line gets tested by Browns [7:53 PM]
AP reports: 'After a relatively injury-free first week, seven Bills went down during Friday's double sessions. The most serious injury was to backup middle linebacker Brandon Spoon, who suffered a ruptured right biceps tendon and will undergo surgery Monday. He could miss the entire season.'

Marker Buffalo stampedes to see Kelly enshrined [7:52 PM]
AP reports: 'In less than four hours Friday, 800 footballs -- at $50 a pop -- with Kelly's likeness on them were sold.'

Marker Bob Kalsu to be honored by U.S. Army [6:59 PM]
Oklahoma City Oklahoman reports: 'Kalsu was an All-American lineman at OU in 1967, then was an eighth-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Army Post Honoring Kalsu [6:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Bob Kalsu, a former Oklahoma All-American and the only pro football player killed while serving during the Vietnam War, is being honored by a U.S. Army post in Kentucky.'

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