Williams Out: Mike Williams was out for today's game against the Dolphins with a knee injury. He did not practice all week and was a gametime decision. There were no apparent injuries in the game but Alex Van Pelt did not play and had his hand wrapped heavily after the game. That is why Travis Brown came in the game during garbage time. No word on how he hurt his hand. Injury Page.
Grades Split: In our gameday grades this week it will be an obvious distinction on both sides of the ball. The offense was as woeful as they have been all year, and that is saying a lot about a unit that has been pathetic all year. The defense was as solid as they have been all year, keeping the team in the game for the most part despite being hamstrung by the offense. Gameday Grades.
Winfield Gone? Antoine Winfield addressed the media after the game and he sounded pessimistic about his chances of returning to the Bills. He said he is tired of losing and wants to play for a contender. He said it is about money and winning and doesn't think the team will pay him in Buffalo.
Wilson Backs Bledsoe Owner Ralph Wilson addressed the media after the loss to Miami and once again said he thinks Drew Bledsoe is a good quarterback and said he will pay him next year and bring him back. Bledsoe is due $6 Million next season as the 2nd stage of his contract kicks in. Wilson put the blame for the offensive woes squarely on the offensive line, saying Bledsoe has no time to throw. He did vow to get the offensive woes straightened out in the off season.
Bills Embarrassed: The offense was anemic once again in a 20-3 loss at the hands of the Dolphins. They Bills turned the ball over four times including a 74 yard interception return for a touchdown by Terrell Buckley. The Dolphins scored 13 of their 20 points after Bills turnovers. The defense played an inspired game shutting Miami down despite getting no help from the offense. Drew Bledsoe fumbled the ball away and Travis Henry fumbled twice in the loss. Game Review.
Gameday Weather: The weather could be a factor in the game this afternoon out at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Temperatures will be in the lower 30's but a strong and gusty wind will make it feel at least 10 degrees colder. Wind is projected to be above 20 MPH with gusts over 30 MPH, which could affect the passing game. This may come down to a contest to see who has a better ground game.
McGahee Likely Out: The agent for Willis McGahee told South Florida newspapers that his client has lobbied coaches to play. McGahee denied those remarks and it doesn't appear like he will play at all this season.
Saturday December 20, 2003
Bills Nations Grows: The Buffalo Bills have gained another fan. Bills Daily is proud to announce the birth of Julia Saslow, daughter of Bills Daily founder and webmaster Steve Saslow. Julia was born early Friday morning. Both baby and mother are doing well and there are rumors the baby could be home in time for kickoff on Sunday, her first Bills game. The staff of Bills Daily offer a hearty congratulations to the Saslow family on this joyous occasion.
Mike Williams Questionable: Bills right tackle Mike Williams has been walking gingerly on his right knee since last week's loss and has not practiced all week. He is listed as questionable on the injury report and will be a gametime decision.
Friday December 19, 2003
Gameday Weather: It should by typical December weather in Orchard Park on Sunday as the Bills host the Miami Dolphins. The current forcast calls for a high in the lower 30's with a chance of a show shower. Despite struggling in cold weather conditions late in the season for a number of years the Dolphins have refused to practice in cold weather conditions. The weather certainly could play to the Bills advantage.
McGahee a Gametime Decision: Bills rookie running back Willis McGahee may see his first action of the season on Sunday but it won't be determined whether he will paly until gametime. In the last 2 weeks there has been speculation that he would make his professional debut but his has been put on the inactive list each week. McGahee's agent did not seem optimistic that his client would play this Sunday, but with the Bills officially out of the playoff hunt he might see some carries. Weather might also be a factor - the Bills must wonder whether it would be a wise idea to play the youngster from Miami on turf in the cold, especially if conditions are slippery. The situation should keep everyone guessing.
Thursday December 18, 2003
Brown, Spikes Get Pro Bowl Nod: The Bills had two players selected to the AFC Pro Bowl team today and three others are alternates. Ruben Brown will be making his club record eighth consecutive Pro Bowl appearance and it is also his eighth overall. Takeo Spikes will be making his first appearance in the Pro Bowl. The Bills two behemouth defensive tackles, Pat Williams and Sam Adams were selected as alternates along with punter Brian Moorman. It is the second year in a row that Williams and Moorman are alternates. They would play if other players back out at their position. The starting lineups will be announced on January 3rd.
Miller To Be Honored: Longtime play by play man Van Miller will be honored by the club during a halftime ceremony at halftime of Sunday's game against Miami. It will be the final home game being called by the legendary voice of the Bills. He was behind the mike for the Bills first game in 1960 and has called 750 games with the final two coming before he retires. Tom Donahoe said Miller will remain involved with the radio broadcasts in some capacity. His spotter boards and headset from his final game have been requested by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Wednesday December 17, 2003
Reese On IR: The Bills have placed S Izell Reese on injured reserve with his calf muscle tear. He is out for the last two games of the season. The team filled his roster spot by signing OT Bernard Robertson. He was a fifth round pick of the Bears in 2001 and played two years for them, making five starts before being released before the start of the season.
Game Soldout: As expected, the game on Sunday is a sellout. That gives the Bills sellouts in all eight home games this year so there were no television blackouts. It marks just the third time since the blackout rule was institued in 1973 that this has happened. Owner Ralph Wilson had bought the remainder of the tickets for two previous games this year.
Injury Update: The Bills have three players listed on the injury report this week. Izell Reese as expected has been ruled out for the game. Mike Williams and Dave Moore are questionable for the game. Reese has a calf tear, Moore a hamstring injury, and Williams has a sore knee. Injury Report.
Bills Look To Play Spoilers: The Dolphins come to town this week as the Bills look to play spoilers with their playoff hopes dashed in Music City last week. It will be a tough matchup as the Bills will play hard and the Dolphins playing for their playoff lives. Game Preview.
Tuesday December 16, 2003
Williams On Conversion: After looking at the game tapes, Gregg Williams felt that Bobby Shaw held the ball long enough and the two point conversion should have counted. It was another controversial loss in Music City. Hopefully the Bills won't have to play in the house of horrors for sometime now.
Monday December 15, 2003
Reese Season Likely Over: The injury suffered by Izell Reese on Sunday is a serious one. He tore his calf muscle in the second quarter of the loss. He will very likely miss the final two games of the season. Coach Williams said the team isn't ready to put him on injured reserve however. In other injury news, Mike Williams is expected to be fine after injuring his knee against Tennessee. Injury Page.
Williams Gone? Everyone has speculated that Gregg Williams will be gone after the season, but now there is a media report that lends more credence to the inevitable release of the Bills coach. Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports that Williams will be replaced when the season is over. He says in his report that Williams is a goner and what makes this report credible is that Pasquarelli and Donahoe are very close friends.
Williams Banged Up: Mike Williams joined Ryan Denney and Izell Reese as players that were banged up during the game. Williams had his right knee heavily wrapped after the game and he needed some assistance getting dressed. He should be re-evaluated later today. Injury Page.
Henry Upset: Travis Henry has been the best offensive weapon the team has had this year without a doubt. It is shocking that he would not be on the field on the final two minute drive as well as the ill fated two point conversion attempt at the end of the game. He is not usually on the field on third downs, so he was out of the game in favor of Sammy Morris. Henry said after they game that they don't use him on third downs enough and that it was frustrating for him not to be on the field on the final conversion attempt. He feels he could have been a threat on the play. If he was in the game the Titans would at least have to respect the possibility of a run.
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