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NEWS ARCHIVES - SEPT 23RD - SEPT 28TH, 2003 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Lose Second Straight

Dave Moore - AP Photo Offensive Woes Continue: For the second straight game and loss, the Bills struggled offensively. They did turn it around in the fourth quarter but that is when the defense failed. That combination was a losing effort and we break it down position by position. Gameday Grades.

Bills Lose Second Straight: The Bills were dominated for three quarters against Philadelphia before making a fourth quarter comeback that would fall short when the defense collapsed in the final minutes. Travis Henry did not play but the Eagles were without 3/4 of their secondary when Troy Vincent left the game. The Bills passing game was held at bay for three quarters before the Bills scored their first touchdowns in eight quarters, 129 minutes to be exact, without scoring an offensive touchdown.Drew Bledsoe threw a touchdown pass and ran for one in the fourth quarter. The defense gave up a third down conversion pass to James Thrash and then a 62 yard touchdown run by Bryan Westbrook to seal the game for the Eagles. Complete Review.

Reed Injures Back: The Bills got away realtively unscathed by new injuries in the loss. Josh Reed did leave the game with a back injury. The extent isn't known. Joe Burns started in place of Travis Henry. Injury Report.

Gameday Inactives: Besides Travis Henry the other Bills inactive were, Sammy Morris, Danion Sidney, Keith McKenzie, Ben Sobieski, Lauvale Sape, Marques Sullivan and Sam Aiken.

Burns To Start: Joe Burns will start at running back today. Travis Henry will not give it a go today because of his rib injury. He did not practice all week. He went out for pregame warmups and had trouble lifting his arms over his head and was placed on the inactive list for the game.

Gameday Weather: Weather may be a bit of a factor today. There is a 30% chance of showers during the game but it may clear up a bit in the second half. High temperature will be 62° with winds out of the West Southwest at 12mph.


Saturday September 27, 2003

Bills Make Roster Moves: The Bills are preparing for the possibility of playing without Travis Henry tomorrow. The team as expected activated Ken Simonton from the practice squad to backup Joe Burns. He was the only healthy running back on the roster. To make room for Simonton on the roster the team placed FB Phillip Crosby on injured reserve. He cracked his fibula against Miami last Sunday. He will be lost for the season. Front Office.

Roster Deadline 4pm: The Bills have until 4pm today to decide whether or not to activate Ken Simonton off of the practice squad. If they do, they will need to release a player. That move would show that Travis Henry will not be available on Sunday despite the fact that Coach Williams continues to call it a game time decision. Henry has yet to practice this week but may get some work today in hopes that he will be able to give it a go tomorrow. In other injury news, Phillip Crosby has been officially ruled out of tomorrow's game with his broken fibula. Injury Report.


Friday September 26, 2003

Henry Misses Practice Today: It is looking less likely that Travis Henry will play on Sunday although Coach Williams is still not ruling him out. He did not practice again today even though that was the plan. He does have torn cartilage in the rib cage and that kind of injury usually takes a few weeks before a player can play. They say he is feeling better today than yesterday but one more day is needed of rest.

OL Will Be Key: The Bills offensive line took a lot of negative press from the Miami game, but they will the key if the Bills are going to beat the Eagles on Sunday. With Travis Henry being most likely a game time decision, Joe Burns may have to carry the load for the first time in his career. The offensive line will have to open up holes for the running game, whether it is a banged up Henry or Burns. This is something they haven't done in the first three games but they must start now for the Bills to be successful. They also need to do well against the many blitzes that they will see from the Philadelphia defense. Burns will be key here also if he plays. How he picks up the blitz may be key to Drew Bledsoe's health and success.


Thursday September 25, 2003

Henry Doesn't Practice: Travis Henry was held out of practice again today but the Bills are hoping he can practice tomorrow. If he doesn't then it will be less likely that he plays on Sunday. Coach Williams did not rule out Henry playing without practicing all week. He will likely end up being a gametime decision. He does have torn cartilage in the rib cage and that kind of injury usually takes a few weeks before a player can play.

Blackout Lifted: The Bills announced today that Sunday's game against Philadelphia is a sellout. This was expected has few or no tickets have been available since July. As a result, there will be no television blackout of the game in Western New York.

Henry Shows He's A Warrior: Travis Henry told the team that it is real important to him to be out there on Sunday since they are all in this together. He is listed as questionable on the injury report, but as we reported yesterday, he vows to play. The official injury is a rib contusion but it appears to be more like torn cartilage in the rib cage, that is the same injury that cost Rob Johnson four games a couple of years ago. Henry says he's doing everything he needs to be out there but did admit to being very sore still. Injury Report.


Wednesday September 24, 2003

Henry To Play: Travis Henry was held out of practice once again today but he told the team and the coaches that he will play on Sunday. As we reported earlier he is listed as questionable on the injury report but is feeling significantly better. Joe Burns has been getting the majority of the snaps in practice this week with practice squad RB Ken Simonton getting some also. If Henry can't go on Sunday, look for the Bills to activate Simonton.

Bills Add RB: Due to the injuries in the backfield the Bills have added a second running back to the practice squad. Nick Maddox comes to the Bills after spending the summer with San Diego. He signed with them as an undrafted free agent after playing for Florida St. in college. The Bills released WR Jerel Myers to make room for him. The move was made due to the growing number of injuries at the position.

Bledsoe Knows Big Challenge Awaits: Drew Bledsoe spoke to reporters today and said the running struggles has been a combination of things. He feels he needs to do a better job of getting the team in the best possible situation and the line and backs need to do a better job of executing. He did say that the last two weeks the teams were intent on stopping the run. He feels the receivers woes from last week was just an example of great coverage by Miami. On the gadget plays, he said they are all or nothing and since it didn't work they look bad. He feels on those kind of plays you would hope the worst thing would be that you get another chance and not turn the ball over like they did last week. He knows the Eagles are a hungy, wounded animal that has some real good players coming off of some rest and it presents a big challenge for the Bills. He feels they will have to bring their best game this week to win.

Williams Wants Fast Start For Crowd: Gregg Williams addressed the media in his usual Wednesday press conference. He said the team is focused on playing the Eagles at home and will look to start fast to get the crowd fired up. The team is excited and look to be successful in execution. He feels the game against Miami wasn't as dominated by the Dolphins when they looked at the film as they originally thought. He knows the Eagles are battling injuries but he thinks they were helped by their bye week and the team expects their best and they will adapt to their injuries.

Henry Listed As Questionable: Three running backs are the only players on the injury report for the Bills. Travis Henry is officially listed as questionable, Sammy Morris is out as expected and Phillip Crosby is doubtful. The Eagles list six players on the report. Brian Dawkins is out and Bobby Taylor is doubtful in their depleted secondary. Morris had successful surgery and the team will take it week by week. Crosby is making progress and they will take a look at him later in the week. The coach said Henry is significantly better and is planning on playing on Sunday. That contradicts reports that said he may miss four weeks. Injury Report.

Matchup On Sunday Will Be Tough: The Bills limp into this week's matchup with Philadelphia as the running back position has been decimated with injuries. The Eagles have been banged up in their defensive secondary and have had a week off to rest their injuries and think about their suprising 0-2 start. That will make this game very tough for the Bills. Game Preview.


Tuesday September 23, 2003

Henry Out Four Weeks? There is a report that Eric Moulds said last night that Travis Henry will be out a minimum of four weeks with torn cartilage on the rib. This is a similar injury that Rob Johnson had when he was in Buffalo. There is no confirmation to this report at this time. The Bills said they will decide tomorrow on if they need to bring in another running back and we will know more when the injury report comes out. With Sammy Morris already on the shelf for a minimum of two weeks the Bills may be suddenly very thin at running back. A position that was a strength in training camp.

Bills Loss Is Like A Hangover: The last time Tony Bogyo checked in he was weary of the 2-0 start. Now his worst fears have been realized and he is fighting the hangover from the loss with all Bills fans. Complete Story.

Bills Manhandled By Dolphins: The talk of Super Bowl was definitely premature. The Bills were manhandled by the Dolphins and they need to hope that this loss was a wakeup call early in the season. Complete Story.



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