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NEWS ARCHIVES - AUGUST 23RD - AUGUST 29TH, 2004 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Suffer More Than Loss In Indy

AP Photo - Willis McGahee Milloy Has Successful Surgery: The Bills say Lawyer Milloy underwent successful surgery on his broken forearm this morning. There still is no word on how long he'll be out. Milloy broke it against the Colts last night and says he is preparing to play in the opener.

Brown MRI Today: Travis Brown had an MRI done today on his injured left knee and the team expects to have the results by the end of tomorrow's practice. It is likely Brown is lost for a considerable length of time and that the club will need to bring in at least one quarterback.

Bledsoe Wants Brown Around: Drew Bledsoe seemed really upset over the injury to Travis Brown saying life just isn't fair, as two years in a row Brown has been hurt in camp. Bledsoe said it is imperative to keep Brown around because he leans on him in the meeting rooms and on the sidelines. Bledsoe said the things slowing them down offensively, are correctable but they can't fumble as much as they did in this game.

Injuries Make Loss Worse: Coach Mularkey said that the injuries magnify the loss to the Colts. He knows that they will have to address the QB situation now that Travis Brown is out. He said it is too early to tell if they will have to enter the season without Lawyer Milloy but Milloy is determined to be back for Jacksonville. Mularkey does feel Coy Wire has made some nice plays and will have to step up if called upon. The coach would not evaluate the play of the starting offense until he looks at the film. He did feel Greg Zolman played well for a player who has had a few reps in camp.

Brown Hurting: Travis Brown said his injury doesn't look good although an official diagnosis is not available yet. He did say he feels its worse than a sprain. Brown said he's been through serious injuries before and will battle back from this one. He said the respect he got from his teammates as he was being carted off means a lot.

Vincent Numb: Troy Vincent said the left side of his face went numb after he collided with Lawyer Milloy. He said they thought originally it was a jaw injury but x-rays were negative. It has been diagnosed as a pinched nerve. He said he was ready to go back in but was kept out for precautionary measures. He said he got the feeling back in the third quarter and he will be ready to go in practice on Monday.

Milloy To Have Surgery: Lawyer Milloy says his broken forearm will require surgery and then he will prepare for Jacksonville. He has never missed a game because of injury and doesn't plan to miss the opener. He will definitely miss the Lions preseason game and will most likely undergo surgery later today. Injury Page.

Special Teams Disaster: Nobody helped themselves earn a roster spot on special teams. Jonathan Smith put the ball on the turf twice and Nate Clements fumbled once. The return unit gave up an 84 yard kickoff return that setup a field goal. There was a total breakdown on a blocked punt that resulted in a touchdown. This unit was responsible for 10 Colts points. Josh Reed didn't have much success returning kicks against the Colts but at least he didn't fumble.

Offensive Unit Struggles Continue: Drew Bledsoe still hasn't shown anybody that last year's performance was an aberration. He continued to look lost at times. The offensive line was called for two costly holding penalties and didn't get a great push on running plays. Marques Sullivan had a big holding penalty that could hurt him. Willis McGahee averaged 3.5 yards a carry, gaining 57 yards on 16 carries but also put the ball on the turf once himself. Not an awful performance but not one that will keep people clamoring for him to start. If Travis Brown's injury is as serious as it first appears, than the team needs a QB badly. Greg Zolman is not the answer. He fumbled twice and threw a pick despite leading the team on a nice 88 yard drive in 7 plays to a 25 yard touchdown pass to Freddie Smith. While it was a bit of vindication for the pair as they combined for four fumbles in the game, it was against a prevent defense of players that won't be in the league next week.

Some Help Themselves: Despite the disaster on two-thirds of the units, there were some players that helped themselves. With three players out in the secondary due to injuries, several players stepped up. Kevin Thomas scored a touchdown on an interception. Coy Wire picked off a pass on the goal line, and yes, he was playing safety! Jabari Greer may have cemented a spot on the roster with solid one on one coverage on Marvin Harrison a couple of times. Rashad Baker continued his hard play and forced a fumble. On offense, Shaud Williams ran very well against the Colts third stringers.


Saturday August 28, 2004

Nightmare In Indy: How bad was the loss an Indy? Well, the special teams were specially awful, the starting offense did not score a touchdown, the ball was on the turf more than it was in any players hands, and the Bills lost another quarterback to a serious leg injury. The 30-17 loss to Indianapolis was a disaster. The Bills fumbled the ball seven times and their bumbling performance kept them out of the end zone offensively until the final minutes. Special teams fumbled the ball three times on returns, allowed an 84 yard kickoff return, and had a punt blocked that was returned for a score. The only unit to perform well was the defense as they kept the Colts at bay for the most part after the offense and special teams gift wrapped scoring opportunities early on. The offense finally got into the end zone on a 25 yard touchdown pass from Greg Zolman to Freddie Smith. The defense also scored, as we reported earlier, on Kevin Thomas' 15 yard interception return.

Brown, Milloy Hurt: The injuries keep on coming for the Bills. Lawyer Milloy left the game in the third quarter after injuring his arm, x-rays showed he has a broken forearm. Travis Brown suffered what initially appears to be a serious left knee injury late in the third quarter. He was hit in the knee as he threw the ball. He was taken off by a cart and was not putting any weight on it. He was given words of encouragement from his teammates as he left the field. This is apparently the second major leg injury to a quarterback this week. Greg Zolman replaced him. Injury Page.

End Zone Hard To Find: The Bills starting offensive unit played midway into the third quarter this week and still couldn't find the end zone. Drew Bledsoe and company have yet to score a touchdown this preseason. They did lead one field goal drive but all other drives seemed to be stymied by penalties, turnovers, or the inability to convert a third down play, they were 0 for 9 on third downs while the starters were in there. Bledsoe was 11 for 19 for 117 after starting off 7 for 7. The only touchdown the Bills scored while the starters were in there was a defensive one, a 15 yard interception return by Kevin Thomas. The Bills were trailing 20-10 when the starters left.

Vincent Leaves Game: Troy Vincent left tonight's game against the Colts with a jaw injury. He was taken into the locker room. No word yet on if he will return or not. The Bills were already without Terrence McGee who is missing the game with his leg injury. As we reported earlier, Travis Henry and Jonas Jennings are missing the game. Also out is Marcus Price, leaving Marques Sullivan as the starter at left tackle.

Long Snap Look: It appears the Bills would like to save a roster spot and not use Jon Dorenbos as a long snapper. They would like to use a player that fits another role on the team. Ryan Neufeld is getting a tryout by snapping for punts tonight. Trey Teague is snapping on kicks, like he did last year.

Jennings, Henry Out: As expected, Travis Henry will not play tonight because of his bruised ribs. If it was a regular season game, he would give it a go. Jonas Jennings was suppose to be a gametime decision but he is in street clothes on the field an hour before the game, meaning he will not go. Marcus Sullivan will start in his place.

Starters To Play More Than A Half: The third preseason game is the one that most resembles a regular season affair. Tonight's matchup in Indianapolis with the Colts will see the Bills play their starters into the third quarter. In the final tuneup before the season starts next Thursday starters will probably only see a series or two. It is imperative that the starting offensive unit gets the ball into the end zone, something they have failed to do in the first two preseason games.


Friday August 27, 2004

Jennings Misses Practice: Jonas Jennings missed the final day of camp practice on Thursday with his ankle injury. It makes it more doubtful that he will play tomorrow against Indianapolis. Travis Henry will miss the game with his rib injury. If it was a regular season game, he would be ready to go. Terrence McGee continues to be bothered by a hamstring injury and will likely miss the Colts game. One man returning to practice after a long absence with a hamstring injury of his own is Mark Graham. He worked out yesterday. Injury Page.

Losman's Surgery Successful: Tom Donahoe was on Sirius NFL Radio yesterday and said that the surgery on the broken leg of J.P. Losman was successful. He said doctors were very pleased with how it went and expect a full recovery. He is expected to miss at least half the season posing question on whether or not he should go on injured reserve. To weigh in on your thought, answer our poll question on the home page.


Thursday August 26, 2004

Team Made Strides In Camp: Drew Bledsoe thinks the camp was successful as they emphasized getting rid of the ball quickly. He also feels they made strides in the running game crediting OL coach Jim McNally for his hard work. He said the team feels good about where they stand and they got good work done everyday. He said he counted two down practices all camp, and that is a good sign. Bledsoe also stressed that the team is still in training camp mode but it will be good to get home.

Camp Called Productive: Mike Mularkey said it was a very productive camp and gave credit to the players who stayed focused throughout the camp. He thanked the support of the fans and the great facilities for a successful camp. He said they accomplished something during every practice. He emphasized that the team is still in training camp and have a lot to do in the next two weeks in Orchard Park. The coach doesn't feel like there are any real big question marks on the team at this point.

Bills Release Six: The Bills got a jump start on Tuesday's roster cutdown by releasing six players. The most surprising name on the list was WR Clarence Coleman, who was the fourth wide receiver on the team last year. With the depth at wide receiver he was the forgotten man in camp. Also cut were: WR Cedric Bonner, C Dan Koons, LB Asa Francis, RB Isaac Mitchell, and DE Micahel Spicer. None of these players are a surprise cut.

Bills Break Camp: The Bills break training camp after this morning's practice session at St. Johns Fisher. They will continue their preparation for the season back at Ralph Wilson Stadium after Saturday's preseason game in Indianapolis. The end of camp couldn't happen at a better time as the Bills are starting to look like a MASH unit. J.P. Losman will have surgery today on his broken leg. Travis Henry, Jonas Jennings and Terrence McGee missed yesterday's final double session. Injury Page.


Wednesday August 25, 2004

Looking At Options: Coach Mularkey said he's looking at all his options regarding the number three quarterback. He does expect to have J.P. Losman back before the season's end, so it doesn't appear like they will put him on injured reserve, although it is still an option. The team has several options, they can go into the season with two quarterbacks, or sign one from outside, or keep Greg Zolman and have four active quarterbacks if Losman doesn't go on IR.

Losman To Have Surgery: The Bills announced today that J.P. Losman will undergo surgery tomorrow on his broken left fibula. The surgery may expedite the recovery a bit and Coach Mularkey expects to have the first round pick back before the end of the season.

Surgery An Option: The Bills are expected to decide today if J.P. Losman will have surgery to put pins in his broken left fibula. Whether he has surgery or not the recovery time is expected to be the same, about 8-12 weeks. Mike Vick had the same injury last year and missed 3 1/2 months. Losman's agent doesn't expect the Bills to place his client on injured reserve but it does bring up an interesting predicament for the Bills. Can they afford to go into the season with just two quarterbacks for the first half of it? This may open up the door for Greg Zolman, who had some impressive moments in NFL Europe, to get some snaps and maybe latch on to the practice squad.


Tuesday August 24, 2004

Losman Has Broken Leg: The Bills announced late this evening that J.P. Losman has a broken leg and will be out indefinitely. Traditional these injuries take 8-12 weeks to heal. It will be interesting to see if the Bills place him on injured reserve and bring in another quarterback or just let it heal and carry only two at the position. Injury Page.

Vincent On Losman Injury: Troy Vincent said he ran into J.P. Losman with his shoulder pads an an unfortunate accident during practice today. The quarterbacks wear red jerseys and are not suppose to be hit. Losman did not slide and let up before being hit by Vincent. He said he was just trying to get on his outside edge when Losman cut inside and the two players shoulder pads grazed each other. Losman fell akwardly hurting his left ankle. He had x-rays after the game, his condition should be updated tomorrow.

Moulds, Jennings Banged Up: It was a rough practice today at St. John Fisher. Besides the injury to J.P. Losman, Eric Moulds and Jonas Jennings both did finish today's workout. Moulds has been bothered by a chest muscle injury that flared up. Jennings suffered a sprained right ankle. Both players expect to practice tomorrow.

Losman Carried Off Field: J.P. Losman was injured in practice today and it looks like it could be series. He was hit by Troy Vincent as he was laying up after a run. Losman injured his left ankle and could not put any weight on it as he was carted off the field.

Henry, Moorman, McGee Sit: As expected Travis Henry sat out the afternoon practice once again. Also missing the session was Brian Moorman and Terrence McGee. Marcus Price returned to practice with the second unit. Injury Page.

Wire Experiment Over: The experiment of putting Coy Wire at free safety is over He has moved back to strong safety where he will backup Lawyer Milloy. He never really took to the free safety spot since he was never used to playing so far behind the line of scrimmage. The move locks Izell Reese into the starting spot at free safety and puts Pierson Prioleau's job in jeopardy. The move may also have been made because of the emergence of undrafted free agent Rashad Baker, who now seemingly has locked in a position on the roster at free safety. Depth Chart.


Monday August 23, 2004

Henry Misses Practice: As expected Travis Henry missed practice today with his bruised ribs. Coach Mularkey would not rule him out of Saturday's preseason game against Indianapolis but did say it is unlikely he will play. Mularkey said if it was the regular season, he would push Henry but in the preseason he doesn't want him to take the field if he's in pain. Henry said he's still sore since it's been less than 48 hours since the injury. He called himself day to day and said he'll start wearing his rib protector again. Also missing practice were Brian Moorman and Marcus Price. It was shortened by rain and slippery conditions. Injury Page.

Should Know More Today: The Bills should tell us more about Travis Henry's injured ribs today. They have one practice at St. John Fisher this afternoon after going over the game film from the sloppy effort in the loss to Tennessee on Saturday. Henry said after the game that it is similar to the rib cartilage injury he suffered last year against Miami but it isn't as bad. Henry wouldn't rule himself out of the Colts game on Saturday but it would be highly doubtful that he play since it's still preseason. If he doesn't play, don't expect it to open the door on Willis McGahee to steal the starting job like some people have suggested.



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