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Bills And Williams On Different Pages? Releaded Bill Henry Jones suggested that many players don't agree with the way Coach Williams treats the players. He told the Buffalo News that he is upset the way the Bills handled the cut as he heard from the position coach instead of the head coach or general manager. There has been some speculation that Jones was released because he didn't buy into what Williams was preaching. Jones counters by saying as a veteran he would just bring concerns of the players to the coaches. He also felt he could've done what the coaches wanted in the defense since he has over 1,000 tackles in his career.

Bills Get Jumpstart On Indy: Before having a prayer ceremony after Friday's practice the Bills got a jumpstart on preparing for Indianapolis by practicing silent snap counts for the anticipated loud crowd of the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Coach Williams said he will file away the preparation the team made for the Dolphins. The team had the weekend off to reflect on the tragedy and will be back at practice tomorrow.

Friday September 14, 2001

Cowart Surgery: Sam Cowart decided to have surgery on his injured achilles tendon today according to Empire Sports. It is uncertain if Cowart's season is now over because of the surgery. The Bills felt it was better to have the surgery at this time. Originally it was thought that he wouldn't need an operation. In other injured news, Bryce Fisher had a screw placed in his broken thumb after the memorial service the club had today.

Boycott Was Possible: The Bills players were among a few teams that thought about possibly refusing to play this weekend's games if the league decided to play them. Phil Hansen said that representatives from the Jets and Giants were instrumental in swaying the players opinions on whether or not to play this weekend. The two New York teams also were going to boycott the games.

NFL Decision To Come: The league seems to be figuring two possible plans for dealing with this weekend's cancellations. One plan is to play a 15 game season the problem with that is it creates an unfair and unbalanced schedule. The Chargers would play 16 games while the Cardinals would play 14. The popular plan seems to be to makeup these games on Wildcard weekend and cancel the first round of the playoffs. That would leave just 8 teams making the playoffs this year instead of 12. A decision should be made in the next couple of days as soon as today is possible.

Thursday September 13, 2001

Games Cancelled: The NFL has cancelled this weekend's games including the Bills game against the Miami Dolphins. It looks like it will be a 15 game season.

Wednesday September 12, 2001

Bills Add Practice Squad Player: The Bills are back up to five men on the practice squad by signing WR Chris Taylor to the squad today. He was most recently with Pittsburgh but was released earlier this month. He replaces Jake Arians who was activated off of the squad last week.

Williams On Tragedy: Gregg Williams held his normal Wednesday press conference today and said that the team is prepared to do whatever they need to do to help in this time of tragedy. He said the players and coaches will support in any way possible including through donations of blood, money, and time. The team began today's practice with a team prayer. They have placed a few contingency plans into place knowing that there is much uncertainty regarding this weekend's game. He said it is obvious the team can't concentrate fully on practicing for the possible game against Miami.

Tuesday September 11, 2001

NFL Makes No Decision: The NFL is watching the terrorist attacks like the rest of America with prayers for the victims. They say the will talk to people and gather information over the next 24 to 48 hours and then make a decision regarding Sunday's games.

Christie Still Angry: Steve Christie still believes he was cut by the Bills and is angry at how they handled it. He says he found out he was gone from a phone call by Special Teams Coordinator Danny Smith who said to Chrsitie you are cut, injured. Christie is still technically a member of the Bills at this point but he has all but closed the door on returning to the Bills.

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