Henry Questionable: Travis Henry is listed as questionable on the injury report with plantar fasciitis, which is a painful irritation of the foot. They will see how he is tomorrow along with Jonas Jennings who is still bothered by his concussion and neck injury. Lawyer Milloy and Coy Wire are also questionable. Despite practicing today, J.P. Losman remains out. Injury Report.
Shaw Not Productive Enough: Coach Mularkey said the team could be more productive at wide receiver and that is why they released Bobby Shaw. He expects Sam Aiken to get more reps as well as Drew Haddad who is expected to be activated from the practice squad. He said he's not picking on one guy but that is "the nature of the beast". He said he isn't looking at Shaw as a scape goat though. He feels Shaw wasn't productive enough in the total package of games, meetings, and practice.
Officials At Practice: Coach Mularkey said he's trying to address the penalty situation and that is why he had officials at camp today. Drew Bledsoe said it may help the team. Mularkey is taking a wait and see approach to find out how productive it is. It will be brought to the team's attention as penalties are made but they won't stop practice for each penalty they will just indicate when an infraction is made. Mularkey said the team will try to build off of the two touchdowns they scored in the fourth quarter last week instead of harping on the seven punts in a row they had in the first three and a half quarters. He said you build off of the positives and they hope to carry it over into this game. The coach expects a war this week despite the two teams being winless.
Bledsoe Sad To See Shaw Go: Drew Bledsoe said he's sad to see Bobby Shaw go since he's a friend of his and has been a productive player especially on third down. He said as a team they need to go on. Everyone is looking to make the situation better and he thinks the release was made to try and make things better but he isn't sure how that will play out.
Team Needs Win: Drew Bledsoe believes that the team will improve and the 0-4 start isn't something he could have possibly imagined when the season started. He re-iterated that the team needs to run the ball better in the red zone. On the owners comments from Sunday, Bledsoe said people were talking about them in the locker room and feels Ralph Wilson is frustrated. He doesn't know if the comments will change anything offensively. The bottom line Bledsoe feels is that more plays need to be made offensively to put more points on the board to help out the defense that has played well. He feels they could take more shots downfield if they continue to protect well. They have had a good percentage of success going downfield so far this year. The team needs a win in the worst way and he will do everything he can to help get them over the hump.
Agent Confirms Release: The agent for Bobby Shaw confirmed that his client had been released as the team has decided to go in a different direction. He spoke of the release on the Simoncast this afternoon on Empire. There appears to be no other reason for the move. One rumor said that Shaw expressed displeasure about the offense but Shaw told the agent that is not the case. The Bills now have an open roster spot.
Losman Practices: Along with Lawyer Milloy, J.P. Losman returned to practice today as well. It is highly unlikely that he would be ready to play this week. Missing practice today were Jonas Jennings and Travis Henry. Jennings told the media he is feeling better while Henry is still bothered by a foot injury.
Shaw Gone? ESPN.com is reporting that the Bills have told Bobby Shaw to clear out his locker and they plan to release him or trade him today. This is an unusual move and may be a reaction to the owner's frustration about the offense. Shaw actually has had better production than other receivers, especially Josh Reed. His departure sets the stage for the emerging Sam Aiken to get more playing time.
Milloy Practices: Lawyer Milloy returned to practice today for the first time since breaking his forearm in a preseason game. He is practicing with a brace that mobilizes the injury and protects it. He said it has been a long process and he's anxious to get back to the field but the doctors wouldn't let him before today. No word yet on his availability for Sunday's game against Miami. He said it will be up to the doctors if he can play but it felt good to put the cleats on and get on the field. Mentally he feels ready to play but there is still a concern medically.
Battle Of The Winless: The Bills and Dolphins is the most storied rivalry in franchise history. Nobody could have thought it would come down to this. These are the last two teams in the league that have yet to win again. Something has to give this week. The Bills have been close and the Dolphins may be without their top two quarterbacks. If the Bills play a good game they should finally break into the win column. Game Preview.
Tuesday October 12, 2004
Practice Squad Move: The Bills have added OL David Pruce to the practice squad. He is a graduate of the University of Buffalo and was most recently playing in NFL Europe this past season for the New England Patriots. He was with the Bills for a spell during the 2002 offseason. To make room for Pruce the Bills have placed Ben Sobieski on the practice squad-injured list.
Milloy To Practice: Lawyer Milloy is expected to return to practice this week. No word on when he will get back into the lineup. Coy Wire also hopes to practice as early as Wednesday. J.P. Losman may practice beginning next week. As we reported yesterday, Trey Teague confirmed he has a few broken bones below his knee and he doesn't know when he'll return to action. Injury Page.
Time To Realize: It seems to be a good time to realize that the Bills aren't a good team, in fact they may never be a good time under the Tom Donahoe era. They continue to get fans hyped up and optimistic only to let them down. Tony Bogyo explores this in his latest article. Complete Story.
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