Practice Squad Move: The Bills have added OT Rodney Reed to the practice squad. He started 14 games for LSU in 2003 and was with Atlanta this summer before being released. To make room for Reed the Bills released QB Greg Zolman from the squad.
Seven On Report: The Bills listed seven players on the injury report. Three are doubtful, three questionable, and one probable. In contrast, only two Arizona Cardinals are on the report. Drew Haddad was a late add as questionable after injuring his hamstring in practice today. Jonas Jennings is feeling better and is probable and should start Sunday. Terrence McGee is questionable with a foot injury that can leave the Bills secondary real thin. He is replacing Troy Vincent who is doubtful. Injury Report.
Mularkey Say McGahee Is Starting: Coach Mularkey addressed the running back situation in his media day press conference today. He said Willis McGahee will start and when he needs a blow Travis Henry will take his place. Henry will have a role in other personnel groupings, almost identical to McGahee's role previously. He said, in his opinion nobody was promoted or demoted, they are just trying to get a spark. He did say this isn't the only position that this may happen to. McGahee has been able to get the extra push but in defense of Henry he has been bothered by his injured foot, Mularkey said. When there hasn't been a hole there, McGahee has done a better job. He said in his mind, he has starters that don't start games, and that is the case with Henry. He stopped short of calling his remarks on the team's website earlier as a misunderstanding, when he named both of them starters. He re-iterated what Bledsoe said about Henry having a great practice today and being a true professional about it. If McGahee doesn't produce, than Henry will come in. He said everything will be re-evaluated each week, not just at running back but at each position. He was emphatic that he's not being indecisive and that McGahee is starting.
Haddad Injured In Practice: Trey Teague, Troy Vincent, Terrence McGee, and Marcus Price did not practice today. Drew Haddad came up limping at the end of practice and he was being evaluated. J.P. Losman will be upgraded to doubtful this week and did more work today.
Bledsoe Defends His Play: Drew Bledsoe was candid with the media when talking about his play. He said he is the quarterback for a team that is a power running team that has not scored a touchdown on the ground. He said the emphasis is to get rid of the ball quickly, but he has been hit as much as anyone in the league. Seven of his interceptions, five have come on tipped balls and he feels only two were his fault. He is trying to do everything he can based on what he has been given, and in some instances he feels he has done what he can. He looked at it, being honest with himself and in many games he's done all he could, although he admitted in the Baltimore game he didn't. He said he's been searching for the last six weeks on how to fix the mental mistakes that have been inexcusable. Talking about Arizona, he said they are playing very well, and the Bills will have to play well offensively to get it done. He said he was almost arrogant about how good the offense could be coming into the season but that just hasn't been the case. He still feels confident about the team and doesn't prepare himself to actually lose a game and they continue to prepare positively and he felt they had a great, up tempo practice today.
Henry's Been A True Professional: Drew Bledsoe addressed the running back situation in his media day press conference today. He said Willis McGahee has done some good things for the team, it is a difficult situation for Travis Henry and he has everyone's respect in the organization, so it is not an ideal situation. He called Henry a leader without even saying much in the locker room. Bledsoe said that Henry is acting like a true professional. His attitude has been tremendous right down to today's practice.
Henry Says McGahee's The Starter: Travis Henry told the media today that Willis McGahee's really the starter no matter how they word it as co-starters. He said when his number's called he'll go in and do what he can do. He said they are trying to get this thing turned around and whoever is in the rhythm will stay in the game. He will come in if McGahee doesn't get into a rhythm and if he gets into a rhythm he'll stay in the game. Henry says he knows he's a starter and a good back in the league and whatever happens happens. He said he's not worried about the offseason, he will do what he can to turn this thing around. He said he's not bitter by the decision but admits that he's not happy but he has a job to do and is focusing on the final 10 games and then they'll see how it plays out.
McGahee Says He's Just Filling In: Willis McGahee says he has one thing to do and that is going out and making plays. He's expected to get the start this week even though they are both "co-starters". He says they can both co-exist together. He did admit splitting time will take longer to get into a rhythm, and he hopes they play together at times. He feels that Henry is the legitimate starter and he is filling in for now. It is up to the coaches how they will rotate both players.
McGahee, Henry Co Starters: Coach Mularkey put an end to the running back controversy...sort of. He announced today that both Willis McGahee and Travis Henry will start Sunday against the Cardinals. He told reporters that he is going to use McGahee since he has given the team a spark and gaining yards when there has been no holes to run through. He wants to see if that will be the difference this week. This may be making this sticky situation even stickier. It is quickly becoming reminiscent of the great QB debate between Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson. I guess the Bills now have no. 1 and 1A running backs. What do you think? Take our poll on the homepage and let us know.
Decision Today: Willis McGahee says he's starting Sunday but the Bills have yet to confirm it. Coach Mularkey should fill us in during his media day press conference today. Stay tuned to Bills Daily for updates throughout the day.
Must Win At Home: The Bills are still licking their wounds from the loss to the Ravens but now is the time to turn the page on the 2004 season if they are going to gain any sort of respectability this season. Arizona comes to town on Sunday sporting a big win against Seattle. The bottom line is, if the Bills are going to save some face this season it needs to start by beating the 2-4 Cardinals at home on Sunday. Complete Preview.
Tuesday October 26, 2004
McGahee To Start: Willis McGahee told Sporting News Radio today that he will be starting on Sunday when the Bills take on the Arizona Cardinals. Coach Mularkey has yet to officially announce who will start but his silence spoke volumes on the subject after the game on Sunday. Depth Chart.
Jennings Should Practice: The reason Jonas Jennings was a surprise inactive with his sprained ankle on Sunday was his inability to push off. That is pretty important for a left tackle. Coach Mularkey hopes with the extra rest he will be able to practice tomorrow. The team also hopes that Trey Teague can begin practicing tomorrow as well. Injury Page.
Throwback Jerseys Possible: Tom Donahoe said that the Bills are looking at the possibility of using a throwback jersey next season. In answering a question on the Team's website, he said they are designing one and will seek league approval to use it next season.
The Future: Is it time to look at the future? The Bills are going nowhere this year so should they shake things up? An offensive line shuffle may be in order along with a change at running back. When J.P. Losman is healthy, should the future begin immediately? Tony Bogyo takes a look at these questions in his latest commentary and then take our latest poll question on the homepage. Complete Story.
Monday October 25, 2004
Losman 2 To 3 Weeks Away: Mike Mularkey spoke to the media today and said that J.P. Losman will do some 7 on 7 drills but he is still at least two to three weeks away from playing. He was dressed yesterday just to give him the experience of being a part of the team and warmups. He also said that Troy Vincent is probably not going to practice full bore this week either. He dodged the question about a QB controversy since Losman isn't even ready to compete. Injury Page.
Need To Chip Away: After reviewing the films, Coach Mularkey said they had some errant throws, and some mental mistakes in the loss to the Ravens. He also called it poor officiating on the 93 yard interception return. Drew Bledsoe said yesterday that there was pass interference, and he tried to get the call. Mularkey said today their were two blatant pass interferences on the play that weren't called. He hopes they can chip away and knock one problem out at a time. He feels the offensive struggles are in the red zone but he doesn't feel the offense is in that much trouble since they have moved the ball well in the second half the last two weeks. They just need to get better in the red zone.
Henry Totes Company Line: Travis Henry seems to know the fact that his days as a feature back is for all intent and purposes over. He said he was surprised the he wasn't a bigger part of the offense yesterday, and his injured foot wasn't a factor. He said he's obviously going to have to deal with the situation all year and toted the company line saying they are all in this together and they need to keep working to turn this thing around. As we reported yesterday, Coach Mularkey would not commit to Willis McGahee as his number one back but his silence at the podium spoke volumes about the future of the running back position.
Losman Era? Coach Mularkey would commit to one player at the podium yesterday. He said Drew Bledsoe is his quarterback. This question won't be going away anytime soon. Bledsoe was awful against the Ravens and J.P. Losman suited up for the first time in his career as the emergency quarterback. He is expected to continue progressing and may be ready to play in another week or two. That's when the QB debate will really shift into high gear.
Milloy Makes It Through: Lawyer Milloy made it through his first game of the year fine. He tested out his new lightweight cast and it made it through the game without any problems. He was as aggressive as he always has been and doesn't expect any further problems. In other injury news, Marcus Price made it through the game despite suffering from a sore knee. Willis McGahee had to have his ribs taped up after the game. Injury Page.
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