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Colts Hand Bills Another Loss

Travis Henry The Bills fell to 0-3 in the preseason with the loss to the Colts on Saturday night. Drew Bledsoe struggled in his three quarters of work as the offense couldn't get going. Special teams also struggled but the defense ended up playing a bit better than the previous two games. Here is a look at the week in review with our take on the issues:

The 19-7 loss to the Colts saw the offense struggle as the only score came after the special teams forced a fumbled punt return. Those same special teams allowed a long kickoff return to setup the Colts lone touchdown. The offensive line again couldn't open up holes for an anemic running attack and they let Bledsoe get sacked three times. The defense did a good job of bending but not breaking. They shutdown the Colts running game that was missing its top two ball carriers. Discipline was a problem as the team was called for 16 penalties. Our Take: Very few players helped themselves in the loss. Chris Watson had a fantastic game and Coy Wire showed that he is a good talent. Hurting themselves was the entire running game. Richard Huntley didn't get into the game until late in the fourth quarter which probably means he is on the bubble. The penalties are a huge cause for concern despite the fact the referees said beforehand that they would call the game tight.

As expected, Chidi Ahanotu signed a one year deal on Monday. He practiced with the team later in the week and played a few plays in third down situations against Indianapolis. The club is excited to have him on the team. In other front office news, the team officially extended the contract of Larry Centers through the 2003 season. He received a $250,000 signing bonus and his cap figure increased slightly. Our Take: Veteran leadership is needed at the defensive end position and Ahanotu brings that at a cheap price. Centers is worth a little extra money to keep a team leader happy.

The club got an early jump on releasing players as nine players were cut this past week. Erik Flowers heads the list of cuts, also on the list were WR Jeremy McDaniel, CB Daryon Brutely, DT Demetrious Maxie, DT Devonte Peterson, QB David Priestley, S Milton Proctor, K Marc Samuel, and C Tom Schau. Our Take: None of these moves are a surprise as the club wanted a smaller roster to use during the final two preseason games.

The club only had one significant injury this week when Corey Hulsey left practice early in the week with a slightly sprained knee. He did not play against Indianapolis along with Jonas Jennings who is improving with his sprained ankle. Leif Larsen remains out but Ruben Brown returned to action against Indy. Our Take: The injury situation isn't bad for this far along in preseason. For the latest on injuries all week long check out our injury page.

The Bills broke camp this week and called it successful. On the last day of camp on Wednesday they announced an extension of their deal with St. Johns Fisher through 2011. Our Take: This is a good deal since it seems to be the perfect place for training camp.

There was $5,000 - $8,000 worth of damage to the Bills grass practice field next to Ralph Wilson Stadium when somebody went joy riding on the field. The police are investigation and appear to be closing in on an arrest. Our Take: This shouldn't set the team back since there are other practice fields to use.

In ex-Bills news, Henry Jones has reunited with Wade Phillips in Atlanta. Jeremy McDaniel was picked off of waivers by San Francisco and promptly injured his hamstring again. Erik Flowers ended up in Houston after the Texans picked him off of waivers. In sad news, Wayne Simmons, who played briefly for the Bills, died in a car accident on Friday. Our Take: It's nice to see Jones get a second chance, the interest in Flowers was very high perhaps the Bills could have traded him for something?

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