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Bills Finally Get First Win

AP Photo - Willis McGahee It Was A Team Win: Coach Mularkey said his first win was long overdue and it was real good for the team, he said he was real proud of the team because they were working really hard. He called it a team win as they put all three phases of the game together. He said they helped the tackles with protections with backs and tight ends to slow Jason Taylor down. He praised Willis McGahee for finishing plays and making yards after contact. The shuttle pass worked twice because they used it at the right time, it had been in the playbook. The play of Ron Edwards impressed the coach and that is why he saw extended playing time today. He felt the biggest mental pickup in the game was the stopping of Miami when they had first and goal at the one late in the third quarter and held them to a field goal. The drops by the receivers he was willing to chalk it up to the ball moving a lot in the wind, although they did stick to the original gameplan despite the weather conditions. He said Drew Bledsoe made some plays on the run in this game and said it wasn't Eric Moulds who talked him into unsuccessfully challenging an incomplete pass in the first half.

McGahee Knows Henry's The Starter: Willis McGahee said the team made corrections to start moving the ball better on the ground. He felt it was a long time coming getting his first start, he said he just had a good time and thanked his line for playing well. He re-iterated that Travis Henry is the starter and he expects him back next week and he looks forward to playing with him. He took a few hits during the game but said his knee is fine, his ankle got twisted a bit on the final series. He said the team did a good job of avoiding mental errors on the final drive and that is why they were able to run out the clock.

No New Injuries: More good news for the Bills they escaped their win with no new injuries. Everyone seemed to come out of the game ok. Willis McGahee seemed shaken up twice but came back both times. He ran into a TV camera stand on one play and seemed to bang up his knee late in the game. Yes, the same knee he had the surgery on, but he returned one play later and seemed fine. Injury Page.

Solid All Around Effort: The defense finally made the plays when the game was on the line. The offense finally put together some consistent play in the second half and the special teams were solid as usual. That is the formula to the first win of the career for Mike Mularkey. Gameday Grades.

Bills Get First Win: Willis McGahee ran for 111 yards in his first NFL start as the Bills pulled off their first win of the year with a 20-13 victory over the still winless Dolphins. The Dolphins led 10-7 at the half on a touchdown pass from Jay Fielder to Derrius Thompson just before halftime. Working with the wind in the third quarter, Drew Bledsoe threw a touchdown pass to Mark Campbell to give the Bills the lead in the third quarter. Takeo Spikes had an interception return for a score in the first quarter. Complete Review.

Jennings Inactive: Jonas Jennings is on the list of inactives for the Bills today. He will not play because of his ankle injury. He did not practice all week.

McGahee To Start ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Willis McGahee will start at running back today for the Bills. Travis Henry is expected to dress and play as needed but he's still hampered by the injury to the plantar fasciita tendon in his foot.

Gameday Weather: It could be the first bad weather game of the season as their is a 50% chance of showers along with cold temperatures and wind. The high for the game will be around 48° but winds will be out of the west southwest at 25mph making it feel like it is in the mid 30's.

Saturday October 16, 2004

Morris Returns: The Bills will see a familiar face starting in the Miami backfield tomorrow. Sammy Morris is expected to get the start this week in Miami's revolving backfield. He will certainly be fired up to face his former team.

Haddad Impressive: Coach Mularkey said Drew Haddad opened some eyes with his play on the scout team and that is one of the reasons they wanted to activate him. He replaces Bobby Shaw on the roster. Haddad knows all three receiver positions and has good instincts the coach says. He has been especially impressive as an inside receiver.

Prioleau To Start: Coy Wire will be ready to play as he is overcoming a quad injury. Lawyer Milloy will not be ready to return for another week or two. Pierson Prioleau will be the one to get the start at strong safety for the second week in a row. Coach Mularkey made that announcement yesterday as it appears Wire has fallen lower in the pecking order. Depth Chart.

Friday October 15, 2004

Bills Add Haddad: As expected the Bills have added Drew Haddad to the active roster to take the spot vacated by Bobby Shaw when he was released. The move gives the team an open spot on the practice squad.

Henry, Jennings Game Time Decisions: Coach Mularkey told the media after practice today that Travis Henry and Jonas Jennings will be gametime decisions. They are both listed as questionable on the injury report. Henry did return to practice on Friday but did so with a limp during one on one drills. Jennings did not practice but was riding the stationary bike today. He is bothered by a sprained ankle suffered against the Jets but it doesn't appear to be a high ankle sprain. Henry is suffering from a foot injury to the plantar fasciitis. If Henry can't go, Willis McGahee will get his first career start. Marcus Price would start for Jennings. Injury Report.

Fiedler Should Start: Jay Fiedler practiced without any setbacks for Miami yesterday. He will start Sunday against the Bills barring any setbacks. Fiedler is suffering from cracked ribs but said it isn't preventing him from doing anything. If Fiedler can't go, A.J. Feeley would start despite suffering a concussion on the final offensive play last week.

Thursday October 14, 2004

Game Officially Soldout: If the fans knew this game would be a battle of winless teams before the season, then the stadium would be empty on Sunday. Since it is a huge rivalry, tickets went fast over the summer and the game is officially a sellout, lifting the television blackout for the 11th straight game.

Wire Upgraded: The Bills have upgraded Coy Wire to probable for this weekend's game against the Dolphins. Wire missed the Jets game with a quad injury but he has practiced the last two days and should be ready to play. Injury Report.

Jennings, Henry Out Again: Travis Henry and Jonas Jennings both missed practice again today. They are both listed as questionable on the injury report and they also both expect to play. Jennings is bothered by a sprained ankle but it doesn't appear to be a high ankle sprain. He suffered the injury against the Jets. Henry is suffering from a foot injury to the plantar fasciitis. Coy Wire returned to practice yesterday and should be ready to go on Sunday.

Miami Hurting: The Dolphins are really banged up heading into Sunday's game with the Bills. They will be without their kicker Olindo Mare. He will be replaced by former Giants kicker Matt Bryant. They also don't know who will be the quarterback. Jay Fiedler is suffering from a rib injury while A.J. Feeley is suffering from a concussion. Neither practiced on Wednesday. Coach Wannstedt said that if Feidler can go, he will start. Feidler said he's uncertain at this point if he'll be ready. Feeley says he'll be ready to go if needed. Third string quarterback Sage Rosenfels will get the nod if neither can go.

Wednesday October 13, 2004

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? 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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