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Vic Carucci

Vic Carucci covers the Bills and NFL for The Buffalo News. He is a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector, has authored nine books about pro football and is a past president of the Professional Football Writers of America.


Buffalo Bills linebacker Shane Conlan didn't take part in Wednesday's practice at Rich Stadium, and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.Conlan suffered a sprained right ankle and bruised right shin during last Sunday's 24-3 loss to the Chicago Bears.Levy said the fact Conlan didn't practice Wednesday was not an indication he woul…

Section C1 won't be the same Sunday. That's the spot in Rich Stadi um where Tim Vogler sat during the Buffalo Bills' Sept. 11 victory over the Miami Dolphins and Sept. 25 triumph over the Pitts burgh Steelers.It won't be the same Sunday, because, in all likelihood, Vogler will be on the field during the Bills' encounter with the Indianap olis Colts.More specifically, …

Jamie Mueller was under the impression he would play a more prominent role in the Buffalo Bills' running game this season.He's finding out his impression was wrong.Through the Bills' 4-1 start, Mueller has had a mere 12 carries for 47 yards. To put those numbers in perspective, the fullback's fellow backfield starter -- halfback Thurman Thomas -- has 65 more attempts …

The diagnosis for Buffalo Bills linebacker Shane Conlan continued to look encouraging Monday.Conlan was suspected of having a fractured right fibula after taking a low hit from wide receiver Dennis McKinnon late in Sunday's 24-3 loss to the Chicago Bears. X-rays taken after the game were negative. Monday, Bills coach Marv Levy said Conlan suffered an ankle sprain and …

The problems with the Buffalo Bills' offense had been bubbling throughout the first four weeks of the National Football League season.Sunday, in Week Five, they finally boiled over.Those who had maintained the Bills eventually would get their offensive act together as their defense carried them to a 4-0 start may not be quite so optimistic any longer. Not after Sunday…

Leonard Smith was happy with his insertion in the Buffalo Bills' starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.That was, as the veteran strong safety pointed out, the reason the Bills acquired him from the Phoenix Cardinals Sept. 20.But Smith would have been equally pleased to spend a second week taking the field as an extra defensive back in obvious pas…

The Buffalo Bills Wednesday revealed that halfback Robb Riddick suffered a sprained knee late in last Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and list him as doubtful for this weekend's encounter with the Chicago Bears.According to Bills coach Marv Levy, the injury occurred on one of the Steelers' two on-side kickoffs in the final two minutes of Buffalo's 36-28…

Buffalo Bills defensive end Bruce Smith was among five play ers to have their substance-abuse suspensions lifted by the National Football League on Tuesday.The others were New York Gi ants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver John Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Emanuel King and Bengals cornerback Daryl Smith.Bruce Smith's 30-day suspen …

Buffalo Bills rookie safety John Hagy underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee, and will be lost for the balance of the 1988 season.Hagy suffered the injury Sunday while covering a kickoff in the second quarter of the Bills' 36-28 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. It initially was believed the problem was a recurrence of an inj…

Although Bruce Smith no longer is hospitalized, the Buffalo Bills did not know Monday whether the NFL would lift its substance-abuse suspension in time for the defensive end to play this weekend against the Chicago Bears.Smith's 30-day suspension, which began two days before the Bills' Sept. 4 regular-season opener against Minnesota, is scheduled to expire Sunday, the…

Robb Riddick finds himself in the familiar role of reserve/specialist for the Buffalo Bills.Short-yardage runner. Third-down receiver out of the backfield. Special teams.If it's any situation other than first and 10, Riddick's on the field.He has been the Bills' "other halfback" every year since he joined the team in 1981. He seemed on the verge of changing that after…

When he arrived for work at Rich Stadium Wednesday morning, Buffalo Bills strong safety Dwight Drane was taken by surprise by the news he received from linebacker Darryl Talley.The news was the Bills had acquired another strong safety, Leonard Smith, Tuesday night from the Phoenix Cardinals in exchange for reserve cornerback Roland Mitchell and a draft pick."I was sur…

The few remaining tickets for Sunday's Buffalo Bills-Pittsburgh Steelers game at Rich Stadium were sold Monday, meaning the local television blackout will be lifted for the third time in as many appearances the Bills have made at home this season. It marked the first time since 1981 the Bills have sold out their first three games at Rich Stadium. Bills wide receiv…

The Buffalo Bills acquired starting strong safety Leonard Smith from the Phoenix Cardinals Tuesday night in exchange for reserve cornerback Roland Mitchell and an undisclosed draft pick.Smith, a sixth-year National Football League veteran, was a first-alternate selection to the Pro Bowl in his previous two seasons with the Cardinals.Bills coach Marv Levy said he proba…

The Buffalo Bills Monday re-signed back-up quarterback Stan Gelbaugh, whom they waived last week, and released strong safety Sherman Cocroft, whose signing prompted Gelbaugh to be cut.The decision was made after the Bills' medical staff gave reserve rookie strong safety John Hagy, who had been nursing a mild knee sprain he suffered against Miami Sept. 11, clearance to…