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BRUCE PLANS TO PLAY OUT SEASON

Bruce Smith's orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Richard Steadman, released a statement through the Buffalo Bills Wednesday saying the defensive end plans to play the rest of the season despite his sore knees.

Smith visited the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., Monday and Tuesday.

Here is part of Steadman's statement:

"On evaluation it was noted that he does have arthritis in both knees. It was, however, felt that his recent problems were the result of blows to both knees sustained during recent football games.

"Bruce plans to continue playing this season, and the problem will be re-evaluated if he has increased pain or problems with his knees. He will be evaluated again at the end of the season to see if further treatment is indicated. If his symptoms resolve, he would not need any further treatment in the near future. On the other had, if his symptoms remain, he may require arthroscopic surgery at the conclusion of this season."
The Bills announced receiver Jimmy Cunningham, who had been on injured reserve, was released.
The Bills stand second last in the NFL in turnover ratio at minus-12. They are tied for last in takeaways and are the only team in the league that has not recovered an opponent's fumble. . . . The Bills rank 16th in yards gained on offense, 13th in rushing and 16th in passing. They stand seventh in yards allowed, 18th against the run and ninth against the pass. . . . Indianapolis stands 30th on offense, 27th rushing and 23rd passing. The Colts are 18th on defense, 24th against the run and 11th against the pass.

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