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REED, THOMAS PASS MILESTONES, MORE IN REACH

INDIANAPOLIS -- Wide receiver Andre Reed and running back Thurman Thomas reached milestones Monday night.

With the second of his four catches against the Indianapolis Colts, Reed became the fourth receiver to reach 800, joining Hall of Famer Steve Largent of the Seattle Seahawks and future inductees Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers and Art Monk of the Washington Redskins and New York Jets.

Thomas rushed for 42 yards Monday to become the 10th running back to rush for 11,000 yards.

Reed has 802 catches and needs 18 to pass Largent and move into third place on the all-time list. Rice, who is out for the year with a knee injury, is the leader with 1,050 receptions. Monk is second with 940.

"This is a special record for me simply because of the amount of years in this league you have to play and play at a high level," Reed said. "The confidence that this organization has in me to go out there and do that makes me feel extra special. And I'm not done yet. I'm going to keep going."

Thomas also joined Chicago great Walter Payton and Kansas City's Marcus Allen as the only NFL players to have more than 11,000 yards rushing and 4,000 receiving.

With 11,021 yards, Thomas is well on his way to passing O.J. Simpson (11,236) and John Riggins (11,352).

"It just means I've been around a long time and I'm an old man," Thomas joked. "I've been able to stay healthy, that helps a lot, and I haven't been the focal point of the offense.

"I'm proud of the record. It's something I can tell my grand kids about. But it wasn't a record I was trying to get. It's something that happened as a result of being on great teams with great players."

Reed agreed with that.

"It seems like every time me, Thurman or Bruce Smith steps on the field some kind of milestone is being set," Reed said. "You might not ever see three players like this on one team ever again."

Nose tackle Ted Washington and linebacker John Holecek sustained injuries in the second quarter and did not return.

Washington was wearing a patch over his right eye, which was swollen from a blow he took. The severity of the injury has not been determined.

Holecek suffered a sprained ankle.

Thomas was also hurt when Colts linebacker Quentin Coryatt hit him in the right knee late in the second quarter, but he returned in the second half.

"My right knee got caught in the turf and one of their guys hit it and hyperextended it back," Thomas said. "But that's why I wear my brace because it gives me great support. Who knows how bad it would have been if I didn't have it on."
Bruce Smith had two of Buffalo's five sacks, giving him 24.5 in 16 games with the Colts. He has 148.5 sacks in his career.

Bills offensive line coach Tom Bresnahan was clearly upset after the final play of the first half when the Bills went for a deep pass as time expired.

Colts defensive end Dan Footman ran by left tackle John Fina and sacked Todd Collins, leaving the Bills' quarterback dazed and with a bloody nose.

The Dumas, Ark., home of Bills player personnel director Dwight Adams was destroyed by fire last Friday. His wife, Jo, was inside the house when the fire broke out, but she escaped without injury. The cause of the blaze has not been determined.

The Bills still have not scored a first-quarter touchdown this season. Counting the last four games of last season, their touchdown drought has reached 11 straight first quarters.

It looks like Bills fans who can't make it to Rich Stadium will be able to watch the next two home games on television. Only 1,000 single tickets are left for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos and just 300 singles remain for the Nov. 2 showdown against the Miami Dolphins, according to ticket director Jerry Foran.

Sales for the New England Patriots game on Nov. 9 are not as brisk. About 28,000 tickets remain for that one, Foran said.

The Bills' inactives were offensive tackle Jamie Nails, defensive tackle Pat Williams, cornerback Raymond Jackson, fullback Tim Tindale, linebacker Dan Brandenburg, defensive end Jim Jeffcoat and tight end Rob Coons.
Jim Harbaugh has been intercepted only once by a Buffalo defender in his 11-year career. He has thrown 186 passes against the Bills with 102 completions for 1,277 yards.

This was only the second game in NFL history in which there were no touchdowns and no turnovers. The only other time that happened was when New England defeated Miami 6-3 in Miami in 1988. . . . The all-time series now favors the Bills, 31-23-1.

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