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THOMAS' RETURN HINGES ON OFFSEASON MOVES

Thurman Thomas says he plans to return to the Buffalo Bills next season as long as some changes are made on offense.

"I want to play," said the 10-year veteran. "To me, we need to make some changes. If they don't that will make my decision easy. I'll wait and see. I can't go through the pounding that myself and Antowain (Smith) took this year. . . . We need some better talented athletes."

Bills defensive tackle Sean Moran suffered a left knee injury late in the second quarter and did not return.

He was on crutches after the game and said he was not sure of the injury's severity. He said he is scheduled to have tests on Monday.

The injury occurred when he was chasing Brett Favre. He and Marcellus Wiley dove at Favre, and Moran's knee hit the helmet of Phil Hansen, who Favre also avoided. Favre threw an 8-yard pass on the play.

Bruce Smith saw limited duty due to a sore shoulder. He played three of five first-half series, and sat out the second half.

Receiver Eric Moulds left the game early in the third quarter with a groin pull.
Chris Mohr saw a string of 530 punts without a block snapped in the third quarter, when Seth Joyner beat Manny Martin and blocked one. Mohr had not had a block since joining the Bills in 1991.

"That hurts a lot, personally," Mohr said. "That's one thing I take pride in. My last one was in Tampa (in 1989), but I was 30-some away from the NFL record, and that's something I wanted. It'll take me eight more years to get it, I guess."

It was the first block of a Bills punt since Houston's Bubba McDowell blocked one on John Kidd on Sept. 24, 1989.
Quinn Early had a season-high 120 receiving yards on seven catches for the Bills.

"I'd like to see them put in the type of performance that Quinn Early turned in. That was a pro," said Marv Levy.

"Today was just indicative of how our whole season went," Early said. "It's very frustrating."
The Bills went 0 for 12 on third downs to finish the season 53 for 212, worst in team history.

The Bills' season average of 25.0 percent is the lowest ever in the NFL for a 16-game season. The previous low was 26.6 percent by Seattle in 1991.

However, New Orleans could go lower than the Bills in their finale today. They enter their game at Kansas City at 25.8 percent.
The Packers, a publicly owned, non-profit corporation, have been selling new shares of stock for the past five weeks. The sale was designed to raise $80 million for renovations to Lambeau Field and to be used as seed money for a new stadium that could be built 20 or 30 years from now.

The new shares of stock cost $200 each. However, just like the existing 1,940 shareholders, new investors will never receive any dividend on their investment.

There was an initial rush to buy the shares when they went on sale last month. The team took $15 million in orders over the first few days, and more than 155,000 people requested the form for the purchase. There are 400,000 shares available to be sold.

However, the sale has slowed.

All 60,790 seats at Lambeau Field, built in 1957, are sold to season-ticket holders. Every game has been sold out since 1960.
The Bills held the Packers to 3.0 yards per rush.

"Their defense is the best run-stopping defense we've faced," said Favre. "You can't run through the middle of them and we found that out. But we made plays when we had to."
Former Bill Don Beebe was inactive due to a sore hamstring.

The Packers rested giant nose tackle Gilbert Brown for the playoffs due to a sprained ankle.

Inactive for the Bills were Rene Ingoglia, Sean Woodson, Bill Conaty, Mike Rockwood, Jamie Nails, Tony Cline and Pat Williams.