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NFL FINES PANOS $5,000, ALLEGES LATE BLOCK

Buffalo Bills guard Joe Panos has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for a penalty he received in last week's game against St. Louis.

Panos was flagged for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness foul after a 10-yard pass to tight end Jay Riemersma. There was a pileup on the play, and Panos blocked a Ram as the play was ending.

Panos said he will appeal the fine. He said the whistle had not blown on the play before his block.
The Bills had a two-hour practice session Thursday and are off until Monday.

Quarterback Rob Johnson participated fully. He sat out Wednesday's workout as a precaution due to the mild concussion he suffered against the Rams.

"Rob had a good day and threw the ball really well," said coach Wade Phillips. "We worked a lot on getting out of the pocket."

At one point as Johnson rolled, Phillips ran at him, pretending to be a pass rusher. Johnson easily threw the ball out of bounds.

"I have no chance of catching him," Phillips joked.
Phillips said the team prepared a bit for the 49ers, whom they face on Oct. 4. The Bills will have an extra day of practice next week, on Monday. Usually, the team just studies film on Monday.

Phillips said he thinks special teamer Mark Pike will be able to come back from his torn biceps and play against the 49ers. Pike practiced Thursday. Defensive tackle Shawn Price (ankle) practiced on a limited basis. Center Dusty Zeigler practiced fully, and Phillips said the Bills still are studying the cause of his dehydration the past two games.

"We can't find anything medically wrong with him," Phillips said.
The Oct. 4 game against the 49ers is sold out. Ticket sales for the following two home games, Jacksonville and Miami, are stronger than the Bills had for the St. Louis opener. However, neither is close to a sellout yet.
Phillips reiterated that a lineup shake-up is not likely:

"If you put people in that aren't as good as the other people, I think the team knows that," he said. "To start people in front of somebody that's better than they are, I don't think that helps your team. I don't think you're sending the right message. We're going to look at people, certainly, but we felt like we were playing with our best people."

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