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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed could reach three milestones Sunday if he comes up with a good game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Reed is three catches away from becoming the third player in NFL history with 900 career receptions. He trails only San Francisco's Jerry Rice (1,146) and former Washington great Art Monk (940) among the all-time leaders.

"I didn't expect to have nine," said Reed, who was taken in the fourth round of the 1985 draft out of Kutztown State. "There's a lot of luck involved and a lot of great players around me. It's a credit to the guys who have been around me all these years and the organization for giving me the chance to do it. It's great. It's something I'll cherish for a long time."

Reed is sixth among all-time receivers in touchdown catches with 86, two behind former New York Jets Hall of Famer Don Maynard. He's also sixth all-time with 12,633 yards receiving. He could catch Monk (12,721) this week for fifth. Reed had eight catches for 74 yards and one TD in the first two games this season.

"Andre is a special, special player," Bills coach Wade Phillips said. "We're lucky in this area to have seen him play and continue to play the way he does. . . . You throw it anywhere near him, and he's going to catch it -- even if he's sitting down. It's great to be around those kinds of guys."
Guard Joe Panos tested his injured neck for the first time in three weeks Wednesday when he went through contact drills with the Bills' practice squad.

Panos missed the first two games with a bulging disk in his neck, which led to a series of stingers and weakness in his right arm. He was concerned two weeks ago that he might need to undergo season-ending surgery. He will continue workouts before deciding whether he can play next week against Miami.

"We'll know more after I take a couple more hits, after a few more practices and see how it's going to hold up," Panos said. "The question is whether I can play with it. It's weak. If I can compete with it, I'll go."

Panos is listed as doubtful on the team's weekly injury report, but Phillips said the six-year veteran would not play against Philadelphia. Dusty Zeigler will start for Panos for the third straight week.

Lackawanna native and former first-round pick Mike Mamula will play in Ralph Wilson Stadium for the first time in his NFL career this weekend.

Mamula missed the last two games with a sprained ankle. He missed all of last season with a knee injury. Mamula, the Eagles' top pick in the 1995 draft, is expected to start in place of injured defensive end Hugh Douglas (knee).

Quarterback Doug Pederson (shoulder) was listed as questionable, but he is expected to start Sunday. Also listed as questionable were receivers Dameane Douglas (quadriceps) and Torrance Small (ribs) and defensive tackle Bill Johnson (ankle). Detrich Jells (ankle) and third-string QB Koy Detmer (back) were listed as probable.

Defensive end Bruce Smith sat out practice Wednesday with a sore hamstring but will play. Nose tackle Ted Washington was given the day off to rest.
Sunday's game has been sold out and will be televised by Channel 29 at 1 p.m. Home dates against Pittsburgh on Oct. 10 and Miami on Nov. 14 are also sold out. Single seats remains for the Oakland game Oct. 17.

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