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FLUTIE HAS A HANDLE ON SUB-ZERO CONDITIONS

Quarterback Doug Flutie took some snaps in practice this week wearing special gloves that are very popular among players in the CFL. The gloves, which are used by glass cutters, are made of a strong rubbery material. They have a coarse surface that gives players a stronger grip on the ball.

Five years ago, former CFL player Jim Sandusky made some changes to the glove by putting a cloth mesh on the top part of the hand to make them fit better.

"Jim calls them 'Sandman' , and it's great for gripping the ball," Flutie said. "It's the best receiving glove I've ever worn. All the receivers in the CFL wear them."

Flutie only used the gloves twice in CFL games played in sub-zero weather. NIKE has come out with its version of Sandusky's invention. Flutie said Denver Broncos receiver Ed McCaffery is one NFL receiver he knowswho uses the glove.

Flutie doesn't plan to wear the gloves Sunday when the Bills play at New England, but would consider using them in a game if the temperature dipped below zero.
Flutie and tight end Jay Riemersma were named first alternates for the Pro Bowl at their respective positions. That means they will replace an AFC player if he cannot participate.

Flutie earned his first Pro Bowl trip last season. He was beaten out this year by Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts, Mark Brunell of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Rich Gannon of the Oakland Raiders.

Pete Gonzalez of the Kansas City Chiefs and Frank Wycheck of the Tennessee Titans were picked ahead of Riemersma, who emerged as one of the top receiving tight ends in the NFL. In his first season as a full-time starter, Riemersma ranks third on the Bills with 29 catches for 429 yards and is fourth in scoring with four touchdowns.

Cornerback Ken Irvin was placed on injured reserve Thursday due to the foot injury he suffered in last Sunday's win at Arizona. The Bills also elevated wide receiver Jeremy McDaniel from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Wide receiver Eric Moulds and linebacker Dan Brandenburg were added to the injury list Thursday. Moulds has a stiff lower back, while Brandenburg has a sore leg. Both are questionable.

Moulds and Andre Reed (ribs) were the only players who didn't practice Thursday, but both expect to play Sunday. Tackle Robert Hicks (ankle) and running back Antowain Smith (toe) continued to be limited in workouts. Hicks insists he'll be ready to play even though he is still favoring his sprained ankle. A decision on both could be made today.

There were no changes to the Patriots' injury list.

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