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Receiver accepts suspension after conversation with Wilson

Eric Moulds said Thursday he accepts his one-game punishment from the Buffalo Bills and hopes the team can overcome the distraction of his suspension.

"To be honest, it's a load off my shoulders because it's something that has been going on for the last few days," Moulds said after a half-hour meeting with Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr.

"Even though I don't want to miss any games, I agree with everything Mr. Wilson said. He's a classy guy who has treated me very well, and I have nothing but great respect for him."

Moulds said he appreciated that Wilson gave him the chance to tell his side of the story face to face. However, Moulds did not want to discuss the specifics of what happened on the sideline in Miami on Sunday.
"He got the coaches' side of the story, and then he got mine," Moulds said. "He asked me what I thought about the one-game suspension. I told him if that's what he thinks is best for the team, then I'll accept it.

"Maybe they wanted to do a four-game suspension, I really don't know," Moulds said of coach Mike Mularkey and his staff. "But Mr. Wilson said a one-game suspension is enough. He said he wants me back on the field because he enjoys watching me play. And I enjoy playing for him."

Moulds said he was troubled by how much attention the dispute received and was concerned about its effect on his teammates.

"That was my biggest concern, and I told Mr. Wilson that I didn't want to be a T.O. type of distraction," he said, referring to Philadelphia receiver Terrell Owens. "It's already been enough of a distraction, just from the fact that it should have been nipped in the bud from Day One. If this was going to be done, it should have been done early. I understand that New England may change some things in their game plan as far as how they will defend Sam (Aiken) and the other guys without me in there. I think from that aspect, it may have been something that maybe the coaches wanted them to worry about defending me. But that's a different story.

"I told Lee (Evans), Sam and a lot of the other guys to go out and play as if I was there. I told them this is a chance to make a name for themselves, so they have to play hard every play for the entire 60 minutes."

Moulds will get back on the field for three more games, expected to be the last three of his 10-year Bills career.

Moulds said he has tried not to think about leaving the Bills after this season.

"But I realize that it can happen," he said. "I've taken less money to stay here. I took a pay cut. I did everything that they asked me to. You don't want to say the last few days were a slap in the face, but I've talked to a lot of players in the league who believe it is a slap in the face.

"But I have so much respect for Mr. Wilson. He is more than an owner to me. He's a friend, he's someone I can always talk to. His support of me over the years makes it easier for me to know that I get to finish my last three games, if they are my last three games here, on the field."

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