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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. ? (AP) ? Buffalo Bills receiver Eric Moulds could be suspended by coach Mike Mularkey for undisclosed reasons.

 

Mularkey told Moulds of his plan to suspend him during a meeting Monday, a person who has been directly informed of the discussion told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

 

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced plans to suspend Moulds. The person said Moulds, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was shocked and confused following the meeting with Mularkey.

 

The Buffalo News, citing an unidentified NFL source, on Wednesday disclosed Mularkey's intention. The final decision, however, will be up to team owner Ralph Wilson, the newspaper reported.

 

Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said he expected Mularkey to address Moulds' status during his weekly news conference later Wednesday.

 

Moulds and agent Harold Harrison could not be reached for comment. In his 10th season with Buffalo, Moulds is the team's senior player and second to Andre Reed in most of the Bills' career receiving categories.

 

The Bills (4-8), on the verge of missing the playoffs for the sixth straight season, play the New England Patriots on Sunday.

 

The dispute comes after Moulds carefully expressed his frustrations and questioned the team's play-calling after he was benched for most of the final three quarters of Buffalo's 24-23 loss at Miami on Sunday.

 

It was a game in which Moulds failed to make a catch, ending his streak for receptions at a franchise-record 121 consecutive games. It was the fourth-longest streak in the league, a list led by Indianapolis' Marvin Harrison, who has a catch in 151 straight games.

 

After the game, Mularkey said Moulds had taken himself out of the game. The coach, on Monday, would only say that he met with Moulds privately.

 

"That's internal and personal,'' Mularkey said. "Eric and I have had a good talk and we'll keep it at that.''

 

Moulds didn't make himself available to reporters Monday. After the game Sunday, in which the Bills squandered a 23-3 fourth-quarter lead, Moulds tried to stay composed about the loss and his lack of playing time.

 

"I don't really want to comment on it. I don't want it to be a situation like T.O.,'' Moulds said, referring to

troubled Philadelphia Eagles receiver Terrell Owens, who was suspended for four games and will finish out the year on the team's inactive list.

 

Moulds did question the Bills play-calling in the second half, wondering why they didn't run the ball more to run down the clock. The game's momentum turned when Bills quarterback J.P. Losman threw an interception on a first-and-goal from the 3 late in the third quarter.

 

Moulds' production is down this season, although he still leads the team with 54 catches for 511 yards. He also has three touchdowns, second to Lee Evans' six.

 

Moulds is the franchise's second-leading receiver with 648 career catches for 8,791 yards. His best season was 2002, when he had a franchise record 100 catches for 1,292 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns. He also holds the single-season record with 1,368 yards receiving, set in 1998.

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If he refused to re-enter the game last Sunday (which would make sense, as there is no other reason to give Sam freakin' Aiken meaningful playing time), he deserves to be suspended (probably for the year, as that is much worse than what T.O. did IMO), even if it does severely hamper the Bills' chances at upsetting the Patriots this weekend.

 

If they're suspending him for criticizing the playcalling, its bulls***.

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Losman had a great first quarter, when Moulds was in the game and commanding double coverage or safety help that allowed Lee Evans to run free downfield versus the subpar Miami corners.

 

Once Moulds removed himself/was pulled, the 'Fins were able to devote more attention to Evans (who disappeared after his monster first quarter) since Sam Aiken, Josh Reed and Roscoe Parrish aren't nearly the threat that Moulds, whose had huge games versus Miami throughout his career, is. As a result, Losman's play and the Bills passing game declined throughout the day.

 

The Dolphins defense is much better than the Pats though, especially the 'Fins run defense that did a good job of limiting McGahee, so I've got some hope the Bills offense will put some points up sans Moulds. If the Bills can establish the run on Sunday as well as they did in N.E. a month ago, they'll be in decent shape to win the game.

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Losman had a great first quarter, when Moulds was in the game and commanding double coverage or safety help that allowed Lee Evans to run free downfield versus the subpar Miami corners.

 

Once Moulds removed himself/was pulled, the 'Fins were able to devote more attention to Evans (who disappeared after his monster first quarter) since Sam Aiken, Josh Reed and Roscoe Parrish aren't nearly the threat that Moulds, whose had huge games versus Miami throughout his career, is. As a result, Losman's play and the Bills passing game declined throughout the day.

 

The Dolphins defense is much better than the Pats though, especially the 'Fins run defense that did a good job of limiting McGahee, so I've got some hope the Bills offense will put some points up sans Moulds. If the Bills can establish the run on Sunday as well as they did in N.E. a month ago, they'll be in decent shape to win the game.

 

And the Bills have 4 of 5 wins at home, so that's a comforting thought. I am excited, damnit!

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Yep, they're 4-2 at home, which is another good sign.

 

Unfortunately 3 of those wins are against the Texans, 'Fins, and Jets.

 

:plain

 

However, on a positive note, they did beat Kansas City 14-3 at home, probably should have beaten Carolina two weeks ago, and were in the game against the Falcons up until the last minute of the game.

 

They've yet to be blown out of the water in Buffalo this year - hopefully it doesn't start this week, and they catch a few breaks along the way that enable them to come out on top.

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Yep, they're 4-2 at home, which is another good sign.

 

Unfortunately 3 of those wins are against the Texans, 'Fins, and Jets.

 

:plain

 

However, on a positive note, they did beat Kansas City 14-3 at home, probably should have beaten Carolina two weeks ago, and were in the game against the Falcons up until the last minute of the game.

 

They've yet to be blown out of the water in Buffalo this year - hopefully it doesn't start this week, and they catch a few breaks along the way that enable them to come out on top.

 

Hypothetical--Miami wins, New England loses.

 

 

Does that make the tables turn drastically or what? That means the Fins control their own destiny. Win out and they get the division.

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