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Paying the Price: Bills' WR fined for missing practice

8/21/2006 - NFL Peerless Price Buffalo Bills + more

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Peerless Price was fined by the Buffalo Bills on Monday for missing practice a day earlier after the
receiver mistakenly misread the team's schedule.

"It'll cost him a good deal of money," coach Dick Jauron said
after Price rejoined the Bills for their two practices Monday.
Jauron did not disclose the amount the player was fined, but said
it was within the limits of the NFL's collective bargaining
agreement.

Referring to Price's absence as "a dumb mistake," Jauron said
he accepted the player's reason for missing the team's walkthrough
Sunday. Jauron said Price informed him that he had mistakenly
referred to the previous week's schedule, when the Bills only had a
team meeting Aug. 13.

"Apparently he was reading the schedule from the week before,
but he was clearly the only one reading the wrong schedule,"
Jauron said. "I'm not worried in his case that it signals
something else, something, I don't know what the right word is. He
just made a mistake."

Added Jauron: "It's hard to figure out how it happened, but we
know it happens."

Price said he was at home in Buffalo and didn't realize the
Bills had a practice at their training camp site in suburban
Rochester until receivers coach Tyke Tolbert reached him by phone.

"I told him, 'I could be back in an hour, but you'll be off the
field,'" said Price, who arrived at camp later Sunday. "It was
kind of funny afterward, but the initial call, it was like, 'Oh,
no.' But it's all good."

A seven-year NFL veteran, Price is back with the Bills after he
signed with the team as a free agent in April. He spent his first
four seasons with Buffalo and is attempting to jump-start his
career after three disappointing seasons -- the first two in Atlanta
and part of last year with Dallas.

He's slotted as Buffalo's No. 2 receiver behind Lee Evans.

Although Price has made a good impression during camp, he's not
had a reception in Buffalo's first two preseason games.

Price's absence raised speculation that he might be frustrated,
something the player discounted.

"Nah, I'm not mad or frustrated. I guess that's what the word
was, huh?" Price said. "Even if I was mad or frustrated, I'd
still come to practice. I might voice my opinions to the powers
that be, but I'm not going to miss practice. That's stupid."

He added he's not unhappy about his lack of production so far.

"I'm having a great time. I don't have any problems," Price
said. "If I'm sitting here after Week 2 in the regular season,
yeah, I might have an issue. But this is preseason, trying to make
it through healthy and get better each week."