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Fewell in for Jauron as Bills' interim head coach

DICK Jauron was fired by the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, becoming the season's first National Football League coaching casualty.

"I am announcing today that I am relieving Dick Jauron from his duties as our head coach, effective immediately," said Bills owner Ralph Wilson in a team statement.

"I have tremendous respect for Dick and thank him for all of his efforts during these past four years.

"While this was a very difficult decision, I felt that it is one that needed to be made at this time for the best interest of our team.

"We will now focus on moving forward and preparing for our game this week in Jacksonville."

The move comes just two days after the Bills were pounded 17-41 by the Tennessee Titans leaving them at the bottom of the AFC East with a 3-6 record.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was named as the interim head coach.

Jauron's first three seasons in charge ended in identical 7-9 records and he leaves with a losing mark of 24-33.

The season did not get off to a promising start with Jauron sacking offensive coordinator Turk Schonert just before the regular-season opener.

Despite the addition of flamboyant wide receiver Terrell Owens, the Bills offense has sputtered and ranks near the bottom of the NFL averaging just 15.6 points per game.

Fewell is in his 12th NFL season, and fourth with Buffalo as the team's defensive coordinator, after being hired by Jauron, whose background is primarily on the defensive side.

Fewell is the team's fifth head coach since Wade Phillips was fired after the 2000 season, and the team's first black head coach.

Wide receiver

Meanwhile, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was suspended for four games by the NFL on Tuesday for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.

Bowe's agent, Todd France, said his client was guilty only of taking a weight-loss supplement.

"Dwayne did not take a steroid or any other peformance-enhancing drug," France said in an e-mail. "However, he took a diuretic for weight loss, which unfortunately has a negative effect under the league's policy. Dwayne is sincerely disappointed and apologetic that he let down the Chiefs organization, his teammates and the fans. He looks forward to returning and putting this situation behind him."

Neither the Chiefs nor the league would make further comment.

In his three-year NFL career, Bowe has 189 catches for 2,483 yards and 16 touchdowns in 40 games.


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