Back pain hospitalizes Gardener [6:16 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Gardener was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday morning after complaining of new pain in his back. It was the second time in the past two weeks that Gardener, who had a pain-relieving injection last week, had complained of back pain.'
Unhappy Moulds feels left out of Bills offense [7:29 PM]
AP reports: 'After setting a franchise record with 94 receptions and leading the team with 1,326 yards receiving last season, Moulds has 32 catches for 404 yards this year, third among Bills receivers.'
Cowart's health stalls contract talks [7:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Talks have quickly bogged down over the question of how to negotiate a long-term deal for a Pro-Bowl player who will have missed all of this season with a torn right Achilles' tendon, Cowart's agent Gene Burrough said on Wednesday.'
Centers succeeds despite losing seasons [7:23 PM]
AP reports: 'Centers' best ability might be what he does in the locker room, having developed a keen ability in providing encouragement without being negative.'
Johnson's season likely over [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's still very premature at this time," coach Gregg Williams said Wednesday. "We definitely want to make sure that he's healthy."'
Moulds tries to deal with mounting frustrations [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm frustrated just like every other guy here," Moulds said. "I'm used to winning. One and eight is not something I want to get used to. I'm used to helping the team win, and I feel like I'm not a part of that right now."'
Bills' running game can't find its stride [6:46 AM]
D and C reports: 'In four of the last five games, the Bills have failed to crack 100 yards rushing as a team, and the only time they did surpass the century mark -- against San Diego -- 67 of their 105 yards came via the scrambling of quarterback Rob Johnson.'
Bills pay price for mediocrity [6:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have been penalized 10 more times than their opponents and have lost four out of five replay challenges.'
Bills, Cowart working on a contract [6:44 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills are obviously reluctant to lavish a huge signing bonus on a player who has struggled with injuries, so the tiered bonus would be a way to protect the team.'
Simpson's No. 32 should be retired [6:43 AM]
D and C reports: 'Would he accept the invitation and how would the fans react? I believe he'd return because he seems to genuinely believe most people still adore him.'
The quarterback knows he has a special friend [6:42 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Tuesday, Fiedler was with four teammates and his agent to promote a new cause. The emcee, Jim Mandich, called Fiedler a "stand-up guy'' for showing up two days after the loss to the Jets, lowlights of which were shown during the luncheon. Fiedler wasn't here to talk football, but to stand up for Ellie -- daughter of his agent Brian -- and kick off the Reach for the Stars Foundation to Benefit Children with Cystic Fibrosis, which got a $25,000 kick-start from sponsor Funny Bagels Inc.'
Gardener back woes: watching and waiting [6:40 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Meanwhile, the Dolphins will continue to use Ernest Grant and Jermaine Haley in Gardener's place. Vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman said the team has no plans to sign another tackle even though they have only Grant, Haley and Tim Bowens at that position healthy enough to play.'
Pressure, blame...Fiedler will take it all [6:39 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Fiedler has 15 interceptions, second-most among NFL quarterbacks, and three lost fumbles. He's responsible for 18 of the Dolphins' NFL-high 26 turnovers.'
Grant will start; Haley can't rest [6:37 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'It usually takes more than one man to block Daryl Gardener, so it shouldn't be surprising it's going to take two Miami Dolphins to replace him Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. With Gardener sidelined because of a back injury, second-year pro Ernest Grant will make his second career start. He had four tackles in last week's 24-0 loss to the New York Jets.'
Bills' Brown relfects on team's dismal start [6:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It's hard to get up in the morning and come back here knowing you're 1-8 and more than likely seeing who you're going to draft next year, rather than looking at making it into the playoffs."'
Dolphins quarterback blames himself for turnovers, loss [4:09 PM]
AP reports: '"My job is to take that pressure and be the scapegoat of the offense, whether that is the case or not," Fiedler said. "I'm going to take everything on myself, and say it is my fault every time."'
Bills' O'Leary out for season [3:01 PM]
AP reports: 'Long snapper Dan O'Leary will miss the rest of the season for the Buffalo Bills because of torn ligaments in his right hand and thumb.'
"Gift of Warmth" clothing drive this weekend [11:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills Partner with the Salvation Army for the fourth straight "Gift of Warmth" clothing drive.
At the November 25 home game against the Miami Dolphins, volunteers from the Salvation Army will be at all of the gates prior to the Bills game collecting monetary donations and warm clothing items including gloves, coats, mittens, scarves, and hats. Bills veteran Ruben Brown will act as a spokesperson for the drive. Make sure to Be there! and bring some extra clothes for donation.
CBS Consensus - Bills over Miami [9:12 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Jay Glazer & Pete Prisco predict the Bills to upset the Fish.
Harmon Forecast has Miami winning 21-13:
The Dolphins' defense will win this one, because their offense is having problems -- even against defenses as weak as the Bills'. After losing twice to Buffalo in '99, Miami won twice last year.
Cowart, Bills talking new deal [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cowart will become a free agent when the four-year contract he signed as a rookie in 1998 expires at the end of the season.'
Van Miller to enter Hall of Fame [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame...'.
Gardener will miss a month [5:38 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The good news for Daryl Gardener is that he doesn't need surgery. The bad news is that he will not be on the field anytime soon.'
Gardener to miss at least 1 month, maybe season due to back injury [5:21 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Dolphins defensive tackle Daryl Gardener will miss at least another month of play and could be out for the remainder of the season if his injured back does not heal sufficiently, two sources close to him said Tuesday.'
Dolphins fans are petulant whiners [5:20 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'But booing? It showed little understanding. Even less patience. And no class.'
Giving spirit returns [5:19 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins made three stops Tuesday as part of their annual distribution of donated turkeys: Refuge Church of Our Lord, Christ Crusade and Casa De Alabanza. At each location, they were greeted by lines, cheers and autograph seekers.'
Not Much Room For Error [5:18 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'They're a division rival with a storied history against the Dolphins, even though defensive end Phil "MMMBop" Hansen is the only player remaining from the glory years of the early 1990s. And, most important, they're not the New York Jets.'
Gardener won't be playing soon [5:17 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'An NFL source said Gardener will miss at least the next month while hoping rest and rehabilitation will alleviate some of the problems being generated by a fragmented disc in his back. Gardener then will be reevaluated to determine whether he can return this season.'
Tom Donahoe's Weekly Bills Update [4:28 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Questions:
Bills busy on Thanksgiving week [4:22 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills will participate in several community relations initiatives today: Food Bank of WNY, Buffalo City Mission, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army and annual banquet for Canisius High School.
Note on JK from Tuesday Morning QB [2:07 PM]
slate reports: Nostalgia Stat: The Bills retired their first-ever jersey, setting aside forever Jim Kelly's No. 12 during a halftime ceremony, then went on to their 7th consecutive home loss. With Kelly as the starter, Buffalo was 74-23 at home.
Sociological indicator: Last year when the Dolphins retired the No. 13 of Dan Marino, whose accomplishments were about the same as Kelly's-better stats, fewer championships, both whiffed the big game-the Miami ceremony was a nationally televised spectacular featuring rock bands, Broadway staging, fireworks, dry-ice clouds, and gorgeous half-naked dancers. For Sunday's ceremony in Buffalo, Kelly simply walked to the center of the field with his wife, daughter, dad, and handicapped son, then spoke briefly about the importance of loyalty to family. Oh football gods, why did you deny this man a Super Bowl ring?
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