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?
Slo-o-o-o-w starts keep Bills stuck [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are currently on a five-game non-scoring streak in the first quarter as they head into Sunday's meeting with the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
Moulds still giving silent treatment [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The frustrations he expresses to me are private," Williams said. "He and I will handle that together, and we have to continue to find ways to get him the ball."'
Jill Kelly honored at luncheon [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jim Kelly, co-founder with his wife of the Hunter's Hope Foundation, is expected to present her with a March of Dimes Mother of the Year Award during the noon event in the Crowne Plaza Rochester, 70 State St.'
Slow start in games a headache for Bills [5:55 AM]
D and C reports: 'After Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Bills are being outscored an alarming 62-16 in the first 15 minutes and 66-20 in the first 15 minutes after halftime.'
New long-snapper makes all the plays [5:55 AM]
D and C reports: 'It didn't take long for long-snap specialist Mo Unutoa to make an impact on the Buffalo Bills.'
Dave Wannstedt is sticking with Jay Fiedler for now, but persistent mistakes worry him [5:54 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '"Jay is the starter, and my only comment is we're going to get it squared away and play turnover-free football."'
Nobody's perfect in today's NFL [5:53 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Still, it isn't necessarily true Fiedler has to get better because he's in his second year as a starter. Hard truth: some get worse the longer they play. With Fiedler, you take more chances because he's going to keep taking the big swing.'
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