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Buffalo Bills News - November 27, 2002

Marker Robert Baker waited a long time to get his first pro reception [5:36 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'After going undrafted in the supplemental draft, the two-year letterman at Auburn had a chance to make the team as a kick returner in 1999 before a knee injury, which he calls the most frustrating part of this process. In 2000, he was cut in late August, signed to the practice squad, then released again.'

Marker Fiedler, Carter able to practice [5:35 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Both have been cleared by the medical staff to return to practice today, though it's unlikely either will play Sunday at Buffalo.'

Marker Playoff prices favor season-ticket holders [5:34 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Despite being the only team in the past two years to fail to sell out its playoff games in time to lift the television blackout, the Dolphins are hopeful that will not be a problem this season if they qualify for this post-season.'

Marker UH wants to talk to Kaiser, Briles about coaching job [5:33 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills assistant coach Tommy Kaiser and Texas Tech running backs coach Art Briles are among those that Houston athletic director Dave Maggard wants to interview for the Cougars' head coaching job, according to a Houston television station.'

Marker Rock-Bottom Bills [5:32 AM] reports: 'The Book: If you take away the deep ball to Moulds, you’ll force Bledsoe to throw underneath and you will contain Buffalo’s offense. To wit, after averaging 32 points through the first eight games, the Pats, Chiefs, and Jets have held the Bills to just 12 points per game.'

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November 26, 2002

Marker Fiedler, Carter cleared to return to practice [9:43 PM]
AP reports: 'Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler and receiver Cris Carter were cleared Tuesday to return to practice. Fiedler has missed the past five games with a broken right thumb and will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Buffalo. Carter, who has missed three games because of a kidney problem, will also return to practice Wednesday.'

Marker This Week's Game [1:49 PM] reports: 'Over the last two weeks, the Dolphins have put forth the type of performances in all phases that will be needed heading into the final five games of the season. All that will be on the Dolphins’ minds this week, however, is their game this Sunday in Buffalo, as they try to even the season series with the Bills after Buffalo bettered the Dolphins in the first game this year, 23-10, back on October 20 at Pro Player Stadium. Revenge, though, will not be Miami’s primary motive. A Dolphins triumph would guarantee them at least a one-game lead in the AFC East with four to play, while also allowing them to keep pace with the conference front-runners.'

Marker 5th Down: "Dinks and Dunks" Not for Drew [12:09 PM] reports: If the Buffalo Bills were a puzzle, it appears that the opposition has just fit the final piece. Or so it would seem. How else can you explain the Bills' inability to finish big plays? The red zone is icy blue. They're serving up tastier turnovers than a pastry chef.

Marker Winfield Expected To Be Ready For Dolphins [12:09 PM] reports: Gregg Williams said on Monday that Antoine Winfield suffered a lower muscle strain in his leg and with a little rest this week he'll be fine. The injury occurred on the final play of the third quarter while Winfield was covering Jets receiver Wayne Chrebet.

Marker Ask Travis Henry A Question [12:08 PM] reports: With 43 rushing yards, Henry will becomethe 8th different Bills player with a 1,000-yard campaign and the 21st overall.

Marker Funke on the Bills [11:13 AM]
WHEC-TV reports: 'There are no secrets about what the Bills want to do offensively.'

Marker Now We Know 'Why Not Us' [11:12 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'In fairness Williams, Gray and even Smith don’t have the talent they’d like to have at their disposal yet, but that doesn’t excuse many of the Bills mistakes.'

Marker Bills' struggles catch up with Moulds, Price [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Teams are playing Cover Two," running back Travis Henry explained Monday, referring to the zone defense that gets its name from the fact that it employs two safeties in the deep zone. "It's hard to get them matched up one-on-one. We're going to have to get the short passes. We just have to be solid on offense. We can't make any mistakes because teams are figuring us out. We have to execute on offense."'

Marker Williams is coaching for his job [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The owner, Ralph Wilson, is not inclined to fire him. Neither is Donahoe, the general manager. Williams was his choice. It would be an admission that he'd hired the best interviewer, not the best coach. But if the Bills go into full meltdown - if they finish 6-10 or even run the table in reverse and go 5-11 - what choice would there be?'

Marker At 5-6, Bills have to win five straight to make playoffs [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: ' “Any game you lose you’re frustrated. You get upset. But I don’t think our confidence in each other as teammates has changed. We know we have talent and good players, but we have to start getting the job done.”'

Marker Will the Bills win another game this season? [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'I know you never bought into this team as a playoff contender, and I have to admit -- grudgingly -- that you were right. But five wins in the first eight games was a sign to me that this team is moving in the right direction. They’re in a slump now, but you can’t convince me that they’re not going to win another game.'

Marker Buffalo Bills look ahead:Miami Dolphins [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'When do the Bills cut their ties with CB Chris Watson?'

Marker Advantage Miami in playoff race [5:28 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Despite that, the Raiders are the only team besides the Dolphins that controls its destiny. If the Raiders win their remaining five games, they would have the No. 1 seed in the AFC because they would have beaten the Dolphins, Denver and San Diego and would have a better conference record than Indianapolis.'

Marker Freezing Buffalo a true test for Lucas, Dolphins [5:27 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Buffalo is part proud, part loud and largely paradox. You spot a deer too beautiful to believe on a highway near the airport. Then fans sling garbage against the windows of your team bus going into Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker McMichael earns his pom-poms [5:25 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Randy McMichael's days as a dancing tight end might be over as quickly as they started.'

Marker Dolphins' defense is full of stuffings [5:25 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'In successive wins over Baltimore and San Diego, they held Lewis to 47 yards on 17 carries and, Sunday, limited Tomlinson to 45 yards on 14 rushes.'

Marker Fiedler throws, unlikely for Bills [5:24 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"When Jay's ready to play and do everything, he'll be the starter," Wannstedt said. "I have no idea when that's going to be."'

Marker New Lucas: Same, but different [5:23 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The dark cloud following Lucas recently has disappeared. He has helped the Dolphins to two straight victories and has 94 attempts without an interception. "Same guy physically," Coach Dave Wannstedt said. "Different guy mentally."'

Marker Dolphins defense comes alive [5:22 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'In the past two games, Miami has 10 sacks and forced three turnovers while holding opponents to 130 yards rushing.'

Marker Now they're rolling [5:22 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Holding Eric Moulds and Peerless Price to 8-73 was key to the win.'

November 25, 2002

Marker Patience required to cure Bills' sputtering offense [8:17 PM]
AP reports: 'In losing three straight, the Bills (5-6) have combined for just three offensive touchdowns, while averaging 311 yards of offense over that stretch including a season-low 258 net yards in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the New York Jets. That's a dramatic drop from the 3.7 touchdowns and more than 405 yards of offense Buffalo averaged in its first six games.'

Marker Fiedler out at least one more game [8:16 PM]
AP reports: 'The Dolphins play at Buffalo on Sunday, meaning Ray Lucas will get another shot at the Bills -- who forced him into six turnovers in his first start last month. But after committing nine turnovers in his first three starts, Lucas has played consecutive games without one.'

Marker Fantasy Football Review for Week 12 [3:23 PM] reports: Watch Video highlights of the top performers in the NFL this week.

Marker Game Notebook vs. New York Jets [2:52 PM] reports: Travis Henry: Became just the sixth back in Bills history to record 10+ TDs in a season…the rushing TD total is the most since Thurman Thomas had 11 in 1990…is 43 rushing yards shy of his first career 1,000-yard season; will become the 8th different Bills player with a 1,000-yard campaign and it would be the 21st overall.

Marker Video Highlights [2:50 PM] reports: Video Highlights from Sunday's 31-13 loss.

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