Dolphins to face Bills backup QB again [1:53 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: '"When we watched the cutups this week Thad Lewis was on them,'' said Dolphins coach Joe Philbin after practice. "He's a good football player, we'll have our hands full. [He's got] poise; he sat in the pocket and delivered a shot to our bench, a 15-20-yard route, took a hit. He's a tough guy.'''
Thursday's Miami Coverage [1:52 AM]
Bills QB E.J. Manuel out vs. Miami Dolphins (Miami Herald)
Miami Dolphins claim cornerback Chris Owens off waivers (Miami Herald)
Dolphins claim former Browns cornerback Chris Owens (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins to face Bills backup QB again (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Five keys for the Dolphins against the Buffalo Bills (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
Even at 5-9, struggling and depleted Bills have Dolphins’ respect after Oct. 20 win in Miami (Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins are in playoffs if they control their ‘situation’ (Palm Beach Post)
Miami Dolphins’ Michael Thomas named AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Palm Beach Post)
Tannehill making late-season strides for Dolphins (AP)
Hoping for playoffs, Dolphins look for revenge vs. Bills (Fox Sports Florida)
New Miami CB Michael Thomas earns AFC defensive honor (Fox Sports Florida)
Buffalo’s Pass Rush Has Got Dolphins Attention (MiamiDolphins.com)
Jenkins Making Waves; Other Notes (MiamiDolphins.com)
Dolphins-Bills Wednesday Injury Update (MiamiDolphins.com)
Bills' Manuel out vs Dolphins with knee swelling [1:51 AM]
AP reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone made the decision to sit Manuel early into practice on Wednesday after the rookie first-round draft pick showed difficulty with his mobility. Manuel practiced inside the team's fieldhouse, and was then held out once Marrone shifted the session outside on the slick turf at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
Bills QB Manuel out for Sunday [1:50 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"We were not able to get that swelling to respond with the treatments the way we wanted," said Marrone. "We went out there today -- I think you saw, you saw him where he's able to throw the ball in the pocket, but the stability in that knee with the swelling, he does not have the escapability or the ability to run after the fake or zone read or those type of things that we feel is important for us to win."'
Manuel out, Lewis to start at QB for Bills [1:49 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Lewis was signed off the Bills' practice squad in early October and has a 1-2 record as a starter this season. The one win came in Miami -- a 23-21 victory over the Dolphins on Oct. 20.'
Bills likely without Johnson; A. Williams ''50-50'' [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Due to the unexpected death of his mother, the outlook for starting wide receiver Stevie Johnson to play on Sunday is murky at best. "I don't believe that he will be available for our game on Sunday," head coach Doug Marrone revealed on Wednesday.'
Manuel Out, Lewis In vs. Dolphins [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Marrone would not rule out Manuel for the final week against New England.'
Sprained knee to sideline EJ Manuel Sunday [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The situation with EJ is this; after I talked to you guys Monday there was swelling on the knee,” said Marrone. “We were not able to get that swelling to respond with the treatments the way we wanted. We went out there today, I think you saw, you saw him where he’s able to throw the ball in the pocket, but the stability in that knee with the swelling, he does not have the escapability or the ability to run after the fake or zone read or those type of things that we feel is important for us to win."'
Lewis a wiser QB in Bills offensive system [1:45 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I’m feeling more comfortable in the offense,” he said. “It was my second time starting and it was six, seven, eight weeks I had only been here. Now the season is almost over. It’s just become routine and very, very familiar with the offense now than I was then.”'
Doug Marrone ''110 percent confident'' Manuel will return against Pats [1:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Yes. I think we all do understand that we would have had to miss practice time and continue the treatment to get that swelling down and I think it’s very difficult to miss practice time and go out there and give us the best opportunity to win on Sunday.'
EJ Manuel: ''It didn’t look like I'd be able to protect myself'' [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I was getting taken down, and just the second guy kind of jumped over somebody else and just kind of landed on my knee when it was on its way up and that’s what caused the friction. It was a freak accident, it’s crazy.'
Thad Lewis: ''You never know when your next start is'' [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'You never think that you’re going to be able to play against your hometown team twice, at least in the same season, let alone being the backup, you never know when your next start is going to come. You’re just kind of sitting in a waiting game.'
Bills traveled long road with success [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel and Co. went at least 70 yards on three drives that ended in touchdowns, the first time that’s happened in a single game this year. Each of those possessions lasted at least eight plays — Buffalo had only six touchdown drives of at least that many snaps and yards heading into Week 15.'
Give EJ Time [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'His game in Jacksonville wasn't eye-popping statistically, but upon further review, I came away impressed. However...before I show you all the things that Manuel did well in the game, I'm going to give a look at what I want next.'
Upon Further Review: Bills at Jaguars [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As is the case with most teams throughout the NFL, when the quarterback goes so does the offense. In the first quarter, both Manuel and the offense weren't able to get anything started. Despite having two drives start in Jacksonville territory through the opening 15 minutes, the Bills could only come away with three points.'
Bills Turn It Around [1:56 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'It’ll be interesting to see how Manuel plays this week. Miami is a quality opponent, but Manuel will have the home crowd cheering him on. It’s time to see what the rookie can do – the future is now and the quicker we can determine whether Manuel’s the man to lead the Bills to the next level the better.'
A winning division record the goal for Bills [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo last posted a winning record in the division back in 2007 when they had a 4-2 mark in what was a 7-9 season. They have a chance to repeat that now in 2013 in their first season under Marrone. The Bills have a 2-2 division mark with a home game against the Dolphins and a road finale with the Patriots in New England the following week.'
From the booth: Bills at Jaguars [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills went into the game with 7 forced fumbles for the season, with none of them caused by the secondary. Buffalo played seven of their first 14 games without forcing a fumble and they are 2-5 in those games.'
Manuel takes baby steps against Jags [2:17 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'The win in Jacksonville is fine, but should not be enough to make the Bills feel completely comfortable with Manuel in 2014.'
Manuel to Woods combination reconnects [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The ball was there when I came out of my breaks,” Woods said. “I was able to make some plays. It’s what we practiced. We knew it was going to be there and it was.”'
Bills game will be only second NFL blackout this year [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The reason for this week’s blackout here seems obvious. The team, according to Brandon, has some 16,000 tickets remaining for the Dolphins game, a tough sell in late December with the Bills already out of the playoff hunt.'
Buffalo Bills need work despite win [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This Buffalo team still has troubling issues, and Marrone — proud as he was about how the Bills stuck with it Sunday, battled through a miserably slow start by quarterback EJ Manuel, and found a way to walk off that field happy — knows it.'
Bills coach Marrone makes case for strong finish [1:56 AM]
AP reports: '"I was proud of our team," said Marrone, who rewarded his players by giving them a day off from meetings. "It hasn't always gone our way in those types of games, and we were able to turn it."'
Bills' Manuel suffers third knee injury, should be okay [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This time around the injury is to the left knee, the same one that bothered him in the preseason. Even though the injury came out of nowhere, Marrone seemed at ease with his starting quarterback's chances for Sunday.'
EJ's Day [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'While I would not tell you Manuel has done enough to make me feel as though the Bills are all set at quarterback, I think over the course of 10 starts this year I'm ready to cool it on the draft idea, at least with an early pick, and give Manuel the keys to the offense moving into next season.'
Doug Marrone: ''We've been fighting through a lot of things'' [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I think our focus now is getting ready for Miami. A team that we played once, we came out on the winning side of it, but it was a tough game, a hard fought game. They’re coming up here which is exciting to get a chance to play at home. We’ve got two division games left and it starts with Miami. Beating them and they’re playing well right now, they’re coming off a big win. They’ve been playing well lately and we have to go and try to get this second win in a row, something that we haven’t done since we’ve been here.'
Manuel Looked Like The QB Bills Expected [10:29 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Which QB is he though? The one who struggled so mightily early that a better team would have capitalized on every mistake and won going away or the skilled game manager who got the Bills back into the lead and kept them there?'
Opportunistic defense rides to Bills’ rescue [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo defense gave up 159 rushing yards to a Jaguars team that ranked 32nd in the league in rushing and was without its star running back. The Jags ranked last in the NFL on third downs, too, yet managed to convert 8 of 15 third-down plays against the Bills. And the Bills were on the verge of giving up an 80-yard, game-tying touchdown drive in the final four minutes.'
Johnson tries to play through emotional pain of mother’s passing [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I felt I went all week with the boys and whatever I can do to help out the team,” Johnson said. “I felt I should give it my all no matter what. It was tough, but we got the win, and I’m happy about that. I’m sure she’s happy about that.”'
Marrone lets EJ right his own ship [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And that’s what happened at EverBank Field. Manuel, who was frightfully bad for a quarter, turned coolly efficient thereafter, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another as the Bills beat the Jaguars, 27-20, giving Manuel the first road victory of his brief NFL career.'
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