Dolphins hire third-string QB [5:14 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Dave Dickenson, who spent a year in Norv Turner's offense in San Diego, was named the Dolphins' third-string quarterback while Jay Fiedler recuperates from right thumb surgery.'
Mare's kicking magic gives Dolphins an edge [5:13 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Mr. Automatic has been human, missing 4 of his 13 attempts this season, including a 48-yarder in the first half of Sunday's game against Denver. But with the game on the line, Dolphins players said there is no one they would rather have kicking for them.'
Last-minute victory could signal turning point for Dolphins [5:12 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'But this year is different. "We're finally getting some breaks this year," Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas said. "We've never had many breaks in the past."'
No question about it: Brady, not Bledsoe, answer for Pats [5:11 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Bledsoe has two wideouts, Peerless Price and Eric Moulds, who have combined for 88 catches already and who are better than anything Brady has had to throw to since Troy Brown was injured in Week 3. Bledsoe has a better tight end, better pass-catching backs (including Larry Centers, the most prolific pass-catching back ever) and a much better lead running back in Travis Henry.'
Bigger than it looked [9:44 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'But this was a trap game, if ever there was one.'
All Bills’ defensive news isn’t bad [9:29 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'For instance, with 18 sacks in six games, the Bills are fourth in the NFL behind Carolina (25), San Diego and Tampa Bay (both 19). And, amazingly, Buffalo is second in the AFC in defensing third downs.'
On Any Given Tuesday: Oct. 15, 2002 [10:08 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Jay Riemersma and Antoine Winfield among the players that will be out in the community on Tuesday.
Ask Running Back Travis Henry [10:07 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Buffalobills.com visitors selected Bills wide receiver Travis Henry as the Tops Game Ball of the Week winner for his performance against the Houston Texans.
Bills feel the heat of Miami slump [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have lost two straight and seven of their last eight in Miami heading into Sunday's game against the AFC East Division-leading Dolphins.'
Bills change the subject with good play [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What a difference a year makes.'
It's wait and see with Williams injury [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We going to wait and see if it settles down the next couple of days," said Bills coach Gregg Williams. "We have a few more things we want to take a look at (today), but we'll know more on Wednesday."'
A deal of a lifetime for Bills [9:08 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'For the Buffalo Bills, the best thing about this year is it isn't last year.'
Defense showed signs of urgency [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: '“It’s a young defense, a new bunch of guys together,” Ahanotu said. “I’ve been on some really good defenses and the missing element here is the sense of urgency on every play.”'
Do the Bills have a chance to upset the Dolphins in Miami on Sunday? [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'So my point is, why not a Buffalo upset over Miami? Because despite the “On any given Sunday” cliche, this is a bad matchup for the Bills, on both sides of the ball.'
Looking ahead: Bills week 7 [5:39 AM]
D and C reports: 'This was the first time this season the Bills’ defense allowed fewer than 27 points.'
Fiedler to miss six to eight weeks [5:39 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The past three Super Bowl winners have won with a quarterback not starting at the start of training camp.'
Lucas will succeed, and then what? [5:38 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''This team,'' he said, ``is the most resilient I've ever been around.'' Resilience, right now, means overcoming an injury to your starting quarterback. Resilience, later, could mean overcoming a QB controversy just as the playoffs begin to come into focus.'
Chambers probably will sit out [5:37 AM]
Miami Herald reports: ' Tickets remain for Sunday's game against Buffalo. If it does not sell out by 1 p.m. Thursday, the game will be blacked out locally.'
Fiedler out at least a month with broken thumb [5:36 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Fiedler is 26-11 as a starter since replacing Dan Marino and has missed just one start. No other quarterback has won more games since the start of the 2000 season.'
Ray? Jay? They're fine either way [5:35 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'You see, while the Bills' offense has been rejuvenated under Drew Bledsoe, the defense is horrible. They're allowing 36 points a game, and their scraping bottom in the NFL in run defense by allowing 130 yards a week. In other words, it wouldn't matter who is running the offense Sunday. Fiedler, Lucas, Woodley, Jensen. ... The Dolphins' best shot at winning is to keep Ricky on the field and Bledsoe on the sidelines.'
Hit on Chambers `inexcusable' [5:34 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Kennedy said he tried to check on Chambers as he lay on the field, but Dolphins tight Randy McMichael stepped in. "Some of his teammates gave me a little shove after that," Kennedy said." I guess they thought I was playing dirty. But I'm a competitor, I was playing hard, and I'm also a friendly guy, so I went over to make sure that he was OK."'
Fiedler out at least a month [5:33 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Now Fiedler will help prepare Lucas, a job that should bring back memories. Fiedler helped out coaching at Hofstra University while he was out of the NFL in 1997.'
Lucas: 'I hope I can measure up' [5:32 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Lucas isn't replacing a quarterback of superstar talent. He is replacing a quarterback who has proved himself a winner by going 26-11 as a Miami starter.'
Lucas comes in confident [5:31 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Sage Rosenfels will back up Lucas, and Wannstedt said the Dolphins will look to bring in a third quarterback, who will run the scout team. Rick Spielman, the Dolphins' senior vice president, said the third quarterback probably will be someone eligible for the practice squad.'
WR Chambers' status uncertain vs. Bills [5:30 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'If Chambers can't play, James McKnight will start opposite Oronde Gadsden against the Bills. Dedric Ward would remain the slot receiver.'
Defense still drives bus for Dolphins [5:30 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: 'Now the Dolphins will rely on Ray Lucas under center. Lucas is an athletic player, but Fiedler was the guy who quarterbacked the Dolphins to a 5-1 start. With the high-octane Buffalo Bills offense up next, Miami will need Williams to shine now more than ever.'
Dolphins lose Fiedler to thumb injury; Lucas will take over [5:29 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The Dolphins (5-1), who have a two-game lead in the AFC East, will host the Bills on Sunday, then take their bye week before playing at Green Bay and the New York Jets. Winning those games would not only be important for winning the division, but also for gaining home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.'
Tenacious hit angers Dolphins [5:28 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"I don't want to complain about a hit, but that was (expletive) (expletive)," Dolphins backup quarterback Ray Lucas said. "And then (Kennedy) got up and was jumping around. I'm still upset about that."'
Last-minute victory could signal turning point for Dolphins [5:27 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'By getting this one, Miami (5-1) has established itself as one of the elite teams in the AFC and all of football. Had the Dolphins not come through on that drive, they would just be another good team that turns back into a pumpkin at the moment of truth.'
Dolphins have a Ray of hope [5:27 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Lucas hasn’t thrown a pass this season. He attempted only three in 2001. But he does know what it means to start in the NFL and in the AFC East.'
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