Give the game back to the players [6:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"I don't think there should be any coaches in the booth," Lofton says. "Get down on the sideline and see the game. Then get rid of all the Polaroid film of every play that players study. And why should a quarterback have a radio in his helmet? He's a pro. That's just ludicrous. What they've done is overcomplicate the game."'
Wannstedt: Fiedler's the man in Miami [6:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Fiedler has 18 turnovers, including 15 interceptions, but he has led the Dolphins to three fourth-quarter comebacks and, when he hasn't played giveaway, he has played well.'
Gardener to have back surgery [6:19 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'If Gardener has disks in his back fused, his career likely would be over, two sources said earlier this week.'
Trap is set with 1-8 Bills as bait [6:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '"They've been in a lot of close games and just happened to lose them the same way Carolina has been doing this year. They're not as bad as their record shows. They've got a lot of talent."
Gardener out for season [6:17 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Dolphins defensive tackle Daryl Gardener will undergo back surgery today, ending his 2001 season.'
Hansen is Bills’ link to the glory days [6:16 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'They're all gone - released, retired, cast about by the winds of free agency. All but Hansen, who is struggling to retain his starting defensive end job at age 33, and tackle John Fina, who came to the Bills in Hansen's second season. And how much longer are they going to last on a 1-8 club that is rebuilding at every position?'
Dolphins notebook [6:14 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Weather could play a role in Sunday's game, but not for the reasons one would expect in late November in Buffalo. Rain is forecast with a high temperature of 59 degrees.'
Gardener out for year for season [6:04 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Gardener's absence will make things tougher for Dolphins middle linebacker Zach Thomas, who relies on Gardener and Tim Bowens to keep blockers off him.'
Buffalo's down times to continue against Miami [11:37 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Last time the Miami Dolphins came to Orchard Park, it marked the end of the Buffalo Bills as we knew them. At 7-5, the Bills were coming off their body-bag game in Tampa, when Sam Cowart, Sam Rogers and Keion Carpenter were lost for the season -- all in the second quarter. But even Buffalo's second-half collapse against the Bucs didn't portend what happened back in Western New York a week later. After all, Miami simply didn't, couldn't, wouldn't win at Ralph Wilson Stadium in December. And even without more than a third of the starting defense (Antoine Winfield had gone down a week before the Tampa trio), the defense would just plug in four new guys. The offense, having been carried for the better part of the previous two years, would finally do some heavy lifting. That's the way things had gone in this rivalry for nearly 15 years -- the Dolphins might steal an early-season game here and there, but the Bills always won when it counted most. Especially at home.'
Revival travels to Germany [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think that each week he's gotten more and more comfortable, and our quarterbacks have gotten more and more comfortable with him," said Bills coach Gregg Williams.'
Wilson ensures game is a sellout [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 3,500 tickets will be distributed to Western New York youth football groups, public service agencies and various charitable organizations.'
Tough times for the Buffalo fan [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In recent weeks, Buffalo Bills fans have had to endure drubbings on the football field and watching their quarterback pounded repeatedly into the turf until he couldn't come back anymore.'
Flutie gone, but debate lives on in Buffalo [7:35 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"The guy's not even here anymore, (so) let's quit talking about him," Van Pelt said. "You turn on the radio and everyone is saying, 'Well, Flutie wouldn't have done that.' Enough of that already. Let's move on and let Rob be the quarterback."'
Aching back sends Gardener to hospital [7:34 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'A few days after he was told to rest and rehabilitate his aching back, Gardener's back locked up on him, further jeopardizing his ability to return this season. Gardener called the Dolphins Thursday morning and was instructed to go to the hospital. He still was in the hospital Thursday night.'
Still some juice on Bills' 'fish' list [6:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'You remember the Dolphins, the team Bills fans love to hate and love to beat more than any other.'
As offense falters, defense is silent [6:17 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Of the 185 points the Dolphins have allowed, 100 came after turnovers.'
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.'
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