Bills, not chills, the concern [7:08 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Buffalo, somehow, must make do without the NFL's leading tackler, linebacker Sam Cowart, who injured his ankle against the Tampa Bay Bucs last weekend. Another linebacker, Sam Rogers, is out with a groin injury as is safety Keion Carpenter (ankle) and cornerback Antoine Winfield, who recently had shoulder surgery.'
Do Dolphins gain from players' pain? [7:06 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'More than 10 current Dolphins and several former Dolphins accuse the team of not telling players about the full extent of their injuries and risking careers by pressuring players to return before they're ready.'
Secondary among NFL's elite [7:05 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins have allowed only nine pass plays of 30 yards or longer this season -- the longest a 42-yarder.'
Today, Dolphins will make move toward playoffs [7:04 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Hoping not to slap the kiss of death onto the Dolphins' doughty mugs, I have to say it. This is their day.'
Cold weather may benefit Dolphins today [7:03 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Sure, the Dolphins must overcome Buffalo's frigid weather and frenzied fans, but they come armed with a running game that cares little about wind chill or a 12th man who lines up in the stands.'
Dolphins don't fare well in Buffalo's elements [7:01 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The list sounds like something sent to Santa Claus by the children of this frigid region when Dolphins equipment manager Tony Egues tells what comprised the 5,000 extra pounds of gear taken to today's road game against the Buffalo Bills.'
9/7/1980: Bills 17, Dolphins 7 [7:00 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'No one on the team had ever beaten the Dolphins while with the Bills.'
Williams loving game -- and life [6:58 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Kevin Williams will not be in uniform today for the Dolphins. He might not play next week or the week after that. But that's not the point.'
Miami Dolphins ready for cold [6:57 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Visiting Buffalo in December used to be the biggest nightmare on the Dolphins' schedule. For a warm weather team from South Florida, it was like trying to play football in Siberia. Not anymore.'
Quite a run for Konrad and Dolphins [6:56 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'If the playoffs started today, the Dolphins would have a first-round bye because they have a better conference record than the Titans. All of this is no surprise to North Andover's Rob Konrad, who has seen the evolution of the Dolphins from his position as starting fullback.'
Injuries take a toll on defense of the Bills [6:55 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The Buffalo Bills didn't just lose a game last Sunday. They may have lost all hope of making a serious playoff run.'
Wiley's done his job well [9:37 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The former Columbia star, who turned 26 on Thursday, has been impressive. His eight sacks top the team and are seventh in the AFC while he paces the Bills in quarterback pressures and is tied for the lead in forced fumbles (three).'
Wannstedt steadies Miami ship [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't think it was as much a slap at the Dolphins as it was a compliment to our division that we were picked so low," said Wannstedt. "But we didn't let that bother us."'
Dierdorf knows Bills so well he feels their pain [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They are a lunch bucket, blue-collar, don't have a roster full of Hall of Famers. They are a hard-working, close-knit group. I really respect them for that."'
Greer may be ready for duty after all [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cornerback Donovan Greer was able to practice Friday, and coach Wade Phillips said he looked closer to being able to play. He will test his sore ankle before the game. If he can't go, Chris Watson starts again at cornerback, and Daryl Porter becomes the No. 3 corner.'
Hunter's starry night [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly and his wife, Jill, welcomed more than 1,000 people to the third annual Hunter's Hope Candlelight Ball on Friday night at the Connecticut Street Armory in Buffalo.'
Bills need something special [8:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills rank dead last in the league in punt returns (4.9 yards per attempt) and kickoff returns (18.3) as returner Chris Watson has been a major bust, and the players around him aren't helping with repeated breakdowns.'
Blevins gets his kicks [8:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Blevins, 37, knows a thing or two about mental toughness. Born with cerebral palsy, a crippling disease of the central nervous system, Blevins battled self-doubt as well as the skepticism and cruelty of others throughout his youth.'
Buffalo is no place for meek [8:09 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The moment the Dolphins turn left onto One Bills Drive, the projectiles will shower their bus. Beer cans, rocks, even dead small animals will strafe the Miami caravan, and that's before Buffalo Bills fans let the Dolphins know how they really feel.'
Third time a charm for defense [8:07 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Dolphins have allowed only three points in the third quarter this year, the lowest total in the NFL.'
Fiedler, Smith back as starters Sunday [8:06 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Although not healed from injuries, Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler and tailback Lamar Smith will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game at Buffalo.'
If you can't beat 'em (anymore), fly 'em [8:05 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Ritcher works one flight per week for American Airlines -- the Dolphins' charter company -- and he got this assignment by chance.'
Dolphins getting Pro Bowl buzz [8:04 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The last time the Dolphins sent five players to the Pro Bowl was in 1994, but if fan voting is any indication, they could repeat that feat this year.'
Fiedler, Smith to start against Buffalo [8:03 AM]
AP reports: 'Quarterback Jay Fiedler and running back Lamar Smith will return to the Miami Dolphins' starting lineup Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.'
Miami-Bills preview [8:02 AM]
Dolphins Digest reports: 'This week they not only have a chance to maintain a one-game lead on the pack, they can also put a severe dent in Buffalo's playoff hopes with a win.'
Computer Wallpaper [10:39 AM]
TBD reports: Spice up your computer desktop with TBD's wallpaper/calendar! The December issue features "The Package"!
Sapp fined for exploit; Middleton not punished [10:20 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Meanwhile, Tampa Bay right guard Frank Middleton was spared by the league. Bills coach Wade Phillips had the league review the play in the second quarter where Middleton cut blocked Buffalo linebacker Sam Cowart.'
Foreman filling big shoes [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Stepping in for a player like Cowart is a challenge," said Foreman, who will make his first NFL start Sunday when the Bills host the Miami Dolphins. "But I'm not Sam Cowart. All I can do is go out and play to the best of my abilities."'
Ends justify the means [7:35 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'On a football field, however, Dolphins defensive ends Jason Taylor, 26, and Trace Armstrong, 35, are the same.'
Fiedler, Smith should be ready [7:33 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"Jay and Lamar actually went through the practice OK," Wannstedt said. "They both went harder than they did. They both took more plays. We'll see where they're at."'
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