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Buffalo Bills News - November 24, 2001

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

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November 23, 2001

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker As offense falters, defense is silent [6:17 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Of the 185 points the Dolphins have allowed, 100 came after turnovers.'

Marker 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.'

November 22, 2001

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

November 21, 2001

Marker Bills' Brown relfects on team's dismal start [6:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It's hard to get up in the morning and come back here knowing you're 1-8 and more than likely seeing who you're going to draft next year, rather than looking at making it into the playoffs."'

Marker Dolphins quarterback blames himself for turnovers, loss [4:09 PM]
AP reports: '"My job is to take that pressure and be the scapegoat of the offense, whether that is the case or not," Fiedler said. "I'm going to take everything on myself, and say it is my fault every time."'

Marker Bills' O'Leary out for season [3:01 PM]
AP reports: 'Long snapper Dan O'Leary will miss the rest of the season for the Buffalo Bills because of torn ligaments in his right hand and thumb.'

Marker "Gift of Warmth" clothing drive this weekend [11:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills Partner with the Salvation Army for the fourth straight "Gift of Warmth" clothing drive.

At the November 25 home game against the Miami Dolphins, volunteers from the Salvation Army will be at all of the gates prior to the Bills game collecting monetary donations and warm clothing items including gloves, coats, mittens, scarves, and hats. Bills veteran Ruben Brown will act as a spokesperson for the drive. Make sure to Be there! and bring some extra clothes for donation.

Marker CBS Consensus - Bills over Miami [9:12 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Jay Glazer & Pete Prisco predict the Bills to upset the Fish.
Harmon Forecast has Miami winning 21-13:
The Dolphins' defense will win this one, because their offense is having problems -- even against defenses as weak as the Bills'. After losing twice to Buffalo in '99, Miami won twice last year.

Marker Cowart, Bills talking new deal [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cowart will become a free agent when the four-year contract he signed as a rookie in 1998 expires at the end of the season.'

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