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Buffalo Bills News - December 3, 2004

Marker Vincent eager to return to Bills lineup [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm optimistic," said Vincent, the Buffalo Bills' 13-year veteran cornerback, when asked if he'll be suiting up against his original NFL team at Pro Player Stadium on Sunday. "I'm just tired of holding hats and cheerleading. It's been a long eight weeks."'

Marker Levy would rather return to coaching [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Levy, who turns 80 next August, was asked by Rome if he wants to coach in the NFL again. "I'll give a straight-forward, honest answer: Yes,'' said Levy, who was interested in the Bills opening that went to Mike Mularkey last year. "It would have to be a head coaching job, none of this consultant stuff, but if it (an offer came), I would certainly listen very keenly.'''

Marker Friday's Miami Coverage [4:33 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Ricky Williams reversing field again (Miami Herald)
Bills return tickets, but game sold out (Miami Herald)
Williams rejects proposal to return (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
McMichael angles to outdo top contracts (Palm Beach Post)
On-again, off-again Williams: Off again (Palm Beach Post)
Williams to remain retired (Florida Today)
Williams' NFL career appears over (AP)
Ricky Williams will remain retired (The Sports Network)
Dolphins Head Coach Jim Bates Press Conference Transcript (MiamiDolphins.com)
Dolphins-Bills Game Declared A Sellout; Tickets Available For Final Home Game Versus Browns (MiamiDolphins.com)

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December 2, 2004

Marker Revived Running Game [10:16 PM]
RNews.com reports: '“I'm a robot. I'm just following them,” McGahee said of the big men who block for him. “It's a lot of them and Daimon Shelton, they're the ones doing all the dirty work. I'm just making it look easy. I really got to give the credit to Daimon and the o-line."'

Marker Overconfident Bills? [10:15 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Bills 24 Dolphins 13.'

Marker Jennings Returns To His Left Tackle Spot [5:29 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'He was with the first team as practice opened.'

Marker Buffalo (5-6) at Miami (2-9) [5:27 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bills 24, Dolphins 13.'

Marker Onside Kick was Executed Perfectly [4:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We had planned to use the onside kick earlier against the Seahawks but we scored with very little time to go in the half so there was no sense kicking the ball onside then because we would have only had time for one offensive play. While in the locker room we discussed the option even more and made the decision at that time that we were going to use the onside kick to start the second half. When we came out of the locker room the play was on.'

Marker Patience paying off for Bills' WR Evans [4:47 PM]
AP reports: '''Lee has progressed,'' quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. ''I think to a certain extent he was a victim of circumstance early on where plays just weren't going his way.'''

Marker Dolphins Still Tough Despite Record [3:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We can't go in there thinking we're going to roll over these guys just because of their record," tight end Mark Campbell said. "They have a tough defense that can still make plays and we're going to have to play well to come out of there with a victory."'

Marker Brandon Backers to Attend Dolphins Game [2:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We had like 82 people at our first meeting," VanHall said. "I said, "Oh my gosh, this is unreal! Where did all of these people come from?'"'

Marker Dolphins rejuvenated by West Coast junket [1:32 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“The main thing is winning. When you’re 1-9, a win just upbeats everybody in the organization,” Bates said. “There have been many struggles, the turmoil that we’ve gone through. It seems like ever since January, there's been a lot of issues, a lot of things have happened to this football team. It was just good to get that good feeling and take the long flight back and give the guys a couple of days off.”'

Marker Williams' improvement key for Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams has played good football the past seven weeks, and line coach Jim McNally says the right tackle has become an asset on the offense. "It seems like everybody's got the wrong opinion of Mike," McNally said. "I'm not going to overplay it. But he's doing it. He's getting it done. I think he's got a bad rap."'

Marker Thomas' absence may aid run game [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Dolphins rank 29th in the NFL against the run this season.'

Marker Face to face with the toughest opponent [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A few days before training camp, I received a telephone call from our team internist, Joseph Armenia. He told me that he had some concern about the score of my PSA test that had been administered as part of my yearly physical. When I told Dr. Armenia that I didn't know the PSA from the college board SAT exams, he explained that the PSA was a procedure used to detect prostate cancer. He suggested that I have a biopsy to determine whether there actually was cancer present. The biopsy verified that there was.'

Marker Shelton serves up 'pancakes' for the Bills [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'McGahee has topped 100 yards in five of his six NFL starts, and while the offensive line has been given credit for its improved play of late, McGahee is quick to remind that Shelton has played an equally integral role in the Bills' recent success running the ball. "He's like the unsung hero of the team right now," said McGahee. "He's been phenomenal as far as blocking. He didn't get a lot of credit, but I try to recognize him every time I see it. He's plugging all the time."'

Marker McGahee runs home [4:59 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Most NFL observers questioned why the Bills would draft damaged goods with their 23rd pick, especially when they had Travis Henry, who had gained 1,438 yards with 10 touchdowns in his second season. No one is second-guessing now.'

Marker Odds defied, McGahee returns [4:58 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Robert Bronstein, an orthopedic surgeon at Strong Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., said 30 or 40 years ago, doctors would have considered amputating McGahee's leg.'

Marker Blitzes still haunt Miami [4:57 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'There's no question the Buffalo Bills will blitz the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The only question is how many times will the Bills do it, and will the Dolphins' offensive line ever be able to stop it?'

Marker Thursday's Miami Coverage [4:56 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Foes puttin' on the blitz (Miami Herald)
Bates, safety Knight clear the air (Miami Herald)
McGahee runs home (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins' Thomas out for Sunday's game; James to return (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Pope replaces Thomas as 'Fins linebacker (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Odds defied, McGahee returns (Palm Beach Post)
Thomas won't play Sunday vs. Buffalo (Palm Beach Post)
Blitzes still haunt Miami (Florida Today)
Dolphins' Thomas won't play Sunday (Florida Today)
Williams will seek to have $8.6 million award thrown out (AP)
Feeley staying upbeat after season of hard knocks (AP)
Thomas ruled out for Dolphins' game with Buffalo (AP)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Injured Fin (The Sports Network)
Jason Taylor Named AFC Defensive Player Of The Week (MiamiDolphins.com)
Dolphins-Bills Injury Reports (MiamiDolphins.com)
Dolphins Sign Winston Taylor To Practice Squad (MiamiDolphins.com)
DVD Pick: The Boondock Saints (MiamiDolphins.com)
Alexander (MiamiDolphins.com)

Marker Bills' faith in McGahee paying off [4:55 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Donahoe took heat for the move, and it didn't make sense. There was a chance there to pull off a steal, and Donahoe not only recognized it, he took advantage of it. Now, he and the Bills look like geniuses.'

Marker Inside slant [4:54 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"A lot of things have to happen outside of what we're doing (to make the playoffs)," Mularkey admitted. "We can only control what happens on Sunday's with our opponent. But that's what we're in it for (to win a championship) and nothing has changed since last March with that."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:53 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'This one will boil down to Football 101 for the Bills - run and stop the run.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:52 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'McGahee, still rehabilitating a severe knee injury and second on depth chart behind Travis Henry when the NFL schedule came out last spring, swears he didn't circle this game on his calendar. "I didn't know what would happen as far as my playing time, so I didn't circle any games," he said. "But my whole family will be there. Basically, everybody in Miami."'

Marker Bills' Henry out indefinitely [4:51 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'It's the same leg Henry hurt in Week 11 of last season, when he suffered a hairline break just above his ankle. Henry, though, did not miss a game and had his second consecutive 1,300-yard rushing season.'

Marker Henry's Leg Is Not Broken [4:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It's possible it could be a high ankle sprain, but Mularkey did not want to divulge any information. Mularkey says he's hopeful it's not a season ending injury. Henry is out for Sunday in Miami.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins [4:49 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Two wins in a row on the road? That hasn't happend in two years. Here's why it will this week.;

December 1, 2004

Marker Buffalo (5-6) at Miami (2-9) [9:50 PM]
AP reports: '``It's almost obvious that they're mentally tough when you overcome the 0-4 start,'' Mularkey said. ``There's been many a times that they've had chances to say, `That's it.' And not one of them yet have done that.'''

Marker McGahee a big ticket heading home to play Miami [9:38 PM]
AP reports: '``I'm excited,'' guard Chris Villarrial added. ``I mean, the guy could've packed it in a long time ago. But he never let anybody tell him that he couldn't play anymore. And he's come in and proved it.'''

Marker Homecoming for Willis [9:37 PM]
RNews.com reports: '“The Miami-Buffalo rivalry is something, that regardless of the records, will be a huge game,” linebacker London Fletcher explained. “I expect a very physical ballgame, a real battle this Sunday. I'm sure they want to play well for their new head coach, play well for their home crowd as well."'

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