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Buffalo Bills News - December 3, 2000

Marker Banged-up Bills test their depth against Dolphins [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If ever there was a game in which the Buffalo Bills could use a boost from their famous circle-the-wagons mentality, today is it.'

Marker Calming influence [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"With Ted as the coordinator, he's the type of guy who's very into his players," strong safety Henry Jones said. "He exudes confidence. Hopefully he can pass that along to the players who get in there.'

Marker Defense gives Dolphins luxury of pounding on wounded Bills [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are too banged up. . . . Miami, 17-16.'

Marker Dolphins hope to feast on battered, bruised Bills' 'D' [8:10 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills' injury situation is so pronounced head coach Wade Phillips got his squad together for a Rah-Rah session after Wednesday's practice.'

Marker Hobbled Bills cannot afford any self-pity [7:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'Diving into the deep end today are linebackers Jay Foreman and Corey Moore (for the injured Sam Cowart and Sam Rogers) and defensive backs Donovan Greer and Travares Tillman (for Antoine Winfield and Keion Carpenter).'

Marker Injuries test a team's depth [7:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Healthy is not a word used much these days to describe the Bills. Bruised, battered, decimated -- yes. Healthy -- no.'

Marker Buffalo offense needs to break loose [7:11 AM]
D and C reports: '"We realize we have to play our best game for ourselves and the team," said quarterback Rob Johnson, whose injury du jour is sore ribs. "But we don't feel we have to force things or create things that aren't there and end up playing worse."'

Marker Bills schedule next season will be easier without Rams [7:10 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo will be the only AFC East team not to play the potent St. Louis Rams.'

Marker Bills scouting report [7:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills can win if ... Their play mirrors their situation -- do-or-die. This is a must win, the Bills are at home and, despite their injuries, they should put forth a huge effort.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

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December 2, 2000

Marker 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).'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

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