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."'
Dolphins better than expected [7:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'It's not hard to understand while fans and experts alike set the bar low -- about small mammal height -- for the Dolphins this season, labeling them an "also ran" in the rugged AFC East Division. So much for opinions.'
Dallas: Blame J. Jones, not Gailey [7:00 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'While Dallas sports talk-show callers seem indifferent that former Cowboys coach Chan Gailey is enjoying success as Miami's offensive coordinator, Chicago's callers can't fathom how Wannstedt has become "Winning Wanny" with the Dolphins just two seasons after being swept out of the Windy City for losing 24 of his last 32 games there.'
Five Dolphins may get Pro Bowl berths [6:58 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Linebacker Zach Thomas, cornerback Sam Madison, left tackle Richmond Webb, defensive end Jason Taylor and special-teams player Larry Izzo are on their way to gaining berths with the coaches and players voting slated for Dec. 11-12.'
Fiedler, Smith appear fit [6:56 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The closer it gets to Sunday, the more likely it appears quarterback Jay Fiedler and running back Lamar Smith will be back in the starting lineup for the Dolphins.'
Sapp fined $2,500 for taunting Bills [8:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Tampa Bay defensive tackle Warren Sapp was fined $2,500 by the NFL on Thursday for entering Buffalo's bench area for a drink of water and taunting the Bills during the Buccaneers' 31-17 victory Sunday.'
Some banged-up Bills still doubtful for Sunday [8:35 PM]
AP reports: 'More unlikely to play are: -- Running back Sammy Morris, tied for the team lead with five touchdowns, who's missed three games with a high ankle sprain and strained tendons. -- Defensive back Donovan Greer, who reaggravated a foot injury while appearing in only one play last weekend. -- And halfback Sheldon Jackson, who reaggravated an ankle injury in practice Thursday.'
Fiedler takes most practice snaps again for Dolphins [8:34 PM]
AP reports: 'Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler took most of the snaps in practice again Thursday, and barring a setback he'll start Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.'
Dolphins poised to make a run at the Bills [8:34 PM]
AP reports: '"For cold weather, we love the way we play," guard Mark Dixon said. "Our offense is not built around the weather having to be right. We hand the ball off a lot, and it doesn't have to be warm to hand it off."'
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