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Buffalo Bills News - December 1, 2000

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

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November 30, 2000

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker Dolphins Due For Annual Freeze [7:55 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Buffalo has hosted Miami eight times in November, December of January since 1986 and won all eight games. Of course, most of the players involved in many of those contests are adjusting to life after football, but the trend has been particularly strong over the past three years.'

Marker Offense primed for points against Dolphins [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The defense does have some key injuries right now, and we have to help them out as much as possible," center Jerry Ostroski said. "The way we can help them out is put points on the board. Hopefully, we can get that on track this week.".'

Marker Wade deserves the ax if Bills miss playoffs [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the team misses the playoffs, Phillips and his supporters will no doubt use the current rash of injuries as an excuse. He shouldn't get off that easily.'

Marker Thurman will hobble back to Buffalo [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've just been thinking about going through my rehab and I'm supposed to have surgery next week," he said. "Once that's done, when the season's over with, I'll have made up my decision on what to do."'

Marker Bills will stick with 3-4 defense [6:33 AM]
D and C reports: '"To make a long story short," Cottrell said, "we're not switching defenses."'

Marker Don't look for Thomas on the field this Sunday [6:32 AM]
D and C reports: '"I was really looking forward to going up there and playing in that stadium and being on the opposite sideline to see how the fans and everybody would react to me being in a Dolphins' uniform," Thomas said yesterday. "It was something I was really looking forward to."'

Marker Fiedler improves, may start Sunday [6:31 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins are optimistic quarterback Jay Fiedler and running back Lamar Smith will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game at Buffalo.'

Marker Moulds catching on quickly [6:31 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Through the long-running controversy the past three seasons over whether Johnson or Flutie is the right guy for the Bills, Moulds has thrived, rising up the ranks of the NFL's top receivers.'

Marker K. Williams blasts Jets [6:30 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '[In 1999] Williams underwent three surgeries, but the Jets actually cut his salary by a third during the sickness. Williams said Wednesday that episode had repercussions on his being waived three weeks ago.'

Marker Thomas will be there (keeping low profile) [6:29 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Thomas will ride with the team from the hotel to the stadium, a route where visiting teams are greeted rudely by some of the NFL's most passionate fans.'

Marker QB, runner better, may be fit to play [6:28 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Quarterback Jay Fiedler and running back Lamar Smith got through Wednesday's practice without major complications, which increases the possibility they'll be in the lineup Sunday at Buffalo.'

Marker Johnson the survivor of Bills' QB mess [6:27 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'This much is sure when the Dolphins play the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday: Johnson will be the starting quarterback. Not Doug Flutie.'

Marker Fiedler might start against Buffalo [6:26 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Fiedler, who had not practiced since Nov. 17, said he felt good, but he remains listed as questionable.'

November 29, 2000

Marker Former Jet Williams happy to join Dolphins [8:49 PM]
AP reports: 'One year removed from a rare illness that nearly killed him, Kevin Williams finds it easy to look on the bright side.'

Marker Fiedler may start Sunday against Bills [8:46 PM]
AP reports: 'Jay Fiedler, who has been sidelined by a pinched nerve in his neck, returned to practice Wednesday and might start Sunday at Buffalo.'

Marker Injured Thomas will make trip to Buffalo [8:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Sidelined by a season-ending knee injury, Thomas plans to watch from a Rich Stadium skybox as the Bills play his new team, the Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Special teams go nowhere fast [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With only four games left in the regular season, the Buffalo Bills' beleaguered special teams are showing no signs of crawling out of the mire in the NFL statistical rankings.'

Marker Talley, Warlick to be honored on field [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will present former standouts Darryl Talley and Ernie Warlick with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award in an on-field ceremony prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Wannstedt builds team to be weather-proof [7:40 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Or as Wannstedt said Monday when asked if he had checked the forecast: "No, but it's December in Buffalo, 20 degrees, right? Whatever. It will be a good challenge for us."'

Marker No reprieve [7:38 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins are 0-5 in Buffalo in games played after Thanksgiving.'

Marker Dolphins won't take playoffs for granted [7:37 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'When Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt says a 9-3 record doesn't guarantee a playoff spot, he isn't seeking extra motivation for his team entering Sunday's game at Buffalo. He's speaking from experience.'

Marker Safety goes from I.C.U. to Dolphins [7:36 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The Dolphins have signed Kevin Williams -- no, not the former University of Miami receiver, but the ex-Jets safety who survived a life-threatening bacterial infection last year.'

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