Lucas will succeed, and then what? [5:38 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''This team,'' he said, ``is the most resilient I've ever been around.'' Resilience, right now, means overcoming an injury to your starting quarterback. Resilience, later, could mean overcoming a QB controversy just as the playoffs begin to come into focus.'
Chambers probably will sit out [5:37 AM]
Miami Herald reports: ' Tickets remain for Sunday's game against Buffalo. If it does not sell out by 1 p.m. Thursday, the game will be blacked out locally.'
Fiedler out at least a month with broken thumb [5:36 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Fiedler is 26-11 as a starter since replacing Dan Marino and has missed just one start. No other quarterback has won more games since the start of the 2000 season.'
Ray? Jay? They're fine either way [5:35 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'You see, while the Bills' offense has been rejuvenated under Drew Bledsoe, the defense is horrible. They're allowing 36 points a game, and their scraping bottom in the NFL in run defense by allowing 130 yards a week. In other words, it wouldn't matter who is running the offense Sunday. Fiedler, Lucas, Woodley, Jensen. ... The Dolphins' best shot at winning is to keep Ricky on the field and Bledsoe on the sidelines.'
Hit on Chambers `inexcusable' [5:34 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Kennedy said he tried to check on Chambers as he lay on the field, but Dolphins tight Randy McMichael stepped in. "Some of his teammates gave me a little shove after that," Kennedy said." I guess they thought I was playing dirty. But I'm a competitor, I was playing hard, and I'm also a friendly guy, so I went over to make sure that he was OK."'
Fiedler out at least a month [5:33 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Now Fiedler will help prepare Lucas, a job that should bring back memories. Fiedler helped out coaching at Hofstra University while he was out of the NFL in 1997.'
Lucas: 'I hope I can measure up' [5:32 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Lucas isn't replacing a quarterback of superstar talent. He is replacing a quarterback who has proved himself a winner by going 26-11 as a Miami starter.'
Lucas comes in confident [5:31 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Sage Rosenfels will back up Lucas, and Wannstedt said the Dolphins will look to bring in a third quarterback, who will run the scout team. Rick Spielman, the Dolphins' senior vice president, said the third quarterback probably will be someone eligible for the practice squad.'
WR Chambers' status uncertain vs. Bills [5:30 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'If Chambers can't play, James McKnight will start opposite Oronde Gadsden against the Bills. Dedric Ward would remain the slot receiver.'
Defense still drives bus for Dolphins [5:30 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: 'Now the Dolphins will rely on Ray Lucas under center. Lucas is an athletic player, but Fiedler was the guy who quarterbacked the Dolphins to a 5-1 start. With the high-octane Buffalo Bills offense up next, Miami will need Williams to shine now more than ever.'
Dolphins lose Fiedler to thumb injury; Lucas will take over [5:29 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The Dolphins (5-1), who have a two-game lead in the AFC East, will host the Bills on Sunday, then take their bye week before playing at Green Bay and the New York Jets. Winning those games would not only be important for winning the division, but also for gaining home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.'
Tenacious hit angers Dolphins [5:28 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"I don't want to complain about a hit, but that was (expletive) (expletive)," Dolphins backup quarterback Ray Lucas said. "And then (Kennedy) got up and was jumping around. I'm still upset about that."'
Last-minute victory could signal turning point for Dolphins [5:27 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'By getting this one, Miami (5-1) has established itself as one of the elite teams in the AFC and all of football. Had the Dolphins not come through on that drive, they would just be another good team that turns back into a pumpkin at the moment of truth.'
Dolphins have a Ray of hope [5:27 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Lucas hasnít thrown a pass this season. He attempted only three in 2001. But he does know what it means to start in the NFL and in the AFC East.'
Fiedler out at least four weeks with broken thumb [8:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler will miss at least four weeks because of a broken right thumb, making Ray Lucas a starter for the first time in three seasons.'
Bills tackle icing hamstring strain [7:58 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams wouldn't discuss Mike Williams' status on Monday, only to say the rookie will be evaluated before the team resumes practice Wednesday.'
Bills not content with 3-3 start [7:57 PM]
AP reports: 'As promising as their start has been, Buffalo has yet to prove it's capable of being anything more than a .500 team.'
Dolphins Jay Fiedler out indefinitely with broken thumb [4:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Miami Dolphins are tied for the best record in the NFL, but may be without quarterback Jay Fiedler for a few weeks. Fiedler suffered a broken right thumb with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter of Sunday nightís thrilling 24-22 win over the Denver Broncos and will be sidelined indefinitely.
A bad news, good news game for Bills [3:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Bad News: Houston is about the only team Buffalo could have beaten the way it played at Reliant Stadium.'
5th Down: A 15-Year Flashback? [2:57 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: More than once, Iíve heard people compare this Buffalo team with the Bills of 1987. There are some obvious similarities: Marv Levy was hired midway through the 1986 season, and began installing his own assistant coaches in 1987. One of those was offensive mastermind Ted Marchibroda, who designed the Billsí no-huddle attack. You can fairly compare that to Gregg Williams coming to Buffalo in 2001 and, after a subpar season, installing Kevin Gilbride as offensive coordinator
Bumbling Bills bounce back, pull out win after blase beginning in Houston [1:34 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Note to Buffalo's defense: When a running back slows down while running toward the sideline and lifts the ball above his shoulder, as Houston's James Allen did early in the fourth quarter, HE'S GOING TO THROW IT. SO COVER SOMEBODY.'
Texans flagged for loss [1:20 PM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Why Buffalo won - Three reasons: Drew Bledsoe, Peerless Price and Travis Henry.'
Rookie mistakes sink Texans, 31-24 [1:17 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: '"We knew we had enough time," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "Our guys kept their composure. They fought back and redeemed themselves."'
All the wrong moves [1:15 PM]
Austin American Statesman reports: 'The Texans were penalized 11 times for 75 yards, but Buffalo was tagged 13 times for 128 yards. The ones on Houston hurt more. "We just beat ourselves," strong safety Erik Brown said. "Call it excitement or emotion, it got the best of us."'
Game Notebook vs. Houston Texans [1:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Through six games in 2002, the Bills have had seven 100-yard receiving games from three different receivers - three each from Eric Moulds and Peerless Price and one from Josh Reed. The most the team has ever had in one season was 11 in 1991, accomplished by four different receivers - Andre Reed (4), James Lofton (4), Thurman Thomas (2), and Don Beebe (1).
Closest fight [11:44 AM]
Beaumont Enterprise reports: 'The Bills actually had more penalties than the Texans, racking up 128 yards on 13 penalties, to 11 penalties for 75 yards for the Texans. But the Bills were able to play their way out of their mistakes and the Texans werenít.'
High School Coach Of The Week - Week 6 [11:08 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Head coach Tom Goddard of Clarence High School has been named the Buffalo Bills' high school football "Coach of the Week" for the sixth weekend of the 2002 season (Oct. 11-12). Clarence scored an exciting 35-28 overtime victory over arch-rival Lancaster, earning their fourth consecutive victory and a giant step toward a playoff spot in Class AA, Section VI football.
Bills save their best for last in victory [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We just have to keep believing even when we're down. As a team we have to step up and be prepared."'
Bills avoid a Texas misstep [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Jerry challenged them at halftime to step up and to not lose their confidence in their techniques," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "Both coordinators did a good job of scheming in the second half."'
Williams' leg injury worries Bills [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams called it a strained muscle, but won't know for sure until the rookie has a magnetic resonance imaging examination today.'
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