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Dolphins inactives

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2014 – 11:51 am

Here are the inactives for the Dolphins in the Week 2 game with the Bills.

DE Terence Fede
C Mike Pouncey
LB Jordan Tripp
LB Koa Misi
G Billy Turner
DT Bruce Gaston
OT Jason Fox

 


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Miami MLB doubtful

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 2:26 pm

The injuries at linebacker for the Dolphins claimed one of their starters for the season in Dannell Ellerbe. Friday’s injury report indicates they’re likely to be without another.

Starting MLB Koa Misi is doubtful after being unable to practice all week with an ankle injury. Rookie LB Jordan Tripp is also out with a chest injury.

That means there’s a good chance former Bills LB Kelvin Sheppard, who was signed earlier this week by Miami could see a lot of snaps Sunday.


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Rivers out for Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 1:59 pm

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Here is the rundown of the status of injured Bills players for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

Player Pos Injury Participation Friday Game Status
Lee Smith TE Toe LP DOUBTFUL
Keith Rivers LB Groin DNP OUT
Jonathan Meeks S Neck LP DOUBTFUL
Aaron Williams S Concussion FP PROBABLE
Stephon Gilmore CB Groin FP PROBABLE
Sammy Watkins WR Ribs FP PROBABLE
Chris Hogan WR Ankle FP PROBABLE

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Miami’s 5 new OL changes little for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 12, 2014 – 10:16 am

The Miami Dolphins had five new offensive linemen in their Week 1 win from the men they had lining up for them last season at this time. The group performed admirably despite not having their one holdover from last season in C Mike Pouncey, who is out again this week with a hip injury. Bills DT Kyle Williams was impressed with what he saw on tape from the Dolphins’ front five last Sunday.

“I think if you look at their whole offensive line, their offensive line is brand new, all five of them and they work well together,” he said. “Veteran group, they play hard. They have a rookie at right tackle but everybody else has been around a while. They know what they’re doing. They get on their blocks and stay on their blocks so we got a good challenge in front of us.”

Buffalobills.com asked Williams if the new players on the Dolphins’ offensive front increases his preparation since they’re not the typical players they see when they face Miami each season.

“No, I’m not going to prepare any more or any less than I would if I had played these guys, all these guys were the same,” said Williams. “I’m going go about my business the way I always do. Nitpick and try to figure the ins and outs, whats good and not good no matter whos playing or how long they have been playing.”


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Dolphins LBs still sidelined

Posted by Chris Brown on September 11, 2014 – 4:59 pm

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Miami’s linebacking corps is still banged up as a bunch of them were either limited in practice or unable to practice again on Thursday. Here’s the full rundown of the Dolphins’ injuries.

Player Pos Injury Participation Thursday
Terrence Fede DE Knee OUT
Mike Pouncey C Hip OUT
Jordan Tripp LB Chest OUT
Chris McCain LB Illness LP
Koa Misi LB Ankle DNP
Randy Starks DT Toe LP
Billy Turner G Foot DNP
Walt Aikens S Hand LP
Charles Clay TE Knee LP
Knowshon Moreno RB Shoulder LP
Derrick Shelby DE Knee LP
Dion Sims TE Neck LP
Mike Wallace WR Hamstring LP
Philip Wheeler LB Thumb LP

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Dolphins have lengthy injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2014 – 5:35 pm

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The Miami Dolphins injury report is a long one and there are some key players on the list particularly at the linebacker position. Here’s a look.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Terrence Fede DE Knee OUT
Mike Pouncey C Hip OUT
Jordan Tripp LB Chest OUT
Chris McClain LB Illness DNP
Koa Misi LB Ankle DNP
Randy Starks DT Toe DNP
Billy Turner G Foot DNP
Walt Aikens S Hand LP
Charles Clay TE Knee LP
Knowshon Moreno RB Shoulder LP
Derrick Shelby DE Knee LP
Dion Sims TE Neck LP
Mike Wallace WR Hamstring LP
Philip Wheeler LB Thumb LP

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Bills Wed. injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on September 10, 2014 – 4:39 pm

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Here’s Wednesday’s official injury report for the Bills in advance of their Week 2 game against Miami.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday
Lee Smith TE Toe DNP
Keith Rivers LB Groin DNP
Jonathan Meeks S Neck Limited
Aaron Williams S Head Limited
Stephon Gilmore CB Groin Full part.
Sammy Watkins WR Ribs Full part.

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Dolphins DC respects Bills run game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 9, 2014 – 11:00 am

Miami defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle will be game planning for the Bills offense today. One thing he has is respect for the Bills run game knowing Buffalo has beaten the Dolphins in three of their last four meetings.

“This team is very very dangerous,” Coyle said of the Bills. “Obviously, in the two years prior that we’ve played them, they’ve beaten us three out of the four times since I’ve been here. They’re a very physical team, very good up front, two of the best tandem of backs that we’ll face, explosive yet powerful too, especially Jackson, breaks tackles. They rushed for 193 yards against Chicago. They were very effective, they were controlling the ball. The quarterback is an athlete, he can run, he can throw on the run, they move the pocket with bootlegs and play action passes.

“This is a different challenge than a week ago. A difficult challenge because we’ve got to go out there, you can’t make a mistake in the run game. They ripped off a couple of runs yesterday in the game, one about 50 and another one about 40 yards at the end of the game to ice it, to get them in field goal range to win in overtime. This team presents a lot of problems and they’re a very good defensive team as well. They usually keep themselves in most game because they keep the score down and you’ve got play a very physical game to win.”


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Sept. 7th has been good to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2014 – 8:36 am

There are certain dates that will live in infamy for the Bills organization, none of which will be re-listed here. But there are also some dates that have been particularly kind to the team and their fans. One such date is today, September 7th.

There is not only one or two good things that happened to the Bills on September 7th, but three in their 54-year history. They are as follows.

September 7, 1980 – Streak ends Bills beat Dolphins
September 7, 1986 – Jim Kelly makes his Bills debut
September 7, 2003 – Bills open season with 31-0 win over New England Patriots
So two of Buffalo’s most noteworthy season-opening victories and the debut of the only player to have his number retired in team history. Not a bad trio of events. Could there be a fourth here today in Chicago for the Bills organization?

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Miami to be without Pouncey vs. Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on June 23, 2014 – 5:20 pm

The regular season is a long way off, but if the prognosis for Dolphins Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey is accurate the Dolphins will not have their pivot man in the lineup against the Bills in Week 2.

ESPN first reported Monday that Pouncey underwent hip surgery that will keep him sidelined for at least three months. Three months from today is September 23rd, which is more than a week after the Bills host the Dolphins in their home opener on Sept. 14th.

Pouncey tore a labrum in his hip during OTAs for Miami. For an offensive line that is being revamped this offseason, Pouncey was being counted on to be the glue that held it together. Against Buffalo’s vaunted defensive line, the Dolphins offense could be in for a long day against their AFC East rival.


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Bills surprised Fins didn’t run more

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2013 – 5:56 pm

Facing the number one sack team in the league on the road, and having given up a league-leading 51 sacks on the season, Buffalo figured that Miami would make a concerted effort to run the ball. They didn’t, which surprised a lot of Buffalo’s defenders.

“We really thought they were going to come in here and run the ball, given the elements and everything like that,” said Jerry Hughes, who had one of the Bills’ seven sacks of Ryan Tannehill Sunday. “We really thought they’d try to test our run game early. They kind of did, but we kind of shut it down. The rush is kind of what they tried to do and we kind of stopped them.”

If the Dolphins tried to run the ball they didn’t try very long. Granted their lack of success may have been a deterrent, but it was a 10-point game until the fourth quarter.

Miami had nine carries for just nine yards in the first half. They ran it just three more times in the second half for just five more yards for a total of 14 in the game.


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Best matchup for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2013 – 8:53 am

The Bills defense has some premier level talent on their side of the ball and there’s one matchup where Buffalo looks to have a decided edge against the Dolphins today.

With Kyle Williams playing a bit more end of late, it’s allowed Marcell Dareus to step into the three-technique spot at defensive tackle (outside shoulder of guard). That means Dareus will be matched up against Dolphins LG Sam Brenner.

An undrafted rookie out of Utah, Brenner is a center by trade. He’s made three starts at left guard for Miami since Richie Incognito was suspended in the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal. Brenner began the season on the Dolphins’ practice squad.

Dareus figures to have his way with Brenner if they’re in a one-on-one matchups. The Bills DT is putting together his best NFL season and is a favorite to land his first Pro Bowl berth this season.


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Tannehill struggles vs. Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2013 – 8:25 am

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill might be getting hot down the stretch, but his three career performances against the Bills have been anything but impressive.

Tannehill in three career starts against Buffalo has a 1-2 record. He’s completed just over 51 percent of his passes (51.1%) for 465 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s also been sacked seven times in those three games and has a passer rating of 69.9. His yards per attempt against the Bills is also an anemic 5.17.

Back in Week 7 Tannehill had the lowest completion percentage of his 2013 season against Buffalo (51.4%). He threw three touchdown passes, but also had three turnovers with two interceptions and a fumble on a sack by Mario Williams that led to the game-winning field goal by Dan Carpenter for the Bills (23-21).


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Miami RB Thomas questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 20, 2013 – 2:38 pm

It appears as though the Dolphins will have their starting cornerbacks back in the lineup Sunday against the Bills in Brent Grimes and Nolan Carroll, who are both probable, but the news is different for RB Daniel Thomas.

Thomas is listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis Friday. He failed to practice at all on Wednesday and Thursday. Starting DT Paul Soliai is listed as probable despite practicing only on a limited basis all week due to an ankle injury.

Long snapper John Denney missed Friday’s practice due to illnes, but is probable. Here’s the rest of the Dolphins injury report for Sunday’s game.

Player

Pos

Injury

Participation Friday

Game Status

Brent Grimes

CB

Groin

LP

Probable

Daniel Thomas

RB

Ankle

LP

Questionable

Nolan Carroll

CB

Knee

FP

Probable

Chris Clemons

S

Knee/Hamstring

LP

Probable

Paul Soliai

DT

Ankle

LP

Probable

Jamar Taylor

CB

Hamstring

FP

Probable

Reshad Jones

S

Groin

FP

Probable

Olivier Vernon

DE

Ankle

FP

Probable

John Denney

LS

Illness

DNP

Probable


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Dolphins CBs still nicked up

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 7:29 pm

The Miami Dolphins have had some injuries in their starting secondary that they’ve been dealing with and they’re stretching into this week.

Starting CBs Brent Grimes and Nolan Carroll are dealing with injuries. Grimes didn’t practice Wednesday with a groin injury while Carroll was limited with a knee injury.

Here’s the full Dolphins injury report.

DID NOT PRACTICE
CB Brent Grimes – groin
RB Daniel Thomas – ankle

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
CB Nolan Carroll – knee
DT Paul Soliai – ankle
S Chris Clemons – knee/hamstring
CB Jamar Taylor – hamstring

FULL PRACTICE
S Reshad Jones – groin
DE Olivier Vernon – ankle


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Lewis not worried about playing in elements

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 5:55 pm

Bills QB Thad Lewis, who will make his fourth start for the team this Sunday against Miami is a south Florida native himself. But he’s accustomed to playing in the elements up north this time of year.

Lewis has played in cold games before. The coldest was just last season in the final regular season game of the year for Cleveland at Pittsburgh.

“Last year against Pittsburgh I think it was 18 degrees and snowing,” he said. “So I’ve played in a game of this magnitude with the weather so I don’t think it’ll be a factor.

“The weather is not a factor when you’re playing. It’s just a factor when you’re standing there watching, like anybody in the stands. The weather won’t be a factor, you just go out and play as usual.”


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Brandon: Miami game to be blacked out

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2013 – 10:14 am

Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Wednesday was up front in admitting that they will not be able to beat the blackout deadline of Thursday at 1 pm and sell out Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

“We won’t meet the sellout,” said Brandon. “The game will be blacked out, but we will have a good crowd there and they’ll be boisterous for sure. Everyone always gets a little extra amped up when the Dolphins come to town. We’ll be ready and I know the fans will be ready and we’d love to knock them off their playoff perch.”

Brandon said there are about 16,000 tickets left for Sunday’s game. This is the first TV blackout of the season for Buffalo.


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Tight ends have feasted on Dolphins

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2013 – 10:50 am

Miami has not given up a passing touchdown to a wide receiver so far this season. While that might seem like an impressive statistic, they’ve been eaten alive by tight ends in their first five games.

Opposing tight ends have made 25 catches for 358 yards and 6 touchdowns in five games. So tight ends have accounted for six of the eight passing touchdowns scored on the Dolphins this season. Running backs scored the other two passing touchdowns against Miami.

That doesn’t speak well for Dolphins safeties Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones.

One has to think that the Bills will want to take advantage of those safeties with Scott Chandler, who has been very productive so far this season.


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Miami first of 2 straight off bye for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2013 – 7:35 am

The Dolphins are coming off their bye week to face Buffalo. After dropping two straight games heading into their bye the Bills are expecting a supremely focused Dolphins team. Head coach Doug Marrone and his staff meanwhile have to be leery of potential changes in Miami’s approach on both sides of the ball.

In his weekly appearance on Bills Focus on Buffalobills.com, Marrone revealed that he and his staff had to create a game plan that was flexible. We asked coach Marrone what to expect from a team that threw the ball almost 70 percent of the time (69.5%) and at times looked as though they had no interest in even trying to run the football.

“When you look at the Dolphins they started off well,” Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “They were 3-0 and then they had the two losses. Now they had a bye week and I think you’ve got to be careful when teams are coming off the bye week. A lot has been said with coach Philbin and the rest of the staff about running the football. Going into the game you’ve got to be prepared for all of those things.

“You’re correct in what you’re saying, but you don’t know if they’re going to change philosophically because who are they? Are they the team that was 3-0, what were they doing there to successful? Then when they lost two they look at themselves and they’re asking why they’ve lost those two.  I’m sure in the bye week they talked about those things so we have to be ready for everything when we play them.”

So what is the best way to prepare?

“I just think whatever you put in you have to be able to adjust,” Marrone said. “A lot of times on the bye coming off you definitely don’t have an advantage being the team like us. We’re going into two straight games now where both teams are coming off byes and both teams are coming off losses. So we have to do a very good job with what we have. You have to be able to adjust as well to what they may do and you can be consistent.”

The Bills play the New Orleans Saints in Week 8 in New Orleans and they have the bye this week.


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Bills have to change road division trend

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2013 – 1:08 pm

The Buffalo Bills are looking for their first division win this season on their third attempt in Miami on Sunday. Winning division games have proven difficult enough since the turn of the century. When it comes to posting AFC East wins on the road they’ve been close to impossible.

Since the 2000 season Buffalo is 10-32 in road division games, less than one win per season. More recent history shows that trend hasn’t improved.

In their last 10 road division games Buffalo has a record of 1-9, with a current losing streak of eight straight.

Buffalo’s average points scored over that stretch is 19.6 ppg. Their average points against are 33.8.

The good news is their last road division victory was in Miami, when they beat the Dolphins 17-14 on Dec. 19, 2010.

As much improving their road division would help their cause, head coach Doug Marrone is stripping down the goals list even further. He’s just looking to get a complete three-phase game from his team knowing that should deliver a win no matter where the team is playing.

“Really what we’re trying to do is just concentrate on our team,” said Marrone. “We’re not worried about whether we’re on the road or at home. We’re just trying to be more consistent in all three phases. We haven’t played in sync with all three phases so that’s what we’re striving for.”


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