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RB Jackson questionable, WR Watkins probable

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2014 – 3:32 pm

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Bills RB Fred Jackson, who played, but had a lesser role last Sunday against Kansas City is listed as questionable for a second straight week heading into Buffalo’s Thursday night game at Miami.

Jackson was listed as a limited participant again on Wednesday. He practiced on a limited basis Tuesday as well. The veteran running back is trying to return from a groin injury initially suffered back in Week 7 against Minnesota.

The news is better for WR Sammy Watkins, who is listed as probable and has been a full participant in practice all week.

DE Jarius Wynn, who left last week’s game with a knee injury, is out.

Player Pos Injury Participation Wednesday Game Status
Jarius Wynn DE Knee DNP OUT
Ron Brooks CB Groin LP QUESTIONABLE
Marcus Easley WR Knee LP QUESTIONABLE
Fred Jackson RB Groin LP QUESTIONABLE
Marquise Goodwin WR Ribs LP QUESTIONABLE
Sammy Watkins WR Groin FP PROBABLE

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A couple of big problems for Miami’s OL

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2014 – 5:10 pm

By now everyone is familiar with the challenge the Dolphins will have with Dallas Thomas making his first career start at right tackle and facing Mario Williams. The bigger challenge might be the one Miami C Samson Satele has in facing Marcell Dareus.

Dareus has been an unstoppable force of late and Satele seems to know that he will need double team help on Buffalo’s Pro Bowl DT.

“He brings a lot of intensity to the game. He’s a big man, strong man. I’m not big, I’m not strong. I’m the opposite of that,” Satele said. “So I’ve just got to work on my technique. He’s leading their D-Line (defensive line) in sacks. I think he’s got 10 or close to that. You know it’s going to be a challenge and every week is a challenge for us. That’s why we play, we love it.”

Dareus is coming off a three-sack performance against the Chiefs as he had half of the team’s sacks last Sunday.

“I feel like I’m playing the same,” said Dareus. “It’s just, getting older, the game of football and knowledge of it is coming a lot more to me so I think I’m just taking more advantage of the knowledge I’ve picked up from the time I’ve been in the league and just having fun with and playing with Kyle, Mario, and Jerry just makes it all worth it.”

The Bills have 15 sacks in their last three games.

 


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Miami CB doesn’t practice

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2014 – 4:27 pm

He left Sunday’s game in Detroit with an ankle injury and did not return for the Dolphins. Miami starting CB Cortland Finnegan was unable to practice on Tuesday and is becoming a big question mark for the Dolphins’ defense.

If Finnegan can’t go Jamar Taylor is expected to step in for him and he was a target of Matthew Stafford last week after he entered the game. Taylor would likely draw Robert Woods as an assignment, which would appear to give Buffalo an advantage in that particular matchup.

A host of other Dolphins’ players were limited on Tuesday including starting QB Ryan Tannehill and starting RB Lamar Miller.

Player Pos Injury Participation Tuesday
Daryn Colledge G Back DNP
Cortland Finnegan CB Ankle DNP
Charles Clay TE Knee LP
John Denney LS Knee LP
Dion Jordan DE Hamstring LP
Lamar Miller RB Shoulder LP
Koa Misi LB Ankle LP
Kelvin Sheppard LB Hip/Groin LP
Dion Sims TE Toe LP
Ryan Tannehill QB Ankle/Right Shoulder LP
Jimmy Wilson S Hamstring LP
Anthony Johnson DT Back FP
Earl Mitchell DT Abdomen FP
Mike Pouncey G Hip FP
Derrick Shelby DE Knee FP

 

 


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Bills Tuesday injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2014 – 3:39 pm

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Here’s the updated Bills injury report for Tuesday following practice.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DE Jarius Wynn – knee

LIMITED IN PRACTICE
CB Ron Brooks – groin
WR Marcus Easley – knee
RB Fred Jackson – groin
WR Marquise Goodwin – ribs

FULL PRACTICE
WR Sammy Watkins – groin


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Miami gets to red zone, scoring the problem

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2014 – 1:46 pm

The Miami Dolphins have performed admirably when it comes to moving the ball down the field and inside an opponent’s 20-yard line. The problem is what happens after they reach the red zone.

Miami leads the league in red zone drives with 43 this season in their first nine games. The bad news is their touchdown efficiency in the red zone ranks 28th in the league (46.5%). Even worse is their goal-to-go touchdown efficiency, which ranks last in the NFL at just 50 percent. Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor

“Three weeks ago, I think we were third and then, last week, maybe we were tied for first or second in (red zone) opportunities that I saw,” Lazor said. “I guess if you look at the positives, it’s that we’re getting there and then it’s broken record, we’ve talked about it a number of times that we’ve got to do a better job and hopefully I gave some of my thoughts on the overall picture of why it’s harder there. We’ve got to be more detailed and get it done.

“I think we have a good plan going in. The players know what the plan is and, again, like we talked about with the deep ball, I’ll be the optimist and say this will be the week.”

Part of the problem for Miami has been ball security in the red zone. The Dolphins have coughed up the ball four times in the red zone this season, second most in the NFL. Lazor said execution has to be at its best inside the opponent’s 20 because there is less space to work, so precision has to be on point.

“As you get to the red zone, in the run game, the safeties get closer, so your margin for error is less,” he said. “In the pass game, the windows get smaller, your margin for error is less. So it’s really an amplified example of the detail of doing it exactly right and it’s certainly lagged behind for us on some of the other areas, I’m not surprised because it’s harder and there’s a reason why everyone puts emphasis on the red zone, because things happen faster, windows are tighter and we better get better fast.”

The Dolphins were one for two in the red zone in their first meeting against the Bills back in Week 2.

 


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Miami RT will be a newbie

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2014 – 3:18 pm

The Dolphins have no time to experiment when it comes to addressing the offensive tackle positions in the wake of the season-ending injury to starting LT Branden Albert. With Albert going to I-R, rookie right tackle Ju’Wuan James will flip to the left side and guard Dallas Thomas will kick out to right tackle.

That according to Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. Thomas, who started at left guard Sunday in place of an injury Daryn Colledge, kicked out to right tackle when James went over to the left side. Thomas has not seen a lot of the field since he was made a third-round pick of the Dolphins in 2013. He has yet to have an NFL start at offensive tackle, but it looks like that will change on Thursday night.

“I like what he’s done, I really do,” said Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin of Thomas. “He’s clearly much, much further along than he was a year ago. We have a lot more confidence in him. Just his ability in one game to play left guard and then flip over and play right tackle, and function relatively well speaks a lot to his level of preparation, his intelligence, those types of things. I think he’s making good progress. I like what he’s done. Dallas (Thomas) has gotten some work over his year-and-a-half. We’ll make it work. We’re going to make it work.”

Philbin said that Thomas in practice has gotten more reps at tackle than guard this year, so the move makes sense. Thomas will be matched up with Bills DE Mario Williams.

 


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Dolphins to add RB with open roster spot

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2014 – 1:57 pm

With LT Branden Albert going to injured reserve with a season-ending knee injury Monday it looks like the Dolphins are going to elevate a running back from their practice squad.

RB LaMichael James is going to be brought up to the 53-man roster. That according to his agent.

Calling up James is not a surprise. Lamar Miller played Sunday at Detroit, but is far from 100 percent with a shoulder injury and with the short turnaround to Thursday night’s game how much of the game he’ll be able to play could be in question. Miami also has RBs Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams on their roster.

James began his NFL career with the 49ers.


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Report: Dolphins LT Albert could be out for season

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2014 – 6:11 pm

He was carted off the field in Detroit on Sunday, and word in the postgame locker room from Dolphins players was Branden Albert could be lost for the season with a knee injury that requires surgery.

That according to the Miami Herald, who quoted Albert’s linemate Mike Pouncey. Pouncey gave indication that Albert is done for the season and headed for surgery.

“You hate to see that happen to anybody,” Dolphins guard Mike Pouncey told the Herald. “Just trying to talk him through, my brother went through the same thing last year and he came back stronger and better than ever. So this is just a tough time right now before the surgery. But as soon as he starts rehab, he’ll be alright. He has a long road ahead of him but he’ll get back healthy because he’s a fighter.”

Rookie right tackle Ju’Wuan James is expected to start at left tackle for Miami in Albert’s absence. Who takes James’ place at right tackle however remains to be seen on Thursday night.


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Bills not going to dwell with Miami up next

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2014 – 5:48 pm

The Bills are undoubtedly stinging from their loss to Kansas City at home Sunday, but they’ve already decided to move on to Miami knowing they’ll be lining up against them in four days time.

“It’s definitely tough, we lost the football game and no one probably woke up today expecting to lose, we’re definitely upset about that,” said Jerry Hughes, who had a pair of sacks Sunday and two other quarterback hits. “We’ve got a Thursday game, we’ve got a division game so we’ve got a chance to finish 3-1 (in this quarter of the season) and sweep Miami. That’s our focus right now is to just find a way to get ready for that game, it’s going to come up quick we’ve got to be prepared.”

“Each game is very important no doubt about it and this game coming up Thursday night is going to be very important for us,” said Kyle Orton. “It’s probably good that we turn around right away and not think about this one. Move on to Miami and have a good three days to get ready for them and travel down and try to beat a good football team.”

The Dolphins also lost on Sunday to fall to 5-4 as well, so the team that finishes on the short end of Thursday night’s game could very quickly be on the outside looking in at the AFC playoff picture.


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EJ: Our fans make us want to go harder

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2014 – 5:01 pm

Much has been said about the atmosphere at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday in the win over the Dolphins. The fans had a major impact on the game with the Dolphins taking three penalties due to crowd noise. On Monday EJ Manuel made a point to mention that the loud support of the fans gives the players the little extra to put their effort over the edge.

“We really want to thank them for coming out, selling it out and being extremely loud on third down for our defense, that really helped them out,” said Manuel. “And definitely for us [the offense], anytime we were having big plays, they were getting really rowdy and loud for us. When we know we have their support, it makes us want to go even harder.”


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Dolphins hope to find answer for Watkins

Posted by Chris Brown on September 15, 2014 – 10:05 am

The Dolphins defense had no answer for Sammy Watkins Sunday, who rolled up 117 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions. It had Miami’s defenders scratching their heads hoping to have a better plan in the second meeting later this season.

“He’s a good receiver,” said Dolphins LB Phillip Wheeler. “But we could’ve done some things to slow him down. We just had a bad day all the way around.”

When asked if there’s a solution to slowing Watkins in the future, Wheeler wasn’t certain.

“Right now I’m not sure,” he said. “We are going to look at the tape and go back to the drawing board.”

Watkins felt the Bills’ balance offensively with 26 pass play and 33 run plays made them difficult to predict.

“It definitely helps us out when we’re a balanced offense and we’ve just got to keep continuing to run the ball, to pass the ball and mix it up a lot,” Watkins said. “That keeps the defense on their toes and switching up coverage and linebackers have to look more for the pass, more for the run. It’s just great to have a defense guessing.”


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Wallace: We didn’t match Bills intensity

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2014 – 7:54 pm

On an emotional day for Bills fans, the players were every bit as fired up. Knowing football is an emotional game, Miami WR Mike Wallace felt he and his Dolphins teammates just couldn’t match the intensity of the Bills Sunday.

“We have to have more intensity,” said Wallace. “We didn’t have enough intensity out there. Those guys were fired up on every single play. Every single play. You heard them screaming and yelling. They were fired up and we were quiet. You’re not going to win like that. I understand if trash talking is not your thing, but when those guys are fired up like that, you have to show emotion back and take it to the same level as them.”

When asked why they came out so flat, Wallace couldn’t put his finger on it.

“They had a lot of intensity. We weren’t close to their intensity,” he said. “That’s why they won the football game. They did a good job of playing football, but their intensity was so much higher than ours that I think that’s why they won the game honestly. They were riled up. Telling each other, ‘Let’s go!’ Talking crazy to us. Some people feed off that. Even if it was a guy not making the play, but he’s fired up and he’s getting his teammate fired up. I think you might’ve had to be on the field. It was crazy.”


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Miami LB Wheeler: Bills are built to beat us

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2014 – 7:44 pm

The Miami defense had a lot of trouble containing some of Buffalo’s best playmakers Sundays in their 19-point loss to the Bills. It’s the third straight win for Buffalo over the Dolphins. The last time that happened was 2008-2009 when Miami won three straight, with two of the games played in South Florida. Miami LB Phillip Wheeler is beginning to think the Bills have the Dolphins’ number.

“I feel like we are built to beat some of the teams in our division,” said Wheeler. “Take the Patriots. I think we are built to beat the Patriots. I think the Bills are built to beat us. They have a good scheme against us every year. Their defense stops our offense. Their offense runs the ball on us. I think we need to get better all the way around.”

 


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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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