Buffalo Bills news, 10/17: attention focused on Miami Dolphins

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The Buffalo Bills have begun to turn their attention to the division rival Miami Dolphins by turning up the thermostat.

Inside The Bills | Easley excelling as a gunner

"Easley not only leads the Bills’ special teams unit in tackles through the first six games, but the league as well with 10 tackles. Long snapper Garrison Sanborn is second with seven."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - All-22 Review - Bills/Bengals - Breaking Thad

Jeremy White shows us that all three of Buffalo's goal-line rushing attempts were the same play call. Yikes.

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Inside The Bills | Marrone turns up thermostat in Fieldhouse
"The rain in Buffalo Wednesday forced the Bills inside and head coach Doug Marrone is taking advantage as he moved the needle up on the thermostat in the Fieldhouse for practice."

Spiller: Ankle will be 100 percent soon - BuffaloBills.com
"I think it'll be something that'll be healed up before the bye week," said Spiller. "I don't think it's going to be something that's going to linger into November. It's getting better and better each week and as long as it continues to do that I'll be fine. There are a couple of more hurdles that I have to get over, but I can definitely see the finish line of me getting back to 100 percent quickly."

Bills Roundup: Manuel Timetable, Lewis Practices - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Coach Marrone revealed the timetable for EJ Manuel's return on Wednesday afternoon, while Thad Lewis was able to practice, and Doug Legursky took over as the new starting left guard."

Thad Lewis: "I didn't miss a beat today" - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills quarterback talks about his foot injury, returning home to Miami to play the Dolphins, and what he would like to improve on in his second start for Buffalo."

Inside The Bills | Gilmore still working with club
"Of course. It’s like playing with one hand out there," he said. "I’m getting used to it. In practice I feel more comfortable. My legs are getting back under me and I’m getting more reps. I feel good out there."

Inside The Bills | Stevie 80-85 percent
"I’ve probably got a little bit more work, I’d probably say 80-percent, 85-percent," said Johnson. "That’s good enough right now, and we’ll have treatments the rest of the week, so I’m good. I feel good about this Sunday."

Bills’ Lewis says all’s good for his return to his hometown of Miami - Sports - The Buffalo News
"It means a lot playing in the NFL, period," Lewis said. "It’s just extra to get to go home and play in front of people you know and people that know you. It is a great opportunity."

QB Watch: Buffalo Bills' Thad Lewis - ESPN
"The Duke quarterback doesn't have the same physical abilities or ceiling as Manuel, but he appeared more accurate on his throws and was more willing to drive the ball downfield Sunday."

Dolphins facing tough challenge in Bills running game - The Phinsider
"The Dolphins, meanwhile, are allowing 105.4 rushing yards per game, making them the 15th ranked rushing defense on the year, down from their preseason expectations."

Buffalo Bills coach learned lessons from Don Shula | www.palmbeachpost.com
"The one thing I learned from him was he was always straight with us," Marrone, 49, said Wednesday on a conference call in advance of the Bills’ visit to Sun Life Stadium on Sunday. "He would always tell us exactly what he thought, and one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is you never had to worry about where you stood."

NOTEBOOK: Marrone Remembers Days As A Dolphin; Other Notes - MiamiDolphins.com
"It was an outstanding experience for me. Obviously, it was a short time," said Marrone during his conference call with the South Florida media. "John Sandusky was my line coach and shoot, I even had a young Mike Westhoff, how about that? But it was really a great thing. I’ve always tried to tell people I was never really good enough to hang on in the league for a long period of time but I was able to be around some special people and really learned a lot.

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EJ Manuel out at least another month - BuffaloBills.com
"I spoke to the doctors and it’ll be four to six weeks from now," said Marrone. "So the earliest will be four and the latest will be six weeks without any setbacks. He’s doing well and he’s in rehab working hard."

Ten years later, Van Miller hasn't lost passion for Bills football - BuffaloBills.com
"While he’s long passed down his title to his former color commentator John Murphy and his body doesn’t allow him the mobility it used to, Miller has never stopped coming to the Ralph on gamedays or to Bills Training Camp in preseason."

Bills notebook: Manuel’s return is 4-6 weeks away - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Am I disappointed? No," Marrone said. "I want to make sure he’s healthy when he comes back. … Where he is in the rehabilitation process, I’m happy that we’re going to get him back out there."

Kiko Alonso, Doug Marrone and a hot tub - ESPN
"I have had social conversations. He's extremely bright from that standpoint. We actually had a conversation one time in the hot tub about some financial things," Marrone said. "All the sudden, you're like 'Whoa.'" Alonso is a man of few words. Also, it wasn't a hot tub. It was an ice bath that Kiko Alonso heated with his core temperature. #TheLegendOfKikoAlonso

Andy Dalton wins AFC Offensive Player of the Week - Cincy Jungle
"The NFL announced on Wednesday that Dalton has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week."

Play(s) of the Game Against The Bills: The Goalline Stand - Cincy Jungle
"The goalline stand changed everything, stoning Buffalo's effective running game while leading to a momentum-building 98-yard touchdown. The overtime special teams exchange lead to a field goal attempt, which won the game."

Happy 95th birthday to Ralph Wilson today! Without the Buffalo Bills, we would have never found this quirky little community.

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