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Simmons could step right in |
Kendall SImmons is playing so well in practice he may get the start at guard this week.

Moorman punting at Pro Bowl level |
Through ten games, Moorman already passed his punting yardage total of last season with 2,747 yards, good for second in the AFC behind Oakland’s Shane Lechler. His net average, a category that most look at to judge a punter’s season, is ranked third in the conference at 40.2.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Report: Kelly wants piece of team; Tebow
The long-whispered rumors are true, Jim Kelly wants to be a part of the Bills ownership group.

4th quarter is Bills' Achilles heel |
The Bills have been outscored in the fourth quarter this season 109-40, close to a 3:1 ratio through the first 10 games. Only one team in the NFL has given up more fourth quarter points (Miami, 110). In six of Buffalo’s 10 games they have been shut out in the final stanza of the contest, and in their last three outings the Bills have been outscored in the fourth quarter 54-0, all losses.

HOF semifinalists to be named Saturday – Inside The Bills
The Pro Football Hall of Fame will be naming their 25 semifinalists for enshrinement as part of the 2010 Hall of Fame class. Former Bills likely to be on the list include Steve Tasker, Andre Reed, Kent Hull and Darryl Talley.

Sanborn making it look like a snap |
Dan Bates profiles Buffalo's low profile long snapper, Garrison Sanborn.

Practice squad adds are interesting – Inside The Bills
A little more information on the two newest Bills, Lonnie Harvin amd Jason Watkins.

Bills practicing in rain – Inside The Bills
The Bills practiced outside in the rain Wednesday.

Sparano knows Fewell – Inside The Bills
Sparano was the tight ends coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002. Fewell was the secondary coach for the Jaguars on that same coaching staff.

Safety rotation will continue – Inside The Bills
Donte Whitner and Jairus Byrd subbed in and out for one another through the course of the Jacksonville game. Interim head coach Perry Fewell liked how it worked last Sunday and intends to continue with it moving forward.

Fewell asks for fan support – Inside The Bills
The Bills coach wants fans in the seats this Sunday to welcome the Dolphins to town.

Eric Wood still not back from Jacksonville – Inside The Bills
"I don’t think [the injury is career-threatening]," said Fewell. "I can’t answer that question, but I just know that everything went well and we hope to have him home soon."

Bills players serve turkey dinner |
Among the players serving a full menu of turkey, stuffing, beans, corn, yams, grilled cheese, rolls, deserts and drinks were safety Jairus Byrd, defensive backs Cary Harris and Lydell Sargeant, offensive lineman Nick Hennessey, Andy Levitre, Jamon Meredith and Andre Ramsey, defensive end Aaron Maybin, linebacker Ashley Palmer and long snapper Garrison Sanborn.

Whitner's return means safety in numbers for Bills | Buffalo News
"I didn't start, but I played most of the game," said Donte Whitner. "It was a different feel not starting. I didn't know why it happened and I haven't really talked to anyone about it." The rotations is likely to continue.

Bills notebook: Williams is back in limelight as Dolphins' feature back : The Buffalo News
Ricky Williams was named AFC offensive player of the week after his three-TD performance last week.

Question Mark: Coaching contracts can be structured with an out clause : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan answers questions about out clauses in a coach's contract (for instance if the team is sold or moved), blaming the Bills ineptitude on financial constraints, and Aaron Maybin's lack of productivity.

Offensive line does the shuffle, again : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
"There was no truth to the rumor the Buffalo Bills handed out stick-on tags that read "Hello, My Name is:" at their offensive line meeting on Wednesday. But it would have been warranted."

Former Bills DB Janik dies : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
Tom Janik, who as a member of the Buffalo Bills in 1968 intercepted a pass by Joe Namath and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown, has died. He was 69.

Buffalo Bills may have McGee for game against Miami Dolphins | | Democrat and Chronicle
The Buffalo Bills bumped up their schedule of meetings and practice so the players and coaches could enjoy part of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Buffalo Bills reshuffle offensive line again | | Democrat and Chronicle
Injuries force a seventh new starting lineup

Dolphins vs Bills: Keys to Victory - The Phinsider
The Dolphins travel up to Buffalo on Sunday and these three factors are critical for a dolphins win. Resident SBN Dolphins blog the Phinsider (my third-favorite blog name) tackles the keys.

Dolphins backup Joe Berger could start at center Sunday | The Palm Beach Post
Starter Jake Grove sat out his second straight practice with a high-ankle sprain and is behind schedule with his recovery.

Bills’ poor record may leave many stadium seats empty : Buffalo/Erie County : The Buffalo News
Tickets still are available for the team’s last three "home" games, and two of them could be played before a bunch of empty seats.

Niagara Gazette - BILLS: Wood retunrs to town for Thanksgiving
Buffalo Bills rookie Eric Wood flew back to Buffalo for Thanksgiving, reports Mark Ryan.

Buffalo Bills Transcripts | Miami Dolphins
Transcripts of Perry Fewell and Ryan Fitzpatrick talking to the Miami media.

Niagara Gazette - BILLS: Buffalo wide receiver Terrell Owens insists he's still got it
"I knew if I just kept plugging away, remaining positive and keeping my faith and believing in my abilities, yeah, I knew the opportunities would eventually come," Owens said, referring to the third-most prolific performance of his 14-year career.

Want your QB in 2010? Then root for this : Buffalo Sports Daily
Pat Moran tells you what to root for if you want to select the QB of the future in this year's frat.

Reason for thanks: Five NFL players grateful for their bounty -
Fred Jackson and his long road to the NFL is part of this Turkey Day feature.

Team in Transition
Buffalo Bills elevate search for new coach | Democrat and Chronicle

Sal Maiorana gives his take on the current Bills coaching search.

Cowher would be a better fit for Bills : Bucky Gleason : The Buffalo News
Bucky Gleason opines the Bills should prefer Cowher to Shanahan.

Murphy and Peck discuss coach prospects |
WIVB's sports guys discuss possibilities to man the top coaching jjob in Buffalo.

What's next for Bills after Shanahan? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
The next wave of candidates might include the likes of Brian Billick, Jim Fassel, Mike Martz and Jim Haslett, but the Bills seem hot for an offensive-minded coach, which could work against Haslett, a former Bills linebacker.

Bills Tweets
Rochester D&C's
Sal Maiorana
I think they will be fiscally cautious as always. RT @tblonsky: Do you think Bills would be big spenders if next off season is uncapped?

More from Rochester D&C's Sal
It's raining in Buffalo, and Bills are outside practicing. Novel concept given they may have to play in rain Sunday. Jauron rarely did that.

Rochester D&C's Sal again
I doubt it. Ralph trusts Brandon. RT @MattKabel: Any chance Bills bring in a consultant? Don't think Brandon is qualified to lead search.

Fake Perry Fewell
They gave Shanny the fieldhouse RT @tblonsky u have the bills outside today? Why risk giving the players the sniffles? This is a disgrace.

Rochester D&C's Sal Maiorana
Bills coach Perry Fewell liked the way new OG Kendall Simmons looked in first practice. No commitment from Fewell, but Simmons should start

SalSports' Sal Cappacio
Looks like former Bills DC Jerry Gray will be new Head Coach at Memphis.

John Niyo
Lions put S Ko Simpson on iR, sign CB Jahi Word-Daniels from practice squad [Ed.: Even former Bills aren't safe!]

Donte Whitner
Keep your Head down and grind don't look up til ur past where u wanna be!

Fake Perry Fewell
Getting ready for Sunday. On the menu for Thansgiving, tuna WITH dolphin meat!

Adam Schefter
$10 mil per year is not close to offer. RT @ryanferreira2: how bad is Buffalo if 10 mil per year and control of the team may not be enough?

Rochester D&C's Sal Maiorana
Mike Martz wants the Bills job. What I don't like is he drafted Ryan Fitzpatrick with Rams in '05, and he might think Fitz is the right QB

WHAM TV's Chuck Wade
Bills fans: be thankful the NFL still has the Raiders. They are just bad.

WGR's Nick Mendola
The Lions and Raiders made me realize the Bills weren't the worst game-day coached team in the league. Wow.