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With Fred Jackson out and C.J. Spiller set to take over, the local media is salivating at the latter's prospects as the team faces the Miami Dolphins on a short week.

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Spiller's feature role comes with asterisk - The Buffalo News
The Bills running back isn't happy that Fred Jackson is hurt, but he is certainly ready to step up and shoulder the load.

Gailey's play call is why Bills lost - The Buffalo News
"What to do with New England protecting the goal line? A natural option was Stevie Johnson, the franchise receiver, who along with C.J. Spiller in the flat was a decoy on the opposite side of the field. Another alternative was calling for a pass over the defense to Scott Chandler, who at 6-foot-7 was the tallest player on the field."

Dolphins game sells out; last three homes games will be tougher - The Buffalo News
"More than 15,000 tickets each still remain for the Dec. 2 Jacksonville game and the Dec. 30 New York Jets tilt. More than 10,000 seats remain for the St. Louis game Dec. 9."

Bills Replay: Explain another loss to New England Patriots - Democrat and Chronicle
"Buffalo lost for the 18th time in its last 19 games against the Patriots because it never does the little things you need to beat a superior opponent. The little things killed the Bills all day."

Spiller heads playmaking charge -
"Despite having their biggest offensive output all season with 481 total yards, the Bills fell to the New England Patriots Sunday and are still in search of their first division win. A big part of the Bills’ offense came from running back C.J. Spiller who finished the game with a team-leading 131 total yards from scrimmage, including nine carries for 70 yards and four catches for 61 yards."

Broadcast Information: Dolphins at Bills -
"TELEVISION (NFL Network, 8:20 p.m. ET): On the Call: Brad Nessler (play-by-play); Mike Mayock (analyst); Alex Flanagan (sideline) Locally: WBBZ (Buffalo), Sportsnet (Toronto)" Not on local TV in Rochester or Syracuse.

Bills-Dolphins sells out -
"The November 15th primetime game is the Buffalo Bills Salute to Service Military Appreciation Game, in which the NFL and the Buffalo Bills will honor all branches of the Military, as well as current and former Armed Forces members. Gameday activities include a USAA-sponsored pregame card stunt for 50,000 fans featuring a special military appreciation message, as well as a half-time New York National Guard Oath Reaffirmation Ceremony."

Jackson out for Thursday with concussion -
"It looks like Fred will be out this week," said Gailey. "The tests this morning were not as good as we had hoped and he had hoped so he won’t play this week."

S Delano Howell re-signed to Practice Squad -
"Howell re-joins the Bills after being released from the 53-man roster on Friday, Nov. 9th. The 5-11, 201-pound Stanford product signed with Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in May. He saw action vs. Cleveland (9/23) and posted one special teams tackle. He was inactive for six games."

Chan Gailey: "We will continue to get better" -
The head coach talks to the media updating injuries and says he hates Thursday games.

Spiller: I'm ready to rock and roll -
"I don’t doubt myself at all. I know I can do it," said Spiller of an increased workload. "I did it in college. I touched it 20-something times, probably not week in and week out, but I did. I’m not concerned about, will he get overworked? That’s why I put all that work in during the offseason."

Spiller in familiar territory -
The Bills running back talks with the media. From Monday.

C.J. Spiller Monday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"The Bills running back talks about getting ready for the Dolphins, and not having Fred Jackson available for this Thursday's game."

Chan Gailey Monday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"The Bills head coach talks about not having Fred Jackson available for Thursday's game, an increased workload for C.J. Spiller, and his thoughts about Thursday primetime games."

Inside The Bills | Gailey: Kelsay is 50-50
"I don’t know if I can give a percentage of how close he was (to playing) Sunday," said Gailey. "It was either yes or no and it was no Sunday. We’ll have to see this week. It could be yes. It depends on how much he develops and gains confidence as the week progresses. It could be yes and right now it’s probably 50-50."

Inside The Bills | WR Jones is good to go
"I am good," said Jones. "I just got the wind knocked out of me. It is not serious."

Inside The Bills | Choice takes issue with Spikes actions
"I don’t like to see anybody get hurt and then on top of that (Spikes) making fun of him while he’s on the ground. That really got me stirred up," said Tashard Choice of the Patriot linebacker’s actions, "He’ll get his though. When players go down from concussions they’re serious. He wasn’t moving. It’s cool to make a big hit, but it’s not cool when somebody is down like that. He’s a good player, but you don’t do that."

Inside The Bills | Fred has concussion, won’t play Thurs.
"Jackson went to the ground late in the fourth quarter after he took a blow to the head while being tackled. He was able to leave the field under his own power after remaining on the ground for a few minutes. He finished the game 135 all-purpose yards, including 80 yards and a pair of TDs on the ground."

Inside The Bills | Fitz on Spiller opportunities in games
"I think you can never give him enough touches," said Fitzpatrick. "We can all see what he can do with the football. When he and Fred are playing you look at it collectively. We try to get both of them a big number of touches. We stayed with the run game in the second half even though we were behind.

Inside The Bills | T.J. gains respect in shouldering blame
"First I’d like to point out that shows a lot of maturity for T.J. to come and shoulder the blame for the play," said Fitzpatrick. "There’s no reason he had to do that. The onus is on the quarterback there to make sure everybody is on the same page and to make sure he knows what I expect out of him in that situation. It was a judgment call on his part on whether to go under or over the top. I was hoping he went under and he went over the top and that was the disconnect on that play."

Inside The Bills | Mr. Wilson nominated for Salute to Service
"Teams from around the league nominated NFL players, alumni, and personnel who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community. USAA is a leading provider of insurance and other services to members of the U.S. military and their families."

Inside The Bills | Superstorm Sandy hits home for Jones
"Jones and his father jointly own a hat store in his hometown of Plainfield, New Jersey. Brimz Abroad (an upscale hat store) specializes in dress hats for men and women. For Jones, the destruction wasn’t as bad as others experienced, but still noticeable."

Inside The Bills | The delicate Fred-C.J. balance
"We try to balance it out as much as we can," said Gailey. "Some weeks he’ll have more touches, some weeks Fred will have more touches. That’s not by design. That’s just the way it happens in the game sometimes. If we feel like we need to run it and Fred happens to be in there, if C.J. is in there and we’ve got a screen called. They both run the screens well. They both run the ball well."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Jackson Is Out For Miami. Spiller's Ready
"Mark Anderson had another procedure on his knee and will miss two to three weeks."

It's official: Fred Jackson out Thursday - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"I'm not sure if this is good news or bad news for Miami (4-5). Yes, Buffalo's starting running back is out. But that means Miami must now stop dynamic backup C.J. Spiller, who is leading the NFL with 7.3 yards per carry."

Sanchez-Fitzpatrick-Tannehill Watch - AFC East Blog - ESPN
""Good Fitz" was back this week, although nearly every quarterback looks good against the Patriots’ secondary. The streaky Fitzpatrick lit up New England and nearly pulled off a big upset. Fitzpatrick hit seven different receivers."

Seven-step drop: Aqib Talib's impact - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Even Patriots fans must admit that Sunday's game was poorly officiated."

C.J. Spiller is still being backed by his quarterback, fantasy value remains unchanged -
"C.J. Spiller is not getting enough touches according to Ryan Fitzpatrick. We break down the fantasy implications."

Immediate Reactions: New England 37, Buffalo 31 | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA LIVE
"Who am I putting it on? Well, despite a historically bad group of linebackers and some horrendous secondary play, I'm going with Chan Gailey. His personnel choices are flat-out mind-boggling. I appreciate Fred Jackson, but right now C.J. Spiller is one of the best, if not the best, non-quarterbacks in the NFL."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Gut Punch
"It takes a lot out of you."

Penalties, Pats and Brady too much for Bills - Olean Times Herald
"And while flags didn’t cost Buffalo the game, they illustrated the difference between one of the NFL’s elite teams and a wannabe in New England’s 37-31 victory on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium."

Where are they now: Marv Levy - The Globe and Mail
"These days Levy is pushing 90 and is living in contented retirement from football in Chicago, the city of his birth, although it would be more accurate to say he lives in quasi-retirement, given he recently published a football-themed novel – this third book – and is at work on a new tome."