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Buffalo Bills news, 10/22: running back corps inspiring

Buffalo Bills running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson have been gutting it out through injuries. One is being lauded while the other is chided.

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Exclusive: Dolphins Postgame Speech - VIDEO -

"Go inside the Bills locker room after the 23-21 win over the Miami Dolphins and hear the message from Doug Marrone and Kyle Williams."

Injured players hurt their team - Democrat and Chronicle

Sal Maiorana wishes C.J. Spiller and Stephon Gilmore would shut it down until they are healthy. I doubt practice squad running back Ronnie Wingo and Justin Rogers would be an improvement. It's not like Spiller has been bad on his plays. He's just severely limited. In the previous two games, Spiller was averaging 6.3 yards per carry on nine rushes against the Browns and Bengals. Let's not reminisce about the brilliance of Rogers, shall we?

Inside The Bills | Bills feeding off Fred’s resilience

"Here’s what some of his teammates said Jackson gutting it out meant to them."

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Doug Marrone on Injuries and Close Games - VIDEO -
"Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone updates the injuries following Sunday's win over the Dolphins and talks about all the close games Buffalo's has been involved in this year." Transcript available.

Fred Jackson: "I'll do everything I can to be back out there" -
"it’s definitely sore today. We’ll do everything we can to kind of manage that. Take the rest of this week and see what happens. I expect to be out there, I’ll do everything I can to be back out there."

Inside The Bills | Robey explains end zone flip
"I got a little flip in the end zone. It was fun. I was having fun," said Robey of his celebration following his 19-yard interception return for a TD. "In high school in Florida that’s what we always do. We always hit a flip into the end zone for our first touchdown. I did that and it’s called a Florida grind. You go in there and you hit a somersault in the end zone. I was home, my family was there. I was happy that I performed well so it was a great day."

Inside The Bills | Why Marrone called timeout after Miami KR
"I called a time out to make sure, because you’re out of challenges, and there was a question I had that I wanted to make sure they were going to go to the replay booth and look at it," said Marrone. "I had the time out, so I figured I would go ahead and use it. At that point, I knew I had two in my pocket, I’d rather make sure I used the timeout, talked to the officials, ‘Hey are we going to look in the replay booth to look at what just happened?’ That’s what I did to see if he was down by a knee, or if his hand went down."

Inside The Bills | Bills 3rd down ‘D’ improving
"The Dolphins managed just three conversions on 13 chances for a 23 percent success rate. Only their Week 4 performance against Baltimore (3-16, 19%) was better this season. Perhaps even more important they kept the yardage that Miami did gain on their third downs to a minimum."

Inside The Bills | Lawson update
"Marrone said he expects Lawson to be on the practice field Wednesday in a limited capacity. He also said that while its the same hamstring he injured the week before against Cincinnati, but this new injury is in a different spot on the hamstring."

Inside The Bills | Welcome change: Bills convert 3rd & longs
"In fact four of Buffalo’s nine third down conversions were third and longs."

Bills add to the drama of the NFL in '13 - Sports - The Buffalo News
Jerry Sullican goes through the ridiculous list of things that have happened in 2013 so far.

Grinding rookie Robey among Bills’ biggest surprises - Sports - The Buffalo News
"You tell yourself, ‘I see it on film, so I really gotta go get it and just let everything go.’ It ain’t like practice when you go over it three or four times," he said Monday. "It’s one play and when that opportunity presents itself, you’ve just got to seize the moment. I feel like yesterday I did that."

Marvelous third-down production saved Bills from early down misery - Bills Blitz
"Mug half-full: Thad Lewis and the Buffalo Bills were phenomenal on third down Sunday. Mug half-empty: They were raggedy on first and second downs."

Stephon Gilmore getting more comfortable playing one-handed - Bills Blitz
"Gilmore played 36 defensive snaps (55 percent) against the Dolphins. That's up from the 26 snaps (30 percent) he saw against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week Six."

Upon Further Review: Buffalo Bills Week 7 - ESPN
"Overall, opponents are outscoring the Bills by 23 points in the second quarter, the fourth-worst margin in the NFL."

Buffalo Bills' report card vs. Miami Dolphins - ESPN
The offense wasn't great but the defense got high marks despite Ryan Tannehill's three touchdowns and 300+ yards.

Dolphins decide to pass up late against Bills, lose game - The Phinsider
"Where the fault lies is with the play calling. Why are the Dolphins, who were up by one point in the fourth quarter, passing the ball on 2nd and eight?"