The AFC East Notebook

The weekly look around the AFC East with the news, notes and quick hits from the division - presented by GWR's Lauren Benson.


Sunday marked a day of firsts for two of the Dolphins running backs. Ronnie Brown played in a professional game when he ran the ball only three times and Ricky Williams did like-wise for the first time in his 10-year career. It was a sad day for both as the Dolphins lost to the Bears with Brown and Williams each contributing a total 11 yards.

South Florida's running game's production has been far from where they thought they'd be; the downward spiral reaching a new and extreme low last Thursday night. Adding to a crushingly low number of carries against the Bears, the Dolphins have been plagued with injuries. They were down to a third-string quarterback under center, a task not made easier with the loss of his star wide receiver to a hamstring injury before halftime.

They returned to the practice field Monday morning, sans leading receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall has pledged to do everything he can to get back on the field ASAP but it is unclear whether he will be able to play against Oakland this weekend. Inside linebacker and defensive co-captain Karlos Dansby is out with a reported elbow injury joined starting center Joe Berger is also out with a knee injury, forcing Tim Dobbins to take Dansby's place alongside Channing Crowder.

And quarterback Chad Henne had a huge brace on his sprained left knee, but his arm appeared fine and he seemed able to make all his throws in practice, according to reports.


Almost 17 years ago, the Buffalo Bills pulled off arguably the greatest comeback in NFL history. Who's arguing? The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Network have declared what transpired between Buffalo and the then Houston Oilers in January 1993 as the most epic rally the league has ever seen. It was quite a playoff game.

In the game, the Bills came back to beat the Houston Oilers despite trailing by 32 points at halftime.

Though the tension was not as high and the deficit not as great this past Sunday, the Bills pulled off a victory almost as astonishing in Paul Brown Stadium.

The struggling Cincinnati Bengals led the Bills by 21 points in the second quarter and by 17 points at the half. Then the Bills caught fire and scored 35 unanswered points to turn a blowout defeat into their second win of the season.

But Buffalo isn't completely out of the woods yet. Lineman Shawne Merriman is projected to miss a third straight week of practice, and there are talks of whether he will suit up for the Buffalo Bills at all this season.

Coach Chan Gailey expressed his concern Monday in all but formally ruling out Merriman from playing Sunday against the Steelers. Merriman has been out two weeks since aggravating a right Achilles' tendon injury during his first Bills practice after he was claimed from the Chargers off waivers.

New England-

After a rough game leading into a short week, the New England Patriots are hoping coach Bill Belichick will give his players a few days off after their Thanksgiving Day date with the Lions.

The hooded one's brood had little time to savor their big 31-28 win over the rival Indianapolis Colts Sunday. Fighting tooth in nail until the last second, the game went to the Pats when James Sanders dove for an interception at his 6-yard line with 36 seconds left.

That's it for New England. Quite frankly, we're sick of hearing about them all the time and we imagine you are too.

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