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December 22, 2013

Ryan Tannehill says he feels 'fine'

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Ryan Tannehill went down in the fourth quarter when he got sacked from behind and rolled up by Jerry Hughes.

The Dolphins quarterback left the game for a series then returned for a couple of series before being pulled once Sunday's 19-0 Buffalo victory seemed sealed. But Tannehill expects next week when the Dolphins play the Jets in the season-finale, he'll be the starter.

"No, i feel good," he said when asked if there was a chance he might miss the game.

At another point in his presser Sunday afternoon, Tannehill said he felt, "fine."

Bills blitz Dolphins in 19-0 loss for Miami

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Pick the reason for this debacle -- a 19-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

The Dolphins gave up seven sacks.

(The Bills beat up quarterback Ryan Tannehill so thoroughly he left the game twice -- the first time with a knee injury, the second time probably to keep him from getting killed because he had no mobility. The knee injury he suffered bears scrutiny.)

Matt Moore threw two interceptions in the short period he played for Tannehill.

The running game was left back in South Florida as offensive coordinator Mike Sherman didn't call on it. Fact is, Sherman left the points back in South Florida today as well. Terrible job by him as the Dolphins were shut out for the first time since the season-fnale last year. The Dolphins had eight three-and-outs this game.

The defense could not stop the run.

And Thad Lewis -- a second-stringer now after rising from practice squad QB months ago -- beat the Dolphins for the second time this season.

I am shocked. I know, I know, I should not be. We've had the Dolphins lay eggs in important games before. But this?

Horrible.

Pathetic.

Disappointing.

Today they looked like the same old Dolphins. And that's not good.

Live blog: Dolphins at Bills

ORCHARD PARK N.Y. -- It is looking likie a nice day here.

Yes, it's cold. But under slate gray skies it is neither raining nor snowing. It's only somewhat windy but nothing out of the ordinary.

The Dolphins have all their players they want today. Daniel Thomas, the only player who was questionable, is active as previously reported.

The Dolphins inactives are Pat Devlin, Mike Gillislee, Jalil Brown, Chris Owens, Danny Watkins, David Arkin and A.J. Francis.

For the Bills, E.J. Manuel, Stevie Johnson, Aaron Williams, Ronnie Wingo, Brandon Smith, Mark Asper and Antoine McClain are inactive.

Jim Leonhard will start at strong safety. Robert Woods will start at WR and Thad Lewis will start at QB.

Now that you've done that, check out my column today. it tells you whether the Dolphins are a team you should believe in or not at this stage in the season.

There's also live blog here today. Enjoy:

 

 

Bills sound the alarm on Dolphins -- won't work

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y -- The Dolphins were awakened at 3:30 AM by fire alarm bells at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. There was no actual fire.

Just guessing here but, um, it was a bad joke.

This is not the first time this happens. It happened in the early 90s when the Dolphins visited New England. That night the players and coaches were actually removed from their rooms and they actually had to wait in the lobby until fremen gave the all clear.

The Dolphins' traveling party did not have to leave their rooms Sunday morning.

It doesn't matter. As I wrote in today's Miami Herald the Dolphins won't blow their chances to get into the playoffs this year. This team has been through too much to fall short now.

By the way, the Dolphins are healthy. Daniel Thomas, the only player questionable prior to the game, is expected to be available.