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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Practicing puts Tyrod Taylor on track to play Dolphins

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was able to practice fully Wednesday for the first time since suffering a patellar tendon contusion Dec. 3, putting him on track to play in Sunday's key game against the Dolphins.

Taylor missed last week's snow game against the Colts due to the knee injury. Backup quarterback Nathan Peterman was able to participate as well Wednesday but remained in concussion protocol.

"You never want to go off on a cart," Taylor said, referencing his exit from New Era Field after the injury. "As a competitor, you never want to come off the field. I didn’t know what was going on. I knew it hurt like crazy."

What it would take to make the playoffs: The Bills are still alive in the playoff hunt, but they'll need help to qualify. Here's a breakdown of what they need in every scenario.

No shot for Kaepernick: In light of the Bills' having to turn to Joe Webb at quarterback last week, Jerry Sullivan asked if the team ever considered signing free agent Colin Kaepernick, who recently received Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for embodying "the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy and has used sports as a platform for changing the world." Kaepernick had a higher quarterback rating last season than Tyrod Taylor, Philip Rivers, Carson Palmer and others, but he remains out of a job after igniting the player protests against social injustice that swept the league earlier this season. McDermott said no.

Kyle Williams doesn't want to go there: Bills stalwart Kyle Williams is in the final year of his contract, and Sunday could be his last game in Orchard Park. "I try not to think about it, or I don’t think about it, just because of, it’s a distraction for me mentally," he said.

The Tim Graham Show: Bills rookie Matt Milano on changing positions and becoming a starter; ex-Miami great Sam Madison on the Dolphins' seesaw season and Richie Incognito.

Bills still recovering from snow game: It was "like running on the beach in sand," one player said. Meanwhile, Dolphins coach Adam Gase said dealing with snow is "just (a) mindset."

Mark Gaughan's X's and O's: The Dolphins no longer have Jay Ajayi, who busted off two 200-yard games against the Bills last season, but Kenyan Drake could give the Bills Ajayi-like nightmares, Mark Gaughan wrote.

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Jay Skurski's Scouting Report: Miami brings out the best in Taylor.

Injury report: The Dolphins released a lengthy injury report before the Bills game.

Coach praises opponent: Sean McDermott called Dolphins QB Jay Cutler "one of the top quarterbacks around the league."

Poyer honored: Bills safety Jordan Poyer was named the Bills' Ed Block Courage Award winner.

How the locals fared: Chris Manhertz logged a catch in Week 14.

Bills Fans Near and Far: How former Olympic gold medalist and Nickelodeon host Summer Sanders became a Bills fan.

Probability index: Projection sites aren't high on the Bills' playoff chances just yet, but the Bills have to just keep winning.

What They Said: Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy, Jordan Poyer, Kyle Williams & Zay Jones ahead of the Dolphins game; Sean McDermott on the QB situation, the run defense and more.

Mark Gaughan's Big-Play Breakdown: Look for Ndamukong Suh's twist stunt.

Tre'Davious Tracker: Despite a lower-than-usual grade, White blanketed Colts wideouts in the snow.

Podcast: LeSean McCoy's pending milestone.

Trivia: How have the Bills fared against the Dolphins in prime time?

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