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Injured Peters, Spikes sit out practice

This is not a good week for the Buffalo Bills to be less than 100 percent healthy at left tackle.

Yet that's the situation they face, as Jason Peters missed practice Wednesday due to a sore knee. Peters is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

The Bills are hoping Peters will be well enough to line up against Miami's star right defensive end Jason Taylor, who is enjoying a great season.

"Jason ended up with a bruise on his knee," Bills coach Dick Jauron said. "Our medical staff is calling it a bone bruise, and it was pretty sore today. It just showed up. Surprisingly it didn't bother him after the game, and it didn't bother him the next two days. He came in today and said he got up and it was sore. They checked it out and we'll see where that one goes."

Linebacker Takeo Spikes also missed practice with a sore ankle and knee. He was able to play in the game Sunday in New York after having a player roll up on his leg. He's listed as questionable.

Starting defenders Donte Whitner (hamstring) and Terrence McGee (ankle) both were able to practice Wednesday.

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The Bills reported there still were 5,200 tickets remaining for Sunday's game, making it unlikely to be sold out by today's 1 p.m. deadline to lift the local television blackout.

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Miami will be without starting running back Ronnie Brown. He's out with a broken left hand.

Former Bill Sammy Morris will start his third straight game this week.

Morris rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in Miami's win over New England last week. It was Morris' first 100-yard game. Two weeks ago, Morris managed 47 yards on 12 carries against the mighty Jacksonville run defense.

"We've always had a lot of confidence in him," coach Nick Saban said of Morris. "He's got instincts as a player. He's got a lot of toughness and great character and attitude."

Another former Bill, Shane Matthews, signed with the Dolphins this week as their third quarterback, behind Joey Harrington and Cleo Lemon.

Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers is listed as questionable with a sore knee and ankle. He hurt his leg in the Dolphins' game against the Patriots but was able to finish the game.

e-mail: mgaughan@buffnews.com

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