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Kirk Morrison finally gets to play; Dolphins start newcomer at CB

By Tim Graham

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bills caught another break with the Miami Dolphins inactive list.

In addition to third-down receiver extraordinaire Davone Bess being out, so is starting cornerback Nolan Carroll. The Dolphins will start Dimitri Patterson, acquired a few days ago, in Carroll's place.

Also of note, Bills linebacker Kirk Morrison will play for the first time this year. He had been inactive before the Bills released him. They re-signed him this week after placing linebacker Arthur Moats on injured reserve.

Here's the entire rundown of scratches:

Buffalo Bills

  • Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson
  • Wide receiver Marcus Easley
  • Guard Keith Williams
  • Tackle Chris Scott
  • Defensive end Mark Anderson
  • Defensive tackle Jay Ross
  • Linebacker Chris White
Miami Dolphins
  • Quarterback Pat Devlin
  • Wide receiver Davone Bess
  • Tight end Nolan Carroll
  • Tackle Patrick Brown
  • Defensive tackle Kheeston Randall
  • Linebacker Koa Misi
  • Cornerback Nolan Carroll
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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