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Bills ride Lindell’s FGs to victory

Fri., Nov. 16, 2012, midnight

Leodis McKelvin scored on a 79-yard punt return and the Buffalo Bills’ oft-maligned defense finally flexed its muscles in a 19-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night at Orchard Park, N.Y.

Safety Jairus Byrd recovered a fumble and made a diving interception, and Bryan Scott sealed the win with an interception to end the Dolphins’ final drive. Mario Williams had one of three sacks for a Buffalo defense that limited the Ryan Tannehill-led Dolphins to 184 yards.

That was enough to make up for an offense that settled for Rian Lindell’s (Washington State) four field goals on four drives into the red zone.

Buffalo (4-6) snapped a three-game skid and won for only the second time in seven games.

The Dolphins (4-6) have lost three straight games.

Urlacher: He’d lie again

Brian Urlacher wasn’t backing down. Chicago’s star linebacker would still lie to cover up a concussion. Urlacher raised a few more eyebrows when he reiterated what he told HBO earlier in the year, and it didn’t seem to matter to him that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is recovering from that same injury.

“Yeah,” he said when asked if he would lie to cover up a concussion.

Urlacher acknowledged it would be tough to cover up a concussion while questioning whether newer helmets really were cutting down on such injuries, and he added that the NFL needs to do a better job protecting players from knee injuries.

He said there are points in most games where a player is woozy from a hit, where “you’re like, whoa, that was a good one.”

But, he also said: “I don’t know how you can lie these days with all the (stuff) they have to see who’s concussed and who’s not. I don’t know how they can tell in the first place. I think the helmets aren’t very good. I wear an old helmet and Lance (Briggs) wears an old helmet. We don’t get concussed. We have some pretty good collisions, we don’t get concussed. I think a lot of it has to do with the helmets. They’re saying they’re better but they must not be because people are getting more concussions now.”

Urlacher said he suffered a concussion against Denver in 2003 but didn’t miss any games that season.

Cutler wasn’t so fortunate on Sunday. The Bears believe he suffered his concussion when Houston’s Tim Dobbins nailed him with a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the first half that forced him to sit out the final two quarters of a loss to the Texans. His status for Monday’s game against San Francisco is in question, and if he’s not available, Jason Campbell figures to start in his place.

Former punter sues

Former Texans punter Brett Hartmann has sued the county agency that operates Houston’s Reliant Stadium, blaming “unsafe turf” for a possibly career-ending knee injury.

The 6-foot-2 Hartmann signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in July 2011. He played in the first 12 games last season before tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament and fracturing a bone in Houston’s 17-10 win over Atlanta on Dec. 4.

Quick kicks

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has been sent to the hospital for a “minor procedure” after doctors discovered he had an irregular heartbeat. The team said Harbaugh had the procedure done at Stanford Hospital. The 49ers anticipate Harbaugh will be back at the team’s facility today. … Elvis Dumervil plans to test his sprained left shoulder at practice today in hopes he can play Sunday against San Diego. The Denver Broncos’ two-time Pro Bowl defensive end was injured at Carolina last weekend but medical tests this week showed no torn muscles or ligaments. … Joe Haden missed practice with an oblique injury, and the Cleveland Browns may be missing their top cornerback on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. … Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones missed practice for the second straight day with an ankle injury and will be a game-time decision against Arizona. … Kansas City offensive lineman Jon Asamoah will miss Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati after thumb surgery.



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