Bills' Lynch returns to lineup vs. Dolphins

Updated: December 9, 2007, 4:40 PM ET
Associated Press

Marshawn Lynch


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bills rookie running back Marshawn Lynch ran for 107 yards on 23 carries in his first game in four weeks as Buffalo beat Miami 38-17 on Sunday, dropping the Dolphins to 0-13.

Lynch missed the previous three games after seriously spraining his left ankle against the Dolphins on Nov. 11. The Bills' top offensive threat, Lynch led the team with six touchdowns rushing entering Sunday and, with another passing, had a hand in seven of 13 TDs the offense had produced this season.

Bills starting defensive end Chris Kelsay missed his second straight game with a foot injury.

Miami, meanwhile, was without its top running back, Jesse Chatman. Chatman was nursing an ankle injury sustained in Miami's loss to the Jets last week. He rushed for a season-high 124 yards against the Bills in the first meeting between the teams.

Receiver Marty Booker also was inactive because of a knee injury. Booker is the Dolphins' second-leading receiver with 38 catches for 430 yards and a touchdown.

The losses depleted an already sputtering Miami offense that hasn't scored a touchdown the last three games.

Samkon Gado made his seventh career start in place of Chatman, while Derek Hagan replaced Booker.

Starting middle linebacker Channing Crowder, Miami's leading tackler, didn't play because of a foot injury, replaced by Donnie Spragan.

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