Thomas Rips Bills as Showdown Looms

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If the Buffalo Bills needed more incentive to defeat the archrival Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the Dolphins’ Thurman Thomas upped the ante.

Thomas, the Bills’ all-time leading rusher who signed with the Dolphins after being cut by the Bills, ripped into the organization and three veteran defensive stalwarts in particular in a story published Monday in the Miami Herald.

“Those guys and the organization as a whole, every time I get the ball, I’m going to try to stick it and let them know I didn’t forget what happened in the off-season and the past couple of years,” Thomas said, singling out Phil Hansen and Henry Jones, the Bills’ two current longest-serving players, as well as linebacker John Holecek.


The comments come as the Bills (2-2), losers of their last two games, prepare for a big AFC East showdown against the Dolphins (4-1).

Whatever Thomas’ motivations were, the Bills weren’t biting.

“We know Thurman. I think he’s pulling everybody’s chain,” Bill Coach Wade Phillips said. “He’s a great guy and a great leader. He’ll do whatever it takes. . . . Thurman’s got his own reasons for everything. He’s a special guy as far as leadership is concerned, we all know that.”