Levy doesn't believe humidity will melt Bills

January 16, 1993|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Staff Writer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Marv Levy doesn't expect the Buffalo Bills to wilt in the humidity of South Florida tomorrow when they face the Miami Dolphins at Joe Robbie Stadium in the AFC championship game.

Shortly after arriving here last night, the Bills coach said he didn't consider bringing the team down a few days early to adjust to the heat.

"No. 1, it takes about 10 days to adjust to weather, we're told," he said. "I do not believe weather will bother us any. I think our players are superbly conditioned. I don't think they let the weather ever both them."

As a secondary reason, Levy said he preferred the Bills' preparing for the game in their own environment. "It's more unsettling to come down early," he said.

The Bills arrived yesterday -- two days before the game -- in accordance with league rules.

Green light for Kelly

Levy said quarterback Jim Kelly has "shown no signs of any problem" with his injured right knee this week.

"He went through Wednesday's practice excellently," said Levy, who has grown tired of answering questions about his decision to reinstate Kelly ahead of backup Frank Reich.

Kelly was not one of two Bills required to attend yesterday's presssession. Levy said he made that decision "because he's answered those questions, and it's time for him to concentrate on the football game."

The man who will snap to Kelly, center Kent Hull, said the players were glad to have Kelly back.

"He is our starter," Hull said. "Frank did a tremendous job. [But] any time you have a chance to get a starter back, you're happy to have him back."

Darryl, meet Dan

Bills linebacker Darryl Talley has played Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino in each of the past 14 seasons. The first four came when Talley played at West Virginia and Marino at Pitt. The past 10 years they've played against each other twice in the AFC East.

"I think I'm related to the guy," Talley said. "I'm looking at him and I'm saying, 'I'm tired of looking at you.' But the guy is a tremendous competitor."

Injury report

The Bills' walking wounded are beginning to mend, Levy said. Running back Thurman Thomas (hip pointer) and defensive end Bruce Smith (cracked ribs) both missed one practice, but should be able to play. And Levy said linebacker Cornelius Bennett (hamstring) is improving.

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