Thursday morning one-liners

Bills LB Shawne Merriman is not expected to play in Week Ten after suffering in Wednesday’s practice what coach Chan Gailey termed “a little strain” in his lower right leg.

Dolphins QB Chad Pennington’s 2010 base salary will leap from $2.5 million to $5.75 million now that he’s been named a starter.

Says Jets WR Braylon Edwards of his detractors in Cleveland, “For the people that don’t like me, I share the same feeling.”

Patriots QB Tom Brady’s production has fallen off sharply since the departure of WR Randy Moss.

Ravens WR Anquan Boldin could give the scuffling Falcons secondary matchup problems on Thursday night.

Bengals QB Carson Palmer missed practice with a sore throwing shoulder Wednesday, but is still expected to play against the Colts in Week Ten.

Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is still very close to brother Rex, the current head coach of the Jets.

The Steelers have out-rushed seven of their eight opponents this season by an average of nearly 60 yards.

Two of the Texans’ next three games are against division rivals.

Colts rookie Brandon James could get a shot as a slot receiver if the team suffers more injuries at the position.

The Jaguars have signed LB Slade Norris to their practice squad and released from it DB John Destin.

WR Randy Moss wasn’t the only Titan making his Tennessee practice debut Wednesday; newly acquired DL Marques Douglas did too.

Broncos DE Justin Bannan supports his alma mater Colorado’s decision to fire head coach Dan Hawkins.

The theme of Chiefs practice Wednesday was “correcting mistakes.”

Raiders TE Zach Miller (foot) is not practicing during the team’s Week Ten bye.

The San Diego Union-Tribune has a breakdown of the Chargers’ snaps played in their first nine games.

Albert Breer of analyzes the card dealt Cowboys interim head coach Jason Garrett.

Giants RB Brandon Jacobs missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness.

Eagles QB Michael Vick has a fan in Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.

Rich Campbell of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star suggests that Redskins QB Donovan McNabb’s troublesome hamstrings could “be a problem for the rest of the season.”

Bears DE Julius Peppers meets Vikings OT Bryant McKinnie again this week for a sequel to the matchup dominated by Peppers when he was a Panther last season.

Dr. Brian Eckenrode of the Penn Sports Medicine Center describes Matthew Stafford’s latest injury as a “worst-case scenario” for the Lions’ injury-prone quarterback.

Packers S Nick Collins insists he “didn’t do anything wrong” on the Week Nine hit that cost him $50,000.

Vikings QB Brett Favre believes that the team underutilized current Bears RB Chester Taylor last season.

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution previews Thursday night’s Falcons-Ravens game.

The Panthers have the toughest schedule in the league over the final eight weeks, according to the calculations of’s Mike Sando.

The Saints’ Drew Brees has been the most valuable QB in the league this season, according to Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats.

The Bucs are shaking up their pass-rush combinations in an effort to generate more sacks.

The Cardinals are explosive on special teams.

The 49ers have signed G/T Xavier Fulton to their practice squad.

The Seahawks signed three players to their practice squad Wednesday: WR Antonio Robinson, S Josh Pinkard, and OT Breno Giacomini.

Newly acquired S Michael Lewis is expected to make his Rams debut Sunday against San Francisco.