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Saturday morning one-liners

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Miami’s top two linebackers — Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnettdidn’t play Friday night against the Falcons.

Vince Young will get the bulk of the snaps after Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick exits against the Steelers.

There’s a special connection between Pats NT Vince Wilfork and Bucs coach Greg Schiano.

Jets QB Tim Tebow ran the scout team on Friday, pretending to be Cam Newton.  (At least the Jets defense will be prepared, if Newton throws bounce passes to his receivers.)

Taylor Mays and Jeromy Miles continue to battle for the strong safety job in Cincinnati.

Prospective Browns owner Jimmy Haslam spent some time in the Dawg Pound on Friday night.  (Fans recognized him by the Steelers jersey he was wearing.)

Ravens coach John Harbaugh says WR Torrey Smith is on his way to becoming a complete receiver.

So what does the third preseason game mean to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger?  “Nothing.”

Texans DE J.J. Watt (elbow) has been practicing, but he is unlikely to play in the preseason game against the Saints.

Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians says the team is using 60-to-70 percent of its offense in the preseason; “For us right now, to be successful is more important than hiding anything,” Arians says, as he hides 30-to-40 percent of his offense.

Jags coach Mike Mularkey wanted to play 3-4 defenses in the preseason.  (Based on Thursday night’s game against the Ravens, he may not want to play 3-4 defenses during the regular season.)

Joe Theismann has advice for Titans WR Marc MarianiNever watch the video of your compound leg fracture.

Broncos rookie RB Ronnie Hillman says his hamstring isn’t 100 percent, but that he may play Sunday against the 49ers; “You just have to fight through some things,” Hillman said.

Nick Novak made a solid case for consideration elsewhere by kicking a game-winning 45-yard field goal in what likely will be his last (or next-to-last) game with the Chargers.

Raiders S Michael Huff says his team plans to treat Saturday’s preseason visit from the Lions “like a real game.”

Recently-signed Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe caught one pass for nine yards on Friday night against the Seahawks.

Giants LB Mathias Kiwanuka strained a groin on the last play of the first half; he says he’ll be ready for September 5.

The Cowboys visited with Navy SEALs for advice on accountability, mental toughness, and team building.

The Redskins will hold a moment of silence to honor Adrian Morris, a police officer who died Monday in a car crash on I-95 while pursuing another vehicle.

The man known as Concrete Charlie always had a soft spot for Eagles RB Steve Van Buren, who died Thursday at 91.

The Vikings are counting on DT Letroy Guion, who is having trouble shaking off a knee injury.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn’t talking about how much time he’ll use his starters against the Raiders on Saturday.  (Then again, does Schwartz ever talk much about anything?)

Bears CB Charles Tillman had a rough night in New Jersey, called for a pair of interference penalties and beaten on an 11-yard touchdown pass to Giants WR Ramses Barden.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy still isn’t ready to hand the No. 2 quarterback job to Graham Harrell.

The Buccaneers’ first-round picks looked the part on Friday night against the Pats.

On Friday night against the Dolphins, Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw three long passes to WR Julio Jones, who caught one for a 49-yard gain.

Panthers QB Cam Newton expects his team to have an increased tempo in Sunday night’s preseason prime-time visit to New York.

It will be hard for Saints K Garrett Hartley to “do your job” if he loses it to John Kasay.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt expects three injured players to make it back to practice this week:  TE Rob Housler (hamstring), RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (groin), S Rashad Johnson (abdomen).

Seahawks S Earl Thomas was happy to see T.O. make an impressive 40-yard catch on Friday night; “He’s on our team now.  He’s been making great plays in practice, and it’s good to see him translate that to the game.  I know he has a lot of people watching him and criticizing him.”

Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar says his decision to leave the Saints in free agency had nothing to do with the bounty scandal.

The Indy car driven by JR Hildebrand has been painted to honor the 49ers and coach Jim Harbaugh for Sunday’s race at Sonoma.  (If Hildebrand loses, he should say he wasn’t “pursuing” victory, only “evaluating” it.)

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13 Responses to “Saturday morning one-liners”
  1. citizenstrange says: Aug 25, 2012 12:01 PM

    So what does the third preseason game mean to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger? “Nothing.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Sure, after finishing at a lofty 21st in scoring offense there is little left to work for improvement on.

  2. wikipediasaidso says: Aug 25, 2012 12:06 PM

    Ah….I love a good Tebow joke in the morning!

  3. trollhammer20 says: Aug 25, 2012 12:10 PM

    JR Hildebrand was leading at Indy in 2011 until the very last corner of the very last lap, when he put the car into the wall.

    The 49ers were on their way to the Super Bowl until Kyle Williams went into the wall.

    Kinda ironic that Hildebrand would wind up with Niner colors, isn’t it?

  4. michaelwinner says: Aug 25, 2012 12:16 PM

    Stop being so butt hurt over Harbaugh’s comments about Manning. He is trying to keep his team together. If he wants to say he evaluated Manning, then that’s what he did. He owes you (the media) absolutely nothing when it comes to the topic of Manning.

    Maybe he should act like Rex Ryan who spits verbal diarrhea, because his team seems to be on the right track.

  5. lrjets says: Aug 25, 2012 12:24 PM

    Good Florio, you got your hate Jets liner in there..and one moron took the bait. Maybe he can run errands for you. Or help you with the ones you run.

  6. PAGG STACK says: Aug 25, 2012 12:30 PM

    michaelwinner says:
    Aug 25, 2012 12:16 PM
    Stop being so butt hurt over Harbaugh’s comments about Manning. He is trying to keep his team together. If he wants to say he evaluated Manning, then that’s what he did. He owes you (the media) absolutely nothing when it comes to the topic of Manning.
    ================================
    All people really want is the truth. Perhaps if he just owned it from the beginning, this would be a dead story by now. Instead he chose to lie about it, making it an even bigger deal than it really is.

  7. nghtrder169 says: Aug 25, 2012 12:30 PM

    Jets QB Tim Tebow ran the scout team on Friday, pretending to be Cam Newton. (At least the Jets defense will be prepared, if Newton throws bounce passes to his receiver.)
    ——————-
    GREAT LINE LOL

  8. wikipediasaidso says: Aug 25, 2012 1:17 PM

    Wow. Scoring a total of 9 points in two preseason games makes some Jets fans around here really cranky.

    (I would’ve laughed if Tebow was still a Bronco, too.)

  9. foosball11 says: Aug 25, 2012 1:21 PM

    Thats just Tebows McNabb impersonation.

  10. go9ers says: Aug 25, 2012 4:00 PM

    Last year the Cowboys hosted Paul Rubens, to teach them how to play Pee Wee football.

  11. dmp5687 says: Aug 25, 2012 4:00 PM

    Kiwanuka strained “a groin”? Does he have more than one groin or did he strain someone else’s groin? And if he strained someone else’s groin, how did he do it??

  12. bluebongzilla says: Aug 25, 2012 8:31 PM

    go9ers says: Aug 25, 2012 4:00 PM

    Last year the Cowboys hosted Paul Rubens, to teach them how to play Pee Wee football.

    It was enough to beat the 49ers. In SF.

  13. go9ers says: Aug 25, 2012 9:23 PM

    @bluebongzilla: yes, and thank you for teaching our rookie coach that in the NFL you need to play to win, instead of playing not to lose. It helped the team to a very successful season.

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