The Bills are declining to give updates on the condition of owner Ralph Wilson, who was hospitalized last week.
Players in the Dolphins’ secondary say the communication within the team is a lot better this year than it was last year.
Said former Jets DE Joe Klecko of QB Tim Tebow, “He’s like having another fullback — that can throw the football. I’m sure that’s how they’re going to look at it. Can the offense succeed under that drama? I don’t know. It’s going to be a wait-and-see thing.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh declined to say who the team’s starting left guard will be in the opener.
The Bengals’ running game may be a cause for concern in Cincinnati.
The Browns’ front office says youth is no excuse, and they expect a roster with 15 rookies to be competitive.
Said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin of watching preseason tape of Broncos QB Peyton Manning, “He’s very efficient, he reads pass patterns and route distribution combinations very quickly, he challenges the defense with some of the things he does pre-snap. It looks very familiar but I expected it to because Peyton is Peyton.”
Florio picking the Texans to miss the playoffs got some attention in Houston.
Said Colts QB Andrew Luck of playing for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, “I think he’s incredibly competitive, and competitive nature no matter what level will shine through. He made everything competitive about the program whether it was lifting, or running, or watching film. He always somehow made it a competition. I think that really instilled a sense of understanding how to win and what it takes to win in all the players. I think that translated very well to the Niners.”
Jaguars CB Derek Cox is expected to miss the opener with a hamstring injury, and Will Middleton will take his place in the starting lineup.
The Titans will honor former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt before Sunday’s opener, and owner Bud Adams has donated $25,000 to Alzheimer’s research.
Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin will serve as an honorary captain for the Broncos in their regular-season opener.
If you’re going to start a fight with a guy in a Chargers jersey, make sure he’s not an undercover cop.
Said Cowboys QB Tony Romo, “The Dallas Cowboy fan base, it’s been awhile — they’ve stood by this team through a lot of good times and through a lot of bad. I’ve been around now for 10 years with the Cowboys, so I get a chance to feel how passionate our fans are, and I love the fact that I get a chance to play for a great organization, a great owner and a great fan base. It excites me to know that one day we’ll have a chance and the ability, if we just keep continuing to get better and improve, to bring that back.”
The morning show formerly featuring Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa has officially been renamed Live with Kelly & Michael, as former Giants DE Michael Strahan is now the co-host.
The Bears are taking some criticism for not handling injuries well.
Said Lions WR Nate Burleson of TE Tony Scheffler, “I didn’t know much about Scheffler before he got here. And I was surprised at his speed. For a tight end and — I don’t want to sound racist or anything — a white guy that can move that fast. That dude burns off the ball, and tight ends usually don’t have that type of burst.”
Here’s some cold water being thrown on the optimism in Green Bay.
The Panthers have attempted to improve their special teams, but the jury’s still out on whether they succeeded.
Tony Dungy thinks the Saints’ punishments for the bounty scandal were appropriate.
The Bucs are asking their fans to give them a boost in the season opener.