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Thursday morning one-liners

Jeff Ireland speaks to the media after Joe Philbin was named head coach of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, in Davie Reuters

A reeling Bills defense is hoping a reeling Cardinals offense is what they need to get on track.

This will be popular in South Florida: A rational defense of Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland.

Patriots rookie CB Alfonzo Dennard is earning more reps (with others around him struggling).

With Kenrick Ellis expected to miss a few weeks, the Jets signed DT Daniel Muir.

The Ravens offense is preparing for more press coverage this weekend against the Cowboys.

Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham is beginning to state his case to be included among the top pass-catchers at his position.

Browns TE Alex Smith was alarmed by his first concussion, and how long it has taken him to come back.

The Steelers are hoping to stop a skid of ugly road performances tonight in Nashville, as they’ve lost three in a row and four of their last five away from Heinz Field.

Rookie WR Keshawn Martin is the next man up as the Texans look for answers in the return game.

The Colts practiced Wednesday without five defensive starters and a key backup.

Jaguars safety Dwight Lowery is expected to miss two or three weeks with an ankle sprain.

He was able to come back last week, but a short turnaround was a tough call for Titans MLB Colin McCarthy.

There’s been no sophomore slump for Broncos LB Von Miller this year.

Former Chiefs quarterback Trent Green and coach Dick Vermeil will be honored by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said not to expect wholesale changes after their bye week.

The Chargers practiced without RB Ryan Mathews and both starting tackles Wednesday, but coach Norv Turner is confident all three will play Monday.

Ravens LB Ray Lewis said Cowboys LB Sean Lee was an “Energizer Bunny” who stands out on tape.

Giants LB Jacquian Williams said last year’s fumbles will be in the 49ers’ heads this weekend.

After being torched trying to single-cover Larry Fitzgerald, the Eagles aren’t going to make the same mistake with Calvin Johnson.

New Redskins K Kai Forbath is the 19th player at the position since 1994, the most in the NFL over that span by a wide margin.

Add Bears GM Phil Emery to the long list of personnel men not interested in the old WRs looking for work.

The Lions are hoping to get WR Titus Young back into the mix.

Alex Green will get the first shot at replacing injured RB Cedric Benson for the Packers.

Knock on wood: The Vikings have been remarkably healthy, which has been a key to their 4-1 start.

Falcons LB Stephen Nicholas was held out of practice with an ankle injury.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen’s wife delivered twins, and his son will have surgery today to correct a heart defect.

Even without a run game, the Saints are up to fifth in the league in offense.

The Buccaneers are trying former RT Jeremy Trueblood at RG now.

The Cardinals current blocking problems are the result of a systematic ignoring of the position.

The Rams are desperate for another WR to step up, since Danny Amendola represented 37.6 percent of their total catches (only Chicago’s Brandon Marshall has a higher percentage).

The 49ers are enjoying the continued improvement of LBs Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.

The Seahawks are looking for ways to fix the league’s worst red zone offense.

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