Dolphins WR Brian Tyms had a rough childhood, full of abuse and neglect, but here’s a good story about the foster family that took him in at the age of 12 and helped him turn his life around.
The Bills have signed DT Jay Ross and OL David Snow to their practice squad a day after cutting both of them from the 53-man roster to sign OLB Shawne Merriman and S Delano Howell.
Said Patriots WR Matthew Slater of playing the Jets, “You almost get the feeling like you’re in college and you’re playing your rival school.”
Jets CB Antonio Cromartie is a great player, according to Patriots QB Tom Brady, who calls Cromartie, “as good a corner as I’ve faced.”
Ravens LB Ray Lewis will have TV offers whenever he decides he’s done playing.
Former Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones, who recently pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual misconduct and felony custodial interference and admitted to having sex with one of her students while she was a high school teacher, is proceeding with a defamation case against a website that she says tarnished her reputation.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says he’s been overwhelmed by the support from Cleveland fans — and overwhelmed by how many fans have asked him, “When are we going to start winning?”
Said Steelers owner Art Rooney II of playing in London next season, “It will be an excellent chance to grow the game of football internationally, and we are thrilled that our players and Steelers fans around the world will be able to enjoy the atmosphere. We look forward to playing in historic Wembley Stadium in what we are sure will be an entertaining game for NFL fans everywhere.”
Said Texans President Jamey Rootes of talk that he’s a candidate for the athletic director’s job at Clemson, “It’s quite an honor to be mentioned as a potential candidate for such an important role at my alma mater. I love Clemson University, but thoroughly enjoy everything about my role with the Texans. The McNair family, our outstanding organization, our great city and the best fans in the NFL are a winning combination. I’m truly committed to Houston and the Texans.”
New Colts TE Wes Saunders used Instagram to post a picture of himself signing his contract.
Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey says more playing time has made DE Jeremy Mincey less effective.
Titans RB Chris Johnson has 285 yards and four touchdowns in two career games against the Bills.
Although Broncos LB Joe Mays has been demoted out of the starting lineup, coach John Fox says the team hasn’t given up on him.
Said Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, “The thing about this team and about these players is that we were somewhat successful last year and we’ve added some players to the team and that impacts the chemistry and everything that’s going on. But I think because we’re in position to make plays that those plays will start getting made.” (Knute Rockne he ain’t.)
Said Chargers coach Norv Turner, “The thing right now that is keeping us from winning games has been the big negative play, and in this game it was the turnovers. We’re going to eliminate them. We can eliminate them. We’ve done that in the past. That will be our complete focus as we go through this bye. And there’s a lot of different ways that we’ll handle that in terms of looking at the things that are keeping us from finishing the game.” (Knute Rockne he ain’t.)
The Raiders have not played a full game with all five projected starters on the offensive line this season.
The Cowboys’ offensive line had a good game in a losing effort against the Ravens.
Giants WR Domenik Hixon visited a New Jersey school and encouraged the kids to exercise: “Have fun. Play all the sports you can. Take advantage of the nice weather, and even when it’s winter, bundle up and go outside.”
Said Todd Bowles of how Eagles coach Andy Reid told him he’s being promoted to defensive coordinator to replace the fired Juan Castillo, “He said he’s going to go with his gut and he felt it was the right thing to do.”
The Redskins’ offensive line is holding up better than most people expected.
Lions first-round rookie OT Riley Reiff isn’t a starter, but he’s been getting a lot of playing time in Detroit’s six-lineman formation.
Said Bears LB Lance Briggs of playing the Lions, “I think we don’t like each other very much. We’re real familiar with each other, but the last couple of times we played them there have been plenty of scuffles and fights and stuff. I don’t think that’s going to end this week, especially with it being a rival game and a game both teams must win.”
Said Packers QB Aaron Rodgers of WR Randall Cobb, “Randall is probably going to go down as one of the better picks in Ted Thompson’s career, if not the best.”
The Vikings’ stadium situation makes it easy to move a home game to London.
The Falcons have the best record in football, but they haven’t played their best football.
The biggest question facing the Panthers is whether rookie Luke Kuechly or defensive captain Jon Beason should play middle linebacker.
Saints S Roman Harper is pumped about getting LB Jonathan Vilma back with the team.
The Bucs are taking criticism in Tampa for keeping suspended CB Aqib Talib on the team.
The Cardinals re-signed OT Pat McQuistan three weeks after releasing him.
Said Rams coach Jeff Fisher of Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, “The statistics reflect a well-played game on both sides of the ball. But you have to be very careful to walk down the hall thinking that things are OK, because the statistics were so skewed in our favor.”
The news that Mike Holmgren is retiring has resulted in some talk about his legacy in Seattle.
49ers LT Joe Staley expects to find out today whether he’ll be cleared to return to the field from a concussion and play on Thursday.