WR Brandon LaFell is ready to “step up” for the Patriots (which is always better than stepping off).
With Dolphins DE Cam Wake out for the year, Olivier Vernon has stepped up.
With CB Darrelle Revis out for the Jets, one-time undrafted free agent Marcus Williams probably will start at right corner.
Bills CB Nickell Robey periodically lobbies for a chance to play offense.
Ravens LB Ray Lewis is the latest ESPN employee to make The List of all New England fans (which overlooks the fact that he already was on it).
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says CB Darqueze Dennard (shoulder) will be ready to go next season.
The Browns will don their orange pants in prime time.
Steelers WR Markus Wheaton is content to wait his turn.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien has a simple nickname for New Orleans WR Brandin Cooks: “V.G. maybe,” O’Brien said, “Very good.”
Get to know Colts QB Matthew Hasselbeck in a way he’s never really been known.
Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has come a long way since his first career start last season, against the same team he’ll face on Sunday.
Titans LB Brian Orakpo knows that, when his sack-happy defense faces Oakland’s sack-stingy offensive line, “Something has to give.”
Broncos CB Omar Bolden has launched what he calls the Positive Living Award.
Chiefs Hall of Famer Will Shields will receive his Ring of Excellence on Sunday.
Raiders WR Rod Streater, fifth on the depth chart and inactive most of the year, won’t be playing absent injuries at the position.
Chargers coach Mike McCoy’s inability to handle the local media could hasten his exit from the franchise.
Cowboys LB Sean Lee has a simple message for his teammates: “If you’re not motivated to find a way to win, you need to get off the team.”
WR Hakeem Nicks could be active for his first game back with the Giants.
The Eagles are bad because the players aren’t good.
Washington CB Chris Culliver’s bad week included being fined for unsportmanslike conduct due to a throat-slash gesture.
“The sky’s the limit for us, based on where we’ve come from Day One,” Bears LB Willie Young say. “[Beating the Packers] just reassures us that we can win big games. We can beat a playoff contender and a winning team.”
The Packers’ defense did a good job on Thursday night, which only makes the performance of the offense more glaring.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is thankful for RB Adrian Peterson; “I told him today how much I appreciated him,” Zimmer said. “Just everything he does for us. His leadership, the way he comes out to practice the way he prepares. Really, everything.”
The last time the Falcons played Minnesota, TE Levine Toilolo finished the game at right tackle.
Panthers G Trai Turner will spend his team’s mini-bye in the enemy territory of New Orleans; “I enjoy the support. I encourage the hate, also,” Turner said.
TE Cameron Brate, a Harvard graduate, is making the Buccaneers look even smarter than him for having him around.
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson and his wife had their first child on Thursday.
Rams WR Kenny Britt and WR Tavon Austin wore Stedman Bailey’s No. 12 at practice on Friday.
40-year-old 49ers K Phil Dawson says he has at least one year left in his leg.
Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger says he love Seattle; he may not feel that way after facing the Seahawks there for the first time in his career on Sunday.