Thursday morning one-liners


The Bills were shut out in Pro Bowl voting, with S Jairus Byrd and RB C.J. Spiller their best chances.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said he and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman have given QB Ryan Tannehill more responsibilities in recent weeks.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski didn’t shed much light on his condition, but said he was “definitely anxious,” to get back.

Jets QB Mark Sanchez called his recent benching “a great learning experience,” for his next shot at a starting job.

Ravens S Bernard Pollard, who returned to practice, said he couldn’t stand sitting and watching with a rib injury.

Bengals K Mike Nugent practiced fully Wednesday for the first time in nearly a month.

Browns RB Trent Richardson’s ankle injury isn’t as bad as feared, and he hopes to play this week.

NT Casey Hampton and T Max Starks said they’ll play elsewhere if the Steelers don’t want to bring them back as free agents.

The Texans are having a bit of an identity crisis after losing two of their last three.

The Colts will be without center Samson Satele and running back Delone Carter this week.

Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon is the only receiver on the team left standing from the Week One roster.

Titans WR Kendall Wright said last week’s game was the first time he’s missed a game in any sport.

During the Broncos’ 10-game win streak, only Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles reached 100 yards rushing.

Such that it matters, the Chiefs aren’t making a change at quarterback this week.

Raiders QB Carson Palmer wasn’t the only one missing practice, as DT Richard Seymour’s run with the Raiders appears to be coming to an anticlimactic close.

U-T San Diego’s Nick Canepa figures the Chargers will have no shortage of interested coaching candidates.

Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware didn’t practice Wednesday, but said “I’m going regardless,” of elbow and shoulder injuries.

Last week’s shift underscored the struggles of the Giants’ linebackers this season.

Eagles DT Antonio Dixon’s secret to his comeback: No more oatmeal pies (Is this a sign Nick Saban’s on their radar?).

The Cowboys were the butt of jokes yesterday, but the Redskins were forced to practice indoors too.

The Bears practiced without helmets Wednesday as they try to rest a banged-up roster.

Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew missed practice again, and the team clearly misses him.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy on the quality of play in the Pro Bowl: “They have to do something about it.”

Vikings CB Antoine Winfield plans to play through the broken bone in his right hand.

Falcons S William Moore will miss his fourth straight game, but with a bye week secured, he has time to get ready for the playoffs.

The Panthers are clinging to whatever goals they can, and second place in the division is the latest.

Saints CB Jabari Greer is still out with the concussion he suffered last week.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy vacationed in Hawaii last offseason, and said his fiance told him: “Baby, next time we come back, we’re coming for free.”

A number of Cardinals are convinced they’re playing their last games in the desert (and there’s a reason for that).

Rams CB Cortland Finnegan didn’t practice Wednesday, but is still expected to play as he did last week.

Seahawks rookie pass-rusher appreciates the critics who motivated him this year.