Sunday morning one-liners

Bills S Jairus Byrd returned to practice for the first time Saturday since having groin surgery.

The Dolphins offensive line isn’t providing much confidence after a shaky preseason.

With Eric Alexander, Sam Aiken and Pierre Woods sent packing, the Patriots overhauled their special teams units.

Jets LB Kenwin Cummings hasn’t let Type 1 diabetes slow him down.

The Ravens are going with two quarterbacks for the first time since 2006.

S Reggie Nelson is the latest first-round draft pick to join the Bengals secondary.

The Browns cut two of their eight draft picks on Saturday.

RB Frank Summers might have Steelers QB Byron Leftwich’s knee to blame for losing his spot on the roster.

The Texans didn’t place LB Brian Cushing on the reserve-suspended list, a move which would open up another roster spot for them. 

Devin Moore, a hometown kid, won the Colts kick return job.

David Jones, the corner acquired in a trade with the Bengals, will inherit a role in the nickel package for the Jaguars.

Said RB Samkon Gado of being cut by the Titans, “They didn’t tell me why. I wasn’t told much, really. They just told me
they were glad to have me and they were going to go in a different
direction. But that is kind of the nature of the beast.”

DE Jarvis Green will collect $3.255 million without ever stepping on the field for the Broncos.

Chiefs S Kendrick Lewis found refuge in football after his life was turned upside down by Hurricane Katrina.

S Stevie Brown thought he had made the Raiders on Saturday morning, but he was cut later in the day.

The Chargers expect to sign QB Jonathan Crompton to their practice squad.

Randy Galloway of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram criticizes the Cowboys for getting rid of WR Patrick Crayton.    

Giants CB Aaron Ross hopes to practice this week and holds out hope of playing in the opener.

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy has seen a rapid rise in his fortunes since hitting the NFL.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is confident that QB Donovan McNabb will play next Sunday.

Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times spoke to a scout who said QB Jay Cutler was going to kill the Bears this season.

Did the NFL go too soft in punishing Lions DT Ndamukong Suh?

FB John Kuhn proved to the Packers that he can also be the third-string tailback.

The Vikings left themselves thin at cornerback and wide receiver on cutdown day.

With Chevis Jackson gone, the battle for the Falcons nickel cornerback job is down to Christopher Owens and Brian Williams. 

DT Derek Landri was barely noticed when the Panthers acquired him, but could rise to a starting spot.

Saints QB Drew Brees talks about each of the team’s starting offensive linemen.

Buccaneers G.M. Mark Dominik doesn’t think the decision to sign RB Derrick Ward was a mistake because he was cut before his second year with the team.

Said Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt of QB Matt Leinart, “I
wish Matt nothing but the best. He has worked hard, and I have great
respect for what he has done
. It’s not easy with the expectations that
have been put on him and what he has gone through since he’s been here.
He’s handled himself with a lot of class around me, and I really
appreciate that.”

Said Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo of keeping QB Thaddeus Lewis, “I love Keith Null,
and this part is really, really hard, and I do wish him the best.
But Thad, and A.J. and Sam is the way we’re going to go and we feel
good about it.”

The 49ers are down to 53 players which means it is time to start thinking about the 45 who will play on Sundays.

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News-Tribune‘s piece on the Seahawks releasing T.J. Houshmandzadeh has a headline that says it all: “Seaplane Gives Way to Sea Change.”