Thursday morning one-liners

It’s looking less likely that the Bills will have LB Reggie Torbor in the lineup on Sunday.

Dolphins T Jake Long returned to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday.

Patriots CB Darius Butler engaged in a Twitter battle with Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco.

The Jets will re-sign QB Kevin O’Connell and place him on injured reserve.

Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun thinks it is time to rein in the hype about the Ravens.

Dave Lapham starts his 25th year as Bengals radio analyst on Sunday.

Browns rookie S T.J. Ward draws a tough assignment in his first regular season game.

Said Steelers QB Dennis Dixon, “Whatever it takes for me to make first downs, I’ll do it. I”ll run the ball or throw it. I think I’ll have a little more freedom
to do some things this time, but I still have to manage the game.”

The Texans released K Kris Brown with an injury settlement.

Said Colts C Jeff Saturday of questions about the offensive line, “I’d like to answer everybody, kind of answer the critics and go out
smiling. That’s what you have to do, but you have to prove it against a
good defense and a very good front seven.”

Jaguars QB David Garrard, the most-hit quarterback in the NFL last year, is excited that he wasn’t sacked at all in preseason.

Titans QB Vince Young doesn’t want to talk about the controversy surrounding the 2005 Heisman Trophy.

All four Broncos tailbacks practiced on Wednesday, a rare occurrence this season.

Will the absence of Chargers T Marcus McNeill mean a big Monday night for Chiefs DE Tamba Hali? 

Raiders coach Tom Cable is keeping hope alive that RB Michael Bush will play in the opener.

Chargers LB Shawne Merriman returned to practice on Wednesday but remains unlikely to play on Monday night.

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant says he feels ready to “unleash” in his first game action in nearly a year.

Giants S Deon Grant admitted it is hard to be facing life as a backup to Kenny Phillips.

Eagles C Jamaal Jackson is confident his knee will hold up in his return to competition on Sunday.

QB Donovan McNabb is very excited about the Redskins receivers. 

The Bears offensive line is “a work in progress and getting better,” according to offensive line coach Mike Tice.

Lions defenders are looking forward to attacking the Bears offense on Sunday.

Packers CB Sam Shields is hoping to prove that testing him is a bad idea.  

Tom Pelissero of thinks that the Vikings will make sure that WR Percy Harvin gets his touches on Thursday night.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank expects his team will be better this season.

The Panthers are confident that they’ll be able to flip the switch offensively against the Giants on Sunday.

The deadline to enter a contest to win a Saints Super Bowl ring has been extended. 

Buccaneers TE Kellen Winslow is ready to go after offseason knee surgery, the sixth of his career.

WR Larry Fitzgerald, C Lyle Sendlein, DT Darnell Dockett, S Adrian Wilson, P Ben Graham and RB Jason Wright were named captains by the Cardinals.

WR Mark Clayton is trying to cram the entire Rams offense into his head before Sunday’s opener.

49ers QB Alex Smith said that he’s comfortable playing behind two rookies on the offensive line.

RB Justin Forsett will return punts and RB Leon Washington will handle kickoffs for the Seahawks.