Thursday morning one-liners


Bills FS Jairus Byrd has had a setback and may not be able to play this week.

Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas was back to work Wednesday after missing last week with a concussion.

The early return on the Patriots offense under Josh McDaniels have been less than stellar.

The Jets say Joe McKnight will have a bigger role this week, and after taking one snap last week, that will be easy to accomplish.

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta has leapfrogged Ed Dickson for the first spot on the depth chart.

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap and RB Bernard Scott are on track to return from injuries to play this week against the Redskins.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur welcomes the input of new owner Jimmy Haslam (at least he does until he’s the output).

The Steelers are prepping for a Raiders secondary they don’t know much about.

Texans WR Andre Johnson doesn’t care about his fantasy stats with the way Arian Foster and Ben Tate are running.

The Colts are about 500 tickets short of lifting the blackout for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, and extending their sellout streak to 81.

Said Jaguars LG Herb Taylor, who hadn’t played in a game since 2008 before Sunday: “It’s not like I was sitting down on a couch not playing football in four years.”

Titans RB Javon Ringer returned to practice after the elbow infection that required two surgeries.

Broncos rookie RB Ronnie Hillman is still waiting for his first chance to show his speed.

The Chiefs are trying to dial back expectations for their stars coming off ACL surgeries.

Raiders FS Michael Huff was taking snaps at corner in practice to help cover a shortage.

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd is playing well, but everyone’s waiting to see him keep it up.

After getting eight snaps in his debut, Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins is ready to do anything to get on the field.

With Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon out tonight, the stage is set for Giants rookie WR Rueben Randle.

The Eagles are confident in their new-look offensive line.

Dan Daly of the Washington Times wonders if Brian Orakpo’s injury problems are a bad sign for his chances for long-term success.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said he’s “comfortable” with RB Michael Bush as his starter.

Lions WR Ryan Broyles denies he’s frustrated with his (lack of a) role in the offense.

Packers LT Marshall Newhouse likes to go about his job quietly.

Vikings LB Erin Henderson is donating $1,000 for every sack this season to help big cats (but not Lions or Panthers or Jaguars).

The Falcons offensive line, a source of concern entering the year, has allowed just two sacks.

Getting replaced by journeyman Legedu Naanee last year helped get the attention of Panthers WR Brandon LaFell.

The Saints are looking forward to playing a more conventional offense this week.

Buccaneers RT Demar Dotson has replaced Jeremy Trueblood in the starting lineup.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said he sees a little Hines Ward in WR Andre Roberts.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said the Rams are quickly developing a reputation for chippy play.

On a team with many No. 1 WRs, Michael Crabtree has emerged as the 49ers go-to guy.

Former Seahawks coach Jim Mora wanted a tough team, and his replacement Pete Carroll has created it, according to Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times.