Wednesday morning one-liners

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Former Lions and Bills LB Chris Spielman will be profiled on NFL Network’s A Football Life tonight.

The Dolphins are getting big performances from their defensive tackles.

Patriots QB Tom Brady says his offensive line did “a phenomenal job” protecting him against the Rams.

Although he’s primarily a defensive coach, Rex Ryan may ultimately be judged on how he handles the quarterback situation.

The Ravens can’t afford a letdown this week against the Browns.

Cincinnati LB Vincent Rey says the Bengals were the only team interested in him after he went undrafted following a college career at Duke.

Browns RB Trent Richardson is currently on pace for a 940-yard rookie season.

The Steelers don’t know if they’ll have S Ryan Clark or LB LaMarr Woodley on Sunday against the Giants.

The Texans have a clear path to home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs.

For the Colts’ offense, protecting QB Andrew Luck from Dolphins DE Cameron Wake will be a top priority on Sunday.

Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey says he’s not thinking about trades and didn’t even know the trade deadline had been moved from Tuesday to Thursday until reporters told him.

Titans MLB Colin McCarthy is still not back at full speed from a Week One high ankle sprain.

Says Broncos WR Brandon Stokley of QB Peyton Manning, “Almost every time he plays, he does something you’ll remember. I’ve been saying all along he looks the same to me, and I don’t think there’s any doubt what he brings.”

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel says of playing Thursday night in San Diego, “We’re familiar with San Diego, and they’re familiar with us. It will be a great atmosphere, it will be a nationally televised game at night, and everyone is excited in this locker room.”

Chargers WR Eddie Royal is hoping to get a bigger role on special teams.

Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor is volunteering his time working with students at a local middle school.

The Cowboys could try to add depth at inside linebacker or receiver before the trade deadline.

The Giants need more of a pass rush from DEs Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora.

The Eagles’ average starting field position has been the 24.9-yard line, ranking them 31st in the league.

The Redskins will wear throwback uniforms this Sunday. (And they won’t be anywhere near as ugly as the throwbacks the Redskins saw in Pittsburgh last Sunday.)

The Bears’ offense misses WR Johnny Knox, who has been out since suffering a serious back injury last season.

Said Lions CB Jonte Green, a sixth-round rookie who has been forced to start the last two games because of injuries to other cornerbacks, “We’ve just got to keep playing no matter who’s out there. We lost some guys to injuries, and some guys stepped up.”

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers sees “significant improvement” in the team’s pass rush.

Fran Tarkenton has some words of encouragement for Vikings fans.

Falcons coach Mike Smith praised the effort of RB Jacquizz Rodgers, who broke off a big run in addition to playing well in the passing game and on special teams.

Panthers K Justin Medlock, who has a black father and a white mother, says people make an issue of his race: “I get it all the time. Sometimes on the field you can hear them while I’m warming up. You can hear the wide receivers saying ‘Oh! That’s a black kicker.’”

The Saints’ defense got outsmarted by Broncos QB Peyton Manning.

The Buccaneers are 0-5 all-time in Oakland.

Said Cardinals QB John Skelton of the team having nine rushes for seven yards on Monday night, “The reason we abandoned the run game was because we couldn’t do it.”

The 49ers are getting a six-day break during their bye week.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind in the Seattle locker room that the team is heading in the right direction.