Saturday morning one-liners


Bills P Shawn Powell is struggling with late-game pressure kicks.

The trial of Pats CB Alfonzo Dennard has been delayed until February 2013.

Should anyone be surprised that Dolphins coach Joe Philbin wasn’t aware of the “Gangnam Style” dance until Olivier Vernon did it after scoring a special-teams touchdown on Sunday?

Jets CB Antonio Cromartie wasn’t fined for his head-butt scuffle with Reggie Bush.

Browns WR/KR Josh Cribbs, who exited the last game against the Ravens early with a concussion, is looking forward to facing Baltimore’s special teams.

The Bengals have never beaten Peyton Manning, winless in seven tries.

FB Vonta Leach wasn’t upset that he participated in only 14 snaps during the Ravens Week Seven loss to the Texans.

A legal battle is brewing between the Steelers and the bureaucrats over plans to expand Heinz Field.  (And Jaguars fans will be upset because no one will use this as the basis for speculation that the Steelers may move to L.A. or London.)

The Colts will be using a different combination of offensive linemen for the fourth straight game.

While there’s no such thing as bad publicity, the fact that the Jaguars were the team mentioned most often in connection with the question of whether Alabama could beat the worst team in the NFL surely isn’t a good thing.

Three years after tearing an ACL, Texans TE Owen Daniels finally has re-emerged.

G Deuce Lutui will make his first start with the Titans on Sunday.

When Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman is teased about being so young, he points out that when he’s as old as his teammates were when they entered the league, he’ll be on his second contract; “They’ll usually be quiet after that one,” Hillman said.

The Raiders have become more diverse in their run-blocking scheme.

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel wasn’t fired on Friday; the fact that’s news shows how bad things are right now in Kansas City.

Chargers fans can pose a question to WR Malcom Floyd?  (“What happened to the second ‘L’ in your name?  Did Robert Meachem drop it?”)

When former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs isn’t helping motivate the Cowboys, he’s gushing about RG3.

Out of football not long ago, injuries will allow LB Ernie Sims to start for the Cowboys on Sunday.

Struggling with foot and knee injuries this year, Giants WR Hakeem Nicks vows that he’ll emerge again.

After tweaking a hamstring at practice on Thursday, Eagles S Nate Allen could miss Monday night’s game against the Saints.

Drunk-driving task forces will be patrolling U.S. 41 after Sunday’s Cardinals-Packers game at Lambeau Field.

Lions LB Justin Durant is looking forward to hitting some of his former teammates in Jacksonville.

Bears S Chris Conte believed the letter notifying him of a $21,000 fine was a prank.

The Vikings hope to improve the timing of their passing game.

Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is playing chess with a team that is the color of checkers.

In the Buccaneers’ locker room on Friday, it apparently was taboo to talk about traded CB Aqib Talib.

As the Saints face a must-win game against the Eagles, how would coach Sean Payton try to turn the team around?

The Panthers seem to be getting their tight ends more involved in the passing game.

With the Vikings coming to town, Seahawks WR Sidney Rice isn’t saying anything about his former team.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher isn’t happy with his team’s 3-5 record through eight games.  (With as many wins as the franchise earned in 2011 and 2009 combined, the fans should be ecstatic.)

49ers Hall of Fame QB Steve Young is impressed with current 49ers QB Alex Smith.

Arizona G Daryn Colledge keeps a refrigerator stocked with organic burritos in his locker.  (And the team’s quarterbacks are very glad Colledge doesn’t play center.)