Saturday morning one-liners


It’s still unclear whether Bills DE Chris Kelsay will be able to play on Sunday with a neck injury he suffered in practice on Thursday.

The Dolphins will try to extend to 23 their streak of games without allowing a 100-yard rusher against Tennessee RB Chris Johnson.

Pats LB Jerod Mayo says his team isn’t taking the Bills lightly.  (But was he able to keep a straight face when he said that?)

Jets exec Terry Bradway was so enthralled with QB Russell Wilson before the draft that some in the organization started referring to him as “Russell Bradway.”  (Instead, they ended up with “Woody Tebow.”)

The NFL career of Browns LB Tank Carder has occurred despite serious injuries sustained in an automobile accident at age 13.

The Muscle Hamster’s 251-yard performance against Oakland has gotten the attention of Ravens RB Ray Rice; “Obviously, you look at it and you start to get excited when you see it happening,” Rice said. “Anybody goes over 200 yards, you have to figure there is a problem there.”

Steelers CB Keenan Lewis is helping out a high school in his hometown of New Orleans.

The Bengals will be welcoming LB Keith Rivers back to town on Sunday, and he hopes to prove they made a mistake when sending the former top-ten pick out of town for a fifth-round draft choice.

Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey says his 1-8 teams are consistently beating themselves; “We’re making too many mistakes,” Mularkey said. “We have to overcome ourselves first.  Before we can beat anybody, we have to stop beating ourselves.”  (You know, that one is just too easy.  So I’ll pass.  For a change.)

The Colts’ bandwagon wasn’t empty for long.

When Titans LB Colin McCarthy returns to the place where he played college football on Sunday, he won’t be the guy he was because of his injured ankle.

With Shaun Cody out, Texans NT Earl Mitchell will make his first career start.

The Broncos’ “Wildcat-Wildcat” nickel package is anchored by a pair of former Kentucky linebackers:  Wesley Woodyard and Danny Trevathan.

The Chiefs will know the Steelers offense, given the presence in Pittsburgh of former K.C. coach Todd Haley; the question is whether the Chiefs will know how to stop it.

As the Chargers prepare to face WR Vincent Jackson, QB Philip Rivers wishes him well, sort of; “He was a great teammate, a good buddy of mine and obviously a great player for us,” Rivers said.  “You miss having him here. He’s having a heck of year, and you pull for him every week except this one.”

Sunday’s game in Baltimore will be a homecoming for Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Sunday’s game in Cincinnati will be a homecoming for Giants LB Chase Blackburn.

The Redskins worked out three defensive backs and two linebackers, but signed none of them.

A UFC event could be headed to Cowboys Stadium.  (As part of the undercard, Jimmy Johnson will face Jerry Jones.)

Former Eagles S Brian Dawkins says that, if anyone had called the defense “pretty” when he was there, things would have gotten ugly.

The Bears will try to be the first team to score a rushing touchdown against the Texans this season.

The Vikings are trying to get the ball more to TE Kyle Rudolph.

Packers great Paul Hornung will be selling some of his memorabilia via auction.

CB Stanford Routt visited the Lions on Friday but left without a contract; we’ve reported Thursday night that he’ll visit an unnamed AFC team on Monday.

Falcons RT Tyson Clabo is leading the Pro Bowl campaign for C Todd McClure.

Even though the Buccaneers can’t fill up Raymond James Stadium, the team is planning some major upgrades.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera wants the team to ignore the fact that they’re facing their former coach on Sunday.

The still-lingering bounty brouhaha hasn’t been a distraction for Saints LB Jonathan Vilma.

Seahawks RB Leon Washington isn’t fazed by the fact that he’s facing his former team on Sunday.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says he has nothing to do with the creation of the team’s injury report.  (But does he hover over the shoulders and make faces at the folks who do?)

The Rams are going at moving to the so-called “fringe area,” but they have trouble moving it much deeper than that.

Cardinals CB/PR Patrick Peterson quietly is in a slump this year.  (The team is in a more conspicuous one.)