Thursday morning one-liners


The Bills will be plugging in two first-time starters on the offensive line this week.

Dolphins rookie Jonthan Martin is excited about switching from RT to LT after the injury to Jake Long.

Jets backup QB Tim Tebow reached out to a teen who was injured in an auto accident, after the hashtag #TebowCallMatt began trending nationally.

Patriots WR Donte Stallworth is happy to be back in one of his former homes.

Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs wasn’t the only player missing from practice yesterday.

Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap is part of a wave of linemen who have helped the Bengals to a league-high 39 sacks.

Browns RB Trent Richardson said he’s getting used to wearing a flak jacket to protect his ribs, but he’s also looking forward to losing it.

Steelers rookie CBs Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown are being thrust into bigger roles with Ike Taylor injured.

Texans DE J.J. Watt is so good he even gets sacks in the middle of the week.

The Colts will be without S Tom Zbikowski and RB Donald Brown against the Titans this week.

Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker was linked to the vacant University of Wisconsin job.

Another week, another shuffle on the offensive line for the Titans.

Broncos S Rahim Moore has played the highest percentage of defensive snaps this year, to his own surprise.

The Chiefs tried to return to a normal practice routine, as hard as that may be.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen returned to practice Wednesday after the death of his father.

Chargers coach Norv Turner said signing players who had been in camp with them to patch the offensive line was “the only way you can go.”

Cowboys QB Tony Romo donated $1 million to Urban Alternative, a group that helps churches adopt public schools to provide counseling and mentoring to chidren in need.

Somebody call Phil Simms. Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo described Giants QB Eli Manning as “elite.”

The Eagles defensive line is getting a crash course in a new scheme for the final month of the season.

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was the center of attention at a Wizards game this week (and watching a guy in the stands usually beats watching the Wizards).

Bears QB Jay Cutler is singing the praises of third-stringer Josh McCown for his help.

New Lions WR Lance Long has the nickname of the day, as he was dubbed the “Vanilla Gorilla,” by receivers coach Shawn Jefferson.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy has so many injuries he can’t keep up with them individually: “I’m timelined out, frankly. They’re getting better. I don’t know if they’ll be ready this week.”

Vikings QB Christian Ponder confirmed his engagement to ESPN’s Samantha Steele, so at least somebody in Minnesota is getting a ring this year.

Falcons S William Moore was held out of practice with a hamstring injury.

Panthers WR Louis Murphy is ready if Brandon LaFell can’t play this week.

The Saints are getting healthier with just three players missing practice Wednesday.

Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan denied interest in the Boston College job.

Defensive end Calais Campbell said that barring a “hiccup,” he’ll return to the lineup this week after missing three games with a calf strain.

The Rams know they’ll have to stop the run coming down the stretch this season.

It’s a good thing the 49ers have six No. 1 WRs, since Mario Manningham’s down now.

To fill the roster spot created by Brandon Browner’s suspension, the Seahawks signed CB Ron Parker off the Panthers practice squad, bringing back one of their own.