Thursday morning one-liners


Bills DT Marcell Dareus keeps overcoming personal tragedies, which left him scared to leave the house.

Dolphins S Reshad Jones used his day off this week to meet a 101-year-old fan.

Patriots QB Tom Brady has become adept at selling play-action fakes.

For all the drama on the other side of the ball, it’s the play of the Jets defense that has given them (faint) playoff hope.

Ravens TE Dennis Pitta, meet Dennis Pitta.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis can identify with his friend Andy Reid, who tried to hire him in 1999.

The Browns are preparing as if they’re facing Robert Griffin III this week.

Steelers WR Mike Wallace isn’t discouraged by the boos he’s been hearing.

The Texans are thankful for the short week after Monday’s embarrassing loss to the Patriots.

Colts RB Vick Ballard is preparing for the bulk of the work after injuries decimated the backfield.

Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said he’s fine, after missing his first day of work in 30 years when he was taken to the hospital for tests.

Taking a look at the Titans’ potential draft needs reveals a considerable list, but QB Jake Locker is the key to any future building program.

The Broncos are preparing for more of the run game after the Ravens’ coordinator switch.

Despite their need at the position, the Chiefs seem hesitant to trust WR Steve Breaston.

Raiders LB Rolando McClain was back Wednesday, working as a backup and a special teamer.

Chargers WR Eddie Royal was back to practice, but isn’t expected to play this week against the Panthers.

The Cowboys signed Brian Schaefering to take NT Josh Brent’s spot on the roster.

Giants WR Hakeem Nicks is probably going to have to “slow down” his practice schedule because of his problematic left knee.

Eagles QB Trent Edwards can give good advice to starter Nick Foles, having been in the exact situation.

Redskins QB Kirk Cousins said he’d like to apologize to the 137 people who texted him, saying that he’s probably not getting back to this week.

Bears TE Kellen Davis hasn’t played up to expectations this year, as a receiver or a blocker.

Despite national reports that an anonymous teammate ripped him, Lions DT Ndamukong Suh doesn’t believe a teammate really ripped him.

Packers OL T.J. Lang is set to return this week, but it’s unclear who he’ll bump from the starting lineup.

The Vikings had 12 names on the injury report Wednesday, but only two of them were out, including CB Antoine Winfield, who got an old guy’s day off.

Falcons P Matt Bosher was the team’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee for his work in the community.

Panthers DE Greg Hardy is still yapping at Falcons K Matt Bryant, who has moved onto a game with playoff-seeding implications.

Saints S Malcolm Jenkins is still out with a mystery injury, which was listed as a knee but described as a hamstring by interim coach Joe Vitt.

Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano demanded “focus” from his team at the start of practice.

When new Cardinals QB Brian Hoyer got the call saying he was claimed off waivers, he let it go to voice mail since he didn’t know anyone in Phoenix.

Rams WR Brandon Gibson has made it through another year of people writing him off or looking for an upgrade.

For 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, his emphasis this week is on getting the team in and out of the huddle quicker.

Seahawks WR Sidney Rice is in a walking boot, but it’s unclear if he’ll be available this weekend.