Wednesday morning one-liners


Said Bills coach Chan Gailey of G Kraig Urbik, “He is a big, strong man. I mean he is a barrel-chested, strong human that has got pretty good movement for his size and is a very versatile player. He’s one of those tough guys you’ve got to have inside.”

Dolphins CB Richard Marshall is hoping to be ready to go in six months after back surgery.

Can Patriots coach Bill Belichick trust RB Stevan Ridley not to fumble?

There are plenty of calls for the Jets not just to keep Mark Sanchez on the bench for the last two games this season, but to cut him next year.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh says his team needs to run the ball better. (Not to mention pass the ball better, stop the run better and stop the pass better.)

Former Jets FB John Conner is glad to be back home in Cincinnati.

Browns CEO Joe Banner will neither confirm nor deny that Mike Lombardi is set to become the team’s next general manager.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has some work to do to get his team going in the right direction.

Texans RB Arian Foster is getting some credit for his 165-yard game against the Colts.

The Colts have to do a better job of protecting Andrew Luck.

The Jaguars are 14.5-point underdogs at home against the Patriots on Sunday, the most a visiting team has ever been favored at Jacksonville.

The Titans have now lost five offensive linemen to season-ending injuries, with Kevin Matthews becoming the fifth on Monday night.

If the Broncos hadn’t signed Peyton Manning, they probably would have drafted Brandon Weeden, whom they’ll face on Sunday.

Said Chiefs QB Matt Cassel, “People think Dwayne Bowe is one of those diva wide receivers, a loud-mouthed guy and all that. But that’s not what he is at all. If you go around this locker room and talk to everyone, not one guy would say they have a problem with Dwayne Bowe and the manner he goes about his business. That’s the thing about Dwayne. A lot of people only see him on game day. He likes to have fun. He might do a touchdown celebration where he points to the back of his jersey and do all that. But that’s just for show. He’s not one of those guys who comes back to the huddle screaming for the ball or cussing people out. He’s respectful to players. He’s respectful to coaches. He’s not one of those guys that talks back. He just gets his work done. And then on Sunday, you know what? It’s OK to have some fun.”

After winning on Sunday, Raiders coach Dennis Allen wants to see some consistency. (It’s too bad he can’t face the Chiefs every week.)

Shoulder specialist Dr. Daniel Kharrazi says breaking a clavicle once is an uncommon injury. Chargers RB Ryan Mathews has already done it twice this season: “If you look at shoulder injuries in football, clavicular fractures are generally low-incident injuries,” Kharazzi said. “And this guy’s had two of them in four months. That’s why I think people are alarmed. People realize this is generally a rare injury. . . . If you were to ask me four months ago, ‘Do you think he’s going to break his left clavicle?’ I would have said he’s more likely to be struck by lightning.”

The Cowboys’ offensive line is showing progress.

The Giants need QB Eli Manning to step up and lead in the next two weeks.

The Week 17 Eagles-Giants game could be flexed, giving Andy Reid a few more hours as the head coach.

The Redskins chose G Kory Lichtensteiger for their Ed Block Courage Award after he recovered from a knee injury to start every game this season.

After signing with the Bears, RB Kahlil Bell said he wants to be a part of Chicago getting to the playoffs.

Lions DT Ndamukong Suh says he had a bad feeling going into Sunday’s 38-10 loss to the Cardinals.

Former Bears player and coach Mike Ditka reflects on his Packers memories.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will bolster his MVP candidacy if the Vikings make the playoffs.

The Vegas oddsmakers rank the Falcons as the fifth-most likely team to win the Super Bowl, behind the 49ers, Patriots, Broncos and Texans.

Panthers QB Cam Newton has improved his decision making in recent weeks.

The Saints promoted WR Saalim Hakim, brother of former NFL WR Az-Zahir Hakim, to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.

Bucs fans may not be thrilled with QB Josh Freeman, but at least they’re in a better position than the Jets with Mark Sanchez.

As disappointing as this season has been, the Cardinals say they’re seeing some growth from young players.

The Rams have won three of their last four games despite getting outscored 60-21 in the first halves of those games.

Michael Crabtree is emerging as a go-to guy for the 49ers.

Here’s a case for Seahawks QB Russell Wilson as rookie of the year.