Friday morning one-liners


Shawne Merriman is still trying to recapture his game with the Bills.

Back injuries are all the rage for Dolphins receivers this week.

One of the best days of Patriots WR Deion Branch’s career came in Jacksonville.

Greg McElroy nudged Tim Tebow aside long before they were both members of the Jets.

Ravens DT Terrence Cody is still trying to snap out of a slump.

Getting honored by his teammates with the Ed Block Courage Award means a lot to Bengals CB Leon Hall.

Said Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress of QB Brandon Weeden getting passes batted down, “We probably shouldn’t stare down receivers too long.”

Steelers CB Keenan Lewis can make some money for himself against Bengals WR A.J. Green this week.

Injuries at linebacker are a concern for the Colts.

The Texans promoted S Eddie Pleasant from their practice squad.

Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts has caught the eye of Patriots coach Bill Belichick on film.

Said Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains of QB Jake Locker rolling out, “That’s part of his game, getting on the edge and being able to create. I don’t know if he’s necessarily more comfortable, but he has more experience with that part of his game right now.”

DE Robert Ayers is still trying to lock down a role on the Broncos defense.

Chiefs S Eric Berry is finishing his season on an upswing.

DE Andre Carter has quietly rounded into form for the Raiders.

Chargers coach Norv Turner suffered a pair of painful losses to the Jets since Rex Ryan became their coach.

DL Sean Lissemore has stepped up to provide the Cowboys with versatile play off the bench.

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell thinks his defense will break out any day now.

The Eagles signed TE Evan Moore to fill out their roster heading into the weekend.

The Redskins offensive linemen expect to have their hands full with Eagles DT Fletcher Cox.

Bears CB Tim Jennings will be disappointed if he doesn’t make the Pro Bowl.

LB Clay Matthews will be trying to outwit his uncle Bruce when the Packers face the Titans.

Vikings G Brandon Fusco is looking to make a name for himself against Texans DE J.J. Watt.

Will Harry Douglas take over as the Falcons’ punt returner?

Panthers QB Cam Newton and WR Louis Murphy go way back.

The Saints’ backup safeties have proven they can make plays this season.

Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman’s confidence hasn’t been shaken by his ups and downs this season.

Cardinals T Nate Potter will have to pick up his game with the Bears defense on the other side of the line.

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer isn’t looking to move on from the Rams.

It took a while, but WR Michael Crabtree has finally blossomed for the 49ers.

The Seahawks’ matchup with the 49ers is part of a big sports weekend in Seattle.