Saturday morning one-liners


Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm) has increased his practice reps to a normal level.

Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby has never made it to the Pro Bowl, and he says he doesn’t care; “I’m about breaking records and reaching milestones. I’m about being a legend,” Dansby said.

Bills DE Mario Williams doesn’t think this season was a failure.  (We’d hate to see how bad the Bills would have been if it were.)

The Jets say DT Muhammad Wilkerson has a concussion; he says he doesn’t.

For Browns S Tashaun Gipson, any game that presents an opportunity to “put[] out some good tape” isn’t a meaningless game.

An email from a fan has inspired the Ravens.

Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict hated being away from home for Christmas, though he understands he has a job to do; “The worst part of it was when I called home and my mom said, ‘The family’s all here and we’re eating gumbo,’ ” Burfict said. “Man, I wished I was there.  But I’ve got duties to take care of.  Family is always going to be there.”

Steelers TE Heath Miller ended the season with both a serious knee injury and the team’s MVP award.

Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray doesn’t think his unit quit during a 55-7 loss to the Packers.  (We’d hate to see how bad the score would have been if they had.)

Jaguars defensive line coach Joe Cullen turned down an offer to become the defensive coordinator at Boston College.  (Apparently, there isn’t a Wendy’s on campus.)

Here’s a look at the Colts’ seven comeback wins in 2012.

With two sacks needed to tie Michael Strahan’s record, Texans DE J.J. Watt surely wishes he was facing Brett Favre this weekend.

Chargers S Eric Weddle didn’t make it to the Pro Bowl, but he has been named the team’s MVP.

Defensive back Brandian Ross is one of the most versatile players on the Raiders’ roster.

Four teams in NFL history have won 10 or more games in a row by seven or more points each, and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been on two of them.

Despite rumors linking Tony Dungy to the Chiefs, Dungy say he won’t be coaching “there or anywhere else.”

Giants WR Victor Cruz says repeating as Super Bowl champions is tougher than it looks.

An absence of impact players drafted in rounds one or two could be the biggest factor in the demise of Eagles coach Andy Reid.

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray isn’t thinking about his fumbles; “Doesn’t bother me at all,” Murray said. “Last week was last week. Two weeks was two weeks ago. I don’t worry about mistakes. . . .  I have a short term memory, good, bad, negative, positive, I just move on.”

Six straight wins and the cusp of a division title is earning praise for Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.

Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham says his biggest disappointment this season is the failure of the team to generate turnovers.

Vikings DE Brian Robison realizes the difficulty of rushing the passer with a bad shoulder; “Every freaking movement is with your shoulder,” he said.

Now that the Bears’ defense has found the end zone again, they hope to visit again on Sunday.

Whether Packers WR Randall Cobb plays and what he does if he plays will be determined on Sunday.

Panthers WR Brandon LaFell may be on track to becoming the team’s new Steve Smith.

Falcons WR Roddy White is finally getting noticed for his ability to play through injury.

Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman says that the team’s offense has been trying to do too much.

Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, Jr. isn’t thinking about the possibility of being pursued elsewhere.

The Seahawks last failed to score in the red zone in Week Nine, when they took a knee at the nine to end a win over the Vikings.

The Rams’ three leading receivers are within two yards of each other.

A doctor who hasn’t examined or treated 49ers DL Justin Smith believes he will need 12 weeks to recover from his torn triceps.

Cardinals P Dave Zastudil is trying to hang on to the single-season record for punts downed inside the 20.