Thursday morning one-liners


The Bills have a roster exemption for just-signed S Jairus Byrd for the next two weeks.

The play of veteran CB Brent Grimes is one reason people are encouraged by the Dolphins’ new-look secondary.

The Patriots will get a much different test for their secondary tonight against the Lions than what they’ve seen thus far.

Jets NT Kenrick Ellis injured his back in the weight room, and is expected to miss the Giants game.

Ravens OLB Elvis Dumervil is a straight-A student so far.

Bengals S George Iloka should be ready for the opener, after injuring his wrist punching a teammate.

Browns DT Brian Sanford was jet-lagged, but glad to be back after his trade to Seattle was voided.

The return of David Johnson helps the Steelers with some TE depth.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak tried to shoulder the blame for DE Antonio Smith swinging a helmet at a Dolphins G Richie Incognito.

Colts OLB Caesar Rayford is hard to miss at 6-foot-7, and he’s showing up on film as well.

The Jaguars are hoping to get No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel back on the field soon.

The Titans are close to naming starters at several competitive spots.

Broncos WR Wes Welker was back at practice after missing a few days with an ankle sprain.

The Chiefs are making progress on special teams.

Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor has switched to the No. 2 jersey, even though past staffs tried to steer him away from it.

Some are still holding out hope that Chargers OLB Melvin Ingram could return this year from a torn ACL in May.

Cowboys DT Jay Ratliff’s hearing on drunk driving charges has been pushed back until next February.

Giants S Antrel Rolle is “ahead of schedule,” in his comeback from an ankle injury.

Injuries are making it harder for Eagles S Kenny Phillips to make an impact (and perhaps the roster).

Redskins LB Nick Barnett’s getting closer to making a preseason debut.

Bears DE Julius Peppers could see some action Friday against the Raiders.

After being drafted last year, Lions CB Chris Greenwood is hoping to play for the first time tonight.

Packers DT Johnny Jolly’s knack for batting down passes didn’t go away in his three-year absence.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph is becoming more of a vocal leader.

The Falcons are hoping for some special teams improvement, and soon.

Former Panthers QB Jake Delhomme was back in town, and spent some time talking with his old team.

Saints RB Travaris Cadet is hoping to put his preseason fumbles behind him.

Buccaneers C Jeremy Zuttah wants to stay in the middle.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians wants to see competition at every spot, hence bringing in K Dan Carpenter.

Rams rookies celebrated the end of camp with a little dizzy bat action.

RB Kendall Hunter is ready to get back on the field for the 49ers Sunday.

Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse is a fast study.