Thursday morning one-liners


Being in the trenches has a different meaning for Bills G Doug Legursky.

Dolphins LB Dannell Ellerbe missed his third straight practice because of a shoulder injury, raising questions about his availability this week.

With the loss of players such as Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork, Patriots CB Devin McCourty said they needed “group captains.”

New Jets WR Josh Cribbs says he’s ready to help.

The Ravens worked out former Bengals RB Bernard Scott.

Coming off his best game of the year, Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis was held out of practice with an illness.

The Browns are excited to get OLB Jabaal Sheard back on the field.

Once again, the Steelers’ offensive line is under the microscope.

The Texans are putting up a united front in the face of their season gone wrong.

The Colts’ offensive numbers look pretty good until you stack them next to the team they’re playing this week.

Jaguars QB Chad Henne was getting ready for last week’s game against the Broncos when his wife called to say she was in labor.

According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, the Titans might not have been better off with Matt Hasselbeck instead of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Even the baseball players in Denver are talking about the flap about Colts owner Jim Irsay and Broncos QB Peyton Manning.

The Chiefs are playing record-pace defense.

The Raiders are trying to catch their breath over the bye week.

Chargers LB Manti Te’o is taking on more and more mental responsibilities.

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is preparing as if he’ll play, even if he isn’t expected to.

Giants WR Rueben Randle’s trying to reconnect with the guy allegedly throwing him the ball.

Eagles LT Jason Peters missed practice with a shoulder injury, though he was expected to be back.

At least one Redskins special-teamer admits that a coaching change has complicated things for their special teams.

Bears CB Charles Tillman and DT Stephen Paea are expected to play this week.

Lions RB Joique Bell will try out a padded vest to protect his sore ribs.

With Mike Neal out yesterday, the Packers practiced with two healthy OLBs.

Former Vikings P Chris Kluwe will be back in Minnesota this week, but not to play football.

Falcons rookie CB Robert Alford will take over punt return duties.

Panthers WR Brandon LaFell has been sporadic receiving, but he’s a great blocker.

Saints C Brian de la Puente is using his week off to think about his (growing) family.

The Bucs practiced without both starting guards yesterday, with Davin Joseph on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The Cardinals still believe they can compete in the NFC West.

Rams rookie LB Alec Ogletree is studying like a veteran, and making plays.

The secret is revealed: 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has a hangnail issue.

The Seahawks will be without LB Bobby Wagner again because of his ankle injury.