Thursday morning one-liners

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Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News thinks it might be time for Bills RB C.J. Spiller to sit one out to get well.

Dolphins LB Dannell Ellerbe practiced for the second straight day, and is in line to return this week from a shoulder injury.

A day after signing, DE Andre Carter says he wants to retire as a member of the Patriots.

Jets OLB Calvin Pace isn’t worried about decreased playing time.

Ravens G Kelechi Osemele admits his back is bothering him, and will likely have surgery this offseason.

Bengals WR Andrew Hawkins returned to practice for the first time since August.

The Browns made a big change yesterday, announcing RB Fozzy Whittaker will take over kick returns (Waka, Waka).

The Steelers’ resurgence in the run game is in part because of the play of RG David DeCastro.

The Texans are still surveying RB options.

Colts OLB Erik Walden came up with a play at the right time Sunday night.

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is thankful for his team’s support after losing his father.

A look back at the Nashville legacy of the late Titans owner Bud Adams.

QB Peyton Manning was one of eight Broncos to miss practice Wednesday.

The Chiefs (knock on wood) have remained remarkably healthy (and it’s not our fault if they suddenly become less so).

In the old days, a Raiders game with the Steelers was slightly more interesting than this week’s.

Chargers LT King Dunlap appears on track to return after the bye.

Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray returned to work on a limited basis, though DE DeMarcus Ware was still out.

Giants WR Hakeem Nicks thinks his struggles this year are magnified because of his looming free agency (and he’s probably right).

Things are improving for the Eagles on special teams.

Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson missed practice after hurting his foot while playing with his children.

The Bears will need to lean on RB Matt Forte and the running game more in the absence of QB Jay Cutler.

The Lions aren’t saying whether CB Chris Houston will start this week after being benched briefly  Sunday.

The Packers are ranked third in the league against the run, and will probably play 23 in the box this week against the Vikings.

Vikings S Harrison Smith hopes to avoid toe surgery.

Falcons RB Steven Jackson said he plans to play this week.

The 3-3 Panthers have a chance to make a statement tonight.

Saints TE Benjamin Watson knows he can’t replace Jimmy Graham, but he may have to start this week.

After some promising signs early, the Buccaneers have fallen flat in terms of pass rush.

Cardinals DE John Abraham is beginning to have an impact as he gets more playing time.

Rams G Harvey Dahl won’t apologize for taking a shot at Panthers S Mike Mitchell.

For 49ers backup QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, the trip to London gives him a chance to visit the place where his grandfather won a gold medal in the 1948 Olympics.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wants to see how Percy Harvin responds to a few days of practice before getting too excited.