Wednesday morning one-liners

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The latest controversy surrounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford surrounds whether he was hanging out with Hell’s Angels at Sunday’s Bills game.

Said Dolphins LB Dannell Ellerbe of being tied for eighth in the league in red zone defense, “It means that’s we’re doing something all right, but we’re eight steps from where we want to be because we want to be No. 1.”

The Patriots are hosting a holiday toy drive for children in need.

Can Jets QB Geno Smith help Rex Ryan save his job?

Ravens players visited a Baltimore school to encourage students to focus on physical fitness.

With Sunday’s sellout against the Colts, the Bengals have now sold out eight straight games.

The Browns’ website says it wouldn’t be fair to put QB Alex Tanney on the field when he’s “woefully unprepared.” (So why have they been putting Brandon Weeden on the field all year?)

The Steelers will be shorthanded in the trenches on Sunday with DE Brett Keisel, LT Kelvin Beachum and RG David DeCastro all possibly sitting out with injuries.

The Texans need to slow down Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew on Thursday.

Injuries continue to plague the Colts.

The Jaguars’ secondary did a great job the last time they faced Texans WR Andre Johnson, but they’re not expecting Thursday’s rematch to be easy.

One Tennessee columnist says the Titans are not playoff material. (And George Costanza is not Penske material.)

Broncos coach John Fox says his team lost four valuable starters on defense with Derek Wolfe, Kevin Vickerson, Rahim Moore and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie all missing time.

With the Chiefs likely to get locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC before the end of the season, will they rest their starters in Week 17?

Raiders coach Dennis Allen says his team hasn’t quit: “When you watch us play and you watch us work every day, there is absolutely nothing that would give me any indication that there is anybody in that locker room that has any give up in them. I’ve said this from the very beginning, and I still believe this: I like this football team.”

One San Diego columnist says talk that the Chargers could be a playoff team is “silly.”

The 1990s Cowboys offensive line was the subject of the latest installment of NFL Network’s A Football Life.

The Giants’ Super Bowl odds have gone from 22-1 before the season to 250-1 now.

Said Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis of LB Connor Barwin, “Connor makes the scheme go. I move him around multiple spots. He’s on the outside on the right, outside on the left, he’s inside . . . The position is called the ‘Jack’; the ‘Jack of all trades’ is what it was originally named.”

Washington coach Mike Shanahan says Alfred Morris’s carries were limited on Sunday night because of the way the Giants were playing defense.

Bears DE Julius Peppers says he’s not thinking about his future, even though there’s a good chance the Bears will decide he’s too expensive in 2014.

The Lions hope CB Chris Houston can play against the Eagles.

Packers GM Ted Thompson is facing some criticism for failing to find a competent backup quarterback.

Vikings FB Jerome Felton admits that he’d love to be a ball carrier rather than a blocking back, but he’s making the most of his job as a lead blocker for Adrian Peterson.

Falcons coach Mike Smith was 56-24 in the regular season before this year’s disastrous 3-9 start.

Sam Mills is named the most important man in Panthers franchise history.

The Saints are dropping in the statistical ratings after Monday night’s debacle in Seattle.

Bucs coach Greg Schiano needs to win games like Sunday against Buffalo if he wants to stay in 2014.

The Cardinals need some help if they’re going to make the playoffs.

The Rams’ botched fake punt was well designed but poorly executed.

Jack Harbaugh serves as an adviser to his son, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, as well as his other son, Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

A healthy offensive line has made life a lot easier for the Seahawks.