Chicago Bears 16, Miami Dolphins 0
NFL News and Notes
New England Patriots defensive lineman are expected to be versatile, writes Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.
Buffalo Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny has adapted to the team’s 3-4 defense.
New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene will be kept fresh by sharing the carries down the stretch.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin is emerging as a leader in the locker room, writes Mike Preston of The Baltimore Sun.
Linebacker Lawrence Timmons has played well in the “designated play-maker” role in the Pittsburgh Steelers defense.
Cleveland Browns linebacker Marcus Benard says stress over the birth of his child was behind last week’s fainting incident.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens has a message for those who are questioning his effort: Pound sand.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie practiced fully on Thursday, but is not yet cleared to return from his November 7 concussion.
Tennessee Titans second-year tight end Jared Cook will see more playing time with Craig Stevens sidelined.
Jacksonville Jaguars punter Adam Podlesh has quietly recovered from salivary gland cancer.
Newly acquired Houston Texans cornerback Jason Allen could see his first action against the Jets on Sunday.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley was impressed with quarterback Matt Cassel’s leadership during Sunday’s blowout loss.
Versatile Denver Broncos linebacker Mario Haggan is a perfect fit for the team’s defense.
San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is not sure if he’ll be available to play on Monday night.
Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour is now being used correctly, defensive line coach Mike Waufle says.
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson doesn’t want to discourage the gun-slinging ways of quarterback Troy Smith.
Seattle Seahawks first-round offensive tackle Russell Okung’s expected return on Sunday may stabilize the offensive line.
Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells thinks he’s physically ready to perform, but his role is not yet clear.
St. Louis Rams punter Donnie Jones is having another solid season, writes Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Green Bay Packers rookie cornerback Sam Shields will get a chance to return kicks on Sunday.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress hopes Sidney Rice can fill the open spot on the 53-man roster.
Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril is unlikely to play against the Cowboys on Sunday.
Over the last five games, Dallas Cowboys first-round wide receiver Dez Bryant has outperformed the combined production of Miles Austin and Roy Williams.
The New York Giants want to put pressure on Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, Michael Garafolo of The Star-Ledger writes.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver DeSean Jackson are a lethal combination, writes Rueben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.
The Washington Redskins offense has been historically bad on third down conversion attempts.
Signed off the street last week, Carolina Panthers quarterback Brian St. Pierre will start on Sunday.
Atlanta Falcons first-round linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is eager to get back on the field.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers seventh-round safety Cody Grimm was fined $7,500 for launching himself into Panthers tight end Dante Rosario.
New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper continues to fly under the radar, writes Mike Triplett of The Times-Picayune.
Today’s NFL birthdays: Browns center Alex Mack (25), Broncos second-round offensive lineman Zane Beadles (24), Eagles guard Max Jean-Gilles (27), Rams practice squad quarterback Thaddeus Gibson (23), Titans linebacker Patrick Bailey (25), Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (27), free agent defensive end Darren Howard (34), running back Larry Johnson (31), linebacker Prince Kwateng (24), offensive lineman Matt Lentz (28), wide receiver Dicky Lyons (25), center Jeff Tow-Arnett (24), and cornerback Jahi Word-Daniels (24). Retired wide receiver Ahmad Rashad (61).