#NFL News and Notes - December 10, 2010

Indianapolis Colts 30, Tennessee Titans 28

Quarterback Peyton Manning was sharp as the Colts snapped a three-game losing streak...Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon came up with the game's most important plays...It wasn't always successful, but the Colts stuck with the running game.

The Titans' late-game rally fell short, leading to a sixth straight loss...Titans head coach Jeff Fisher gambled on his defense and lost...Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt paid tribute to Vince Young.

ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky, who covers the AFC South, has his rapid reactions to last night's game.

NFL News and Notes

New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins brings toughness and nastiness to the offensive line.

Buffalo Bills tight end Shawn Nelson's migraines returned on Thursday.

New York Jets running backs Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson may be the team's offensive identity, writes Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall is eager to return to the field.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach Joe Cullen likes the current defensive line rotation, Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak's lack of success hasn't dampened his popularity in Denver, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

San Diego Chargers first-round running back Ryan Mathews has had a rough rookie season, writes Scott Bair of the North County Times.

The Oakland Raiders have been practicing earlier to get on east coast time.

Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post makes the case for the Denver Broncos to re-sign cornerback Champ Bailey.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle appears to be the starter this Sunday against San Diego.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco may be in for another long day against the Steelers, writes Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Cleveland Browns fullback Lawrence Vickers always wants to block for a 1,000-yard rusher.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman's role is expanding, writes John Harris of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Mike Preston of The Baltimore Sun has a seven-step plan to fix the Baltimore Ravens' offense.

Carolina Panthers rookie defensive end Greg Hardy, all 277 pounds of him, enjoys his role as a gunner on the punt coverage unit.

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes has come a long way from his Shippensburg University roots, writes D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

As he replaces Aqib Talib in the starting lineup, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback E.J. Biggers knows he'll be targeted by opposing quarterbacks.

The New Orleans Saints are healthier than they've been as they head down the stretch, writes Brian Allee-Walsh of NewOrleans.com.

Practicing with officials has helped the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line, writes Bill Nichols of the Dallas Morning News.

Diminutive New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw has come up big in short-yardage situations, writes Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger.

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel did not practice on Thursday, and may not be available to play against Dallas on Sunday.

Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett did not have an enjoyable Albert Haynesworth Experience.

Detroit Lions cornerback Brandon McDonald's feisty demeanor has impressed his defensive coordinator.

Chicago Bears linebacking duo Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs is playing at its highest level, writes Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre went another day without throwing, increasing doubt that his 297-game streak can continue. (It will)

Green Bay Packers safety Atari Bigby returned to practice on Thursday.

As they get set to travel to New Orleans, St. Louis Rams defensive backs are banged up, reports Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Arizona Cardinals fifth-round quarterback John Skelton is the likely starter this week against Denver.

San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin may miss the must-win Seattle game with a groin injury.

Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson provided a spark to the running game last Sunday, writes Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune.

Today's NFL birthdays: Bears running backs Kahlil Bell (24), Matt Forte (25), center/guard Edwin Williams (24), and practice squad linebacker Chris Johnson (24), Texans cornerback Brice McCain (24), Colts fourth-round offensive lineman Jacques McClendon (23), Dolphins linebacker Tim Dobbins (28), Giants fourth-round linebacker Phillip Dillard (24), and Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson (27). Free agent cornerback Brandon Anderson (25), defensive lineman Rashaad Duncan (24), wide receiver Justin Jenkins (30), and safety Khalil Jones (25). Retired defensive back Ronnie Lippett turns 50.

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