#NFL News and Notes - December 15, 2010

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft likes the "karma" of the 2010 team, writes Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald.

Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Donald Jones is moving into the team's #3 receiver role.

New York Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff says they do not coach assistants to impede opposing gunners.

Miami Dolphins defenders have dropped 11 interceptions this season.

Jamison Hensley of The Baltimore Sun looks into the fourth quarter woes of the Baltimore Ravens.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is becoming more of a vocal leader, writes Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini needs to win two of their last three games to save his job, says Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens ripped the team's owners and coaching staff on his reality show.

Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri hopes to remain with the team after the 2010 season.

Tennessee Titans center Eugene Amano was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings has taken an unconventional path to the NFL, writes Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.

The Houston Texans will be trying to stay out of the AFC South cellar this Sunday.

Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star writes that the Kansas City Chiefs will need a bounce-back performance from its defense this week.

Denver Broncos fifth-round cornerback Perrish Cox faces very serious charges, which could imprison him for life.

San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson's return had a major impact on the offense last week.

Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable is adept at surviving in the team's dysfunctional environment, writes Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.

The players and coaches are new, but the Seattle Seahawks' late-season swoon is the same, writes Steve Kelley of The Seattle Times.

San Francisco 49ers linebackers Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes are dealing with right hand injuries.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald isn't concerned with money, he just wants to win.

The St. Louis Rams are on track to avoid a local television blackout.

In the last seven games, the Green Bay Packers have struggled in the first quarter.

The Minnesota Vikings will not play in the Metrodome again this season.

Staying healthy has helped the Chicago Bears in the NFC North race.

Detroit Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch is on the mend after undergoing neck surgery.

New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith's knee injury may be season-ending, reports Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger.

The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed defensive end Derrick Burgess on Tuesday.

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth's appeal of his four-game suspension does not appear to be a high priority for the NFLPA.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round defensive tackle Gerald McCoy will undergo surgery on his right biceps today.

Securing home-field advantage could help the Atlanta Falcons' Super Bowl chances, writes D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Carolina Panthers guard Travelle Wharton was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Today's NFL birthdays: Cardinals linebacker Reggie Walker (24), Raiders defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (25), Redskins running back Andre Brown (24). Free agent defensive end Jerome McDougle (32), and running back Kolby Smith (26). Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti (70) Retired defensive end/linebacker Carlton Bailey (58) and safety Rodney Harrison (38).

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