#NFL News and Notes - December 16, 2010

Newly signed New England Patriots defensive lineman Louis Leonard discussed joining the team with Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will shave his beard after the season.

The New York Jets extended the suspension of strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake and kicker Dan Carpenter are behind in Pro Bowl voting, writes Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason urges fans to remain positive.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are winning despite an inefficient offense, writes Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Cleveland Browns third-round quarterback Colt McCoy returned to practice on Wednesday.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens says everyone is to blame for the team's 2-11 record.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is tutoring the younger players on offense.

Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan plans to apologize to Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson on Sunday.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew missed practice on Wednesday with a knee injury.

Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams was placed on injured reserve with a sports hernia.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel practiced on Wednesday, but his status for Sunday is unknown.

Opposing defenses are focusing on stopping the Denver Broncos' passing game, writes Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post.

San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera isn't thinking about head coaching opportunities.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell is playing through three shoulder stingers this season.

Seattle Seahawks wide receivers Mike Williams and Ben Obomanu appear on track to play against Atlanta on Sunday, reports Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune.

Chargers head coach Norv Turer is San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith's favorite offensive coordinator.

Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback John Skelton wants to improve upon the little things, writes Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.

After missing last week's game with a stinger, St. Louis Rams corneback Ron Bartell will play this week, regardless of how he's feeling.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver has settled into a different role in the offense.

The Minnesota Vikings added quarterback Patrick Ramsey on Wednesday.

Chicago Bears long-snapper Patrick Mannelly was named to the USA Football/NFLPA All-Fundamentals Team.

Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill's forearm is fine, but his right index finger is keeping him on the sidelines.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would be foolish to not look at the team's younger players, writes Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News.

With Steve Smith done for the season, New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks could face more double-teams.

Philadelphia Eagles seventh-round pick Jamar Chaney will start at middle linebacker with Stewart Bradley out with an elbow injury.

Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb is on pace to set a franchise record for passing yards in a season.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Matt Moore says he's facing an uncertain future, reports Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White doesn't want to let his competitive spirit get in the way, writes D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman wants the team's off-field incidents to stop.

New Orleans Saints rookie running back Chris Ivory practiced on his injured hamstring on Wednesday.

Today's NFL birthdays: Giants safety Antrel Rolle (28), retired Giants and 49ers center Bart Oates turns (52), William "The Refrigerator" Perry turns 48.

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