#NFL News and Notes - December 23, 2010

New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork never wants to take a breather, writes Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson faces a tough road to reach 1,000 yards on the season.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has a slight cartilage tear in his right shoulder, reports Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne wants to finish the 2010 season strongly.

Baltimore Ravens left tackle Michael Oher says his false start penalties are a thing of the past.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will miss a second straight game tonight against the Panthers.

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis is eager to carry a heavy load against the Ravens defense.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andre Caldwell has a two-game audition to prove he belongs in the team's future plans, writes Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie was placed on injured reserve after sustaining his third concussion of the season.

Wide receiver Randy Moss would like to stay with the Tennessee Titans beyond this season, reports Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio doesn't like making game-time decisions on injured players.

Three Houston Texans led their positions in fan voting for the 2010 Pro Bowl.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is threatening to overtake Chris Johnson as the game's most dangerous back.

Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton disagrees with the decision to demote him for first-round pick Tim Tebow.

When it comes to his foot injury, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is taking the long view, writes Scott Bair of the North County Times.

Oakland Raiders third-round left tackle Jared Veldheer will have his hands full when Dwight Freeney comes to town on Sunday.

The Seattle Seahawks have a pair of candidates for the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Troy Smith will start on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

After missing most of the season recovering from a torn ACL, Arizona Cardinals rookie linebacker O'Brien Schofield could make his first NFL start on Saturday.

St. Louis Rams first-round quarterback Sam Bradford thinks the weight he added in the off-season has helped him remain fresh this season.

Green Bay Packers first-round offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga is trying to block out his rare mental lapses.

Newly signed quarterback Rhett Bomar sees an opportunity with the Minnesota Vikings, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.

Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill took the first-team reps in Wednesday's practice, reports Tom Kowalski of MLive.com.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is a frequent target of criticism from the national media.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Stephen McGee continues to play the waiting game.

The New York Giants were energized as they began preparations for the Packers game, writes Zach Berman of The Star-Ledger.

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dimitri Patterson knows that he's going to be challenged by opposing quarterbacks.

Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman may be Mike Shanahan's latest reclamation project, writes Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post.

Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney could learn a lesson about the importance of quarterbacks from tonight's opponent, writes Darin Gantt of The Charlotte Observer.

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week.

New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush's detractors are out in full force this week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back LeGarrette Blount is mindful of ball security, writes Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times.

Today's NFL birthdays: Ravens cornerback Cary Williams (26), Bills linebacker Andra Davis (32), Bengals wide receivers Quan Cosby (28) and Jordan Shipley (25), Texans safety Bernard Pollard (26), Patriots tight end Alge Crumpler (33), Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims (26), free agent kicker Kris Brown (34) and wide receiver Kevin Kasper (33). Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Ham (62), running back Paul Hornung (75), and defensive back Willie Wood (74). Retired quarterback and current Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh (47) and wide receiver Joe Jurevicius (36).

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