#NFL News and Notes - December 30, 2010

Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Langston Walker has passed all the concussion tests, but is still symptomatic.

San Diego Chargers first-round running back Ryan Mathews wants to use Sunday's game to get a jump start on 2011, writes Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey deserved to go to the Pro Bowl, writes Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe's Pro Bowl bid is not a surprise.

St. Louis Rams first-round quarterback Sam Bradford has answered the durability question.

Injuries have made for a challenging rookie season for Seattle Seahawks first-round offensive tackle Russell Okung, writes Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune.

San Francisco 49ers vice president of player personnel Trent Baalke is the in-house favorite for the general manager job.

For the third time in the last month, the Arizona Cardinals are facing an interim head coach.

A strong finish in 2010 could help the Dallas Cowboys in 2011, writes Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.

Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb wasn't to blame for the team's struggles on offense, writes Brian Burke for the Washington Post.

Injuries in the Philadelphia Eagles secondary are hurting the team's pass defense, writes Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

New York Giants guard Chris Snee defended his head coach/father in-law.

Disrupting Mark Sanchez's rhythm is a concern of the New York Jets.

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is closing in on 1,000 yards.

Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins faces an uncertain future with the New England Patriots, writes Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.

Miami Dolphins consultant Bill Parcells has reportedly convinced ownership to retain head coach Tony Sparano.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were frustrated by the lack of Pro Bowl recognition.

Two weeks after suffering a concussion, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Courtney Roby was placed on injured reserve.

The Atlanta Falcons placed rookie safety Shann Schillinger on injured reserve.

Carolina Panthers second-round quarterback Jimmy Clausen isn't concerned about all the Andrew Luck talk.

Despite not being named to the Pro Bowl, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson feels his value is sky-high, reports Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trent Edwards will start the must-win regular season finale.

Houston Texans fourth-round linebacker Darryl Sharpton was officially placed on injured reserve.

A revived Indianapolis Colts running game has made Peyton Manning more dangerous, writes Mike Chappell of The Indianapolis Star.

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is closing in on an impressive milestone.

Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji doesn't need Pro Bowl validation to know he's had a good season.

Minnesota Vikings interim head coach Leslie Frazier isn't concerned about his contract status.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will start the Pro Bowl, despite the team starting three quarterbacks this season.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer has had good games against the Ravens in the past.

Longtime Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson may be playing his last game with the team on Sunday.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is a changed man, writes Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Newly signed Baltimore Ravens long-snapper Kevin Houser comes with some off-field baggage, writes Jamison Hensley of The Baltimore Sun.

Today's NFL birthdays: Ravens safety Dawan Landry (28), running back Jalen Parmele (25), and practice squad quarterback Hunter Cantwell (25), Lions center Dominic Raiola (32), Jaguars rookie defensive end Aaron Morgan (22), Dolphins nose tackle Paul Soliai (27) and practice squad wide receiver Julius Pruitt (25), Saints fullback Heath Evans (32), Chargers practice squad (injured) wide receiver Richard Goodman (23), Titans quarterback Kerry Collins (38), Redskins wide receiver Malcolm Kelly (24), free agent linebacker Steve Baggs (29), safety Keith Davis (32), fullback Kyle Eckel (29), wide receiver Patrick Honeycutt (24) and Nate Jones (25. Hall of Fame running back/defensive back Mel Renfro (69). Retired defensive ends Patrick Kerney (34) and Jim Marshall (73), and the late Jim Nance, a member of the New England Patriots Hall of Fame, would have turned 68 today.

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