#NFL News and Notes - December 31, 2010

The New York Giants defense suddenly lacks toughness, writes Zach Berman of The Star-Ledger.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb is focused on winning Sunday's game.

More changes may be coming to the Washington Redskins' offensive line.

Dallas Cowboys second-year quarterback Stephen McGee will likely make his first NFL start on Sunday.

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak's job appears safe, though he'll have a new defensive coordinator next season.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard had successful surgery on his middle finger on Thursday.

To beat the Colts, the Tennessee Titans will have to start fast.

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Clint Session is on target to play for the first time in two months.

Chicago Bears safety Chris Harris hopes to sign a long-term extension in the off-season, reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson missed another practice on Thursday.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier will make a determination today on whether or not quarterback Brett Favre can play on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk has increased his productivity this season.

The Kansas City Chiefs are slowly restoring the Arrowhead atmosphere, writes Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star.

A major roster makeover is in store for the Denver Broncos, writes Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post.

San Diego Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips has been the defense's ironman, writes Scott Bair of the North County Times.

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis won't have long to make a decision on his coaching staff.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Charlie Whitehurst wants to play well in his latest opportunity to start, reports Doug Farrar for SportsPress Northwest.

San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis' 63-game starting streak will end on Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals guard Alan Faneca is mulling retirement.

St. Louis Rams rookie wide receiver Danario Alexander is having an impact on the offense.

Injured Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis knows he'll have to wait for a long-term deal.

Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham will face a fellow Pro Bowler on Sunday.

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas is trying to get back into a rhythm.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fourth-round wide receiver Mike Williams' off-field work is translating to on-field success, reports Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall isn't sure if he and Chad Henne can be a great QB-WR combo.

The New York Jets were fined $100,000 for the Sal Alosi tripping incident in Week 14.

New England Patriots Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo has grown into a leader on the defensive side of the ball.

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams is a first alternate for the Pro Bowl, and has a good shot of getting the nod.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has quietly come into his own, writes Ken Murray of The Baltimore Sun.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was voted Team MVP on Thursday.

Cleveland Browns third-round quarterback Colt McCoy is eager for a second crack at the Steelers' defense on Sunday.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco won't play in the regular season finale.

Today's NFL birthdays: Cardinals seventh-round tight end Jim Dray (24), Panthers practice squad linebacker Derrick Doggett (26), Bengals cornerback Fred Bennett (27), Dolphins first-round defensive end Jared Odrick (23), Vikings linebacker Heath Farwell (29), injured Patriots practice squad wide receiver Darnell Jenkins (28), Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell (29), Chargers linebacker Antwan Applewhite (25), free agent linebackers Anthony Cannon (26), Fred Evans (29), and Ben Moffit (26), center Brennan Carvalho (25), wide receiver David Grimes (24), safety Travis Key (25), and defensive end Jermaine McGhee (27).

Hall of Fame running back Hugh McElhenny turns 82. Retired offensive lineman Rich Baldinger (51), kicker Brad Daluiso (43), linebacker Al Harris (54), fullback Patrick Pass (33), wide receiver Golden Richards (60), and quarterback Heath Shuler (39).

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