#NFL News and Notes - December 8, 2010

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been the focal point of the team's dominance, writes Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe.

Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver David Nelson has become a key part of the offense.

Despite Monday night's blowout loss, the New York Jets are not abandoning their primary goal of the season, writes Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline may miss the remainder of the season with a serious finger injury.

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh wants to see improvement from the team's running game.

After having his nose broken on Sunday night, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will wear a shield on his facemask.

Cleveland Browns linebacker Eric Barton was named the team's Ed Block Courage Award winner.

The Cincinnati Bengals' young defensive linemen have shown progress as pass-rushers over the last month, writes Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Free agent running back Dominic Rhodes happily re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday.

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson wants more carries.

The Jacksonville Jaguars' next three opponents struggle to stop the run.

Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels will play on Sunday against the Ravens.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is taking care of the football, writes Kent Babb of The Kansas City Star.

Denver Broncos interim head coach Eric Studesville met with the media for the first time on Tuesday.

The San Diego Chargers' dominance over the AFC West is in jeopardy.

Oakland Raiders back-up running back Michael Bush imposed his will on the Chargers on Sunday, writes Bill Williamson of ESPN.com.

Players on the Seattle Seahawks discuss what goes on at the bottom of the pile.

San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach Johnnie Lynn resigned for personal reasons on Tuesday, reports Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.

Quarterback issues are the key to the Arizona Cardinals' poor 2010 season, writes Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.

The St. Louis Rams have signed linebacker David Nixon off their practice squad.

Lambeau Field will be getting new video boards in the north and south end zones.

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison is making the most of his increased playing time.

The Detroit Lions' offensive line was not responsible for the sack that stalled the final offensive drive, writes Tom Kowalski of MLive.com.

Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz's humbleness is behind the team's offensive transformation.

Castoffs have found a home with the New York Giants, writes Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

The Philadelphia Eagles need to improve their red-zone defense, writes Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth's days with the Washington Redskins are over.

Dallas Cowboys running back Tashard Choice has earned a bigger role in the team's offense, writes Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson wants the NBA to stay in town.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik has sifted through other team's rubble to build his roster, writes Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Eric Weems has stepped up on special teams.

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson sent a letter to the team's PSL holders.

Today's NFL birthdays: Bills sixth-round linebacker Danny Batten (23), Packers rookie cornerback Sam Shields (23), Colts defensive tackle Antonio Johnson (26), Chiefs linebacker Charlie Anderson (29), Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (29), Seahawks practice squad linebacker Joe Pawelek (24), Buccaneers safety Vince Anderson (26), Titans rookie running back Dominique Lindsay (24), free agent wide receivers Joel Filani (27) and Roy Hall (27), guard Joe Tonga (26). Retired/free agent quarterback Jeff George (43) and running back Onterrio Smith (30). Retired linebacker E.J. Junior (51), and center Tony Mayberry (43).

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