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#NFL News and Notes - January 1, 2011

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#NFL News and Notes - January 1, 2011

?Happy New Year! Take a spin around the NFL while the Alka-Seltzer works its magic.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Brian Brohm may start against the Jets.

New England Patriots back-up quarterback Brian Hoyer may see extended playing time in tomorrow's regular season finale.

The New York Jets will take Isaiah Trufant on a test drive on Sunday.

Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito wants to play center, but injuries keep moving him to guard.

Marlton, New Jersey Mayor Randy Brown played a role in Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff's development into a Pro Bowler, writes Ken Murray of The Baltimore Sun.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu practiced for the first time in three weeks.

Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini expects to meet with Mike Holmgren on Monday, reports Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis will meet with owner Mike Brown early next week.

Jacksonville Jaguars running bacK Maurice Jones-Drew won't play tomorrow against Houston.

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is 113 yards away from a milestone achievement, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Kerry Collins has no plans to hang up his cleats, reports John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Extended drives have become necessary on offense, writes Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis appears to be on his way out of town.

Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton feels wanted, but faces an uncertain future with the team.

Running back Darren Sproles could be playing his final game with the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.

Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson wants perfection.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck practiced on Friday, but remains questionable for Sunday night's game with the Rams.

San Francisco 49ers vice president of player personnel Trent Baalke will meet with owner Jed York today.

The Arizona Cardinals held their final practice of the 2010 season on Friday.

Directional kicking by Josh Brown could help the St. Louis Rams neutralize Seahawks return man Leon Washington.

Depth at inside linebacker will come at a price for the Green Bay Packers, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Talks between the Minnesota Vikings and interim head coach Leslie Frazer are turning serious, reports Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.

Chicago Bears cornerback Zackary Bowman is eager for another opportunity to start, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

Detroit Lions third-round safety Amari Spievey is learning to trust his instincts.

New York Giants left tackle Shawn Andrews could be making his final start at left tackle on Sunday.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid will likely rest some starters against Dallas.

Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth will report to the team's facility when his four-game suspension ends on Monday.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Sam Hurd was named the team's winner of the Ed Block Courage Award, and was then placed on injured reserve.

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas tweaked his right ankle on Friday, leaving him questionable for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris wants his players to feel as though they control their own playoff fate.

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith will receive a contract extension this off-season, reports D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Carolina Panthers officially announced that head coach John Fox and his staff will not return in 2011.

Today's NFL birthdays: Bengals practice squad linebacker Tim Knicky (23), Texans fourth-round linebacker Daryl Sharpton (23), Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards (26), Saints rookie long-snapper Justin Drescher (23), Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden (25), Jets long-snapper Tanner Purdum (25), Steelers cornerback William Gay (26), Titans linebacker Stephen Tulloch (26), Redskins running back James Davis (25).

Hall of Famers Doak Walker would be 84 today, and Derrick Thomas would have turned 44.

Retired linebackers Bob Brudzinski (56) and Kevin Mitchell (38), offensive tackle Irv Eatman (50), offensive tackle and current Jaguars offensive line coach Andy Heck (44), tight end David Hill (57), cornerback Frank Minnifield (51), guard Lance Smith (48).

The late Harry Galbreath would have turned 46 today, Marlin McKeever would be 71.

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