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#NFL News and Notes - November 3, 2010

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#NFL News and Notes - November 3, 2010

The New England Patriots have a two-week exemption before having to add Logan Mankins to the active roster.

Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd isn't making excuses for his lack of interceptions this season, writes Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News.

New York Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins says his rehabilitation from knee surgery is going better than planned.

On Sunday, the Miami Dolphins defense finally made a stand, writes David Neal of the Miami Herald.

Billy Cundiff has stabilized the kicking position for the Baltimore Ravens.

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler deserves praise for getting production out of a reshuffled line, writes Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Look it: Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren met with the media on Tuesday.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson's talent is why the team is being patient with him, reports John Erardi of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Indianapolis Colts second-round linebacker Pat Angerer played well as the starter on the strong-side.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young leads the NFL in passer rating.

Veteran offensive tackle Guy Whimper signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday.

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak defended his play-calling in Monday night's 30-17 loss to the Colts.

An improved offensive line is a major reason for the Kansas City Chiefs' 5-2 start to the season.

Bad knees turned Denver Broncos defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely into an inventor, writes Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post.

San Diego Chargers defensive end Travis Johnson will make his return to Reliant Stadium on Sunday.

The addition of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is why the Oakland Raiders are 4-4, writes Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group.

Defensive end Red Bryant was placed on injured reserve as the Seattle Seahawks shuffled their roster on Tuesday.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Troy Smith will get an opportunity to prove that he's not a one-hit wonder.

Arizona Cardinals running backs Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower haven't been the dynamic, 1-2 punch they were expected to be this season, writes Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.

The St. Louis Rams are mulling over the idea of claiming wide receiver Randy Moss off waivers, reports Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley underwent a second procedure on his knee to clean out an infection, reports Jason Wilde of

Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress is unlikely to shed much light on the decision to place Randy Moss on waivers.

Improved play from the secondary has helped the entire Detroit Lions defense, writes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is struggling with the anticipation aspects of the Mike Martz offense, says former NFL quarterback and current NFLN analyst Kurt Warner.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones remains committed to head coach Wade Phillips.

With Mathias Kiwanuka out for the season, New York Giants first-round defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is being asked to contribute more on defense.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been cleared by a neurologist to return to practice this week.

Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan added a new twist to the Donovan McNabb benching controversy.

Carolina Panthers practice squad guard Shawn Murphy has been trying to escape from the shadow cast by his father, a two-time MVP of the Atlanta Braves.

The Atlanta Falcons will have a plan to negate the threat of the opportunistic Buccaneers' secondary, writes D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A goal-line stand set the tone for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night, writes Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers second-round defensive tackle Brian Price was placed on injured reserve.

Today's NFL birthdays: Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox (24), Broncos safety Cassius Vaughn (23), Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali (27), Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby (29), Saints safety Darren Sharper (35) and practice squad defensive tackle DeMario Pressley (25), Jets offensive tackle Damien Woody (33), Eagles guard Reggie Wells (30), Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley (26), Redskins practice squad linebacker Rob Jackson (25), free agent cornerback Anthony Henry (34), defensive end Chima Ihekwoaba (22), wide receiver Mark Jones (30), offensive tackle Stefan Rodgers (29), retired NFL offensive lineman Howard Ballard (47), quarterback Phil Simms (56), and defensive lineman Greg Townsend (49). Hall of Fame fullback/linebacker Bronko Nagurski would have turned 102 today, as well.

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