David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
- "At least you're not the Jets" (FS Ohio) - "Here’s a thought for fans who follow losing teams: It could be the Jets. Talk about a mess. These New York Jets have fallen into every trap imaginable. And though some may justifiably point to Rex Ryan as the guy who created the mess by popping off and showing no discipline in his public statements, the real issues started the day the Jets traded for Tim Tebow."
- "Weeden knows he must prove himself in final 7 games of season" (Beacon Journal) - "Brandon Weeden wants to be the Browns’ quarterback of the future, and he realizes he must convince the new sheriffs in town that he’s the right man for the job."
- "Brad Childress will wait 'til end of season to say if he thinks Brandon Weeden is QB of future" (Plain Dealer) - "Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress, who's worked with such star quarterbacks as Donovan McNabb and Brett Favre, said today he'll reserve judgement on whether or not Brandon Weeden is the Browns quarterback of the future until the end of the season."
- "Trent Richardson hopes idol Emmitt Smith will be in Dallas" (Chronicle-Telegram) - "Trent Richardson attended the same high school as Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith. The talented rookie also owned a No. 22 Cowboys jersey with Smith’s name on it. On Sunday afternoon, Richardson hopes to play in front of his idol for the first time as a professional when the Browns travel to Dallas."
- "Julio Jones misses 2nd straight practice" (AP) - "Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones missed practice for the second straight day with an ankle injury on Thursday and will be a game-time decision against Arizona."
- "Jim Harbaugh has procedure for irregular heartbeat" (AP) - "San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was sent to the hospital Thursday for a ''minor procedure'' after doctors discovered he had an irregular heartbeat."
- "Urlacher says again he'd lie about concussion" (AP) - "Brian Urlacher wasn't backing down. Chicago's star linebacker would still lie to cover up a concussion."
- "Roger Goodell: Football will evolve" (AP) - "Professional football can evolve into a safer game without sacrificing the physical play -- or, some would say, violence -- that has made it so popular, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a speech on player safety at the Harvard School of Public Health on Thursday."