#NFL News and Notes - January 13, 2011

NFL Playoff News and Notes

New England Patriots guard Dan Connolly returned to practice on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's altered throwing motion has quickened his release, leading to a career-low in interceptions.

Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap could be the x-factor on Saturday, writes Edward Lee of The Baltimore Sun.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez says his shoulder is feeling good.

Atlanta Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens may have to step up in the nickel defense.

The Chicago Bears are ready for the Seahawks' blitz, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.

The top three receivers on the Seattle Seahawks have come a long way this season, writes Danny O'Neil of The Seattle Times.

Falcons punt returner Eric Weems has the attention of the Green Bay Packers special teams units.

NFL News and Notes

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is eyeing South Florida head coach Jim Leavitt to coach the team's linebackers.

Signing quarterback Marc Bulger would make sense for the Arizona Cardinals, writes Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.

St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney thinks the last three draft classes have provided a good foundation.

A lockout would keep the Minnesota Vikings in the basement, writes Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Detroit Lions first-round defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was named The Sporting News' Rookie of the Year.

To add one of the two defensive coordinator candidates to interview this week, the Dallas Cowboys will have to act fast.

New York Giants tight end Kevin Boss had hip surgery on Wednesday.

The Philadelphia Eagles offensive line was a work in progress in 2010.

J.I. Halsell looks at the available offensive linemen who could help the Washington Redskins in 2011 for the Washington Post.

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera will interview Rob Chudzinski for the offensive coordinator position.

New Orleans Saints running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas face uncertain futures with the team.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fourth-round wide receiver Mike Williams' DUI case could linger for months, reports Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times.

Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano met with four offensive coordinator candidates this week.

Injuries have helped stunt the growth of the Buffalo Bills offensive line, writes Allen Wilson of The Buffalo News.

The Cleveland Browns could have their head coach in place by the end of the day.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has entered the labor fray.

The Indianapolis Colts have several issues to address this off-season, writes Mike Chappell of The Indianapolis Star.

Several former Tennessee Titans are active in the post-season, particularly in Seattle, writes John Glennon of The Tennessean.

Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chad Owens, now playing in the CFL, could end up with the Jets this off-season.

Two Houston Texans landed on The Sporting News' All-Pro team.

The Kansas City Chiefs have some tough personnel decisions to make this off-season, writes Adam Teicher of The Kansas City Star.

Finances could play a factor in who the Denver Broncos hire for their head coaching vacancy, writes Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post.

Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has earned the right to decide his own future, writes Monte Pool of the Oakland Tribune.

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky will interview for the San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator job today.

Today's NFL birthdays: Broncos linebacker Dominic Douglas (24), Packers third-round safety Morgan Burnett (22), Jets center Nick Mangold (27), Seahawks practice squad wide receiver Patrick Williams (25), Rams third-round cornerback Jerome Murphy (24), Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (23), free agent linebacker Trevor Anderson (24) and wide receiver Reggie Brown (30).

Retired wide receiver Curtis Conway (40), center Kent Hull (50), offensive tackle Matt Lepsis, safety Brett Maxie (49), safety and current player agent Vann McElroy (51), and running back Bam Morris (39).

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