NFL Notes: Bears, Browns, Cowboys, & Lions



Former Bears DT Jay Ratliff reportedly told team staffers “I am the devil” and he wanted their kids to die, according to the police report obtained by

Ratliff walked into the Bears facility a few weeks ago claiming he needed to get his stuff and told someone, “He felt like killing everybody in the building.



Cowboys HC Jason Garrett mentioned that QB Tony Romo has already begun throwing, and is expected to return to practice on a limited basis next week.

“We haven’t come up with that plan definitely yet,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We talked about some different ideas. Obviously, you want to get him out there doing something. He has been throwing the ball a little bit lately. He looks good that way. Again, you try to ease him back into it without compromising our preparation with the other guys to get ready for the game. We’ll talk about that more specifically as we get closer to it.”

  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that WR Dez Bryant‘s availability for Sunday will be determined by how he gets through practice on Friday. (Todd Archer)
  • If Bryant ends up playing, the team will monitor his snaps against the Seahawks. (Todd Archer)
  • Jones added that there’s always a risk of re-injury, but they believe the procedures Bryant had on his foot will hold up. (Todd Archer)
  • According to Jones, the league is reviewing the incident involving RB Joseph Randle. (Desmond Purnell)
  • Reports from Thursday mentioned that Randle could be facing a one- or two-game suspension.


Lions GM Martin Mayhew told reporters that they’re more likely to be buyers at the trade deadline rather than sellers.

“We’re going to be probably more buyers than sellers and we’ve had some dialogue already about some guys around the league,” Mayhew said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “So we’re actively looking at those situations.”

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