Wednesday September 21st, 2011

An abbreviated look at what’s going on around the NFL on Wednesday, Sept. 21:

• Pete Carroll continues to defend Tarvaris Jackson, arguing in a press conference Tuesday that the Seahawks QB isn't missing open receivers -- but admitted Jackson might not be making all the correct reads, either.

Brian Orakpo didn't deny that the Redskins would try to target Tony Romo's ribs if the Dallas QB plays Monday night -- "If somebody gets injured you want to go after the injury" -- but said the main goal is simply to take Romo down.

• Tanard Jackson's year-long suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy ends on Thursday. Whether or not he'll rejoin the Bucs after that is still up in the air.

• The Patriots have won 15 in a row against the Bills, but New England refuses to look past a much-improved Buffalo team this season.

• Injuries at wide receiver put Denver in such a precarious spot in Week 2 that Tim Tebow lined up in the slot for a few plays. The Broncos tried to address their depth problems by signing Quan Cosby.

• The Bears certainly didn't look like world-beaters last Sunday in New Orleans. Still, Chicago GM Jerry Angelo maintains that he has a "good football team" and that the Bears "just have to go out there and prove it."

• Indianapolis' slow start (and the loss of Peyton Manning to injury) is trying the patience of even the most die-hard Colts fans. • Several NFL teams have turned their offenses over to young quarterbacks this season. Should the Chiefs do the same in 2012?

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