Indianapolis vice president Bill Tobin, putting the Colts' win over the Cowboys in perspective: "I figured out that 25 percent of our salary cap was not in uniform because of injuries. And we found a way to beat the world champions on the road."
...The Bengals (1-2) talked convincingly about getting Garrison Hearst some quality playing time when they grabbed him off waivers in August. In three weeks Hearst has carried 15 times for 21 yards—at a salary of $121,000 a week....
One mark of a good coach is the ability to rally his team after a lopsided defeat. Since Ray Rhodes became their coach last season, the Eagles have lost five games by more than two touchdowns. In the games immediately following those setbacks Philadelphia is 5-0, including Sunday's 24-17 win over the Lions. The week before, the Packers had crushed the Eagles 39-13. "One thing Ray doesn't let us do is stay down," says center Raleigh McKenzie.
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Saints kicker Doug Brien, who in 1995 was waived six games into his second season with the 49ers, minored in conservation and resource studies at Cal. Asked what he was most proud of during his stint in San Francisco, Brien said, "I got the 49ers interested in recycling."