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Ten notes as the NFL concludes the regular season today:


Braylon Edwards -- The Browns second-year receiver was benched until the second quarter of last week's 22-7 loss to Tampa Bay, reportedly after missing a team meeting after a night out with members of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons.


Rich Braham -- In 1995, the Bengals offensive lineman was a goat for missing a block that led to prized rookie running back Ki-Jana Carter suffering a major knee injury. But Braham rebounded to play 11 more years for the Bengals until announcing his retirement last week.


Vince Young -- Before leading the Titans from an 0-5 start to playoff contention at 8-7, the rookie quarterback said he questioned his decision to turn pro after his junior season at Texas. "It was to the point that we were getting our butts whipped. I was like, 'What have I gotten myself into?'"


Ben Roethlisberger -- The Steelers quarterback said his emergency appendectomy before Week 1 has contributed to a disappointing season. "I couldn't really get out there and get it going. ... Every year is not going to be a storybook season," he said.


Brett Romberg -- Four years after being considered the top college center, Romberg made his first NFL start two weeks ago for the Rams. "Going four years pretty much without playing and coming from a big program like Miami ... it was definitely ego-shattering," Romberg said.


Isaac Bruce -- The Rams veteran passed 1,000 yards receiving for the eighth season. "He defies Father Time," Rams coach Scott Linehan said of Bruce, 34. "It's phenomenal how he's able to get so open at his age."


Chad Pennington -- The Jets quarterback said he wasn't bothered that ESPN analyst Tony Kornheiser compared his arm strength to that of his dog's. "We understand that Tony is very sarcastic in his delivery," Pennington said. "He's going to get a laugh."


Rex Grossman -- Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner tried to dispel conspiracy theories that the team yanked Grossman in favor of Brian Griese last week because of displeasure in Grossman's performance. "You'd have to be insane to think that," Turner said. "We had home-field advantage clinched and a backup who hadn't played in seven weeks ... so we wanted to get him some quality reps."


Rocky McIntosh -- The rookie linebacker began salvaging a disappointing season with the Redskins by registering 10 tackles in his first NFL start last week against the Rams.


Donovan McNabb -- The hoopla surrounding the Eagles' resurgence under backup quarterback Jeff Garcia prompted a curious Internet posting from the mother of injured starter McNabb on his Web site. "It's kind of bittersweet for me," Wilma McNabb wrote. "If they win the Super Bowl without my son, what would be the real outcome with the fans? ... Maybe then the trade talks would begin. ... Let's wait and see."

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