On the day he signed a new contract, Andy Reid joked about his weight.
The usually stoic coach has plenty of reasons to be happy, and it's not because he can afford his own cheesesteak joint. Despite failing to win a Super Bowl in his first 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Reid got a three-year extension through 2013.
"He has all the ingredients: leadership, football knowledge, the ability to gain the respect of everybody that he works with, especially the players, assembling the staff," owner Jeffrey Lurie said Wednesday.
"Every ingredient you could possibly look for, including a phenomenal track record of getting very far and if you don't get very far you have no chance. I am extremely confident that we have a great opportunity going forward."
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Reid reportedly will earn between $5 million and $6 million per season.
OCHOCINCO EMBOLDENED BY FINE: Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco is taking the NFL's fine for his latest touchdown celebration as a challenge to do more. Ochocinco was fined $30,000 for briefly donning a mock poncho and a sombrero next to the bench following his touchdown catch during a 23-13 win over Detroit on Sunday. That's $10,000 more than the fine he got for pretending to bribe an official during a game earlier this season.
The receiver said Wednesday he's not sure why the amount went up so much.
"That's OK," he said. "They keep jacking them up, I'll keep jacking up the celebrations."
Earlier in his career, Ochocinco regularly got fined for his celebrations. Some of his most memorable included doing a river dance, pretending to perform CPR on a football and using the end zone pylon as a golf club. He also donned a mock Hall of Fame jacket on the sideline.
BRONCOS HARRIS OUT: The Denver Broncos have had spotty results without standout right tackle Ryan Harris in the lineup, and now they'll be without him the rest of the season.
The third-year pro was put on injured reserve Wednesday with an injury to his right big toe that will require surgery and rehab lasting well into the winter.
Harris dislocated his toe on Nov. 1 at Baltimore and missed five games, the first four of them losses following Denver's surprising 6-0 start. He aggravated the injury in the first quarter Sunday at Kansas City just 10 snaps into his return, and medical tests this week revealed bone and ligament damage.
Tyler Polumbus will replace him in the starting lineup as he did when Harris first went down.
REDSKINS WAIVE KICKER: Kicker Shaun Suisham hasn't cost the Washington Redskins nearly as many points as free safety LaRon Landry, yet it is Suisham who found himself unemployed this week in the fallout from after another tough loss.
Coach Jim Zorn declined to call Suisham the "scapegoat" Wednesday — "I would never use that word" — for the 33-30 overtime loss to New Orleans, but the Redskins (3-9) were following a tried and true NFL axiom: It's easier to cut a kicker than punish a high first-round draft pick.
"I was my decision, but I didn't just go, 'Hey, I think I'll cut Shaun today.' I tried to look at all the issues involved," Zorn said. "I think in the end of this it's going to be the best decision for our team."
Even so, Zorn couldn't say enough good things about Suisham and said he expects the kicker to be signed by another team before the end of the week. Suisham was 18 for 21 this season, but the solid stats weren't enough to overcome a 23-yard miss that would have cemented a win over the unbeaten Saints. Suisham was cut Tuesday and replaced by Graham Gano, who has never kicked in an NFL game.
RAIDERS ASSISTANT BACK TO WORK: Randy Hanson, who accused Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable of assault after a training camp scuffle, has returned to work in the team's personnel department.
Hanson had been employed as an assistant defensive backs coach before the Aug. 5 incident and had not been around the Raiders' facilities since.
He accused Cable of assaulting him during a meeting at the team's training camp hotel in Napa, which resulted in Hanson being treated for a broken jaw.
Cable denied any wrongdoing and Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein declined to pursue charges against the head coach following an investigation.
ROMO PRACTICES AS HOLDER: The Dallas Cowboys might have a new holder on kicks, a guy who made a costly flub the last time he tried — Tony Romo.
Romo practiced as the holder for kicker Nick Folk on Wednesday and might do it Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. He would replace punter Mat McBriar, whose hold on a costly missed field goal this past Sunday prompted kicker Nick Folk to throw up his arms in disgust.
Folk has been shaky lately and the Cowboys (8-4) are hoping a change in holders might snap him out of his funk.
The last time Romo held for the Cowboys was in January 2007 playoff game. He bobbled the snap, preventing Dallas from trying a short go-ahead field goal in the final minutes of what turned out to be a loss in Seattle, the tearfully apologized afterward.
He held once more after that, at the Pro Bowl a few weeks later. When coach Wade Phillips took over in 2007, he joked that Romo was retired from holding.
HENDERSON BACK IN MINNESOTA: Injured Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson is returning to Minnesota.
Henderson had surgery in Phoenix after breaking his left thigh bone in Sunday night's loss at Arizona. He had been in a hospital, but he was cleared Wednesday to come back.
"He's a man of few words, but he's in good spirits by all indications," coach Brad Childress said.
Henderson's younger brother, Erin, held his hand as he taken off the field in a cart after his leg bent in a gruesome-looking direction. He stayed with him overnight before returning to Minnesota.
SLATON DONE FOR THE YEAR: Houston Texans running back Steve Slaton is done for the season after being placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of a nerve issue in his neck.
Slaton, who ran for 1,282 yards last season, has had a fumbling problem this year and the Texans recently revealed that the injury on his right side was more serious than they initially believed. He saw a specialist Tuesday.
Coach Gary Kubiak said the specialist believes the problem will heal on its own in 4-6 weeks, but surgery could be an option. He said Slaton will be ready next season in any event.