Whispers from around the NFL

• The most impressive thing, we're told, about Rams RB Steven Jackson's emergence as an all-around weapon both rushing and receiving is how well his body has held up, with concerns over the third-year back's durability becoming less of an issue every week.

• Despite all the turmoil in Oakland this season, we're told there is reason to believe the players are slowly but surely buying into Art Shell's philosophies. "That is the one thing that Art has brought to us, a consistency level of this is who we are, this is how we play the game," Warren Sapp said. "There is just a better feel around this whole place."

• Word from South Florida is that Dolphins GM Randy Mueller would like to see what backup QB Cleo Lemon is capable of but that head coach Nick Saban wants to stick with Joey Harrington, who gives Miami the best chance to win right now.