Forget about wins, first downs and blocking assignments.
Cleveland Browns guard Jason Pinkston is just happy to be alive.
Pinkston is being treated at the Cleveland Clinic for blood clots that developed in his lungs, a life-threatening condition that, fortunately, was discovered early by the Browns trainers and medical staff.
It is not known how long Pinkston will remain in hospital. Medical officials suspect the clots are the reason Pinkston became ill last Sunday during his team's victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
"The news is true I've been hospitalized with blood clots in my lungs very thankful our medical staff did a great job of taking action," Pinkston tweeted on Friday. "And catching it at a early stage it's obviously clear I won't be playing for sometime but more importantly I'm thankful to be alive."
IF THE GIANTS CAN DO IT ...
Jason Witten has a message for anyone in the 2-3 Cowboys locker room who has doubts that this team can still go all the way.
If you don't buy the notion Dallas has a shot at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in February, hit the road.
"Yeah, every man in this room should believe (we can win it all)," Witten told ESPNDallas.com. "If you don't, get out of here."
Of course, Witten, whose Cowboys visit Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, knows there is a long road ahead for his team to reach that goal.
"You have to go prove it every week," he said. "A lot of games, we've done good things and a lot of things we have to improve on. Absolutely.
"Did the Giants think it at 7-7? That's the way this league goes. I'm not saying that's the formula for doing it. You have to still win games. Let's get it corrected. We feel we have the men in this room who can do it. Now you have to go show it."
Better clock management would help too. Wasting valuable seconds in the game's final minute certainly was a key reason the Cowboys were not able to come back to beat the Baltimore Ravens last weekend.
STEELERS ARE BACKING OUT
Their jerseys are black and gold. Their bodies are black and blue.
Indeed, these banged-up Pittsburgh Steelers need some healers. And fast.
With Pittsburgh already scrambling to find enough healthy bodies to field a complete offensive line, the Steelers suffered a double whammy in the backfield when it was announced Friday that running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the AFC North rival Bengals.
Mendenhall's Achilles tightened up on him during Pittsburgh's 26-23 loss to Tennessee last Thursday while Redman is sidelined with a wonky ankle.
The ailing ground game of the Steelers will now be in the hands of Jonathan Dwyer, who is expected to carry much of the load for 2-3 Pittsburgh. In the Steelers' past three games, Dwyer has rushed three times for minus-1 yard.
On the other side of the ball, a calf injury will keep safety Troy Polamalu out of the clash with the Bengals.
PACK FEELIN' PINCH
Is the Pack truly back? Wide receiver Greg Jennings and nose tackle B.J. Raji certainly aren't.
For the second consecutive week, the Green Bay Packers will be without Raji (ankle) and Jennings (groin) in their lineup, this time for their road game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. LB Nick Perry (knee) and CB Sam Shields (shin) also are out, according to coach Mike McCarthy.
Is Tim Tebow a year late on this?
According to ESPN New York, Tebow has officially trademarked Tebowing, the gesture that included dropping to a knee and holding a clenched fist to one's forehead.
Tebowing was all the rage last season when the highly-publicized quarterback was leading his Denver Broncos to a ridiculous number of late game victories including a post-season upset of the favoured Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime.
This season has been far less productive on the field for Tebow, who has accounted for less than 100 yards of offence for the New York Jets through the first six weeks.
While Tebow said he will not use the term for his own financial gain, he added that any monies resulting from Tebowing will go to charity.
"I know it was something that was cool for me in the past, but it's not something I do as Tebowing,'" Tebow told ESPN.com New York. "It's something I do that's prayer for me and then it got hyped up as Tebowing. So I think (it's) just to control how it's used as well. Make sure it's used in the right way."
Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant is listed as questionable for the game against the Panthers Sunday due to a groin issue ... Couldn't help but chuckle at seeing rookie Giants RB David Wilson vow that he will be in Canton one day. "I think at the end of my career, I'll be in the Hall of Fame," Wilson told Newsday. As what? A visitor looking at all the busts of those who have been inducted over the years? Being confident is fine, but how about accomplishing something in the league first before flapping your gums like that ... Vikings safety Harrison Smith has been fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle on Redskins QB Robert Griffin III last Sunday.