The Chicago Bears offense appears to be back in sync, even if the same might not be true of quarterback Jay Cutler and his offensive coordinator.
Cutler played one of his most impressive games as an NFL quarterback Monday night in beating the Dallas Cowboys 34-18, connecting on 18 of 24 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.
Even after Cutler posted his third-highest career passer rating (140.1), a lot of the postgame attention was again focused on Cutler's sideline behavior.
Cutler sat down on the bench after he'd obviously been irritated by confusion on the field regarding a play call the previous series. When offensive coordinator Mike Tice sat down next to him and began talking, Cutler stood up and walked away.
"I don't have to sit by him the whole game, do I?" Cutler said afterward. Then he accused media members of trying to sell newspapers and asked, "What are we looking for here?"
Told it appeared he'd snubbed his coach, Cutler said, "Just because I walk off and go and get water it doesn't mean much."
It's not the first time Cutler has been at odds with his offensive coordinator. Last year, he was caught by TV microphones cursing at former offensive coordinator Mike Martz. There had also been reports Cutler did not get along with former offensive coordinator Ron Turner.
It's possible the situation between Cutler and Tice quickly blew over because Cutler also credited Tice's play calling for a second
Jets: A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that wide receiver Santonio Holmes has a Lisfranc injury in his left foot that likely will end his season.
Holmes went down on the first play of the fourth quarter of the Jets' 34-0 loss to the 49ers on Sunday after catching a short pass and tossing the ball as he went down, with Carlos Rogers returning the fumble 51 yards for a touchdown.
Chargers: The team signed former Raiders cornerback Chris Carr to a one-year contract. He was in training camp with the Minnesota Vikings but was released before the regular season. Carr also has played with Tennessee and Baltimore.
Steelers: Barring a setback, coach Mike Timlin expects running Rashard Mendenhall, linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu to be in uniform Sunday against Philadelphia.
Harrison hasn't played at all this season while nursing a lingering left knee problem. Polamalu missed the last two games with a strained right calf, and Mendenhall has been recovering from tearing the ACL in his right knee New Year's Day.
Saints: With Drew Brees in position to break Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass, Unitas' son has sent words of encouragement to the Saints quarterback.
A letter from Joe Unitas, which the Saints posted on a team website, congratulates Brees for tying the record of 47 straight games last weekend in Green Bay. Joe Unitas says he's a big fan of Brees and wishes him the best on Sunday night against San Diego.
Dolphins: Eleven-year veteran receiver Jabar Gaffney has signed with Miami, which terminated the contract of receiver Legedu Naanee.
Eagles: For the second straight Tuesday, the team addressed its subpar special teams by releasing a player whose roster spot recently appeared safe. Last week, it was punter Chas. Henry. This week, the Eagles waived linebacker Brian Rolle, who was the starting weakside linebacker just a little more than a month ago.
Hurd case: A cousin of former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd has agreed to plead guilty in connection with allegations that Hurd tried to establish a drug-distribution network, according to documents filed by Dallas prosecutors.
Jesse Tyrone Chavful signed a plea agreement on one count of conspiracy to possess 5 or more kilograms of cocaine -- 11 pounds or more -- with intent to distribute. The plea agreement calls for a minimum of 10 years in prison.
Hurd is accused of trying to set up a ring to distribute cocaine and marijuana. He was cut by the Bears after his arrest in December. He has also played for the Dallas Cowboys.
The Philadelphia Inquirer contributed to this report.