BOTTOM TO TOP: The worst record in the league, 1-15, paid off for the Patriots, as they'll get the No. 1 pick in April's draft. The 3-12 Browns will choose second. Then come the Falcons, Broncos, Rams and Cardinals -- all 5-11 -- but Atlanta will pick third and Phoenix seventh based on opponents' records. Denver and Los Angeles will flip a coin, as their opponents' records were identical.
The Cowboys own three first-rounders -- the Vikings' No. 12, their own No. 13 and the Saints' No. 15. They traded with Minnesota for RB Herschel Walker and with New Orleans for QB Steve Walsh.
The Falcons are the only other team with more than one first-rounder. They also own the Colts' No. 14, dealing last year's overall top pick to Indianapolis, which took QB Jeff George. DEFINITELY MAYBE: If QB Jim Kelly practices Monday, he'll probably play in the Bills' first playoff game on Jan. 12. If he doesn't, he probably won't. That's the word from Coach Marv Levy.
Kelly hurt his left knee vs. the Giants in Week 15.
"With Jim Kelly, we won't know anything until this week is over," Levy said. "He's beginning to do some exercise and things like that. If at the end of the week, the doctor says have him practice, then we'll do it. The idea being, if he feels okay, we'll do it." . . .
The Raiders moved former starting TE Mike Dyal to their practice squad. . . .
Jim Shofner will not return as Browns coach; he's been named the team's director of player personnel. Shofner's duties under the newly created position: evaluating NFL players, including the Browns, and collegians. Shofner, 55, became interim coach in November after Bud Carson was fired.