Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
As things crank up over the next two weeks, I'll be sorting through everything I can find that's written about anything pertaining to the AFC South, aiming to be your one-stop shop for such links. Below is an installment that covers the last couple days (when I snuck out of town).
I'll also do my best to provide instant analysis, commentary and color about what's going on in the division. Right now, my plan is to visit each AFC South training camp twice and hit six preseason games, starting with the Colts against the Redskins in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3.
This will work best if we're a two-way street.
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The Indianapolis Star's story on Peyton Manning's surgery reminds us how durable he's been. Manning, 32, has started all 160 regular-season games during his 10-year career, the longest streak among active quarterbacks. He has taken every snap in 134 of those 160 games and 9,778 of 10,098 snaps (96.8 percent) overall since being taken with the first pick in the 1998 draft.
Steve Campbell says the improving Texans remain too much of a secret and likes the team's chances to win at least eight games again.
It won't be a surprise if first-round draft pick Duane Brown overtakes Ephraim Salaam as the Texans left tackle, according to Pro Football Weekly.
Matt Jones' father said while there were drugs in the car when the Jaguars receiver was arrested last week, "he does not claim any responsibility for the drugs."
It's deadline day for Albert Haynesworth and the Titans. If they don't reach an accord on a long-term deal by 4 p.m., they aren't allowed to negotiate a long-term deal until the end of the regular season. It will be a surprise if a deal for the Titan wearing the franchise tag happens. If it doesn't, the question is when Haynesworth will sign his one-year tender worth $7.25 million and join the team. He'd like some sort of performance incentive that could produce a guarantee he won't get tagged again next season.
Sports Business Journal reports that NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw and president Kevin Mawae were excluded from a recent meeting, further signaling a rift.