On J.J. Watt's elbow, Justin King's ascension

August, 2, 2012
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Checking in on afternoon developments around the division:

Item: The Texans suffered another injury to a significant player, and breathed another sigh of relief that it wasn’t bad.

Defensive end J.J. Watt dislocated an elbow, got it popped back in and could be back in 10 days or two weeks.

Thoughts: They’ve been incredibly fortunate on the injury front, with Andre Johnson, with Kareem Jackson, with Duane Brown and now with Watt.

The pain scale on a dislocated elbow’s got to be off the charts. I’m figuring Watt’s toughness is too.

Item: Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said Justin King is working with the first team at cornerback. This means, for now, he’s overtaken Kevin Thomas, who was in the second starting spot opposite Jerraud Powers through the offseason.

“Well I think he’s an athletic player, a smart player,” defensive coordinator Greg Manusky told the Colts press corps. “That’s the one thing that he understands. He understands the scheming a little bit better and we’re putting him with the ones right now and he’s doing a good job.”

King was a fourth-rounder out of Penn State for the Rams in 2008.

Thoughts: Corner has been a big concern as the team shifts to more man coverage. The Colts added quantity more than quality, through trades, waivers and with King as a free agent in the secondary market.

The expectation has been that at least a second starter and a nickel would emerge, though the team is likely to continue sifting through what becomes available around the league.

Wondering who’s first in line at nickel at this point. Will get to see some for myself starting Sunday afternoon.

UPDATE: The Colts apparently saw enough of Thomas. The Eagles announced they acquired him and a conditional seventh-round pick for linebackers Moise Fokou and Greg Lloyd.

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