RTC: Injuries mounting for Colts' D

October, 11, 2012
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Houston Texans

In an attempt to solve a big problem, the Texans cut their smallest player, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Trindon Holliday wasn’t the only one to blame for the return game issues, but Keshawn Martin is the returner now.

To which I say: Holliday always had the fluky feel to him, and I like the idea of Martin getting the ball in his hands more.

Running back Ben Tate and receiver Lestar Jean look ready to return from injuries, says McClain.

Tim Dobbins is uncomfortable with the media attention that comes with being the guy to step in for Brian Cushing, says McClain.

Statisticians took a sack away from J.J. Watt from the opening day win, says McClain.

Indianapolis Colts

Injuries are starting to catch up to the Colts’ defense, says Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star. “Five starters and a key backup did not practice Wednesday, when the Colts began the heavy work of preparing for a Sunday visit to the New York Jets.”

Running back Vick Ballard, who will start against the Jets, is not your average guy, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Left tackle Eugene Monroe has taken on some elite pass-rushers and fared pretty well so far this season, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. When Gene Smith became GM in 2009, “Monroe became his first pick with the eighth spot in the draft and he may still be his best selection since Smith has yet to draft a player who’s made the Pro Bowl.” This piece includes a review (on the left side) of the entire 2009 draft class.

Safety Dwight Lowery is out two to three weeks with an ankle injury, writes Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

To which I say: The defense has really missed outside linebacker Daryl Smith, who hasn’t played yet because of a groin injury. This is a big loss too, as backup Chris Prosinski will amount to a weak link.

The Jaguars’ opponent in London in 2013 will be the 49ers.

Reviewing the season up to the bye, with Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report.

Tennessee Titans

The Tennessean’s preview of tonight’s Steelers-Titans game at LP Field in Nashville.

Are the Titans the league’s worst team? They are running in some very bad company, says David Climer of The Tennessean.

Dunlevy’s preview of the game.

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