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Saturday, August 9, 2008
Reading the coverage: Full slate of games tonight

By Paul Kuharsky

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

I'll be at Reliant Stadium tonight for Texans-Broncos, but I'm also curious about what unfolds in St. Louis at Tennessee, Indianapolis at Carolina and Atlanta at Jacksonville.

Here's a lunchtime trip around the division in anticipation of the full slate of preseason action.

Houston Texans

John McClain takes a close look at Alex Gibbs. The piece includes this solid quote from right tackle Eric Winston about defenders' distaste for cut blocking: "I don't think it's illegal or cheap. Now, defensive players might not like it, but they do things we don't like, too. I don't like them giving me a head slap, but they do it. I don't like it when they get their hands in my face, but they do that, too."

Tackle Ephraim Salaam had his left knee scoped and is on the shelf for three or four weeks, according to the Houston Chronicle. To help out line depth the team signed Torrin Tucker, and to make room for Tucker the team ended its short experiment with Mike Bell. Smart move on his part showing up for his chance out of shape.

More hype for receiver Kevin Walter, who's a willing blocker and a coach's favorite.

Indianapolis Colts

Marvin Harrison has been cleared to play tonight at Carolina.

The Indianapolis Star's notebook says Jim Sorgi will be looking to lead a touchdown drive rather than settling for a field goal. And The Colts claimed linebacker Danny Verdun-Wheeler off waivers from Washington and waived Brandon Archer injured.

The Colts will continue to shuffle their backup offensive linemen, looking to create versatile pieces.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Vito Stellino previews the Jaguars preseason opener against Atlanta. Falcons coach Mike Smith was previously Jack Del Rio's defensive coordinator.

Michael C. Wright gives us five Jaguars to watch.

Tennessee Titans

Punter Craig Hentrich sheds a little light on nerve problems he dealt with last year, Jim Wyatt reports.

A look at the elimination of the force-out rule from the Titans' perspective.

Wyatt thinks Chris Johnson may find a big play tonight against the Rams and announce his arrival.