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Monday, August 8, 2011
RTC: Williams learning, Cushing healing

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Reading the coverage …

Houston Texans

Five times last year the Texans were just a play or two away from winning. But Gary Kubiak doesn’t want to talk about luck, says Richard Justice.

Brian Cushing could be back to practicing Wednesday or Thursday, writes Justice.

Scouts, coaches and reporters seek every opportunity to compare Brooks Reed to Clay Matthews before Reed even plays his first NFL down for the Texans, says Craig Malveaux.

Reggie Herring likes how quickly Mario Williams is learning linebacker, say Dale Robertson and Malveaux.

The Texans finish their first week behind, but the rest of the league is too, says Robertson.

Andre Johnson was back in action.

Houston signed linebacker depth in Tim Dobbins.

The cases for and against buying into Wade Phillips’ defense, from Robertson.

Indianapolis Colts

If you're the backup to quarterback Peyton Manning, you're the worst-case scenario, the embodiment of a raised white flag, says Sam Farmer.

The extra five yards on kickoffs offer the Colts two forms of relief, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Getting to know Kavell Conner.

With the first week down, Chris Polian is pleased, writes Craig Kelley.

Pranks are a big part of Manning’s repertoire, says Sam Farmer.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars get back to “real” action Thursday night in New England, says Vito Stellino.

Mike Thomas has plenty of motivation, says John Oehser.

Tennessee Titans

Cortland Finnegan spent the weekend working on his backpedal, says Jim Wyatt.

Next Finnegan will blame the Titans’ mascot, says David Climer.

Who was better for the Titans at middle linebacker, Randall Godfrey or Stephen Tulloch?