AFC South: 2013 Week 2 NFL Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: Indianapolis Colts

September, 15, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- Observed in the locker room after the Indianapolis Colts' 24-20 loss to Miami Dolphins.

Heyward-Bey to be checked out: Colts receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is scheduled to get an MRI on his shoulder. He was injured when he went up in traffic and came down hard deep in Miami territory in the second quarter. He left the game and didn’t return. “We’ll see what happens,” Heyward-Bey said.

An empty locker room: Many of the Colts hung around the locker room for quite a while after their Week 1 victory over Oakland. That wasn’t the case Sunday. The players quickly addressed the media and headed out the door after they gave up too many big plays to quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the Miami offense.

Hope the officials are right: Colts receiver Reggie Wayne said he hopes the officials didn’t make mistake on the illegal-shift penalty they called on him in the third quarter that took away what would have been tight end Coby Fleener's second touchdown catch. The Colts ended up having to settle for a 38-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal. “I hope that they’re right, 'cause if they’re wrong, it’s probably going to be a tough pill to swallow,” Wayne said.

Locker Room Buzz: Houston Texans

September, 15, 2013
HOUSTON -- Observed in the locker room after the Houston Texans' 30-24 overtime win over the Tennessee Titans:

Happy owner: Texans owner Bob McNair walked out of the locker room before it opened to media and held court. Afterward he kept repeating, smiling, "What a game."

Dejected kicker: Randy Bullock's face as he greeted a crowd of reporters postgame reflected the kind of game he had. He missed all three of his field goal attempts and seemed shell-shocked. "I don't think I've ever had a game like this," he said. "It was frustrating, but at this point all I can do is move forward and come back for more work this week."

Baby cameo: Inside linebacker Brian Cushing brought his son to the podium for his news conference. Cayden was born last Oct. 15, days after Cushing tore his anterior cruciate ligament, giving Cushing an emotional high off the field right after an emotional low on the field. Cayden remained peaceful for most of the news conference, but eventually started batting at the microphone.

Locker Room Buzz: Tennessee Titans

September, 15, 2013
HOUSTON -- Observed in the locker room after the Tennessee Titans' 30-24 overtime loss to the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium:

No intent: Brian Cushing was lost to an ACL injury last year on a block thrown by Matt Slauson of the Jets. Titans center Rob Turner was flagged for a similar peel-back block on J.J. Watt at the end of the third quarter. Cushing spoke of more than a penalty and a fine being needed as a deterrent. But Turner said he had no ill intent. “I didn’t think about it on the screen,” Turner said. “It was a bad decision on my part to throw [it]. As a lineman, you get kind of ingrained, ‘Run a screen, throw a cut, run a screen, throw a cut.’ I tried saying something to him after the game, saying, ‘Look, I wasn’t trying to take your legs out.’”

Looking ahead: Last week Jurrell Casey delivered a postgame one-liner about what the Texans could expect. The defensive tackle may be good in that department every week. “We're just going to respond, do what we need to do next week against the Chargers and let them feel our pain,” Casey said. “That’s it.”

Spiky shoes: Apparently spike-covered shoes are a thing. I missed the memo on that, but Kendall Wright said he’s hardly the first guy on the Titans to have them. Chris Johnson set the tone. Check out Wright’s shoes on my Instagram: pkuharsky.