AFC South: Chad Spann

The Indianapolis Colts claimed running back Chad Gronkowski off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys and placed running back Chad Spann on injured reserve.

They also signed five players to their practice squad:

RTC: Reviewing the division's cuts

September, 4, 2011
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Houston Texans

Their best back in the preseason and a fifth-round pick were among the Texans' cuts, says John McClain.

The Texans are heavy at defensive back, light on the offensive line, says Alan Burge.

Indianapolis Colts

The shared experience of Chad Span and Darren Evans continues, says Mike Chappell.

Phillip B. Wilson on Colts’ survivors.

Assessing the 53, with Brett Mock.

Another 53 breakdown, with Jake Sanders.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars lost Rashad Jennings for the year and traded for Dwight Lowery, says Tania Ganguli.

The defense will determine the Jaguars fate, says Gene Frenette.

The Times-Union went hard with a “Little Engine That Could” theme on its season preview. Here’s the lead story from Ganguli.

Tennessee Titans

The cuts included three guys who’d been around for a while: Justin Gage, Vincent Fuller and Jacob Ford, says John Glennon.

The suspended Ahmard Hall says he never took steroids and thinks he’s built up enough of a relationship with fans that they should believe him, writes Glennon.

I missed this breakdown of Chris Johnson’s contract from Andrew Brandt.

Indianapolis Colts cutdown analysis

September, 3, 2011
Check here for a complete list of the Indianapolis Colts' roster moves.

Surprise moves: Tommie Harris seemed to play well enough to stick, but the former first-round defensive tackle apparently wanted to be treated like the team’s top defensive linemen and the team didn’t like the attitude. Defensive end John Chick had solid games but couldn’t get past Jerry Hughes. Undrafted rookie tight end Mike McNeill made it, as did four others who were not April selections: running backs Darren Evans and Chad Spann, linebacker Adrian Moten and safety Joe Lefeged.

No-brainers: Veteran additions on defense made good impressions in the preseason and are sticking around -- ends Jamaal Anderson and Tyler Brayton and linebacker Ernie Sims. Anthony Gonzalez may be injury prone, but none of the other options at receiver is a better player.

What’s next: They’ve got only four defensive tackles in Fili Moala, Antonio Johnson, Eric Foster and Drake Nevis. It could be a spot where they look to add or upgrade on Foster. Offensive linemen Mike Pollak and Jamey Richard will have to prove they deserved to stick ahead of Kyle DeVan.

Three things: Colts-Rams

August, 13, 2011
Three things to look for in tonight’s preseason opener for the Colts against the Rams in St. Louis, where kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.

The quarterbacks will have a big opportunity starting tonight to vie for the great job of working as Peyton Manning's backup. Manning has not yet returned from May neck surgery. Curtis Painter has gotten strong reviews for his progress, and the team likes Dan Orlovsky. Can they run an efficient offense and string together any drives after failing to do much in the scrimmage last week?

Local undrafted running backs Chad Spann and Darren Evans are roster long shots. But they will likely get plenty of action against the Rams and those carries will give the team a chance to evaluate them and see if they should be in the running for a fourth slot behind Joseph Addai, Donald Brown and Delone Carter.

Pat McAfee has said he expects to put roughly 80 percent of his kickoffs deep enough that they won’t be returned. Playing inside the Edward Jones Dome, does the Colts' kickoff coverage unit get any work? Or do we see the beginning of an era where not being good at it won’t matter nearly as much?
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Houston Texans

Kevin Walter draws high praise from his peers, says Jeffrey Martin.

Brandon Harris is doubly committed, says Craig Malveaux.

The Texans signed receiver Devard Darling and running back Javarris Williams on Thursday, says John McClain.

The injuries are mounting, says McClain.

Indianapolis Colts

Dallas Clark doesn’t mind a brace even if it looks dumb, says Mike Chappell.

Chad Spann and Darren Evans, a couple of locals, are fighting for a slot in the Colts' backfield, says Chappell.

Chappell on the linebackers and more.

Phillip B. Wilson’s expansive camp considerations.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blaine Gabbert showed flashes in his debut, says Tania Ganguli.

That certainly was no way to sell tickets, says Gene Frenette.

Assorted postgame quotes from Ganguli.

The Jaguars didn’t play everyone but didn't show much pass rush in New England. The addition of Matt Roth should help. Vito Stellino on Roth and the 12 Jaguars who didn’t play.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans are still waiting on Kenny Britt, says John Glennon.

Cortland Finnegan loves shifting inside to nickelback, says Glennon.

David Climer ponders the latest developments with Chris Johnson.

How much do running backs need training camp? Glennon wonders.

Starters could see 12-15 plays in the preseason opener, says Glennon.