AFC South: Jamie Silva
Mario Williams’ move to linebacker could work, says Bucky Brooks.
Texans coaches and officials were joined by some NFL alumni at the team’s golf tournament.
A look at free-agent possibilities at safety with Mike Kerns.
Some Colts are working out at IU Sports Performance. Includes an update from Jamie Silva. (Hat tip to Nate Dunlevy.)
A former Colts cheerleader is suing the team over how she was fired, says Carrie Ritchie.
An interview with George Atallah of the NFLPA, from Nate Dunlevy.
The first piece of The Manning Project from Shane Clemons.
A look at the road Rod Issac traveled to the NFL, from Adam Sparks.
Blaine Gabbert has already spent some time in the playbook.
Analysts pick which drafted quarterback will have the biggest career impact, and Vic Carucci goes with Gabbert.
Offensive line coach Andy Heck sees Will Rackley as a ready-made guy, says John Oehser.
Will Jarett Dillard and Tiquan Underwood be on the roster bubble? Alfie Crow wonders.
Once anti-Twitter, Jeff Fisher now has an account to chronicle his climb of Kilimanjaro, says Jim Wyatt.
Kevin Mawae spoke to civic and business leaders in Nashville and Jerome Boettcher.
Three guys the Titans could sign to take over for Chris Hope, from Andrew Strickert.
Chris Johnson and the Titans’ run blocking: All sort of explanations are rolling in, and some in Nashville are even asking for more Javon Ringer carries. That’s craziness. But Fisher had said the run game isn’t operating as it should be and with that being the case the Titans really have issues. The line needs to block better and Johnson needs to be decisive. He tweeted a pledge for a big October.
Colts safeties: Antoine Bethea is an excellent player. But he’s like to be stretched thin with the team’s three best options aside from him -- Bob Sanders, Melvin Bullitt and Jamie Silva -- all out now. The Colts are hoping for a late-season return from Sanders. In the meantime, their options on the roster are inexperienced DaJuan Morgan and rookie Brandon King, a converted corner who’s had a hamstring issue. Matt Cassel may not be able to take advantage of that, but I suspect Donovan McNabb and Matt Schaub will.
Jamie Winborn, Titans linebacker: He’s been workmanlike and serviceable as a fill-in, but the dynamic Gerald McRath returns from his four-game suspension this week. The Titans should plug him directly back into the lineup and hash out what they will do when they decide to use nickel personnel. But Jeff Fisher’s already spoken of the expectation of rust on McRath, which might mean Winborn retains a part time role for a bit.
Troy Nolan, Texans safety: The second-year safety had two picks in Oakland in his first action on defense, which prompted Gary Kubiak to pledge more playing time for him. I think Eugene Wilson qualifies as a weak spot for the defense and even if healthy, the team should stick with Nolan and give him a chance to be part of this young defensive backfield that’s trying to grow up quickly together.
Josh Scobee, Jaguars kicker: He doesn’t rank high on the scoring list, but he’s extended a great preseason into the regular season and four games in he hasn’t even attempted a FG from under 44 yards. He’s connected from 45, 44, 48, 51 and 59 for the Jaguars so far this season.
This is a giant loss for a defense that’s been struggling. Bullitt is usually a steady and reliable player and it’ll be tough to replace him.
Here’s what Colts president Bill Polian had to say about depth at safety last week:
"The depth isn’t what we’d like to have there at safety, but hopefully we’ll continue to be OK. That’s probably the area where we have the least depth and that’s simply because of injury. You could never have imagined that both Jamie Silva and Bob [Sanders] would go down for extended periods in the same year, that’s just bad luck but it happens to every team. You can’t change it."DaJuan Morgan is the top backup with Brandon King, who’s being converted from cornerback, also on the roster.
I don’t know if they consider Michael Lewis a fit, but the recently cut 49er would bring some experience.
Scouts Inc. on Lewis:
"Lewis is a big, powerful safety who is most effective when lining up close to the line of scrimmage. He is an active safety who is quick to diagnose run plays and aggressive when supporting the run. Lewis takes good angles and has the power to take on and shed blockers. He looks to punish when tackling the ball carrier. He is not as effective when tackling in space and can be inconsistent in coverage. Lewis is a bit stiff in the hips and does not break down great for open-field tackles. He can struggle when trying to mirror receivers in their routes. He does do a good job of reading the quarterback's eyes to get a jump on the ball but lacks the quick transition and burst to close on the ball."
And so he often says during the offseason and preseason, “Check with me three weeks in.”
I do my best to take him up on that, and spent some time on the phone with the Indianapolis Colts team president this week for that check-in.
Here, then, are the highlights of a wide-ranging discussion about the state of the 2-1 Colts.
Paul Kuharsky: You always say check in three weeks, so here I am. What’s your general feel about this team? Are you in as good a shape as you expected or do you have more concerns than you anticipated?
Bill Polian: I don’t really know, because all of the injuries have derailed us a little bit. So I am not really sure what we have at this point until we get everybody back healthy, or at least as many as we can. It’s been a struggle thus far.
PK: It seems like that injury string just goes and goes. Is it a cyclical thing, is it a bad-luck thing?
BP: I think it’s just a luck thing. You would hope it changes.
PK: Peyton Manning’s numbers are obviously fantastic. Is there anything subtle he’s done to get better?
BP: No, I don’t think so. I think he’s done a great job working the new receivers in and getting comfortable with them and letting them get comfortable with him. I think by and large it’s been business as usual.
PK: When Austin Collie has a game like he did in Denver, are you ever surprised when a guy maxes out the way he did, or it s a business-as-usual, we-expect-it kind of thing?
BP: When you put up gaudy numbers, that’s an every-once-in-a-while thing. But we expect a good performance from him. He’s a guy we’ve learned to be able to count on.
PK: How’s [rookie tight end] Brody Eldridge been and what kind of effect has he had on your offense?
BP: He’s been great. And he really had an effect in the running game and will get better day by day in the passing game, he’s got ability in that area and he will continue to develop it … Brody’s been really in there in a lot of run situations. But we trusted [undrafted rookie left tackle Jeff Linkenbach] to do the job and he did. For Brody, pass protection comes a little more slowly, he was more developed as a run blocker for obvious reasons [at Oklahoma], but he does both pretty well. Linkenbach was on his own a good portion of the time and he did a good job.
PK: When you get a nice game out of someone like Linkenbach, does that say to you we can continue to find guys on the offensive line who can be successful for us without a big pick or a big move? Or is that a position you’ll be constantly evaluating and where you’ll maybe be looking to get that big-time guy?
BP: Well, I don’t know that Link isn’t the big-time guy. I think we’ll find that out over time. And obviously we’re hoping to get Charlie [Johnson] back. You’re always looking for the best players you can get, the question is are they available when you choose and what else is available? We’d like to have big-time players at every position. Unfortunately when you’re drafting as low as we have, you don’t get a shot as some of the marquee guys but Link proves, just like Jamey Richard and Jeff Saturday and Ryan Diem, that you can find guys down low that are very productive players.
PK: I know you’ve been dinged up there, but do you feel like the offensive line is giving you better play or will give you better play than you got last year when you said it was a concern?
BP: I don’t think there is any question that it will be better. And I think you could argue that they’ve played about as well as they could have given all the injuries and the unsettlement there. But I don’t think that there is any question that it will be better over time.
PK: What will make it so?
BP: We’ve got Jamey playing left guard and that’s a new position for him. Mike Pollak’s done a nice job at right guard. Jamey had to play center in the preseason because Jeff Saturday was hurt the whole preseason. Link stepped in for Charlie, we’re hopeful that Charlie will be back here shortly, so that gives us some pretty good depth there and a lot of good young players there. So I think they’ll get better over time.
PK: Has Philip Wheeler been as good as you’d hoped coming into the season? How’s your depth at linebacker given the injuries to Clint Session and Kavell Conner?
BP: Philip’s played well. The depth has turned out to be fine, unfortunately. Cody Glenn played well stepping in without much practice when Kavell Conner went down. Kavell played really well. So we’re happy with the depth we have. Pat Angerer played really well when Gary [Brackett] was out during the preseason. The depth is great, thank God. But hopefully we’ll get Clint back very soon and Kavell will be back in eight weeks. Hopefully we can span the gaps until then.
PK: Is Pat Angerer strictly an inside guy?
BP: We’ll see down the road, right now he’s inside, let him get comfortable there. And he is doing very well there. If we had an absolute emergency I guess he could go outside, but right now we’d rather have him inside.
PK: How do you evaluate your secondary depth?
BP: The depth isn’t what we’d like to have there at safety, but hopefully we’ll continue to be OK. That’s probably the area where we have the least depth and that’s simply because of injury. You could never have imagined that both Jamie Silva and Bob [Sanders] would go down for extended periods in the same year, that’s just bad luck but it happens to every team. You can’t change it. At corner, I’ve always believed you can never have enough, but the five guys we have are pretty good. And I think they’ll be OK.
PK: You guys did so well so much of the time last year at stopping the big plays, did you come out of Denver with concerns about that?
BP: It’s early yet and we’re still getting used to playing with one another and playing against people who do a little bit different things than we’ve seen before. Points and turnovers are what count for defense and the other stuff we can get corrected.
PK: How’s Fili Moala been?
BP: He’s been starting, he’s made a lot of progress. But every player does, the biggest jump a player takes is between his first and second year. Fili is no exception. And defensive line takes a longer time to develop than almost any other player, and Fili is no exception there. That said, he’s taken a big step and he’s developed and he’s playing fine. We’re very, very happy with the way he’s playing.
PK: Can you compare and contrast him to Antonio Johnson?
BP: Different styles. Fili is longer and he’s got more range than Mookie [Johnson]. He’s not quite as wide or stout and has to play with a little more quickness than Mookie does. But they both get the job done, but they are different styles of players with different body types.
PK: Some punts this year haven’t yielded you much in field position. Has your thinking on that changed at all? Might playing four downs in some spots to gain a scoring chance be more valuable?
BP: First of all, I don’t look at it from a statistical standpoint. To me, it’s always a game-by-game decision. Who’s the return man, what is the other team doing, what is the status of your defense, what’s the status of your offense? It’s a situation-by-situation decision. We’ve been unlucky in certain situations where if the ball had bounced properly for us or correctly for us we would have had kills on the 1-yard line. That said, we haven’t been as clean as we should have on the technique there and that will improve as we go on into the season. As far as decision making, that’s up to coach on a situation-by-situation basis and I don’t believe in any of the statistical formulas that I’ve seen.
PK: We’ve talked about [Jaguars GM] Gene Smith and how you like the way he’s building in Jacksonville. Are you surprised by their struggles the last couple weeks, and while I know you’re hoping they don’t bounce out of it this week, do you think they are still on track?
BP: Obviously we’re hoping that, but they are perfectly capable of doing it. I do like the way they are building, I think they are going about it in the right way. It takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight and I think they will be heard from before too long and I hope it’s not this weekend.
PK: When a quarterback struggles like David Garrard has the last two weeks, how much is confidence the biggest thing in play?
BP: The whole thing is a continuum; it’s not one individual player or even one individual platoon. Sometimes it can just be a bad break here, a penalty there and you get in those kinds of streaks and things can tend to mushroom on you. One thing I know about [Jaguars head coach] Jack Del Rio is he has a way of getting his team focused, he’s a tough guy, his team reflects that. They’ll play through it. There is a long, long way to go and I think they’re a much improved football team and they will show that before too long. I just hope it doesn’t come this weekend.
PK: Obligatory contract question. Have you had any significant talks with Tom Condon about Peyton Manning?
BP: Yeah, we continue to talk and there is nothing else to report other than that.
Ben Tate suffered two injuries against the Cardinals, says John McClain.
Tate’s injury opens a door for Jeremiah Johnson, says McClain.
London Crawford’s got a "Blind Side" story, says Jordan Godwin.
Sherrick McManus is an unknown cornerback making progress, says McClain.
Jamie Silva is out for the season with a torn ACL, says Mike Chappell.
That Curtis Painter is such a subject of conversation means good things for the Colts, says John Oehser.
The Jaguars are looking to light a fuse on a more explosive offense, says Tania Ganguli.
Jack Del Rio puts David Garrard’s play in context, says Vito Stellino.
Javon Ringer is getting more relaxed in the Titans' backfield, says Jim Wyatt.
Kerry Collins will get work in the rest of the preseason games, writes Wyatt.
How Jeff Fisher responds to losses has done a lot to define his career, says David Boclair.
Eric Bakhtiari got his first sack as a pro in the preseason opener, says Wyatt and John Glennon.
- The starters on offense put together a smooth and efficient 89-yard touchdown drive on their first chance. Peyton Manning hit on 8 of 10 passes for 91 yards, and got to where people want him in these games -- to the sideline with a ball cap on.
- The front-line defense, minus some key guys who were held out, made plays. Philip Wheeler forced a fumble right out of the gate. Robert Mathis pushed rookie tackle Anthony Davis around. Jerraud Powers pounced on a tipped ball for an interception, and scared Ted Ginn into a drop.
- Rookie linebackers Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner were both very productive. Angerer had a couple sacks, and Conner was in on a lot of tackles. Barring injuries, there should not be room for them on defense. But they should be impact special teams guys.
- Curtis Painter was incredibly ineffective. Even with protection issues, his performance makes it impossible to say he’s improved on his rookie work. He was 9-for-19 for 64 yards with three interceptions. Yeesh. San Francisco third-stringer Nate Davis was more calm and collected than Painter and the Colts’ third quarterback, Tom Brandstater.
- Everyone was looking for a chance to assess new returners, but we’ll have to wait at least until Game 2. Kickoff returns by Brandon James and Sam Giguere looked like the same old deal, and James only had a chance to field one punt.
- Run defense in the second half against San Francisco’s bulky rookie Anthony Dixon was insufficient. He will head back to the Bay Area feeling very good about himself after 21 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown.
- Reserve safety and special teamer Jamie Silva went down with what looks to be a serious knee injury.
Saturday, for a public minicamp practice, it was a bit different. And by a bit, I mean a lot. About 4,000 people came out, many focused on the half hour of autograph signing before things kicked off.
It’s what you’d expect for a Saturday in June, with players not in pads, not hitting and opening day more than three months away.
- People watched the punt returners with special interest as there is new potential at the position. (When they ran two punt drills at once, safety Jamie Silva shockingly failed to measure up to Pat McAfee.) Brandon James was out, while Ray Fisher, Brandon King and Devin Moore fielded balls. It’s a training camp battle likely to be sorted out largely by preseason game performance. Hardly a newsflash here, but McAfee’s leg can be simply electric.
- On a day like this, I try to spot kids who look lost. The young quarterbacks had some bad moments, and I am sure there were some young players out there who were unsure of themselves. But they were not especially easy to pick out. At least part of that, I think, is testament to the Colts’ way. They tend to draft and bring in smart guys and I am sure their rookie orientation and early days are quite thorough. While a lot of young guys are brought along slowly and benefit from patience, my sense is the Colts don’t give kids a lot of time to be lost over the basics of how things work.
- I don’t believe Peyton Manning likes quiet time during practice, so even when quarterbacks might have some time to kill the Colts signal-callers do some sort of work. We watched while they were stationed at a 15-yard line and Manning, Curtis Painter, Drew Willy and Tim Hiller threw to the back left corner of the end zone. Austin Collie stood there and worked his feet on the boundary as passes arrived. One set of quarterback drops came with an early shoulder fake, and it appeared Manning was coaching the other three on how to make theirs more believable.
- Rookie tight end Brody Eldridge figures to be more blocker than pass catcher early on, and I intend to write about him soon. But he appeared a comfortable route runner and pass catcher in the little bit we saw.
- I only saw one snap of Jerry Hughes’ work during one-on-one pass rush drills. (Remember, no pads, no real hitting; it’s about speed, footwork and hand placement at this point.) Ryan Diem swallowed the first-rounder up.
- No offense to any of the involved parties, but I’m still amazed at this element of springtime NFL: People came to the stadium and whooped and hollered at a Painter completion to Blair White over Jordan Hemby. Will any of them play a meaningful snap this season?
- How desensitized am I to ridiculous pricing at professional sports venues? A special that got me a hot pretzel and a decent-sized Diet Coke for $5 felt like larceny.
- The last three Colts on the field? Jim Caldwell signed autographs and Bill Polian threw passes to his young grandson. But Moore, the first-year running back from Wyoming, outlasted them both. And one set of lights went off just as he ran down the tunnel. Hope he didn't hold up a bus.
But before anyone who likes to wear a blue horseshoe panics, here’s a run through of Chappell’s list of the 19 guys who will be in line for restricted or unrestricted contractual freedom, divided into handy categories:
Will be signed this summer
QB Peyton Manning -- The Colts plan on ensuring the NFL’s only four-time MVP is the league’s highest paid player.
Close to essential
S Antoine Bethea -- The underrated glue of a secondary that does well limiting big plays.
LB Clint Session -- The Colts usually let linebackers leave, but this playmaker he should be an exception.
S Melvin Bullitt -- Presuming Bob Sanders’ time is close to over, this versatile defensive back won’t be easily replaced.
Like to keep, but replaceable
RB Joseph Addai -- He’ll be 28 for 2011 and Donald Brown should be ready to be the lead guy, but if Addai’s price is right and his health is good…
PK Adam Vinatieri -- A healthy and clutch season can make retaining him more important.
OT Charlie Johnson -- A versatile piece who's nice to have, but if he can secure a starting job elsewhere he could want to move.
Rather have than lose
DT Dan Muir -- They’ve invested a lot of time and effort in developing him.
DT Antonio Johnson -- They’ve invested a lot of time and effort in developing him.
Would keep for cheap
DL Eric Foster -- A versatile piece who’s a small, fast interior guy well suited for Colts.
DL Keyunta Dawson -- Ranks as the fourth end now, but can contribute as role player.
G Kyle DeVan -- Did admirable work as a surprise starter last year, but they added a few interior guys.
OT Tony Ugoh -- His stock could change, but at this point could rate as the team’s fourth tackle.
TE Gijon Robinson -- Might not make the roster this season if fifth-rounder Brody Eldridge is the blocking upgrade expected.
S Jamie Silva -- Doesn’t seem to me to be in line to inherit a starting spot if a frontline safety leaves.
DE Ervin Baldwin -- Late add in 2009 is behind two Pro Bowlers, new first-rounder Jerry Hughes and Dawson.
WR Sam Giguere -- With quality crowd ahead of him, not going to find room to work as a receiver.
To be determined
G Andy Alleman – Haven’t seen him in Colts’ uniform yet.
OT Adam Terry -- Haven’t seen him in Colts’ uniform yet.
So it’s not a big surprise that among the 77 players enrolled at NFL programs at Harvard and Wharton later this month are three Colts tight ends. Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme will spend next week at Harvard while Tom Santi will head for Penn.
"The program offered by the Harvard Business School is a great opportunity to begin preparing for life after football, and I have heard nothing but positive things from players that have participated,” said Clark, in the league's announcement of the program's participants. “It's a way to take advantage of one of the many programs the NFL and NFLPA offer, and I think to be able to receive business and leadership advice from some of the top instructors in their field will be invaluable."
The Colts match the Seahawks with a league-high seven participants. Here’s the AFC South roster:
- Vincent Fuller, Titans
- Anthony Gonzalez, Colts
- Kenny Holmes, Titans (retired)
- Montell Owens, Jaguars
- Jamie Silva, Colts
- Josh Thomas, Colts
- Matt Turk, Texans
- David Anderson, Texans
- Donald Brown, Colts
- Peter Clifford, Titans
- Sean Considine, Jaguars
- Adam Podlesh, Jaguars
- Eric Winston, Texans
The league’s write-ups on the two programs:
The Harvard Business School (February 15-19):
The Harvard custom program is designed to expose NFL participants to a broad array of business operations, negotiation, business plan analysis and legal aspects of business. All of these issues are pursued via the case method, in which participants study actual cases of real businesses and, in a highly interactive fashion, discuss the issues raised in the cases. The program also includes sessions focused on career issues, that allow participants to get feedback on their own strengths and weaknesses, develop a career vision, and receive small group coaching. Cases focus on real estate ventures, franchises and retail businesses, among others. The program will be delivered in a four-day module.
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (February 16-19):
The Wharton custom program emphasizes entrepreneurship and business building with an emphasis on real estate. The program also includes an emphasis on analyzing financial statements, legal issues, investing and money management, social responsibility, property management, insurance and liability fundamentals, and taxation. The program will be delivered in a four-day module utilizing the case method along with group discussion and follow-up coaching/consultation.
But I asked Jim Caldwell this morning if Powers had surgery and he confirmed Powers had.
Here’s the news story.
If Powers can’t play or is not effective, I think it might be a bigger concern than a limited or missing Dwight Freeney.
The depth at defensive end is better than at corner, where the Saints would surely look to target Tim Jennings if he’s the nickel and go after whoever is at dime -- Aaron Francisco (who needs surgery on both his pinkies, by the way), T.J. Rushing or Jamie Silva.
The Colts were the second-most injured team in the league, the Titans were second to last.
Give this Pro Bowl a chance, says Pat Kirwin.
The Pro Bowl stinks, but how can it be fixed, asks Ross Tucker.
Drew Brees’ success tells us we should give Tim Tebow a chance, says Stewart Mandel.
Don Banks’ first mock draft.
Super Bowl and the Indianapolis Colts
Jim Irsay turned an unstable franchise into a model one, says Mike Chappell.
Bob Kravitz previews his week.
Jacob Lacey’s been delivering, says Curt Cavin.
"If we had to verbally defeat teams, we'd probably lose a lot," says Jeff Saturday. Chappell gathers reaction to Gregg Williams’ comments.
The Colts are on a roll in the red zone, says Phil Richards.
The defense will be the difference when the Colts roll, says Clark Judge.
Jerraud Powers and Lacey have been huge factors, says Doug Farrar.
Ryan Diem remembers the Super Bowl Shuffle and is sure the Colts won’t have a version, says Jeff Rabjohns.
Special teams have been solid, say Richards and Chappell.
Jamie Silva still likes to turn trash into cash, says Phil Richards.
Sean Payton’s got Hoosier roots, says Mark Alesia.
Indiana high school coaching legend Dick Dullaghan has a ticket and a torn allegiance, says Kyle Neddenriep.
Todd Golden can’t find anything to complain about in this Super Bowl.
The Colts are looking to be the hunters, says Justin Cohn.
Pierre Garcon’s reached the game of his dreams, says Stacy Clardie.
For common opponents, the Colts get an edge, says Vic Carucci.
Andre Johnson is back in school, making good on a promise, says Richard Justice.
Johnson feels right at home at the Pro Bowl in Miami, says Justice,
Crazily thorough mock drafting from Stampede Blue.
The Jaguars are about to send out season ticket renewal notices, a huge step for them, says Vito Stellino.
The Jaguars will stick with a 4-3 front. Gene Smith talked some identity issues with Stellino.
A Black and Teal mock draft.
The Titans Pro Bowlers brought Steve McNair’s sons, reports Jim Wyatt.
Chris Johnson had to do a lot of work to get to NFL stardom, says Gary Estwick.
The guys who paved the way for 2,000 yards got invites to Miami from Johnson, says Wyatt.
Adrian Peterson ranks Johnson as the NFL's second-best back, says Wyatt.
Kyle Vanden Bosch doubts he will be back, writes Wyatt.
Earnest Byner still doesn’t understand why Jeff Fisher let him go, says Estwick.
Darrelle Revis respects Cortland Finnegan’s game, says Wyatt.
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
INDIANAPOLIS -- Here are the inactives for Jaguars at Colts:
- Linebacker Cody Glenn
- Safety Bob Sanders
- Tight end Tom Santi
- Defensive tackle Fili Moala
- Center Kyle DeVan
- Tackle Dan Federkeil
- Defensive back Jamie Silva
- Quarterback Curtis Painter
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
The final injury report for Jaguars-Colts is out, and it brought no surprises.
If Jerraud Powers starts as expected at cornerback for the Colts in the spot of Marlin Jackson who will only work as the nickel, it’s on merit not because of injury. Tim Jennings who was rested early in the week, participated fully in practice and wasn’t categorized at all in the final injury report that designated injured players as probable, questionable, doubtful or out.
Rookie Fili Moala (knee), who clearly doesn’t factor into plans this week at defensive tackle, is questionable while safety Bob Sanders (knee), tight end Tom Santi (ankle) and defensive back Jamie Silva (abdomen) are out.
For the Jaguars, rookie tight end Zach Miller (knee) remained out of action this week and is out. Defensive tackle Derek Landri (knee) made the report as probable despite his protests. He was limited in practice all week but is expecting to play. Tackle Tra Thomas (back), in line to back up Eugene Monroe, was limited Friday and is also probable.
KC Joyner considers Duane Brown and the Texans' turning the ball over.
Pete Prisco thinks the Texans could emerge as a playoff team.
Eric Winston sees big things for the Texans offensive line in its second year with Alex Gibbs, says houstontexans.com.
John Oehser's 20 Questions series continues with No. 4: Will the Colts miss Tony Dungy?
Repairs on exterior lights of Lucas Oil Stadium are underway, writes Dan McFeely.
Peyton Manning isn't concerned about the Colts' changes.
An assessment of Jamie Silva, from Oehser.
The Jaguars are offering new ticket packages that increase affordability and flexibility.
Missed this one: linebackers are at the heart of the defensive retooling, from jaguars.com.
Vic Ketchman contemplates the lifespan of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in his newest mailbag.
Steve McNair's final resting place is an unassuming one in an old, small cemetery, writes Jessica Bliss.
Former Titans receiver Derrick Mason is retiring.
Injury interpretation as Week 3 games approach:
If Dawson is out, the Colts would have lost their two starting interior linemen in two weeks -- Ed Johnson was cut before the second game because he got in trouble off the field. It's hard to imagine the Colts without Sanders, Johnson and Dawson. In such a scenario, Raheem Brock would surely shift inside from end.
Giordano is the lone backup safety on the roster with Melvin Bullitt filling in for Bob Sanders (ankle/ knee). Look for the team to promote Jamie Silva from the practice squad, but it's unknown where they'd gain the roster spot.
WR Troy Williamson (thigh) is out, but Jerry Porter (hamstring) is questionable. Jack Del Rio said Friday that Porter is not likely to play. If he doesn't, look for him to be designated as the team's third quarterback for a second week in a row. If David Garrard and Cleo Lemon both get hurt, Matt Jones shifts under center and Porter might be able to help a unit without Jones.
LB Colin Allred (ankle), a key special-teamer, is also questionable and a game-time decision.