AFC South: Jason Webster
The injury to Jacques Reeves that will keep him out six to eight weeks hasn't changed Gary Kubiak's view of Dunta Robinson's absence. Unhappy with the franchise tag even though it carries a guaranteed one-year salary of nearly $10 million, Robinson hasn't signed it and is not in camp. Without him and Reeves and with Antwaun Molden on the PUP list, the team is looking at Deltha O'Neal, Jason Webster and Mike McKenzie. No word yet on an official addition.
Said Kubiak about Robinson after the team's morning practice: "I felt the same before anything happened to Jacques. We need him here. I think he needs to be here to be as good a player as he can be, and for our football team. We've got to let this situation play out, but I didn't feel any different now than before. I've felt the same way. I've wanted him here a long time ago."
The Texans practice under the lights Thursday night.
John Oehser says what he's seen from Joseph Addai so far has been encouraging and that Addai has worked hard this offseason and dealt with criticism over last year with class. I'm getting a lot of questions about who will start for the Colts, and I don't doubt it will be Addai over first-rounder Donald Brown. But I think if you've got a two-back system and a distribution plan, the guy who happens to be on the field for the first play isn't necessarily that much more important than the other guy.
Ed Johnson is happy to be in pads and working again, writes Oehser for the team's Web site.
Some thoughtful camp comments from Phillip B. Wilson.
Texans running back Chris Brown has been great so far, according to the Chronicle's camp insider. This is a great development, but he needs to maintain it over time. If Brown can stay healthy, he'd be a fantastic complement to Steve Slaton and give the Texans an element they are missing. I am sure the team will monitor his workload in an effort to maximize returns.
John Oehser's got seven early practice observations. The one on Joseph Addai strikes me. If his struggles last year were more on the line and the blocking than on him, that's good news for Addai, for Donald Brown and for the Colts on crucial third-and-2s. That Ryan Lilja looks good so far is a big piece to this as well.