AFC South: Marques Douglas

Texans put Mario Williams on IR

December, 15, 2010
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The Texans and Titans have slim playoff possibilities, but they’ve waved the white flag in terms of having veterans push through injuries.

Houston put Mario Williams (sports hernia) on IR along with receiver David Anderson (shoulder) and right guard Mike Brisiel (shoulder), according to John McClain.

That means increased opportunities for Mark Anderson, Dorin Dickerson and Antoine Caldwell. No news yet on filling the roster spots.

The Titans put center Eugene Amano (neck) on IR Tuesday and defensive tackle Tony Brown (knee) followed him there Wednesday.

Fernando Velasco will take Amano’s place at center, while the Titans look to get Sen'Derrick Marks, Marques Douglas and perhaps Malcolm Sheppard, just signed off the Texans' practice squad, some time on the interior.

The Titans promoted interior offensive lineman Kevin Matthews off the practice squad. Matthews, son of Oilers/Titans Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, is an undrafted rookie out of Texas A&M.

Bruce Matthews is an assistant offensive line coach for the Texans, who play in Nashville on Sunday.

“It’s a great coincidence,” Fisher said. “Kevin gives us the ability to have someone who can play both center and guard since basically that’s what we lost in Eugene. It allows us to minimize moves if we have a problem up front.”

RTC: Jim Irsay opens Twitter account

December, 3, 2010
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Reading the coverage…

Houston Texans

It was the old fade pattern, says John McClain.

Just another squandered opportunity, says Richard Justice.

The failure to finish was a familiar scenario, says Jon Marks.

Andre Johnson played through an ankle injury, write McClain and Dale Robertson.

McClain’s report card.

Alan Burge wishes the Texans could blow the stuff up already.

Indianapolis Colts

Sunday’s Dallas-Indianapolis game brings together the league’s two most popular teams, says Phil Richards.

Jim Irsay has joined the Twitter world, says Bob Kravitz.

Jim Caldwell was told the league missed a pass interference call in the San Diego game, says Mike Chappell.

Peyton Manning doesn’t look like he’ll be MVP. Here’s who may be from Phillip B. Wilson.

Here’s why the Colts can’t just draft a left tackle, from Nate Dunlevy. Like I’ve said, it’s why they have to target one and move up for him.

It seems that the one thing Donald Brown was drafted to do is something the Colts don't do anymore, says Stampede Blue.

Jacksonville Jaguars

A playoff ticket plan is in the works, says Vito Stellino. This is not at all unusual for a team still in contention at this point in the season.

The Jaguars are ready for the chippy Cortland Finnegan, says Tania Ganguli.

Stellino and Ganguli preview the Jaguars-Titans game. (Video.)

Vic Ketchman can’t wait to watch.

The Jaguars need a guy who can take the ball away, says Mike Corrao.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans don’t believe they lack control, says John Glennon.

Randy Moss is concerned with wins not catches, writes Jim Wyatt.

Marques Douglas made an impact, says Glennon and Wyatt.

Tennessee wants to slow down Maurice Jones-Drew.

Faith Hill’s streak is over, says Bob McClellan. She’s finally picked against the Titans.

Titans thin on D-line for Texans' game

November, 28, 2010
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HOUSTON -- The Titans' pass rush will have a depth test today at Reliant Stadium against the Texans. Standout pass rushers Jason Jones (knee) and Dave Ball (concussion) are out.

Sen’Derrick Marks will replace Jones and Jacob Ford will replace Ball.

Those guys can be fine, but the Titans are thin behind them. They will play with three ends and with Marques Douglas as the fourth defensive tackle.

Houston will start rookie Darryl Sharpton over Zac Diles, who’s been sick.

The roof will be open.

A look at the complete inactive lists:

#Titans inactives: Kenny Britt, Robert Johnson, Troy Kropog, Lavelle Hawkins, Jason Jones, Dave Ball, David Thornton, Chris Simms.

Texans: Matt Leinart, Brice McCain, Xavier Adibi, Kasey Studdard, Malcolm Sheppard, Jesse Nading, Owen Daniels, David Anderson. #NFL
There is always the chance that defensive line coach Jim Washburn could transform a journeyman into a stud.

Babin
Babin
But it’s understandable that many Titans fans are hardly excited that the team is hosting defensive end Jason Babin Monday.

Terry McCormick runs through how Tennessee traded Houston the pick in the 2004 draft used for Babin, acquiring three picks in exchange for bumping back. The Texans envisioned Babin as a starting linebacker in their 3-4, but he never panned out and has since played for Kansas City, Seattle and Philadelphia.

If the Titans sign Babin, they wouldn’t be expecting him to take Kyle Vanden Bosch's spot. That will be up to William Hayes and Jacob Ford. Babin would be part of the rotation.

The Titans have also expressed what Jim Wyatt called a “mild interest” in free agent end Marques Douglas, another guy who would likely fill the same role-player spot.

Visits and interest

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Visits and contact of note in the AFC South:
Kassim Osgood tweeted nice things about Jacksonville: “I can't lie...Jax is very welcoming as a city. I even saw some old friends that live here. Wow...it just might fit. We will see!!!”

Wade Smith, interior lineman from Kansas City, will visit Houston, according to Mark Berman.

The Titans have mild interest in Marques Douglas, says Jim Wyatt.

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