AFC South: Quinton Demps

A review of the best member of the 2012 Houston Texans who’s still unsigned:

Shaun Cody, defensive tackle

Over the past four years, Cody started 57 of a possible 64 regular-season games.

In Wade Phillips’ 3-4, he worked as the nose tackle in the base defense, surrounded by far more notable players in the Houston front. He’s 30 years old and his eight seasons of wear and tear have taken a toll. In late January or early February he had “microscopic lumbar discectomy surgery for a lumbar disc herniation," per the Houston Chronicle.

There have been no indications that the Texans are interested in having him back.

Whoever is at nose tackle isn’t a part of the Texans nickel or dime packages, and they are in nickel and dime a good share of the time.

Cody missed three games last season and wound up playing 24.06 percent of the time on defense, and Earl Mitchell played 37.41 percent.

Mitchell will take over as the starter and Chris Jones, a sixth-round pick out of Bowling Green, will have the chance to win a backup job.

Others still unsigned include: Linebacker Bradie James, cornerback Stanford Routt, guard Antoine Caldwell, linebacker Barrett Ruud, safety Quintin Demps, and tackle Rashad Butler.
HOUSTON -- The question is the same today as it was during the week.

Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph will play, but how well? His groin injury hurt his performance in Houston’s last two games, a win at the Jets and a loss to the Packers.

He didn’t do much this week as the team looked for rest to help him get back to form. Before the injury, he ranked as one of the most effective corners in the league.

How much he’s able to contribute to preventing big plays from Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin is likely to be a giant storyline as the Texans and Ravens vie for AFC supremacy.

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is active for the Ravens but will not start. How much he contributes after his quick return from a torn Achilles is another big story in this very big game.

The inactives:

Texans
Ravens

Inactives: Knighton, Addai, Ruud are out

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The biggest inactive in the AFC South Sunday is Jacksonville defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, who’s out with a foot injury he suffered last week.

C.J. Mosley will start next to Tyson Alualu in Knighton’s place.

Running back Joseph Addai is out for the Colts, and Donald Brown will start. In Carolina, rookie Colin McCarthy gets the start at middle linebacker for Barrett Ruud, who’s a scratch.

Here at Raymond James Stadium, the Buccaneers are jumping right in with Albert Haynesworth, who will start. Quinton Demps will work as the kick returner for Houston with Sherrick McManis out.

The full inactives list from Tampa:

Texans:
Tampa Bay:

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