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Injuries have forced the Texans to really revamp their linebacking corps, says Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle.
To which I say: This includes Connor Barwin moving from weakside to strongside, which he says is kind of like moving from defensive end to linebacker. How he does in the new spot will tell us a lot about his versatility.
Antonio Smith’s fine for kicking Miami’s Richie Incognito earlier this season was reduced on appeal from $21,000 to $11,000, says Tania Ganguli.
A full injury run-through with Robertson.
The raw numbers say Dwight Freeney is having a no-show season, says Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star. The film tells NFL people Freeney is having an OK season.
Both Dwayne Allen and T.Y. Hilton are threatening Colts rookie records, says Mike Chappell of the Star.
Chappell profiles Reggie Wayne for The Sporting News. (Hat tip to Dunlevy.) "For me, motioning has helped a lot," Wayne said. "Defenses can't key on me. In the old times, they knew I'd be on the left side. There was no mystery to it. They could double me, roll coverage to my side. "Now they really have no idea where I am. That causes confusion and helps me out with matchups."
To which I say: I think Bruce Arians has been incredibly smart with the way he’s deploying Wayne.
The Colts are minus-43 in scoring differential, minus-14 in turnover ratio and 7-4 in the standings, says Chappell. Sometimes the numbers don’t add up.
Calvin Johnson will require double coverage with a safety, says Phillip B. Wilson.
“This is a bonus game for the Colts,” writes Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report. “A win would signal that perhaps they are better than they have been given credit for.”
Jason Babin found his first practice with the Jaguars refreshing, says Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. The Jaguars see him as a scheme fit and are excited to add him.
Babin is low-risk, high reward, says Gene Frenette of the Times-Union.
To which I say: There was no reason for them not to try this.
This will be different than the first time Paul Posluszny went back to Buffalo to play against the team that drafted him, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Times-Union.
A year after Shad Khan’s name first surfaced in Jacksonville, the team’s owner is still making his mark in Jacksonville, says David Bauerlein of the Times-Union.
Dowell Loggains “will provide a boost with his energy and attitude, players told Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. “In practice Wednesday, he took a hands-on approach, lining up across from receivers in one-on-one drills and playing some defense.”
Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray says the next step for Kamerion Wimbley is better rushing against play-action passing, writes John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Physical safety Al Afalava could be a good fit against the Texans, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Monte Kiffin is leaving USC after the Trojans' bowl game and will seek a return to the NFL.
To which I say: Yes, he’s 72. But his Tampa-2 style could work with the Titans' personnel. If Mike Munchak stays on as coach under his current contract which runs through only 2013 and he wants a new defensive coordinator, perhaps he’d look at Kiffin? Perhaps Kiffin would be OK with a one-year deal/audition?