Reading the coverage…
Defensive tackle Shaun Cody suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung in Sunday’s game against Miami, says Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle.
After a year out with quadriceps and hip injuries, linebacker Daryl Sharpton is finally back to work, writes Dale Robertson of the Chronicle.
Owen Daniels was having tests on his injured hip, but Gary Kubiak seemed optimistic about Daniels and Kevin Walter (groin) for Sunday night, says Robertson.
To which I say: Daniels would be a major loss for the Bears matchup. Hopefully Kubiak’s optimism is realistic and we’ll see Daniels play at Soldier Field.
Connor Barwin was pleased to see gay rights gains in elections in four states, says Ganguli.
The Elias Sport Bureau awarded Whitney Mercilus an additional sack, says Robertson.
A team that’s in the playoff hunt cannot afford a letdown tonight at EverBank Field against the lowly Jaguars, says Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
The Colts have only four takeaways this season, and none in the past four games, says Chappell. “The NFL record for fewest takeaways is 11, set by the Colts in 1982 when the strike reduced the season to nine games.”
To which I say: They’ve won three in a row without a takeaway. Imagine what might happen if they get a bounce or make a play on defense.
There is no metric for command, and Trent Dilfer looks at Andrew Luck and sees that quality above all else, writes Phil Richards of the Star in a broad piece looking at how well Luck is doing. "Grit is the best way I can put it," interim Colts coach Bruce Arians said, tapping his chest with his hand. "He has a tremendous grit to him. No matter what circumstances unfold, he can handle it."
Phillip B. Wilson of the Star thinks center Samson Satele (back) won’t be able to play tonight.
Owner Shad Khan’s wide-ranging interview with Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union includes this: To me, the worst thing is to have a knee-jerk, emotional reaction. But the simple thing is, let me quote Einstein here. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting different results. If you have a losing season, what are the changes that are being done that will change the organization.
Frenette’s reaction to the Khan conversation: “Khan has to do what his business instincts tell him, not operate on the fans' timetable.”
In 69 career games, Paul Posluszny has been flagged for just four penalties, says Ryan O’Halloran. That’s remarkable.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Greg Jones and Dwight Lowery are out for tonight’s game, says O’Halloran.
Jake Locker should be back in the starting lineup, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. The question is whether he is rusty after a long layoff with a non-throwing shoulder injury.
To which I say: I’m amazed at the debate about the Titans playing him the week before the bye, since he could gain that much more recovery time. Isn’t it possible he simply doesn’t need it? Is no injured player allowed to return to the lineup if his team has a bye the next week?
There was nothing violent about the tackle that earned Matt Hasselbeck a $12,500 fine, he maintains, and he’s appealing, say Wyatt and John Glennon. Also, defensive coordinator Jerry Gray moved to the coaching booth Sunday and is going to stay there.
The Titans added defensive end Jarius Wynn, who said they want him to knock the tight end around, says Glennon.