Reading the coverage: Wayne would go for it

Houston Texans

Dominique Barber will start at free safety, says John McClain.

Expect a slimmer Steve Slaton next year, says Jerome Solomon.

The top two linebackers from the 2009 draft, Brian Cushing and Aaron Curry, will be on opposite sidelines Sunday, says McClain.

Who blocks the best has a lot to do with who plays running back for the Texans, says Alan Burge.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are masters of the two-minute drill, says Phil Richards.

Joseph Addai says desire is a key in those two-minutes situations, writes Richards.

Darrell Reid’s found a home on the Denver defense, says Phillip B. Wilson.

Home field is the ultimate regular-season objective, says John Oehser.

If asked, Reggie Wayne would tell the Colts they should go for 16-0, says Chappell.

Wayne understands some weeks he will not get big numbers, writes Oehser.

Charlie Johnson and Tony Ugoh returned to practice, but Ryan Diem was out, says Oehser.

The Colts post-Marvin Harrison have been just fine, says Thomas George.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville’s veterans know what’s at stake, writes Vito Stellino.

Chad Henne’s development makes it tough to prepare for Miami’s mix on offense, says Michael C. Wright.

“Jacksonville City Hall will spend about $150,000 to throw a four-hour party outside of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium next week for a game that civic backers now admit might not sell out,” says Larry Hannan.

Wright looks back on Gene Smith’s emphasis on drafting character. (My Thursday column on Smith is here.)

If the Jaguars get in, they would be the worst playoff team in recent memory, says Dan Graziano.

It’s best for the Jaguars if the Colts win this weekend, says Vic Ketchman.

Tennessee Titans

Vince Young aggravated his right knee injury and couldn’t finish practice, says Jim Wyatt.

The Titans remember how improbable the playoffs were in 2006 and how close they came anyway, says Gary Estwick.

Tony Brown was fined $10,000 for his incident with Kyle DeVan, reports Jim Wyatt. Brown, usually a stand-up guy, still hasn’t answered for it.

What Chris Johnson needs to reach some big milestones, from Terry McCormick.