AFC South links: Ward calls it quits

Houston Texans

Derrick Ward announced his retirement Tuesday. The running back rushed for 469 yards and six touchdowns during his two seasons in Houston.

Indianapolis Colts

Former Colts tight end Brody Eldridge has been suspended four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, reports KMOV.com.

The Salt Lake Tribune has a profile on new Colts assistant special-teams coach Brant Boyer, who spent 10 years in the NFL as a player, including six seasons in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Could television blackouts of Jaguars games be a thing of the past in Jacksonville? NFL owners passed a resolution that gives teams the option of allowing local telecasts even if 15 percent of non-premium tickets are unsold, reports Morris News Service's Vito Stellino.

Tennessee Titans

Despite leading the team last season with 74 receptions, Nate Washington seems like the afterthought of the Titans receiving corps going into the 2012 season -- but that suits Washington just fine, writes The Tennessean's David Climer. “It’s kind of funny to be the old man in the room,” Washington said. “I’m very blessed to be here this long, looking forward to another season and having these guys looking to me for leadership."

The Titans selected SMU defensive end Taylor Thompson in the fifth round of this year's draft, but if things work out the way the team plans, Thompson won't take one snap on defense, writes National Football Authority's Kris Knox.