Checking In on AFC South Preseasons

JagNation is keeping you updated with reports of what is going on with the Jaguars preseason. Nearly as important as what's going on with your Jaguars, is what's going on with their immediate competition in the AFC South. Here are some reports from the Jaguars division rivals.

Tennessee Titans

-RT David Stewart had arthroscopic surgery on his knee to repair a flap tear and will probably miss the rest of the preseason.

-LB Keith Bulluck could be slowed with a left calf strain

-WR Lavelle Hawkins will likely miss a week or more with a sprained left ankle suffered on a kickoff return.

-CB Cary Williams re-injured his quadriceps against Oakland.

-K Rob Bironas (groin) should begin kicking this week and might be available Friday against Atlanta.

-TE Dwayne Blakley (groin) could return this week.

-RB Chris Johnson has been a lightning bolt as a running back, but struggled on kickoff returns with an end-zone muff for a touchback.

-QB Vince Young was just four of 13 for 37 yards against Oakland, and many of his passes were complete uncatchable. He missed on his final six throws of the game before being replaced by Kerry Collins with seven minutes to go in the first half as the Titans began their substitution process.

Coming off a season in which he threw just nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions, Young was tutored in improving his footwork in the offseason, but thus far, the accuracy has still been inconsistent through much of camp and preseason.

"He was very good at where to go and went through his progressions. That was not a problem. He was sharp. The incomplete passes and things, you look at the numbers and say he struggled," Fisher said. "There's reasons for the things that happened each play. He did misfire on a couple of them. He had people in his face on a couple of plays.

"He couldn't step up and follow through and threw a couple of balls short. He had a potential touchdown pass batted down on the line of scrimmage. He made some good throws."


Houston Texans

-OT Ephraim Salaam will miss two to three more weeks with a knee scope. He should be back by the start of the season and will resume his role as the swing tackle.

-RB Ahman Green tweaked his groin during the first play of the team's opening preseason game. His status this week is unknown. He didn't play against the Saints.

-Rookie RB Steve Slaton led the Texans with 57 rushing yards on 13 carries in his first preseason game. He played mostly the fourth quarter.

-LT Duane Brown played solidly in his first NFL action. He played the entire first half and didn't give up a sack. The entire offensive line struggled to open holes in the running game.

-QB Matt Schaub couldn't have had a much better outing in the second preseason game. He completed 14 of 16 passes for 187 yards and threw two touchdowns. With the running game struggling, Schaub found the most open receivers and got rid of the ball fast. His decision-making was exceptional.

-WR Jacoby Jones is competing for the No. 4 receiver position with David Anderson. Jones has struggled in the preseason, especially in securing the ball on punt returns. He and Alex Brink made a mistake on a reverse as well in the second preseason game. Anderson is making few mistakes and has the edge on Jones at this point.

-RB Chris Taylor had to leave the game against the Saints early on Saturday because of cramping. He received IVs and was feeling better. He will be available this week.

-OT Cliff Washburn was signed to help provide depth during camp while Ephraim Salaam continues to nurse an injured knee.

-WR Kevin Walter spent the offseason trying to focus on improving the yards he collects after the catch. It seems to be paying off.

Walter had the best night for a receiver in preseason franchise history -- catching six passes from Matt Schaub for 100 yards and one touchdown. His longest catch was for 27 yards. Walter said after watching a near-perfect performance from Schaub and some good outings all-around on offense, he looks forward to seeing just what this offense can do this season.

-RB Chris Brown has proven in the past that he is a legitimate NFL running back. He has been a 1,000-yard rusher. He's found his way into the end zone 18 times in five seasons.

That means nothing this season, though. And Brown is well aware of that. Another season is about to get under way and the 27-year-old must prove that he still belongs on the field.

Saturday against the Saints, Brown got his first opportunity to start making his case. After missing a week of practice because of back spasms, Brown was held out of last week's game against the Broncos.

With Ahman Green out because of a strained groin, Brown spent most of the first two quarters running with the first team. He finished with eight carries for 19 yards. He will likely be a significant part of the game plan in week three against the Dallas Cowboys as well. The starters are expected to play the first three quarters.

Brown passed the first test last weekend by simply making through almost an entire half without having to leave with an injury. He has said ever since returning from the back injury, it hasn't bothered him at all.


Indianapolis Colts

-DE Curtis Johnson, a rookie, suffered a shoulder injury in the second half of the Atlanta game and rookie DT Eric Foster limped to the sideline after being kicked in the calf. There were no immediate updates on their injuries afterward.

-G Mike Pollak is still considered a strong candidate to earn a starting job at right offensive guard. He was competing with veteran Charlie Johnson for the position.

-TE Tom Santi has begun rehab work from surgery done in early July to remove an infected bursa sac in his knee. Coaches are hopeful that he can be elevated from the physically-unable-to-perform list within the next couple of weeks.

-LB Philip Wheeler has begun rehab work on his injured knee. Wheeler underwent minor surgery on the knee two weeks ago and could be back on the practice field sooner rather than later.

-LB Clint Session had been bothered by a calf injury during the early portion of training camp. But the second-year player from the University of Pittsburgh has more than made up for lost time. Session has been hitting anything that's moved, including RB Joseph Addai during a blitz-pickup drills between the running backs, tight ends and the linebackers. Session put Addai on his back on one strong bull rush, prompting running backs coach Gene Huey to ask for a rematch. That one ended up in a draw.

-PK Adam Crossett remains with the team. Crossett took turns handling both the punting and placekicking for the Colts in their preseason game at Atlanta.

-LB Dedrick Harrington was placed on the waived/injured list. There was no announcement on what type of injury Harrington suffered.


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