AFC Notes: Broncos, Colts, Titans


  • James Palmer mentions that Broncos WR Courtland Sutton (shoulder) could be in a situation where he tests his injury before the game to see if he’s going to be able to play. As of right now, Sutton is considered a 50-50 to play in Week 2. 
  • Broncos second-round WR K.J. Hamler will make his NFL debut on Sunday after dealing with a hamstring injury throughout camp. (James Palmer)


Colts HC Frank Reich said the team being without TEs Jack Doyle and Trey Burton will require “minor tweaks” to their offense for Week 2 with Mo Alie-Cox and Noah Togiai as their two starters.

“No — well, minor tweaks, but nothing substantial. And that’s all normal stuff. So, yeah, those guys will be ready to go. Mo’s ready. You know, Mo’s been getting better every year since we’ve been here; we’ve got a lot of confidence in him and I trust Mo will have a good game. And Noah has done a great job of learning the system very quickly and giving us confidence to have him in there,” said Reich, via Andrew Walker of the team’s official site

As for Colts’ second-round RB Jonathan Taylor set to make his first NFL start, Reich praised the rookie’s maturity and ability to contribute in pass protection. 

“I mean, he’s just shown it from Day 1, just the maturity and then obviously the talent that he has — it just shows up. But, you know, you’ve gotta be able to handle all the pass protection stuff, you’ve got to be able to understand (that) to play every down, you’ve got to know what you’re doing, and he’s done a very good job. He’s studied very hard — Coach (Tom) Rathman has done a good job getting him ready — but Jonathan has really worked hard at it. So I’m excited for him, and looking forward to seeing how he responds and get him going a little bit,” said Reich. 

Reich added that Colts RB Jordan Wilkins provides a “good change of pace” as a backup alongside Taylor and Nyheim Hines. 

“Jordan will be a good chance of pace. I mean, he’s a very talented runner; he’s just a very talented runner. He’s explosive, he’s got good vision, he’s got good patience, he can accelerate through the hole. We’ve got a lot of confidence in Jordan. I mean, he just never really has had an opportunity to get a ton of carries. He’s had a couple injuries here and there that have kind of hampered that a little bit. But we’re excited for Jordan (and) feel a lot of confidence in him, so between he and Nyheim (Hines) and Jonathan (Taylor), (we) feel like the backfield is in good hands.”


  • Jim Wyatt of the team’s official site writes that Titans’ third-round RB Darrynton Evans (hamstring) may require “a week or two” to be activated from their Non-Football Injury list. 
  • Wyatt added that he’s unsure when Titans CB Adoree Jackson (knee, injured reserve) will be completely recovered and able to start. 
  • Paul Kuharsky writes that Titans OLB Vic Beasley will not make his debut for the team in Week 2 after being a full participant in Thursday and Friday’s practice. 
  • Kuharsky notes that Beasley is currently listed as questionable for Week 2, but missed all of the Titans’ training camp, had a 10-day unexcused absence in their offseason program, and was placed on the Non-Football Injury list after failing his medical. 
  • According to Kuharsky, the Titans “couldn’t find” Beasley for a couple of days after not reporting to training camp and was fined $500,000 for the unexcused absence.

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