AFC Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans, Titans

     

Colts

  • The Colts are hosting LB Najee Goode for a visit this week. (Albert Breer)
  • Colts signed LB Jonas Griffith to their practice squad. (NFLTR)

Jaguars

  • According to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco, the Jaguars have opened the 21-day practice window for S Jarrod Wilson to be designated to return from injured reserve. 
  • Jaguars HC Doug Marrone isn’t optimistic about CB D.J. Hayden being available this week against the Texans because of his hamstring injury. Hayden was later placed on injured reserve. 
  • However, Marrone says WR Laviska Shenault (hamstring), LB Myles Jack (ankle), LT Cam Robinson (knee), CB C.J. Henderson and C Brandon Linder (knee) all could play this week.  

Texans

  • Per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, former Texans OT Eric Winston says new interim HC Romeo Crennel has a much different style than Bill O’Brien: “He’s not a loud guy. He’s not a yeller or a screamer. He doesn’t get in anybody’s face, but I think he kind of plainly sets forward the objectives and what he thinks needs to be done to win games. I’m sure they know that already.”
  • ESPN Radio’s John Granato reports O’Brien had a heated exchange with Texans DL J.J. Watt two weeks ago in which Watt called him out for his coaching ability. It started the player revolt which cost O’Brien his job. 
  • John McClain of the Houston Chronicle notes shouting matches between O’Brien and other players and coaches weren’t uncommon. But there was a lot less patience for his style when the team was losing. 
  • Multiple Texans players confirmed to NFL Media’s James Palmer that O’Brien had lost the locker room. 
  • Watt declined to discuss any specifics about events in practice and told reporters he was ready to turn the page: “I don’t know, I’m not going to talk about what happened at practice and what conversations were had. Right now, we have a fresh start.” (Wilson)
  • As far as the team’s decision to fire O’Brien, Watt added: “When you have the talent that we have, especially at the quarterback position, you can’t be 0-4.” (Aaron Reiss)

Titans

  • According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL and NFLPA are investigating whether any Titans players gathered away for unauthorized workouts while the team facility was closed. 
  • The team was told to have no contact while they waited for the COVID-19 outbreak to subside. The league and union are already investigating Tennessee for other protocol violations. 
  • Paul Kuharsky confirms there were 15 players who met for a workout on September 30 at a local high school. The group included QB Ryan Tannehill
  • News Channel 5’s Steve Layman also confirms the report from Kuharsy.
  • In another report, the Titans defensive backfield appeared to hold a workout at a separate school on September 30, per Kuharsky.
  • Kuharsky notes the NFL did not add language concerning a possible forfeit until after the Titans workout violations had occurred, which make a retroactive punishment less likely. 
  • Forfeiting games has not been part of the conversation around the Titans discipline so far. (Judy Battista)
  • However, the Titans won’t get off easy as league circles are buzzing about a potentially “historic” punishment for numerous COVID-19 protocol violations: “Especially if Troy [Vincent] was the one that told them not to practice.” (Pro Football Talk)
  • The Titans are bringing in two long snappers for workouts this week including Colin Holba and Matt Overton. (Albert Breer)
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