AFC South Notes: Colts, Jaguars, Texans



  • Per the Athletic’s Zak Keefer, Colts TE Eric Ebron tweeted that he had been dealing with ankle pain since before the start of the season. He had been hoping to push surgery to the offseason but the pain became too much. 
  • Colts HC Frank Reich said the injury got worse last week and prompted the team to place Ebron on injured reserve: “He came in last week and it flared up on him a little bit, so we ended up having to make the move we made.” (Stephen Holder)
  • Reich said the team deferred to Ebron when he wanted to go ahead and get surgery: “This was the decision he felt he had to make.” (Holder)
  • Colts RB Marlon Mack has been ruled out for this week’s game. (Adam Schefter)


Since turning back to QB Nick Foles, the Jaguars have lost two straight games to division rivals. Neither game has been particularly close either, with the Colts and Titans blowing out Jacksonville in consecutive weeks. Jaguars HC Doug Marrone said, however, the team is not considering going back to sixth-round rookie QB Gardner Minshew, who had a 4-5 record as Jacksonville’s starter while Foles was out with a broken collarbone. 

“We got to figure it out with the guys we have,” Marrone said via’s Gene Frenette. “You got to keep fighting. You got to keep trying. If you just say, ‘Hey, we’re going to get it corrected and you keep things the same.’ I can’t live like that. That’s not how I live my life. I don’t believe in that. It’s very difficult. We’re going to go back, look again and probably try to find something else. Because obviously, what we’ve been doing hasn’t worked.”

  • Marrone told reporters after Sunday’s game that he’s not considering a change at defensive coordinator from current coach Todd Wash either. (Michael DiRocco)
  • Jaguars LB Jake Ryan is suing an insurance company for failing to pay out $5 million after he bought a loss of value policy in 2018, the final year of his rookie deal with the Packers. Ryan signed a two-year, $7.5 million deal with the Jaguars after tearing his ACL during training camp that year. (TMZ)
  • Ryan claims the policy was in place on July 25, 2018, and he received documentation in the mail on July 28. However, he tore his ACL on July 30 and the insurance company is claiming his $150,000 initial payment wasn’t paid until the day after. 


  • Per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Texans HC Bill O’Brien said he didn’t have any lingering grudges from Houston’s failed pursuit of Patriots executive Nick Caserio for their general manager position: “In that instance, it didn’t work out. There’s no hard feelings. I have a lot of respect for the Patriots. I have a lot of close friends on the staff.”
  • The Texans withdrew their interest in Caserio after the Patriots filed tampering charges against the organization. 

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