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News around the AFC: Colts waive Shaquille Leonard, Titans OT Chris Hubbard suffers a season-ending injury, and more

Your weekly roundup of news in the AFC from SB Nation blog sites

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AFC SOUTH:


Indianapolis Colts (via Stampede Blue)

Report: Colts waive All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard

The Colts part ways with former All-Pro linebacker Shaq Leonard

“According to Mike Chappell, Leonard did not ask to be released. The move was ‘a personnel decision,’ and the team still owes him $6.1 million throughout the rest of the season.”

Colts TE Jelani Woods suffers setback with other hamstring during rehab process

Colts 2nd-year tight end Jelani Woods’ initial hamstring injury could ultimately end up being season-ending.

“According to his head coach Shane Steichen, Indianapolis Colts tight end Jelani Woods has suffered a setback during his rehab from a hamstring injury—with his other hamstring.”

Houston Texans (via Battle Red Blog)

The Value of Things: The Ins and Outs of Texans vs. Cardinals

What was the great, good, and bad from Sunday’s 21-16 win?

The Texans play a very entertaining brand of football and more than anything else that is the bottom line. After all, we could be playing golf, fishing, or dare I say shopping during those three hours. The Texans make those three hours worth it win or lose because you can guarantee you will see something you haven’t seen in a very long time. As I sit here, I have no idea how the season will turn out and that by itself is a breath of fresh air as compared to seasons past.”

Houston Texans’ C.J. Stroud to Tank Dell: Most unstoppable rookie combo ever?

Hard to remember the last time two rookies cooked like this.

“Former Ohio State Buckeye turned second overall pick by the Houston Texans C.J. Stroud currently has 223 completions on 355 attempts for 2962 yards, 17 touchdowns, five interceptions, a 99.3 quarterback rating, several rookie records and a jersey in the NFL Hall of Fame. His Week 9 obliteration of the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s pass defense brought 470 of those yards, with five touchdowns and no picks. Hence the Hall nod.

In those impressive Stroud stats lies the contribution from fellow rookie, third round pick Nathaniel “Tank” Dell. Over the course of seven starts, Dell has caught 42 of Stroud’s 223 completions, for 659 of Stroud’s air yards and six of his touchdowns.”

Tennessee Titans (via Music City Miracles)

Where has Titans OLB Arden Key gone?

Tennessee Titans pass rusher Arden Key has disappeared in recent weeks

“Key has amassed just four pressures, zero sacks, zero quarterback hits, and four hurries via 100 pass-rushing snaps in Tennessee’s latest four contests. The Titans have compiled a 1-3 record throughout Key’s lackluster stretch. It’s starkly different from Key’s early-season outputs as a Titan. In the first six games, Key accumulated 20 pressures, 2.5 sacks, and 15 hurries. Key’s production has disappeared.”

Report: Titans OT Chris Hubbard suffered a season-ending injury

The Titans will be without their starting right tackle for the rest of the 2023 season

“Tennessee Titans right tackle Chris Hubbard suffered a season-ending injury in Sunday’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Hubbard exited the contest with an elbow injury. Hubbard was quickly ruled OUT, which indicated it was a serious injury.”

Mike Vrabel isn’t going to make staff changes in season

That actually makes sense this season

“It’s pretty crazy to think that Vrabel would make any changes to the Tennessee Titans coaching staff. Remember last year when Todd Downing was a terrible offensive coordinator and Tim Kelly was on the staff who we all knew Vrabel was going to make the next offensive coordinator and Vrabel didn’t fire Downing when he could have given Kelly some early reps for 2023? That’s a heck of a run-on sentence, but it’s all completely true. If Vrabel didn’t fire Downing in that scenario he’s never going to make an in-season change.”

AFC EAST:


Miami Dolphins (via The Phinsider)

Dolphins running back Salvon Ahmed to IR

The Miami Dolphins are placing running back Salvon Ahmed on injured reserve, essentially ending his season.

“The Miami Dolphins are moving running back Salvon Ahmed to injured reserve with a foot injury. The move essentially ends Ahmed’s 2023 season with the team having already used six of their eight allocations to return players from IR. The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson first reported the roster move. The Dolphins confirmed the move shortly after Jackson’s report.”

New England Patriots (via Pats Pulpit)

Bill Belichick keeps starting quarterback a mystery ahead of Giants game

Jones was benched for Zappe in Week 10.

“Throughout his nine minute press conference, Belichick used some form of “be ready/prepared to go” 12 times when fielding questions about the quarterback position. That now leaves four players - Mac Jones, Bailey Zappe, Will Grier, and Malik Cunningham - as the ones who need to be ready to go.

Speaking on Monday, offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien hinted that this week of practice will be key in deciding the starting quarterback. Belichick, however, would not expand on the idea of a competition.”

Buffalo Bills (via Buffalo Rumblings)

Buffalo Bills break several NFL, franchise records during Week 11 win over New York Jets

A record-setting beating of the Jets on Sunday gave Bills Mafia something to shout about on Monday!

“For the first time in more than a month, the Buffalo Bills gave fans something to really cheer about as they beat the New York Jets easily on Sunday afternoon. But the cheering goes beyond the 32-6 score, it’s for the new life that was breathed into the 2023 season and all that could be.”

New York Jets (via Gang Green Nation)

Tim Boyle to start at quarterback for Jets in Week 12 vs. Dolphins

Zach Wilson goes to the bench.

“During the second half of the Jets’ Week 11 loss to the Buffalo Bills, head coach Robert Saleh made a quarterback change. Tim Boyle took over for Zach Wilson.

It appears that was more than a temporary change. Boyle is set to start at quarterback for the Jets on Friday against the Dolphins.”

AFC WEST:


Kansas City Chiefs (via Arrowhead Pride)

The Chiefs’ coordinators are not taking Sunday’s matchup with the Raiders lightly

Following a disappointing loss, Kansas City’s next opponent will not be an easy ‘get right’ opportunity.

“Following the Kansas City Chiefs’ disappointing 21-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the team’s coordinators don’t see an easy opponent in Sunday’s matchup against the 5-6 Las Vegas Raiders.

For offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, defensive end Maxx Crosby — one of the league’s best pass rushers — will be a player to watch.”

Denver Broncos (via Mile High Report)

Report: Kareem Jackson’s four game suspension has been upheld

Jackson appealed his lastest four-game suspension but this time, he will not see his suspension reduced.

“As we know, the NFL hammered Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson with another four-game suspension after his hit on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Dobbs. He received a four-game suspension earlier this season, but after an appeals process, it was reduced to just two games. Well, this time, Jackson will not see his suspension reduced.”

Los Angeles Chargers (via Bolts from the Blue)

Chargers Daily Links: Joey Bosa heads to IR but is that the last we have seen of him in a Chargers uniform?

Joey Bosa is out for at least four weeks after suffering a foot sprain early on in the Week 11 game at Lambeau Field but will that have been his last action after eight years as a Charger?

“Joey Bosa has been diagnosed with a foot sprain following his first quarter exit in last week’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. The eight year veteran left the field in obvious agony and was very emotional afterwards seemingly expecting the worst news that he had reinjured the same right foot that he had previously had surgery on. The early news was that his xray was clean meaning there were no broken bones or major muscle tears however examinations following that showed he had a foot sprain and will miss at least four weeks as he heads to the injured reserve list.”

Las Vegas Raiders (via Silver and Black Pride)

Raiders rookie watch: Tough overall day at Miami

Like the rest of the team, rookies had some rough moments in loss

“Three of the team’s nine draft picks were inactive for the game. They were defensive tackles, third-round pick Byron Young and seventh-round pick, Nesta Jade Silvera and sixth-round pick, linebacker Amari Burney, He had been playing, but the linebacker group got healthy and he was back to being inactive.”

AFC NORTH:


Cincinnati Bengals (via Cincy Jungle)

Joe Burrow likely out for season

Brutal news for the Bengals and their playoff hopes.

“The Athletic reporter Paul Dehner says Burrow’s season is likely over due to a ligament tear in his wrist that will require surgery.

Taylor has since confirmed the news.”

Baltimore Ravens (via Baltimore Beatdown)

John Harbaugh reveals Mark Andrews injury ‘wasn’t as bad as initially feared’

There is a “outside chance” that the Ravens top pass catcher could return to action at some point this season.

“The Baltimore Ravens may not have to be without their top pass catcher for the remainder of the season after further tests and evaluation revealed that three-time Pro Bowl Mark Andrews’ serious ankle injury he suffered in Week 11 may not be a season-ender, according to Head Coach John Harbaugh.”

Pittsburgh Steelers (via Behind the Steel Curtain)

Steelers fire offensive coordinator Matt Canada

The Pittsburgh Steelers have fired offensive coordinator Matt Canada despite being the the playoff mix.

“Running backs coach Eddie Faulkner is expected to take over at offensive coordinator, while quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan is expected to call plays for the offense, NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissoro reports.

Canada has been the team’s offensive coordinator since the 2021 season, after spending a year working as the quarterbacks coach, once former OC Randy Fitchner did not have his contract renewed. Since then, the offense has sputtered tremendously in terms of yardage and scoring production. Still, the team elected to renew Canada’s contract for another year to keep him on through the 2023 season, making the news all the more surprising given the team’s historical displays of loyalty.”

Cleveland Browns (via Dawgs by Nature)

Browns lose key defender for season with biceps injury

Another Browns injury, this time safety Rodney McLeod will miss the rest of the season

“With Juan Thornhill missing time and DC Jim Schwartz’s use of three safeties at times, McLeod has been a key component of the defense.

Undrafted safeties D’Anthony Bell and Ronnie Hickman are currently slated to provide depth behind Grant Delpit and Thornhill (if/when he is back on the field).

GM Andrew Berry could scour the free agent market for a veteran to help provide depth to the safety room as well.”