ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Colts "still expect" Andrew Luck (shoulder) to start Thursday night's Week 5 game against the Texans.
The Colts re-signed QB Josh Johnson earlier Wednesday. He served as the Colts' backup to Matt Hasselbeck in Week 4, and speculation began to run rampant again that Luck wasn't going to be ready for tomorrow night's start. Hasselbeck has missed practice being sick this week. Johnson is just depth. The Colts will conduct practice today and likely label Luck as questionable or probable for Week 5. Most indications, however, are that he'll be under center against Houston.
Victor Cruz (calf) is not practicing Wednesday.
It'd probably be best to just temporarily suspend blurbs on Cruz until he does practice. Dwayne Harris handled slot duties for the Giants Week 4.
Colts placed CB Jalil Brown on injured reserve with a groin injury, ending his season.
Brown started the past three games opposite Vontae Davis, but was getting torched in coverage and last just seven snaps before getting hurt Week 4. The Colts get a boost with LCB Greg Toler (neck) coming back this week.
Colts re-signed QB Josh Johnson.
Here we go again. Johnson held the clipboard as the No. 2 for Matt Hasselbeck in Week 4 when Andrew Luck (shoulder) sat out. With Luck and Hasselbeck (illness) dinged up, Johnson is insurance. Luck's status for Thursday night's Week 5 tilt with the Texans is unclear. We'll hope to get some answers Wednesday.
Coach Rex Ryan confirmed Anthony Dixon will be the Bills' No. 1 running back Week 5 against the Titans if Karlos Williams (concussion) can't play.
This also assumes LeSean McCoy (hamstring) won't be ready. Dixon is a 233-pound plodder with a career 3.4 YPC average. He's mainly a special teams player. If he were to get the start, it'd be hard to get excited about Dixon. Boom Herron and Cierre Wood would also be in the mix. Ryan "hopes" to have Williams.
Karlos Williams (concussion) will not practice Wednesday.
Williams remains in the league's concussion protocol. Coach Rex Ryan hopes to have Williams available Week 5 against the Titans, but said Anthony Dixon will get the start if Williams and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) can't play.
Broncos SS T.J. Ward has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 4.
Ward wreaked havoc on Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings Sunday. He recorded two sacks, a hit, and a hurry as a pass rusher, while also forcing a fumble. Not known as a cover safety, Ward also received strong marks from Pro Football Focus in that area Week 4. He's another game-changer on defense in Denver.
Panthers CB Josh Norman has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 4.
This comes on the heels of winning NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors in September. Norman picked off two Jameis Winston passes last Sunday, returning one for a touchdown. Norman flashed true shutdown potential in 2014 and has put it all together so far this season. He's PFF's No. 1 corner by a wide margin. All Norman sees is money signs, as he's in a contract year.