Titans coach Vrabel not a fan of Byard's celebration
Houston Texans: The bye week comes at a good time for recent trade acquisition Demaryius Thomas. The veteran receiver will be able to dig deep into the playbook after playing against the Denver Broncos -- his former team -- just five days after being acquired. "Now, we can kind of take a step back and really go back into what we call the basic information, teach him the formations, teach him the routes, the protections, how the protections fit with the routes that he's running and things like that and the technique of the route," Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters. "He's a really good pro, as I said after the game, he's going to do a great job of learning." Thomas made three catches for 61 yards against Denver in his team debut.
Indianapolis Colts: Quarterback Andrew Luck has been on a roll, and the team hopes it continues after the bye week. Luck has thrown three or more touchdown passes in five straight games -- 18 overall during the stretch -- while halting all talk about whether his shoulder is 100 percent. He has fired 23 touchdown passes and is just nine away from the second-highest total of his career. His career best of 40 also could be topped later this season. Luck could have wideout Ryan Grant back on the field for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars after Grant missed the previous two games with an ankle injury. Grant has 26 receptions for 270 yards and one score.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Quarterback Blake Bortles pronounced himself as fit and ready for Sunday's game against Indianapolis. Bortles injured his non-throwing shoulder against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 28 and then had a bye week to help him recuperate. "I'm ready to go -- better than ever," Bortles told reporters. "It's just banged up -- no different than anybody else getting a nick or a bruise or whatever. It's part of playing an NFL football season. It's going to happen at some point. There isn't anybody playing that feels 100 percent healthy and is totally good to go." The Jaguars also are hoping to have running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring) back in the lineup. He last played in Week 4 against the New York Jets.
Tennessee Titans: Safety Kevin Byard made a key interception in Monday's win over the Dallas Cowboys, but his dash to celebrate and dance on the midfield star at AT&T Stadium wasn't well-received by first-year coach Mike Vrabel. "I'm not, and I won't be," Vrabel told reporters. "That's not what we want as an organization, and that's not what I want as a head coach. I want our guys to play as hard as they possibly can for each other, between the whistle, and as physical and aggressive and as clean as they possibly can." Vrabel discussed the matter with Byard after Monday's game and again the following day. "I understand that act looked selfish and that's why we had a talk about that," Byard said. "I don't want to be in the doghouse, or end up in the doghouse over a celebration."
--Field Level Media
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