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The key to Texans-Colts may be Jeff Linkenbach

While Tom Brady’s contract situation has dominated the headlines of late, Peyton Manning is also readying to begin his contract year without a new deal.

And it appears Manning is going to start the season with what could be the shakiest looking protection of his career.

As Florio mentioned earlier, Colts left tackle Charlie Johnson was limited in practice Wednesday.  He hasn’t fully practiced in a month.  Johnson wasn’t sure about his ability to play Sunday.  The next guy in line, Tony Ugoh, was out of practice completely.  He’s been out over two weeks.

Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star points out that undrafted rookie tackle Jeff Linkenbach is next in line to play left tackle.

Look, we know Johnson and Ugoh aren’t that great to begin with.  Peyton Manning essentially protects himself by knowing where the defense is coming from and getting rid of the ball quickly.

The Colts are pushing the limits of this replaceable parts theory, though.  They may be trusting their franchise, and Manning may be trusting his next deal, on Jeff Linkenbach matching up with Mario Williams.

If ever there was a time for the Texans to get over the hump and beat the Colts, this has to be it.

UPDATE: Ugoh was waived/injured.  Didn’t see that coming.

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15 Responses to “The key to Texans-Colts may be Jeff Linkenbach”
  1. sniperhare says: Sep 8, 2010 5:48 PM

    Come on Williams, let this be the year Jughead misses a start or 12.

  2. Crabcake says: Sep 8, 2010 5:49 PM

    Go Texans! I HATE stupid indy.

  3. kpweaver27 says: Sep 8, 2010 5:49 PM

    The Colts will probably put Brody Eldridge on the left side and help the blocking, and try and beat Houston with 4 skill players; considering Houston’s young secondary, Peyton should be able to do it. Saturday was undrafted, and Charlie Johnson was a low draft pick if i recall.

  4. Meat Tuperello says: Sep 8, 2010 5:50 PM

    We know 4’gs is sitting at home in his Tom Brady Under-roos just day dreaming of Manning getting hit.
    It is sad when the anticipation can creep into an article.
    Maybe that’s better than 4g’s day dreaming of Tom and his pet goat.

  5. ICEWALKER says: Sep 8, 2010 5:50 PM

    Didn’t Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson sing a song about him?
    Oh wait, that LUCKENBACH, Texas.

  6. stanley says: Sep 8, 2010 5:56 PM

    If Johnson wasn’t close to come back he wouldn’t praticed. Limited Participation with the colts 98%of the time means you will play.
    Plus undrafted players for the colts usually end up being better that the drafted players

  7. NYJALLFINGDAY says: Sep 8, 2010 5:57 PM

    Go Texans! It’s like David and Goliath.

  8. Vernon Howell says: Sep 8, 2010 5:58 PM

    Uogh usually sits out on wednsday practices anyway I bet any he practictes the rest of the week.

  9. YouAllAreDumb says: Sep 8, 2010 6:15 PM

    Heck they could not even beat the Colts last year in Texas when the Colts were missing Freeney and had a nonexistant secondary.

  10. rusH1023 says: Sep 8, 2010 6:29 PM

    Meat Tuperello says:
    We know 4’gs is sitting at home in his Tom Brady Under-roos just day dreaming of Manning getting hit.
    It is sad when the anticipation can creep into an article.
    Maybe that’s better than 4g’s day dreaming of Tom and his pet goat.
    Ha, no better than a Jets fan, whining incessantly about this stupid shit. Get a f’n life, loser.

  11. Topher says: Sep 8, 2010 6:33 PM

    I’ll take that bet Howell 🙂

  12. dafish says: Sep 8, 2010 6:37 PM

    Vernon, I’ll take that bet.

  13. smithopher says: Sep 8, 2010 7:31 PM

    The Texans are gonna come out and smack the Colts up… An undrafted rookie on Mario Williams equates to about 4 sacks, maybe a couple less just cause its Peyton. The Texans are real hyped about this game, you know Mario will be psyched about the tackle situation, and Peyton is gonna be quick to throw the incompletions when he knows Mario is coming on the blindside with no solid protection. The Colts will be good this year but they’re gonna have to get healthy guys on pass protection before Peyton gets hurt.

  14. aj says: Sep 8, 2010 9:21 PM

    For the record, the Texans have young corners. Their safeties – at least three of them – are multi-year vets.

  15. RavensChick says: Sep 9, 2010 3:49 PM

    This is the year when the Colt’s rag-tag OL finally catches up to them by getting Manning hurt, regardless of Peyton’s quick release.

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