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Colts roar back to take command of AFC South

NASHVILLE — The Colts dug another hole. This time, they came back.

Donald Brown ran for two touchdowns as Indianapolis beat Tennessee 30-27 Thursday after trailing 14-0 in the first quarter and 17-6 at halftime.

"At the end of the day, winning is what matters," said Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who was 23-of-36 for 232 yards and ran for a touchdown. "We were fortunate in this game to survive our mistakes."

The win came after a 38-8 home loss to the Rams in which the Colts trailed 28-0 at halftime. They now are 8-0 after losses under second-year coach Chuck Pagano.

Indianapolis also took charge of the AFC South, too. It leads second-place Tennessee by three games and has beaten all three division opponents on the road.

Indianapolis took a 30-20 lead on Brown's 11-yard run with 3:01 left. Ryan Fitzpatrick drove the Titans 80 yards in four plays, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Delanie Walker with 1:54 left. But the Colts recovered the onside kick.

Chris Johnson ran for two touchdowns and 70 yards in the first quarter for the Titans but only 16 yards after that. The Titans, who on Sunday fell to the previous winless Jaguars, have lost five of six.

"We have to find a way to pull these games out at the end," Fitzpatrick said. "It's a tough locker room in there. That's two in a row that kind of slipped away from us. Two big ones, two costly ones."

Jets sign Reed

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets signed five-time All-Pro safety Ed Reed, who was released Tuesday by Houston and cleared waivers Wednesday.

Jets coach Rex Ryan was on the Ravens' staff when Reed started his career there in 2002 out of Miami and was his defensive coordinator from 2005-08.

Reed, 35, left Baltimore as a free agent after last season and signed a three-year, $15 million deal with Houston. He missed the first two games after offseason hip surgery, then as a backup made just 16 tackles with no interceptions. But he said he still has enough talent left to contribute.

"I don't think I'd be here if they didn't think that," said Reed, who likely will play Sunday. "I'm ready to go. You'll see."

Incognito grievance: Dolphins guard Richie Incognito filed a grievance against the team over his suspension related to his alleged bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin. Incognito is not being paid during the suspension. Martin is scheduled to meet with Ted Wells, the independent investigator hired by the NFL, today. There is no timetable for a hearing on the grievance.

More Dolphins: Backup offensive tackle Will Yeatman is out for the season after tearing his right ACL during practice Wednesday, multiple media outlets reported. Also, receiver Mike Wallace was limited at practice by a hamstring injury. The team does not comment on injuries, so his status is unknown.

Harvin might play: Receiver Percy Harvin was a full participant in practice for the first time since surgery for a torn labrum in his hip Aug. 1. The team hopes the former Florida Gator can play Sunday against the Vikings, who traded him during the offseason.

Bills: Receiver Stevie Johnson missed practice with a sore groin and likely will sit out Sunday.

Broncos: Quarterback Peyton Manning practiced on a limited basis a day after sitting out to rest his sore right ankle. Manning and interim coach Jack Del Rio insisted he will play Sunday.

Falcons: Tight end Tony Gonzalez missed his second practice with a toe injury and receiver Harry Douglas his first with a knee injury. Their status for Sunday against the Bucs hasn't been determined.

49ers: Linebacker Aldon Smith will play "a lot" on Sunday, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. Last week, his first game since completing treatment for alcohol abuse, he played only 12 snaps. Also, rookie running back Marcus Lattimore, who dislocated his right kneecap and tore knee ligaments during a game for South Carolina on Oct. 27, 2012, is expected to start practicing next week. His status for the rest of the season hasn't been determined.

Packers: Cornerback Casey Hayward will miss several weeks after aggravating a hamstring injury Sunday against the Eagles. The team did not disclose a specific timetable.

Patriots: Starting cornerback Aqib Talib, who has missed three games with a hip flexor, said he hopes to return Monday.

Raiders: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor practiced a day after sitting out with a sprained knee. But he split reps with undrafted rookie Matt McGloin. Also, starting right tackle Tony Pashos, who has missed four of the past five games with a hip flexor, said he expects to play Sunday.

Texans: Surgery on running back Arian Foster's herniated disc went well, the team said. He is out for the season but expected to be ready for offseason workouts. Also, punter Shane Lechler was hospitalized with the flu, but the team expects him to play Sunday.

Colts roar back to take command of AFC South 11/14/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 12:27am]
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