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Colts win as Luck sits

Colts receiver Andre Johnson scores one of his two TDs against the Texans.

Associated Press

Colts receiver Andre Johnson scores one of his two TDs against the Texans.

HOUSTON — Andre Johnson had two touchdown catches against his former team and the Colts beat the Texans 27-20 Thursday night.

Johnson, who spent his first 12 seasons in Houston before he was released in March, pushed the lead to 27-17 with a 2-yard touchdown reception from Matt Hasselbeck in the fourth quarter. Johnson finished with six catches for 77 yards.

Hasselbeck, 40, filled in for Andrew Luck, who missed his second straight game with a shoulder injury. The Colts extended their AFC South winning streak to an NFL-record 16 games.

Brian Hoyer, who replaced Ryan Mallett for Houston in the second quarter, was intercepted by safety Mike Adams with less than two minutes left.

Dolphins shakeup continues

The Dolphins fired defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle and named Lou Anarumo his replacement. Coach Joe Philbin was fired Monday.

Anarumo, 49, spent the past four years working on Coyle's staff as Dolphins defensive backs coach.

In addition to overseeing one of the worst statistical defenses, Coyle was unpopular with many players. Most said they were surprised he lasted this long.

The defense ranks last against the run (160.5 yards), last in sacks (one), 30th in total defense (399.5) and 25th in yards per play allowed (5.9).

The last time Anarumo was a defensive coordinator was 1994, at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He didn't say how he planned to improve the defense: "I found out about an hour ago that I got this job. It's a little bit early to say."

LINDY INFANTE DIES: Lindy Infante, a Gator tailback from 1960–62 who went on to coach the Packers and Colts, died Thursday in St. Augustine at 75. His wife, Stephanie, cited a lengthy illness. Mr. Infante was 36-60 in six years as an NFL head coach. He was the coach of the year in 1989 with Green Bay, but his only postseason appearance came in 1996 when his Colts lost a wild-card game to the Steelers 42-14. Mr. Infante also was offensive coordinator for the Bengals (1982) and Browns (1986-87). He was a UF assistant coach from 1966-71, notably recruiting legendary receiver Carlos Alvarez. "He was the consummate father, husband & coach," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said on Twitter. Harbaugh was the Colts' starting quarterback in 1996.

BEARS: Receiver Alshon Jeffery's ailing hamstring continues to limit him, and on Sunday he could miss his fourth consecutive game Sunday at the Chiefs.

COWBOYS: Coach Jason Garrett said the team talked with defensive end Greg Hardy about Hardy's comments about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen. On Tuesday Hardy said: "Have you seen his wife? I hope she comes to the game; I hope her sister comes to the game, all her friends come to the game."

49ers: Linebacker Ahmad Brooks flew to Louisiana for a memorial service after his sister, Krsunthia Brooks, 40, died of lupus. He will miss Sunday's game against the Giants, so second-year outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, a former USF standout, will be relied on more for a pass rush.

TITANS: A statistical correction from the opener against the Bucs improved rookie Marcus Mariota's passer rating and completion percentage. A penalty was enforced on the Bucs but Mariota was given an incompletion on the play. With the incompletion taken away, his passer rating goes from 109.2 to 110.3

Colts win as Luck sits 10/08/15 [Last modified: Friday, October 9, 2015 7:59am]
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