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Late touchdown drive sends Colts to second victory

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INDIANAPOLIS — Reggie Wayne caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Dan Orlovsky with 19 seconds left, giving the Colts their only lead of the game in a 19-16 victory Thursday over the AFC South champion Texans.

It's the second straight win for the Colts (2-13), who now have to fight off St. Louis and Minnesota for the No. 1 overall draft pick. Orlovsky, who played the past two seasons with Houston, won his second straight after losing his first nine NFL starts.

The Texans looked anything but playoff-ready. They settled for two field goals in the red zone, didn't convert a third down until getting a lucky bounce late in the fourth quarter, its running game was stymied late, and the defense helped the Colts with three penalties on the decisive drive. Houston is 0-10 in Indianapolis and still hunting for a first-round bye. The Texans haven't scored more than 20 points in a game since Nov. 27.

Linebacker Brian Cushing broke through the line on the game's first play, sacking Orlov­sky and stripping the ball. Arian Foster ran for 8 yards on the next play, then scored on a 9-yard run off the left side to give Houston a 7-0 lead.

Nobody got into the end zone again until Orlovsky took the Colts 78 yards in the final two minutes. In between, Neil Rackers and Adam Vinatieri traded field goals.

Before the game, Colts owner Jim Irsay said that if quarterback Peyton Manning plays in 2012, it will be in Indianapolis.

"If the situation is where he's back and he's healthy, then I see him coming back and playing here," Irsay said. "I think there is a lot of speculation about the draft pick and those sorts of things, but I think what you have to realize is this — is the likes of Peyton Manning going to be seen again?"

Manning, 35, is showing progress in recovering from a third neck surgery Sept. 8. He is due a $28 million bonus in March.

Bills: The team and Rogers Communications have held talks to renew an annual series of games in Toronto, leaving owner Ralph Wilson optimistic an extension will be reached before the current deal expires after next season. Wilson said one of Rogers' key conditions for renewal is lowering ticket prices, which average about $180.

Browns: Safety T.J. Ward went on injured reserve with a sprained right foot.

Dolphins: Tight end Anthony Fasano is questionable for Saturday at New England because of a low-grade concussion.

raiders: Running back Darren McFadden is likely to miss an eighth straight game, against the Chiefs on Saturday, because of a right midfoot sprain.

ravens: Receiver Anquan Boldin will miss the next two games after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He is expected back for the playoffs.

Redskins: Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said quarterback Rex Grossman has "way too many turnovers, which is not acceptable." The ex-Gator, whose 22 giveaways are tied for the NFL lead with the Chargers' Philip Rivers, shrugged them off. "It may stick in the papers afterwards," he said, "but it doesn't really stick in my head."

Warrant issued for agent: A bench warrant was authorized for sports agent Leigh Steinberg after he failed to appear in court in a case involving a $1.4 million debt. An Orange County (Calif.) Superior Court commissioner authorized the warrant after Steinberg failed to attend court last week, court records show. Court papers show Steinberg was ordered to pay $1.4 million last year to the Irvine Co. in a default judgment for office space he leased in Newport Beach. Steinberg stopped paying under the terms of his lease in 2009, according to court papers filed by the landlord.

Late touchdown drive sends Colts to second victory 12/22/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 23, 2011 12:22am]
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