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Source — Texans release veteran CB Colvin

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HOUSTON — The Houston Texans have released cornerback Aaron Colvin, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Colvin, who was signed to a four-year, $34 million contract in 2018, was given $18 million guaranteed when he was a free agent and still has $7.5 million guaranteed this year.

The cornerback struggled in the Texans’ Week 1 loss to the Saints on Monday night, and was the nearest defender to Ted Ginn on the final pass of the game. Saints kicker Wil Lutz made a 58-yard field goal on the next play to win the game.

Throughout the game, when Colvin was the nearest defender to the targeted receiver at time of ball arrival, the Saints completed 7 of 8 pass attempts for 106 yards and a touchdown, according to Next Gen Stats.

Colvin started the 2018 season as the Texans nickel cornerback, but injured his ankle in Week 4 and played in just 10 games, making two starts. He was a healthy scratch in Houston’s lone playoff game last season.

The Texans’ starting cornerbacks are Johnathan Joseph and Bradley Roby. After Colvin’s release, Houston has three other cornerbacks on the roster: Lonnie Johnson Jr., Xavier Crawford and Keion Crossen. It’s likely the Texans will acquire another cornerback, because they do not have another dependable option on the roster.

Last season, the Texans depended on defensive back Kareem Jackson, who could play multiple positions, including in the slot when Colvin got hurt. Houston chose not to re-sign the 31-year-old, who signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Broncos.

In two seasons (11 games) with the Texans, Colvin had 34 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one pass defended.

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Ramsey expects trade in next 10 days

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who has asked the team to trade him, will play on Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans, coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday.

A source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that Ramsey is fine with playing Thursday night, but he doesn’t anticipate being a member of the Jaguars by next Sunday.

The source told Anderson said that teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks have made substantive inquiries, and almost every team has at least placed a call.

Ramsey’s agent informed the Jaguars after Sunday’s 13-12 loss to Houston that the star cornerback wanted a trade. Ramsey is in the fourth year of his rookie contract, and the team exercised the fifth-year option for 2020. League sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen the Jaguars are seeking at least a first-round pick but would like more than that.

A source also told Schefter that, at the beginning of this week, an NFL team reached out to the league office and asked if Ramsey would be allowed to play for another team in Week 3 after playing for the Jaguars on Thursday night. NFL rules stipulate that a player can participate in one game during each league week.

Marrone said he spoke with Ramsey on Tuesday and that there are no lingering issues regarding their sideline shouting match in Sunday’s game. Marrone didn’t have anything to say on Wednesday about Ramsey’s trade request.

“I stay out of that,” Marrone said. “I stay out of contracts, stay out of that stuff, and my focus is on the guys that are playing, and he’s playing and he’s on the team. I don’t get involved in that.”

Ramsey said Tuesday that he doesn’t have anything negative to say about anyone in the Jaguars building, and Marrone said Wednesday the two have a good relationship.

“Jalen and I have always had a good, open relationship where we’ve always been able to talk,” Marrone said. “We sat down yesterday and we talked about what’s gone on as far as he and I. It’s like anything else in this profession: It’s behind us now. His focus is on playing and doing the best job for his teammates and my job is to do the best for the team.”

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Rivera walks out on reporters over Cam queries

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera abruptly exited his press conference on Thursday after less than 2½ minutes when questions persisted on the status of quarterback Cam Newton.

“I just asked you to ask me questions about somebody else,” Rivera said. “I’m not going to do this anymore. I told you, I won’t know anymore until tomorrow. Thank you.”

As Rivera left the media room, he added, “Golly.”

Newton did not practice for the third straight day after re-aggravating his left foot sprain in Thursday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that dropped the Panthers to 0-2.

Rivera opened his press conference by saying he wasn’t ready to say whether backup Kyle Allen, who has taken the first-team snaps all week, or Newton would start.

“Nope. Cam was in meetings today,” the two-time NFL Coach of the Year said. “He was inside for treatment. Kyle’s preparing as though he’s going to start. We’ll have more clarity tomorrow as we continue to go forward. Tomorrow we should have a good feel for where he is, and we’ll go from there.”

Of the seven questions for Rivera, five were on Newton’s status, including one on whether the 2015 NFL MVP would make the trip to Arizona on Friday to face the 0-2 Cardinals.

“You’ll have to wait and see,” Rivera said.

When Newton initially was coming off rehab of the foot injury suffered in the third preseason game, Rivera said before the team’s Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams that there was “no doubt in my mind” his quarterback would play.

The final question on Thursday was about how he felt about Newton’s chances of playing this week in relation to the confidence he showed then.

Before that, Rivera asked that questions turn to the Cardinals.

“I’m not going to talk about it anymore guys,” he said of Newton’s status. “Let’s talk about Arizona. I haven’t really talked about Arizona, so it would be good to answer those kind of questions.

“I know it’s about Cam, but I don’t know any more until tomorrow, so let’s talk about Arizona. If not, there’s no reason for me to stand here.”

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Elway calls out OT Bolles for holding penalties

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos have tried patience, constructive criticism and a sliver of tough love for penalty-prone left tackle Garett Bolles. And now, after another rash of yellow flags in the Broncos’ first two games, the clock is ticking on the former first-round pick’s place in the lineup.

Teammates have tried to help Bolles. Denver hired one of the best offensive line coaches in football, Mike Munchak, to, among everything else on his to-do list, help out the former first-round selection.

Bolles, the 20th pick of the 2017 draft, is really the only one who can fix it.

“Obviously it hurts us [Sunday] at different points in the game. … You know a lot of times, even though we overcame a couple of them, they’re a drive-stopper,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. “We’ve got to be able to block our guy without holding.”

Even the guy who drafted Bolles and has been one of his biggest supporters — Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway — has had enough.

“Well, it’s got to stop. Period,” Elway said on his weekly appearance on KOA NewsRadio. “There are no more excuses for it. He’s had 26 holding penalties in the last two years and two games, so it’s got to stop. The bottom line is if he thinks he’s getting singled out, he is. He’s got to understand that. He’s got to understand what he’s doing. And that was my question [Sunday], ‘Does he know what holding is?’ Does he know what he can and can’t do?’ If he thinks he’s getting targeted, he’s got to realize he isn’t. We’ll keep working for it and he’s still a talented guy. He cannot do that because it’s beating us.”

Bolles has indeed been flagged for 26 holding penalties in 34 career games, including four times in the Broncos’ 16-14 loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday. And this is certainly not a new issue with Bolles, who was highly penalized player in his one year at Utah.

He was flagged 15 times overall (three were declined) as a rookie in 2017, 14 times overall in 2018 (four were declined) and five times already this season (three have been declined). That’s 34 penalties and almost 450 yards walked off against the Broncos’ offense.

There is some feeling in the Broncos’ complex that if Elijah Wilkinson, who is Bolles’ backup and who worked with the starting offense plenty in training camp, was not already filling in for the injured Ja’Wuan James at right tackle, a move would have already been made in the Broncos’ lineup.

When asked Monday if Bolles could be taken out for a series or two in games at times when he was clearly struggling, Fangio said: “With our depth the way it is at this point, that’s probably not an option.”

James has missed the Broncos’ first two games with a knee injury and has not yet returned to practice. The Broncos initially expected his return to take four to six weeks, so that may now be the time frame Bolles has to figure out a solution before Wilkinson moves to left tackle.

Some also took notice Bolles seemed to point the finger at the officials after Sunday’s game instead of at his own play.

“It was frustrating,” Bolles said. “I’ve built a reputation for myself in this league of holding. I disagree with it, to be honest. There are some calls I disagree with, and there are some things that I understand. … But I have the best O-line coach in the National Football League with Coach Munchak. … I’m going to turn this around. I promise you all that. I promise Broncos Country that. I promise my teammates that. That was just unfortunate that they keep coming after me, but it is what it is.”

Bolles added he thought he had done a “phenomenal job” improving from last season and that while he could improve his technique with his hands and footwork, he is “not going to change my physicality, I’m not going to change my mindset.”

Former Broncos guard Mark Schlereth, who is a co-host on a morning radio show in Denver and worked Sunday’s Broncos game as an analyst for Fox Sports, has repeatedly cited Bolles’ “stubbornness” in changing his technique and offered earlier this week on his show that Bolles “flat-out can’t play.”

Many players have tried to help Bolles in the past, including Broncos linebacker Von Miller, and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said this week that “everybody’s trying to talk to him.”

“Obviously, I’m going to keep trying to talk to Bolles and see if we can get him right and understanding what he’s doing wrong, because obviously to say that he’ll been all right is not OK,” Sanders said. “He needs to understand that he is doing something wrong because they keep throwing the flags on him and he keeps holding. I’m going to talk to him and hopefully we keep breaking down the film and just see him make that jump and get that debt off his back, because it’s been happening for like two or three years.”

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