Daryl Smith Goes on IR and Other Must-Read Articles from Around the AFC South

Nate Dunlevy@NateDunlevyGuest ColumnistOctober 26, 2012

Smith lines up for a big hit.
Smith lines up for a big hit.Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Fans and media members alike lauded Daryl Smith for not holding out in training camp.

Now he's on injured reserve.

Today's article of the day comes from Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com who points out that Smith's injury comes at a terrible time for him.

While Maurice Jones-Drew was holding out, some painted Smith as the yin to MoJo's yang. Smith was a "good guy" for honoring his contract, while Jones-Drew was a "bad guy" for trying to get a new deal.

Now with news that Smith may miss all but the last three games of the season, hopefully everyone sees exactly why players hold out.

Ironically, everyone wanted to embrace Jones-Drew when he returned, but now his own injury again shows exactly why he held out in the first place.

No one should moralize on NFL contract disputes. The Jaguars were obviously right not to renegotiate with Jones-Drew—after all, he got hurt.

Jones-Drew was right to ask for more money; he decided to play, and now he's hurt.

Smith did the "right thing" and possibly cost his family millions.

Behaving honorably is important, but the decision to hold out or not isn't a question of honor for NFL players. It's a simple negotiating tactic.

Don't think everyone in the Jacksonville locker room doesn't see what happened to Smith. They have, and they'll take it to heart.

The moral of this story for NFL linebackers, and running backs especially, is "Get paid when you can."


General Interest

Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus ranks all the offensive lines in the NFL.

Scott Kacsmar of Bleacher Report has the Week 8 Thinking Man's Guide.


Houston Texans

Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle says Wade Phillips' scheme produces sacks.

Ganguli reports that Brian Cushing had successful surgery.


Indianapolis Colts

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star discusses more Andrew Luck stats.

Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star looks at former Colt Gary Brackett.

Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority analyzes Luck's fumble against the Browns.

Kuharsky on ESPN.com has a progress report on Luck.

Conrad Brunner of 1070 the Fan has a plan for the Colts to win a road game.

Phil Wilson of the Indianapolis Star brings insight on injuries.


Tennessee Titans

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post looks at All-22 film of Chris Johnson's big run.

Tom Gower of Total Titans shares his insight from the All-22 film.

Gower and I talk Titans over at Colts Authority.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean has Chris Johnson giving credit to his line.

John Glennon of the Tennessean says the Titans' defense is last in the NFL in an important category.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Kuharsky reports Jags owner Shad Khan will be on 60 Minutes Sunday night.

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union says players remember college rivalries.

Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union believes the Jaguars are the worst team in the NFL.