Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Monday, Oct. 5:
A day after the Indianapolis Colts eked out an overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at home, the outlook for Andrew Luck's return from a shoulder injury is promising. According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Luck's shoulder injury isn't viewed as "long-term" and the Colts plan for him to start Thursday night against the Houston Texans. On Monday, the Colts released Josh Johnson, who was signed last week to be the backup QB on Sunday, which is another good sign. Backup Matt Hasselbeck was fine against the Jaguars on Sunday, but the 40-year-old led the Colts to just 13 points in regulation against a team that had allowed at least 20 to each of its first three opponents. The 1-3 Texans -- who were drubbed 48-21 by the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday -- don't look particularly dangerous, but obviously the Colts would prefer to have their star QB playing when they head to Houston on a short week. UPDATE: Chris Hagan of Indy Sports Central reported that Luck is dealing with a partial shoulder separation, noting that "the biggest concerns at the moment are pain and arm strength."
As Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson returns from his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy this week, his pre-trial hearing over charges stemming from a high-speed road race in July could last a month, according to Rapoport. Richardson's hearing starts Monday, but he will be able to play for the Jets in the immediate future unless disciplined by the NFL, which Rapoport adds is "unlikely, but possible," to happen before his trial. We're still a long way from seeing the resolution of this situation, but it appears the fearsome Jets defense will have yet another dangerous piece for the foreseeable future.
Rapoport also offered an interesting nugget from this past offseason, reporting that Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor wanted to join the Philadelphia Eagles to compete for the starting job, but the Eagles weren't interested. Taylor ultimately took an offer -- which could ultimately pay him as much as $3 million in playtime incentives and performance bonuses -- from the Bills over one from the Denver Broncos, who had interest in Taylor because head coach Gary Kubiak had coached him with the Baltimore Ravens last year. With Taylor struggling and Sam Bradford finally finding a rhythm on Sunday, the backstory isn't quite as interesting as it would have been a week ago, but it's still an intriguing "what if" scenario to look back on.
After the Eagles dropped to 1-3 with a last-second loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, center Jason Kelce sounded off about the team's offensive line struggles. Via Andy Schwartz of CSNPhilly.com, Kelce called the line "a disgrace right now" and blamed Philly's front five for holding the team back. Perhaps the unit's veteran leader calling out his group can help the Eagles' line turn it around, but they've had a rough go so far, dealing with poor play and injuries. Starting tackles Jason Peters and Lane Johnson were both nicked up on Sunday, though the injuries don't seem serious. Still, Kelce is right: Things must improve up front for Philadelphia to become more consistent on offense.
New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans missed his second consecutive game on Sunday with an unspecified knee injury, but NBC reported during its broadcast of the game that Evans' absence is due to a knee scope. The six-time Pro Bowler has struggled lately, earning negative grades from Pro Football Focus for his performance in 2014 and thus far this season. Perhaps Evans has been hindered by his knee, and perhaps the scope could help the 32-year-old get back on track. However, on a Saints line that's had its issues, it seems like Evans' best days are well behind him.
Less than a week after a pair of trades were made by the Chicago Bears, defensive end Willie Young has asked to be traded as well, according to Pro Football Talk. We mentioned Young last week as another candidate to be dealt because of his lack of fit in Vic Fangio's scheme, and PFT reports Young would rather play in a 4-3 defense. It's been clear since training camp that Young doesn't have a future with John Fox's Bears, but he's a talented pass-rusher who could certainly help a team that struggles to get after the quarterback.