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Colts rally to surprise Texans; Late TD pass is difference

INDIANAPOLIS -- Reggie Wayne caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Dan Orlovsky with 19 seconds left and the Indianapolis Colts beat the Houston Texans, 19-16, Thursday night.

The Colts (2-13) have now won two straight, both against division foes, behind Orlovsky, the former Texans quarterback who lost his first nine NFL starts.

AFC South champion Houston hardly looked playoff-ready. It settled for two red-zone field goals, 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.

The Texans fell to 0-10 in Indianapolis.

Arian Foster had 23 carries for 158 yards and scored on the Texans' only touchdown on the third play of the game.


Crennel gets support

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The endorsements for Romeo Crennel to get the Kansas City Chiefs' full-time job keep coming.

Offensive coordinator Bill Muir offered unsolicited support of Crennel on Thursday, one day after star linebacker Tamba Hali said he'd like to see the Chiefs' defense coordinator and current interim coach get the job on a permanent basis.

"The defense has started to turn the corner. It would be a shame to change that," Muir said. "I think Romeo's demeanor as a football coach, he relates very well to the players, he has a sternness to him, about being a dictatorial-type of man. I just think he would do a good job."

Crennel took over nearly two weeks ago, when the 5-8 Chiefs fired Todd Haley.

With the team in turmoil, the former Cleveland Browns coach provided a calming presence in the Chiefs' locker room, helping keep together a team with flickering playoff hopes.

Kansas City responded with its best performance of the season in a 19-14 upset of the previously unbeaten Green Bay Packers. Now, the reigning AFC West champions need to win their final two games and get help from Buffalo and San Diego to slip into the playoffs for the second straight year.

"I think anybody on this team would agree with me, if we can keep Romeo as our head coach here it would be great," Hali said.


Around the league

*A bench warrant has been authorized for Leigh Steinberg, the sports agent who was the inspiration for the movie "Jerry Maguire," after he failed to appear in court in a case involving a $1.4 million debt for unpaid rent for office space.

*Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sat out Thursday's practice to rest his sprained left ankle and will be a game-time decision when the Steelers face St. Louis on Saturday.

*The Browns placed T.J. Ward, their hard-hitting strong safety, on injured reserve with a sprained right foot, an injury coach Pat Shurmur said does not need surgery -- "at this point."

*Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles says tight end Anthony Fasano is questionable for Saturday's game because of a low-grade concussion.

*Four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel of the Eagles missed a second consecutive practice Thursday with a hamstring injury.

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