South Notes: McAfee, Short, Freeney, Miller

Colts punter Pat McAfee underwent offseason surgery on his non-kicking knee, as he explained to WFNI-AM this week“I had surgery like six weeks ago, seven weeks ago on my left knee to clean it up,” McAfee said. “The first couple weeks of rehab were a little tough, but I’m on the back end of it right now.” McAfee, who has been named a first-team All Pro in each of the last two season, expects to be fully healthy by the time training camp rolls around.

Here’s more on the NFL’s two South divisions…

  • Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was noncommittal when asked whether he thought Kawann Short would be at minicamp next week, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer tweets. Short is currently sitting out OTAs in the hopes of hammering out a new deal. Carolina was thought to be interested in working out an extension, but talks are reportedly on hold for the moment.
  • On Tuesday morning, the Falcons made a handful of roster moves that left them with 89 players on the 90-man roster. When asked by a reader to guess whom they may be holding a roster spot for, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (via Twitter) wondered aloud if it could be veteran Dwight Freeney, who visited the Falcons last month. Head coach Dan Quinn said that his club wouldn’t be signing the free agent edge rusher, at least right now.
  • While the rest of the clubs in the AFC South made a flurry of moves, the Colts stayed quiet, re-signing tight end Dwayne Allen and kicker Adam Vinatieri while bringing in free agent cornerback Patrick Robinson. The past few months were among the least exciting of the Ryan Grigson era, and according to Mike Wells of, that was by design.
  • Offseason addition Lamar Miller will have a diverse role with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle writes. Miller, who inked a four-year, $26MM deal with $14MM guaranteed, averaged only 15 total touches per game in Miami. Now, he figures to play a versatile role as both an inside and outside running presence behind a more talented offensive line.

Dallas Robinson contributed to this post.

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