Lito reportedly won't start vs. Colts

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Ex-Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard could see a decreased role today against the Colts. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

This is the last day of real football until Week 1 of the 2010 regular season.

Don't get me wrong. We love the offseason - free agency, the draft, mini-camps, training camp, etc. There will be no shortage of things to write about.

But we're not big on the Super Bowl. Too much non-football stuff. No Super Bowl parties for us. We just like watching the game.

With that being said, I'm ready for seven-plus hours on the couch today.

The early game features the Jets and the Colts. Ashley Fox of the Inquirer did a good job finding a local angle on the game, catching up with former Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard. Interesting stuff from Lito about Eagles fans being "spoiled" and Donovan McNabb's future.

It's ironic that he talked about feeling appreciated in New York, because, according to reports, Sheppard won't start today against Indy.

Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News wrote this morning that Sheppard could be yanked from the Jets' base defense and relegated to nickel/dime packages. Per the report, he would be replaced by Dwight Lowery. Cimini points out that Sheppard struggled against the Colts earlier this season and was pulled last weekend when Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers started targeting him.

Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network confirmed the move recently through a source.

It'll be interesting to see how the Jets use Sheppard. Just one more thing to keep an eye on today.


One quick clarification on my post earlier this week about Jason Peters and the Eagles penalties. Someone in the comments pointed out that STATS had Peters down for nine penalties for 68 yards. That is correct. I had him down for 11 penalties for 78 yards because, as I mentioned, I counted the playoff game against the Cowboys in my final tally.

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