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COLLIE BACK IN ACTION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 3, 2012 – 4:46 pm

Colts fans will see a welcomed sight at Solider Field on Sunday as wide receiver Austin Collie will return to the lineup.

Head coach Chuck Pagano said Collie looked like he hadn’t missed a beat at practice on Monday.

“(Collie looked) great, fresh legs, ran all over the place,” Pagano said. “He caught everything. He looked good.”

Collie has missed the last two preseason games after suffering a head injury in the fourth quarter of the Week 2 matchup with the Steelers.

Prior to the injury, Collie had been having a very productive training camp and caught a 23-yard touchdown pass in the preseason opener.

It looks as if Collie will get a full week of practice in before retuning to the playing field and after watching him on Monday, Pagano isn’t worried about a lack of conditioning for No. 17.

“We put him through a pretty extensive practice just now. Indoors, it’s muggy in there, it’s hot in there, there’s not a lot of air flow. He can run all day,” Pagano said. “I didn’t see him once take a knee, walk back to a huddle. I mean, he was fresh as a daisy so no I’m not concerned at all.”

Having another veteran target back in the fold for rookie quarterback Andrew Luck is something that has his teammates ecstatic heading into Chicago.

“I think a lot of people had some doubts with Collie with the concussion problems but he’s a warrior. He’s a fighter,” cornerback Jerraud Powers said.

“He’s going to do what’s best for his family. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t put himself out there if he didn’t believe he was capable of being productive and being able to go. I was happy to see him out at practice (Monday).”

In 2011, Collie played in all 16 games for the Colts and has caught at least 50 passes in each of his three NFL seasons.

Known as a reliable, sure-handed target, what Collie means to his teammates was pretty evident in the locker room on Monday afternoon.

“I consider him a brother,” outside linebacker Robert Mathis said. “We’ve been playing together for years now. You never like to see anybody get hurt but just to see him fight through it and just get back on the field and help us out (is great).”

 


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ROSTER BREAKDOWN: DEFENSE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 4:00 pm

Below is a defensive roster breakdown of the Colts 53-man roster with the players on the practice squad, injured reserve, and physically unable to perform indicated below:

Defensive Line (9): Chigbo Anunoby,Josh Chapman, Antonio Johnson, Ricardo Matthews, Brandon McKinney, Fili Moala, Drake Nevis, Cory Redding, Martin Tevaseu

Outlook: The new look defensive line has new faces and old faces in new places across the three-man front. Johnson is the nose guard in the middle of the line. Moala slides over from his defensive tackle spot and is now an end in the new 3-4 hybrid defense. Redding comes over from Baltimore and brings a veteran voice and knowledge of the scheme with him.

Linebackers (13): Mario Addison, Pat Angerer, Jerry Brown, Kavell Conner, A.J. Edds, Moise Fokou, Jerrell Freeman, Dwight Freeney, Mario Harvey, Justin Hickman, Jerry Hughes, Scott Lutrus, Robert Mathis

Outlook: Freeney and Mathis have been the talk of the offseason moving to the linebacker position. With Angerer sidelined for the start of the preseason, Jerrell Freeman is expected to start in the middle of the defense. Conner has had to take over more of leadership role without Angerer and will be starting his third straight season with the Colts. Addison and Hughes have both had productive preseasons at the outside linebacker position, while Freeney and Mathis have been resting.

Cornerbacks (6): Vontae Davis, Josh Gordy, Justin King, Korey Lindsey, Jerraud Powers, Cassius Vaughn

Outlook: The news of the preseason came earlier last week as general manager Ryan Grigson and his staff acquired Davis from the Dolphins. Davis is expected to start opposite Powers to start the regular season and gives the Colts some more young talent in the secondary. Grigson and his staff have been busy this offseason acquiring six cornerbacks with NFL experience.

Safeties (4): Antoine Bethea, Sergio Brown, Joe Lefeged, Tom Zbikowski

Outlook: Zbikowksi had head coach Chuck Pagano as a position coach and defensive coordinator during his four seasons in Baltimore. He will be paired up with two-time Pro Bowl selection Antoine Bethea as the starting safeties. Lefeged played in all 16 games as undrafted rookie in 2011.

Specialists (3): Pat McAfee, Matt Overton, Adam Vinatieri

Outlook: The Colts bring back one of the better kicking duos in the NFL. Vinatieri is entering his 17th NFL season and hit a 53-yarder against the Steelers in Week 2 of the preseason. McAfee will handle the punting and kickoff duties in 2012. Overton, 27, is the newcomer to the field goal unit. The new Colts long snapper hails from Western Washington and is expected to make his NFL debut in Chicago.

Bold = Practice Squad

Italicized =Injured Reserve

Underlined = Physically Unable to Perform


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ROSTER BREAKDOWN: OFFENSE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 12:25 pm

Below is a roster breakdown of the Colts 53-man roster with the players on the practice squad, injured reserve, and physically unable to perform indicated below:

Quarterbacks (3): Chandler Harnish, Andrew Luck, Drew Stanton

Outlook: The Colts will have three new quarterbacks on the roster in 2012 highlighted by the No. 1 pick in Luck. After missing a portion of the Colts minicamp due to finishing up his degree at Stanford, Luck has had a very productive training camp. Luck led an efficient offense during the preseason leading all AFC quarterbacks in passing yards. Stanton is a new dad off the field and is the father figure of the quarterback trio with six years of NFL experience. He joined the Colts via trade in late March and has been a strong mentor for the first-year quarterbacks. Harnish is the other rookie has had a whirlwind offseason from being the final pick of April’s Draft to backing up Luck in Week 3 of the preseason. Harnish is an Indiana native (Bluffton) threw for two touchdowns in the preseason.

Running Backs (5): Alvester Alexander, Vick Ballard, Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Mewelde Moore

Outlook: Offseason additions combined with a pair of returnees has the stable of running backs deep and talented heading into the regular season. The rookie Ballard has led the team in rushing and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has sung his praises throughout training camp. Brown is the starter and had the highlight of the preseason taking Luck’s first pass and scampering 62 yards for a touchdown against the Rams. Moore and Carter haven’t seen the field since suffering rib injuries in Week 1 of the preseason.

Wide Receiver (9): Kris Adams, Donnie Avery, LaVon Brazill, Austin Collie, T.Y. Hilton, Kashif Moore, Jabin Sambrano, Reggie Wayne, Griff Whalen

Outlook: Reggie Wayne sees a lot of young faces in his receiver group but has said that this might be the most talented corps he has played with in his 11 seasons with the Colts. Wide receiver Donnie Avery is looking to regain his form from early in his career and signed with the Colts after having an injury ridden last two seasons in Tennessee. It remains to be seen when wide receiver Austin Collie returns to the playing field but he had a 23-yard touchdown win Week 1 of the preseason. Rookies T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill can be game changers in the receiving and specials teams part of the game. Admas has made spectacular catches throughout training camp and is the biggest Colts receiver at 6-foot-3-inches and 194-pounds.

Tight End (4): Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, Dominique Jones, Kyle Miller

Outlook: A position can’t get any younger than the Colts tight end position. Arians has talked about the importance of versatility at the position and he gets that with each player. Fleener and Allen were two of the top tight ends in college football last year and are expected to make major impacts in Arians’ offense. Jones isn’t as herald as his two fellow rookies but he has more than held his own in training camp including a few cracks at running the ball during short yardage situations.

Offensive Line (13): Justin Anderson, Anthony Castonzo, Hayworth Hicks, Ben Ijalana, Winston Justice, Jeff Linkenbach, Mike McGlynn, Seth Olsen, Mike Person, Joe Reitz, Samson Satele, A.Q. Shipley, Darrion Weems

Outlook: Similar to the running back position, the Colts have combined some returnees with veterans along the line. McGlynn suffered an ankle injury during the Rams game but is expected to be ready for Chicago. Castonzo and Reitz started six games together on the left side of the line last season and look to be penciled into that role in 2012. Satele brings 74 starts and five years of NFL experience with him as the man who will be snapping the ball to Luck.

Bold = Practice Squad

Italicized =Injured Reserve

Underlined = Physically Unable to Perform


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COLTS SIGN T-DARRION WEEMS TO PRACTICE SQUAD

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:26 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed tackle Darrion Weems to the practice squad. The Colts released safety Latarrius Thomas from the practice squad.

Weems, 6-5, 320 pounds, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings on May 4, 2012. He was released by the Vikings on July 24, 2012 before signing with the New England Patriots three days later. He was released by the Patriots on August 31, 2012.

Weems appeared in 41 games (22 starts) during his four seasons at Oregon. As a senior in 2011, he started 14 games and was part of an offensive unit that ranked third in the nation in scoring, fifth in rushing and sixth in total offense. As a junior, Weems played in 11 games, including seven starts and helped pave the way for the nation’s fourth-ranked rushing offense and the nation’s top running back LaMichael James. He was part of an offensive line that helped the Ducks rank first in the FBS in scoring offense (47.0 points per game) and total offense (530.7 yards per game).

Thomas was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 3, 2012.

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COLTS SIGN RB-ALVESTER ALEXANDER TO PRACTICE SQUAD

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:51 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed running back Alvester Alexander to the practice squad.

Alexander, 5-11, 204 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 15, 2012. He went undrafted out of Wyoming before signing with the Chicago Bears in April of this year. He was later released by the Bears in July before training camp.

At Wyoming, Alexander led the team in rushing in 2009 and 2010 and amassed 2,127 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns for his career. He holds the school single-game record for most touchdowns scored (five vs. Colorado State in 2010) and ranks sixth in school history with 27 career touchdowns.

The Colts now have eight players on the practice squad.

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