The Indianapolis Colts today waived guard Justin Anderson from the active roster and released running back Alvester Alexander from the practice squad.
Anderson, 6-5, 342 pounds, was originally selected by the Colts in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Georgia. He was placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List on August 27, 2012 and was activated on November 19.
Alexander, 5-11, 204 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts on August 15, 2012 before being waived on August 26. He was signed to the practice squad on September 3, released on October 9 and signed back to the practice squad on October 30.
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For the first time in over a month, the Colts were not celebrating a ‘Victory Monday’ when gathering at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center yesterday.
Veterans who had been used to treating the past few Mondays as an off day walked into the Colts complex looking to get back to the team’s winning ways.
“We cannot let the mistakes that we did on (Sunday) continue into the next game,” defensive end Fili Moala said. “We just have to fix the issues that we had and move on, look at is as an opportunity to get better.”
The Colts will wrap up their slate of AFC East games for 2012 on Sunday with the Buffalo Bills coming into Lucas Oil Stadium.
For numerous Colts players, Sunday’s contest against the Bills will be the first meeting against them but their offense is comparable with the Patriots.
“They have great wide receivers, a shifty running back and a offensive line that plays well together so if we don’t come ready and prepared to play this game the same outcome might occur, but that won’t happen,” Moala said.
Even though the Patriots loss was less than 24 hours old, Colts safety Tom Zbikowski was already looking towards the Bills and their offensive scheme.
“We’ve got an offense coming here that’s going to be very similar to what we faced,” Zbikowski said. “Get familiar with (the offense) because we’re going to see it again this upcoming week.”
The players will reconvene as a group on Wednesday afternoon to begin the week of practice in hopes of continuing a trend of a resilient football team.
Throughout the year the Colts have rebounded from a loss the previous week with a victory the next.
Week 12 of the NFL season is no time to start beating yourself up over a single loss and the Colts are straying far away from that with the Bills coming to town.
“We just have to make sure that we come in excited on Wednesday, excited to practice, excited to get better and not make the same mistakes that we made on Sunday,” Moala said.
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Bruce Arians shared his thoughts on a variety of topics Monday evening with ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey hosting the ‘Pagano Show.’ Below are a few of the highlights:
On some positives that you can take away from the loss to the Patriots:
“I was very pleased with the start of the game. I knew our football team was ready to play. It didn’t come out on the scoreboard the way we wanted but there were a lot of really good things that happened for us in that ball game. We ran the football extremely well, at five yards a clip. The third-down percentage was pretty solid and we were two-for-two in the red zone for touchdowns. Defensively, they did not run the football. We went in and said that they weren’t going to run it. They hit a reverse on us at the end of the game but it didn’t really matter. That was half their rushing yards.”
On not wanting your players to forget about the Patriots loss initially:
“I didn’t want our guys to forget about it. Everybody wants to say ‘just forget about this game and go to the next one.’ No, no, we don’t do that. There were valuable lessons to learn from that ball game that we needed to correct and see (Monday) because we have hopes to be back there in that same stadium soon. That’s something that we can’t forget and we should learn from. After we had the coaching sessions today, watched the tape, now we can put it behind us and get on to Buffalo.”
On your impressions of the Bills:
“They can sling it. Fitzpatrick is a gunslinger that just rears back and fires it. He doesn’t hold anything back. He’s a very bright guy. He’s a Harvard guy and he’s very mobile too. That’s another thing that he brings to the table. They’ve got skill players coming out of the kazoo. C.J. Spiller is one of the best young backs in the league. They’ve got weapons on offense.”
On keeping up the mantra of continuing to bounce back from losses:
“That’s huge and we don’t want to do that. That’s something we set out and said we never want to lose two in a row. We (darn) sure don’t want to lose at home. We want to protect this turf. Our crowd has been fantastic and we are going to need another great one this week. Crowd noise will really affect this ball game because they’re a shotgun passing team and when they can’t hear, they can’t use the snap count. It also affects their running game. So it’ll be great for us to have the 12th man out there just rolling.”
On an update on coach Chuck Pagano
“Fantastic. He was in (Monday) morning. A couple of the coaches were sick so he couldn’t sit in on a meeting that he was hoping to sit in on. He looks strong. His voice is getting stronger. He looked like he picked up a couple pounds. The second round has not been as bad, knock on wood, as we thought it’d be. Then it’ll be early December when he goes back for round three and, knock on wood, we’re hoping he’s going to be there December 30th.”
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At the age of 22, Colts tight end Dwayne Allen finds himself as the fourth youngest player on the Indianapolis roster.
Allen is quickly proving that age is merely a number with his play on the field and how he handles himself away from the gridiron.
A frequent community event participant, Allen always attracts a large media contingent when speaking making his 10 games of NFL experience seem not plausible for a player who understands what it takes to succeed at such a high level.
Against the Patriots, Allen had six catches for 69 yards but it was the defeat to New England that didn’t sit well with the Colts third round pick.
“Going into the game we said, we were going to use it as a measuring stick,” Allen said of the Patriots game.
“That first half showed us that we have what it takes to compete with a championship contending team but the entire game told us that we are not ready. We are not at the point that we can be a championship contending team. We have a lot of stuff to work on so we are going to use that game as motivation to work on those things week in and week out for the next six weeks.”
Over the first 10 games of his rookie season, Allen has been a reliable target for quarterback Andrew Luck and his 31 catches ranks fourth among all first-year players.
At the tight end position alone, Allen (31 catches) and tight end Coby Fleener (21 catches) are the lone rookie tight ends that have at least seven receptions this season.
The Colts find themselves all over the rookie stats as five players rank in the top 25 in receptions among all first year players in the NFL.
With the focus now turning to Buffalo (4-6) this weekend, Allen pointed to the leadership the younger guys have received from their coaches and teammates as to why this team has been so successful in bouncing back from losses.
“They don’t allow us to lull on losses or even bad circumstances with us losing coach (Pagano),” Allen said. “They switch it around and allow whatever the situation is to motivate us.”
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