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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 11, 2012 – 4:28 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed running backs Deji Karim and Mewelde Moore to the active roster and placed running back Donald Brown and fullback Robert Hughes on Injured Reserve. The team also signed running back Davin Meggett to the practice squad and released running back Alvester Alexander from the practice squad. Offensive guard Justin Anderson was placed on the Practice Squad Injured List.

 

Karim, 5-8, 209 pounds, has appeared in 23 games over his three-year career, recording 98 rushes for 290 yards and 17 receptions for 130 yards. He was acquired from waivers by the Colts on April 30, 2012 before being waived-injured on September 10. Karim was originally selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round (180th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Southern Illinois University. He spent two seasons with the Jaguars before being waived on April 27, 2012.

 

Moore, 5-11, 209 pounds, has totaled 503 rushes for 2,261 yards and six touchdowns over his nine-year career. He has also caught 218 passes for 1,911 yards and eight touchdowns. In six games this season with the Colts, Moore has rushed nine times for 14 yards and has caught four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. He was originally signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on June 19, 2012 before being waived on October 29.

 

Brown, 5-10, 210 pounds, tallied 108 rushing attempts for 417 yards and a touchdown and nine receptions for 93 yards in 10 games (four starts) this season. For his career, Brown has rushed 449 times for 1,840 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has also recorded 56 receptions for 553 yards. Brown was selected by the Colts in the first round (27th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

 

Hughes, 5-11, 235 pounds, notched one rush for five yards and one reception for three yards in five games (one start) this season. Hughes was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on October 10, 2012 and elevated to the 53-man active roster on October 29.

 

Meggett, 5-8, 215 pounds, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans out of the University of Maryland on May 14, 2012 and was waived on August 26. He was then signed to the Texans practice squad on September 26 and released on November 27. At Maryland, Meggett saw action in 50 career games (17 starts), carrying the ball 485 times for 2,469 yards and 18 touchdowns.

 

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 and released on October 9. Alexander was signed back to the practice squad on October 30 and released on November 20. He was then signed to the practice squad again on December 4.

 

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. He was then waived by the team on November 20 and signed to the practice squad on November 23.


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SHIPLEY CONTINUES TO DELIVER

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 2:31 pm

Back in training camp, when asked about the depth along the offensive line offensive coordinator Bruce Arians talked about the importance of needing at least seven guys up front.

Arians knew that over the course of an NFL season, the attrition up front usually forces multiple bodies into the fray throughout the 16-game schedule.

Center A.Q. Shipley has been one of those invaluable pieces along the offensive line, playing in 11 contests including starting a pair of victories.

“I think the biggest thing is that I understand the offense and I don’t understand just one position,” Shipley said on Monday night’s ‘Pagano Show.’

“If you understand the whole scheme you’re ready. I might not get as many reps during the week in practice but part of my job as a professional is to be ready to play center, guard, wherever they need me.”

When left guard Joe Reitz left the Lions game two weeks ago with a concussion, there was Shipley filling in the comeback victory.

This past weekend against the Titans, Shipley was back at his natural center position when an ankle injury sidelined Samson Satele.

“He’s always stepped up to the plate when needed,” Arians said. “He’s a very valuable guy now that he’s been able to play guard. We have a lot of confidence in him as our center.”

Shipley and fellow offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach have been the most frequent interchangeable parts along the unit.

“It’s the closest group that I’ve ever been apart of,” Shipley said of the offensive line. “When one guy gets the opportunity, everybody trusts one another, everybody’s close with one another. When you get in the game with one another it’s just like the next guy picks each other up.”

On two separate occasions (Green Bay on Oct. 7 and Jacksonville on Nov. 8) Shipley has started at center and helped lead the Colts on two of their highest scoring outputs on the season.

His role might be fluctuating on a weekly basis, but Shipley has proven to deliver each time his number is called.

With three games remaining in the regular season, Shipley is itching for another chance to put together a complete effort in hopes to achieve goals that didn’t seem attainable by many pundits back in August.

“We control our own destiny and that’s half the battle. We know what we have to do,” Shipley said of the Colts positioning in the AFC.

“The belief in this locker room is amazing and we just have to keep doing that. We have to put 60 minutes together. If we put 60 minutes together, and hopefully it’s this week, it’ll be pretty special.”


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ARIANS TALKS HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS, SPECIAL TEAMS, AND ‘NEXT MAN UP’

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 2:00 pm

Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians covered a variety of topics on Monday evening while on the ‘Pagano Show’ hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey. Below are some of the highlights:

On the key to the start of the second half against the Titans:

“I’ve always been of the impression that the first five minutes of the second half usually dictate what happens in a ball game, especially when you’re down. If you get rolling just like we did with Green Bay, get an interception and something good happens with a touchdown, the crowd gets into it and then it just snowballs.”

On the message at halftime that has allowed this team to be so successful in the second half:

“You just figure out why you’re down, what the mistakes are and how to correct them. Hollering and screaming, that doesn’t get anything done. You’ve got to teach at halftime and our coaching staff does a great job of adjusting at halftime. I thought we matched (the Titans) intensity or created more intensity than they did in the second half with our crowd getting into it when we took that first drive down there and scored. So you are always positive. You’ve got to be positive until the last tick goes off the clock.”

On the play of Pat McAfee this season and some of his punts leading to turnovers:

“He’s done it over and over this year. We’ve got some turnovers out of it for big plays. He’s a Pro Bowler. I don’t know if he’ll get voted in but he’s a Pro Bowler. He’s always been a boomer but to be able to boom it and directionally kick it, that is a great, tough job. He’s handling it and getting better and better at it.”

On the importance of the special teams unit in general:

“They’ve been huge especially in the last month. T.Y’s really getting to be an electric returner. Our guys see it. They are blocking their tails off for him. Our coverage units are really doing a great job and our specialists have been outstanding. We are not where we’re at right now without our special teams.”

On the continued success of unsung guys stepping up on a weekly basis:

“They are looking for their opportunities and when you play well, you get more opportunities. They’ve bought into that style of ‘next man up’ and that’s more than a mantra when guys believe in it. Once you’re in there, don’t come out. Make me keep you in the game.”

On the enjoyment you have gotten out of helping this team out in unforeseen circumstances:

“You do what you have to do. Mr. Irsay asked me to do this and I’m more than happy to put that hat on and sit in that chair while Chuck’s out, and I can’t wait until he gets back. That’s the job I was asked to do I’m just trying to do it to my best.”


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AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE: WEEK 15

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 12:00 pm

1.     Houston (11-2)

  •  9-1 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: (Indianapolis, Minnesota, @Indianapolis)

2.     New England (10-3)

  •  9-1 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: (San Francisco, @Jacksonville, Miami)

3.     Denver Broncos (10-3)

  •  7-2 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: (@Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City)

4.     Baltimore (9-4)

  •  8-2 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: (Denver, N.Y. Giants, @Cincinnati)

Wild Card Standings

5.     Indianapolis Colts (9-4)

  •  6-3 against the AFC
  • Remaining Schedule: (@Houston, @Kansas City, Houston)

6.     Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6)

  •  4-6 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: (@Dallas, Cincinnati, Cleveland)

7.     Cincinnati Bengals (7-6)

  •  5-5 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: (@Philadelphia, @Pittsburgh, Baltimore)

8.     New York Jets (6-7)

  •  4-5 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: (@Tennessee, San Diego, @Buffalo)

9.     Cleveland Browns (5-8)

  •  5-5 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: (Seattle, @Miami, N.Y. Jets)

10.  San Diego Chargers (5-8)

  •  5-5 against the AFC
  •  Remaining Schedule: (Jacksonville, Buffalo, @New England)

 


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EYE ON THE PRIZE: WEEK 15

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:02 am

Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.

Patriots 42, Texans 14

-The Texans suffered their second loss of the season on Monday night. New England jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and the deficit was too much for the Texans to rally from. Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson had eight catches for 95 yards on against the Patriots. The Texans two losses have come against the Packers and Patriots and they hold head-to-head tiebreakers against the Broncos and Ravens. Houston still remains atop the AFC with a one game lead and finishes the season with two games against Indianapolis sandwiched around a home date with Minnesota.

NEXT GAME: Indianapolis, Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Colts 27, Titans 23

-In jumping out to a 20-7 halftime lead, the Titans could not finish off a road victory that would have kept their slim playoff hopes alive. Tennessee started the game with a very impressive nine-play, 80-yard touchdown drive with tight end Jared Cook hauling in a third-down 18-yard touchdown catch. The Titans added an interception return for a touchdown late in the second quarter. Things began to unravel in the second half with the Colts scoring on their first drive of the third quarter and then forcing a pair of second-half turnovers. Tennessee re-took a 24-23 lead early in the fourth quarter but Indianapolis added two field goals and the Titans couldn’t mount a final comeback.

NEXT GAME: N.Y. Jets, Monday at 8:30 p.m.

Jets 17, Jaguars 10

-Looking for their third win of the season, the Jaguars comeback attempt in the fourth quarter fell just short. Running back Montell Owens scored on a 32-yard run with 7:06 remaining in the game to cut the Jets lead to 17-10. The Jaguars would get a pair of cracks at it with quarterback Chad Henne leading a two-minute drill all the way down to the Jets 28-yard line before an interception thwarted a potential game-tying drive. Owens had a career-high 14 carries for 91 yards while filling in as the starting the running back for Jacksonville.

NEXT GAME: @Miami, Sunday at 1:00 EST.

2012 AFC South Standings

Houston 11-2

Indianapolis 9-4

Tennessee 4-9

Jacksonville 2-11

           


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