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LaVon Brazill suspended for the first four games of 2013 season

Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 24, 2013 – 3:58 pm

LaVon Brazill of the Indianapolis Colts has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse
 
Brazill will be eligible to return to the Colts’ active roster on Monday, September 30 following the team’s September 29 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
 
Brazill is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
 


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COLTS DAILY HEADLINES: WEEKEND EDITION

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:36 am

Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Saturday, June 22nd-Monday, June 24th

Colts newcomer Ricky Jean Francois still gets line play advice from mentor Heaven

By: Phillip B. Wilson, Indianapolis Star

A Saturday feature on Jean Francois focused on Donald Heaven, a mentor to the new Colts defensive lineman who serves as a mentor.

Jean Francois wasn’t always the football prodigy but thanks to a little nudging from Heaven he became a force on a National Championship LSU defense.

“He just had to get it out of me,” Jean Francois said of Heaven. “I was a person who worked well under pressure. At one point in time, I was lackadaisical. But once I had someone like that behind me, he really got me moving.”

Now Jean Francois finds himself with the Colts and as a starter he takes the next step in achieving a goal that Heaven envisioned several years ago.

“New opportunity, new team, new number, new chance, new goals,” Jean Francois said. “All I can do every day while I’m up here is smile. I know It’s my turn. It’s my opportunity. Now I become an opportunist and just step up to the challenge that’s given.”

Second-year Slumpbusters: Andrew Luck

By: Doug Farrar, Yahoo! Sports

The 2012 draft class for quarterbacks will be scrutinized for the next decade and Farrar takes a look at the terrific group.

Farrar takes a very analytical look at Luck’s numbers from last season and when everything adds up he sees a strong second-year for the Colts signal caller.

Farrar wrote…

In 2012, the Colts replaced Andrew Luck’s training wheels with a rocket booster. A 2013 season with a bit more balance, but the explosive elements still intact, should further Luck’s possible case as the best quarterback from what may turn out to be the best QB draft class of all time.

Peter King – Monday Morning QB

By: Chris Kluwe, Sports Illustrated

This week’s edition of Monday Morning Quarterback comes with a guest entry from Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.

The punter covers on numerous topics, including his thoughts on the NFL this time of year, Hall of Fame voting and his trip driving from California to Minnesota.

Here’s a sample of Kluwe’s opinion on the voting process.

Change the selection criteria to: Two to four offensive players, two to four defensive players, and zero to one specialists/administrators.


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RYAN GRIGSON EXPECTING “GREATNESS” OUT OF VONTAE DAVIS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:30 am

When evaluating the Colts 2013 NFL Draft, the name Vontae Davis must be taken into consideration.

The Colts traded away their second rounder in this year’s draft to acquire Davis and it’s safe to say the move paid off.

After battling injuries in the early part of 2012, Davis averaged over six tackles a game in the month of December and three interceptions to close out the year.

Vontae Davis Final Five 2012 Regular Season Games

Games

Tackles

Interceptions

12/2-@Detroit

6

0

12/9-Tennessee

7

0

12/16-@Houston

9

0

12/23-@Kansas City

4

1

12/30-Houston

5

2

Now, Davis is taking part in his first offseason in Indianapolis and is enjoying his change of scenery.

“It’s a blessing from above,” Davis said of the trade to Indy. “I think I’m here in a better position, not only for myself but for the organization.”

Davis’ talent has always been highly thought of around the NFL and it was a major factor in why he was a first round draft pick out of Illinois in the 2009 draft.

Ryan Grigson knew the price he was giving up when acquiring Davis last August but the Colts GM has no doubt that it was worth giving up such a high draft pick.

“We expect greatness from Vontae,” Grigson said earlier this month.

“Everyone knows what he is capable of. It’s time for him to turn the corner in his career the way his brother (Vernon) did out in San Francisco. We saw glimpses and impressive flashes last year, but we expect him to put it all together this fall.”

During the past month, it’s been the names of Greg Toler and LaRon Landry who have received many of the headlines.

Davis has been strong on his side of the secondary and is ready to build off of his three interceptions in the final two regular season games last year.

“I came in and I had to adjust to learn the defense on the go,” Davis said. “Once I picked it up, I kind of settled in. I’m trying to pick up where I left off.”


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