The Colts returned to the practice field on Sunday afternoon with Antoine Bethea back in his normal spot and Bjoern Werner taking part in rookie activities. Also former Colts great Art Donovan passed away on Sunday evening at the age of 89.
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 pieces from Monday, August 5th.
The Associated Press
Baltimore Colt great Art Donovan passed away at the age of 89 on Sunday evening.
The Hall of Fame lineman was one of the most popular Colts in team history.
Donovan made a name for himself as a feisty defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts, helping the team to world championships in 1958 and 1959. He also spent single seasons with the New York Yanks and Dallas Texans in a career that lasted from 1950 through 1961.
“We lost a friend, one of the finest men and one of the greatest characters we were fortunate to meet in this community and in this business,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said. “Baltimore is now without one of its best and someone who was a foundation for the tremendous popularity of football in our area. The world is not as bright tonight because we lost someone who could make us all smile.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Bjoern Werner had his hands full on Sunday as he headed off the Colts practice field.
He was toting a few of his teammates pads as a reminder that he is still just a rookie in the NFL.
One of those pads belonged to Robert Mathis, someone the Colts first round draft pick speaks very highly of.
Werner is quick to seek the counsel of Mathis, 32 and in his 11th season. Last year, the Colts moved Mathis from end in the previous 4-3 defense to 3-4 outside linebacker. Despite being at a foreign position, Mathis led the Colts with eight sacks and earned a fifth straight Pro Bowl berth.
“He always tells me, ‘I was there last year,’ and he was a 10-year veteran . . . so he had to make that big jump, too,’’ Werner said. “It’s not easy, but you just want to do it and keep working. It’s going to be fine.’’
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
Antoine Bethea was back with his Colts family on Sunday, a week after he welcomed a new daughter to his immediate family.
Bethea admitted to be playing for something a little bit more after the birth of his daughter Siani.
“When I saw her, it was most definitely a feeling I never had before,” Bethea said following Sunday’s afternoon practice at Anderson University. “My perspective on life, it’s just not Antoine anymore. I’m out here doing this for my family.”
Bethea returned to Anderson on Sunday for his first padded practice of 2013.
“Felt good, flying around, get a little rust off the shoulders,” Bethea said. “It felt good. Just ready to get out there and just hit some other colors and stuff like that.”
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