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Colts Daily Headlines: August 28th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 28, 2013 – 8:27 am

The Colts are less than 36 hours away from their 2013 preseason finale. Today’s news looks at the debate of who the Colts No. 2 receiver and a look at the quarterback who will get ample playing time on Thursday night.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, August 28th.  

Why is Darrius Heyward-Bey starting over T.Y. Hilton at receiver for the Colts?

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

One of the most heated discussions among Colts fans centers around who should be the Colts No. 2 receiver.

To answer that, Holder went right to the two men involved in the question.

Said Hilton: “It hasn’t really held me back. That’s where they have me at, so wherever they put me, that’s where I’ll play. I’m happy and they’re happy, so I’ll play it all day.”

“I definitely look at it like a win-win situation,” Heyward-Bey said. “T.Y. made plays last year and he’s made plays this preseason. But I think we have it set up where he’s not losing anything. When we go three wide, he’s out there. When we’re in two-receiver sets, we’re (throwing) passes, but we’re doing our running game too.

“Being a wide receiver, part of what I do is blocking downfield, taking out safeties. So, I definitely play my part and T.Y. plays his part and I think it works well for everybody.”

Colts’ Harnish on roster bubble again

By: Reggie Hayes, News-Sentinel

Chandler Harnish has been in this situation before.

Last year, Harnish shined in the Colts preseason finale and earned a roster spot.

This season he’s on the bubble once again and the game against the Bengals is just over 24 hours away.

“It’s never an easy situation, but at the end of the day you can’t worry about things you can’t control,” Harnish said.

“You go out and play hard and put yourself in position to win the game. You do everything you have to do as far as preparing to go and execute the game plan, and let the chips fall where they may.

“I understand it’s an unbelievable privilege to play this game,” he said. “Whatever happens, I know there’s a plan and I’m excited to attack it, whatever that adventure might be.”

 

 


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Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck Found In Northeast Indiana Amazing Fall Fun™ Corn Maze

Posted by coltsindianapolis on August 27, 2013 – 2:55 pm

2013 Corn Maze Opens September 21, and Runs Every

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Through October 27

 

Waterloo, IN (August 23, 2013) – With Fall just around the corner, Amazing Acres Farms, LLC, operators of the Amazing Fall Fun Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch™ today announced that the popular attraction for families and kids of all ages will feature two corn mazes, one with a layout in the likeness of Andrew Luck, NFL franchise quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts.

“This year, Amazing Fall Fun would like to show our support of the Indianapolis Colts and new Quarterback Andrew Luck,” said Larry Smith, founder and operator of Amazing Fall Fun, and owner of Amazing Acres Farms.  “The maze will comprise an image of Andrew Luck and the Colts’ logo.  There will also be an Andrew Luck trivia game to play throughout the maze.”

Now in its third year of operation, the Amazing Fall Fun Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is a regional attraction drawing thousands of visitors from the tri-state area.  Amazing Acres Farms is located just five minutes East of Waterloo (East on US 6, exit 334, off I-69) at 3150 County Road 43, Waterloo Indiana, 46793.  Events will open on Saturday, September 21, and will operate every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, through Sunday, October 27.

“We’ve designed two Corn Mazes and Amazing Fall Fun events for all ages,” said Smith.  “We are particularly excited about our biggest Maze ever – a 12-acre maze that, from the air, looks like Quarterback Andrew Luck of the Colts poised and ready to make a winning pass across a field of 10-foot high corn.”  He adds, “The Andrew Luck Maze is going to be fun and challenging.  Some people may get lost for a while navigating dozens of turns and dead-ends in this year’s maze.”

“We also have a five-acre acre “Halloween Trail” Maze, which was a hit last year.  This corn maze features surprises and special effects for nighttime fun,” said Smith.  “We’re telling everyone to bring a flashlight after dark.”  The Halloween Trail Maze opens on Friday, October 4, and will be open through October 27.

In addition to the two Mazes, the Amazing Fall Fun attraction includes numerous Fall fun activities, including a Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, a Straw Mountain, a Corn Box (16-foot by 16-foot box filled with corn), a fun feature especially designed for kids, a Tractor Tire Mountain, a Straw Maze made with more than 120 bales of straw, Cornhole games, and many other family fun activities.

 

About Amazing Fall Fun and Amazing Acres Farms, LLC

 

Amazing Fall Fun, and Amazing Acres Farms, LLC, is a unique fun-filled family entertainment attraction designed for all ages.  Enjoy hours of fun conquering the 12-acre Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck Adventure Maze, hopping on a hayride, roaming the Pumpkin Patch, or playing a challenging game of one of the many exhilarating activities on site!  This five-acre of corn maze is packed full of special effects, and the only one that exists in Indiana!  Opening day for the Andrew Luck Maze is September 21st and runs through October 27th. School and church field trips are available by appointment. Visit our web site for times and other information at www.amazingfallfun.com, or call (260) 333-2302.  Amazing Acres Farms is located at 3150 County Road 43, Waterloo, IN.  Smoking, alcohol and dogs are prohibited.  Media Contact, Todd Appleman, Good, Inc., 260-920-3000, or email:  todd@trustgood.com.

 

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A positional breakdown of the Colts 75-man roster

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 12:08 pm

The Colts roster has been trimmed down to the mandatory 75 players.

Here’s a look at the roster breakdown by position before the Colts cut 22 more players by Saturday at 6:00 p.m. EST:

Quarterbacks (3): Chandler Harnish, Matt Hasselbeck, Andrew Luck

Running Backs (4): Vick Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw, Donald Brown, Kerwynn Williams

Fullbacks (2): Stanley Havili, Robert Hughes

Wide Receivers (9): LaVon Brazill, Darrius Heyward-Bey, T.Y. Hilton, Jeremy Kelley, David Reed, Jabin Sambrano, Lanear Sampson, Reggie Wayne, Griff Whalen

Tight Ends (4): Dwayne Allen, Justice Cunningham, Coby Fleener, Dominique Jones

Offensive Line (14): Thomas Austin, Anthony Castonzo, Gosder Cherilus, Emmett Cleary, Khaled Holmes, Ben Ijalana, Jeff Linkenbach, Mike McGlynn, Joe Reitz, Samson Satele, Bradley Sowell, Donald Thomas, Hugh Thornton, Lee Ziemba

Defensive Line (10): Josh Chapman, Ricky Jean Francois, Aubrayo Franklin, Lawrence Guy, Montori Hughes, Ricardo Mathews, Fili Moala, Drake Nevis, Cory Redding, Martin Tevaseu

Linebackers (12): Daniel Adongo, Pat Angerer, Kavell Conner, Jerrell Freeman, Mario Harvey, Shawn Loiseau, Robert Mathis, Caesar Rayford, Kelvin Sheppard, Monte Simmons, Erik Walden, Bjoern Werner

Cornerbacks (8): Darius Butler, Vontae Davis, Josh Gordy, Marshay Green, Sheldon Price, Daxton Swanson, Greg Toler, Cassius Vaughn

Safeties (6): Larry Asante, Antoine Bethea, Sergio Brown, Delano Howell, LaRon Landry, Joe Lefeged

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


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:22 am

The Indianapolis Colts today waived-injured wide receiver Nathan Palmer, placed safety John Boyett on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list and moved linebacker Josh McNary to an exempt status on the roster.

If Palmer clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts Injured Reserve list. McNary’s exemption is under the Reserve/Military rules where the player reported after June 1, 2013 and has not played in any preseason games.

With the moves today, the Colts have reached the league-mandated 75-man active roster.

Palmer was signed by the Colts off the San Francisco 49ers practice squad on September 24, 2012. Last season, he caught one pass in five games played.

Boyett was selected by the Colts in the sixth round (192nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. At Oregon, he appeared in 40 games (35 starts) and totaled 278 tackles (182 solo), 30 passes defensed, 10 interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and a half of a sack.

McNary was signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 11, 2013. At Army, he totaled 195 tackles (117 solo), 49.0 tackles for loss, 28.0 sacks, nine passes defensed, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 46 games played. Following his graduation from West Point, McNary was commissioned as an officer in the Army, which prevented him from being selected in the 2011 NFL Draft.


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 27th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:31 am

It’s a shortened week at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center with the Colts traveling to Cincinnati for the preseason finale on Thursday night. Today’s news looks at the good news surrounding Anthony Castonzo’s knee injury and the beginning of cuts for the Colts.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, August 27th.  

Colts OL Joe Reitz steps in at left tackle for ailing Anthony Castonzo

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

With Anthony Castonzo sidelined on Thursday evening, versatile lineman Joe Reitz will get the starting nod at left tackle against the Bengals.

Adaptability has been one of the Hamilton Southeastern High School product’s strongest attributes, and might prove invaluable once again as he attempts to spend a fourth season with the Colts.

“It’s just wherever you can fit in,” Reitz said Monday. “As a lineman, the more versatility the better.”

Spoken like someone who has been here, there, everywhere since he was a standout in basketball and football for the Royals.

Reitz likely will start at left tackle in Thursday’s preseason finale at Cincinnati while Anthony Castonzo deals with a mild sprain to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Castonzo thought the worst with his knee

By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com

As Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger rolled into Anthony Castonzo’s leg on Saturday night, a collective gasp came over the Colts faithful.

Imagine how Castonzo himself felt.

“When it happened, you kind of get rolled up on, you start thinking about all the hard work you put in the offseason and to get that news that it’s only going to be a short-term thing was very good,” Castonzo said Monday.

The MRI done on Castonzo’s knee revealed a sprain of the medial collateral ligament. He believes he’ll be ready for the season opener against Oakland at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sept. 8.

“Kind of just taking it day-by-day,” said Castonzo, who is responsible for protecting quarterback Andrew Luck’s blindside. “Hoping that yeah, that will be plenty (of time). My goal is to be ready for Oakland.”


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Colts defense gets “tackling machine” Pat Angerer back in the starting lineup

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 26, 2013 – 2:46 pm

While many Colts players traveled to tropical islands and other destinations this offseason, Pat Angerer stayed right here in Indianapolis rehabbing.

No NFL player wants his offseason spent doing the ‘r’ word but that’s what was in store for Angerer.

On Saturday night, the rehabbing paid off with Angerer playing 18 snaps in the Colts 27-6 victory over the Browns.temp2013_0824_CLE_1574--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Angerer tied for the team lead in tackles during the first half and his fellow defenders were glad to see him back in the starting lineup.

“Another tackling machine out there, alongside (Jerrell Freeman),” safety Antoine Bethea said of Angerer’s return.

“We’ve got two guys who can get to the ball, know the defense, intelligent guys. Having (Angerer’s) leadership in the linebacker corps and out on the field is going to help us out a lot.”

During Angerer’s first two seasons in the NFL, the second-round draft pick started 27 games and did not miss a contest.

However, a foot injury limited Angerer to just three starts last season.

Angerer, who was the Colts leading tackler in 2011, ran out with the starting unit against the Browns and wasted little time making an impact.

“Last year (Angerer) was kind of limited and this offseason, so having him back out on the field gives us a veteran guy that has played a lot of downs in this league so that’s always good for the defense,” cornerback Darius Butler said.

“I’m out there in nickel so I’m communicating a lot with him, Jerrell so it’s good to have a guy in there who knows what’s going on.”

With Angerer back in the starting lineup, the Colts inside linebackers both have finished in the top five of the NFL in tackles over the past two seasons.

“It’s always good to get one of your leaders back,” backup linebacker Mario Harvey says of Angerer.

“It’s just another addition to the team that we lost during the spring. It adds more depth on the defense and I’m happy to see him play.”


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Colts Daily Headlines: August 26th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:30 am

It’s a shortened week at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center with the Colts traveling to Cincinnati for the preseason finale on Thursday night. Today’s news looks at the good news surrounding Anthony Castonzo’s knee injury and the beginning of cuts for the Colts.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, August 26th.  

Colts’ Anthony Castonzo has sprained knee ligament

By: Michael Marot, Associated Press

When Anthony Castonzo went down on Saturday night, a collective grown fell over the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd.

The Colts faithful can slowly exhale after Pagano updated the injury status of Castonzo on Sunday afternoon.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Sunday that left tackle Anthony Castonzo will not play in the preseason finale after an MRI confirmed Castonzo has a mild sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Castonzo was injured on the opening series’ of Saturday night’s 27-6 victory over Cleveland and did not return. Right guard Mike McGlynn did not play Saturday after bruising his knee during practice last week.

Castonzo is listed as day-to-day, and Pagano said Sunday he hopes both would be ready for the Sept. 8 opener against Oakland.

“The MRI was pretty much negative. It wasn’t as bad as anybody anticipated,” Pagano said, discussing Castonzo’s prognosis during a conference call. “You never want to lose anybody, and particularly the guy who’s protecting the blind side of your quarterback.”

Colts cut 11 players, put Lawrence Sidbury on injured reserve

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

It’s the time of year that no NFL player looks forward to knowing that the call could come at any time.

The Indianapolis Colts have released 11 players and placed linebacker Lawrence Sidbury on the injured reserve list.

The moves are a major step toward being in compliance with the NFL’s 75-player roster limit Tuesday. The Colts still must waive three players prior to the deadline.

Waived were cornerbacks Johnny Adams and Allen Chapman, guard Danous Estenor, defensive tackle Kellen Heard, placekicker Brandon McManus, running back Davin Meggett, linebacker C.O. Prime, center Rich Schmeig and safety Ashante Williams. Wide receiver Maurice Williams was waived with an injury settlement and cornerback Teddy Wiliams waived injured.

 

 


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Rookie Hugh Thornton plays with the first team offense and excels in his NFL debut

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 25, 2013 – 4:45 pm

After missing the entire 2013 training camp with an ankle injury, rookie Hugh Thornton made his NFL debut on Saturday night.

Thornton entered on the Colts third offensive series and would go on to play the entire second and third quarter at right guard (42 snaps).

“It felt awesome just being out there after not playing in camp and not practicing as much as I’d like to,” Thornton said after the win. “I had the opportunity to go in (Saturday) with the 1’s for a little bit so it was great to be out there.”

Just a few days before the Colts were scheduled to head to Anderson, Thornton got rolled up on during the rookie camp and he just recently returned to practice.temp2013_0824_CLE_3654--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Not only was Thornton effective against the Browns (apart of both Colts touchdown drives), the third-round pick was frequently running down the field picking his teammates off the turf.

“It was a good night for the whole team, defense came out and shut them down,” Thornton said. “Offense came out and we played physical and we were able to play our game at home.”

“I’m excited where we are heading as a team.”

With starter Mike McGlynn sidelined with a bruise knee, the opportunity is there for some significant reps at the right guard spot.

Interior depth along the offensive line has been somewhat of a mystery with Thornton and fourth round pick Khaled Holmes also missing a bulk of training camp.

Thornton’s play on Saturday night showed the “mauler” mentality that the Colts saw when drafting the Illinois product.

“I thought (Thornton) played really well for a guy that hasn’t taken any snaps since he finished the rookie minicamp prior to training camp,” Head Coach Chuck Pagano said. “He looked pretty good in there in the rush and the pass game, very pleased with his performance.”


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 1:03 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today waived the following players: CB-Johnny Adams, CB-Allen Chapman, G-Danous Estenor, DT-Kellen Heard, P/K-Brandon McManus, RB-Davin Meggett, LB-C.O. Prime, C-Rick Schmeig and S-Ashante Williams. WR-Maurice Williams was waived with an injury settlement and CB-Teddy Williams was waived-injured. The team also placed OLB-Lawrence Sidbury on Injured Reserve.

With the moves today, the Colts have reached a 78-man roster. The team has until 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, August 27 to reach the league-mandated 75-man roster.

Adams was signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 13, 2013. At Michigan State, he started 39-of-54 career games, finishing with 157 tackles, 35 passes defensed and 11 interceptions.

Chapman was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2013. He spent two seasons at Kansas State where he totaled 107 career tackles, six interceptions, two interception returns for touchdowns and 15 passes defensed.

Estenor was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on August 1, 2013. He started 23-of-33 career games at the University of South Florida.

Heard was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on November 27, 2012. Last season, he played in 11 games with the St. Louis Rams and the Colts and totaled eight tackles, including six solo stops.

McManus was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013. At Temple, he set career records for points scored (338), field goals made (60) and attempted (83) and punting average (45.4).

Meggett was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on December 11, 2012. Prior to that, he spent time on the Houston Texans practice squad.

Prime was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013. He started 38-of-45 games at Wagner College and registered 297 tackles (111 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, seven passes defensed and two interceptions.

Schmeig was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 9, 2013. At Purdue, he played in 45 games, making 29 starts on the offensive line.

Ashante Williams was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on August 8, 2013. He played in 43 career games at the University of Illinois and totaled 127 tackles, 17 passes defensed, 2.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, 1.5 sacks and an interception.

Maurice Williams was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on August 19, 2013. For his AFL career, he recorded 39 receptions for 537 yards and 12 touchdowns, while adding 35 kickoff returns for 628 yards and two touchdowns.

Teddy Williams was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on October 30, 2012 and was elevated to the active roster on November 16. Last season, he saw action on defense and special teams in seven games.

Sidbury was signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013. In four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (2009-2012), he compiled 12 tackles (eight solo) and 5.0 sacks.


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Will Not Play

Posted by coltsindianapolis on August 24, 2013 – 5:50 pm

Below is the list of players who will not play in tonight’s matchup against the Browns.

11 Maurice Williams, WR
15 LaVon Brazill, WR
21 Teddy Williams, CB
35 Joe Lefeged, S
43 John Boyett, S
44 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB
48 Josh McNary, LB
52 Kelvin Sheppard, LB
56O Khaled Holmes, C/G
56D Lawrence Sidbury, OLB
75 Mike McGlynn, G/C
80 Coby Fleener, TE
83 Dwayne Allen, TE
95 Fili Moala, DE


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