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Colts Waive FB Robert Hughes, Release RB Kerwynn Williams, Place RB Ahmad Bradshaw on Injured Reserve

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 8, 2013 – 4:20 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today waived fullback Robert Hughes from the active roster and released running back Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad. The team will also place running back Ahmad Bradshaw on Injured Reserve.

 

Hughes was signed by the Colts on September 30, 2013 and appeared in one game this season, catching one pass for six yards. In 2012, he played in five games (one start) with the team and recorded one rush for five yards and one reception for three yards.

 

Williams was selected by the Colts in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He appeared in one game this season, returning one kickoff for 28 yards.

 

Bradshaw was signed by the Colts as a free agent on June 11, 2013. He played in three games (two starts) this season, rushing 41 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns, while catching seven passes for 42 yards. In Week 3 at San Francisco, Bradshaw recorded 19 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown in the Colts’ 27-7 victory.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS TO INDUCT HALL OF FAMERS ERIC DICKERSON AND MARSHALL FAULK INTO RING OF HONOR

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 3:00 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today announced that former Colts running backs Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk will be inducted into the Ring of Honor on Sunday, December 15. The ceremony will take place during halftime of the team’s Week 15 game against the Houston Texans.

Dickerson totaled 1,258 rushing attempts for 5,194 yards and 32 touchdowns during his five seasons (1987-1991) with the Colts. He also recorded 138 receptions for 1,120 yards and three touchdowns during that span. Dickerson posted three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons in his first three years with the team and in 1988, he won the NFL rushing title after recording 1,659 yards to go along with 14 touchdowns.

Dickerson earned three Pro Bowl (1987-89) and two All-Pro (1987-88) selections during his time with the Colts. He ranks second in Colts history in career 100-yard rushing games (24), fourth in rushing attempts and yards and eighth in rushing touchdowns. Dickerson’s 1,659 rushing yards in 1988 rank as the second-highest single-season total in franchise history while his 196 yards against Tampa Bay on December 27, 1987 rank as the fourth-highest single-game total by a Colts player.

Dickerson, the NFL’s seventh-leading rusher of all-time, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 7, 1999. For his 11-year career, he tallied 13,259 yards and 90 touchdowns on 2,996 carries to go along with 281 receptions for 2,137 yards and six touchdowns. Dickerson claimed four NFL rushing titles (1983-86, 1988) and set an NFL single-season record with 2,105 rushing yards in 1984. He was named to six Pro Bowls (1983-84, 1986-89) and five All-Pro teams (1983-84, 1986-88) and earned the 1983 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Faulk spent five years (1994-98) with the Colts after being selected by the team with the second overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft. During that span, he compiled 1,389 carries for 5,320 yards and 42 touchdowns rushing and 297 receptions for 2,804 yards and nine touchdowns receiving. In all, he totaled 8,124 scrimmage yards and 51 total touchdowns during his time with the Colts. Faulk posted four 1,000-yard rushing seasons (1994-95, 1997-98), including one season (1998) with over 2,000 scrimmage yards for the year.

Faulk was a three-time (1994-95, 1998) All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection with the Colts and was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1994. He ranks third in franchise history in career rushing attempts and yards and fourth in rushing touchdowns and 100-yard rushing performances (14).

Faulk, the NFL’s 10th-leading rusher of all-time, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2011. For his 12-year career, he totaled 2,836 carries for 12,279 yards and 100 touchdowns as well as 767 receptions for 6,875 yards and 36 touchdowns. Faulk was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection (1995-96, 1999-2003), six-time All-Pro team member (1994-95, 1998-2001) and three-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1999-2001). He was also named NFL Most Valuable Player in 2000 and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1994. Faulk is the first player in NFL history to gain 2,000 yards from scrimmage in four straight seasons (1998-2001) and the second to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in both rushing and receiving in the same season (1999).


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Pagano talks win over Seattle, home crowd, and the contributions of Hilton/Mathis on weekly radio show

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 12:00 pm

With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.

Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show on Monday night following the Colts 34-28 win over the Seahawks:

On how the Colts pulled it off on Sunday:

“We knew it was going to be a 15-round heavyweight fight so to speak. We made a huge emphasis, we knew this team was outscoring their opponents 44-7 in the fourth quarter and we were outscoring our opponents 24-7 in the fourth quarter and we knew if we got it late in the fourth quarter, we had to win that quarter. Once again our guys came through and I think we outscored them 11-0 in the fourth and held the ball for over 12 (12:11) minutes. That was really the difference in the ball game.”

On the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday:

“It was great the whole ball game but that last series for them, that place was deafening. Again, I can’t thank our fans enough. They made a huge difference. Again, we talked about the timeout situation and them not having any. I don’t know what you point a finger on but they play a hand in that. They didn’t have any timeouts because they had to burn them. Them not having any timeouts at the end of the game makes a huge difference.”

On T.Y.’s Hilton’s 73-yard touchdown late in the first quarter:

“We hadn’t really taken a shot so to speak down the field. They were obviously loading the box. I think we had just gotten a first down. I think it was our first first down. They got cover corners, a great free safety, all that sort of stuff but we tried to loosen them up a little bit because of them playing eight in the box. A great call by our offensive guys and Pep (Hamilton) and T.Y. ran a great route. I think Andrew got rid of the ball just in time. I think he took a little bit of a shot on the play and put it right on the money and then the run after the catch was unbelievable.”

On Robert Mathis becoming the 30th player in NFL history to reach the 100-sack plateau:

“Unbelievable. To reach that mark is a testament Robert’s work ethic, his character, his integrity. We said last night in the locker room, he’s a pro’s pro, a man’s man. If I had a son, I would want him to be just like Robert. He does all the right things and he’s just a great football player, but he’s a better person and I couldn’t be happier for Robert.”

On the Colts play during the 2nd half the past few weeks:

“I think it comes down to these guys prepare really well. These guys practice hard. We try to push each other. They push each other in practice so the game actually slows down for them. It’s a little bit easier. From a preparation standpoint, that’s huge. Our guys just stick to the process. They don’t get away from the things that help you win ball games, help you extend drives, help you get off the field on third downs. They seem to get stronger as the game goes longer.

On the Colts defense and how they are continuing to grow:

“I think these guys are just starting to scratch the surface to be honest with you. They’ve put the time in. They are going about their business the right way. They prepare. They work hard at practice. They are becoming more familiar with the defense, the terminology and are trusting of one another, playing together, doing their job and taking care of their business. They love playing. We have a bunch of guys out there that love playing football. They love getting after you. They have the right mindset. They play with the right physicality that you need to play with. They love winning and they love beating guys down. We have an aggressive group and hopefully we can keep going in the right direction.”


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“Newcomer of the Week” Seattle Edition: Trent Richardson

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 9:00 am

Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the” Newcomer of the Week” from Jacksonville.

Only a handful of players were left in the Colts locker room after Sunday’s 34-28 win as Trent Richardson continued to answer questions to various media outlets.

After a first half to forget (six carries for two yards), Richardson found some daylight in the third and fourth quarters.

Richardson had 12 carries for 54 yards following halftime and his physical running style finished off the Colts win.

“As a team’s perspective, we played all four quarters and we finished,” Richardson said following the game.

“It doesn’t matter how you start, it depends how you finish. So we played all four quarters, we played together and everybody had that spark. We just played football.”

To start off the second half, Richardson ripped off a 16-yard rush, which was his longest gain in his three games with the Colts.

Arguably his most important rush came with 4:30 remaining with the Colts facing a third-and-five at the Seattle 45-yard line.

Richardson put his head down, broke multiple tackles and grounded out a 10-yard gain which allowed the Colts to burn off another 2:30.

“Big third down carry,” Richardson said recalling the run. “It was a power play, went up the middle and I told myself I know that’s what they brought me here for, not to let one man take me down, not to let one arm tackle take you down.”

“That’s the football I play. That’s a signature move for me.”

Other Newcomers of Note:

Defensive end Lawrence Guy gets an exception for this category as he did not make the Colts final cuts but was re-signed to the 53-man roster two weeks ago. Guy had a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown, a tackle for loss and the first pass deflection against Russell Wilson this season.

Outside linebacker Erik Walden had four tackles, a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery. Walden played 68 defensive snaps (99% of total defensive snaps) as the Colts played their first full game without Bjoern Werner.

Cornerback Greg Toler finished second on the team with seven tackles and had two pass deflections, one of which came on Seattle’s final drive.


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Colts Daily Headlines: October 8th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:30 am

It was another Victory Monday for the Colts as they celebrated their third straight victory. Today’s news look at the very early playoff picture for the Colts and how Donald Brown has accepted his new role.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, October 8th.  

Path to the playoffs is much clearer for the Colts after victories

By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star

The 4-1 start for the Colts means that while players inside of the team complex stick to the week-by-week process, those on the outside start looking at the big picture.

It also allows a team to think about bigger goals. And the Colts, with their 4-1 start, are generating considerable conversation nationally about their potential in the postseason. That effort begins at home, in the Colts’ own division.

And for the first time in the post-Peyton era, the Colts own sole possession of first place in the AFC South. That is no small feat.

“I think that’s what everybody’s goal is, to be that head honcho in their division,” safety Antoine Bethea said. “(My) first couple years here, that’s what we were. They had to come through us to win the division. The past couple years, it’s been Houston. For us to be up there at the top, that means a lot for this team. We come into the year saying that’s our goal.”

Brown’s big play well-earned

By: George Bremer, Herald Bulletin

Not many running backs that are drafted in the first round spend their fifth NFL season learning the role of punt protector.

Donald Brown is the rare breed who has taken full advantage of another opportunity.

Instead of complaining about his role — or even looking to force an exit in the final year of his contract — Brown has been the consummate good soldier. He’s averaged a robust 8.3 yards per carry on just 19 rushing attempts, and that’s just part of why it was so good to see him emphatically spiking the football in the end zone after scoring the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday against Seattle.

Brown sees nothing special in his team-first approach.

“You just prepare for all situations,” he said. “You have to prepare like you’re the starter no matter what the situation is. When your number’s called, make the most of every opportunity, whether you’re on offense or on special teams.”


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