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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 15, 2014 – 4:02 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed cornerback Sheldon Price to the active roster from the practice squad and waived tackle Andrew McDonald from the active roster.

Price, 6-2, 198 pounds, has spent the entire season on the Colts practice squad. He was originally signed by the team as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013 and was signed to the active roster from the practice squad on December 26, 2013. He was inactive for the 2013 regular season finale and both postseason contests. At UCLA, Price competed in 47 career games (45 starts) and totaled 157 tackles (123 solo), 21 passes defensed, five interceptions and two forced fumbles. As a senior in 2012, he tied for the team lead with four interceptions and set the school’s single-game record with three picks against Houston. Following the season, Price participated in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game.

McDonald was signed by the Colts as a free agent on December 3, 2014. He played in two games with the Seattle Seahawks this season before being signed to their practice squad on November 22, 2014. McDonald was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Indiana University on May 14, 2012 and also spent time with the Carolina Panthers in 2013.


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Texans

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 14, 2014 – 10:13 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts (10-4) earned yet another double-digit win season on Sunday thanks to a 17-10 victory over the Houston Texans (7-7).

With the Colts 12th straight divisional victory, Indianapolis clinched the AFC South for a second straight season.

Now, the Colts will hit the road for the final two games of the season with a trip to Dallas (10-4) first up next Sunday.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

PLAYOFF BOUND—For the 14th time in the last 16 years, the Colts are members of the postseason. The first goal for Chuck Pagano’s team was accomplished on Sunday in winning the AFC South. The Colts look to be locked into the No. 3 seed as long as they win one of their final two games.

DEFENSE CARRYING THE TORCH– In the last month, the Colts defense has been very sound. That was once again the case on Sunday with the Colts limiting Arian Foster to 3.8 yards per carry, his second fewest in the last three months. Vontae Davis added to his Pro Bowl resume by recording his fourth interception of the season.

PRO BOWL KICKERS The Colts have more than a legitimate argument for both of their kickers earning Pro Bowl honors this year. Adam Vinatieri has now made 34 straight field goals, the fourth longest streak in NFL history. Pat McAfee pinned four more punts inside the 20-yard line against Houston, tying his own franchise record of 27 punts downed inside the 20-yard line set last season (27).

SKILL GROUP SHUFFLE – Hakeem Nicks had seen his reps diminish in the past few weeks but he made the most of limited playing time on Sunday. Nicks caught two passes for 44 yards including a 26-yard touchdown. His 18-yard catch set up the Colts second touchdown. The lone injury from Sunday’s game was a hamstring for T.Y. Hilton, which is something to watch going forward.

ROAD SHOW NEXT – The Colts have guaranteed themselves at least one more home game this season, but they will hit the road the last two weeks of the regular season. Next week, the Colts will head to Dallas to take on the NFC East leaders in what will be a tremendous challenge for the Indianapolis defense.


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Stadium Update

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 8:03 am

The roof will be closed for today’s game.


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“Be Inspired” Pork Tailgate Recipe Contest Winner – Texans Week

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on December 13, 2014 – 3:10 pm

It’s Colts football season and that means that it’s tailgating season! Just like last year, the Colts and Indiana Pork have partnered in search of the best pork tailgate recipe in all of Colts Nation, and guess who is in charge of it? Yours truly! We’re going to be searching for the best pork tailgate recipes you have to offer. We want to see some creativity and of course plenty of pork! What something to sweeten the deal? How about a year supply of bacon! Yes, the grand prize winner will receive a year supply of bacon. The weekly winners will receive a prize package consisting of a $50 Meijer gift certificate,101 Things to Do With Bacon Book, Indiana Pork Apron, Colts hat, Colts yearbook and Colts 2013 Season DVD. We’ve had  a lot of GREAT recipes this year but this is the final week for the contest! Sad, but true.

This week’s winning recipe comes from Mike C. of Cache, Oklahoma who takes the “fatty” phenomenon to a whole new level. This spicy rendition of a pork-topia looks like a great way to spend a cold December Sunday!

Mike’s Big Fatty

1 pk bacon
1 chub mild pork sausage
2 poblano chiles
1 cup quesadilla cheese

Start by roasting your chiles over fire or high heat until they blister. Place the chiles in a ziplock bag for 10 minutes so they can steam. Once they’ve steamed a while, remove the skin then open the chiles to remove the seeds.

Make a weave with your bacon and set aside. Spread your pork into a rectangle shape on plastic wrap or wax paper. Place your two skinned and seeded chiles down on the middle of the pork sausage then top the chiles with your cheese. Using the plastic wrap or wax paper, roll the sausage, chiles and cheese up into a log, then place the log on the bacon weave. Wrap the bacon weave around the roll and you’re ready to grill or bake. Medium heat on the grill (or 400 degree oven) for 10 minutes, then flip and finish on the other side for an additional 15.

Slice and destroy.

As if your imagination isn’t enough, Mike provided a visual to go along with this beast. Dig in!

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Thanks for all the 2014 entries and recipe winners. We will have details on the Grand Prize winner here soon!


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Browns

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 7, 2014 – 9:28 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts (9-4) escaped Cleveland (7-6) with a thrilling come from behind victory on Sunday afternoon.

With the 25-24 victory, the Colts are now just one game away from clinching the AFC South for a second straight season.

Next week is the Colts final home game of the regular season with Houston (7-6) coming to Lucas Oil Stadium for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

COMEBACK ACT—It’s been a while since Andrew Luck has executed a comeback victory after registering a record seven during his rookie season. On Sunday, Luck led the Colts on an 11-play, 90-yard game-winning drive with a pair of third-down conversions and a fourth-and-one that had the game in its balance. The Colts know that as long as they can keep it within striking distance, No. 12 has the capability to produce late game magic.

DEFENSE GAINING STEAM – For the third straight week, the Colts defense was very solid. With the Browns looking to expand a multiple possession lead, the Colts stood tall. In the second half, the Browns amassed just 61 total yards in 25 plays with seven drives ending in five punts, one interception and one field goal in sudden change.

OFFENSIVE LINE NEXT MEN UP The Colts offensive line ran out of bodies on Sunday. With injuries to Jonottahn Harrison (burner) and Joe Reitz (ankle), the Colts used up all seven of their active linemen. Both A.Q. Shipley and Khaled Holmes filled in nicely and provided Andrew Luck with some extended time to throw in the second half.

T.Y. HILTON’S PRO BOWL CAMPAIGN – Facing Browns cornerback Joe Haden, T.Y. Hilton knew things would be difficult on Sunday. After just one catch in the first half, Hilton exploded for nine catches in the second half and finished the night with 150 receiving yards. The 100-yard day for Hilton was his sixth of the season and he fell one reception short of a career-high.

AFC SOUTH CROWN IN SIGHT – Late in the second half on Sunday, it looked like the Colts AFC South lead was going to dwindle to just one game with Houston coming to Indianapolis next week. However, thanks to the late game heroics the lead for the Colts stayed at two games. Things get a bit tricky down the stretch if the Colts were to lose on Sunday. Basically, no matter what happens to the Texans over the last three weeks, the Colts just need a win this Sunday or in Week 17 vs. the Titans to win the AFC South (for tiebreaker purposes).


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS QB-ANDREW LUCK NAMED AFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 4, 2014 – 10:00 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November. This marks the first time he has earned the award in his career.

In the month of November, Luck completed 88-of-144 passes for 1,280 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions for a 112.0 passer rating, leading the Colts to a 3-1 record. His touchdown total ranked tied for third in the NFL, while his passer rating ranked fifth and his passing yardage total ranked sixth.

In a Week 9 meeting at the Giants, Luck became the first player in NFL history with at least 350 passing yards in five consecutive road contests. He joined Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees (twice) as the only quarterbacks in league history with at least 3,000 passing yards in their team’s first nine games to begin a season and also became the third player in NFL history with six consecutive games of 40-plus attempts.

In Week 11 against New England, Luck totaled his eighth consecutive 300-yard passing outing which ranks as the second-longest streak in NFL history. In Week 12 against Jacksonville, he took sole possession of second place in team history for consecutive games with 20-or-more completions. He finished with eight rushes for 49 yards, which was the second-highest single-game rushing total of his career.

In a Week 13 win against Washington, Luck became the fifth quarterback since 1970 to record 30 victories in the first three seasons of a career. He established a career-high with five touchdown passes and threw for over four touchdown passes for the sixth time in his career. His five touchdown passes tied for the third-most in a single game in team history and he became the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for two touchdowns of 70-plus yards in a single game. Luck joined Johnny Unitas (one) and Peyton Manning (six) as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to throw for 30-plus touchdowns in a single season and tied Carson Palmer (78) for the fourth-most passing touchdowns in the first three seasons of a quarterback’s career in NFL history. He set a career-long with a 79-yard pass to wide receiver Donte Moncrief, which went for his fifth touchdown. On the play, Luck reached 4,000 passing yards for the year and joined Peyton Manning and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino as the only players to pass for 4,000 yards in two of their first three NFL seasons. He also became the third-fastest player to reach 12,000 career passing yards in NFL history. Luck posted his 10th 300-yard passing game of the year, which set a single-season franchise record (Peyton Manning, nine in 2004). With 19 completions, he passed Andy Dalton (992) for the second-most completions in the first three seasons of a quarterback’s career in NFL history. Luck finished with four touchdown passes of 30-plus yards and became only the second player in the last 10 years to accomplish the feat in a single game (Matt Flynn vs. Detroit 1/1/12).

Luck has completed 313-of-491 passes (63.7%) for 4,011 yards, 34 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 103.0 passer rating in 12 starts this season. His completion percentage, touchdown total and passer rating are all career highs. He has also rushed for 213 yards and two touchdowns on 50 attempts. For his career, Luck has completed 995-of-1,688 passes for 12,207 yards, 80 touchdowns, 38 interceptions and a 87.8 passer rating, while rushing for 845 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Luck is the second Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Month honors in 2014, as punter Pat McAfee was honored as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September. The Colts are the second team in the NFL this season to earn two Player of the Month awards.

2014 COLTS AFC PLAYER OF THE WEEK RECIPIENTS
Week 3: Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Week
Week 6: Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Week 13: D’Qwell Jackson – AFC Defensive Player of the Week

2014 COLTS AFC PLAYER OF THE MONTH RECIPIENTS
September: Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Month
November: Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Month


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS ILB-D’QWELL JACKSON NAMED AFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 3, 2014 – 9:59 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 13. This marks the second time he has earned the award in his career (2012 – Week 12).

In the Colts’ 49-27 victory over the Washington Redskins in Week 13, Jackson tied for the team lead with 12 tackles (seven solo), two tackles for loss, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery, which he returned 35 yards for a touchdown. Following an Erik Walden sack-forced fumble in the third quarter, he scooped up the ball and took it to the end zone for a score giving Indianapolis a 35-17 lead. It marked his second career touchdown (27-yard interception return against Philadelphia on Sept. 9, 2012).

Jackson has started all 12 games this year, recording a team-leading 137 tackles (81 solo) and a career-high 4.0 sacks. He has also tied his single-season career-high with three fumble recoveries. For his nine-year NFL career, Jackson has registered 1,028 tackles (647 solo), 15.5 sacks, 29 passes defensed, eight interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries and six forced fumbles in 109 games played (108 starts). He has topped 100 tackles in seven seasons, including in each of the last four.

Jackson is the third Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Week honors in 2014. The Colts are the fourth team in the NFL this season with an Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week, joining Arizona, New England and San Diego.

2014 COLTS AFC PLAYER OF THE WEEK RECIPIENTS
Week 3: Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Week
Week 6: Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Week 13: D’Qwell Jackson – AFC Defensive Player of the Week

2014 COLTS AFC PLAYER OF THE MONTH RECIPIENTS
September: Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Month


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 2, 2014 – 3:01 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with free agent tackle Andrew McDonald and waived tight end Weslye Saunders.

McDonald, 6-5, 317 pounds, played in two games with the Seattle Seahawks this season before being signed to their practice squad on November 22, 2014. He was released on November 26. McDonald was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Indiana University on May 14, 2012 and also spent time with the Carolina Panthers in 2013. At Indiana, McDonald played in 36 games with 25 starts, including the last 23 games at left tackle. As a senior in 2011, he started all 12 games at left tackle and opened holes for the Hoosiers to rush for 1,374 yards in Big Ten Conference games, the team’s highest total since 2001. McDonald is originally from Indianapolis and attended Warren Central High School.

Saunders was signed by the Colts as a free agent on November 18, 2014 and played in one game this season. He was first signed by the team as a free agent on October 16, 2012 and totaled six receptions for 61 yards in 18 games played (five starts) from 2012-14. For his career, Saunders has caught 10 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in 34 games (11 starts).


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“Back-Up of the Game” is wide receiver Donte Moncrief

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 1, 2014 – 3:56 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is wide receiver Donte Moncrief.

As the Colts continue to search for playmakers down the stretch, it’s the youngest man in the skill group once again shining.

On Sunday, there was Donte Moncrief finding himself behind the Washington secondary for two massive touchdowns.

“(Moncrief) just keeps getting better and better and I think he’s just starting figure it out a little more and a little more,” Andrew Luck said after Moncrief’s three-catch, 134-yard, two-touchdown afternoon

“He’s so conscientious. He is a pro. It feels like he knows how to be a pro.”

Sunday marked the second 100-yard game of Moncrief’s rookie season.

The snap counts for Moncrief continue to rise and his impact on the game is seen in virtually every touch he gets.

His 79-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter marked the longest throw of Andrew Luck’s career.

Ever since Moncrief began to flash this offseason, the question was where would the then 20-year old get playing time.

In a deep wide receiver group, Moncrief has showed that he’s too good to keep on the sideline.

“It’s fun, man, just playing with these guys. All of these guys are great guys, learning from Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Hakeem (Nicks),” Moncrief said after his second 100-yard receiving day.

“I’m just taking everything in daily, but just learn every day and get better.”

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