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Posted by coltsindianapolis on November 23, 2014 – 10:03 am

The roof will be closed for today’s game #JAXvsIND


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on November 22, 2014 – 12:27 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed running back Zurlon Tipton to the active roster from the practice squad and waived wide receiver Griff Whalen.

Tipton was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2014 and was signed to the practice squad on September 11, 2014. He ranks fourth in Central Michigan history with 34 career rushing touchdowns. As a senior, Tipton was named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List while earning the 2013 CMU Gridiron Gladiator Award. As a team captain, he rushed for 398 yards on 74 attempts while leading the team with a 5.4 yards per rush average and eight touchdowns. In 2012, Tipton was named a Second Team All-MAC recipient while being selected as the CMU Most Valuable Player. His 1,492 rushing yards that season ranked fourth in Central Michigan history while his 19 rushing and 20 total touchdowns tied for the second-most ever by a Chippewa.

Whalen was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012. In 19 career games (three starts), he totaled 26 receptions for 282 yards and two touchdowns. Whalen also contributed on special teams and recorded 34 punt returns for 291 yards (8.6 avg.) and 16 kickoff returns for 401 yards (25.1 avg.).


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

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on – 11:00 am

It’s a new 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.

This week’s winning recipe comes from Sherry P. of Huntingburg, IN  who takes a already delicious portobello mushrooms and STUFFS them with pork! These stuffed mushrooms aren’t your typical tailgate food, but anything that you combines sausage and TWO kinds of cheeses has to be good.

STUFFED MUSHROOMS

20-25 medium portobello mushrooms
1/2 lb Italian Sausage, browned and drained
1/2 cup chopped spinach
8 oz cream cheese, softened
8 oz mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teas. basil
1/4 teas white pepper

Clean mushrooms, removing stems and fins. Cup side up, brush mushrooms with balsamic vinegar. Mix the spinach, cheeses, basil & white pepper. It works best to heat this a little so it stays together better. Put a teaspoon of sausage in each mushroom cup, top with cheese mixture. Grill or bake, until cheese is melted . Enjoy.

Thanks for sharing Sherry! Think your tailgate recipe is better? Enter it here.


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Windows Version Now Available for Colts Mobile App

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on November 20, 2014 – 4:45 pm

Colts fans with Windows phones… WE HEAR YOU!

 

The Colts Mobile app is now available on all major platforms with the newest addition being Windows. You can now make your Windows phone a unique part of your game-day experience for Colts games:

*Exclusive in-stadium content:

-          Multi-angle replays

-          Live REDZONE Channel

-          Stadium amenities map

-          Decibel meter

*Fantasy Stats (Real-time individual and team game and season stats from across the league via the official NFL stats engine).

*Real-time scores from around the NFL, including summaries and box scores.

*Watch Live streaming press conferences, and player/coach interviews.

*Find the fastest way to and from the game with updated traffic maps.

*Listen to the radio broadcast of the game.

*Real-time breaking news from the Colts, previews of upcoming matchups and postgame blogs.

*Photo gallery of game action.

*Up-to-date rosters and depth charts.

*Social Media: Aggregated twitter of the Colts’ official tweets, check in to the stadium on game day, one-click tweet of all media items, one-click Facebook posting of all media items.

*Schedule of all upcoming games, scores/stats of previous games from the season and ticket purchases.

 

Download the FREE Windows version, today.

Colts fans can also download the app free from iTunesAndroid or the BlackBerry Store.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on November 18, 2014 – 2:46 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent return specialist Josh Cribbs and free agent tight end Weslye Saunders to the active roster. The team placed running back Ahmad Bradshaw on Injured Reserve and waived outside linebacker Victor Butler.

The Colts also signed running back Michael Hill to the practice squad and released wide receiver Eric Thomas from the practice squad.

Cribbs, 6-1, 192 pounds, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection (2007, 2009, 2012), two-time NFL All-Pro selection (2007, 2009) and a member of the NFL All-Decade Team (2000s). He leads all active players in career kickoff returns and yards and ranks fifth in NFL history in combined kickoff/punt return touchdowns with 11. Cribbs ranks third all-time in kickoff return yards (10,505), tied for fifth in kickoff returns (407) and fifth (12,755) in combined kick/punt return yards. He shares an NFL record with nine other players for kickoff return touchdowns in a game, with two in a 2009 win at Kansas City. He also owns two of the top four days ever recorded by an NFL returner: 306 combined kickoff/punt return yards in a 2007 contest against Baltimore and 305 in a 2009 trip to Kansas City.

Now in his 10th NFL season (2005-2014), Cribbs has returned 407 kickoffs for 10,505 yards and eight touchdowns to go along with 203 punt returns for 2,250 yards and three touchdowns. Offensively, he has started 31-of-130 career games played and has totaled 109 receptions for 1,167 yards and seven touchdowns, while rushing 141 times for 808 yards and two touchdowns.

Saunders, 6-5, 261 pounds, re-joins the Colts after being waived on August 30, 2014. He was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 16, 2012. While with the team from 2012-13, he totaled six receptions for 61 yards in 17 games played (five starts). For his career, he has caught 10 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in 33 games (11 starts). Saunders entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011.

Bradshaw played in 10 games (one start) this season and recorded 90 rushing attempts for 425 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with 38 receptions for 300 yards and a career-high six receiving touchdowns. His receiving touchdown total led all running backs in 2014 and tied for the fifth-highest single-season total by a running back in franchise history. For his career, Bradshaw has tallied 1,052 rushes for 4,843 yards and 36 touchdowns and 177 receptions for 1,429 yards and nine touchdowns in 97 games played (36 starts).

Butler was signed by the Colts as a free agent on October 6, 2014 and recorded three special teams tackles in two games this season. For his career, he has totaled 65 tackles (48 solo), 11.0 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 46 special teams stops in 65 games played (two starts). Butler was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Hill, 5-10, 210 pounds, was originally signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2013 and also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and most recently the Green Bay Packers before being released from the Packers practice squad on November 5, 2014. As a rookie in 2013, he played in eight games and rushed for 23 yards on nine carries and caught two passes for 23 yards. He also returned one kickoff for 19 yards. Hill finished his career at Missouri Western State as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards (4,969), all-purpose yards (5,851), rushing attempts (928) and 100-yard rushing games (20). As a senior in 2012, he led the nation (Division II) with a school-record 2,168 yards on 311 carries (7.0 avg.). Hill finished as the runner-up for the Harlon Hill Award, given to the nation’s top player in Division II.

Thomas was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Troy University on May 12, 2014, was waived on August 25 and was signed to the practice squad on November 5. He played for the Omaha Mammoths of the FXFL after he was waived by the Colts and caught four passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in two games played. Thomas finished his Troy career ranked third all-time in school history with 197 receptions, third with 2,655 career receiving yards and second with 29 touchdown receptions


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“Back-Up of the Game” is safety Mike Adams

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 17, 2014 – 1:50 pm

This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is safety Mike Adams.

When the 2014 season comes to a close, fans will look back on the signing of Mike Adams as one of the most important of the offseason.

Ever since Delano Howell’s injury, Adams has taken the starting safety spot and been a durable presence while continuing to find himself around the ball.

On Sunday, Adams had two interceptions of Tom Brady after the Patriots quarterback had just one pick in his previous 200 pass attempts.

As you would expect from Adams, he didn’t have much to say about his interceptions.

“It doesn’t mean anything, just a stat for me which I really don’t care about,” Adams said after the loss. “I’d rather have a “W” with no tackles and no picks anyway, especially given the implications and importance of this game. We all knew Denver lost. We all saw that so in the back of our head, I can’t speak for everybody else, but I knew we needed this. We needed it bad, but we’re not out, we’re not down and out. We’re just going to keep grinding and get back to work.”

Adams chipped in with a team-best 11 tackles on the night.

His four interceptions in 2014 ties a career-high he set back in 2005 with the San Francisco 49ers.

With some influx at the safety position this season, Adams has been a stable voice.

He was speaking after the game like a veteran on how the Colts must react following the loss.

“In this game, the best part about it is that we got next week. We got next week to recover,” Adams said.

“There’s no quit in us. It doesn’t stop here. We’re going to move on to next week, I don’t even know who we got, I don’t care who we have, but we’re going to show up. We have to show up.”

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Five Things Learned: Colts/Patriots

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 11:51 am

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INDIANAPOLIS – With a committed and effective Patriots ground game, the Colts played from behind all night on Sunday.

New England’s 42-20 win over the Colts marked just the second time Indianapolis has lost in the last two months.

The Colts (6-4) will stay at Lucas Oil Stadium for the next two weeks with the Jaguars (1-9) on the Week 12 slate for a Sunday afternoon kickoff.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

BETTER TRENCH WORK—The numbers in the run game on Sunday night weren’t anything Chuck Pagano saw coming. From the 19 rushing yards gained to the 244 given up, the head coach was emphatic saying the Colts need better trench play going forward. The Patriots converted 75 percent of their third-down attempts, an area where the Colts defense had been stout in this season.

RED ZONE STRUGGLES – Playing teams like the Patriots, red zone numbers are even more emphasized. The Patriots took full advantage with five touchdowns in their five red zone drives. The Colts couldn’t maintain the same success on their drives in New England territory. This will continue to be a focus of the Colts moving forward.

MORE PRODUCTION FROM COBY FLEENER – One of the bright spots coming out of Sunday night was the play of Coby Fleener. With seven catches (seven targets) for a career-high 144 receiving yards, Fleener exploited several one-on-one chances against the Patriots secondary. That marks back-to-back impressive outings for the third-year tight end and he could see his reps rise depending on…

INJURY WATCH – …the health of Dwayne Allen. Chuck Pagano said after the game that the ankle injury which took Allen out of the game prior to halftime was “mild.” Ahmad Bradshaw also left Sunday night with a lower leg injury. Those two have been vital to the Colts offensive success in 2014 after they both were injured reserve casualties early in 2013.

AFC SOUTH LEAD SHRINKS – The talk after the game on Sunday shifted from potential home field advantage in the playoffs to a tighter AFC South race. With Houston winning at Cleveland, the Colts have a one-game lead in the division. The Colts are 3-0 in the division though and will have three games left against AFC South teams (Jacksonville-11/24, Houston-12/14, @Tenneesee-12/28).

 


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

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on November 15, 2014 – 3:54 pm

It’s a new 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.

This week’s winning recipe comes from Carl R. of Pierceton, Indiana who has a pork recipe that is literally exploding with pork. You may need some patience, but this “Bacon Explosion” will be worth the wait!

 

Bacon Explosion Recipe

Ingredients:
- 1 lb bacon – I prefer low sodium and standard cut (not thick cut) – any brand will do
- 1 lb bulk breakfast sausage
- 1/2 lb deli ham (shaved, thin- or thick-sliced…whatever your preference)
- Maple syrup and cinnamon for a breakfast experience (BBQ sauce, hot sauce and cayenne pepper are a great combo too) The exact amount of seasoning/syrup you use is up to you.
- 2 sheets of parchment paper

Instructions:
1. Make a tight 7×7 weave of bacon on parchment paper. This is the most labor intensive part. I usually lay out 7 horizontal strips and then weave in 7 vertical strips. Finished weave should look like a checkerboard.
2. If there is any left-over bacon, fry it up and save it for step #7.
3. Add syrup/cinnamon OR BBQ/hot sauce/cayenne on the top of the weave.
4. On the second sheet of parchment paper, spread out the sausage until it’s almost the same size of the bacon weave (a bit smaller is fine). A rolling pin comes in handy for this step.
5. Peel the sausage off of the parchment paper and put on top of the bacon weave.
6. Add syrup/cinnamon OR BBQ/hot sauce/cayenne on the top of the sausage.
7. Dice ham and any leftover cooked bacon, then sprinkle the mix on top of the sausage.
8. Add syrup/cinnamon OR BBQ/hot sauce/cayenne on the top of the ham.
9. Leaving bacon weave in place, roll the sausage and ham mix from bottom to top.
10. With sausage roll at top of bacon weave, roll the weave and sausage from top to bottom. If it doesn’t stay closed on its own, you may have to add toothpicks.
11. Place log on a cooling rack (the cooling rack elevates the log and keeps it out of the grease puddles).
12. Put the rack in a cookie sheet with edges on the side to catch grease.
13. Add thin layer of syrup/cinnamon OR BBQ/hot sauce/cayenne on the top of the log.
14. Bake at 325 for about an hour. Turn the log 90-180 degrees so that the bottom is on a side or the top so that this bacon will crisp up. Bake for maybe another 45 minutes or until the internal temp of the sausage is around 160 (Check the Indiana Pork Producers website for exact recommended internal temperature).

Tips:
- Thick cut bacon may not firm up enough during cooking process, thin usually works better.
- Use pre-cooked ham and fried bacon for the center since this will be the hardest area to cook thoroughly. You don’t really want to leave it in the oven too long because the outside may burn and the whole thing could dry out.

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Thanks for sharing Christopher! Think your tailgate recipe is better? Enter it here.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS TE-DWAYNE ALLEN NAMED RECIPIENT OF THE ED BLOCK COURAGE AWARD

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on November 14, 2014 – 10:16 am

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen has been selected by his teammates as the recipient of the 2014 Ed Block Courage Award.

The award is an annual recognition for courageous play by an individual and Allen is one of 32 National Football League players who earned the accolade. The players of each member club nominate an individual annually and those chosen are honored at a banquet in Baltimore each March.

“It’s very humbling to receive the Ed Block Courage Award,” said Allen. “It’s even more humbling knowing that it was voted on by my peers and knowing that they think of me in such a way to reward me. I never serve the community with the thought of receiving anything back and I always try to serve to the best of my ability. I’m truly grateful.”

Allen is in his third season with the Colts after being selected by the team in the third round (64th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. In nine starts this season, he has recorded 26 receptions for 374 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns. His touchdown total ranks tied for fourth among NFL tight ends this season.

“This guy is a selfless guy. He’s a great player but he’s a better person,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “I know he spends a great deal of time giving back and serving. We talk all the time here about team first and self second and serving. He does it on the football field and he does it in the locker room. He’s not a real loud guy around here. He lets his actions speak for themselves. He’s one of those guys that whatever time he has away from football, you know he’s doing something for the community and spending time out in the community and giving back. He’s one of those guys that has a great appreciation for the blessings that he has. He certainly understands that this is a privilege, and not a right, and he’s taken full advantage of the platform he has to give back, to serve our community, serve the team and serve the horseshoe. He’s a horseshoe guy through and through. He’s a great, great person.”

For his career, Allen has started all 26 games he’s appeared in, catching 72 passes for 915 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has also contributed on special teams with five tackles and a forced fumble. In 2012, Allen led all NFL rookie tight ends in receptions (45) and receiving yards (521), while setting a Colts single-season rookie record for receptions by a tight end.

Off the field, Allen lends his support to many charitable endeavors. As Player Executive for DREAM Alive, he serves not only as the professional face of the organization for at-risk youth, but also participates in program development and implementation. Allen donates his Colts Community ticket block to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and served as a spokesperson for the LIBRARYSTRONG campaign in partnership with the foundation. In support of Black History Month, he hosted a SUPER Read Challenge and donated two Colts season tickets as the grand prize.

Allen is involved with the NFL’s NO MORE Campaign, the 2014 Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Annual Dinner, Colts Community Tuesdays and Read Across America. He has also served as a guest speaker or attendee for Washington Irving School 14 – Indianapolis Public School ”All Honors Dinner”, School on Wheels’ “Education Celebration” and the White House 2014 Easter Egg Roll.

The award is named after Ed Block who was the head athletic trainer for the Baltimore Colts from 1954-1977. He served as trainer emeritus with the club until he passed away in 1983.

Past winners of the award dating back to 2000, include: DE-Cory Redding (2013), S-Antoine Bethea (2012), DE-Robert Mathis (2011), DE-Dwight Freeney (2010), DB-Marlin Jackson (2009), C-Jeff Saturday (2008), OG-Ryan Lilja (2007), WR-Reggie Wayne (2006), LB-Cato June (2005), LB-Gary Brackett (2004), DE-Chad Bratzke (2003), LB-Rob Morris (2002), QB-Peyton Manning (2001) and DT-Bernard Whittington (2000).

The 37th annual Ed Block Courage Award dinner is scheduled during March in Baltimore. Proceeds from the affair benefit the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation in Baltimore. The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation’s objective is to establish homes for abused children in each NFL city. Indianapolis established an Ed Block Courage home (Children’s Bureau) in October of 2000. The home is part of a national support network for abused children.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on November 4, 2014 – 2:20 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today activated safety LaRon Landry from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list and activated tackle Xavier Nixon from Injured Reserve/Designated for Return. The team waived cornerback Jalil Brown and tackle Jamon Meredith from the active roster and waived fullback Stanley Havili from Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (Failed Physical).

The Colts also agreed to sign wide receiver Eric Thomas to the practice squad and released wide receiver Chandler Jones from the practice squad.

Landry started the first four games of this season and registered 25 tackles (19 solo) and 1.0 sack. For his career, he has totaled 654 tackles (480 solo), 42 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles, 6.5 sacks, six interceptions and five fumble recoveries in 96 games (95 starts). Landry has also posted 17 tackles (13 solo) and two interceptions in three postseason starts. He was originally signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013.

Nixon was signed by the Colts off the Washington Redskins practice squad on September 24, 2013 and appeared in four games, making one start last season. He was placed on Injured Reserve/Designated for Return on September 2, 2014 and returned to practice on October 15. Nixon was originally signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of Florida, where he appeared in 46 games and made 33 starts on the offensive line.

Brown was signed by the Colts on September 30, 2014 and appeared in two games this season. He also played in five games for the Colts in 2013, making two tackles. For his career, Brown has recorded 24 solo tackles and 14 special teams stops in 36 games (two starts).

Meredith was signed by the Colts as a free agent on September 2, 2014. He appeared in four games and was inactive for four games this season. For his career, Meredith has played in 51 career games (24 starts) with the Colts (2014), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-13), Pittsburgh Steelers (2011), New York Giants (2010) and Buffalo Bills (2009-2010).

Havili was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 28, 2013 and posted career highs of 18 receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown last season. He was then placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list on August 26, 2014. For his career, Havili has totaled 13 rushes for 29 yards and a touchdown as well as 25 receptions for 171 yards and a score in 28 games (10 starts).

Thomas, 6-1, 225 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Troy University on May 12, 2014 and was waived on August 25. He then played for the Omaha Mammoths of the FXFL where he caught four passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in two games played. Thomas finished his Troy career ranked third all-time in school history with 197 receptions, third with 2,655 career receiving yards and second with 29 touchdown receptions. He is the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader in career touchdown receptions.

Jones was first signed to the Colts practice squad on September 30, 2014, was released on October 21 and was signed back to the practice squad on October 28. He was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 and was waived on August 4. Jones set career records at San Jose State for receptions (248), receiving yards (3,087) and touchdown receptions (29).


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