Indianapolis Colts Football

“Back-Up of the Game” is safety Sergio Brown

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 6, 2014 – 11:06 am

The always energetic Sergio Brown offered this tweet earlier in the week.

Sunday he backed that up with a trio of tackles, a sack, a pass deflection and was a stabilizing force at the backend of the Colts defense.

I saw (Brown) fly around and make a bunch of plays, make a great third down stop in the first half,” Chuck Pagano said of Brown after the game.

“It seemed like he was everywhere. I’ll wait, I need to look at the tape and I’ll be able to give you a fair evaluation but it looked like he did a nice job.”

The highlight for Brown came on an early fourth-and-one at the Colts three-yard line.

With Baltimore going for it, Brown came flying in from Joe Flacco’s blindside and sacked the Ravens quarterback.

“I feel like the play we made down there on the fourth-and-goal, it was a great one to jump start the rest of the game,” Brown said after the game. “It was a great momentum carrier for the rest of the game.”

As Brown was wrapping up his media sessions on Sunday afternoon, his head coach walked by him and let out a, “Way to go Serg!” which brought an ear-to-ear grin across the face of the Colts safety.

It’s a moment Brown’s wanted for a while now and he made the most of it on Sunday.

“I couldn’t write a story better than this,” Brown said.

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:42 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent outside linebacker Victor Butler to the active roster and waived outside linebacker Chris Carter.

Butler, 6-2, 245 pounds, appeared in 63 career games (two starts) for the Dallas Cowboys from 2009-2012 and totaled 65 tackles (48 solo), 11.0 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 40 special teams tackles. He joined the New Orleans Saints in 2013 and spent the entire season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. In 2012, Butler set career highs with 23 tackles and three passes defensed, while tying a career-high with 3.0 sacks. In 2011, he also posted 3.0 sacks and a career-best 14 special teams tackles. Butler was originally selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Oregon State.

Carter was signed by the Colts as a free agent on September 10, 2014 and played in one game this season. He has competed in 30 games (four starts) with the Colts (2014) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2011-13) over the past four seasons and holds career totals of eight tackles (four solo), one fumble recovery and nine special teams stops. He was originally selected by the Steelers in the fifth round (162nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Fresno State. Read more »


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Five Things Learned: Colts/Ravens

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 5, 2014 – 9:17 pm

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INDIANAPOLIS – Sunday marked a third straight victory for the Colts as they held on for a 20-13 win against the Ravens.

With the victory, the Colts moved into a tie atop the AFC South with the Houston Texans.

The Colts (3-2) will now have a short week with a trip to Houston (3-2) on the schedule for Thursday Night Football.

Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.

DEFENSE’S TURN TO SHINE– After the league leading Colts offense stole the show the last two weeks, the defense bailed them out on Sunday. The Colts defense held the Ravens to just 1-of-11 on third-down after Baltimore was converting 50 percent of its chances coming into Sunday. The Colts had four sacks, forced three turnovers and held the Ravens to just 13 points (three of which came off a turnover inside the Colts 20-yard line).

BJOERN WERNER CHANNELS HIS MATHIS – Sunday was supposed to be Mathis’ first game back. Instead, the Colts all-time sack leader watched Bjoern Werner turn in his best game as a professional. Werner had two of the Colts four sacks on Sunday after Joe Flacco came into Sunday without being sacked in 91 straight pass attempts.

OFFENSE COOLS – Moving the football was not an issue for the Colts offense on Sunday. On nine different times, the Colts penetrated Ravens territory. Yet only 20 points came from those drives. Some friendly fire on the Colts side of things and the Ravens top red zone defense in the NFL contributed to the inability to put the Ravens away.

SERGIO BROWN’S DEBUT – That energy we see from Brown on special teams was channeled quite nicely to the defensive side of the ball. Brown had a crucial sack of Joe Flacco, made a nice open field tackle on third down and had a pass deflection. The Colts secondary played very solid with Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith being held to just five catches for 34 yards.

SHORT WEEK COMING – It’s the Colts turn at Thursday night football. Indianapolis will travel to fellow AFC South leading Houston on Thursday night for the division lead. This year on Thursday night, road teams have been outscored on average by 28 points per game.


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Stadium update: Colts vs Ravens

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:14 am

The roof will be open. The window will be closed for today’s game


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

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on October 4, 2014 – 4:24 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 Andrew Cardamone who has a flavor-packed pork stew that will be sure to keep you warm in the cool and breezy weather. This recipe is packed with pork shoulder, peppers and lots of flavors to fill you up right on gameday.

Pork Stew
Olive oil -your call how much you wanna use, 2-3 tablespoons
2-3 lbs of pork shoulder, cut into cubes
3/4 cup white wine
2 yellow onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 red bell peppers, chopped
2 dry chiles (pasilla, ancho, chipotle) depending on your heat tolerance, chopped, deseeded and destemmed
3 Tbsp hot Hungarian paprika
2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 teaspoon of ground cardamom
1½ cups pork stock (or chicken stock)
Half a can of tomato paste
28 oz of canned whole tomatoes, separated from liquid, torn up by hand
4-5 sprigs fresh flat leaf parsley
pinch of dried thyme (I didn’t have fresh on hand)
Salt and pepper (for the pork and to taste throughout)

Method

Pat pork dry. Brown in batches with a tablespoon of olive oil on medium high heat, it took me two.
Transfer to a bowl.
Turn pan back up to medium high heat. Add part of the wine to pan and stir with a spatula deglaze the fond.
Once all the brown goodness is loose from the bottom, pour over the pork.
Again bringing the pan to medium heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil.
Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are clear and starting to brown.
Add the peppers and cook until the onions are browned and peppers are soft.
Then add the spices (paprika, cumin, cardamom, dried thyme) and tomato paste stirring until mixed completely.
Then add the stock, some more wine, the tomatoes, bay leaf, parsley, and pork back into the pan.
Bring it to a boil, then reduce to low. Partially cover the pan and let it go….slow and low that is the tempo for about 3 hours.
Serve with rice or couscous, garnish with chopped parsley if you are fancy.

 

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


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 3, 2014 – 5:40 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed safety Winston Guy to the practice squad and released inside linebacker Rob Ruggiero from the practice squad. The team also waived inside linebacker Mario Harvey from Injured Reserve with an injury settlement.

Guy, 6-1, 218 pounds, has played in 20 career games (five starts) with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2013-14) and Seattle Seahawks (2012) and has recorded 38 tackles (28 solo), 2.0 sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble. This season, he started three of the first four games for the Jaguars and compiled 14 tackles (10 solo), 1.0 sack and one pass defensed. In 2013, Guy recorded career highs in games played (14), tackles (24), special teams stops (four), sacks (1.0) and forced fumbles (one). He was originally selected by the Seahawks in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Kentucky.

Ruggiero was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 21, 2014 and was waived on August 30. He was then signed to the practice squad on September 30. Ruggiero transferred to Bridgewater State University following three years at Springfield College and in four collegiate seasons, compiled career totals of 47.5 tackles for loss and 22.0 sacks.

Harvey played in 28 career games with the Colts (2012-14) and recorded 15 tackles (13 solo) and 16 special teams stops. In three games this season, he posted one special teams tackle, spending time at both the fullback and inside linebacker positions. Harvey was waived-injured from the team on September 27, 2014.


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COLTS P-PAT McAFEE NAMED AFC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 2, 2014 – 10:00 am

The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September. This marks the first time he has earned the award in his career.

Through the first four games of the season, McAfee leads the NFL in net punting average (45.6) and ranks third in gross punting average (49.6). He has posted a league-high 24 touchbacks on kickoffs and has converted two onside kicks. No other team in the NFL has been successful on a single onside kick in 2014. McAfee also serves as the holder for kicker Adam Vinatieri, who has converted 8-of-8 field goals and 16-of-16 extra points for 40 total points, which is tied for the NFL lead.

In Week 2 against Philadelphia (9/15), McAfee registered four punts for a 55.3 average, which marked the second-best single-game average of his career. In Week 3 at Jacksonville (9/21), he set a franchise single-game record with eight kickoff touchbacks and added seven kickoff touchbacks the following week against Tennessee (9/28).

McAfee holds Colts career records in kickoffs (413), kickoff touchbacks (188), punting gross average (45.7) and punting net average (38.6). He also ranks fourth in franchise history in career punts (380) and punting yards (17,380) and third in punts inside the 20 (122).


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by ColtsCaseyB on September 30, 2014 – 11:56 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent cornerback Jalil Brown to the active roster and signed wide receiver Chandler Jones and inside linebacker Rob Ruggiero to the practice squad. The team also extended the contract of outside linebacker Robert Mathis an additional year through the 2016 season.

 

Brown, 6-1, 207 pounds, has played in 34 games (two starts) and has registered career totals of 24 tackles (all solo), two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He played in five games with the Colts in 2013 and recorded two solo tackles. In 2012 with the Kansas City Chiefs, Brown posted career highs in games played (15), games started (two), tackles (20), passes defensed (two) and forced fumbles (one). He was originally selected by the Chiefs in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of Colorado.

 

Jones, 5-9, 185 pounds, was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 and was waived on August 4. He set career records at San Jose State for receptions (248), receiving yards (3,087) and touchdown receptions (29) and became the first player in school history to record at least 50 receptions in all four years. Jones posted 10 career 100-yard receiving games and became the second player in NCAA history to score a rushing, receiving and fumble-return touchdown in the same game. In 2013, he set a school record with 15 touchdown receptions and ranked 10th in the FBS with 1,356 receiving yards.

 

Ruggiero, 6-2, 245 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on August 21, 2014 and was waived on August 30. He was also a tryout player during the Colts rookie mini-camp this past May. As a senior at Bridgewater State University in 2013, Ruggiero was named the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 44 tackles and 23.0 tackles for loss. He also participated in the 2013 All American Bowl and earned the Jim Marshall Award as the top defensive lineman. He transferred to BSU following three years at Springfield College and in four collegiate seasons, compiled career totals of 47.5 tackles for loss and 22.0 sacks.


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STATEMENT BY AN NFL SPOKESPERSON:

Posted by coltsindianapolis on September 29, 2014 – 4:38 pm

LaRon Landry of the Indianapolis Colts has been suspended without pay for the next four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Landry will be eligible to return to the Colts’ active roster on Monday, October 27 following the team’s October 26 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 4:00 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed safety Dewey McDonald to the active roster from the practice squad and waived wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers. The team also placed outside linebacker Robert Mathis on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.

McDonald, 6-0, 220 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 and was signed to the practice squad on September 1. Collegiately, he transferred to California University of Pennsylvania from Fairmont State. As a senior captain with the Vulcans, he tallied a career-best 89 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions (all returned for touchdowns) and eight passes defensed. His three interception returns for touchdowns made him the first PSAC player to accomplish the feat in over 10 years. McDonald finished his career with the second-most career interception return yards (475) among active Division II players.

Rogers has played in five career games (three starts) with the Colts, totaling 14 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He also recorded one reception for 46 yards in two postseason contests. Rogers was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on September 2, 2013.

Mathis, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, is the Colts’ all-time career and single-season sack leader. In 2013, he was voted an Associated Press and Sporting News First Team NFL All-Pro selection for the first time in his career after leading the league in sacks (19.5). For his career, Mathis has totaled 555 tackles (419 solo), 111.0 sacks, 48 forced fumbles, 14 fumble recoveries, 18 passes defensed and one interception in 163 games played (99 starts).


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