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Colts Daily Headlines: August 26th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 26, 2013 – 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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Day Six Impressions: Luck’s best day of camp, Hilton shines once again and a cool mement between Robert Mathis and Anthony Castonzo

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 2, 2013 – 2:24 pm

Week One of the 2013 Colts training camp is in the books after Chuck Pagano’s squad wrapped up a two-hour practice on Friday morning.

With Colts owner Jim Irsay watching from the sidelines, the Colts offense turned in its best practice of the 2013 training camp

Here are three takeaways from day six…

Luck’s turns in stellar performance to end Week One: One day after talking about past Peyton Manning practices where the ball rarely hit the ground, Andrew Luck turned in a similar effort on Friday.

Luck was 23-of-29, combining 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, during the morning practice.

At one point, Luck connected on 14 consecutive passes and finished the two-hour practice with four touchdowns.

Of the 23 completions, seven of those went to Reggie Wayne but Luck spread the pigskin around to eight different receivers.


T.Y. Hilton’s touchdown continues productive week: Hilton wasn’t the leading receiver on Friday but his inclusion on this list comes more for the work he’s done all week long.

The Colts found a gem in Hilton late in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft and the electric receiver wants, and expects, to be great.

While he’s not bashful about talking about his big-time expectations for himself, Hilton is always seen in Reggie Wayne’s shadow, picking the 13-year vet’s brain.

Head Coach Chuck Pagano is glad he’s not lining up across from Hilton and I think many opponents will be echoing those same sentiments when the regular season rolls around.

Robert Mathis gets the best of Anthony Castonzo, then does some teaching: Back in full pads on Friday morning, the Colts offensive and defensive line were having their normal one-on-one battles.

All eyes were watching when Robert Mathis got down in his three-point stance opposite Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo.

Mathis got the best of Castonzo on this particular rep, with the third-year left tackle banging his hands against his helmet as he walked back to the offensive line group.

Instead of Mathis celebrating the win, the five-time Pro Bowler headed over to the o-line group and explained to Castonzo how he went about that move.

It was a sight that Colts fans shouldn’t be surprised to see from Mathis, a team leader, who would do virtually anything to have his team playing in New York come February 2nd.

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Colts veterans offer advice to 2013 rookie class

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 27, 2013 – 12:45 pm

Anthony Castonzo isn’t high maintenance when it comes to bringing items to training camp.

  • Clothes? Check.
  • Alarm Clock? Check.
  • Football stuff? Check.

“There’s really nothing else more other than that,” Castonzo said upon his arrival to Anderson on Saturday morning.

“It’s all football all the time.”

Castonzo is in his third NFL season and as he enters another training camp the Colts left tackle offered some advice to the 2013 rookie class.

“My only advice would be don’t get caught up in all the other stuff other than football because there’s so many things going on around camp,” Castonzo said. “Make sure that you have everything else under control so that when you get on the football field, your head’s not spinning.”

This time last season Coby Fleener was fresh off a busy rookie offseason, where the tight end finished up his Stanford degree while learning an NFL offense.

Fleener’s advice for the rookies?

“Take it one day at a time. Don’t look too far ahead. Definitely don’t start worrying about your job. You try to learn as much as you can and in the end, it’ll work out.”


Then there’s 11-year veteran Cory Redding who addressed the media with his name tag lanyard around his neck, like it was his first training camp.

Redding’s message is direct, one you would expect from a player with the last few years of an NFL career upon him.

“Listen. Work hard. Do what we tell you to do. Do what the coaches tell you to do and just come in and produce.”

“You’ve got to come in and go. We need production. You are here for a reason and we need all hands on deck in order to get where we want to go and everybody knows pretty much where we want to be.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 28, 2013 – 9:00 am

The roster for the Colts has been updated to current heights and weights for the 90 players that are scheduled to report to training camp.

Here is a link to the updated roster.

Below are some of the more significant weight changes on the roster.

  • QB-Andrew Luck (239 pounds)- A gain of 5 pounds.
  • RB-Vick Ballard (224 pounds)- A gain of 7 pounds.
  • WR-Griff Whalen (197 pounds) A gain of 12 pounds.
  • TE-Dwayne Allen (265 pounds) A gain of 10 pounds.
  • TE-Coby Fleener (247 pounds) A loss of 5 pounds.
  • TE-Weslye Saunders (261 pounds) A loss of 9 pounds.
  • OT-Anthony Castonzo (307 pounds) A loss of 8 pounds.
  • C/OG-Khaled Holmes (319 pounds) A gain of 17 pounds.
  • OG-Hugh Thornton (334 pounds) A gain of 14 pounds.
  • NT-Josh Chapman (340 pounds) A gain of 24 pounds.
  • DE-Lawrence Guy (318 pounds) A gain of 18 pounds.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 11, 2013 – 8:46 am

Each morning will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Tuesday, June 11th.

Colts’ TE uses offseason to develop love of writing

By: Amanda Maynard WISH-TV

Coby Fleener is putting that Stanford education to use thanks to his unique writing skills.

WISH-TV has the story on Fleener’s website where he writes blog posts on a variety of topics that are inside and outside of the football.

“I wanted an avenue to express my opinions outside the standard Twitter, Facebook and small posts,” Fleener told WISH-TV’s Amanda Maynard.  “I wanted to show a side of me that wasn’t just the helmet and shoulder pads on.”

The writing avenue allows Fleener a chance to “decompress” a bit along with giving people a look into what the second-year tight end is like away from the gridiron.

“Rather than me just dictate to them what I think, it’s about starting an educated conversation on whatever the topic may be,” said Fleener.  “To be able to go back and forth with other people’s opinions is, to me, a real sign of true openness and intelligence.”

Together again: Colts reunite former Boston College teammates to upgrade offensive line

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Chappell takes a look at the friendship between Colts tackles Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus that is continuing in Indianapolis.

Back in 2007, it was Cherilus looking out for Castonzo, the then Boston College freshman, as the two started opposite each other for the Eagles.

Now in 2013, it’s Castonzo returning the favor for the Colts new free agent tackle with some living arrangements during the offseason.

“He’s got a place to stay and a cook,” Castonzo said. “I’m not charging him rent. I’m kind of repaying him for helping me through college.”

The article takes a deeper look into the Boston College roots at the tackle position, including a tidbit on current Colts rookie tackle Emmett Cleary.

Colts expect resolution – good or bad – with RB Ahmad Bradshaw today.

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

The Ahmad Bradshaw news resurfaced on Monday morning with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeting that the Colts are still in “heavy negotiations” on contract talks with the former Giants running back.

Chappell points out a similar notion and is interested to see whether the start of minicamp today as any impact on a deal getting done.

He wrote…

Although no details of the negotiations are known, a person with knowledge of the situation indicated a resolution — one way or the other — could occur later today.

Landry’s debut worth noting

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

One of the most popular topics over the next few days will be the first look at new Colts safety LaRon Landry.

Like he has done throughout his career, Landry spent the offseason working out on his own and reports today for the beginning of Colts minicamp.

Bremer wrote a column on Landry’s arrival and what it will mean to the Colts secondary.

He writes…

A defensive backfield of Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Bethea and Landry has a lot of promise on paper. And Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano made his name coaching defensive backs. There are endless possibilities for what he might do with this kind of talent.

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on April 23, 2013 – 9:04 am

Indianapolis Colts’ worst draft picks: No. 1 cornerback Leonard Coleman
Luck throws passes, helps Chuckstrong fundraising top $1.1M
2013 NFL Draft: Colts’ selections this week will be the result of thousands of miles and dozens of doughnuts
George Bremer: One draft guess as good as another

2013 NFL Draft Preview: Cornerbacks
Castonzo returns favor to Cherilus
Colts Top Draft Picks: Inside Linebacker

The games I want to be at…
Stats on why the Houston Texans need a WR
Titans embracing Gregg Williams at start
Stats on why the Colts need an OLB
Monday’s nuggets from Jaguars brass
Monday Morning Quarterback
Jerry Jones would like to trade down
Numbers show Texans overdependence on Andre Johnson
Jake Locker says he must earn leadership role

Patriots may peek around the corner
Kevin Colbert: Steelers unlikely to make move before draft
Revis says Idzik didn’t tell him the truth

Bears hold private workout for Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pug

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 31, 2012 – 11:59 am

The Colts rookies accounted for all three offensive touchdowns on Sunday afternoon as Indianapolis closed out the 2012 regular season with a 28-16 win over the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here is a closer look at the three touchdown drives.

Fleener’s one-yard touchdown catch

The scene: 0-0, the Colts begin at their own 25-yard line following a 28-yard kick return by Deji Karim to begin the game.

The anatomy of the drive: Thirteen plays, for 75 yards in 7:09. It was perhaps the Colts finest opening drive of the season on Sunday that ate up nearly half of the opening frame.

Key play: With the Colts facing a third-and-three from the Houston 24-yard line, quarterback Andrew Luck went to one of his most reliable targets. Tight end Dwayne Allen hauled in the first down catch and took the reception all the way down to the four-yard line.

The score: The Colts lined up with all three tight ends in the game and linebacker Mario Harvey shifting to the left side of the line of scrimmage prior to the snap. Fleener, who was lined up to the left of offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, drifted into the end zone at the snap appearing to look for a potential block. The play-action fake to running back Vick Ballard was executed perfectly with Fleener wide open in the back of the end zone and Luck finding him. Fleener broke out Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ dance to celebrate his second career NFL touchdown.

Ballard’s one-yard touchdown run

The scene: Leading 7-6, the Colts took over at the Houston 39-yard line, following Vontae Davis’ first career interception at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The anatomy of the drive: Six plays, for 39 yards in 2:05. The drive included all 39 yards coming from Colts rookies.

Key play: On the second play of the drive, Ballard took a draw behind Castonzo and went 20 yards into the red zone. The draw has been a vital weapon in the Colts rushing attack all season long and Ballard’s run was his longest of the afternoon.

The score: On a first-and-goal from the one-yard line, the Colts come out in the same alignment that they lined up in during the game’s first touchdown. This time Ballard took the handoff and followed the blocks of Castzono, Harvey and Fleener into the end zone for his second career rushing touchdown.

Hilton’s 70-yard touchdown catch

The scene: Leading 21-16, the Colts take over at their own 43-yard line, following Shayne Graham missing a 52-yard field goal.

The anatomy of the drive: Three plays, for 57 yards in 1:51. The drive came after the Colts had just four total yards in the third quarter.

Key play: The key play came on the prior possession when the Texans marched down to the Indianapolis 27-yard line before facing a third-and-four. Schaub dropped back to pass and defensive end Lawrence Guy recorded his first career NFL sack when he took down the Houston quarterback for an eight-yard loss. The sack forced the long field goal attempt that went wide right.

The score: A holding penalty forced a third-and-23 for the Colts from their own 30-yard line. The Colts lined up in a four receiver set with Hilton in the left slot, to the right of Donnie Avery. Luck took the shotgun snap, looked to his right and a subtle pump fake forced Houston safety Quintin Demps to roam towards that side of the field. Luck quickly turned to his left and fired a perfect pass into Hilton’s arms and the speedster did the rest outrunning the Texans secondary for the Colts longest offensive play of the season.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 6, 2012 – 6:08 pm

In support of head coach Chuck Pagano, over 25 Colts players and several staff members took to the barber chair on Tuesday evening to shave their heads.

A trio of local barbers visited the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Tuesday to help the players show off their new look.

“It’s all for a good cause,” running back Donald Brown said. “It’s to show support for our coach and let him know that we are behind him and we are pulling for him. We are always thinking about him.”

The idea was spear headed by veterans Cory Redding, Reggie Wayne and Adam Vinatieri.

While Redding and Wayne hardly had much to cut off, safety Antoine Bethea, offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (pictured), quarterback Andrew Luck and punter Pat McAfee were among the many players who got rid of their ‘locks.’

As the players wrapped up practice on Tuesday and headed back into the facility, they noticed the barbershop chairs just outside the locker room and little coaxing was needed for why they were getting in the chair.

“Even the guys with longer hair we’re excited because it’s for Coach,” Brown said.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 10:39 am

It’s a short week for the Colts but interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians still covered a variety of topics on the ‘Pagano Show’ with ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday evening. Here are a few of the highlights from Arians:

On the difficulty of dealing with a short week:

“Thursday Night Football is an animal all to itself. This is my seventh year in a row with one of these games. It takes a lot out of a coaching staff to try and prepare a game plan especially after a big win like that in four hours, which normally takes 16 hours. Our (staff) did a great job of preparing Friday and Saturday for (Monday). It’s very hard for me to prepare for one team and play another so I don’t do that.”

On the success that Andrew Luck and the offense had on third down against the Dolphins:

“That’s unheard of. Andrew was unbelievable. The receivers did a great job. Even more than that, the offensive line did an unbelievable job in pass protection. Both tackles, I can’t say enough about (Anthony) Castonzo and Winston (Justice) shutting out those defensive ends.”

On his general impressions of Andrew Luck through the first half of the season:

“He has such a great passion for the game. He has the grit that he’s not going to lose. He’s able to will the rest of the guys in the huddle with his passion, with his athletic ability and everything else. His will to win is what separates the great ones. The ones I’ve been around all had it. He’s definitely got it and some of the throws in the fourth quarter with guys draped all over him were fantastic.”

On how proud the city of Indianapolis is for what the Colts have done this season:

“Hopefully we’ll make them prouder. We are on a mission to do something special. We’ve got all the reasons to help this community, help continue what has been a great rallying around Chuck (Pagano) and our goal is to extend the season. He had a great report today. He’s fixing to go into one really tough time with the second and third rounds of chemo, but he is in remission. We’ve got our fingers crossed that Dec. 30th, he can lead us out of that tunnel.”

On having coach Chuck Pagano in the locker room before and after game on Sunday:

“Before the game was special. Some of the players knew that he was coming. We have a big horseshoe in our locker room and we squeeze everybody into the shoe. We say a prayer and then a last minute speech before we take the field. At the back of the locker room, I asked the guy, ‘Hey open up the back door.’ We never open up the back but Chuck walked in and there was just an unbelievable look in (the players) eyes of how excited they were that he was there. He delivered a great message and then after the ball game it was really special for him to have that win.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 25, 2012 – 8:01 am

Heading into the Sunday’s game between the Colts and Browns, no one on Cleveland’s starting offensive line had ever missed an NFL start.

The five players combined for 190 starts in their 15 years of NFL experience.

Compare that to an injury-ridden Colts offensive line that was starting the same five players together it had the previous week for the first time all season.

Bruce Arians saw a jump from Week 6 to 7 with his offensive line and is hoping that continues.

“The communication was (better),” Arians said. “It was easier at home than it has been on the road but it was better. It showed up in the running game more than anything.”

The Colts attempted 37 rushes on Sunday afternoon which was seven more than the high from the first five games.

It wasn’t just the attempts that were a season high for the Colts. They turned those carries into 148 yards rushing with 10 of the 37 attempts resulting in first downs.

A balanced Colts offense sits just fine with quarterback Andrew Luck and the rookie knows the continuity among the offensive line is key.

“I think it’s great, especially for the o-line guys knowing who is next to them, knowing their calls, their tendencies, how they operate,” Luck said. “Hopefully we can build off last week’s performance which they did a great job and continue to get better.”

The offensive line might even benefit from a little depth this weekend as offensive guard Joe Reitz was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.

Reitz was the starter at left guard during the preseason but due to a leg injury, he is still waiting to make his debut.

For now, left guard Jeff Linkenbach will continue to start but Arians loves having some options up front.

“He’s going to get more practice time. His reps will grow in practice,” Arians said of Reitz. “Right now I don’t know if we’re ready to make any switches, we’re playing pretty well in there. He’d have to knock my socks off on the practice field to make me take Jeff Linkenbach out of there right now.”

Heading into this week’s matchup with the Titans, the Colts are expected to carry that same starting five of LT-Anthony Castonzo, LG-Linkenbach, C-Samson Satele, RG-Mike McGlynn and RT-Winston Justice on the offensive line for the third straight game.

“I think it’s important to have that continuity. It needed to happen some time,” Justice said with a laugh on Wednesday. “It’s good to have the same guys out there. It’s more important to play with the same person next to you,”

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