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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 Four Impressions: DHB’s big catch(es), 7th round picks impress and the defense continues strong start

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 31, 2013 – 5:53 pm

Spitting rain in the morning ceased in the afternoon as the Colts moved over to Macholtz Stadium for Wednesday’s padded practice.

With the pads on, the spirit continued to rise in the trenches and some of the Colts rookies at the skill positions shined on Wednesday.

Here are three takeaways from day four…

DHB wastes no time getting involved: Pep Hamilton talked about the diligent work that Heyward-Bey is putting in trying to sure up his hands.

The jugs machine seems to be DHB’s second home, before and after practice.

The hard work paid off on Wednesday.

On the Colts first 11-on-11 rep of the afternoon, Andrew Luck went deep to DHB and the new receiver hauled in the 50+-yard grab.

DHB said he needs to make plays in order to gain Luck’s trust and the one to start Wednesday’s practice, along with several others throughout the two-hour session added up to a very strong afternoon for the 219-pound receiver.

A day for the seventh-round draft picks: The Colts 2013 rookie class won’t come anywhere close to the same production of last year’s group but a few skill players stood out on Wednesday.

Running back Kerwynn Williams made a few nice catches out of the backfield and showcased an ability for yards after the catch. While kick returns might be Williams’ first opportunity on the playing field, he showed that he’s more than capable of getting reps in the backfield.

At the tight end position, Justice Cunningham is putting together some quality reps in the receiving department.

There are some chances behind Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener and Cunningham is a true tight end (where as Dominique Jones is more of a hybrid) that caught the ball much more consistently on Wednesday than he did during OTAs.

Defense right on pace: With two padded practices in the books, the Colts appears to be right on queue with their progress in the 3-4 system.

Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said that is usually the case early on in training camp but it has been impressive to see the Colts secondary get their hands on so many passes.

The front seven has been winning their fair share of battles during run game drills and a second unit with guys like Josh Chapman, Drake Nevis, Bjoern Werner and Lawrence Sidbury creates quality depth.

It will be interesting to see how the offense vs. defense plays out the rest of the camp, with Pep Hamilton’s system getting more familiar with the unit.


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Lawrence Sidbury looking to add his name to other Colts outside linebackers

Posted by Kevin Bowen on July 3, 2013 – 7:30 am

The names at the outside linebacker position for the Colts have been picked and prodded.

Robert Mathis?

  • One of the game’s finest pass rushers over the past decade.

Erik Walden?

  • Great edge setter in trying to limit the opponent’s running game.

Bjoern Werner?

  • The 1st round pick who racked up 13 sacks in winning ACC Defensive Player of the Year last year.

How about Lawrence Sidbury?temp2013_0528_OTA_bowen_0188--nfl_mezz_1280_1024

Not much is known about the five-year NFL veteran who has been lost in the shuffle with some of the bigger named Colts free agents this offseason.

Sidbury showed flashes of potential in Atlanta (four sacks as a backup in 2011) and now he is hoping to take advantage of a new environment in Indianapolis.

“This league is about opportunities and when you get those, you’ve got to make the most of it,” Sidbury said on Monday’s “Ride with JMV”.

“Now I’m here in Indianapolis where the coaching staff and everyone in the building, have embraced me. They just want me to go out there and make plays like they know I can do.”

In moving to Indianapolis, Sidbury is also adjusting to life as a standup linebacker in the Colts 3-4 defensive scheme.

He feels the transition has gone pretty smooth as Sidbury’s clearly understands the mantra around his new locker room.

“As you know I’ve been introduced to the whole “Build the Monster” theme and building this defense to be a top-10 defense in the league,” Sidbury said.

“They want outside linebackers to set the edge first, get this running game taken care of and then third down we want guys to pin their head back and get after the quarterback.”

When Sidbury’s position coach Jeff Fitzgerald was asked about the depth on the edge a few weeks back he alluded to a few other names besides Mathis, Walden and Werner.

Sidbury’s name would fall into that category and he’s grateful for an opportunity in such a welcoming atmosphere.

“Indianapolis has been great,” Sidbury said. “The people have embraced the team and being a new guy that’s all you can really ask for so I’m enjoying it.”


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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AGREE IN PRINCIPLE WITH FIVE PLAYERS

Posted by coltsindianapolis on March 12, 2013 – 7:42 pm

The Indianapolis Colts have agreed in principle with the following players: tackle Gosder Cherilus, linebacker Lawrence Sidbury, guard Donald Thomas, cornerback Greg Toler and linebacker Erik Walden. All deals will be completed pending a physical.

“Chuck and I have a vision and we want players who love the game, play snap-to-whistle and do all of the little things to achieve greatness,” said General Manager Ryan Grigson. “Those traits are prevalent in all of the players we signed today. They love the game and play at a high level. They are team players and their focus is to dominate the person across from them every snap. That showed in the film and we agreed as a staff that these guys fit the mold of what we are trying to accomplish here. At the end of the day, we wanted players who would mesh well with our current roster and with one another. We feel these guys undoubtedly fit that style.”

Cherilus, 6-7, 325 pounds, started 71-of-74 games at right tackle for the Detroit Lions after being selected by the team in the first round (17th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. Last season, he started all 16 games and helped pave the way for an offense that ranked second in the NFL in passing yards (4,927), third in overall net yards (6,540) and ninth in sacks allowed (29).

In 2011, Cherilus started 15-of-16 games and blocked for a Lions offense that ranked fourth in the league in points scored, passing yards and red zone percentage and fifth in overall yards. In 2010, he started all 12 games he appeared in and was part of an offensive line that finished fifth in the NFL in sacks allowed per pass play, giving up just 27.0 sacks on 660 passing plays.

Sidbury, 6-3, 261 pounds, appeared in 48 games with the Atlanta Falcons, totaling 17 tackles (14 solo), 5.0 sacks and one fumble recovery. In 2011, he played in all 16 games and recorded career highs of 11 tackles (nine solo) and 4.0 sacks. As a rookie in 2009, Sidbury competed in all 16 games and registered five solo tackles, 1.0 sack and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.

Thomas, 6-4, 305 pounds, played in 43 games (21 starts) with the Miami Dolphins (2008-2009) and New England Patriots (2011-2012) over the past five years. Last season, he played in all 16 games (seven starts) and helped blocked for an offense that ranked first in the NFL in points (557), net yards (6,846), first downs (444), third down percentage (48.7) and red zone percentage (70.0). In 2011, he appeared in 10 games (one start), playing mainly on special teams and in short-yardage situations. With the Dolphins, Thomas started 13-of-17 games played.

Toler, 6-0, 192 pounds, competed in 38 games (15 starts) for the Arizona Cardinals after being selected in the fourth round (131st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. For his career, he has tallied 128 tackles (118 solo), 19 passes defensed, five interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, and 1.0 sack.

Last year, he saw action in 11 games (two starts) and totaled 27 tackles (26 solo), eight passes defensed and two interceptions, including a career-long 102-yard return for a touchdown. In 2010, Toler started 13-of-14 games and recorded a career-high 90 tackles (82 solo), nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two interceptions, including a 66-yard return for a touchdown.

Walden, 6-2, 250 pounds, has played in 68 games (26 starts) with the Kansas City Chiefs (2008), Miami Dolphins (2008-2010) and Green Bay Packers (2010-2012) over the last five seasons and has notched 163 tackles (96 solo), 9.0 sacks, seven passes defensed, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

In 2012, he made nine starts in 15 games played and totaled 46 tackles (27 solo), 3.0 sacks, four passes defensed and the first two interceptions of his career. In Walden’s first full year in Green Bay in 2011, he started 15-of-16 games and registered a career-high 86 tackles (50 solo), 3.0 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Walden signed with the Packers for the final nine games of the 2010 season and finished the year with 31 tackles (19 solo) and 3.0 sacks.


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Free Agency for March 12th 2013

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 5:24 pm

Agreement in principle has been reached with the following players. Check back for updates to the list!

Gosder Cherilus    – OT     Detroit

Greg Toler              – DB     Arizona

Erik Walden           – LB     Green Bay

Donald Thomas     –OG     New England

Lawrence Sidbury – LB      Atlanta


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