New Colts running back Mewelde Moore spent four season in Pittsburgh along with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. He’s hoping his ribs allow him to be productive on the field when the Colts visit the Steelers on Sunday.
Moore was one of several Colts who suffered injuries in Sunday’s exhibition opener. While his bruised ribs are still tender, Moore hopes he can go on Sunday. He knows, however, that this is just a preseason game and that bigger moments await him with the Colts.
Moore said he’s excited about getting a chance to see some old friends this week, but is characteristically focused on his new business, helping the Colts “build the monster.” To that end, Moore expects to be especially helpful this week, whether or not he gets on the field.
Even though teams don’t actively game plan for their opposition during the preseason, Moore admitted that he is able to provide some assistance as the Colts prepare this week.
“I hope to be able to give as much as I possibly can. Insight, advice, knowledge of certain players, certain ways to prepare…I’m doing everything I can to be ready.”
The last piece is especially important as the Colts have so many NFL newbies who will be making their first appearance in front of a hostile crowd. Moore agreed that it doesn’t get much more hostile for opponents than in front of Steeler fans.
Although he’s only been a Colt for a short while, Moore says this team is already like family.
“I give my team my all, which in turn gives it all back to the fans…No matter what day of the week, time or month, I play to win.”
It’s that focused attitude that made Moore someone Bruce Arians was eager to bring over with him from Pittsburgh. There, Moore had a reputation for doing whatever was needed to help the team win. Arians used Moore as a third down back, a goal line back, and during the Steelers’ 2008 Super Bowl run, a starter when Willie Parker went down with an injury. That season Moore showed his versatility, leading the Steelers in all-purpose yards.
The Colts are hoping Moore will be ready to go and get some carries against his old team on Sunday. Whether or not that happens, they’re grateful for his presence in the locker room and for the positive attitude he brings to this young team.
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