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Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 4, 2012 – 8:13 am

If the sweat dripping down Cory Redding’s face on Monday afternoon was indication, No. 90 is ready to go this Sunday.

“I feel great. I really do,” Redding said. “I put in two-and-a-half good weeks of work, focused on getting right, keeping my weight down, running, strengthening my leg and not just my leg but my body and my mind. I feel rejuvenated, feel fresh and I’m ready to go.”

The Colts are expected to get their new defensive end in the lineup on Sunday as Redding has battled elbow and knee injuries for most of the preseason.

“Cory did some movement stuff on his own, did some bag work early in practice,” head coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday. “(We) held him out (of the team portion) and he’ll do individual Wednesday and then he’ll get reps in each of the defensive periods that we have. So he’s looking good.”

Redding missed the preseason opener with an elbow injury but returned to the lineup the following week against the Steelers.

The 10-year veteran feels as though his body is now fully healed and ready for another 16-game NFL season.

You take the blanks out of the gun now and put real ones in there,” Redding said of the season opener. “This is for all the marbles. This is what we play for. This is what we practice (for), what we train (for) since April 15th. It’s all about going out there and getting it done. The first step is Chicago.”

Redding previously played for the Lions, Seahawks and Ravens with injuries never being in question. He has played in at least 15 games in each of the last eight seasons and brings some familiarly of the 3-4 hybrid defense to the defensive front.

As a free agent this past spring, Redding had his choice of NFL teams and chose the Colts for a number of reasons.

Near the top of that list is the opportunity to win, and win now. The last two seasons Redding got his first taste of the playoffs and he and his teammates are ready to dispel any outside expectations that pundits have of this Colts team.

“They’re basing (the expectations) off last year’s record, basing it off last year’s team. That was last year. That’s in the past. We look forward to the future,” Redding said.

“We look forward to what we got going down the road. This (locker) room is electrified by who is in here, playmakers, veterans, the leadership and that’s what we are really, truly happy about. We are taking everything that we established this offseason into the game, ready to go.”


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