The Indianapolis Colts today signed nose tackle Antonio Dixon and elevated linebacker Jerry Brown and defensive end Clifton Geathers from the practice squad to the active roster. The Colts signed linebacker D.J. Bryant, cornerback Isaiah Green, fullback Robert Hughes and tight end Dominique Jones to the practice squad. The team also waived cornerback Justin King and released running back Alvester Alexander from the practice squad. Linebacker Mario Addison was signed off the practice squad to the Washington Redskins active roster.
Dixon, 6-3, 322 pounds, has appeared in 35 career games (10 starts) with the Philadelphia Eagles, totaling 49 tackles (39 solo), three sacks and two passes defensed. He was signed by the Eagles on September 6, 2009 and waived on August 31, 2012. Dixon was originally signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2009.
Brown, 6-4, 265 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 23, 2012. He was waived on August 31 before being signed to the practice squad on September 1.
Geathers, 6-7, 325 pounds, has appeared in seven career games, including five last season with the Dallas Cowboys. He was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. After being waived by the Browns on September 4, 2010, Geathers had brief stints with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks before joining the Cowboys later in 2010.
Bryant, 6-3, 248 pounds, was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent out of James Madison on May 14, 2012. He was waived on August 31 before being signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad on September 18. Bryant was released from the Buccaneers practice squad on October 2.
Green, 5-10, 180 pounds, was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent out of Fresno State on May 31, 2012 and was waived on August 31. He was signed to the Bills practice squad on September 2 before being released on October 2.
Hughes, 5-11, 235 pounds, was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame on July 26, 2011 and was waived on September 3. He was signed to the Bears practice squad on December 19 before being signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on April 19, 2012 and waived on August 31. Hughes was then signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad on September 3 before being released on September 11.
Jones was signed as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012. In four games (one start) this season, he has one reception for eight yards.
King was originally signed by the Colts on June 8, 2012. For his career, he has appeared in 38 games (19 starts), totaling 114 tackles (97 solo), 11 passes defensed, one interception, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. This year, he played in three games and recorded three tackles and two passes defensed.
Alexander was originally signed by the Colts on August 15, 2012 before being waived on August 26. He was signed to the practice squad on September 3.
Addison played in six games with the Colts in 2011 and 2012 and recorded five tackles. He was originally claimed off waivers by the Colts on November 23, 2011 and was waived on October 1, 2012 before being signed to the practice squad on October 2.
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Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians filled in for Chuck Pagano on the ‘Pagano Show’ on Monday evening. Below are some of the highlights Arians had to say to ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey:
The Packers jumped out to a 21-3 halftime lead. The Colts came storming back with 22 unanswered points. Green Bay responded with a touchdown with 4:30 remaining to take a 27-22 lead before the Colts had their final heroics with Reggie Wayne’s four-yard, game-winning, touchdown. Here are Arians thoughts on how back-and-forth the Packers game was:
“We took it from the top to the bottom and up and down the elevator twice I think emotionally. Playing as poorly offensively in the first half as we could and then probably as could as we could play in the second half as a team. It was a great team win.”
Down 21-3 at halftime, the message was pretty simple at halftime for the Colts:
“We had no reason to panic. We had a great plan. We had great practices. Why were we having so many mental errors and breakdowns? A couple of guys stood up and said, ‘It’s time to stand up and be accountable.’”
The comeback started on the first possession of the second half as cornerback Jerraud Powers intercepted a third-and-two pass intended for James Jones, giving the Colts offense a short field from the Packers 28-yard line. Here is Arians importance of Powers first interception of 2012:
“That was the play of the day. Then we were fortunate enough to take it in for a touchdown. I think that got the guys believing they could do it.”
The 89 offensive snaps for the Colts is a club record for a single game. How important was keeping the ball from the Packers?
“To have the ball for 35 minutes was crucial in that game. We needed to make first downs but not just hold onto it, we needed to score points. When you’re playing against Aaron Rodgers holding onto it isn’t going to do any good. He’s going to get his points, you’ve got to get yours. We always talk about production time. We want a point per minute. We were down their (in the red zone) with a first-and-goal from the four-yard line and kicked a field goal or else we would have hit it on the nose.”
Donald Brown had a season high with 89 yards on 17 carries (4.9 average) against the Packers. Even with two new starters on the offensive line, the run game had one of their best afternoons of the season. Here are Arians thoughts on Brown and the line:
“The whole focus the whole week was to get into the no huddle, wear them out and let Donald find some creases and use his speed. We’ve been trying to pound him up inside because he really loves to run the powers and the counters but we had to stretch that defense. The offensive line, God bless them, we haven’t had the same guys up there all year and this crew jumped up there. They just played their tails off.”
With everything that transpired last week, how much did this win mean to you?
“Personally, it felt like the world was lifted off my shoulders. We had to win that game. The way it happened, it was storybook. You can’t put into words emotions. The elation on those players and Mr. Irsay’s face, everybody, Ryan (Grigson), the whole organization on what it meant to get that game ball down to the hospital.”
The Colts will head on the road for four of the next six games. How do the coaches keep the player’s emotions in check moving forward to the Jets?
“We have a 24-hour rule. Whether you win, lose or draw, you go onto the next one. This team is too young to have a rearview mirror. We can’t be looking back and patting ourselves on the back. We have to go. We have to get ready. The foundation has been laid as far as practices and schedules to get us prepared properly to go win a ball game.”
Looking back at the final two quarters, is the key now to turn the momentum created in the second half to the final 12 games?
“That last 30 minutes of football, we set a standard of what we are capable of. Anything less is unacceptable. That was the message (Monday). We know we can play with the best teams in the league, now we’ve got to do it on the road. At home, it’s easy. But on the road in a hostile environment we have to be able to sustain what we had the last 30 minutes of the game because that was Colts football, the way Chuck always wanted it to be.”
You talked about allowing yourself to expand your role on the coaching staff with the absence of Pagano but how important was your coaching staff this week and the part they played in delivering this win?
“You’ve got to give Ryan and Chuck a great deal of credit for putting that type of staff together. The family (aspect) was huge in the entire thing, trust, respect and loyalty, faith, family and football. It is a group of guys that are really compatible. We all get along well. We have our scars from other places. I know I’ve moved 14 times. Chuck’s had 12 moves. Everyone’s been fired and hired. We love the game and you can’t have one guy that’s going in a different direction. That one splinter, that will crack the floor.”
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Intro: Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.
Texans 23, Jets 17
-The Colts got a look at their next opponent on Monday night as the Jets loss to the Texans in Houston’s first one-possession game of the season. Houston running back Arian Foster had 152 yards on 29 carries and helped run the clock out late in the fourth quarter. NFL sack leader J.J. Watt added to his sack total with a takedown of Sanchez and the Houston defense had a pair of interceptions. The last turnover came on a third-and-18 with less than two minutes to go. Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson picked off Sanchez to keep the Texans as the lone undefeated team in the AFC.
NEXT GAME: @Green Bay, Sunday at 8:20 EST
Vikings 30, Titans 7
-The Titans will have to bounce back with a short week ahead of themselves. After rushing for 141 yards in Week 4, running back Chris Johnson was held to 24 yards on 15 carries against the Vikings. Minnesota wide receiver Percy Harvin had a touchdown on the ground and receiving to go along with three Blair Walsh field goals, which helped build a 23-0 lead for the Vikings. Titans rookie receiver Kendall Wright did have nine catches for 66 yards and the Tennessee defense picked off Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder twice.
NEXT GAME: @Pittsburgh, Thursday at 8:20 EST
Bears 41, Jaguars 3
-A game that was tied at three at halftime quickly changed thanks to a defensive touchdown by Chicago. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman picked off Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown to give Chicago a 13-3 lead. Chicago then exploded in the fourth quarter as quarterback Jay Cutler threw a pair of touchdown passes and linebacker Lance Briggs recorded the second pick six of the day for the Bears defense. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew had 56 yards on 12 carries but three turnovers by Gabbert stalled the Jacksonville offense.
NEXT GAME: @Oakland, 10/21 4:25 EST
2012 AFC South Standings
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For many of Reggie Wayne’s teammates, Sunday was not only a chance to get on the field and contribute to a Colts victory but also have a front row seat to one of most impressive receiving performances in club history.
First-year Colts cornerback Josh Gordy watched in awe from the sideline has Wayne’s 13 catches for 212 yards continued to add up.
“Like I told another guy, you aren’t in the league for 12 years for no reason,” Gordy said of Wayne. “Especially a big game like that, he stepped up with a career high. That’s over 12 years, so that was a big time game for him to step up.”
Several times on Sunday rookie tight end Coby Fleener was the first one to congratulate Wayne after another of his receptions.
Fleener has only been a teammate of Wayne since late April but admitted that the Colts feed off that type of effort.
“Unbelievable,” Fleener said of Wayne’s output. “(Sunday) was one of the most remarkable performances by any football player that I’ve ever seen.”
Of the 55 passes that quarterback Andrew Luck threw on Sunday, 20 of them were in the direction of Wayne.
The career day for Wayne is even more impressive considering he was going up against two of the league’s best cornerbacks in Tramon Williams and Charles Woodson.
Colts running back Donald Brown is the longest tenured offensive teammate of Wayne on the roster and he has witnessed numerous trips over to the jugs machine for No. 87.
“He makes those catches in practice so I’m not really surprised,” Brown said following the 30-27 win over the Packers. “He’s one of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever seen so I’m happy for him.”
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