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Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 21, 2012 – 6:00 pm

There wasn’t a bigger smile going around the Colts locker room on Wednesday afternoon than that of tight end Dominique Jones.

Back in his normal locker spot, Jones was signed to the Colts active roster on Wednesday morning.

Jones played the first four games of the season for the Colts before injuries forced Indianapolis to juggle their roster.

On Monday, the Miami Dolphins released Jones after he spent a month on their practice squad.

Now, he is back with the team that gave him an opportunity as an undrafted free agent out of Shepherd University.

“It’s real crazy just not having a job, to having a job,” Jones said. “These last five weeks have just been crazy going back and forth, getting a taste of this league.”

“You never know what’s going to happen. You can never get comfortable in this league. You have to take it day-by-day and just be happy that you have a job so that’s how I’m taking it.”

It was a whirlwind 24 hours for Jones beginning with a phone call from a familiar area code last night.

“I was picking up my girlfriend from the (Miami) airport to celebrate Thanksgiving and they give me a call saying that they are going to bring be back,” Jones said.

No. 46 was back at practice on Wednesday re-joining the tight end position that is filled with fellow rookies.

In the Colts season opener against the Bears, it was Jones catching an eight-yard pass from quarterback Andrew Luck for the first catch of his career.

Jones is experiencing first hand what life in the NFL is like but the smile on his face explained just how grateful he is to be back in Indianapolis.

“I’m excited to be back. It’s a great place. I’ve spent a lot of time here so I’m comfortable with the place and it’s just a good thing.”

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 4:52 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed guard Justin Anderson to the practice squad.


Anderson, 6-5, 342 pounds, was originally selected by the Colts in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Georgia. He was placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List on August 27, 2012 and was activated on November 19. He was then waived by the team on November 20.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 4:17 pm

The Colts will bump things up a little earlier on Thursday with meetings beginning at 7:30 in the morning.

Bruce Arians said practice would commence in the morning with the players leaving the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center by 1:30-2:00 p.m. After that, the players will head home to their families.

On Wednesday, the players offered a few thoughts on what they are thankful for this holiday season:

Quarterback Andrew Luck:

“Very fortunate enough to be in this situation. Great teammates, great city to be a part of, got a great family so I’m very fortunate.”

Running Back Vick Ballard:

“Just being healthy. Health and family. There are a lot of people out there that are sick and in the hospital, and without family, so just health and family.”

Defensive End Cory Redding:

“I’m very thankful for everything that’s given to me because I know in a split second it can be taken away. Never take that for granted, this opportunity to play in this league. Just to be in this locker room with this beautiful group of men and continue to play football is truly a blessing and all of us have a lot to be thankful for. Every day above ground is a great day.”

Outside Linebacker Robert Mathis:

“Blessed to have two beautiful boys back in January. I’m thankful to have a job. There are a lot of things that you should never take for granted.”

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 11:10 am

The Indianapolis Colts today signed tight end Dominique Jones to the active roster.

In four games (one start) this season, Jones has one reception for eight yards. He was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2012 before being waived on October 8. He was signed to the practice squad on October 10 and released on October 16. Jones was then signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad on October 23 and released on November 19.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:00 am

As much as Winston Justice didn’t want to admit it, he eventually gave in.

The focus for Justice and the Colts have moved on to the Buffalo Bills but early in the week the pain of the Patriots loss still lingered.

“We want to say that (the loss doesn’t hurt) but as a natural human, instincts let it sting a little longer,” Justice said on Monday’s ‘Pagano Show’. “But as a player in the NFL, and as a team in the NFL, we have to have a short memory to focus on Buffalo because they have a really good defense for us.”

That defense includes former Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams and a front four that includes two former top-five draft picks and a pair of Pro Bowlers.

“I think it’s going to be a big test for all of the front five but I think we are up for the challenge and that started (Monday) with film study and Wednesday with practice,” Justice said.

It is an unusual week in the NFL for every team with Thanksgiving falling on a normal practice day.

Interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said the Colts will get to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center a little earlier than usual on Thursday with the hope to let the players head home early in the afternoon.

Justices knows the balance between holidays and work is something that every NFL player deals with and credited his family for their support.

“I have a great wife that is really understanding but she doesn’t mind telling me that you need to come home (laughs),” Justice said. “We already have stuff planned and I’m giving that whole afternoon to my family and kids.”

Justice has been slotted at the right tackle position for a majority of the Colts games this season and Arians credited his pass blocking for much of the offense’s success.

Quarterback Andrew Luck has benefited from the protection of Justice and the rest of the offensive line, but it’s the rookie’s maturation that has the veterans talking about the youngster.

“I’ve been saying from the very first days of OTAs when (Luck) came in the huddle, that he was very confident. He was very poised,” Justice said. “I knew then that he was a forced to be reckoned with and he was going to be our guy.”

As the Colts prepare in hopes to start another lengthy winning streak, the blend of youth and experience has this Indianapolis team ready to achieve its preseason goals.

“We are a young team but we are really poised and I think we want to get better,” Justice said. “We want to be the best and we work hard so we can do that. I know that sounds simple but most teams don’t really do that.”

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