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Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 21, 2012 – 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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