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Posted by coltsindianapolis on August 5, 2013 – 9:44 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent fullback Robert Hughes.

Hughes, 5-11, 235 pounds, played in five games (one start) with the Colts in 2012 and recorded one rush for five yards and one reception for three yards. He was first signed to the Colts practice squad on October 9, 2012. He was then elevated to the active roster on October 29 before being waived on April 30, 2013. Hughes was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

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Colts players hit the 1070 The Fan airwaves on Monday

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 8:18 pm

1070 The Fan was back in Anderson on Monday with numerous Colts hitting their airwaves.

The Grady and Big Joe Show along with The Ride with JMV broadcasted live from Colts training camp in Anderson.

Here is a link to all of the Colts interviews:

Grady and Big Joe Show

Cornerback Cassius Vaughn

Wide Receiver T.Y. Hilton

The Ride with JMV

Defensive End Cory Redding

Quarterback Andrew Luck

Safety Antoine Bethea

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Day Eight Impressions: Competition behind DHB, new names at ILB and Greg Toler returns

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 4:58 pm

The Colts spent most of Monday afternoon’s practice drilling specific situations (Hail Mary, last second field goals, getting out of bounds, etc).

During the live portion of practice though, Andrew Luck caught fire early on, connecting on his first 10 passes.

Here are three takeaways from day eight…

DHB’s injury “not serious”: Darrius Heyward-Bey did not practice on Monday afternoon, watching from behind the receivers group.

The Colts said the injury is “not serious” following practice but without DHB in the lineup the door is open for some significant receiver reps.

T.Y. Hilton added yet another strong day of practice to his impressive training camp. Hilton caught four of Luck’s first seven passes on Monday.

Griff Whalen and Nathan Palmer should see their reps increase with DHB sidelined. Also, Jeremy Kelley and Lanear Sampson have had a nice first week of camp.

Inside Linebacker spot filled with competition: Colts fans were checking their rosters frequently on Monday with some different names sliding into the inside linebackers spot.

Jerrell Freeman was sidelined with a shoulder injury on Monday, which gave some first team reps to Justin Hickman.

Last year, Hickman played extensively on the outside but this year he has also been taking reps at inside and was with the first unit for a quite a while on Monday.

Other names that Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky mentioned for the starting spot next to Freeman includes Kavell Conner, Kelvin Sheppard, Pat Angerer and Josh McNary.

Cornerbacks welcome back Greg Toler: Back with the first unit on Monday afternoon was Colts cornerback Greg Toler.

While Toler was back with the first unit, it was Vontae Davis and Darius Butler who both added to their numerous camp pass deflections.

After Davis was victim of a terrific catch by Reggie Wayne during red zone drills, he bounced back the following play knocking a potential touchdown away from the Colts six-time Pro Bowl receiver.

Earlier in practice it was Butler leaping high in the air to knock away a pass that would have been a significant gain for Wayne.




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Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 1:56 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today waived linebacker Monte Simmons.

Simmons was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on October 23, 2012. He spent the 2011 season on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State on July 28, 2011. Simmons was then signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles on March 5, 2012 and was waived on August 30, 2012.

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As The Koala Bear Stretches Out From Hibernation

Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 9:46 am

Actually that’s not true. Firstly a “Koala” is a marsupial not a bear. And secondly, they don’t hibernate, though Koalas are said to be a in a state of permanently stoned because they live exclusively on a diet of eucalyptus leaves! However, the days have been getting longer so I am excited and not just because spring is coming, the mating season, but rather the NFL is upon us! July is the middle month of winter here down under and I know you are feeling sorry for us. After all the average temperature was so cold at 19 degrees Celsius…..that’s a tad over 66 degrees Fahrenheit. So cold, hardly got to the beach, but all that is behind us now. The Hall of Fame game is moments away as I write this blog, and for all COLTS STRONG people we are turning our stomachs over with adrenalin charged excitement. The big question that those outside our COLTSTRONG fraternity are asking is: “how will the sophomore jinx affect the Colts this year?”  Yet we realize that last year our quarterback was sacked no less than forty one times; our quarter back will tell you, he was angry at himself for throwing too many interceptions; our defense let through more yardage than they were proud of. Even so, we made the playoffs! So we believe that with an ounce of luck, (actually 239 pounds of Luck and standing 6-4), we are entitled to be feeling some confidence. Regardless of results we still remain COLTSTRONG.


Remember, it’s 9am Monday, August 5th over here and I have just started work; I’ll be consulting soon, but I have my NFL Game>Pass subscription so I won’t be missing a game this year. But whenever and wherever our boys take the field, my heart will be with them and my thoughts with all of you. And my prayers that the upcoming winter is kind to all in Indiana. I think of you as my brothers and sisters, all part of my Indianapolis family. I pray that God keeps you all safe (please Lord, few injuries on the gridiron too), and you continue to prosper and be rewarded for your labor. When I was over there last year, every person I met treated me with such kindness and it is explained in your geographical location, for if America were a human body, Indianapolis stands exactly where you find the heart. Thank you one and all in Indianapolis; now let’s hold on to our hats because here we go!


Rooting for the Colts a half a world away.  Our resident Aussie blogger, Rob Zammit, is a veterinarian and dedicated Colts fan.

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Irsay Remembers Art Donovan

Posted by craigkelleycolts on – 9:27 am

Jim Irsay has been affiliated with the Colts since age 13.

Inquisitive youthful years spent around the team have produced an owner and CEO with a deep appreciation for the franchise and for the many men who helped shape and grow the NFL into the nation’s most popular sport.

Art Donovan was one such person, a Hall-of-Famer, and Irsay remembers one of the franchise’s most revered individuals.

“On a weekend when the NFL welcomed more players into the Hall of Fame, we lost one of its most significant enshrinees, Art Donovan,” said Irsay.  “Art was the first Colts player to be inducted into the Hall, and his roots date back to the very start of the franchise.

“Art was a battle-tested veteran who stood among the giants in helping lead the Colts to their first two world championships. While many later knew Art as a colorful ambassador to the sport because of his personality, those who played alongside and against him attest to his grit and greatness.

“Art is a beloved figure to many and is the only player to wear number 70 in Colts history.  His number is retired among Colts greats.

“Art truly is an unforgettable figure in our sport, and we extend our sympathies to his family.”

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Colts Daily Headlines: August 5th Edition

Posted by Kevin Bowen on – 7:57 am

The Colts returned to the practice field on Sunday afternoon with Antoine Bethea back in his normal spot and Bjoern Werner taking part in rookie activities. Also former Colts great Art Donovan passed away on Sunday evening at the age of 89.

Each morning will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, August 5th.  

Hall of Fame DT Donovan dead at 89

The Associated Press

Baltimore Colt great Art Donovan passed away at the age of 89 on Sunday evening.

The Hall of Fame lineman was one of the most popular Colts in team history.

Donovan made a name for himself as a feisty defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts, helping the team to world championships in 1958 and 1959. He also spent single seasons with the New York Yanks and Dallas Texans in a career that lasted from 1950 through 1961.

“We lost a friend, one of the finest men and one of the greatest characters we were fortunate to meet in this community and in this business,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said. “Baltimore is now without one of its best and someone who was a foundation for the tremendous popularity of football in our area. The world is not as bright tonight because we lost someone who could make us all smile.”

Singing and lugging gear? Check. Now Colts’ top pick Bjoern Werner is learning new position

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star

Bjoern Werner had his hands full on Sunday as he headed off the Colts practice field.

He was toting a few of his teammates pads as a reminder that he is still just a rookie in the NFL.

One of those pads belonged to Robert Mathis, someone the Colts first round draft pick speaks very highly of.

Werner is quick to seek the counsel of Mathis, 32 and in his 11th season. Last year, the Colts moved Mathis from end in the previous 4-3 defense to 3-4 outside linebacker. Despite being at a foreign position, Mathis led the Colts with eight sacks and earned a fifth straight Pro Bowl berth.

“He always tells me, ‘I was there last year,’ and he was a 10-year veteran . . . so he had to make that big jump, too,’’ Werner said. “It’s not easy, but you just want to do it and keep working. It’s going to be fine.’’

Baby brings new perspective to Bethea

By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

Antoine Bethea was back with his Colts family on Sunday, a week after he welcomed a new daughter to his immediate family.

Bethea admitted to be playing for something a little bit more after the birth of his daughter Siani.

“When I saw her, it was most definitely a feeling I never had before,” Bethea said following Sunday’s afternoon practice at Anderson University. “My perspective on life, it’s just not Antoine anymore. I’m out here doing this for my family.”

Bethea returned to Anderson on Sunday for his first padded practice of 2013.

“Felt good, flying around, get a little rust off the shoulders,” Bethea said. “It felt good. Just ready to get out there and just hit some other colors and stuff like that.”


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