The Colts are dealing with a bit of a shortened week with the Cleveland Browns coming to Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday night. Today’s news looks at some good news regarding the Colts tight ends and Chuck Pagano’s high praise for his defense.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, August 20th.
By: Zak Keefer, Indy Star
The Colts have been running a bit thin at the tight end position lately but hopefully that’s in the past with some healthy news on Monday.
Coby Fleener, who left Sunday’s 20-12 preseason win over the New York Giants with a sprained knee, had an MRI that came back negative. He is expected to miss some practice time this week but nothing beyond that.
“(We’ll) probably work him back into practice on Thursday and Friday,” said coach Chuck Pagano, whose Colts host the Cleveland Browns in their third preseason game Saturday night.
Additionally, Dwayne Allen, who has missed nearly two weeks with a foot injury, will see some monitored reps during practice this week. Allen was out of his boot Friday, the team’s last day of training camp at Anderson University, and if he progresses he could return for the team’s Sept. 8 season opener vs. Oakland.
“He’s doing great,” Pagano said of Allen. “It looks like he’s going to be able to get some work in (Tuesday), Wednesday, Thursday, go through the week. He’s coming back relatively quick.”
By: Michael Marot, The Associated Press
On Chuck Pagano’s Monday conference call, the head coach was pretty defiant when talking about his team’s defense.
“That’s exactly how we want to play,” Pagano said during a conference call with reporters. “We’re going to be a damn good defense. The guys can see it and they can feel it.”
The defensive unit held the Giants out of the end zone on Sunday night and to a 20 percent conversion rate on third downs.
“The players, they have bought in hook, line and sinker. So when you get everybody on the same page like that, you can see the level of play will just continue to go up week in and week out,” Pagano said. “It’s exciting to see, and I know we’re trying to build all three phases and be dominant in all three phases.”
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