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Fili Moala is off the PUP list and ready to hit somebody

Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 20, 2013 – 2:43 pm

After Robert Mathis and Antoine Bethea, who is the third longest tenured Colts defender?

The answer might take a while before it pops into one’s head.

For the first time in nine months, Fili Moala will join his teammates on the practice field Tuesday afternoon.2011_1222_HOU111_macht--nfl_large_580_1000

Moala, who was a 2009 second-round draft pick of the Colts, was activated off the Colts PUP list on Monday after he tore his ACL in late November last year.

“It’s been a long time so I’m excited to get back out there and see if I can still contribute,” Moala said on Tuesday.

“It’s all mental. I know my leg is solid. I’ve pushed myself. I’ve worked my butt off, put this thing in extreme situations but I have no doubt it’s more mental than anything.”

Since 2010, Moala has started every game (38) he’s played in with the Colts including eight starts last year in a new defense.

Moala is one of three Colts (Donald Brown and Pat McAfee) who are still on the roster from the team’s 2007-2009 drafts.

Each year, Moala is constantly welcoming new faces into the Colts locker room and he likes what he’s been seeing this season.

“There’s been a lot of changes but all for the good,” Moala said. “It’s bringing out the best out of all of us, top to bottom. I’m excited to see where this team can go. We got a glimpse of what this defense can do Sunday night and I just want to be apart of it, and contribute.”

Next up for Moala is getting back on the practice field with a goal being to play in one of the Colts final two preseason games.

“We will shoot for one of these games,” Moala said. “Right now it’s get out there, get acclimated and get used to playing the game of football again.”

“Those guys are having fun, hitting people and that’s what I love to do so I’m excited.”

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