While many Colts players traveled to tropical islands and other destinations this offseason, Pat Angerer stayed right here in Indianapolis rehabbing.
No NFL player wants his offseason spent doing the ‘r’ word but that’s what was in store for Angerer.
Angerer tied for the team lead in tackles during the first half and his fellow defenders were glad to see him back in the starting lineup.
“Another tackling machine out there, alongside (Jerrell Freeman),” safety Antoine Bethea said of Angerer’s return.
“We’ve got two guys who can get to the ball, know the defense, intelligent guys. Having (Angerer’s) leadership in the linebacker corps and out on the field is going to help us out a lot.”
During Angerer’s first two seasons in the NFL, the second-round draft pick started 27 games and did not miss a contest.
However, a foot injury limited Angerer to just three starts last season.
Angerer, who was the Colts leading tackler in 2011, ran out with the starting unit against the Browns and wasted little time making an impact.
“Last year (Angerer) was kind of limited and this offseason, so having him back out on the field gives us a veteran guy that has played a lot of downs in this league so that’s always good for the defense,” cornerback Darius Butler said.
“I’m out there in nickel so I’m communicating a lot with him, Jerrell so it’s good to have a guy in there who knows what’s going on.”
With Angerer back in the starting lineup, the Colts inside linebackers both have finished in the top five of the NFL in tackles over the past two seasons.
“It’s always good to get one of your leaders back,” backup linebacker Mario Harvey says of Angerer.
“It’s just another addition to the team that we lost during the spring. It adds more depth on the defense and I’m happy to see him play.”
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It’s a shortened week at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center with the Colts traveling to Cincinnati for the preseason finale on Thursday night. Today’s news looks at the good news surrounding Anthony Castonzo’s knee injury and the beginning of cuts for the Colts.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, August 26th.
By: Michael Marot, Associated Press
When Anthony Castonzo went down on Saturday night, a collective grown fell over the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd.
The Colts faithful can slowly exhale after Pagano updated the injury status of Castonzo on Sunday afternoon.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Sunday that left tackle Anthony Castonzo will not play in the preseason finale after an MRI confirmed Castonzo has a mild sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Castonzo was injured on the opening series’ of Saturday night’s 27-6 victory over Cleveland and did not return. Right guard Mike McGlynn did not play Saturday after bruising his knee during practice last week.
Castonzo is listed as day-to-day, and Pagano said Sunday he hopes both would be ready for the Sept. 8 opener against Oakland.
“The MRI was pretty much negative. It wasn’t as bad as anybody anticipated,” Pagano said, discussing Castonzo’s prognosis during a conference call. “You never want to lose anybody, and particularly the guy who’s protecting the blind side of your quarterback.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
It’s the time of year that no NFL player looks forward to knowing that the call could come at any time.
The Indianapolis Colts have released 11 players and placed linebacker Lawrence Sidbury on the injured reserve list.
The moves are a major step toward being in compliance with the NFL’s 75-player roster limit Tuesday. The Colts still must waive three players prior to the deadline.
Waived were cornerbacks Johnny Adams and Allen Chapman, guard Danous Estenor, defensive tackle Kellen Heard, placekicker Brandon McManus, running back Davin Meggett, linebacker C.O. Prime, center Rich Schmeig and safety Ashante Williams. Wide receiver Maurice Williams was waived with an injury settlement and cornerback Teddy Wiliams waived injured.
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