A player signed to make an impact in 2013 had his season end on Sunday, Donald Thomas.
Thomas suffered a quadriceps injury to his right leg very early in last week’s game against Miami.
Thomas was placed on injured reserve today and will be undergoing surgery very soon to repair the injury.
Thomas was a big-splash signing by Ryan Grigson on March 13 after starting 21-of-43 career appearances with Miami and New England from 2008-12.
Thomas opened the first two games at left guard, and Grigson hoped the club could establish a firm line that would open more games together than the four that were able to be started last year with the intended linemen.
The injury ensures the Colts will be in flux in the near future. Rookie Hugh Thornton played 60 snaps after Thomas’ departure.
On Monday, Chuck Pagano talked about the line.
“We’ve got nine guys with Link (Jeff Linkenbach) and Khaled Holmes sitting there. As you know, the roster is fluid and it’s ever-changing because of injuries. We have options there,” said Pagano.
The Colts could be in a position-for-position signing mode as they face a talented San Francisco team Sunday.
Among players on a talented defense is linebacker Aldon Smith, the NFL’s sack leader since 2011 (37).
In addition to Thomas being placed on injured reserve, the Colts released Dan Moore from injured reserve.
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The Indianapolis Colts today placed guard Donald Thomas on Injured Reserve and waived fullback Dan Moore from Injured Reserve.
Thomas was originally signed by the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013. He made two starts at left guard this season before being injured in the team’s Week 2 contest against Miami (9/15). For his career, Thomas has appeared in 45 games, including 23 starts.
Moore was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2013. He was a four-year letterman at Montana and compiled 924 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 38 career games. Moore also caught 26 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns.
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With the regular season back in action, the Chuck Pagano show returns hosted by ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday nights.
Here’s some of the highlights from Pagano’s show on Monday night:
On the play of T.Y. Hilton with six catches for 124 yards:
-“He’s a special, special player, an athletic guy, a competitor. That ball that he caught going over the top of (Brent) Grimes, that’s a special play. We saw him make those all through the second half of last year. It was good see him to get back involved, more than the first ball game. We’ve got to do everything possible to try and create plays and get him the ball as much as we can.”
On the play of Hugh Thornton filling in for Donald Thomas:
-“He did play well. It’s never going to be all well, especially for a rookie, but he came in and again he’s knocking a lot of rust still because he missed most of training camp and the preseason with that ankle injury. This is the first time he’s really getting significant reps so to speak. He’s prepared mentally during the time he was out. He came in and did a nice job.”
On the 24-hour rule after losses:
-“You’ve got that sour taste in your mouth. You really don’t get rid of it until you line up the next Sunday and hopefully get that taste out of your mouth with a victory. The 24-hour rule, you try like heck to put it behind you, obviously win or lose. You have to do that. You have to move on so that’s what we are going to do.”
On Robert Mathis with 94.5 career sacks:
-“He’s like a fine wine, he just keeps getting better with age. He’s a game wrecker. He plays his heart out. He prepares. He takes care of himself and his body and he’s able to go out and play at a high level still. He’s the leader out there of that defense and what he brings from just a football standpoint is great, but from leadership and energy and all those types of things, I’m sure glad he’s out there.”
On Gosder Cherilus and keeping Cameron Wake to just a half tackle on Sunday:
“He’s a really good football and a great team player. He’s great in that (offensive line) room. He’s come in and done everything that we’ve asked of him. He’s a very unselfish guy. Gos certainly had his hands full. He knew it. He’s a pro. He prepared. He practiced extremely hard and he went out and did what he had to do to try and take care of Cameron.”
On how much he can get from Ricky Jean Francois and Aubrayo Franklin this week, both who used to play for San Francisco:
-“From a personnel standpoint is the biggest thing. They can talk scheme and all that stuff but they can really talk about the type of people they are going to face, the personnel. If Ricky were going to go in and talk to our offensive linemen and tell them about the defensive line group, in particular talk about Aldon Smith and here’s his favorite pass rush move. This is what he loves to do. This is his counter, those types of things.”
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The Colts will have an off day on Tuesday as the 24-hour rule is gone following Sunday’s loss. Today’s news looks at the implications of Sunday’s loss, the search for consistency and the Colts dealing with depth issues.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, September 17th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The 2013 regular season is just two weeks old but the word “playoffs” is already being thrown around.
Yet considering the challenges facing the Colts over the next five weeks, beginning with Sunday’s visit to San Francisco, it’s only reasonable to wonder whether the 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins will have a lasting impact.
“We realize we can’t go back and do anything about it,” quarterback Andrew Luck said Monday afternoon. “They won fair and square. You can’t complain about it. You can’t say you got cheated or robbed.
“We realize we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
By: George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin
The word consistency is what Bremer uses to describe what the Colts are looking for over the course of 60 minutes.
There have been flashes of the team Indianapolis can become, but they have not been sustained. The first quarter of the opener against Oakland was one high point. The second quarter Sunday against Miami was another. But the other six quarters of football the Colts have played this season have ranged from mediocre to … well, miserable.
“I just think we got to play better,” Pagano said. “We got to play 60 minutes of consistent football on both sides of the ball and on special teams. We’ll continue to look for ways to make sure that we can do that.”
And Andrew Luck’s thoughts?
“I just think we need a little more focus, realize it’s a long ballgame,” Luck said. “We’ve got great veterans in this locker room. I think we’ve got great football players. We realize we can’t survive our mistakes every week. We realize we can’t make as many mistakes, especially in the second half. Maybe that is a bit of lack of focus, or whatever it is, I don’t think I can put my finger on it. But it’s something we’ll focus on and hopefully improve upon.”
By: Mike Wells, AFC South Blog
Similar to the word “playoffs”, the word “depth” is already being thrown around the Colts complex.
Some significant injuries on the offensive side of the ball have tested the Colts depth already in 2013.
“I’m glad we were able to acquire the pieces that we did through free agency and the draft last year because it brought us more depth and more competition at all spots,” Pagano said. “You hate to lose anybody. You watch any game, you pick up any box score you look stats, it happens. It’s part of the NFL. I feel good about the guys we have at those positions that filled in.”
Rookie Hugh Thornton has moved into the starting left guard spot in Thomas’ place and Ahmad Bradshaw is starting at running back for Ballard. Bradshaw was likely going to become the starter at some point this season. Ballard’s injury just sped up the process. Donald Brown is backing up Bradshaw.
The Colts still have eight offensive linemen on the roster. Khaled Holmes and Jeff Linkenbach were inactive against the Dolphins.
“Guys get injured,” quarterback Andrew Luck said. “It stinks when it happens. Your heart breaks when it’s Vick Ballard or Donald Thomas, really anybody, it stinks. Whether it’s last year, the head coach going down, or any year when players go down, you got to play and you can’t miss a beat.”
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