The Indianapolis Colts today announced that wide receiver LaVon Brazill’s exemption has been lifted and he will be placed on the active 53-man roster. The team also waived defensive end Lawrence Guy.
Brazill, 5-11, 194 pounds, was selected by the Colts in the sixth round (206th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Last season, he competed in 15 games and totaled 11 receptions for 186 yards and one touchdown. Brazill also added two punt returns for 12 yards and three kickoff returns for 50 yards. His lone touchdown of the season came on a career-long 42-yard reception in the team’s road victory against the Detroit Lions (12/2/12).
Guy was signed by the Colts as a free agent on September 24, 2013. In two games this year, he compiled four tackles and one blocked field goal, which was returned for a touchdown by Delano Howell against Seattle (10/6/13). In 11 career games with the Colts, Guy has totaled 25 tackles and 1.0 sack.
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is safety Delano Howell.
After being inactive for the first two games of the season, Howell has started in place for LaRon Landry the last three weeks.
His impact on Sunday came via a Lawrence Guy blocked field goal in which Howell caught the ball out of the air and returned it 61 yards for a touchdown to give the Colts their first lead at 14-12.
“It definitely gave us some momentum,” Howell said of the touchdown return. “We never stopped believing. We understood that we were going to have to play for 60 minutes. It was definitely a big play and it was a team effort. With the block and me just catching it, everybody did their part. So it was definitely good for us.”
The blocked field goal returned for a touchdown was the fourth in franchise history and the first since Dec. 5, 2004 when Rob Morris returned a block 68 yards for a score.
Along with the blocked kick, Howell added three tackles and had blanket coverage on a Russell Wilson pass attempt during Seattle’s final drive of the game.
“The great thing I think about our team is that we have great coaches, great leadership and they always put together a great plan,” Howell said after the 34-28 victory.
“Ultimately, what we do throughout the week is just preparing. Execute on Sunday. So every team is going to present a different challenge. We are just going to prepare and make sure we take care of business on Sundays.”
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The Colts began the second quarter of their schedule by knocking off the undefeated Seattle Seahawks. Today’s news looks at the Colts as a Super Bowl contender, how this win compares to the one over Green Bay last season and yet another fourth-quarter comeback.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Monday, October 7th.
By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star
The Colts are just five weeks into the 2013 regular season but thanks to a pair of wins over two of the top teams in NFC, the words “Super Bowl” are being thrown around with this team.
A lot of national folks saw last year’s Colts and saw a fluke, a team that won games despite its humble talent level, a team that overachieved as it played with its recovering head coach in its heart. Those same folks thought the Colts would regress, that the same esprit d’corps would be vanquished, and they would tumble to 8-8 or worse.
But it’s not happening.
They are still writing the same script. Still making magic in the fourth quarter. Still defying the odds. They are not, after all, a one-year wonder. They are a team – if they stay reasonably healthy – that can win the whole thing in just the second year of rebuilding.
“Character, resiliency, toughness, grit, never quiet, belief, faith,’’ Pagano said. “I don’t know what else I can say, other than these guys, we got something special.’’
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Holder looks at last season’s comeback over win over the Green Bay Packers that happened nearly one year ago to the exact day as yesterday’s comeback win.
It was exactly one year ago when his team found itself in a similar predicament — trailing and playing listlessly — against the GreenBay Packers, a situation that required everything the team could muster in a furious fourth-quarter comeback. Pagano, undergoing treatment for leukemia, watched the stirring victory from his hospital room.
Fast forward 12 months and the calendar has changed, Pagano is healthy and the opponent wore different colors. But the Colts were at it again, overcoming a top-flight opponent, their own mistakes and the scoreboard in — of course — the fourth quarter.
“We were down 21-3 at the half to Green Bay,” Pagano said. “It was the first game that I was away. And it’s the same thing when you look in these guys’ eyes. Nobody flinches around here. No player. No coaches.”
And by nobody, he meant nobody. Because it took a gargantuan effort from all involved to pull this off. This wasn’t just Andrew Luck authoring another fourth-quarter comeback (although he’s now got nine in 21 pro games).
By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
Once again, there was no panic with No. 12 in the Colts offensive huddle.
Business as usual and just another fourth quarter comeback for Andrew Luck.
Sunday was the ninth fourth-quarter comeback by Luck in only 21 NFL games. Yes, nine of the Colts’ 15 victories over the past two seasons have been been come-from-behind wins led by the second-year quarterback. Jake Plummer is the only other quarterback who can say he has nine fourth-quarter comebacks in his first two seasons. Luck still has 11 more games this season to top Plummer.
“That’s a good question,” Luck said when asked if he savors the come-from-behind victories. “Maybe there’s something special about the close ones. A win is a win. I’m sure you ask every guy in the locker room and they’re happy with a win.”
That, too, is typical Luck. He has not interested in talking about his individual success. It’s all about what’s best for the team.
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INDIANAPOLIS – In Sunday’s 34-28 win over Seattle, Indianapolis snapped 60 offensive plays. After only nine, the Colts were staring adversity squarely in the face.
Those opening plays gained nine yards and no first downs, and Pat McAfee’s third punt was blocked through the end zone. Undefeated Seattle led, 12-0.
Antoine Bethea motioned teammates together on the sideline to deliver a message. Indianapolis forced a three-and-out, then scored two quick touchdowns for a 14-12 lead.
After Seattle countered by taking a 25-17 advantage in the third quarter, the Colts scored 17 points and snuffed out two late drives to earn a comeback victory over a team that had won nine straight games.
The victory was the ninth comeback triumph in 21 outings under Chuck Pagano. It placed the Colts alone atop the AFC South five games into the season.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
GRIT BEATS RABBITS – A heavyweight fight is not determined when one boxer pulls a rabbit out of the hat. It happens when he reaches inside and finds the extra something that has put him in the ring. The Colts have been relevant under Chuck Pagano, jumping nine games in the standings a year ago and now sitting among AFC leaders and on top of their division at 4-1. Pagano had his players at halftime, down 19-17, say they would run and tackle better in the second half. Eighty of 109 rushing yards followed, and the Colts defensively halved the Seahawks’ first-half ground total in the last 30 minutes. Holding Seattle to three field goals (the second with a defensive stand in Indianapolis territory after a turnover) was key, as were two late stops. The offense responded with 86- and 42-yard drives for 11 fourth-quarter points to earn the win. A true prize fight has both boxers landing blows. The one who summons the most wins. Out-pointed in early rounds, the Colts rose again with play from three units. “Nobody’s built better to win these close games, especially in the fourth quarter, than this team,” said Pagano. “(It’s) character, resiliency, toughness, grit, never quit, belief, faith. We’ve got something special.”
HILTON IS CENTRAL ELEMENT – Four plays after falling behind 12-0, T.Y. Hilton was in the end zone with a 73-yard grab (32 yards coming after the catch). On third-and-22 from the seven six minutes before the half, Hilton was interfered with and the Colts had 39 penalty yards. Hilton then had a 13-yard reception to convert another third down, leading to a half-ending field goal. Hilton’s lone third-quarter reception was a 29-yard TD strike. Early on the fourth-quarter 86-yard scoring drive, Andrew Luck targeted Hilton on third-and-10 from the 25. Interference, 16 yards. On second-and-11 from the 40, Hilton had a 13-yard catch. On third-and-eight from the Seattle 45, Luck found Hilton again for 12 more clutch yards. That was the last time Hilton was targeted, and he had done an afternoon’s work. On six targeted times, he had five receptions for 140 yards and two scores, his seventh 100-plus outing. Two penalties added 55 more yards, coming on drives that accounted for 11 points. Well done, #13.
FREEMAN FACTOR – Jerrell Freeman has been a disruptive presence all season. Strip-sacks against Miami and San Francisco made him the first Colts linebacker since 2004 not named Dwight Freeney or Robert Mathis to have quarterback takedowns in consecutive games. The mobile Freeman tracked down Russell Wilson for no gain on third-and-two with seven minutes to go. The Colts were clinging to a 31-28 lead that was in doubt. Up 34-28, Freeman rushed Wilson into an interception with 1:23 left. Game-set-match, or, according to Reggie Wayne, “Ding, ding,” the bout was over and the referee held up the Colts’ hand. Either way, Freeman has had a telling hand in many plays. This is not something truly learned, just something cited as contributing factors in a big-time win.
A FEW GOOD MEN – Pagano has his men believing that every one of them can make a difference. Take bows Delano Howell and Lawrence Guy. Howell has started twice in place of LaRon Landry. He has made plays before, but his 61-yard return of a blocked field goal was a huge comeback impetus. The person who triggered it was Guy, who was signed recently to add depth to a thin defensive line. Howell had the eye candy with a great return (the third-longest in club history off a blocked field goal), but Guy provided the grit. Neither player garners a great deal of spotlight, but both’s professionalism created a big play Sunday against a team that excels on specialty units and against a kicker whose first miss of the year resulted in points for the opponent. While we’re at it, bow yourself Tom McMahon.
NO JUDGES – After two blowout wins by a 64-10 combined margin, the Colts were on the ropes down 12 and with a Seattle offense that had knifed for two scores and 92 yards on 13 snaps. Seattle would land more haymakers and Indianapolis would have to rally from behind most of the day. It did so on the one-year anniversary of the 30-27 comeback victory over Green Bay. That day a year ago was one of the most compelling in the club’s Indianapolis era, with its head coach in a hospital battling leukemia. Pagano was present Sunday to marshal another special victory. Outsiders tend to tune out themes used by coaches. Pagano’s players don’t. They live the themes and play them out on Sundays. It would have been easy to fold under pressure and deficits yesterday, but the Colts didn’t. Fans now have first place team (with 11 challenges ahead), one that hangs together.
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