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Standing just a few feet away from Reggie Wayne’s empty locker, LaVon Brazill knows the challenge that lies ahead.
The task might seem daunting but Brazill is ready to embrace it.
“I want to show them what I’m capable of doing and that’s being a big part of this offense,” Brazill said of helping to replace Reggie Wayne.
“Do what got me here, make plays, catch the ball, keep the chains moving, let my work do the talking.”
After returning from a four-game suspension to start the 2013 season, Brazill put in perspective what the time away from playing and practice meant for the second-year wide receiver.
“(Helped me) grow as a man,” Brazill said on Wednesday. “I messed up and paid the consequences. Now I’m ready to move forward and put all that behind me. I’m ready to make a play and I’m ready to do it.”
Those opportunities gave the Colts 2012 sixth round pick the “confidence” to play at the NFL level.
In Wayne’s absence, the Colts young receivers have turned to five-year veteran Darrius Heyward-Bey for leadership.
On Wednesday, Chuck Pagano spoke to DHB’s leadership and the message for the entire receiving corps moving forward.
“I said you guys were around the guy (Wayne) long enough. You understand from a practice standpoint, preparation standpoint, film study, all those type of things, you saw a future Hall of Famer do it for however long you’ve been here, so just emulate that.”
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For the past month, Bjoern Werner has been a spectator on the Colts practice field.
Werner, who has been dealing with a foot injury since leaving the Jaguars game on Sept. 29, put the pads back on Monday afternoon practicing in a limited role.
“(Werner) felt good doing what he did, leaving the practice field,” head coach Chuck Pagano said on Monday.
“Hopefully he comes in (Tuesday) morning and feels great and then amp it up a little bit more on Wednesday. Always see the glass half full on that kind of thing.”
In Werner’s first three and a half NFL games, he had four tackles (.5 sack) while playing mostly in nickel situations and on special teams.
“Honestly, it’s pretty easy because the atmosphere around the players is awesome. I don’t think anything negative. It’s really motivating to get back out there and help,” Werner said earlier this week.
“They’re doing such a great job without me but I’m trying to be back so hopefully I can be at least a factor. That’s my goal.”
One of the initial steps to getting back on the playing field came on Monday.
Both Werner and Pagano alluded to the fact that how the rookie’s foot handles a full week of practice will be the ultimate factor in deciding if Sunday night marks his return.
“I don’t know how it responds, just putting the pads on and stuff like that,” Werner said of his foot.
“That was the first time actually being out there and having the helmet on in like four weeks, so we’ll see how it feels. Hopefully it will be ready.”
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The Colts will put on the pads today as they return to the practice field in preparation for Sunday night’s matchup with the Texans. Today’s news looks at the longevity of Adam Vinatieri and this weekend’s contest.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, October 30th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
With a 15-of-17 effort in the first seven games of the season, Adam Vinatieri is showing zero signs of slowing down.
“He’s obviously found the Fountain of Youth somewhere,” Pagano said. “I don’t know if that’s in Carmel or if he went to Florida.”
Vinatieri smiled at the notion. At 40, he’s the NFL’s oldest player.
But in his 18th season and after laying the foundation for likely induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he remains driven.
“Never being satisfied is the real key to it,” Vinatieri said. “Always wanting more and more. More stats. More Super Bowl rings.
“Whatever ‘more’ that might be, just keeping it going.”
By: Tom James, The Terre Haute Tribune
Chuck Pagano said throw the records out the window when divisional teams meet and that message has permeated through the Colts locker room.
It’s back to work for the Indianapolis Colts, who will go into Sunday night’s nationally televised National Football League game (NBC, 8:30 p.m. kickoff) against defending AFC South champion Houston with a 5-2 record and a two-game lead in the division.
The Texans, meanwhile, have struggled of late and will take a 2-5 mark against Indianapolis.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck doesn’t care to talk about Houston’s issues so far this season. All he knows is that the Texans have ruled the division the last two seasons and still possess an outstanding defense.
“I don’t think there will be any problem of flipping the switch [coming off a bye] and getting back going. I don’t think guys really turned it off completely [last week] either,” Luck said Monday.
“It’s great to relax, great to get your mind off of things. But we’re excited for this week and a great test in Houston.”
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