The Indianapolis Colts today elevated outside linebacker Daniel Adongo and tackle Xavier Nixon from the practice squad to the active roster and agreed to terms with fullback Robert Hughes and defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton, who will be signed to the practice squad. The team also placed inside linebacker Mario Harvey and running back Daniel “Boom” Herron on Injured Reserve.
Adongo, 6-5, 257 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts on July 25, 2013 and was signed to the practice squad on September 1. Prior to joining the Colts, he most recently played for the Southern Kings of Super 15 Rugby, the highest level of pro rugby in the world. He also played in the 2012 Varsity Cup for the University of Pretoria Tuks.
Nixon, 6-6, 314 pounds, was signed to the Colts active roster off the Washington Redskins practice squad on September 24, 2013. He was inactive for all four games before being waived on October 28. He was then signed to the Colts practice squad the following day. Nixon appeared in 46 games (33 starts) on the University of Florida offensive line. As a senior in 2012, he earned All-SEC honors after playing 11 games with eight consecutive starts at left tackle.
Hughes, 5-11, 235 pounds, rejoins the Colts after being waived by the team on October 8, 2013. He played in one game this season, catching one pass for six yards. He also played in five games (one start) with the Colts in 2012 and recorded one rush for five yards and one reception for three yards. Hughes was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
Pendleton, 6-2, 334 pounds, was originally selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round (228th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played in four games and made one solo tackle in 2012 before being released by the Jaguars on May 22, 2013. He then signed with the Dallas Cowboys on June 12 and was released on August 26. Pendleton played two seasons at Ashland University and totaled 84 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks and three forced fumbles in 22 games started.
Harvey played in all 12 games this season and totaled 11 tackles (10 solo) and eight special teams stops. In two years with the Colts, he has appeared in 25 games, making 15 tackles (13 solo) and 15 special teams tackles.
Herron was signed by the Colts from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad on October 9, 2013. In six games this season, he recorded five rushes for 33 yards and one reception for 57 yards. He also contributed with six special teams tackles.
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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 following the team’s 22-14 win over the Titans
On getting a win, even if it was “ugly”:
“We will take them anyway we can get them. We know how difficult it is to win football games in the National Football League. Good football team that came in here (Sunday), playing for the same thing that we’re playing for—a division crown. We knew it was going to be an alley fight, a brawl like I heard a couple of our players talk about it, and it was. It was a 60-minute slugfest and we came out on the winning side of the game. We are never going to apologize for a W.”
On the injury to Ricky Jean Francois:
“Similar injury to what Bjoern (Werner) had during the season, slight tear to the plantar fascia, which is a foot injury. It will cost him a couple of weeks. Hopefully it’s a little less then what Bjoern went through. Ricky Jean has been playing lights out and was having one whale of a ball game (Sunday). He’s been playing really good football for us. Hate to lose him.”
On the four takeaways and Cassius Vaughn’s two interceptions:
“He had a great week of practice, prepared really well and was bound and determined to go out there and play really good football for us and give us everything that he had. He certainly did that. For him to come up with two interceptions, that wasn’t the only production that he had in the ball game. He was steady throughout. Plus three in the turnover margin, you are going to win a lot of football games.”
On special teamer Sergio Brown playing with a broken hand:
“I’d be reminisced if we didn’t talk about him and I’m glad you brought him up because he’s been playing great all year. If he isn’t in Hawaii, I’d be shocked. He’s played great football all year and to have surgery Tuesday morning, put a plate in his hand, put a cast over the top of that thing then to go play the way he played, there’s no tougher guy on our football team than Sergio Brown. I respect that kid so much and what he does for this program, our team and for this organization. Just hats off to him.”
On when he starts looking for playoff scenarios:
“When they start (laughs). In all honestly, we’ve just got to stick to the process. We are in the last quarter of the season. For us to get ahead of ourselves and start worrying about seedings and who you might play and who has to do what, I think that’s just a recipe for disaster. Our focus and mindset has to be on one thing and one thing only and that’s this upcoming ballgame.”
On if linebacker Josh McNary will play more on passing downs moving forward:
“He had an opportunity. We had a little package put together for Josh. He played a lot more plays on special teams and did a nice job for us. The three plays that he went in (defensively), none bigger then the third down we blitzed Josh and he beat the running back one-on-one right in the hole, hit Fitzpatrick right when he released the ball. Obviously that thing sailed right over everybody in the backend and that was just a great, great football play by Josh. That just showed his speed, his athleticism, all those things. We look to get him more involved.”
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Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.
Here is a look after Week 13:
Patriots 34, Texans 31
-Amidst a nine-game losing streak, the Texans seemed prime to end that with a 10-point halftime lead. The lead was just three points after Texans running back Ben Tate scored his third touchdown of the game with 11:35 left in the fourth quarter. Yet, New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski booted a pair of 53-yard field goals and the Patriots escaped Houston with their ninth victory. Houston dropped its 10th straight game and now have the worst record in the NFL.
NEXT GAME: @Jacksonville, Thursday at 8:25 p.m. EST
Colts 22, Titans 14
-In a game with significant AFC South meaning, the Titans got outscored 10-0 over the final quarter and a half in the loss. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions after going 119 straight passes without being picked off. The Titans defense did sack Colts quarterback Andrew Luck five times. Tennessee must now win its final four games and the Colts have to lose their last four in order to win the AFC South.
NEXT GAME: @Denver, Sunday at 4:25 p.m. EST
Jaguars 32, Browns 29
-The Jaguars got their third win in the last four weeks with a road victory in Cleveland. Three different Jaguars caught receiving touchdowns as Cecil Shorts III 20-yard score with 40 seconds remaining proved to the game winning score. Jacksonville will look for a season sweep over the Texans on Thursday as the two teams play for the second time in the last 10 days.
NEXT GAME: Houston, Thursday at 8:25 p.m. EST.
2013 AFC South Standings
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