LaRon Landry of the Indianapolis Colts has been suspended without pay for the next four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Landry will be eligible to return to the Colts’ active roster on Monday, October 27 following the team’s October 26 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed safety Dewey McDonald to the active roster from the practice squad and waived wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers. The team also placed outside linebacker Robert Mathis on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.
McDonald, 6-0, 220 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 and was signed to the practice squad on September 1. Collegiately, he transferred to California University of Pennsylvania from Fairmont State. As a senior captain with the Vulcans, he tallied a career-best 89 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions (all returned for touchdowns) and eight passes defensed. His three interception returns for touchdowns made him the first PSAC player to accomplish the feat in over 10 years. McDonald finished his career with the second-most career interception return yards (475) among active Division II players.
Rogers has played in five career games (three starts) with the Colts, totaling 14 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He also recorded one reception for 46 yards in two postseason contests. Rogers was originally signed to the Colts practice squad on September 2, 2013.
Mathis, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, is the Colts’ all-time career and single-season sack leader. In 2013, he was voted an Associated Press and Sporting News First Team NFL All-Pro selection for the first time in his career after leading the league in sacks (19.5). For his career, Mathis has totaled 555 tackles (419 solo), 111.0 sacks, 48 forced fumbles, 14 fumble recoveries, 18 passes defensed and one interception in 163 games played (99 starts).
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is safety Mike Adams.
Labeling Adams as a “backup” isn’t totally true but this is a guy who didn’t take consistent first team reps at safety until the end of Training Camp.
Adams also didn’t have anywhere close to a full offseason with the Colts, after the team signed him near the end of OTAs.
But after four weeks, Adams has done a very solid job at stabilizing the safety spot next to LaRon Landry.
“He came in and did what we expected him to do,” Darius Butler says of his fellow secondary member.
“He’s played a long time in his league. He’s a good veteran presence back there and he came right in and learned the playbook on the run.”
On Sunday against the Titans, Adams had a pair of interceptions and a key second quarter pass breakup that held the Titans to a field goal.
The interceptions were the 14th and 15th of the 10-year career for Adams.
It was another solid defensive effort from the Colts with the unit starting to create some more chances for the offense.
“We have to play with an edge,” Adams says of the defense. “We got to match number 12. If 12 is playing well, we got to play well, too.
“We’re getting the chemistry together and we’re starting to roll. We got to keep this going, that’s the main thing.”
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts closed the first month of the season on Sunday afternoon with another impressive victory.
For the first time since 2004, the Colts have scored at least 40 points in back-to-back games.
The Colts (2-2) will now host Baltimore (3-1) on Sunday afternoon before traveling to Houston (3-1) a week from Thursday.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
ANDREW LUCK ANOTHER ELITE PERFORMANCE– In facing the league’s second ranked pass defense on Sunday, Andrew Luck’s NFL-best numbers were supposed to dwindle. Luck padded those stats against the Titans and his 13 touchdown passes after four weeks is the fourth most in NFL history. The Colts quarterback continues to spread the ball around with tremendous efficiency as eight different players caught at least two passes on Sunday.
EVEN QUARTER – Dropping the first two games of 2014 put the Colts behind schedule in re-capturing the AFC South. The tides have turned a bit after back-to-back division wins and now the Colts find themselves just a game back of the AFC South-leading Houston Texans. The Colts will travel to Houston on Thursday, October 9 in their last division game until November 23.
REGGIE IS BACK – Sunday served as another indication that Reggie Wayne is indeed back. Wayne’s 119-yard receiving day was highlighted by his first touchdown of 2014. Wayne continues to redecorate his own Hall of Fame resume while providing such a consistent target for Andrew Luck to turn to at the age of 35.
TURNOVERS STARTING TO BUILD – While the Tennessee Titans had trouble protecting the ball on Sunday, credit the Colts for being in the right place at the right time. Veteran safety Mike Adams had a pair of interceptions and, for the second straight week, the Colts defense forced three turnovers. Those turnovers have led to a significant discrepancy in plays run and time of possession for the Colts the last two weeks.
A DIFFERENT OCTOBER – Sitting with a 2-2 record at the quarter poll, the Colts will now take on four teams with .500 records or better the next month. The stretch begins with two days next week (Baltimore on Sunday and at Houston on Thursday). The Colts will then finish the month with Cincinnati coming to Lucas Oil on 10/19 and a trip to Pittsburgh on 10/26.
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