The Indianapolis Colts today claimed quarterback Charlie Whitehurst off waivers from the Tennessee Titans.
Whitehurst, 6-5, 226 pounds, has played in 20 career NFL games (nine starts) and completed 189-of-340 passes for 2,131 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions for a 77.0 rating in his time with the Tennessee Titans (2014-15), San Diego Chargers (2006-09, 12-13) and Seattle Seahawks (2010-11). He spent the first nine weeks of the 2015 season with the Titans before being waived on November 11. In 2014, Whitehurst played in seven games (five starts) and completed 105-of-185 passes for 1,326 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions for a 87.4 rating. He also had 20 carries for 90 yards. Whitehurst saw action in two games as a reserve in 2013. In 2012, he dressed but did not play as the backup quarterback in all 16 games. Whitehurst played in three games (two starts) in 2011 and completed 27-of-56 passes for 298 yards with one touchdown and one interception for a 62.9 rating. He also registered four carries for 13 yards. Whitehurst appeared in six games (two starts) in 2010 and completed 57-of-99 passes for 507 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He tallied 20 carries for 43 yards and one touchdown. From 2007-09, he was inactive for all regular season and postseason games. As a rookie in 2006, Whitehurst saw action in two games as a reserve and carried the ball two times for 13 yards and one touchdown. He was originally selected by the Chargers in the third round (81st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Collegiately, Whitehurst amassed the second-most wins in Clemson history with 25, including eight fourth-quarter comeback wins. He tied the school record with seven wins over Top-25 teams, including three victories against Top-10 teams. Whitehurst graduated with 46 school records, including career passing yards, completions, touchdowns and 300-yard games. He was named Second Team All-ACC as a senior after completing 229-of-340 passes for 2,483 yards and 11 touchdowns, as his 67.4 completion percentage set a school record and ranked fifth in the nation.
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The Indianapolis Colts today elevated outside linebacker Daniel Adongo to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and waived running back Josh Robinson.
Adongo, 6-5, 252 pounds, has spent the entire season on the team’s practice squad a year after being on the Colts Injured Reserve list in 2014. In 2013, he spent the first 12 games of the season on the Colts practice squad before being signed to the active roster and playing in two games. Prior to joining the Colts, he 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.
He graduated from Strathmore High School (Nairobi, Kenya) in 2006 and attended the University of South Africa the following year. Adongo also attended the Sharks Academy, a rugby academy accredited by South African Rugby, and made his senior debut in the 2010 Vodacom Cup. In addition, he played for the Kenya Harlequins junior team before going on to play for Kenya’s U-18 and U-19 national teams.
Robinson, 5-8, 221 pounds, has played in five games for the Colts in 2015 and totaled 17 carries for 39 yards and six receptions for 33 yards. He was selected by the team in the sixth round (205th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
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The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts cornerback Darius Butler has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 9. This marks the second time he has earned the award in his career as he won the honor in Week 10 of the 2012 season.
In the Colts 27-24 victory over the Denver Broncos, Butler registered two tackles, one interception and one pass defensed. Late in the fourth quarter, Indianapolis took a 27-24 lead with 6:13 left in the game. After a 41-yard kickoff return, the Broncos started their ensuing drive on their own 33-yard line. On the first play of the series, Butler intercepted Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning on a diving catch. The turnover gave the ball back to the Indianapolis offense to run out the clock and secure the win.
Butler is the second Colts player to earn AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors this season, joining safety Mike Adams, who earned the award in Week 5. Punter Pat McAfee was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 3.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed quarterback Alex Tanney and safety Dezmen Southward to the practice squad and released quarterback Matt Blanchard and guard Kitt O’Brien from the practice squad.
Tanney, 6-4, 220 pounds, spent three weeks (Weeks 4-6) on the Colts practice squad before being released on October 20, 2015. Earlier this season he also spent time on the Buffalo Bills practice squad. In 2014, he spent the final two weeks of the regular season on the Titans practice squad. Tanney was on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad for the first 12 weeks of the 2013 season before he was signed to the Cleveland Browns active roster on November 26, 2013. He spent five games on the Browns 53-man roster and did not see any game action. Tanney originally signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent on June 5, 2012 and spent his rookie season on the Chiefs Injured Reserve list.
Collegiately, Tanney played in 47 games at Monmouth and set NCAA Division III career records with 14,249 passing yards and 157 touchdowns. He was selected as the Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year three times (2008-09, 2011). In 2009, Tanney was named the Melberger Award winner as Division III’s best player after recording 3,856 passing yards and 44 touchdowns.
Southward, 6-2, 210 pounds, was waived by the Atlanta Falcons on November 6, 2015. The Indianapolis native has played in 18 career NFL games and registered 21 tackles (14 solo), 1.0 sack, two passes defensed and one interception. Southward was selected by the Falcons in the third round (68th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Collegiately, Southward set a school record by playing in 54 consecutive games during his four-year career at Wisconsin. He started 30 games and tallied 152 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two interceptions and 11 passes defensed. Southward earned consensus All-Big 10 honorable mention as a junior and a senior.
Blanchard, 6-3, 223 pounds, was signed to the Colts practice squad on October 20, 2015. He has previously spent time on the practice squads of the Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears since entering the league as an undrafted free agent with the Bears in 2012. Blanchard played in 34 games (25 starts) at Wisconsin-Whitewater and finished as the school’s leader in completion percentage (70.4) after completing 393-of-558 career passes for 5,106 yards, 44 touchdowns and the fewest interceptions (six) in school history.
O’Brien, 6-5, 310 pounds, was signed to the team’s practice squad on October 31, 2015. He spent time with the Colts in training camp before being waived during final cuts on September 5, 2015. He played the last two seasons in the Arena Football League with the Cleveland Gladiators after his collegiate career at Ball State.
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The Indianapolis Colts today announced that Quarterback Andrew Luck incurred abdominal injuries during Sunday’s victory over the Denver Broncos.
“The injuries happened at the end of an early fourth quarter scramble when Andrew was doing everything he could to get us the win,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “Andrew was sore after the game and was feeling a little worse Monday afternoon so we sent him to get tests.”
The tests revealed a laceration in one of Luck’s kidneys and a partial tear of an abdominal muscle. The injuries should not require surgery and full recovery from both is expected within two to six weeks.
“It’s way too early to guess how long Andrew will be out,” said Pagano. “We’re going to keep listening to the doctors and evaluating his progress on a week by week basis. We’ve got all the confidence in the world in Matt Hasselbeck and we’re not going to put Andrew back out there until he’s healed and ready to go.”
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The Indianapolis Colts today waived cornerback Tony Carter and placed defensive tackle Henry Anderson on the Injured Reserve list.
Carter, 5-9, 175 pounds, signed with the team as a free agent on October 20, 2015. He played in three games and saw action mostly on special teams. Carter has participated in 45 career regular season games (three starts) and five playoff contests with Indianapolis, Denver and New England. He has totaled 42 tackles (37 solo), 22 passes defensed, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and six special teams tackles.
Anderson, 6-6, 300 pounds, was drafted by the Colts in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He started all nine games this season and registered 35 tackles (28 solo), 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and two passes defensed. Anderson played in 48 games (35 starts) at Stanford and finished with 140 tackles (76 solo), 17.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and seven passes defensed. He was named First Team All-Pac-12 (2014), honorable mention All-Pac-12 (2013) and Second Team All-Pac-12 (2012) in each of his final three collegiate seasons.
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This week’s “Back-Up of the Game” presented by Venyu is tight end Jack Doyle.
When Rob Chudzinski took over as offensive coordinator this week, the tight end position was thought to be impacted in a positive way.
The unit definitely was on Sunday.
The trickle down effect was all the way to Jack Doyle, playing 31 snaps Sunday, after he logged a total of 21 offensive snaps the previous three weeks.
Doyle had two catches for 18 yards Sunday, including extending for a three-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter.
“Andrew did a good job of getting the ball out quick and gave me an opportunity to be able to stretch out there at the end,” Doyle said of his third career-touchdown.
“I was just lucky enough to be close enough to end zone.”
Luck distributed the ball around to nine different guys on Sunday, all of who whom saw at least two targets.
Coming off a short road week and facing the top defense in the NFL, this type of effort wasn’t expected.
“It’s been tough, but it hasn’t been a ton different,” Doyle said of the weekly preparation last week.
“I think our offensive coaches have done such a great job putting in extra time and getting us prepared. They had us ready to play.”
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INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis’ three-game losing streak ended Sunday.
In knocking off the undefeated Broncos 27-24, the Colts put together their finest 60-minute performance of the season.
The Colts (4-5) will now enter their bye week with a one-game lead in the AFC South.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
FAST START COMES SUNDAY – It was the mission Chuck Pagano preached all week long. Start like we finish. On Sunday, that came to fruition with the Colts jumping out to a 17-0 lead through the first quarter and a half. The start was even more impressive when you consider Denver came into Sunday having not allowed a single first-quarter point all season long.
COMMITTED GROUND GAME – With Rob Chudzinski calling the offensive shots Sunday, the Colts carried the ball a season-high 40 times. In doing so, the Colts had the more for 17 minutes longer than the Broncos. Chud also implemented many more two and three tight end looks on Sunday.
HILTON FIGHTS THROUGH INJURY – T.Y. Hilton was supposed to miss four weeks with a foot injury that kept him out of practice all last week. Hilton not only ended up playing Sunday, but he was more than effective. The Colts Pro Bowl wide receiver caught five balls (in six targets) for 82 yards Sunday. Hilton’s presence on the field as needed going up against arguably the league’s top cornerback duo.
INJURIES TO WATCH – Injuries to Mike Adams (ankle) and Henry Anderson (knee) will be the ones to keep an eye on into the bye week. After the game, Adams said the ankle injury was just a “little scare.” Unfortunately, Pagano said the injury to Anderson is “pretty significant” with MRIs coming on Monday for both defenders.
BYE WEEK MOMENTUM – The Colts now head into their bye week at 4-5, with a one-game lead in the AFC South. The schedule for the Colts does lighten up after the bye with road trips to Atlanta (11/22) and Pittsburgh (12/6) standing out on the second half. The Colts won’t get back into their AFC South schedule until 12/13, closing the season with three out of their last four against the division.
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The Indianapolis Colts have terminated Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton. Rob Chudzinski will assume Hamilton’s former duties and responsibilities.
“Through the first eight weeks of the season, we have felt our offense hasn’t performed at the consistent level that we need. Because of this we’ve decided to go in a different direction and relieve Pep Hamilton of his duties as offensive coordinator. As head coach of this team, it’s my responsibility to make sure I’m doing everything we can to put us in the best position to succeed. We thank Pep for his service to the team and wish him all the best.”
Hamilton joined the Colts in 2013 from Stanford University, where he served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks from 2011-12 and wide receivers coach in 2010. He holds 18 years of combined coaching experience in the NFL and collegiate ranks. Hamilton also spent time with the Chicago Bears (2007-09), San Francisco 49ers (2006) and the New York Jets (2003-05). He was also a pro personnel intern with the Baltimore Ravens in 2002 and a summer coaching intern with the Washington Redskins in 2001 and Kansas City Chiefs in 2000.
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The Indianapolis Colts today signed guard Ben Heenan to the practice squad and released guard David Arkin from the practice squad.
Heenan, 6-4, 315 pounds, spent time with the Colts during the 2015 offseason and training camp after originally signing with the team on February 4, 2015. He was waived by the team during training camp on August 7. Heenan played the last three seasons (2012-14) with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) after being selected by the team with the first overall pick of the 2012 CFL Draft. He competed in 52 career games on the offensive line, starting 49 contests. In 2014, Heenan started all 21 games for the Roughriders for the first time in his career. In 2013, he started 16 games at right guard and right tackle and helped the Roughriders win their fourth Grey Cup in franchise history. As a rookie in 2012, Heenan saw action in a total of 15 games and started 12.
Collegiately, Heenan played four seasons (2008-2011) at the University of Saskatchewan at both guard and tackle and helped the Huskies to three Canada West regular season titles and four playoff appearances. Heenan was one of only three Canadian players selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game following his senior season. He was also named Second Team All-Canadian and was a Canada West All-Star in 2011. Heenan earned First Team All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star honors in 2010, while playing in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport East-West Bowl. In his first year with the Huskies in 2008, he started all nine games and was named Canada West Rookie of the Year.
Arkin, 6-5, 310 pounds, has had two stints on the Colts practice squad in 2015. He most recently was signed by the team on October 26. Arkin has played in one regular season game and three postseason contests with the Colts and Miami Dolphins. In 2014, Arkin spent the majority of the season on the Colts practice squad before being signed to the active roster and competing in all three of Indianapolis’ postseason games on special teams and in tackle-eligible situations.
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