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Posted by coltsindianapolis on December 8, 2012 – 6:01 pm

“On behalf of the entire Colts family, our sincerest condolences go out to Jerry’s family and friends. He was a good teammate that was well liked by all. Today’s tragic news is just another reminder of how fragile life is and how everyday given is a gift.”

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 20, 2012 – 1:28 pm

The Indianapolis Colts released outside linebacker Jerry Brown from the practice squad.

Brown was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 23, 2012 and was waived on August 31. He was then signed to the practice squad on September 1 and elevated to the active roster on October 10. Brown played in one game against the New York Jets in Week 6 prior to being waived on October 16 and signed back to the practice squad the following day.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 15, 2012 – 1:00 pm

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen caught the first pass of the game for the Colts and added another grab for 21 yards. Through five games, Allen is fourth on the team with 12 catches and 109 yards receiving.

Vick Ballard, RB: With running back Donald Brown injured, Ballard got his fist NFL start on Sunday. Ballard had eight carries for 25 yards and caught a pair of passes for 17 yards.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill caught his second pass in the NFL on Sunday, taking a screen pass for 14 yards. Brazill also played on special teams with two kickoff returns for 35 yards.

Jerry Brown, OLB: Brown made his NFL debut on Sunday, playing on special teams.

Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener had another successful afternoon, catching four balls for 42 yards. Fleener his third on the team with 17 catches for 181 yards.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton saw action as a receiver and a punt returner against the Jets. Hilton had three catches for 31 yards and ranks third on the team with 196 yards receiving.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 22-of-44 on Sunday for 280 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Luck’s totals through five games read as 118-of-221 (53.4 percent) passing for 1,488 yards and seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer caught his first NFL catch on the Colts second play from scrimmage. Palmer also played on special teams.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday, filling in for right tackle Winston Justice in the second half.

Rookie quarterback Chandler Harnish was inactive against the Packers

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 20, 2012 – 12:20 pm

Under the bright lights, a hostile road environment and going up against one of the most accomplished teams in the NFL over the past decade, a handful of Colts rookies more than held their own in Week 2 of the preseason.

Running back Vick Ballard: Ballard made the most of extended playing time with the first team offense. He led the rushing attack with 10 carries while filling in for injured backs Delone Carter and Mewelde Moore. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has been high on the rookie running back dating back to minicamp, stating he needed to see Ballard in pads before assessing the pass blocking skills of the Mississippi State product. The offensive line, along with running backs Donald Brown and Ballard, did a nice job of keeping quarterback Andrew Luck upright on the evening. Luck was sacked once in 25 attempts against a Steelers defense which led the NFL in 2011.

Wide receiver Griff Whalen: The young receivers seem to be plugged in one after another and performing admirably in Arians’ offense. Whalen sat out the early portion of training camp due to a foot injury, but was able to practice all of last week before making his NFL debut against the Steelers. The rookie from Stanford had an eight-yard reception on the Colts last drive of the first half which led to an Adam Vinatieri field goal. Whalen finished the game with four catches for 59 yards and caught a four-yard touchdown from quarterback Drew Stanton. He has added another name to an already loaded position with young talent that saw ample playing time on Sunday with wide receivers Donnie Avery and Austin Collie sidelined.

Tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener: Allen caught his first NFL pass in the Steelers game and finished the contest with two grabs for 18 yards. The versatile Allen lined up in a variety of spots and had the Colts first catch of the evening. Fleener caught three balls for 33 yards with a long reception of 24. Allen and Fleener both had first down receptions on the Colts first touchdown drive.

Outside linebacker Jerry Brown: Brown might be the least heralded of all the Colts outside linebackers but his production led all defenders against the Steelers. The seven tackles Brown made tied Jerry Hughes for the team lead. At 6-foot-4-inches and 265 pounds, Brown fits the outside linebacker frame the hybrid 3-4 defense calls for. Brown was signed by the Colts during minicamp and has had the beneficiary of being a member of the same position group as Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Against the Steelers, Brown had two of the team’s six tackles for loss and recorded a tackle on special teams.

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