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Posted by coltsindianapolis on October 1, 2012 – 1:01 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today elevated center A.Q. Shipley to the active roster and signed cornerback Marshay Green to the practice squad. The Colts waived outside linebacker Mario Addison from the active roster and released cornerback D.J. Johnson from the practice squad.

Shipley, 6-1, 309 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts on January 28, 2012. He was waived on September 10 and signed to the practice squad on September 11. Shipley saw action on the offensive line in Week 1 at Chicago.

Green, 5-10, 175 pounds, originally signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on April 26, 2010. He was waived by the Cardinals on September 5 before being added to the practice squad two days later. Green was elevated to the 53-man active roster on November 23 and was active for the final six games of the 2010 season.

Green was waived by the Cardinals on September 2, 2011 and was signed to the practice squad on September 5. He was then elevated to the active roster on December 31 and appeared in the final game of the season, making one solo tackle in the game. Green was waived by the Cardinals on August 24, 2012.

Addison, 6-3, 257 pounds, was acquired from waivers by the Colts on November 23, 2011. For his career, he has appeared in nine games, making five tackles.

Johnson, 6-1, 191 pounds, was acquired by the Colts in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu on July 22, 2012. He was waived by the Colts on September 1 before being signed to the practice squad on September 2. For his career, Johnson has appeared in 10 games, making three tackles with the New York Giants.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on September 14, 2012 – 2:21 pm

Chuck Pagano heads into his first home game as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts pleased with where his team is at less than 48 hours away from kickoff.

The Colts wrapped up practice on Friday morning and one final walk-through is all that stands between the Vikings and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

“I felt like we had an excellent week of practice in preparation for this ballgame. I thought the guys came in and did a nice job of putting the last ballgame behind them and then moving forward,” Pagano said.

“We had three great days of practice. We’ve got our mock game tomorrow and then get ready to tee it up on Sunday.”

Pagano addressed some injury news heading into Sunday’s contest and announced that outside linebacker Dwight Freeney will miss the Vikings game due to an ankle injury.

The team will count on a trio of outside linebackers in Mario Addison, Justin Hickman and Jerry Hughes in Freeney’s absence.

“Someone’s going to step up and fill in,” Pagano said. “You’ve got a player of (Freeney’s) caliber that’s not on the field, that always hurts. That’s like not having Pat (Angerer). We’d all love to have Pat Angerer out there every snap. But injuries happen, so it’s next man up.”

At the wide receiver position, Austin Collie (concussion) not practice on Thursday and is questionable heading into the Vikings.

Rookie wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is back from a shoulder injury and is expected to play on Sunday.

Along with Hilton, it looks like the Colts might get some good news along the injury front in regards to offensive tackle Winston Justice (concussion).

“(Justice) went the last two days, he’s still questionable, but anticipating,” Pagano said. “He’s been getting better every day, feeling great out there. So anticipate him being ready and able to go. We’ll list him as questionable, but he’s looked good the last couple days.”

With the injury situation aside, the Colts can count on having the home crowd behind them on Sunday.

The Colts were 2-0 in the preseason at Lucas Oil Stadium and ever since taking the job in January, Pagano hasn’t shied away from talking about the importance of protecting your home turf.

“You’ve got to take advantage of home field,” Pagano said. “I told them early on, you win your home games and split on the road you’re probably going to make the playoffs every year. There may be an exception here or there, but you’ve got to win your home games.”

“We’ve got a great fan base, great venue in Lucas Oil to play in. It’s paramount that we go out, start fast, play extremely well and get a win.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on August 31, 2012 – 9:59 am

Mario Addison will celebrate his birthday next Thursday and he wants no other way to enjoy it than playing against his former team.

The Colts second-year outside linebacker put together one of the more impressive stat lines of the evening against the Bengals—six tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and two tackles on special teams.

Seeing the most playing time of the preseason, Addison played all four quarters against the Bengals.

While Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis have gotten most of the attention in moving to linebacker this season, Addison is also making the transition.

“I love the defense. It gives you a lot of freedom,” Addison said. “The coaches, they call the plays to put everybody in a good position so that’s what I like about it. It’s a team and if everybody fills their gap, you’re going to stop the play.”

Last season, Addison joined the Colts in late November and played in three games, getting reps at defensive end and on special teams.

Even with having four players learning a new position in 2012, Mathis says the defense is ideal for a player with Addison’s skill set.

“(Addison) fits the mold as an outside linebacker in this defense and he’s doing a good job for us,” Mathis said.

Addison’s first sack against the Bengals went down as just a one-yard loss but the Troy University product came across the field to stop Bengals quarterback Zac Robinson. The sack proved to be critical as inside linebacker Moise Fokou would force a fumble later in the drive.

The second sack by Addison was a little more impactful as the six-yard loss started the final drive for the Bengals which ended in a turnover on downs.

“I knew I had to make (the offensive tackle) re-set his feet so I hit him with an in-and-out move,” Addison said. “I faked like I was going in real hard and came back outside on him, which made him stop his path.

With Freeney and Mathis playing sparingly this preseason, Addison has excelled in extra playing time with six quarterback hurries and three sacks.

Addison, an undrafted free agent in 2011, played three games with the Bears before the Colts claimed him off waivers.

Addison’s eyes lit up when he thought about the prospect of opening the regular season against a familiar team, a mere three days after his 25th birthday.

“I’m ready,” Addison said. “When I make this team, hopefully, I pray to God that I do, I’m going to release it on the Bears.”

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