|Colts shave heads to support ailing coach Chuck Pagano||11.07.12 at 4:42 pm ET|
The Colts are doing something special as a team to honor their ill coach Chuck Pagano.
As a sign of solidarity, about a dozen players shaved their heads after Tuesday’s practice. Pagano lost his hair while undergoing treatment for leukemia.
Players who shaved their heads included kicker (and former Patriot) Adam Vinatieri, defensive end Cory Redding, Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea and punter Pat McAfee.
Pagano gave an emotional postgame speech to players following their defeat of the Dolphins this past week.
On Monday, his physician, Dr. Larry Cripe, said Pagano was in “complete remission.”
|Ailing Colts coach Chuck Pagano e-mails team||10.08.12 at 9:59 pm ET|
Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed last week with leukemia, sent an emotional e-mail to his team as it prepared to take on the Packers on Sunday.
“My condition will not determine my position. I understand the condition but choose to focus on my position. That is to stay positive and serve,” wrote Pagano in the e-mail, published on NFL.com. “We will, we can, we must. We have no choice. By any means necessary. We will overcome. It’s all in the proper state of mind.”
The Colts did, in fact, overcome with a comeback victory against the Packers after an 18-point deficit. A 4-yard touchdown from quarterback Andrew Luck to receiver Reggie Wayne capped the victory for the Colts.
Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney described how emotional things were this week with the big win while the team’s coach was in the hospital.
“It means a lot across the board. He’s not just a coach; he’s a family member,” Freeney said on Monday’s ESPN SportsCenter. “And that’s the kind of culture we have around our building. When one hurts, we all hurt.”
Pagano will continue to undergo treatment and is out indefinitely. Bruce Arians, the team’s offensive coordinator, will serve as interim head coach.
|Report: Peyton Manning off PUP list, Week 1 status still uncertain||08.29.11 at 12:24 pm ET|
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is off the physically unable to perform list.
Because the move came before the final round of cuts on Sept. 3, Manning will not automatically miss the first six weeks. Whether or not Manning will be ready before the Colts first game on Sept. 11 is unknown. Manning has already ruled himself out of Thursday’s preseason finale against the Bengals.
Should Manning be unable to play on Sept. 11, his streak of 227 consecutive starts including the playoffs — second behind only Brett Favre — would end.
The Colts said Manning would begin practicing on a “scripted” and controlled basis as he recovers from neck surgery in May. The injury normally has a 4-6-week recovery period, but Manning said the lockout and resulting lack of access to team trainers has slowed the process.
|Colts owner Jim Irsay tweets from Brett Favre’s hometown||08.22.11 at 3:13 pm ET|
Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted Sunday from Hattiesburg, Miss., hometown of the currently retired Brett Favre. The full tweet was:
“Brad, I’m in Hattiesburg…is it right or left at the Firechief?”
Though the AP reported that there’s been no contact between Irsay and Favre, Favre has already come out of retirement twice to continue his career.
The Colts, meanwhile, have almost no depth at quarterback behind Peyton Manning, who has yet to play in the preseason after offseason neck surgery. Despite Favre’s poor 2010-11 season with the Vikings and allegations of sexual harassment while playing for the Jets, Favre would still represent a more experienced backup than Curtis Painter, who is 8-for-16 for 95 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in two preseason games. Painter could not get the Colts past their 29-yard-line on any drive in the first half of Friday’s loss to the Redskins.
Bus Cook, Favre’s agent, said that while he hasn’t talked to Favre in the last few days, Favre seems to have no intention of coming out of retirement.
“Last time I saw him he was on his tractor mowing the back 40,” Cook said.
|Report: Bob Sanders to sign with Chargers||03.03.11 at 8:55 pm ET|
According to ESPN.com, free agent safety Bob Sanders — who has spent the entirety of his seven-year NFL career with the Colts — has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Chargers. Sanders has been an impact member of the Indianapolis secondary when on the field, but he has played in just nine regular season games in the last three years, following a 2007 campaign in which he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. That season resulted in a five-year, $37.5 million deal for Sanders from the Colts, but his injuries led Indianapolis to cut him last month.
|Colts’ Austin Collie returns, but Anthony Gonzalez battling PCL injury||11.05.10 at 1:06 pm ET|
The curse of the Colts receiving corps continues. In what’s becoming a near weekly trend, another Colts wide receiver was bit by the injury bug. ESPN’s John Clayton revealed that slot man Anthony Gonzalez suffered a PCL knee injury after a cheap shot from Texans safety Bernard Pollard during Monday night’s contest. The Indianapolis Star expects him to “be out a while, possibly the season” and given his injury history, that’s a reasonable estimate.
The team did finally receive a bit of good news surrounding its pass catchers, however. Austin Collie practiced fully on Thursday, and the Indy Star would be “shocked” if Collie missed the game. Though he was originally projected to miss 2-6 weeks after having surgery to re-attach a thumb ligament, Collie has displayed some toughness in reducing the missed time to a minimum.
Collie has been a monster in his sophomore season, catching 44 balls for 503 yards and six touchdowns. Gonzalez, who’s been hindered by injuries, has played in only two games and tallied 67 yards on five catches for no touchdowns.
|Monday Night Football: Colts fantasy focus||10.31.10 at 2:49 pm ET|
Colts running back Joseph Addai missed practice Saturday and he is listed as doubtful for the team’s Monday night game against Houston. Addai has not practiced since suffering a nerve injury in his left shoulder on Oct. 17.
When he has remained healthy, Addai has maintained solid production. Addai has 406 yards rushing on 93 carries for a 4.4 average and three touchdowns.
It seems that Donald Brown will be the benefactor of Addai’s absence. Brown went through full workouts on Saturday and it seems he is starting to recover from a lingering hamstring injury. Brown is listed as questionable but he is expected to start.
Brown, 23, has not played in the last three games for the Colts. He received 16 carries for 69 yards and one touchdown against the Giants in Week 2. The Texans are 13th in the league against the run, allowing 104.3 yards-per-game.
Receivers Reggie Wayne (hamstring), Pierre Garcon (hamstring), and Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) are also all questionable for Monday’s game. Wayne practiced fully for the first time this week on Saturday, while Garcon and Gonzalez has participated all week. Any of the receivers could be a big play for fantasy owners with the Texans ranking dead last in league against the pass, giving up 306.2 yards-per-game.
|Peyton Manning, Colts won’t talk contract until after season||10.24.10 at 1:08 pm ET|
According to ESPN.com, quarterback Peyton Manning informed the Colts that he will not discuss a contract extension until after this season. Manning is playing the last year of a seven-year, $99.2 million deal. Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, told ESPN.com that there had been “zero negotiations” between the team and the four-time NFL MVP.
Colts GM Bill Polian told WEEI.com in July that talks with Manning and Condon had been slowed by the uncertainty surrounding the NFL’s negotiations over a Collective Bargaining Agreement. But while Manning and the Colts have agreed to table discussions this year, Tom Brady and the Patriots were able to enact a four-year, $72 million extension.
|Colts’ Saturday could miss six weeks||08.11.10 at 3:34 pm ET|
Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday that Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday, who had arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday, could miss up to six weeks. Saturday has been to four Pro Bowls and has missed only six games since winning the starting job in 2000.
Coach Jim Caldwell didn’t expound on when or how Saturday was injured and didn’t give a timetable for his return.
|Pursuit of Perfection, Part 1: Mercury (Morris) Rising?||11.25.09 at 12:57 pm ET|
OK, I’ll just say it, since it’s on everyone’s mind. The Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints might go undefeated in the regular season. There, now it’s out in the open. At 10-0, both the Saints and the Colts look like they could make a run for 16-0 and beyond. With that in mind, these teams bear comparison to the Patriots of 2007 and the Dolphins of 1972. Starting with the Colts, let’s see how they stack up.
The Pats ended up going 18-1 in the 2007-08 season. Obviously, they missed perfection, but we don’t need to get into that just yet. Through the regular season, the Pats triumphed over everyone they faced. Thus far, the Colts have done the same. Through 10 games, the Colts are undefeated, with 269 points for vs. 157 points against. It’s the best differential in the league. After 10 games in 2007, the Patriots had 411 points for and 157 points against. The fact that over the same span of games, the Pats were significantly more prolific on offense doesn’t bode well for the Colts even though they have been here before.
Besides the Week 9 game against the Colts, it was in the 11th contest that the Patriots began to play close games. An Eagles team, sans Donovan McNabb, played them like it was Super Bowl XXXIX and almost came away with a win. This season, the Colts have played four close games, decided by three points or less. With six games left, this is the point in the season that the Colts have to focus, because in 2005 they went 13-0 and inspired talk of a perfect season before dropping two in a row.
It is rare that a single player can alter the outcome of a game or change how well a team plays, but it’s clear that the loss of Bob Sanders makes the Colts defense much weaker. We all recall how, in 2006, the Texans’ Ron Dayne (remember him?) ripped off 153 yards on the ground and two TDs, all while Sanders watched from the sideline with an injury.
Around the same time of the year in 2007, the Patriots suffered the loss of Rosevelt Colvin, which forced Tedy Bruschi and Junior Seau to play at the same time, which, later in the season, hurt the team because Bruschi and Seau are older players and the standard wear and tear of the season got to them.
The question becomes, can the Colts hold opposing running backs down, especially with Tennessee’s Chris Johnson coming to Lucas Oil in two weeks? Even though the Pats smoked the Steelers in 2007, Willie Parker still had 124 yards rushing, and in the final game of the regular season, against the Giants, Eli Manning looked like a rock star, throwing for 251 yards and four TDs.
However, what we all really want to know is why hasn’t anyone from the only undefeated team said anything? Why hasn’t Mercury Morris voiced his opinion about the Colts? It was around this time that he became the mouthpiece of the ’72 Dolphins, making sure any and all media outlets recognized the ’72 Dolphins as the original perfect team.
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