Tag:Indianapolis Colts
Posted on: October 16, 2010 8:55 pm

Week 6 injury news and analysis, part IV

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Colts at Redskins

Although Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle), RB Donald Brown (hamstring) and CB Jacob Lacey (foot) are listed as questionable, they did not travel with the team to Washington today. So, unless they find an extra transporter lying around Sunday morning, that trio won’t play.

A plethora of other Indianapolis skill position players also are listed as questionable – WR Austin Collie, RB Joseph Addai, WR Pierre Garcon and RB Mike Hart. Yet all practiced fully Friday, so the guess here is that all four will play. One loss that could be felt, though, is MLB Gary Brackett, who’s questionable with a groin injury. Brackett didn’t practice at all this week, so assuming he doesn’t play, rookie second-round pick Pat Angerer likely would get the start.

We already told you about DT Albert Haynesworth (he’s likely to be deactivated), but what about QB Donovan McNabb (hamstring), S LaRon Landry (wrist) and LT Trent Williams (toe) – all listed as questionable? All should be ready to play.

Titans at Jaguars

Tennessee C Eugene Amano, injured late last week vs. the Cowboys, couldn’t finish practice Saturday, and though he’s questionable for Monday’s game, he said he’s ready to fight through his ankle injury and play. S Jason McCourty is supposedly close to returning from his arm injury, Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. But he remains questionable, and even if he does play, he might have to sit behind Alterraun Verner for a while.

Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is probable after spraining his wrist last week and despite the fact his hand and wrist were still swollen Thursday, causing him to miss practice. He almost certainly will play.

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 9:30 am
Edited on: October 15, 2010 9:48 am

Is Peyton Manning getting old?

Posted by Andy Benoit
P. Manning
To be clear, this is NOT a “What’s wrong with Peyton Manning?” article. The living legend is completing 67.6 percent of his passes this season. He has 1,609 yards through five games (putting him on page for over 5,100 yards), with 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

But when Ron Jaworski, perhaps the foremost quarterback expert in today’s media, suggests that age might be catching up with the 34-year-old Manning, it’s worth mentioning.

Friday morning, Jaws said on ESPN radio’s Mike and Mike Show, “The last couple weeks, as I’ve studied Peyton Manning, he has not been real sharp. Maybe there does come a time where the skill starts to diminish a little bit. I’m not saying it is, but I’m seeing little signs now – like the deep sideline throws are not as accurate as they used to be, not as much zip on the ball as there used to be. So maybe Father Time is catching up with Peyton Manning a little bit.”

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 9:37 am

Hot Routes 10.13.10: Beast Mode Bounce Back?

Posted by Will Brinson & Andy Benoit

Got a link for the Hot Routes? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).
  • Even the always sensible John Morgan Field Gulls seems excited by the Marshawn trade -- the hardest part, he writes, is really trying to figure out what the Seahawks have on their hands, exactly.
  • Michael Jenkins is BACK, baby! And he's starting. No, seriously, he is -- Harry Douglas will go back to the slot role. Which, honestly, probably works out better for the Falcons as they can really utilize his speed and let Jenkins, um, do something over on the other side.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 5:06 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix Week 5

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present our first-ever NFL approval matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 9:54 pm

Last of the undefeateds fall

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Hopefully the champagne the 1972 Dolphins, the last team not to lose a game, takes great delight in sipping after the final undefeated team falls is chilled. But forgive Mercury Morris and company if it’s still warm. After all, the Chiefs – and well, the rest of the league – accomplished something that hadn’t happened in 40 years.

Namely, for the first time since 1970, there will be no 4-0 team in the NFL.

Coming into today, Kansas City, coming off its bye and 3-0 heading into its meeting with Indianapolis, was our only hope. But the Chiefs couldn’t get into the end zone – they kicked three field goals – and their defense wasn’t good enough to stop the Colts for the entire game.

As a result, they fell to 3-1 on the season with the 19-9 loss. And the survivors from the Dolphins team of 38 years ago can continue their obnoxious tradition. Bottoms up.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 3:48 pm

Addai ruled out of Colts game

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a tough battle with Kansas City, the Colts will be without their top running back for the rest of the game.

Joseph Addai injured his shoulder after it was pinned under the 6-foot-3, 275-pound mass of Kansas City LB Tamba Hali during a tackle, and he was officially ruled out for the game. He’s on the sidelines in street clothes.

The Colts only have two RBs left on the roster – Mike Hart and the newly-signed Javarris James.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: October 10, 2010 12:17 pm

AFC Inactives, Week 5

Posted by Will Brinson and Josh Katzowitz

Some bigger name football players who are ACTIVE this week: Colts WR Austin Collie, Texans WR Andre Johnson, Texans DE Mario Williams, Ravens S Tom Zbikowski, Broncos CB Andre Goodman.

And the inactives:

Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans - Kevin Walter goes back to being the No. 2 option that he always was? Or something like that -- Jones out, Johnson in, though.
Tyson Jackson, DE, Chiefs - We thought he might be active today, because he practiced all week. But the knee injury he suffered in the first week is keeping him out. His first-round bust status remains intact.

Roy Williams, SS, Bengals - He's one of the more physical DBs in the league, but Cleveland RB Peyton Hillis smashed him around last week. Williams has become awfully injury prone the last few years.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos - The team was hopefuly Moreno (hamstring) could play this week, because the running game has not been good without him. Looks like they're stuck for another week with watching Laurence Maroney run the ball.

Stanley Daniels, G, Broncos - Daniels started the first four games of the season, but apparently, he's fallen out of favor with Denver's coaching staff. He's a healthy scratch.

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Posted on: October 9, 2010 2:46 pm

Week 5 injury news and analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jaguars at Bills

While CB Terrence McGee is out for at least another week with a back injury, the Bills should see the returns of DE Marcus Stroud and LB Andra Davis, both of whom are probable.

Considering the Bills have been horrendous at stopping the run (they’ve allowed 473 rushing yards the past two games) and considering Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew is coming to town, their return should help (at least, a little). Davis, meanwhile, had a team-high 21 tackles through the first three games of the season, and with Paul Posluszny back in the lineup, the Bill should be a little better than terrible.

Jaguars S Sean Considine, who was out last week with a hamstring, is listed as doubtful, while LB Justin Durant will miss this third-straight game. Durant (ankle) had hoped to practice this week, and though he was limited in Wednesday’s workout, he didn’t practice Thursday or Friday.

Broncos at Ravens

Two important pieces of Denver’s running game will continue their absences – RB Knowshon Moreno and FB Spencer Larsen are out. Larsen also negatively affects Denver’s special teams, because he’s one of the biggest keys out there, and if LB Wesley Woodyard (questionable because of a hamstring) can’t play either, that will hurt the special teams even worse. Andre’ Goodman is questionable, but if he plays, he’ll help limit what can be a pretty good Ravens passing game.

Ravens FS Tom Zbikowski is questionable with a thigh injury – he was added to the injury report after being limited in practice Friday – and if he can’t play, look for Haruki Nakamura to get his first career start. While Nakamura is a scrappy player – and a big asset on special teams – the Ravens will really miss Ed Reed if the starting spot falls to Nakamura.

Baltimore TE Todd Heap (shoulder), RB Le’Ron McClain (shoulder), RB Ray Rice (knee) and CB Fabian Washington (illness) all are probable to play.

Chiefs at Colts

Indianapolis has a battered, battered group. The Colts list 18 players on the injury report. Once again, WR Anthony Gonzalez is out, while Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie are questionable. It sounds like Garcon will play and Collie won’t. Considering Collie has been one of the highest-producing receivers in the NFL this year, that’s not great news.

Meanwhile, Colts RB Joseph Addai is questionable with a knee injury, but he fully practiced all week, so it seems likely he’ll play. RB Donald Brown also is questionable with a hamstring, but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t play. After all, there’s a reason Indianapolis signed RB Javarris James to the team off the Redskins practice squad this week.

Kansas City only lists three players on their injury report – which is good news when you’re traveling to Indianapolis. Chiefs DE Tyson Jackson is questionable to play, but because the No. 3 pick from 2009 has been such a bust so far, it’s unclear whether he could help Kansas City’s defense anyway. He’s been out since the season opener with a knee injury.

Packers at Redskins

DT Albert Haynesworth, whose brother died in a motorcycle accident this week, is listed as questionable. Haynesworth is coming off his best game of the season, so that would be a loss for Washington. But considering Green Bay’s running game is so unimpressive, the Redskins still should be OK. Also, QB Donovan McNabb (thigh) and LT Trent Williams (toe) are questionable. Expect McNabb to play – he practiced all week – and Williams should be ready to go as well.

P Josh Bidwell is out, because he was placed on IR this week with a hip injury. Hunter Smith will take over his duties.

The Packers have been hit hard by serious injuries this year (RB Ryan Grant, S Morgan Burnett, LB Nick Barnett), and RT Mark Tauscher could be another. He’s got a shoulder injury that could be pretty serious, though an MRI taken this week didn’t reveal anything major. If Tauscher, who’s doubtful, doesn’t play, it seems likely Bryan Bulaga would get his first start.

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