Tag:Indianapolis Colts
Posted on: August 7, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: August 7, 2010 11:41 am

Charlie Johnson out, Anthony Gonzalez in

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A few interesting notes here from Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star .

Starting LT Charlie Johnson was carted off the field during Friday’s second practice, and though the severity of the injury isn’t yet know, coach Jim Caldwell is expected to address it after this morning’s scrimmage.

If Johnson is lost for significant time, that’ll be a big blow to Indianapolis. Especially because the OL has undergone such a renovation since last year, in part because the Colts have been so bad as a run-blocking unit. Johnson is a converted TE, but he’s made a pretty good transition to the offensive line while having to protect Peyton Manning’s blind side.

If Johnson can’t play, Tony Ugoh – who still struggles with his pass-blocking – could move from LG to LT. But then, who would play LG? Jeff Linkenbach and Chris Marinelli are supposedly behind Johnson at LT, but both are rookies. Overall, not a good scene if Johnson has to miss some time.

Also, Wilson writes about WR Anthony Gonzalez – who people seem to forget because of Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. But without Garcon participating in practice Friday, Gonzalez had a chance to shine.

As Wilson writes:

It's just practice, but he looks good. After one of the sideline catches, Manning gave Gonzo a pat after the receiver came back.
If this keeps up, I don't see how the Colts can keep him on the bench. But I still don't have a clue how Reggie Wayne, Garcon, Collie and Gonzo can all get their share of catches. We shall see.

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 8:07 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 8:08 pm

Colts starting left tackle carted off

Posted by Andy Benoit

Colts starting left tackle Charlie Johnson was carted off the field with an apparent foot injury today, according to the Indianapolis Star's Phillip Wilson. The severity of the injury is unkown. If Johnson - a utility backup masquerading as a starter - is unavailable, the Colts will likely turn to former second-round pick Tony Ugoh.

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 10:13 pm

Colts unveil new throwback uniforms

Hard to believe the Colts uniforms could get any more old-fashioned than they already are, but the team will give it a shot. On August 15, the Colts will open their preseason donning 1955 throwback uniforms. Unlike the throwbacks Indy wore on Thanksgiving 2004, these outfits actually look different than the status quo (mainly because the helmet is blue).

If you’d like to take a peek, click here.

--Andy Benoit 

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 1:31 pm

Colts could franchise Manning

Colts owner Jim Irsay has said Bill Polian and super agent Tom Condon are still discussing a new contract for Peyton Manning. Irsay still plans on making Manning the highest-paid player in the NFL.

The Colts had hoped to get a deal done this past offseason, but the uncertainties of the Collective Bargaining Agreement derailed that. Talking to reporters Monday, Irsay did not give any timetable for the current contract negotiations. But he did say the Colts would use the franchise tag if it comes to that. 

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:07 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 12:12 pm

Colts sign Jerry Hughes, Jags sign Tyson Aluala

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Colts and first-rounder Jerry Hughes have agreed on a five-year contract.

Hughes, a TCU linebacker-turned-speed-rusher, is expected to immediately join Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis in a potent three-man rotation at defensive end. Hughes will take the practice field with his teammates this afternoon. The Colts now have all of their rookies signed.

Sticking in the AFC South, the Jaguars finally have their first-round pick under contract. Jay Glazer reports that defensive tackle Tyson Alualu got a five-year deal worth $28 million, with $17.5 million guaranteed. Aluala was the surprising 10th overall selection in the draft. He's being counted on to start right away on Jacksonville's gap-attack four-man line.   

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:50 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 9:52 pm

Reggie Wayne not likely to holdout

R. Wayne (US Presswire)You don’t think Colts receiver Reggie Wayne is really going to hold out of training camp, do you? Sure, Wayne is unhappy with the two years remaining on his six-year, $39 million contract (base salaries $5.47 million in ’10; $5.95 million in ’11). And sure, he skipped the offseason team activities and even a mandatory minicamp.

But if Wayne holds out, he won’t be able to make his grand training camp entrance that fans have come to love. Last season, Wayne dressed as a construction worker – hard hat and all – and showed up driving a dump truck (a rented dump truck, fortunately). In 2007, he showed up in camouflage. In 2006, Wayne arrived wearing Edgerrin James’s new Cardinals jersey.

Judging by the tone of a note he wrote to fans on his website, Wayne will not only report on time, but also turn more heads in doing so:

Is it that time already Colts fans. Seems just like yesterday I cleaning out my locker getting ready for the off-season. I guest it's true when they say, "time waits for no man". So Anderson Indiana here come the Mighty Indianapolis Colts to invade your town for a few weeks. I hope it's somewhere good to eat In Anderson. (first time Colts have held training camp in Anderson Indiana in over 10 years) All of my friends keep telling me how they can't wait for me to go back to work because they want to see some football. Then we get into a debate about how they cutting my vacation short. But at the same time, it's raining everyday in South Florida due to hurricane season. So maybe it is time to play some football. Not much else to talk about at this point in time. I'm about to go sit by the pool with a glass of lemonade(that's right LEMONADE) and enjoy my last few days of freedom. Talk to you soon. GO COLTS!

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:07 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 5:56 pm

Bob Sanders career over?

B. Sanders (US Presswire)
Michael Lombardi wrote on NFL.com today that Colts safety Bob Sanders might never play football again. Apparently, Sanders's rehab for the shoulder and bicep issues that limited him to just two games last season has been very slow. From afar, Sanders appears to be one of the slowest healers in the NFL. In 2006, he spent seemingly the entire season on the cusp of returning from a knee injury, but in the end, he wound up only playing four games (though he was on the field in the playoffs for the Colts’ Super Bowl run).

In addition to missing 14 games in ’09, Sanders was on the shelf for 10 contests in ’08 (high ankle sprain). The one full season he has played in the last four years (15 games in 2007), he was voted NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Sanders’s diminutive size (5’8”, 206) and reckless style of play make him susceptible to injury, though many of his problems have not resulted from on-field collisions.

UPDATE: In June, Bob Sanders said he felt great. A Colts team spokesman tells the Indy Star that nothing has changed since then.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 18, 2010 12:44 pm

Reggie Wayne to be next LeBron James

Say this for Colts WR Reggie Wayne. He’s got a sense of humor.

A reporter for WISH TV news caught up with Wayne after his charity basketball tournament, as seen here on Stampedeblue.com , and asked him if he was going to attend Indianapolis’ training camp, despite his desire for a new contract.

“I guess it’s like LeBron James; it’s like The Decision,” Wayne said. “It’s going to be an hour-long special. The Decision, part II.”

Later, he turned a little more serious.

“We'll have to see,” said Wayne, coming off a 100-catch, 1,264-yard, 10-touchdown Pro Bowl season. “We’ll take it day by day. I would love to see Anderson (University, the site of the Colts training camp). I’ve never been there. We’ll see what’s up.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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