Tag:Jim Caldwell
Posted on: November 7, 2010 9:52 pm

Collie's hit scared colleagues

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The concussion suffered by Colts WR Austin Collie was a better diagnosis than one could have expected. Especially if you watched Collie’s crash with Eagles DBs Kurt Coleman and Quintin Mikell and saw him fall to the turf and not move.

But that doesn’t mean the injury didn’t scare the daylights out of his teammates and coaches. Because it did.

 "I won't go into all the details about it, but he took a pretty good hit," coach Jim Caldwell told reporters after the Colts lost 26-24 to the Eagles. "He was out, unconscious for a period of time."

Said QB Peyton Manning: "Coach Caldwell told us early it was a concussion and you don't like to hear that. It's better than what everybody fears at that point."

For the record, Caldwell said he thought the officials made the proper call, throwing the penalty flag for a helmet-to-helmet hit. Now, we wait for Collie to return to health and for the potential fines and suspensions to be doled out.

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 3:37 pm

Caldwell unsure about running backs

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Only four days before the Colts meet up with the Texans on Monday, Indianapolis coach Jim Caldwell still isn’t sure about his team’s running back situation.

Despite coming off a bye week, starter Joseph Addai still hasn’t practiced since injuring his shoulder in the Colts win against Washington two weeks ago, and backup RB Donald Brown, if he practices, would be limited at best.

Which means that Mike Hart likely will take first-team snaps for the time being – or until Addai can return.

Caldwell doesn’t know when that’ll happen.

“I’m not real sure,” Caldwell said, via the Indianapolis Star. “He’s a guy whose tolerance for pain is unusual. He’s one of those guys who can turn it around in a moment’s notice and he’s up and ready to go.

“It’s kind of a day-to-day situation. If he doesn’t go, obviously Mike Hart has to be the guy to step it up a little bit, and Javarris James will have to carry a few duties as well.”

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 2:29 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix: Week 4

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) .

Click to  embiggen .

Posted on: August 28, 2010 12:01 pm

Report: Gary Brackett's hand injury 'no biggie'

Posted by Will Brinson

Linebacker Gary Brackett suffered a nasty little injury during the first quarter of Thursday's Packers - Colts preseason shootout when he banged his right hand against teammate Philip Wheeler's helmet.

Good news from Indy, though, as it appears Brackett will be just fine, according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star .

"No biggie,'' a source with knowledge of the injury told The Star , elaborating that Brackett almost certainly will be ready for the Colts' Sept. 12 regular-season opener at Houston.

Coach Jim Caldwell, when asked whether or not any of the injured players (Brackett, Joseph Addai, Tony Ugoh, Antonio Johnson and Jacob Lacey) would miss the season opener, said that "It's too early to make that assessment."

That's typical coach-speak, and given that Addai could have supposedly returned to the game despite his concussion and that Brackett's X-rays were negative, it seems that Colts' fans should be fairly optimistic heading towards the beginning of the regular season.

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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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