Archive for October, 2010
It is said that men are measured not in times of prosperity, but in periods of adversity. If true, the Indianapolis Colts (4-2), who have decided to go as a MASH unit for Halloween, will be measured in front of a national audience when they host the Houston Texans (4-2) on Monday Night Football.
The Colts, who often find themselves among the most injured teams in the NFL, have taken injury-depletion to a new level in 2010. Players out due to injury for Monday night’s game are: safeties Bob Sanders and Melvin Bullitt (season-ending injured reserve), wide receiver Austin Collie, defensive tackle Antonio Johnson, linebacker Kavell Conner, tight end Dallas Clark (season-ending injured reserve), running back Joseph Addai, and corner back Jacob Lacey.
The walking wounded could potentially be joined on the sidelines by running back Donald Brown and corner back Jerraud Powers. Fans interested in obtaining the autographs of Colts players may want to wear doctors or nurse costumes.
Making matters worse for the Colts is the current playoff picture. Entering Week 8 the Colts are eighth in the tight AFC standings which feature nine teams with .500 or better records. That, combined with the Colts’ two losses in conference and division, and you have what feels like a must-win game if the Colts hope to control their own fate come December. More >
Here’s the final injury report for the week:
|Player Name||Injury||Saturday Practice||Official Game Status|
|Joseph Addai||Shoulder / Neck||Did Not Participate||Doubtful|
|Gary Brackett||Groin||Full Participation||Probable|
|Donald Brown||Hamstring||Full Participation||Questionable|
|Austin Collie||Hand||Did Not Participate||OUT|
|Kavell Conner||Foot||Did Not Participate||OUT|
|Pierre Garcon||Hamstring||Full Participation||Questionable|
|Anthony Gonzalez||Ankle||Full Participation||Questionable|
|Antonio Johnson||Knee||Did Not Participate||OUT|
|Jacob Lacey||Foot||Did Not Participate||Questionable|
|Jerraud Powers||Foot||Did Not Participate||Questionable|
|Bob Sanders||Biceps||Did Not Participate||OUT|
|Reggie Wayne||Hamstring||Full Participation||Questionable|
Great news: It appears that Brown will go, and likely split carries with Mike Hart. Joining him on the offensive side of the ball for the first time since Game 1 is Anthony Gonzalez, who practiced all week and appears to be back from his high ankle sprain. On defense, it appears that the Colts will have their defensive captain back at MLB; Gary Brackett practiced all week, having returned from a groin injury that kept him out of the Redskins game.
Concerns: Powers hasn’t practiced all week, and Phil B. shed a little light on the situation on Friday. On Saturday, the news wasn’t much better, as his comments in a Phil Richards story implies he wouldn’t be ready tomorrow, but is still hoping to feel good enough to go in the 11th hour. The Colts would be woefully thin at corner if Powers couldn’t go.
I would list Addai under concern, but I never thought he’d be ready anyway. In fact, if they DID put him out there, I would question the wisdom of doing so. Addai needs to heal that brachius plexus injury and return to full power.
Each week, Coltzilla brings you highlights from local sports coverage of the Colts with an emphasis on player interviews. Pre-game interviews go up Sunday mornings. Post-game interviews are posted shortly after the game. Hope you enjoy!
It’s Week 7 of the 2010 season, and the 4-2 Colts enjoy the bye and try to get healthy. Be sure to check back throughout the week for more coverage.
UPDATED 10/30/2010 – Hi, all! I’m back from a business trip to Norfolk, and several new videos have been added. Enjoy!
Bill Polian Show:
In his weekly show, Colts general manager Bill Polian discusses the condition of the team during its Week 7 bye. We also meet rookie defensive back Mike Newton.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Conner, Kavell – Foot
Sanders, Bob – Biceps
Collie, Austin – Hand
Johnson, Antonio – Knee
Addai, Joseph - Shoulder/Neck/Nerve
Lacey, Jacob – Foot
Powers, Jerraud – Foot
Wayne, Reggie – Hamstring
Brown, Donald – Hamstring
Brackett, Gary – Groin
Garçon, Pierre – Hamstring
Week 8 Q&A: Texans Blogger Dustyn Richardson
Each week Coltzilla will preview the upcoming game by speaking with fellow bloggers who write about the week’s opponent. This week, the Colts come off of their bye and step into a Monday Night Football game against the AFC South rival Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. In Week 1 the Texans made a statement by beating the Colts on the scoreboard, and deflating members of the team late in the game. This week is a chance for redemption. Coltzilla speaks with Dustyn Richardson from Houston Sports and More to get a Texans perspective on the primetime rematch. *Coltzilla’s interview with Houston Sports and More
In this Bye-Week episode of the podcast, we give you the latest injury news and preview the Monday Night Rematch against the Houston Texans.
Thursday (Wednesday) Injury Report: Texans v. Colts
Posted by Greg Cowan in 2010 Regular Season | 303 views
Here is the Thursday injury report for the Texans v. Colts week 8 match-up. Because it is a Monday night game, the Thursday injury report serves the same role as the Wednesday report on normal weeks. Also: Days will seem like hours, hours will seem like days. Go on quoting the rule book, Lieutenant. (If you can name the quote, you get a free Coltzilla AND Check it to Pancakes subscription)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Addai, Joseph (neck)
Brown, Donald (Hamstring)
Collie, Austin (Hand)
Conner, Kavell (foot)
Garcon, Pierre (hamstring)
Johnson, Antonio (knee)
Lacey, Jacob (foot)
Powers, Jerraud (foot)
Wayne, Reggie (Hamstring)
Brackett, Gary (Groin)
Gonzalez, Anthony (Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes. Just kidding. Ankle)
Will have a full write up starting tomorrow.
Tony Dungy will be Inducted into Colts Ring of Honor Monday Night
Tom James of CBS Rapid Reports revealed that former head coach Tony Dungy will be inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor during halftime of Monday night’s game against the Houston Texans. Dungy will join Robert Irsay, Ted Marchibroda, Bill Brooks, Jim Harbaugh and Chris Hinton in the Ring of Honor.
Dungy finished his career in Indianapolis with a 85-27 record (75.9% wins), five AFC South Championships, took the team to two AFC Championship Games, and was the first African American head coach to ever win a Super Bowl in the NFL (Super Bowl XLI – 2006).
Tom James of CBS Rapid Reports has learned that the Colts have ruled out backup linebacker Kavell Conner, safety Bob Sanders, wide receiver Austin Collie, and defensive tackle Antonio Johnson for the Monday night game against the Houston Texans. None of these players are big surprises.
It is interesting that Joseph Addai is not included on the list, as many in the media have basically concluded he will be out of the lineup for weeks. He may still miss the game, and could miss weeks, but not being included on the list of players who have already been ruled out is a cautiously optimistic sign that he may very well suit up Monday night. Some may still be worried about Gary Brackett, who is not on the list, but he has suggested that he will be ready to play on Monday.
Chip Vaughn was signed to the team on October 25, after spending time with the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. The Training Room takes a look at the investment from a medical perspective.
Vaughn’s injury history is refreshingly clean. There are no reports of injuries before his rookie season with the Saints, when he underwent surgery before the first preseason game to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The primary question is why Vaughn was placed on IR for what is usually a shorter term recovery.
There are two courses of action to address a torn meniscus: either a meniscectomy (removal of the torn fragment), or an actual repair. Full recovery from a meniscectomy is typically a four-to-eight week process. Recovery from a meniscal repair takes much longer because of the poor blood supply to the area; it may require 6-12 months before the athlete can return to the field.