Wednesday Injury Report: Cowboys v. Colts
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Gary Brackett – TOE
Aaron Francisco – THIGH
Dwight Freeney – RESTED
Kelvin Hayden – NECK
Charlie Johnson – KNEE
Ricardo Mathews – BACK
Daniel Muir – HAMSTRING
Bob Sanders – BICEPS (already ruled OUT)
Clint Session – ELBOW/FOREARM
Introducing Colts Linebacker Nate Triplett
After the Colts placed Cody Glenn on injured reserve — one of their best special teams coverage players — it made sense to find a player who could play with a similar style and hopefully have a similar impact on special teams. Indianapolis chose Nate Triplett for that opportunity, who started one season as an inside linebacker at Minnesota.
Unlike some of the earlier signings this year, Triplett looks like the kind of player who really has only one future with the team. At 6-foot 3-inches tall and 250 pounds he is much larger than a traditional Colts linebacker. Additionally, his weaknesses make him an unattractive option on defense. Prior to the 2010 NFL Draft, in which he was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the Fifth Round, CBSSports.com compiled a scouting report on what Triplett brings to the table, which is available after the jump. More >
2010 Colts Defensive Tackles are Overlooked and Underrated
The Colts defensive tackles are one of the most overlooked and underrated units in the league. First-year starter Fili Moala is having a solid year and showing signs of a bright future. Second-year starter Daniel Muir has had some struggles but has also made some big plays. For a second week in a row, Mookie Johnson made big plays — he stuffed a run and was in on a sack. Eric Foster is having the best year of his career and offers a legitimate pass rush threat and penetration from the defensive tackle spot.
The point is, most Colts fans and most NFL talking heads don’t ever hear or talk about the Colts defensive tackles because they’re rarely a problem. Our linebackers, corners, and defensive ends have been more inconsistent than our defensive tackles. With Aaron Francisco thrust into a starting role, it’s fair to say the safeties are also a bigger weakness right now. More >
Colts Roster Moves and Injury News
The Colts made some roster moves today:
- Released WR/KR Brandon James, whose performance over the past 2 games unfortunately reminded us why he didn’t make the roster at the beginning of the season
- Re-signed WR Taj Smith, who had been released on September 9th with an injury settlement after learning that he had a partially torn hamstring which had been expected to keep him out for 5 weeks. NFL rules prevent teams from re-signing players released in this manner for 9 weeks, but that time period has now passed.
- Placed LB Cody Glenn on injured reserve, further thinning the Colts’ special teams unit.
Breaking Down the Colts Defense v. the Chargers
As Colts fans continue to react to an extremely disappointing home loss that keeps Indianapolis in a tie with Jacksonville for first place in the AFC South, one common opinion is that the Colts defense played poorly against the Chargers. Granted, most fans agree that the offense failed to get anything going and may have been primarily responsible for letting the game get away, but they still argue that the defense did not do enough to stop the Chargers and showed another example of how bad the unit is in 2010.
While statistics are not my favorite form of displaying a perspective or making an argument, the statistical breakdown of how the defense fared against the number one offense in the NFL is so telling and difficult to argue with that I think it will do a better job than complex explanations of where individual players did things right. More >
Each week, Coltzilla brings you highlights from local sports coverage of the Colts with an emphasis on player interviews. Pre-game interviews go up throughout the week. Post-game interviews are posted shortly after the game. Hope you enjoy!
It’s Week 12 of the 2010 season, and the 6-4 Colts host the 5-5 San Diego Chargers.
UPDATED: Inside The Huddle – Tuesday morning
UPDATED: Colts Post-Game Coverage – Monday morning
UPDATED: Colts Pre-Game Show – Sunday evening
UPDATED: Countdown To Kickoff – Sunday afternoon
UPDATED: Bill Polian Show – Sunday morning
The Colts suffered their worst loss in the Peyton Manning era Sunday night to the San Diego Chargers. The Colts scored early, but the rest of the game was all San Diego. Manning was harassed all night resulting in four interceptions including two pick-sixes. In pre-game interviews, the Colts listed scoring early, winning on Special Teams, and containing the run as keys to beating the Chargers. How’d they do?
Inside The Huddle:
Scott Bolander at Blue Sunday blog had a great opportunity to interview former Colts tight end Ken Dilger on the differences between the Colts offense over Dilger’s career in Indianapolis, as well as some of the differences in Tampa Bay. The interview is very informational and insightful as to how the Colts offense has evolved, and explains why it operates so different today than it did with Jim Harbaugh at quarterback in the 90′s.
Scott consistently does great work and the interview is worth a listen. It is lengthy but well worth it.
For the second week in a row, the depleted Colts faced a long-time conference foe. For the second week in a row, injuries were an undercurrent of the game. And for the second week in a row, the Colts couldn’t get it done. Even with home field advantage – which has been strong this year – and even with the Chargers also having their share of injury troubles, the Colts lost. The key was that the Chargers ignored the Colts’ run game, instead focusing on the pass rush against the lighter and less experienced O-Line.