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Friday Injury Report, Colts v Broncos
Posted by Greg Cowan in 2010 Regular Season | 509 views
It’s Friday, which means the final practice report and official game day statuses are released. Sunday’s game is turning into a real battle of the walking wounded, as both teams are dealing with serious injuries in key areas. After the jump we’ll go over the Colts practice report and give you our final thoughts on who will and will not play on Sunday, as well as give you the latest Broncos news.
Week 3 Q&A: Broncos Blogger Ernesto Ruiz
Each week Coltzilla will preview the upcoming game by speaking with fellow bloggers who write about the upcoming opponent. The Colts head to Denver to face the Broncos this weekend. The Broncos are 1-1 and former New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels is now their head coach. Could this become the Colts v. Patriots rivalry, western style? Joining Coltzilla this week is Ernesto Ruiz (ejruiz) from Mile High Report to give us some answers.More >
Manning Contract Negotiations May Take Longer Than Hoped
Many came into the season believing that Peyton Manning’s long-term contract extension would definitely be finalized before the 2010 season begins. Colts President Bill Polian suggested on Saturday that the negotiations may take longer than everyone would like. On a WEEI sport radio program Polian indicated that the uncertainty of the future collective bargaining agreement and salary cap make it difficult to figure out the best way to structure the contract.
Sunday, the National Football Post covered the story and highlighted that Polian thinks it is unlikely that Manning’s new contract negotiations will be finalized by October, meaning that the team is likely to wait on more information about the future salary cap and CBA before they finalize the details. It will be interesting to see if complications with Manning’s deal will handcuff the team if they feel it necessary to pursue any free agents heading into the new season.
Jeff Saturday Foresees Long Wait for CBA
“I feel like everybody’s just like, ‘Why are we negotiating now? What’s the hurry? We have until next March. Let’s just go play this season and see who balks first, who gets scared first.’ I think all of us are going to wait until the end. I think the best work gets done then.”
Pro Football Talk has more from Saturday regarding the dispute.
Overlooked Intangible Could Benefit Colts in 2010
Much has been made of the recent contractual issues facing the Colts, as Peyton Manning, Antoine Bethea, Robert Mathis, and Reggie Wayne all await new contracts. The shaky future of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement has many players unsure of what could happen, and facing a possible reality that there is no football in 2011. Unsettling for sure, but one thing it does is provide an extra incentive for players who are looking for new contracts to play at the highest levels of their careers, to do their biggest posturing for a new deal on the football field.
No Cap in 2010 Making Colts Players Greedy?
Fans in Indianapolis have had to deal with unfamiliar surprises in the 2010 off-season. It is rare for Colts players to hold out for contracts, or to not participate in the team’s organized team activities for contractual reasons. Even more rare is for players who are playing under lucrative long-term deals to miss these activities while they try to negotiate pay increases.
So far this season, Colts fans have seen the long-term contract discussions with starting safety Antoine Bethea draw out, along with new contract demands from key players like Robert Mathis and Reggie Wayne. What gives? What drives these formerly unimaginable actions?
Mike Chappell of the Indy Star reported this morning that Robert Mathis is choosing to not participate in the team’s organized team activities because he is unhappy with his contract. Adding a player to the mix of players who will need to negotiate new contracts at the end of the 2010 season, which I discussed in this article is certainly not good news.
Mathis has been selected to the Pro Bowl each of the last two seasons and is second only to Dwight Freeney in career sacks in franchise history (63). Despite this production, Mathis is set to make $2.3 million and $2.4 million in salary over the final two years of this contract, or $5.8 million and $4.4 million including bonuses. By comparison, Freeney will make $8.6 million and $11.1 million in salary over the same two seasons, or $13.6 million and $16.1 million including bonuses.
The Indianapolis Colts have built the most consistent team in NFL history, setting the NFL record for consecutive seasons with 12 or more wins (7). Needless to say, the single biggest reason for the Colts’ rise to NFL greatness is Peyton Manning, who is the unquestioned team-leader and may go down in history as the best quarterback to ever play the game. But no single player can carry a team to the Colts’ level of success, and Indianapolis has developed one of the most talented units in the league.
Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis have become the most feared and powerful pass-rushing tandems in the NFL. Bob Sanders won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2007. Antoine Bethea has been selected to two Pro Bowls and has been the most consistent safety on the team. Gary Brackett is one of the best linebackers in football, and has been dangerously close to winning a Pro Bowl bid each of the last three years. Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, and Jeff Saturday are also key offensive facets that have been around for a long time, during the Colts’ run to greatness.