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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 9 of the 2010 season, and the 5-2 Colts visit the 4-3 Philadelphia Eagles. Be sure to check back throughout the week for more coverage.
UPDATED: 7:15pm, Monday 11/8/2010
UPDATED with post-game coverage: 11:10am, Monday 11/8/2010
UPDATED: 3:00pm, Sunday 11/7/2010
UPDATED: 7:30am, Sunday 11/7/2010
UPDATED: 9:40am, Friday 11/5/2010
Inside The Huddle:
With several key players out with injuries, the Colts lose a close game against a very good Philadelphia team. In pre-game interviews, the Colts listed containing Michael Vick, stopping the run, and pass protecting as keys to beating the Eagles. How’d they do? More >
The following players’ statuses are official for this week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
RB Joseph Addai – INACTIVE: Addai is recovering from the same injury that put Devin Moore on IR
WR Austin Collie – ACTIVE: Collie made the trip and practiced all week
TE Brody Eldridge - INACTIVE: Eldridge did not make the trip to Philly with the team, and was ruled out yesterday.
RB Mike Hart - INACTIVE: Hart also did not travel with the team, and with the sudden IR of WR Anthony Gonzalez, and latent rumors about the severity of Hart’s injury are concerning.
DT Antonio “Mookie” Johnson – INACTIVE: Johnson is recovering from knee surgery and will be inactive for the game.
CB Jacob Lacey – ACTIVE: Lacey will be active and will start in place of Jerraud Powers.
CB Jerraud Powers – INACTIVE: Powers will be inactive due to a foot injury — the same foot Powers had surgery on during the off-seaosn.
SS Bob Sanders – INACTIVE: Continues to recover from surgery to a Week 1 ruptured bicep.
LB Clint Session – INACTIVE: Session will be inactive for the game after breaking his forearm and dislocating his elbow against Houston.
CB Justin Tryon - INACTIVE: Tryon did not travel with the team this week and will be replaced by a newly healthy CB Jacob Lacey.
Check it to Pancakes Episode 13: Week 9 – Colts v. Eagles
Posted by Greg Cowan in Podcasts | 215 views
In this episode the team reviews the Colts prime time domination of the Houston Texans, delves into the Colts’ depressing injury situation, and previews the Week 9 match up with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Forty-five players took the field wearing Indianapolis Colts (5-2) uniforms on Monday night. Thanks to a rash of injuries, fans were unfamiliar with 40 of them. But as the Colts often do, when their backs were against the wall, and the odds seemed stacked against them they rose to the occasion and beat the Houston Texans (4-3) to claim a one-game lead in the AFC South.
Because of the 30 points on the scoreboard, the offense may be the headliners of the win, but the tone was set from the start by an energized defense. The Texans elected to receive the opening kickoff, but only made it to midfield before being forced to punt. A quick Colts 3-and-out seemed to open the door for the Texans, but the defense responded with another stop. The Colts took the lead on the ensuing drive and never looked back.
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.
Earlier this week, the league levied steep fines for several violent hits delivered by players either as helmet-to-helmet contact or hitting defenseless receivers. The primary issue is the threat of concussion, an injury to the brain that can result in the loss of memory, reduced cognitive ability, and an inability to speak normally. In severe or repeated cases, concussions can cause ongoing headaches, change one’s personality, and accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Mechanically, a concussion takes place when the brain strikes the inside of the skull through some sort of traumatic force. Think of the brain as a loosely-belted passenger in a car, and recall Newton’s first and second laws of physics. If the car is driving straight ahead and crashes into a brick wall, the passenger will continue moving ahead at the previous speed until the belt or the dashboard stops him. Similarly, in a head-on helmet-to-helmet hit, the brain crashes into the front of the skull, potentially causing temporary or long-term damage. When you consider how the game is played and the sense of invincibility that players likely feel with helmets and pads, it’s a wonder that concussions aren’t suffered on every play.
NFC East: Regular and Postseason Predictions
The season is here, so naturally it is time to look ahead to the playoffs. No? This eight-part series takes a look at each division and discusses the outlook for every team in the NFL — in both the regular season and playoffs.
TEAM: Philadelphia Eagles
RECORD: 10-6 | Win Division
REASON: Even after trading away quarterback Donovan McNabb, the Philadelphia Eagles should be able to thrive with the pieces around new quarterback Kevin Kolb. Kolb has only started two games in his career, but he has shown a lot of promise, displayed poise, and has a strong arm. The talent of players like tight end Brent Celek and wide receiver DeSean Jackson will certainly benefit Kolb in his new role. The Eagles also boast a solid defense, which will help keep the ball in Kolb’s hands and keep him out of holes on the scoreboard. More >
Jerry Hughes Brings Flexibility to Colts Defense
It is easy to overlook the significance of Jerry Hughes’ impact on the Colts defensive line rotation. At first glance, getting caught up in the fact that he brings a third true pass rushing defensive end can hide the fact that Hughes is the first defensive end the Colts have drafted since Bill Polian selected Dwight Freeney in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. In fact, the Colts have not selected a defensive end before the fifth round of each subsequent draft, striking gold in 2003 when Robert Mathis joined the franchise.
Since that time, the Colts have relied upon strong contributions from players like Raheem Brock and Josh Thomas to round out the depth at defensive end. Brock’s contributions should not be overlooked, as he is arguably the most valuable defensive lineman the Colts have had other than Freeney since he joined the team in 2002, signed from waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles. What made Brock so valuable was that he was capable of starting at defensive tackle and defensive end, and was a strong pass rusher early in his career.
Since returning to defensive end from defensive tackle, Brock’s effectiveness as a pass rusher has slipped and he is now getting to a point in his career that, even had he not requested his release, many fans were starting to question whether Indianapolis was getting a good value at defensive end for Brock’s relatively large contract. Brock may yet return to the team, though no direct signs have indicated interest from either party, but his loss should be considered only at defensive end.
One thing Brock brought to the team, or at least attempted to bring, was the ability to line up at times in a “joker” role, standing up along the defensive line to create another look for opposing offenses, to utilize his speed and versatility to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks in a unique way. Hughes will also be asked to potentially fill the “joker” role, and his young legs and speed could make him even more dangerous than Brock in this role.
Importance of NFL Organizational Stability to Winning
In 2004 the Washington Post wrote a story titled The Formula for Success discussing the New England Patriots’, Pittsburgh Steelers’, and Philadelphia Eagles’ success during the 2004 NFL season. The article generally considers the importance of organizational stability to winning in the NFL.
Marlin Jackson’s Season Over
It did not take long for recently departed, former Colts corner back Marlin Jackson to find his way back to the sidelines with another season-ending major injury. The National Post reports that Jackson suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during one of the Philadelphia Eagles organized team activities. This injury, and the resulting time Jackson will miss, makes the move to let Jackson go look like the smart one, and could result in an abrupt end to Jackson’s career. It’s unfortunate that he has had such horrible injury luck over the last three seasons as the start of his career was promising.