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With a win against the Titans, the Colts managed to overcome unprecedented team injuries and their worst five game series since 2002 for a NFL record (tie) ninth consecutive playoff berth, and their seventh AFC South Championship in the last eight years. Peyton Manning was able to get through his toughest stretch of games since his rookie year and somehow Indy has managed to enter January with the three seed in the AFC.
It is extremely important for Colts fans to step back and think about the gravity of this accomplishment. Frankly, this team had no business overcoming all of the adversity it has faced in a sixteen game season. More >
Devin Moore was placed on injured reserve after suffering a brachial plexus injury during his second kickoff return of the Week 4 game at Jacksonville on October 3. In the Training Room explores the likelihood that Moore can return to duty in 2011.
The brachial plexus is a nerve bundle that sends signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. An injury to the area can be caused in a few different ways – one is falling such that the neck is moved too far laterally (to the side) from the shoulder. The other is when the arm is suddenly pulled upon when already extended (the example given in Wikipedia is grabbing a tree branch as you are falling). Another possibility is that the nerves were damaged trying to relocate a dislocated shoulder. It is most likely that as he tried to reach for more yards, Moore had his arm extended and it got caught under the pile while tacklers converged. More >
Posted by Brett Mock in [...] | 57 views
Birth: February 10, 1985
Hometown: Vacaville, CA
College: Oregon State University
Draft: UDFA – 2008 (Washington Redskins)
Height: 6 feet 2 inches
Weight: 306 pounds More >
Thursday Injury Report: Colts v. Redskins
Posted by Greg Cowan in 2010 Regular Season | 548 views
Here’s the second injury report of the week, commentary to follow:
Sanders, Bob – Biceps
Conner, Kavell – Foot
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
Addai, Joseph – Neck
Brackett, Gary – Groin
Hart, Mike – Hip
Mathis, Robert – Rest
Lacey, Jacob – Foot
Week 5 Q&A: Chiefs Blogger Joel Thorman
Each week Coltzilla will preview the upcoming game by speaking with fellow bloggers who write about the upcoming opponent. The Colts face the Chiefs this weekend, who are 3-0 and the last undefeated team this year. Joining Coltzilla this week is Joel Thorman from Arrowhead Pride to give us some answers.
CZ: In your opinion, how well has Ryan Lilja performed since you picked him up, after the Colts released him following the 2009 season? Some fans in Indianapolis feel like this was the wrong move for the Colts offensive line, do you agree?
JT: I think he’s been just fine. The Chiefs are running a zone blocking system so they need athletic guys like that. From what I understand, he was released in Indy because they were going bigger on offense. I don’t think that’s a knock on Lilja — it’s just the system. But for KC, he’s been very good, and more than anything he’s been consistent at a position that caused a lot of problems last year. More >
Colts Quarter-Season Review
Posted by Greg Cowan in 2010 Regular Season | 1,222 views
With four games in the books, the team that hails from the state known as “The Crossroads of America” finds itself at a crossroads of its own. The Colts entered their Week 4 game against the Jaguars at 2-1, seemingly poised to enter another one of their patented runs to another ho-hum 12-win season. They left the game with a 2-2 record, humbled, and with more questions than answers.
Just who are these Indianapolis Colts? Are they the team that lost games against Houston and Jacksonville because of defensive breakdowns, mental errors, and uncharacteristic mistakes? Or are they the team that dominated the New York Giants and won by two scores on the road against a good Denver team?
After Review: Colts v. Jaguars (Week 4)
In many respects, the game in Jacksonville was very similar to what Colts fans have come to expect in games against the Jaguars. There will be a steady dose of Maurice Jones-Drew running the football, delayed runs, draws, and quarterback options will dominate the front presented against Indy’s speedy defense. When the Colts have the ball the Jaguars defenders will play very physical, hit hard, and fight with all they have to limit a relentless Colts offense with an unlimited number of weapons and the greatest field general in the NFL.
The tempo for the game was set very early, and it was one that did not favor a Colts victory. Fans may recall the Colts facing the New York Giants at home in Week 2, and visions of safety Antoine Bethea lighting up Ahman Bradshaw on the first defensive play of the game really made a statement after an abysmal defensive performance in Houston. In this game against Jacksonville, the Colts did not come out with fire in their bellies, the defenders over-pursued, were tied to the scheme, and did not recognize and recover well at all. More >
Colts v Jaguars, and Things of that Nature (Week 4 Preview)
Posted by Greg Cowan in 2010 Regular Season | 531 views
On Sunday, the Colts will make their annual trek to the frozen tarps of
Jacksonville Municipal Stadium EverBank Field to take on the Los Angeles Jaguars of Jacksonville. On paper, it would appear to be a contest between two teams built with similar philosophies: build through the draft, have stability at head coach, have stability at quarterback, and never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line. Looks, as Colts President Bill Polian would tell you, can be deceiving.
2009 Game Recap – Week 17: Colts at Bills
To help pass time this off-season, I have reviewed the Colts regular season games from 2009. With this second look at how the team played, a few thoughts have occurred to me which were not obvious during the initial viewing, and I thought it a good opportunity to rethink some of my previously held opinions of the team I love. So, with your kind indulgence, as I view a game at a time I will be sharing my impressions.
Personal Note: This is not, and was never intended to be, an objective, unbiased review of an NFL contest. It is instead a glimpse into the emotional ride experienced by the average Colts fan at game time. My Homerism switch is engaged and turned up to eleven. With that in mind, I invite you to join me as we relive the highs and lows of the 2009 Indianapolis Colts season.
Today’s Game: Week 17: Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills
Setting the Stage
- The Colts enter the final game of the regular season with a league-leading record of 14-1. Quarterback Peyton Manning is second in the league with 4,405 passing yards, and wide receiver Reggie Wayne is tied for third in the league with 1,243 yards receiving. Pierre Garçon is nursing a sore shoulder and does not play. Defensive end Dwight Freeney, kicker Adam Vinatieri, linebacker Clint Session, defensive end Robert Mathis, defensive back Jerraud Powers, and running back Chad Simpson are out with various injuries. Defensive end Ervin Baldwin, defensive tackle Eric Foster, corner back Tim Jennings, safety Aaron Francisco, and defensive end Raheem Brock get the start. Sam Giguère makes his first appearance for the Colts returning kickoffs. Several of the Colts were selected for the Pro Bowl prior to this game; among them are Reggie to his fourth, Peyton to his tenth (ties Colts great Johnny Unitas), and tight end Dallas Clark to his first. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the 5-10 Bills, who boast a defense with 26 interceptions on the year (tied for second).
- The Field: Frozen solid on a near-whiteout, wintry New York day at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. Temperature is 14 degrees with northwest winds gusting to 40 mph. That is a wind chill temperature of minus one, folks. I swear I just saw a polar bear wearing a parka in the stands.
- The Crowd: Sparse and subdued. The stands are half-empty. Or is that half-full? Either way, they are wrapped head-to-toe in cold weather gear and act like they are still recovering from the holidays.
2009 Game Recap – Week 4: Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts
To help pass time this off-season, I’ve reviewed the Colts’ regular season games from 2009. With this second look at how the team played, a few thoughts have occured to me which were not obvious during the initial viewing, and I thought it a good opportunity to rethink some of my previously held opinions of the team I love. So, with your kind indulgence, as I view a game at a time I’ll be sharing my impressions.
Personal Note: This is not, and was never intended to be, an objective, unbiased review of an NFL contest. It is instead a glimpse into the emotional ride experienced by the average Colt fan at game time. My Homerism switch is engaged and turned up to eleven. With that in mind, I invite you to join me as we re-live the highs and lows of the 2009 Indianapolis Colts season.
Today’s Game: Week 4 – Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts
Setting The Stage
- The Colts come into today’s game unbeaten, and with a record of 3-0, leading the AFC South. Seneca Wallace replaces the injured Matt Hasselbeck to lead the Seahawks in the attempt to even their record at 2-2. Raheem Brock starts in place of Dwight Freeney, who injured a quad late in last week’s game against Arizona. Freeney does play, but in a limited role. Gary Brackett is still out as is Kelvin Hayden, so Freddie Keiaho and Tim Jennings start. Mike Pollak starts at right guard and, like last week, alternates series with Kyle DeVan. Coach Jim Caldwell paces the sideline (funny, but I don’t remember Tony Dungy ever pacing). Edgerrin James, who joined Seattle in 2009, makes his return to Indy and is greeted by applause from the crowd, and smiles and handshakes from former teammates. James, who was drafted by the Colts in 1999, still holds the franchise record in rushing yardage with 9226 (over Mitchell, Faulk, and Dickerson).
- The Crowd: A sell out, of course, but they seem a bit more subdued than normal. They do give Edge a nice hand whenever he touches the ball and a standing ovation during a fourth-quarter tribute.
- The Field: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana. The retractable roof is open, and banners hang proudly, with minimal shadows on a partly-cloudy, mid-fifties kind of day.