Archive: Colts

Colts Certain They'll Have Manning For Opener

It has taken only a few days of practices for the Indianapolis Colts to become more convinced than ever that they'll have Peyton Manning in their opening day lineup. Coach Tony Dungy told reporters after Thursday's preseason finale he'd be "shocked" if the Colts don't have Manning at quarterback...

 

By Mark Maske | August 29, 2008; 01:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Center Reportedly Out At Least Six Weeks

The Indianapolis Colts reportedly will be without starting center Jeff Saturday for at least six weeks. The Indianapolis Star reported that Saturday could be sidelined longer if he opts to undergo surgery to have a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee repaired. There's no word yet on...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 09:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Center Mulling Options Regarding Knee Injury

The Indianapolis Colts have back quarterback Peyton Manning but could lose Manning's longtime center, Jeff Saturday. Saturday is seeking medical opinions about a knee injury that he suffered during a preseason game over the weekend. He reportedly damaged his medial collateral ligament and has been advised to consider undergoing...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 01:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Manning Reportedly Moving Well on Practice Field

Reports out of Indianapolis say that Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was moving around fine during the portion of the team's practice today that was open to media members. It was Manning's first practice since undergoing surgery before training camp to have an infected bursa sac removed from his left...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 06:10 PM ET | Comments (5)

P. Manning Set to Practice This Afternoon

The Indianapolis Colts activated quarterback Peyton Manning from the physically unable to perform list. He is scheduled to practice with the team this afternoon. Manning had been on the PUP list since undergoing surgery before training camp to have an infected bursa sac removed from his left knee. The...

 

By Mark Maske | August 26, 2008; 02:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Manning Scheduled to Practice Tuesday

Quarterback Peyton Manning is scheduled to participate in the Indianapolis Colts' practice Tuesday. Manning has been sidelined since undergoing surgery before training camp opened to have an infected bursa sac removed from his left knee. The Colts have remained hopeful, however, that Manning will be in their lineup for...

 

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2008; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Manning Says He Remains Hopeful of Being in Opening Day Lineup

Peyton Manning spoke to reporters today after his appearance at the Indianapolis Colts' practice. The quarterback said he remained hopeful of being in the Colts' lineup for the opening regular season game. Manning said it had not been determined when he will resume practicing. He has been sidelined since...

 

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Manning Attends Colts' Practice

Quarterback Peyton Manning attended the Indianapolis Colts' practice today. He remains sidelined after undergoing surgery last month to have an infected bursa sac removed from his left knee. The Colts are hopeful that Manning will practice next week and be ready to play in their Sept. 7 regular season...

 

By Mark Maske | August 19, 2008; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Still Expecting P. Manning Back By Regular Season

The Indianapolis Colts break their training camp today in Terre Haute, Ind. They will do so without quarterback Peyton Manning having participated in any practices since undergoing surgery just before camp to have an infected bursa sac removed from his left knee. Coach Tony Dungy said during a news...

 

By Mark Maske | August 15, 2008; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Harrison Could Be Back in Colts' Lineup This Weekend

Coach Tony Dungy announced that wide receiver Marvin Harrison could play in the Indianapolis Colts' exhibition game Saturday at Carolina. Harrison missed much of last season because of knee troubles and didn't play in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game against the Washington Redskins....

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2008; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (20)

Colts Minus Stars Against Redskins

A dozen Indianapolis Colts players are not expected to be in uniform for Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Washington Redskins in Canton, Ohio. Among them are quarterback Peyton Manning, who's recovering from knee surgery, and wide receiver Marvin Harrison, who's working his way back from last season's...

 

By Mark Maske | August 1, 2008; 05:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Manning Joins Colts at Camp

A famous quarterback who'd been absent from his team's training camp arrived there today. Brett Favre? Nope. Peyton Manning. Manning joined the Colts at their camp in Terre Haute, Ind. It's unclear when he might practice. It's been 15 days since Manning underwent surgery to have an infected bursa...

 

By Mark Maske | July 29, 2008; 04:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Expecting M. Harrison to Participate in Camp

Colts officials are saying that veteran wide receiver Marvin Harrison will be ready for training camp. Harrison missed most of last season because of knee troubles. Colts officials also have indicated they don't believe Harrison is in legal jeopardy because of the April shooting in Philadelphia in which a...

 

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy Not Fretting About Manning

Colts Coach Tony Dungy told reporters today he's sure that quarterback Peyton Manning will be ready for the regular season opener and it's possible that Manning will play during the preseason. Manning underwent surgery last week to have an inflamed and potentially infected bursa sac removed from his left...

 

By Mark Maske | July 22, 2008; 07:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Key NFL Question No. 6: How Worrisome Should Peyton Manning's Knee Injury Be to the Colts?

My thought: Not very. Manning underwent knee surgery Monday to have an inflamed bursa sac removed from his left knee. The procedure is to be followed by a 4-6 week recovery period. That very well could leave Manning missing all of training camp and the entire preseason. But so...

 

By Mark Maske | July 16, 2008; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (3)

P. Manning Should Be Okay for Colts' Opener

Peyton Manning has started all 160 regular season games of his 10-year NFL career. That string will remain intact if the timetable given by the Indianapolis Colts is on target. The Colts indicated that the quarterback will need four to six weeks to recover after undergoing surgery Monday to...

 

By Mark Maske | July 15, 2008; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vanderjagt to CFL

Kicker Mike Vanderjagt has been unable to land another NFL job since being released by the Dallas Cowboys during the 2006 season. He reportedly is headed back to the Canadian Football League, where he began his pro career, and will sign with the Toronto Argonauts. Vanderjagt remains the most...

 

By Mark Maske | June 2, 2008; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Indianapolis Awarded 2012 Super Bowl

ATLANTA--The owners awarded the 2012 Super Bowl to Indianapolis. The game will be played at the Colts' new stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, that opens next season. The other finalists were Houston and Arizona. Indianapolis was regarded as a virtual lock to get the game after being edged out in...

 

By Mark Maske | May 20, 2008; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (5)

D. Rhodes Rejoins Colts

Tailback Dominic Rhodes has agreed to a one-year contract to rejoin the Indianapolis Colts. Rhodes spent his first six NFL seasons with the Colts and was a standout in their Super Bowl triumph over the Chicago Bears at the conclusion of the 2006 season before spending last season with...

 

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2008; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Police Reportedly Saying M. Harrison Not a Suspect "At This Point" In Shooting

The Philadelphia police reportedly are not calling Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison a suspect at this time in last week's shooting about which he was questioned. The Indianapolis Star reported that a police spokesperson, Tanya Little, said today: "He's not a suspect at this point." According to the...

 

By Mark Maske | May 6, 2008; 02:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Harrison Interviewed By Police About Philadelphia Shooting

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison has been interviewed by police about a shooting outside a Philadelphia bar this week. Harrison has not been arrested or charged with any crime at this point. The incident took place Tuesday. Colts and league officials said they were monitoring the situation but...

 

By Mark Maske | May 2, 2008; 07:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bears-Colts Is Opening Sunday Night Game

PALM BEACH, Fla.--The NFL announced its slate of featured games on the opening weekend of next season. The Chicago Bears will play at Indianapolis on Sept. 7 at 8:15 p.m. on NBC in the first Sunday night game of the season. It will be the first regular season game...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Support for Goodell's Proposals

PALM BEACH, Fla.--Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay says he supports NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's proposed crackdown on cheating. "You have to compete within the rules as vigorously as you can," Irsay said during a break in today's meeting. "You know the rules. You compete vigorously within them." Many of...

 

By Mark Maske | March 31, 2008; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Reportedly Allowing Utecht to Leave for Bengals

The Indianapolis Colts reportedly have declined to match an offer sheet to reserve tight end Ben Utecht, allowing him to go to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals had signed Utecht, a restricted free agent, to a three-year, $9 million offer sheet, and the Colts had until Friday to decide...

 

By Mark Maske | March 22, 2008; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (16)

Colts Cut Two on Defense

More cuts: The Indianapolis Colts released defensive tackle Anthony McFarland and linebacker Rob Morris. The Tennessee Titans cut wide receiver David Givens. The New Orleans Saints released kicker Olindo Mare. It should be a busy day as teams made their final pre-free agency moves....

 

By Mark Maske | February 28, 2008; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (2)

Polian Suggests Rookie Wage Scale to Spur More Upper First-Round Trades

INDIANAPOLIS--How tough is it to trade a high first-round draft pick these days? Just ask Indianapolis Colts President Bill Polian. "Trades are really a unique thing in the first round any more," Polian said Sunday, "because of the cost [of rookie players' contracts] in the top 10.... Now you're...

 

By Mark Maske | February 25, 2008; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy's Draft Rule: Listen to Polian

INDIANAPOLIS--As he evaluates players at the NFL scouting combine, Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy keeps one thing in mind: If Colts President Bill Polian has an inkling about a player, pay attention. "When he says he's got a feeling on a guy," Dungy said today, "he tends to be...

 

By Mark Maske | February 22, 2008; 01:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Sign D. Clark to Six-Year Deal One Day After Giving Him Franchise Tag

The Indianapolis Colts signed tight end Dallas Clark to a six-year contract, one day after placing their franchise player tag on him. The new deal replaces the one-year, $4.522 million contract that Clark would have had as the franchise player. The Colts also signed guard Ryan Lilja to a...

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2008; 07:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Clark Given Colts' Franchise Player Tag

The Indianapolis Colts applied their franchise player tag to tight end Dallas Clark. The Colts' recent signing of safety Bob Sanders to a longterm contract extension meant that team officials could keep both Sanders and Clark, both of whom had been eligible for unrestricted free agency, without having to...

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2008; 08:03 PM ET | Comments (103)

Dungy Staying

Tony Dungy is staying as coach of the Indianapolis Colts. For a third straight offseason, the 52-year-old Dungy contemplated retirement. But the Colts announced today that he will return next season. Colts quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell will succeed him when Dungy retires. Dungy often has said that he does...

 

By Mark Maske | January 21, 2008; 04:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Decision Time for Dungy, Holmgren?

This is the day on which Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy has indicated he would make an announcement about whether he will return next season. Dungy, for a third straight offseason, is contemplating retirement. He said last week that he would make his decision by the weekend and make...

 

By Mark Maske | January 21, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Owner Says Caldwell Would Succeed Dungy If Dungy Retires

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said during an appearance Thursday night in New York that the team's quarterbacks coach, Jim Caldwell, will succeed Tony Dungy as head coach if Dungy retires. According to the Associated Press, Irsay said he remains hopeful that Dungy will return but if not, Caldwell...

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2008; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Does Caldwell's Disappearance from Other Coaching Searches Signal Dungy's Intention?

As Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy prepares to announce a decision about whether he will retire, it is intriguing that Colts quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell has dropped off the radar for other head coaching vacancies around the league. Caldwell once was viewed as a top candidate in Atlanta and...

 

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy's Decision to Come By Early Next Week, No Timetable for Holmgren's

Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy met with his players Monday, the day after the team's season-ending loss to the San Diego Chargers in an AFC semifinal. Dungy told reporters that he expects to make a decision about his coaching future this weekend and make an announcement next Monday. For...

 

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coaching Searches Can Accelerate Now That Sparano, Garrett and Caldwell Are Available

A few head coaching searches around the league should be able to move forward and perhaps be resolved now that the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts have been eliminated from the playoffs, making three coveted assistants--offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Tony Sparano of the Cowboys and...

 

By Mark Maske | January 14, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Harrison, Gates Both Scheduled to Start

INDIANAPOLIS--The starting lineups were just announced, and both Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison and Chargers tight end Antonio Gates indeed are scheduled to start. Gates's ability to run on his injured toe could be a determining factor as to whether the Chargers challenge the Colts....

 

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Looks Like Harrison And, Surprisingly, Gates Ready to Go

INDIANAPOLIS--Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison received an enthusiastic ovation from the early-arriving portion of the crowd at the RCA Dome when he jogged on the field for pregame warmups. Harrison is in uniform and apparently will be in the Colts' lineup for today's AFC semifinal against the Chargers after...

 

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Here a Manning, There a Manning

INDIANAPOLIS--It's a Mannings kind of day. Peyton's Colts play the early game today here against the San Diego Chargers. Eli's Giants play the late game at Dallas. Standing outside the visitor's locker room in Tampa last Sunday after the Giants beat the Buccaneers, Archie Manning said that he and...

 

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Coaching Changes Coming?

Four NFL teams already are searching for new head coaches, and it's possible that there could be a couple more vacancies in the coming weeks. Two coaches on teams still in the playoffs, the Indianapolis Colts' Tony Dungy and the Seattle Seahawks' Mike Holmgren, have not hidden the fact...

 

By Mark Maske | January 12, 2008; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Outlook More Promising For Owens and Harrison Than Gates

Three major storylines involving injured players could affect the outcomes of this weekend's conference championship games. In at least two of the three cases, it appears that the injured player will play this weekend. Wide receiver Terrell Owens practiced Thursday with the Dallas Cowboys for the first time since...

 

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2008; 09:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy to Ponder Coaching Future After Season

Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy hasn't hidden the fact in recent years that he doesn't intend to be a lifelong football coach and he plans to walk away from the sport sometime in the not-too-distant future. He said today that he will reconsider his coaching future again after this...

 

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2008; 05:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

B. Sanders Named Defensive Player of Year

Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders was named the NFL's defensive player of the year today by the Associated Press. Sanders stayed healthy and in the lineup and was the key difference-maker as the Colts ranked third in the league in total defense and first in scoring defense. The unit...

 

By Mark Maske | January 7, 2008; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

T.O., M. Harrison Testing Injuries

Two high-profile wide receivers on playoff teams with byes this weekend, the Dallas Cowboys' Terrell Owens and the Indianapolis Colts' Marvin Harrison, could be getting closer to being ready to play in the conference semifinals. Owens reportedly has discarded the walking boot on his left foot, has begun jogging...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (116)

M. Harrison Scheduled to Start Sunday Night for Colts

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison participated in the Indianapolis Colts' practice today and is scheduled to start Sunday night's game against the Tennessee Titans. He has missed nine straight games because of an ailing knee....

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2007; 06:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

B. Sanders Agrees to Contract Extension With Colts

The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to a contract extension with Bob Sanders to keep the standout safety from being an unrestricted free agent in the spring, an NFL source said. Sanders and the Colts have agreed to a five-year contract worth around $38 million, said the source, who spoke...

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2007; 03:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Harrison Practices

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison participated in the Indianapolis Colts' practice today. He might get some playing time in Sunday's regular season finale as a tuneup for the playoffs. Harrison has missed 10 games this season, including the last nine in a row, because of an ailing knee....

 

By Mark Maske | December 27, 2007; 08:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Colts Release S. Rice

The Indianapolis Colts surprisingly released defensive end Simeon Rice today. Rice had been claimed off waivers to replace the injured Dwight Freeney. He played in two games for the Colts and had one sack....

 

By Mark Maske | November 27, 2007; 08:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Thoughts on Thanksgiving Games

Some quick observations from the Thanksgiving games: *The Green Bay Packers have a chance to win next Thursday in Dallas. The Cowboys have been widely proclaimed the best team in the NFC. But, in truth, there's little difference between them and the Packers at this point. Green Bay probably...

 

By Mark Maske | November 23, 2007; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Place Freeney on Season-Ending IR List

The Indianapolis Colts made it official: Defensive end Dwight Freeney is out for the rest of the season. The Colts placed Freeney on the injured reserve list today. The team indicated that Freeney suffered a Lisfranc injury to his left foot during Sunday night's loss in San Diego. He...

 

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2007; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts' Freeney Likely to Miss Rest of Season

It appears that the foot injury suffered by Dwight Freeney during Sunday night's loss at San Diego probably will end the season of the Indianapolis Colts defensive end. Colts President Bill Polian said during his weekly radio appearance Monday that he expects Freeney to miss at least three to...

 

By Mark Maske | November 14, 2007; 08:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Expect Freeney to Miss At Least Three Weeks

The Indianapolis Colts expect to be without defensive end Dwight Freeney for at least three weeks. Freeney suffered a foot injury during Sunday night's loss to the San Diego Chargers. Colts President Bill Polian said during his weekly radio show Monday that he expects Freeney to miss at least...

 

By Mark Maske | November 13, 2007; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Claim S. Rice Off Waivers

The Indianapolis Colts claimed defensive end Simeon Rice off waivers. He'd been released by the Denver Broncos. The Colts need help at the position because they're uncertain how long defensive end Dwight Freeney will be sidelined by the foot injury he suffered during Sunday night's loss at San Diego....

 

By Mark Maske | November 12, 2007; 07:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Receiver Shortage Worsening for Colts

The Indianapolis Colts' shortage of receivers is worsening. Wideout Marvin Harrison has remained limited in practices this week because of the knee injury that has caused him to miss three of the last four games. Harrison lobbied the coaches to play in last weekend's loss to the New England...

 

By Mark Maske | November 9, 2007; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Scandal That Wasn't

There were reports throughout the day Monday that the New England Patriots had complained to the league after Sunday's victory in Indianapolis that the Colts were illegally piping artificial crowd noise through speakers at the RCA Dome during the game. It's an accusation that has been made in the...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (1)

Get Ready for the Patriots to Be 17-0 When They Next Face the Colts

INDIANAPOLIS--If you still don't think it's likely that the New England Patriots will be 17-0 when they next face the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game in January in Foxborough, Mass., perhaps you missed Sunday's proceedings at the RCA Dome. The Patriots' 24-20 triumph over the Colts brought...

 

By Mark Maske | November 5, 2007; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (13)

Colts Have Harrison, Ugoh on Inactive List

INDIANAPOLIS--The Indianapolis Colts will be at far from full strength when they face the New England Patriots today. The Colts have wide receiver Marvin Harrison and rookie left tackle Tony Ugoh on their inactive list for the game. Harrison will be sidelined for the third time in four games...

 

By Mark Maske | November 4, 2007; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

M. Harrison Cleared to Play Against Patriots But Colts Might Withhold Him

The Indianapolis Colts' medical staff has cleared wide receiver Marvin Harrison to play in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. But Coach Tony Dungy said during a news conference today that another week off might enable Harrison to play the remainder of the season without further knee difficulties....

 

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2007; 06:45 PM ET | Comments (3)

K. Jenkins Fined for Hit on P. Manning

The league fined Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kris Jenkins $7,500. Jenkins was penalized for a late hit on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning last weekend....

 

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2007; 06:41 PM ET | Comments (2)

M. Harrison Sits Out Another Colts' Practice

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison didn't participate in the Indianapolis Colts' practice Thursday. The Colts had hoped that Harrison would practice Thursday and play Sunday against the New England Patriots after missing two of the last three games because of an ailing left knee. Now it's unclear what Harrison's playing...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 11:01 PM ET | Comments (3)

Dungy Stands Ground on Patriots Comments

Even as his team readies to face the New England Patriots on Sunday, Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy isn't taking back comments that he made just after the Patriots were punished by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for using videotaping equipment to steal the signals of the New York Jets...

 

By Mark Maske | November 1, 2007; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (6)

Harrison, Ugoh Seem Likely to Return to Colts' Lineup for Big Game Against Patriots

The Indianapolis Colts probably will have some key players back in the lineup for Sunday's mega-game against the New England Patriots. The Colts seem to expect wide receiver Marvin Harrison to practice this week and play Sunday after sitting out last weekend's triumph over the Carolina Panthers because of...

 

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2007; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots' Thoughts Quickly Turn to Colts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Can any team in the league stay competitive in a game with the New England Patriots? It's about time to find out. With little reason to dwell on today's 52-7 drubbing of the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots' focus immediately turned to next Sunday's showdown with...

 

By Mark Maske | October 28, 2007; 09:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Now Say They Won't Have M. Harrison in Lineup Sunday

The Indianapolis Colts updated wide receiver Marvin Harrison's playing status today and announced that he will miss Sunday's game at Carolina. Harrison didn't practice all week because of an injured left knee....

 

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2007; 10:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Don't Know if They'll Have M. Harrison Sunday Against Panthers

It's unclear if the Indianapolis Colts will have wide receiver Marvin Harrison available for Sunday's game at Carolina. Harrison hurt his left knee late last month and missed one game. He returned to play in Monday night's triumph at Jacksonville but didn't practice Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, and his...

 

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2007; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Left to Fret Over Injuries to Harrison, Addai and Sanders

The Indianapolis Colts improved their record to 4-0 with Sunday's victory over the Denver Broncos but suffered a series of injuries to key players whose playing status is in doubt this week. Wide receiver Marvin Harrison emerged with a bruised knee, tailback Joseph Addai with a bruised shoulder and...

 

By Mark Maske | October 2, 2007; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Pick on Former Teammate

INDIANAPOLIS--The Indianapolis Colts obviously knew something about Jason David. David left the Colts for the New Orleans Saints this past offseason as a free agent. The young cornerback made one big play against his former team here Thursday night, returning a fumble for a touchdown. But the Colts more...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2007; 02:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Show They're Still Formidable

INDIANAPOLIS--The Indianapolis Colts sent an early message to the rest of the NFL tonight: Watch out. For the Colts, the offseason was about losing players, especially on defense, on the heels of their Super Bowl triumph. But they opened the new season with a gem of an all-around performance,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2007; 12:57 AM ET | Comments (4)

The Season Is Almost Here

INDIANAPOLIS--It's a gray, drizzly afternoon in Indianapolis, and the NFL season is almost at hand. It opens here tonight with the Colts hosting the New Orleans Saints at the RCA Dome. The Colts are to unfurl their Super Bowl championship banner during a pregame ceremony that follows a concert...

 

By Mark Maske | September 6, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Manning Takes Up for Brother

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning took up for younger brother Eli after the New York Giants quarterback's leadership skills were criticized on national television Sunday by former Giants tailback Tiki Barber. "You cannot play quarterback at any level, even junior high, without taking a leadership position," Peyton Manning said...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Reportedly Lose McFarland to Season-Ending Knee Injury

An offseason of player defections depleted the Indianapolis Colts' depth, and left them vulnerable to the injuries that inevitably plague every team, every season. Now those injuries are starting to come. Defensive tackle Anthony McFarland hurt his knee in a practice late last week and underwent an MRI exam,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2007; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Colts Reportedly Negotiating Settlement That Would Make C. Simon Free Agent

Defensive tackle Corey Simon is on his way out of Indianapolis. Colts owner Jim Irsay told the Indianapolis Star that the team and Simon's representatives are negotiating a settlement that will make Simon a free agent. Simon signed with the Colts just before the 2005 season after being cut...

 

By Mark Maske | August 2, 2007; 02:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Owners' Decision About 2011 Super Bowl Host Seemingly Was a Money Decision

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The decision by the NFL's team owners here Tuesday to award the 2011 Super Bowl to the Dallas area instead of Indianapolis seems to have been made largely for financial reasons. The Cowboys and Colts both have new stadiums on the way. The domed stadium in Indianapolis, scheduled...

 

By Mark Maske | May 23, 2007; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (7)

Owners to Select Host of 2011 Super Bowl During Meeting Tuesday

The owners are scheduled to choose a host city for the 2011 Super Bowl when they meet Tuesday in Nashville. Dallas and Indianapolis are regarded as the front-runners. Both cities are building new stadiums. Phoenix also has submitted a bid. The owners also might talk about the possibility of...

 

By Mark Maske | May 21, 2007; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Colts Have Suffered Losses But There's Still Plenty There, Especially on Offense

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Indianapolis Colts Players Released: Brandon Stokley, WR Montae Reagor, DT Gilbert Gardner, LB Free Agents Lost: Dominic Rhodes, RB Nick Harper, CB Cato June, LB Mike Doss, S Jason David, CB Free Agents Re-Signed: Rob Morris, LB Dan Klecko, DT Jim Sorgi, QB Rocky Boiman, LB...

 

By Mark Maske | May 16, 2007; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

Colts Cut Former Starting Linebacker Gardner

The Indianapolis Colts released linebacker Gilbert Gardner. Gardner was a starter for most of last season but was benched in the shakeup by defensive coordinator Ron Meeks that produced some improved play by the unit during the postseason. The Colts also announced that they'd released linebacker Mike Labinjo....

 

By Mark Maske | May 8, 2007; 02:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Let J. David Go to Saints

The Indianapolis Colts declined to match the New Orleans Saints' four-year offer sheet to cornerback Jason David, a restricted free agent. The Saints get David and send a fourth-round pick in this weekend's draft to the Colts as compensation. The contract is worth about $15.6 million and was structured...

 

By Mark Maske | April 26, 2007; 09:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. David Agrees to Offer Sheet With Saints

Cornerback Jason David, a restricted free agent from the Indianapolis Colts, agreed to an offer sheet today with the New Orleans Saints. The Colts will have a week to decide whether to match the offer and retain David. If they don't, they would receive a fourth-round draft pick from...

 

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2007; 08:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Doss Becomes Latest Former Starter to Leave Super Bowl Champs

Free agent safety Mike Doss left the Indianapolis Colts for a one-year, $1 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Doss was hurt for most of last season and rookie Antoine Bethea (from Howard University) emerged as the Colts' starter at safety alongside Bob Sanders. He is the sixth former...

 

By Mark Maske | April 5, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dallas, Indianapolis, Phoenix Vying for 2011 Super Bowl

Dallas, Indianapolis and Phoenix submitted bids to host the 2011 Super Bowl. The Cowboys and Colts have new stadiums in the works. The Cardinals' new stadium near Phoenix is hosting next year's Super Bowl. The site for the 2011 game is expected to be selected at an owners' meeting...

 

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (5)

DeMulling Rejoins Colts

Free agent offensive lineman Rick DeMulling returned to his former team by signing a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts. DeMulling is a former starter at guard for the Colts. He left them via free agency and played the past two seasons for the Detroit Lions....

 

By Mark Maske | April 2, 2007; 10:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saints-Colts to Open Season on Sept. 6

PHOENIX, Ariz.--The NFL announced its schedule for the featured games of the season's opening weekend and Thanksgiving. The Indianapolis Colts will host the New Orleans Saints at 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 in the season-opening Thursday night game on NBC. On Sept. 9, the first Sunday of the regular...

 

By Mark Maske | March 26, 2007; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Have Some Patchwork To Do

The Super Bowl champions are being disassembled. Not the big parts, but some significant-albeit-tiny ones. On Tuesday, two players released by the Indianapolis Colts, wide receiver Brandon Stokley and defensive tackle Montae Reagor, agreed to contracts with other teams. Stokley landed with the Denver Broncos and Reagor with the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 21, 2007; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Stokley Agrees to One-Year Deal With Broncos

Wide receiver Brandon Stokley, released by the Indianapolis Colts, agreed to a one-year, approximately $1 million contract with the Denver Broncos. Stokley was sidelined for the Colts' Super Bowl run after suffering a torn Achilles' tendon. He had only eight catches last season but totaled 109 catches the previous...

 

By Mark Maske | March 20, 2007; 10:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. June Picks Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers landed one of the last few notable players remaining on the unrestricted free agent market when they agreed Saturday to a three-year, approximately $12 million contract with linebacker Cato June. June leaves the Indianapolis Colts. It was the second significant free agent defection from the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 18, 2007; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

N. Harper, Titans Agree to Three-Year Deal

One of the better remaining free agents came off the board when the Tennessee Titans agreed to a three-year contract tonight with cornerback Nick Harper, who leaves the Indianapolis Colts. Harper had three interceptions for the Super Bowl champions this past season and had 15 interceptions in six seasons...

 

By Mark Maske | March 13, 2007; 09:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl Standout Rhodes Agrees to Deal with Raiders

Tailback Dominic Rhodes left the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts via free agency by agreeing today to a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Oakland Raiders. Rhodes split carries with rookie Joseph Addai for the Colts this past season and was courted by several teams in free agency, including...

 

By Mark Maske | March 9, 2007; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (4)

Colts Release Stokley, Reagor

The Indianapolis Colts released wide receiver Brandon Stokley and defensive tackle Montae Reagor. Both were hurt for the Colts' Super Bowl run. Stokley had knee and ankle injuries. Reagor was on the nonfootball injury list after suffering head injuries in an automobile accident....

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2007; 11:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Manning Reportedly Restructuring Contract to Help Colts Create Salary Cap Space

Super Bowl most valuable player Peyton Manning reportedly is reworking his contract to clear salary cap space for the Indianapolis Colts. According to the Associated Press, Manning and the team have agreed to convert a $10 million roster bonus into a signing bonus in a maneuver that creates nearly...

 

By Mark Maske | February 21, 2007; 01:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy Reiterates He's Staying

Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy reiterated to reporters Monday that he will remain with the team next season. Dungy first said on the day after the Super Bowl that he would return. Last year, he took some time after the Colts' season-ending defeat in the AFC playoffs before deciding...

 

By Mark Maske | February 20, 2007; 09:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Tag Freeney

The Indianapolis Colts placed their franchise player tag on defensive end Dwight Freeney today. The Colts all but eliminate the chance of losing Freeney as a free agent and will have to pay him a salary of $8.644 million next season if he retains the franchise designation. Freeney is...

 

By Mark Maske | February 19, 2007; 10:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy Says He Intends to Coach Colts Next Season

MIAMI--Tony Dungy apparently went through his annual evaluation about whether he wants to coach another season rapidly this time around and said today he intends to return to the Indianapolis Colts. "I do look forward to helping these guys defend the title," Dungy said at a morning news conference...

 

By Mark Maske | February 5, 2007; 11:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Manning Gets His Super Bowl

MIAMI--Peyton Manning got his Super Bowl triumph. That is what will be remembered about this rain-soaked night in Miami--that Manning cemented his place among the sport's greatest-ever quarterbacks as his Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears, 29-17. Both quarterbacks played about as expected. Manning completed 25 of 38 passes...

 

By Mark Maske | February 5, 2007; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (10)

Cowboys Probably Will Interview Caldwell As Well As Rivera

MIAMI--Two assistant coaches about to participate in today's Super Bowl likely will interview for the Dallas Cowboys' head coaching job within the next day or two. The Cowboys appear intent upon interviewing Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell and Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, a source familiar...

 

By Mark Maske | February 4, 2007; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy Says Colts Won't Know Cornerback Situation Until Sunday

MIAMI--The Indianapolis Colts probably won't know until shortly before game time Sunday whether cornerback Nick Harper will be available to play in the Super Bowl against the Chicago Bears, Coach Tony Dungy said today. Harper suffered a sprained ankle in the AFC title game and didn't participate in the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 2, 2007; 02:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Harper Not Expected to Practice Before Friday at Earliest

MIAMI--Cornerback Nick Harper said Wednesday he planned to be in the Indianapolis Colts' lineup for the Super Bowl on Sunday even after suffering a sprained ankle in the AFC title game. But he perhaps is being overly optimistic. Harper didn't participate in the Colts' practice later Wednesday and, according...

 

By Mark Maske | February 1, 2007; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Harper Says He'll Play Sunday

MIAMI--Indianapolis Colts cornerback Nick Harper, who suffered a sprained ankle in the AFC title game, said today he plans to play in the Super Bowl. "As long as I can walk around here, I think I can play," he said....

 

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2007; 06:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vinatieri Back on Big Stage

MIAMI--Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri connected on two Super Bowl-winning field goals while he was a member of the New England Patriots, the first of which came against the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. Among the Rams' coaches feeling the anguish from that near-miss defeat was their...

 

By Mark Maske | January 30, 2007; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Manning Is Predictable Focus of Media Day Attention

MIAMI--Peyton Manning, predictably, drew the biggest crowd of reporters at media day today. The quarterback said he never stopped believing during the Indianapolis Colts' string of playoff failures that he'd reach a Super Bowl eventually. "I always felt like I would have a chance to play in this game,"...

 

By Mark Maske | January 30, 2007; 11:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Harper Thinks He'll Be Ready to Play Sunday

MIAMI--Coach Tony Dungy said tonight that Indianapolis Colts cornerback Nick Harper believes he'll be ready to play in Sunday's Super Bowl. Harper suffered a sprained ankle in the team's triumph over the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game. Dungy said that quarterback Peyton Manning showed no ill...

 

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 09:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy Defends Travel Plans

MIAMI--Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy tonight defended his decision to have his team travel to South Florida today, a day after the Chicago Bears arrived in town. "I think we'll have plenty of time," Dungy said at the Colts' arrival news conference. "I didn't think it was that late,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 09:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Feeling Better About Harper's Ankle

MIAMI--The Indianapolis Colts are increasingly optimistic about the Super Bowl availability of cornerback Nick Harper, who suffered a sprained ankle during the AFC title game. There were initial concerns that Harper might miss the Super Bowl. But he's done some running to test his ankle and the Colts are...

 

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy, Smith Take Different Approaches

MIAMI--The two Super Bowl coaches are close friends and former associates, but Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith have taken different approaches to dealing with the demands of the week. Smith brought his Chicago Bears to town Sunday, saying during his arrival news conference Sunday night that he wanted his...

 

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Manning's Thumb Only Bruised

X-rays showed no broken bones in the injured right thumb of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. The injury is being called merely a bruise. Manning injured the thumb during Sunday's AFC title game when he hit his hand on the helmet of an offensive lineman on his follow-through on...

 

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Manning to Have X-Rays on Thumb

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was to undergo X-rays today on his injured right thumb. Manning suffered the injury when he hit his hand on the helmet of an offensive lineman on his follow-through on a fourth-quarter throw during Sunday's triumph over the New England Patriots in the AFC...

 

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 08:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Friends Dungy, L. Smith Making History Together

INDIANAPOLIS--One of the leading Super Bowl storylines will be the Indianapolis Colts' Tony Dungy and the Chicago Bears' Lovie Smith being the first two black head coaches to lead their teams to the game. Dungy touched on the issue late Sunday but said he wanted to wait until today...

 

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (12)

Manning Says Thumb is Okay For Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS--Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning hurt his right thumb in the fourth quarter of Sunday's AFC championship game when his hand struck the helmet of one of his offensive linemen on his follow-through on a throw. But Manning finished the game and said he would be okay for the...

 

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Colts Prove Playoff Mettle

INDIANAPOLIS--Even when the Indianapolis Colts were winning their first nine games of this season, it was clear they weren't the same dominant team they'd been last season. But Coach Tony Dungy and quarterback Peyton Manning said that was fine with them. The tough games the club was playing would...

 

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

B. Sanders Practices, Set to Return to Colts' Lineup

The Indianapolis Colts' beleaguered defense should get a boost this weekend from the return of safety Bob Sanders. Sanders participated in the Colts' practice Tuesday and is scheduled to play in Saturday's first-round AFC playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at the RCA Dome. Sanders played in only...

 

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Clark to Play for Colts This Weekend

Tight end Dallas Clark practiced for a second consecutive day and is to play for the Indianapolis Colts this weekend. He's been sidelined for four games by a knee injury....

 

By Mark Maske | December 28, 2006; 07:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Stokley Probably Out for Season

The Indianapolis Colts likely will be without wide receiver Brandon Stokley for the remainder of the season because of an Achilles' tendon injury. Stokley already has missed most of the season because of ankle and knee injuries and the Colts recently signed fellow veteran wideout Ricky Proehl....

 

By Mark Maske | December 11, 2006; 09:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Add Dependable Veteran Receiver Proehl

The Indianapolis Colts signed veteran wide receiver Ricky Proehl. Proehl, 38, has been to Super Bowls with the St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers. He had 25 catches for the Panthers last season. He worked out for the Colts last month but wasn't signed at the time. The Colts...

 

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2006; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Loss Might Help Colts... But They're Still Irked

IRVING, Tex.--The Indianapolis Colts had won tight, tense games all season, with four victories by three points or fewer in their 9-0 start. But they didn't come through in crunch time here Sunday, squandering a 14-7 lead entering the fourth quarter to lose to the Dallas Cowboys, 21-14, at...

 

By Mark Maske | November 19, 2006; 09:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

Manning Outshines Brady

FOXBOROUGH--The curse is broken. The New England Patriots once owned Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts here. Manning lost his first seven career games in Foxborough, and the Patriots twice ousted the Colts from the AFC playoffs in Gillette Stadium. But that's a fading memory now. The Colts won...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 01:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vinatieri Shaky In Return

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--It wasn't exactly the return to New England that kicker Adam Vinatieri had envisioned. Vinatieri, the two-time Super Bowl hero for the Patriots who signed with the Indianapolis Colts in the offseason as a free agent, had two field goals for the Colts in their 27-20 triumph over...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 01:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Are League's Last Unbeaten Team... Again

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--It's halfway through the season, and the Indianapolis Colts are unbeaten. Again. But no one is talking about them being one of the greatest teams ever. Until now, at least, there's been little chatter about them chasing the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins. And that's fine with them. "We...

 

By Mark Maske | November 6, 2006; 01:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Playing Wait and See With Sanders, Diem Injuries

The Indianapolis Colts plan to make a decision today about the status of safety Bob Sanders for Sunday night's game at New England. Sanders has been sidelined since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in September. The Colts had been hopeful he'd return to the lineup last weekend but decided against...

 

By Mark Maske | November 3, 2006; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vinatieri Making Return

Sunday night's game in Foxborough, Mass., between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts not only is a matchup of the AFC's top two teams. It also is kicker Adam Vinatieri's return. Vinatieri, the two-time Super Bowl hero for the Patriots, left the club via free agency in the...

 

By Mark Maske | November 2, 2006; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Still Hoping to Have B. Sanders Back

Safety Bob Sanders sat out Thursday's practice but the Indianapolis Colts remain hopeful he can return to their lineup this weekend. He has missed the last four games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. The Colts lost safety Mike Doss to a season-ending torn knee ligament suffered during last Sunday's...

 

By Mark Maske | October 27, 2006; 06:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Not Placing Reagor on IR List Immediately

The Indianapolis Colts have decided, at least for now, against placing defensive tackle Montae Reagor on the injured reserve list, which would make him ineligible to play for the team again this season. The Colts are keeping Reagor on the active roster as he recovers from the injuries he...

 

By Mark Maske | October 26, 2006; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (4)

Reagor to Miss Second Straight Game for Colts

Defensive tackle Montae Reagor is to miss a second straight game for the Indianapolis Colts. He was injured in an automobile accident Sunday afternoon, before the Colts' triumph over the Washington Redskins. Reagor reportedly remained hospitalized Monday. Previous reports had indicated he'd been released Sunday night....

 

By Mark Maske | October 24, 2006; 05:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Lose Doss for Season

The Indianapolis Colts lost safety Mike Doss for the remainder of the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee suffered during Sunday's triumph over the Washington Redskins. Doss had been starting in place of the injured Bob Sanders. The Colts are hopeful that Sanders...

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2006; 08:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reagor Released from Hospital

Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Montae Reagor was released from a hospital late Sunday night. He was injured in an auto accident Sunday afternoon and missed the Colts' triumph over the Washington Redskins....

 

By Mark Maske | October 23, 2006; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't Mess With Manning

INDIANAPOLIS--Don't tug on Superman's cape. And don't try to knock Peyton Manning out of a game. The Washington Redskins got some big first-half hits on Manning here this afternoon. One resulted in a penalty, and the Colts thought the other should have as well. An obviously shaken Manning had...

 

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2006; 11:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts' Reagor Injured in Auto Accident

INDIANAPOLIS--The Indianapolis Colts played today's game against the Washington Redskins without starting defensive tackle Montae Reagor after he was injured in an automobile accident this afternoon. Reagor was hospitalized, reportedly with facial lacerations. Colts officials said he was conscious and alert. "He's alert and he's talked to his mom,"...

 

By Mark Maske | October 22, 2006; 11:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Likely to Use McFarland Against Redskins

The Indianapolis Colts apparently won't waste any time getting newly acquired defensive tackle Anthony McFarland into the playing rotation. The Colts traded a second-round draft choice next spring to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday for McFarland and probably will use him in Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins....

 

By Mark Maske | October 19, 2006; 09:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Trade DT McFarland to Colts

The Indianapolis Colts obtained defensive tackle Anthony McFarland in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a second-round draft choice next spring. The Colts are unbeaten entering Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins but their defense ranks last in the league against the run and is missing tackle...

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 06:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Manning Misses Colts' Practice to Attend Grandmother's Funeral

Quarterback Peyton Manning missed the Indianapolis Colts' practice today to attend his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi. It was the first regular season practice that Manning has missed during his NFL career. He never has missed a game. The Colts have a bye this week, and expect Manning to return...

 

By Mark Maske | October 11, 2006; 04:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts' Simon to Miss Rest of Season With Unspecified Illness

The Indianapolis Colts placed defensive tackle Corey Simon on the nonfootball injury-illness list today, ending his season. The team announced that Simon, who had been working his way back from knee surgery, had been examined at the Mayo Clinic and has an illness that is not life-threatening but declined...

 

By Mark Maske | October 5, 2006; 06:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vinatieri Sidelined Again

Kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a second straight game for the Indianapolis Colts because of a groin injury. It had appeared late in the week that Vinatieri would kick today, but the Colts instead went with Martin Gramatica....

 

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2006; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Wayne Rejoins Colts

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne rejoined the Indianapolis Colts, as expected, today. He's scheduled to play Sunday against the New York Jets. Wayne left the team last Sunday after learning that his older brother Rashad had been killed in an auto accident....

 

By Mark Maske | September 28, 2006; 10:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Wayne Scheduled to Rejoin Colts Thursday

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne is scheduled to rejoin the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday and might play this weekend. Wayne left the team Sunday after learning that his older brother Rashad had been killed in an auto accident in Louisiana....

 

By Mark Maske | September 27, 2006; 10:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts WR Wayne With Family In Louisiana Following Death of Brother

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne left the Indianapolis Colts after Sunday's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars to return to his home state of Louisiana following the death of his older brother, Rashad, in an auto accident. Rashad Wayne was killed Sunday when the delivery truck he was driving crashed into...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2006; 04:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Groin Injury Sidelines Vinatieri

Kicker Adam Vinatieri missed the first game of his 11-year NFL career because of a groin injury. The Indianapolis Colts used Martin Gramatica to replace Vinatieri....

 

By Mark Maske | September 24, 2006; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Injury For Colts

The Indianapolis Colts already had a lengthy list of injuries this week, and they incurred a new one today when offensive tackle Ryan Diem hurt his hamstring during practice. The severity of Diem's injury wasn't immediately clear....

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 10:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Beat Up

The Indianapolis Colts are beat up this week as they prepare to host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The Colts listed 21 players as questionable Wednesday on their official injury report. Defensive end Dwight Freeney has a strained gluteus muscle and didn't practice Wednesday. The Colts brought in Martin...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Waiting for MRI Results for Freeney, Vinatieri, Stokley

The Indianapolis Colts today were awaiting the results of MRI exams performed on defensive end Dwight Freeney, kicker Adam Vinatieri and wide receiver Brandon Stokley. Freeney hurt a leg muscle Sunday. Vinatieri suffered a groin injury and Stokley reinjured a previously sprained ankle....

 

By Mark Maske | September 18, 2006; 11:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Some Reasons To Fret for Colts

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The Indianapolis Colts got the win in their season opener Sunday night at Giants Stadium against the New York Giants. But there were a couple ominous signs for them: They couldn't run the ball effectively on offense, and they couldn't stop the run on defense. The Colts,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2006; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Brother Wins But Little Brother Shines Too

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--In Manning Bowl I, Peyton got the victory but Eli demonstrated that he isn't far away from being one of the league's very best quarterbacks. The Indianapolis Colts, quarterbacked by older brother Peyton Manning, beat the New York Giants of younger brother Eli Manning, 26-21, here Sunday...

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2006; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Could Start Rookie Safety from Howard In Manning Bowl

Antoine Bethea, a rookie safety for the Indianapolis Colts out of Howard University, could be a starter in his first NFL game Sunday night against the New York Giants in Giants Stadium. The Colts' plan is to start Bethea, a sixth-round draft choice in April, at the safety spot...

 

By Mark Maske | September 8, 2006; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Manning Overload

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.--The Pittsburgh Steelers showed during last season's playoffs that even Peyton Manning can be rattled by a good pass rush. The Indianapolis Colts' usually unflappable quarterback emerged from his club's loss to the Steelers in an AFC semifinal talking about the blocking problems in front of him....

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (18)

Colts Declaring Vinatieri Ready to Kick

The Indianapolis Colts are declaring kicker Adam Vinatieri ready to go for Sunday night's opener in Giants Stadium against the New York Giants. Vinatieri's status had been in doubt because of what the team called a sprained ligament and a chipped bone in his left foot suffered during conditioning...

 

By Mark Maske | September 5, 2006; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kicker Drama

The most accurate regular-season field goal kicker in NFL history and the best clutch kicker in league history changed teams via free agency in the offseason. But so far, neither is faring particularly well with his new club. Mike Vanderjagt, who has the highest career field goal accuracy ever...

 

By Mark Maske | September 1, 2006; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Here A Manning, There A Manning

The Mannings are everywhere these days. The Sept. 10 meeting between Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts and younger brother Eli's New York Giants in the first Sunday night game of the regular season isn't the only family football gathering in the coming weeks. When the Colts face the New Orleans...

 

By Mark Maske | August 25, 2006; 03:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Reportedly Lose Mungro For Season

The Indianapolis Colts reportedly have lost reserve running back James Mungro for the entire season because of a knee injury. The Indianapolis Star reported that Mungro suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a preseason game over the weekend. Mungro was to provide depth behind...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2006; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Unsure if They'll Have Stokley at Start of Regular Season

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokley is nursing a sprained ankle and the team is uncertain if he'll be able to return for the Sept. 10 regular season opener in Giants Stadium against the New York Giants. The Colts also have some injury concerns about defensive tackle Corey Simon,...

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2006; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Runners Off to Slow Start

It's certainly no time to panic for the Indianapolis Colts, one game into the preseason of what they hope is a Super Bowl season. But the early returns were not promising in their bid to replace departed tailback Edgerrin James with former backup Dominic Rhodes and first-round draft pick...

 

By Mark Maske | August 11, 2006; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (3)

Colts to Sit Freeney, Five Other Defensive Starters

The Indianapolis Colts plan to withhold six defensive starters, including end Dwight Freeney, from their preseason opener Thursday night at St. Louis. Freeney has been plagued by a sore shoulder. The Colts also plan to keep defensive tackles Corey Simon and Montae Reagor, cornerback Jason David and safeties Mike...

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2006; 09:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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