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Colts big plays keep defenses honest

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2012 – 3:22 pm

We’ve covered in detail the Colts’ league-leading big play attack. Indy is tops in the league in pass plays of 20 yards or more with 45 in just 10 games. Head coach Chan Gailey explains how it really puts the safeties on the spot to have their best possible run-pass recognition of the season.

“What you have to do is get your defensive backs to understand where the ball is going,” Gailey told “The safeties don’t play quite as tight, they don’t bite on the run fake quite as hard. They make sure exactly what is happening before they commit to the run game. And that’s what has allowed their run game to be fairly successful as well. They’ve been able to run the play fake, get deep and then they hand the ball off and those safeties are playing a little soft and coming up late. So it’s a tough offense to defend. They’re doing a good job with it and Luck handles it extremely well.”

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How much opportunity can differ

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2012 – 12:15 pm

Bills fans are still waiting to see just what kind of receiver T.J. Graham can become. The rookie’s opportunities have been limited by the presence of some veteran receiving talent in front of him. The case was much different for Colts rookie wideout T.Y. Hilton.

Blessed with track speed, much like Graham, Hilton was drafted 24 picks after the Bills took Graham. Though a speedster Hilton has seen more time in the slot as a rookie. He has three 100-yard receiving games to this point in Indianapolis’ passing attack and shows how much opportunity can differ in the NFL.

“He’s playing a little bit more inside than we’re playing T.J. inside,” said Bills head coach Chan Gailey of the Colts receiver. “We’re playing T.J. outside for the most part. T.Y. had been an inside player in college so he had a lot more experience at that, and they didn’t have the veteran receivers that we have. It’s harder to break T.J. in whereas they didn’t have a lot (of experienced talent) and had to throw him in there and he’s been productive for them.”


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Colts pass game all about Wayne

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2012 – 10:35 am

While the Colts may have five receivers with 20 catches or more so far this season, it is clear who the passing game passes through for Indianapolis.

Reggie Wayne, the 12-year veteran, who now lines up in the slot primarily, is the top read for Andrew Luck and the two have established an impressive chemistry in their first year together.

“It all revolves around 87,” said Bills head coach Chan Gailey of Indy’s passing game. “He’s the guy that opens up everybody else. Luck has done a great job, but they’re trying to get the ball out there to one guy during the course of the ball game and that opens up other things.”

Wayne has more receptions (76) than the second and third leading receivers on the team (Donnie Avery – 41, Dwayne Allen 31). He’s also second in the league in receiving yards per game (100.3) behind only Detroit’s Calvin Johnson.

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Bills injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2012 – 2:13 pm

Here’s the Bills injury report from Friday with player status for Sunday’s game against the Colts.

DE Mark Anderson – knee
CB Aaron Williams – knee

FB Corey McIntyre – knee
WR Brad Smith – hamstring
DL Spencer Johnson – ankle

DT Kyle Williams – ankle
S Da’Norris Searcy – hand
RB C.J. Spiller – shoulder
RB Fred Jackson – concussion
DE Chris Kelsay – neck
DE Mario Williams – wrist, ankle
C Eric Wood – knee
FS  Jairus Byrd – back
DE Shawne Merriman – groin
LB Kelvin Sheppard – back
G Andy Levitre – knee
DT Marcell Dareus – shoulder
OT Chris Hairston – knee
CB Leodis McKelvin – groin
CB Justin Rogers – hamstring
DB Ron Brooks – teeth

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Colts injury report

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2012 – 2:07 pm

Here’s the Colts Friday injury report with player status for Sunday’s game.

CB Vontae Davis – knee

TE Coby Fleener – shoulder
DE Cory Redding – hip

RB        Donald Brown – knee
QB       Andrew Luck – knee
NT        Josh Chapman – knee
S          Antoine Bethea – ankle
WR       Donnie Avery – head
WR       Teddy Williams – hamstring


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Colts CB doubtful

Posted by Chris Brown on November 23, 2012 – 1:44 pm

The cornerback the Colts acquired through trade with Miami is doubtful for Sunday’s game with a knee injury.

Vontae Davis was unable to practice Wednesday, tried to practice Thursday but was limited. Apparently his knee did not respond well as he did not practice Friday.

If Davis can’t play Josh Gordy or Cassius Vaughn would replace him in the lineup.

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Colts injury update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2012 – 4:36 pm

Here is the updated injury report for the Colts from their Thursday practice.

Did Not Participate in Practice
RB Donald Brown Knee
DE Cory Redding Hip
LB Robert Mathis Rest

Limited Participation in Practice
TE Coby Fleener Shoulder
CB Vontae Davis Knee

Full Participation in Practice
LB Dwight Freeney Rest
QB Andrew Luck Knee
NT Josh Chapman Knee
S Antoine Bethea Ankle
WR Donnie Avery Head
WR Teddy Williams Hamstring

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Colts respect Bills screen game

Posted by Chris Brown on November 22, 2012 – 10:45 am

The Indianapolis Colts defense has a healthy respect for Buffalo’s screen game, something that had the Dolphins on full alert last week.

“It’s just the weapons that they have,” defensive end Cory Redding said of the Bills offense. “They have two outstanding (running) backs. Both of them are fast, elusive, quick. A quarterback that can get the ball down the field. Receivers that can run deep, intermediate routes that give guys trouble. They pose a lot of weapons and trouble for us. On the defensive side of the ball, we have to stay fundamentally sound, know where we’re supposed to be, be there when the play is to be made and make our plays.”

“They probably lead the league in screen yardage,” said Colts interim head coach Bruce Ariana. “Imean they’ve got every type of screen known to man. Middle screens, running backs are devastating on screen passes and they do a very good job of their screen game. They are the best in the league, I think they’re averaging 11-yards per completion on a screen.”

Eric Wood told earlier this week that on about 40 of Buffalo’s 61 plays in the Miami game, Dolphins defenders were shouting, ‘Watch the screen, watch the draw!’ Looks for Colts defenders to be doing the same on Sunday.

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Freeney gets rest day

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2012 – 5:03 pm

OLB Dwight Freeney got a veteran rest day in Wednesday’s practice joining three other Colts who did not practice. Here’s the full injury report for the Colts.

Did not practice
CB Vontae Davis – knee
LB Dwight Freeney – rest
DE Corry Redding – hip
S Antoine Bethea – ankle

Limited in practice
TE Coby Fleener – shoulder

Full practice
RB Donald Brown – knee
QB Andrew Luck – knee
DT Josh Chapman – knee
WR Donnie Avery – head
WR Teddy Williams – hamstring

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CB Brooks heads to dentist

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2012 – 4:17 pm

Bills rookie CB Ron Brooks was not in attendance for practice. Head coach Chan Gailey explained why after Wednesday’s workout.

“Brooks was not here,” said Gailey. “He had emergency dental surgery. He’ll hopefully be back in the next day or so.”

With Brooks missing from practice, Crezdon Butler filled in as the team’s fourth cornerback Wednesday.

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McIntyre update

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2012 – 4:14 pm

Bills FB Corey McIntyre left practice during individual position drills Wednesday. Head coach Chan Gailey provided an update after practice.

“Corey’s knee flared up,” said Gailey. “He’s been working with it off and on, but he’ll be fine it looks like for the game. We might have to rest him again tomorrow.”

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Kelsay to practice fully

Posted by Chris Brown on November 21, 2012 – 1:45 pm

Bills DE Chris Kelsay, who practiced on a limited basis in his return from a neck injury Monday, but he’s ramping up his participation here on Wednesday.

“Monday I just strictly did individual drills and warmed up and hit the sled a little bit and took on a couple of blocks with the pads and it felt good,” said Kelsay. “I’ll go out and have a full practice today. So I’m not expecting to being limited and just go about practice like I did before the injury.”

Head coach Chan Gailey has said he expects Kelsay to play on Sunday, but plans to ease him back in since he’s missed each of the last two games.

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Colts Arians sees imposing Bills attack

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2012 – 5:46 pm

Interim Colts head coach and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has begun to take a look at the Bills and with a solid offensive football mind of his own, he’s impressed with what he sees from Buffalo’s attack on film.

“They can sling it,” said Arians appearing on the Indianapolis based Pagano show with Bob Lamey. “(Ryan) Fitzpatrick is a gunslinger that just rears back and fires it. He doesn’t hold anything back. He’s a very bright guy. He’s a Harvard guy and he’s very mobile too. That’s another thing that he brings to the table. They’ve got skill players coming out of the kazoo. C.J. Spiller is one of the best young backs in the league. They’ve got weapons on offense.”

Fitzpatrick currently ranks 15th in the league in passer rating (87), while Andrew Luck ranks 28th (77.2).

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Colts have yet to lose back-to-back

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2012 – 12:23 pm

At 6-4 the Colts have flip-flopped wins and losses here and there this season, but they have yet to lose back-to-back games.

Through their first five games, Indianapolis traded wins and losses before going on a four-game win streak. With Sunday’s loss at New England, a Buffalo win Sunday would mark the first set of back-to-back losses for the Colts.

Colts safety Tom Zbikowski explains why it hasn’t happened to this point.

“Throughout the year, we’ve bounced back. Every loss we’ve had, we’ve bounced back from pretty well,” he said. “We are looking to do the same thing but just have a long-term picture in mind also that we got to get better and can’t perform like we did if we want to make it to the places we want to make it to.”

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Colts ‘D’ sees Pats and Bills offense as similar

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2012 – 11:59 am

The Colts believe facing the Patriots last week will serve as good preparation for Buffalo’s offense Sunday.

As Colts safety Tom Zbikowski sees it there are some similarities between the two AFC East attacks.

“We’ve got an offense coming here that’s going to be very similar to what we faced,” Zbikowski said. “It’s something that you have to take personal because you have to be ready Wednesday to have one of the best practices we’ve had here, and a good week of preparation. Get familiar with (the offense) because we’re going to see it again this upcoming week.”

Indianapolis surrendered 59 points to the Patriots in a road loss last week.

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Colts know Bills coming in hungry

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2012 – 10:51 am

Sitting two games back of the Colts in the AFC conference standings, the Bills are a team eager to close the gap. That’s not lost on Indianapolis heading into Sunday’s game.

“Buffalo is a tough team,” said Colts WR T.Y. Hilton. “They took New England to the wire and they won last week against the Dolphins. They are coming in here trying to win and we’ve got to fight.”

“I think everybody in this locker room knows the opportunity we have in front of us, but we’re not taking it lightly,” said Spiller of Sunday’s game at Indy. “Those guys they’re great over there. There’s a reason they have a great record. They’re playing great at their place so that’ll make it even tougher. We just have to have a great week of preparation leading up to the game and then go out on Sunday and win. That’s the biggest thing.”

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Bills now enjoy advantage of playing Thurs.

Posted by Chris Brown on November 20, 2012 – 9:17 am

After cramming in two division games in five days, the Bills now enjoy being ahead of the game. Monday the team got in an extra practice in preparation for Indianapolis. They also are coming off extra rest having Saturday and Sunday off.

“Everything from getting your body back right, to being able to sit on your coach and watch them go against a divisional opponent, an opponent we know well, a good matchup,” said Sheppard in reference to the Colts-Patriots game this past Sunday. “It gives us a good advantage.”

“It’s good for us,” said Kyle Williams. “The later you get those Thursday night games,  its tougher to get ready for  physically, it’s much more mental preparation.  Having a weekend off, and getting back to work, and giving us  a chance to get our legs back under us, will be good.”

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Fred to finish concussion protocol Tuesday

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2012 – 4:24 pm

Fred Jackson did not practice Monday with his teammates, but was in attendance as a spectator. Head coach Chan Gailey said the main reason he was not participating was because the running back has not yet finished his concussion protocol.

“Fred has not completed everything,” Gailey said. “He’ll complete everything tomorrow, but everything is on track for him to be ready to go Wednesday. He said he’s feeling well.”

Provided Jackson comes through the end of the concussion protocol Tuesday with no problems, he’s expected to practice Wednesday. Jackson missed last Thursday night’s game against Miami.

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Gailey encouraged about Kelsay

Posted by Chris Brown on November 19, 2012 – 4:21 pm

Bills DE Chris Kelsay returned to practice on Monday after being almost two weeks with a neck injury, and though he only participated in individual drills, head coach Chan Gailey believes the veteran defensive end has a good shot to play Sunday in Indianapolis.

“Kelsay went through individual but didn’t do any team,” said Gailey after Monday’s practice. “It looked like it went well and we’ll find out what he can do Wednesday, but it looked promising.”

Gailey said if Kelsay comes through the week well and does dress to play Sunday that he’ll likely be eased back in and not given his typical snap count.

“We’ll have to wait and see how that works,” Gailey said. “Kelsay has been out a couple or three weeks now. I don’t know that we’ll throw him back in there full boat. We’ll have to talk about what the best way to handle all that will be.”

Kyle Moore and Shawne Merriman have seen the most work at right defensive end in Kelsay and Mark Anderson’s absence.

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