News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Colts

December 16, 2013

Back in the mix: Colts are hoping to improve their playoff seeding in final two weeks of NFL’s regular season

TERRE HAUTE —  Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano stresses that he is not a scoreboard watcher when it comes to other National Football League games.

Pagano maintains that his focus is strictly on the task at hand with his football team and the game they’re playing at the moment.

But with the Colts in the hunt for one of the top four seeds in the upcoming AFC playoffs, the second-year coach might be tempted to take a couple peeks during Sunday’s road game at Kansas City.

Indianapolis will head into the Chiefs game with a 9-5 record and has already clinched a postseason berth by winning the AFC South. Now the question is when and who will the Colts face in the playoffs.

Here’s a possible scenario: Pagano’s team has to win at Kansas City this week, then knock off division rival Jacksonville in the regular-season finale at Lucas Oil Stadium in two weeks.

Combine that with the Baltimore Ravens winning their two final games against New England and Cincinnati. If all that happens, the Colts could possibly secure the No. 2 overall seed. There’s still even a distant possibility that Indianapolis could be the No. 1 overall seed, but the calculations are too involved to even consider at this point.

Will it happen? That remains to be seen.

What makes things even more interesting is that Pagano is a former assistant coach with the Ravens. He has a close relationship with Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh and admits to following how the team does each week.

“I always root for those guys. So I guess we’ll be rooting for them again. But again, our focus is on us and getting better this week and trying to go play as well as we can play and win a football game,” he said Monday.

“It really won’t matter [what the Ravens do] if we don’t take care of business. We’ll focus on that and I guess we’ll root for those guys too.”

But first there’s the talented Chiefs and an expected capacity crowd at noisy Arrowhead Stadium. The weather will probably be a factor as well.

“Sure, and our guys love that type of environment, kind of thrive in it. Our offense will have their hands full,” Pagano said.

“We all know how loud it can be there, let alone the weather conditions, the field this time of year, all those things. Certainly the noise is going to play a factor.

“But our guys, they get giddied up for playing in stadiums and atmospheres like that, playoff-type football, December football in the cold, great football team we’re going against, so that will help.”

The Colts will be preparing this week for the possible cold temperatures and mind-numbing crowd noise.

“Yeah, I let them know last night after we broke it down [after the 25-3 home-field win over Houston] that we would be [practicing] outside. So they can start getting their mind wrapped around it on their days off, whatever they’re doing,” the coach said.

“Certainly we got the tractors out cleaning off the fields as we speak. [Practice facility supervisor] Troy Glendenning does a fabulous job. He’s got tough duty this week trying to keep the fields clear so we can get out in the elements and practice out there. But we play all that crowd noise stuff and make it hard [to practice].”

What will Glendenning do to simulate the boisterous fans in Kansas City?

“We mix it up. [A] little Bob Marley. Little bit of this, little bit of that. The airplane stuff is just really annoying, to be honest with you. They have to pass out Advil after practice to all the coaches and players,” Pagano joked.

“We just get something on there to make it as hard as possible on our offense from a communication standpoint.”

What about the possibility of facing the Chiefs later in the postseason. Will the Colts be tempted to hold anything back that’s in the offensive or defensive playbook?

“I think you do what you have to do to win a football game. Again, they’ve got a great football team. We have to go on the road and play in the elements. We all know how hard it is to play there. We’re going to do what we have to do,” the Colts coach said. “Try to go win a football game and not really worry about what lies ahead or what is down the road. We’ll do, again, whatever is necessary, whatever gives us the best opportunity, the best chance in all three phases to win that game.”

• Injury list — Pagano had some good news about second-year wide receiver Griff Whalen, who was hurt in the latter stages of the Texans game.

Initial speculation centered on a possible foot injury. But the Colts coach said that Whalen had a strained right calf. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious.

“He had a strain behind his knee, upper calf if you will. I don’t know exactly what it is, but he’s fine,” Pagano said.

There’s a possibility that cornerback Greg Toler (groin), among others, might be able to return to practice on Wednesday. Toler has been sidelined since a win over Denver on Oct. 20.

“[Offensive guard] Joe Reitz, as we know, has a concussion. He’ll go through the normal concussion protocol this week. He’ll be day-to-day. [Running back] Donald Brown, stinger. He’ll be day to day. [Safety] Sergio Brown [strained groin] got an MRI. He’ll be day to -day. [Outside linebacker] Daniel Adongo [hamstring], he’s day to day,” the coach reviewed.

“Greg Toler, expected to be out at practice on Wednesday, start moving him around. We’ll keep a close eye on him, obviously, and hopefully get him to Sunday. [Wide receiver LaVon] Brazill [foot] should be back out there Wednesday but he’ll be listed as day to day. [Fullback] Stanley Havili with the knee should be back out hopefully Wednesday, if not Thursday for sure, day to day. [Center] Samson Satele with the elbow came in [Monday], is doing better. He’ll be listed as day to day. [Offensive guard Jeff] Linkenbach with the quad, day to day. [Defensive tackle] Ricky Jean [Francois] is doing well, trending in the right direction and hopefully get him back sometime, maybe by Jacksonville, maybe sooner. He’s doing well.”



 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Colts
  • clark.jpg Retiring as Colt, Clark appreciates Terre Haute fans

    Dallas Clark was always a fan favorite when the Indianapolis Colts conducted their annual summer training-camp workouts at Rose-Hulman. During an emotional 45-minute retirement ceremony Wednesday morning at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Clark — who spent 11 seasons as a tight end in the NFL (nine with the Colts) and signed a one-day career-ending contract with the Colts this week — admitted the obvious. The team’s fans in Terre Haute meant a lot to him too.

    June 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts know what they want to accomplish at mini-camp

    With three weeks of organized team activity practices now behind them, the Indianapolis Colts headed into their three-day mandatory mini-camp Tuesday with a specific goal in mind when training camp starts July 23 at Anderson University.
    The mini-camp will continue today and wrap up early Thursday afternoon.

    June 18, 2014

  • Team’s all-time top tight end Clark to retire as Colt

    Jeff Saturday did it last year, returning to the Indianapolis Colts after a brief stint as a center with the Green Bay Packers and officially ending his National Football League career with the team where he had his most success. Now it looks like Dallas Clark will be following in Saturday’s footsteps.

    June 16, 2014

  • Colts agree to terms with veteran safety

    Mike Adams will get a chance to erase bad memories from Super Bowl XLVIII as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
    The franchise announced Saturday morning it had agreed to terms with the veteran safety.
    Adams started the NFL's most recent championship game at free safety for the Denver Broncos and recorded six tackles in a 43-8 loss against the Seattle Seahawks.

    June 14, 2014

  • SPT041113lutz point.jpg Ex-Sycamore Lutz begins NFL journey with Colts

    The end of the journey. Or, really, just the beginning. That's how former Indiana State center FN Lutz described his emotions after signing a free-agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday morning.

    June 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Newcomers to Colts trying to find their way

    That’s what many of the Indianapolis Colts have been trying to do during the first week of organized team activity practices. OTA sessions began Tuesday and will wrap up in two weeks.

    May 29, 2014

  • Pagano, Colts look at Mathis' suspension as opportunity for young players

    The Indianapolis Colts lost first-year head coach Chuck Pagano for most of 2012 season as he battled leukemia. Gloom and doom was predicted. The result? An 11-5 record and a trip to the wild-card round of the AFC playoffs.

    May 17, 2014

  • NFL suspends Colts’ Robert Mathis

    While the Indianapolis Colts three-day rookie mini-camp got under way Friday morning, the biggest news didn’t come until later in the day.

    May 16, 2014

  • Grigson excited about potential of Colts' 2014 draft picks

    With the 2014 NFL draft wrapping up Saturday evening, the Indianapolis Colts came away with a diverse group of players to add to the roster.

    May 10, 2014

  • Draft Colts Football_Tayl.jpg Colts take versatile offensive lineman with first pick

    It may have taken awhile, but the Indianapolis Colts came away from their first pick in the 2014 National Football League Draft with a versatile offensive lineman who can play guard, tackle and center.

    May 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • trent.jpg Colts keep options open as NFL Draft begins today

    While the 2014 NFL Draft gets underway today (8 p.m.) at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the Indianapolis Colts will be sitting the first round out.
     Thanks to last September’s trade with the Cleveland Browns that brought running back Trent Richardson – a 2012 first-round selection by the Browns – to Indianapolis, the Colts will be on the outside looking in this evening.

    May 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts’ Luck getting timing down with newcomer Nicks

    The Indianapolis Colts have officially put the 2013 season in the rear-view mirror with the start of the team’s off-season conditioning workouts, which got under way at the team’s West 56th Street Indiana Farm Bureau Center on Monday morning.

    April 23, 2014

  • Colts open against Manning, Broncos

    Indianapolis will open this season at AFC champion Denver in a Sunday night showdown pitting quarterback Peyton Manning against his former team.

    April 23, 2014

  • Colts take another look at Shakir Bell

    Under general manager Ryan Grigson, the Indianapolis Colts have searched nationally and internationally for talent to build a program that has won 23 of 34 games in the last two seasons.
    On Wednesday, the Colts took a look at some Indianapolis-area talent, including former Warren Central High School and Indiana State standout Shakir Bell.
     

    April 18, 2014

  • Colts Owner Arrested _Ter .jpg Police: Colts owner had $29K in cash when arrested

    CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay had $29,000 in cash and bottles of prescription drugs in his vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving, according to a police arrest report.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Family source: Irsay has gone to treatment facility

    The family of Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday that he has placed himself in a treatment facility after police found multiple prescription drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop.
    The 54-year-old Irsay, who acknowledged a painkiller dependency more than a decade ago, faces preliminary charges of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested near his home in suburban Carmel late Sunday and released the next day.

    March 18, 2014

  • Colts owner has double image in media

    Colts owner Jim Irsay is known in NFL circles as a tough businessman and eccentric billionaire who enjoys interacting with fans about his beloved team and favorite songs from bands like the Beatles and the Grateful Dead. He may end up adding convicted felon to the mix.

    March 17, 2014

  • irsay.jpg Update: Colts owner Irsay arrested for DWI

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts owner Jim Irsay was jailed today on suspicion of intoxicated driving after police said he failed sobriety tests during a traffic stop and they found multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts sign former Giants receiver Nicks

    Ryan Grigson loves to make a deal. The Indianapolis Colts third-year general manager has earned a reputation around the National Football League as a guy who will act decisively and quickly if there’s somebody that he really wants. That trait proved true again Friday as the Colts added former New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to the team’s roster.

    March 14, 2014

  • SPT 120113 VINA SCORE.jpg Colts keep Vinatieri, Davis, Bradshaw in fold

    With the NFL’s free-agency signing period getting underway at 4 p.m. Tuesday, it was fairly certain that the Indianapolis Colts would be active participants.
    The Colts went into free agency with around $40 million of salary cap space in their back pocket. Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson, however, had indicated at the National Football Scouting Combine that he wanted to be judicious in how the team spent its money.

    March 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • mcafee1.jpg Colts re-sign punter McAfee for five years

    Shortly before 10 a.m. Friday, Pat McAfee — the Indianapolis Colts’ punter and kickoff specialist — tweeted that he had a special announcement to make at the top of the hour.

    March 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts excited to add talent, experience of D'Qwell Jackson

    With the National Football League's veteran free agency period set to start on March 11, the Indianapolis Colts front office has started to make the decisions needed to retool for the 2014 season.
    Former Cleveland Browns inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, who had been released by Cleveland on Feb. 26, signed a reported four-year, $22 million deal with Indianapolis on Thursday. Only the first two years of the contract are guaranteed.
    Jackson (6-foot, 240) started 96-of-97 games over the past eight seasons with the Browns since being selected by the team in the second round of the 2006 draft. He played collegiately at  Maryland.

    March 6, 2014

  • EIU’s Garoppolo hopes to impress scouts

    Let the Eastern Illinois University quarterback tradition continue.
    Mike Shanahan, Jeff Christensen, Sean Payton, Tony Romo and, now, Jimmy Garoppolo. All were record-setting quarterbacks on the Division II and FCS levels.
     

    February 22, 2014

  • grigson.jpg Grigson says Colts likely not to make big splash in free agency

    Don’t expect the Indianapolis Colts to go wild in the upcoming free-agent market.
    While the Colts will have anywhere from $33 to $37 million to spend this offseason, Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson says the franchise will be a bit more selective when it comes to signing any prospective veteran free agents.

    February 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT 010414 HILTON JUBI.jpg SEASON IN REVIEW: Colts make progress in 2013 season

    The Indianapolis Colts made plenty of progress over the course of the 2013 season.
    And the Colts fought through some adversity as injuries hit the team hard at several positions, most notably at wide receiver (Reggie Wayne), tight end (Dwayne Allen), running back (Vick Ballard, Ahmad Bradshaw), offensive line (Donald Thomas) and cornerback (Greg Toler).

    January 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • pagano.jpg Moving on: Coach likes what he sees, gets ready for phase three of Colts’ development

    Time to move on. In the wake of the Indianapolis Colts’ 43-22 AFC divisional playoff loss at New England last Saturday night, head coach Chuck Pagano is ready to take time off and then start getting after it again late this spring.

    January 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • APTOPIX Colts Patriot_Pear.jpg Blunt force trauma: Patriots running game too much for Colts

    LeGarrette Blount ran the New England Patriots into their third straight AFC championship game.
    The 250-pound back had four touchdown runs and New England kept Andrew Luck from a second straight comeback win to beat the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 Sunday night.

    January 12, 2014 7 Photos

  • ‘Still the same Tom’

    How do you attempt to stop, or even slow down, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady?

    January 10, 2014

  • SPT 010414 LUCK DIVE.jpg Belichick impressed with Luck's skills, poise under pressure

    Bill Belichick doesn’t have to be reminded about the talents of Indianapolis Colts second-year quarterback Andrew Luck.
    Although Belichick’s New England Patriots handed the Colts a 59-24 loss in Foxboro last year, he came away from the game with plenty of respect for the young signal caller.

    January 9, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPT 010414 HILTON CATCH.jpg Colts, Patriots, both with many new faces, to meet in playoffs for fourth time

    Here we go again. Yet another Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots playoff game.

    January 8, 2014 2 Photos

Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Israel, Gaza Exchange Rocket Fire Raw: Stunning Timelapse of WC Final Host City Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns Raw: Militants, Israelis Exchange Rocket Fire Israel Widens Attack As Gaza Death Toll Rises Raw: Airstrike Creates Chaos on Gaza Streets Raw: Airstrike Creates Chaos on Gaza Streets Diaz and Segel Strip Off for 'Sex Tape' Texas Shooting Suspect Collapses in Court Raw: Sirens Blare Over Jerusalem Death Toll Tops 100 As Israel Offense Continues Proposed Bill to Regulate NY Costumed Characters Netherlands Beats Host Brazil 3-0 to Finish 3rd Raw: Rebel Leader Weds in Eastern Ukraine FIFA Rejects Suarez Appeal Against Biting Ban World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Ana Ortiz on 'Devious Maids' Finale Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death WH: LeBron's Move a 'Powerful Statement' LeBron: Move Back to Cleveland 'Exciting'
NDN Video
Cleveland welcomes home LeBron Houston Killer Collapses in Court When Read Capital Murder Charges for Allegedly Killing Family of Six Worst Valet Ever Wrecks $500K Lamborghini Glee Star Becca Tobin's Boyfriend Matt Bendik Found Dead in Hotel Aerial fish restocking in Utah ScarJo Channels Marilyn Monroe Obama Responds to Hecklers on Immigration Tiny Hamsters Who Ate Burritos are Back for a Tiny Hedgehog's Party Watch Kelly Ripa Get Soaked! 'Referee' Hands Out Yellow Cards for Social Faux Pas in NYC 2014 Emmy Nominees: 8 Snub Shockers Emma Watson Is Va-Va-Voom in Valentino 7 Infamous Sports Blowouts Argentina tops Holland in World Cup semifinals News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash Emmy Nominations: What to Watch For 'Game of Thrones' Leads 66th Emmy Awards Nominations Photographic 'Proof' That LeBron Is Leaving Miami - @TheBuzzeronFOX Elephant Pool Party at The Oregon Zoo Must-See! Berry and Fallon Form Human Hamster Wheel
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity