News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Colts

September 10, 2011

Colts feel they have something to prove

INDIANAPOLIS — Heading into Sunday’s game with the Houston Texans (1 p.m., Reliant Stadium, CBS), it’s safe to say that the Indianapolis Colts have a point to prove.

Almost to a man, the Colts are preparing for their 2011 season opener wanting to show the rest of the National Football League — as well as more than a few members of the media — that they’re more than just a one-man team.

The news Thursday that four-time NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning would be sidelined indefinitely has caused many writers, broadcasters and fans to write off Indianapolis as a playoff contender this year. In fact, the general consensus is that the Colts will be lucky to reach the .500 mark without Manning at the helm of the team’s offense.

The perception of Indianapolis as a rudderless ship without their star quarterback leading the way cuts deep with many players, although some are trying harder than others to keep that chip on their shoulders well hidden.

“I think [some members of the media] have been doing that for the last three or four years as I recall, right?,” Coach Jim Caldwell said Friday when asked about the Colts’ predicted fall from AFC and Super Bowl contender status.

“But we’ve never been a team that has had to resort to being motivated by external circumstances, what people say and think. Our men show a lot of resolve in a lot of very difficult situations. We try to talk to them in that vein. That’s part of my job. But I do think that our guys are focused and ready to go. They’re not really concerned about anything other than the fact that our mission is to win. We don’t make excuses. We expect our guys to be able to step up and perform the way that we anticipate they’re capable of performing.”

Defensive end Robert Mathis, normally a quiet force in the Indianapolis locker room, says that the Colts — especially the team’s much-maligned defensive unit — can’t worry about who or who’s not playing.

“We’re not going to be making excuses about anybody,” Mathis pointed out. “I don’t care who’s in or who’s out. That’s just not what we do. We come to play every Sunday. If you want to count us out, by all means do that.

“This team has a big heart. It helps a lot. It keeps everybody calm. That’s from way back in the Tony Dungy days. We have poise. Just control what you can. Everybody’s going to work. Everybody’s going to get the job done.”

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne just shrugged his shoulders when asked about the negative comments about the team’s playoff aspirations.

“What are you going to do about it? There’s nothing you can do. Either let it go on deaf ears or you let it bother you. I think everybody in this locker room has dealt with it the same way, and that is to not let it bother us at all. We don’t feel like we have to prove anything to anybody, and we’re going to go out there and it’s going to be the same mentality. We want to go out there and win,” Wayne said Friday.

“We just want to win, and we just want to play football. That’s not going to change whether it’s [No.] 18 playing quarterback, [No. 5] playing quarterback or [No. 7] playing quarterback. If they decide to put [No.] 87 at quarterback, then I’ll go out there, and I’m sure they’ll rally around me also.”

• Christensen impressed with veteran players — Offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen says he expects the Colts’ offensive veterans — Wayne, tight end Dallas Clark, among others — to pick up the slack with Manning gone for the foreseeable future.

“Last year we had [wide receiver Austin] Collie and Dallas and [running back Joseph] Addai all down. Guys just come into our locker room and go. I just think that’s why we’ve been so consistent. This has felt the same,” Christensen said.

“[A week ago we were] trying to prepare a 13-year veteran in this offense with a guy that’s been here two days. [The veterans] just keep playing. I think that’s an amazing phenomenon around here. I’ll be shocked if you see anything different [at Houston]. They’ll all come out. They’ll play. No one talks much. Everyone just comes out and does their job. We put a premium on leadership, which has always kind of been to our advantage. We have great leaders. We have great character guys in every room. At the end of the day, it’s their team. They own this team. They’ve always owned this team. They’ll get things right.”

• 9/11 shoes — Wayne and safety Antoine Bethea are among a handful of NFL players expected to wear special shoes on Sunday.

The Reebok brand shoes are decorated with stars and stripes in order to honor those who died during the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago.

“Absolutely. Shoes, gloves, or whatever else Reebok makes. I’m going to wear it, and wear it proudly. It will definitely be the best fine I ever have to pay,” Wayne said. “Think about it man. That’s an important time in our life. A lot of people lost plenty of loved ones. It’s history.

“Your grandchildren and children after that, they will be hearing about that. It’s definitely a time where it needs to be recognized, and that’s a way for guys to put their two cents in.”

While league officials generally frown on players not wearing what is considered to be regulation equipment, they are not expected to issue fines to those wearing the commemorative shoes.

According to Pro Football Talk.com, however, the league office informed all 32 teams Friday that players are allowed to wear special shoes and gloves to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, as long as those special shoes and gloves are made by companies that have sponsorship deals with the NFL.

• Injury list — The only player listed as out for the Texans game is Manning. Safety Antoine Bethea (hamstring); wide receivers Austin Collie (foot), Anthony Gonzalez (hamstring), and Blair White (back); and rookie defensive tackle Drake Nevis (foot) are questionable.

Bethea, Collie, and Gonzalez fully participated in Friday’s practice. White was limited. Nevis did not practice.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Colts
  • SPT-HB0731-ColtsCamp-Werner-319.jpg Colts need Woerner to step up in Mathis' absence

    Big Bjoern has certainly made his presence felt during the first week of training camp for the Indianapolis Colts. Bjoern Werner — the 6-foot-3, 257-pound second-year outside linebacker for the Colts— is being counted on to big a major force on the Indianapolis defense this season.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • AP202765859190.jpg Colts' Thomas leaves practice with lower-leg injury

    Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano has been trying to take a lighter approach to training camp practices this year in an effort to slow down the list of injuries that dogged his team a year ago.
    Pagano’s plans, though, haven’t been bearing fruit.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-HB0731-ColtsCamp-Fleener-206.jpg Colts, Fleener focused on situational football

    One year ago, the focus in Indianapolis Colts training camp was on turnovers. The team had committed far too many in 2012 and was determined not to repeat its mistakes.
    The theme at Anderson University carried over to the field and the Colts’ 14 turnovers were the fewest in the NFL last year.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts Camp Football_Tayl.jpg Colts waive running back Rainey

     What a difference a couple of days make.  After Saturday's morning training camp practice, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was effusive in his praise of running back Chris Rainey. But on Monday, the Colts surprisingly announced that Rainey had been waived after violating an unspecified team policy.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts Camp Football_Tayl(1.jpg Colts camp: Defense shines in workout

    There was a change in the Indianapolis Colts training camp schedule Monday as the team had just one practice instead of the usual two.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts seek more adaptable offensive line

    Versatility.
    That’s what the Indianapolis Colts are looking for on their retooled offensive line.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hot, humid, rainy: Colts work through first day in full pads

    Rain, rain go away. That’s pretty much what happened Sunday afternoon on the fourth day of Indianapolis Colts training camp.

    July 28, 2014

  • Colts Camp Football_Gold(2).jpg Pagano, Colts 'feel awful' for Ballard

     The news coming from Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano after Saturday morning’s practice may have been expected, but the fact that running back Vick Ballard suffered yet another season-ending injury was still disappointing.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Colts Camp Football_Gold.jpg COLTS NOTEBOOK: Luck draws comparisons to Rodgers, Roethlisberger

    Quarterback Andrew Luck continues to be the main attraction as the Indianapolis Colts training camp wrapped up its third day of workouts at Anderson University.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Colts' Hamilton excited to get to work with talent on team's offense

     As he heads into his second season as the Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton has a pretty good feel for what he wants to get accomplished this year.

    July 25, 2014

  • APTOPIX Colts Report _Tayl.jpg Wayne gets special escort to Colts’ training camp

    Wide receiver Reggie Wayne has seemingly raised the bar the last several years when it comes to making flashy arrivals for Indianapolis Colts training camp. So when the unmistakable roar of an IndyCar engine was heard on the Anderson University campus Wednesday morning, nobody was surprised. Wayne, decked out in an official racing uniform and custom-made helmet, had reported for duty.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT 010414 LUCK LOOK.jpg Colts begin training camp with loftier goals in 2014

    With training camp starting today at Anderson University, third-year head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson both believe that the Indianapolis Colts are ready to take another big step in 2014.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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

Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Harding Love Letters Now Open to Public Wisc. Twins Celebrate a Century of Laughter Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Bull Run Comes to Middle America Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'
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