Player News - Colts

Date: Team: Pos:

Duron Carter has one catch for 16 yards though two preseason games.

Carter drew raves at training camp, but hasn’t translated it into games. The Colts want Carter to "play less robotic." Carter is in danger of spending the year on practice squad if he doesn’t beat out Vincent Brown and Griff Whalen.
Source: colts.com
Aug 28 - 5:34 PM

Colts activated OG Donald Thomas (quad) from the active/PUP list.

Due to myriad injury issues, Thomas has barely played the past two seasons. He looked to be an ascending player before that timeframe, earning a four-year, $14 million deal with Indianapolis in free agency. Turning 30 next month, these last few weeks of training camp could be critical for Thomas' career.
Aug 28 - 4:38 PM

The Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder reports Colts rookie Phillip Dorsett has the "inside track" to the No. 3 receiver job.

Holder admits this is a position battle that is still playing out. Dorsett is the fastest receiver on the team and gets the edge on Donte Moncrief because he can play inside and outside. Moncrief has size and is equally explosive. While Dorsett has a leg up for the No. 3 job, both players will be highly inconsistent week-to-week performers. They're better best-ball picks.
Aug 28 - 10:27 AM

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said CB Greg Toler is week to week with a neck injury.

Toler suffered the injury in the second preseason game. He was originally considered day to day, but he was downgraded after consulting with a doctor. Downgrades are never a good thing, and there is a chance Toler misses some regular season action.
Aug 27 - 1:07 PM

Colts OLB Robert Mathis (Achilles') believes he could be ready for Week 1.

Mathis was surprisingly activated off the active/PUP list on Monday. Week 1 is highly unlikely, but the Colts have to be confident he can return before Week 7. Mathis would have been required to sit out the first six games of the season if he began the year on the reserve/PUP list.
Aug 25 - 6:09 PM

The Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder said he has the "sense" the Colts and LT Anthony Castonzo "aren't close in contract talks."

Colts GM Ryan Grigson said the team is in "active negotiations" with the contract-year left tackle, but those negotiations do not appear to be going anywhere. Holder confirmed the Colts view Castonzo as a "keeper," but his asking price may be too high right now. Costanzo is set to make $7.4 million this season in the fifth-year option of his rookie deal.
Aug 25 - 12:59 PM

Colts OLB Robert Mathis (Achilles') has been activated off the active/PUP list.

This is somewhat of a surprise. Removing Mathis off the active/PUP will prevent the Colts from stashing him on the reserve/PUP when the season begins. This is a clear indication he is expected back sometime in the first six games. Mathis was in uniform for practice on Tuesday.
Source: colts.com
Aug 25 - 11:35 AM

Colts rookie NT David Parry is pushing Josh Chapman for the starting job.

Chapman started the second preseason game, but Parry saw early snaps with the ones while Chapman played deep into the second half. Chapman held his own last season, but the Colts struggled as a team to stop the run, especially in their 45-7 playoff shellacking at the hands of the Patriots. A fifth-round pick out of Stanford, perhaps the Colts view Parry as a higher-upside option.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 10:07 AM

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said the offensive line needs to do a better job protecting Andrew Luck.

"We’ve got to be able to protect the quarterback," said Pagano. "Pass (protection) at times was okay and at times has got to be better, got to get it shored up." Luck was hit three times in his first five drop-backs Saturday against the Bears. RT Jack Mewhort was manhandled by Pernell McPhee, who got to the quarterback for a sack and also hit Luck to cause an incompletion. The Colts improved by adding Frank Gore and Andre Johnson during the offseason but mostly neglected their O-line.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 9:26 AM

Colts first-round WR Phillip Dorsett is day to day with a bruised knee.

Dorsett went down with what looked like a scary injury, but ended up avoiding anything serious. He caught 3-of-3 targets for 21 yards before going down, and is up to 7/72 through two preseason games. Dorsett appears to have a leg up on Donte Moncrief for No. 3 duties.
Aug 22 - 11:25 PM

Colts sixth-round RB Josh Robinson rushed 13 times for 61 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bears, adding a six-yard reception.

All of Robinson's touches came after halftime with the deep reserves, but it was still a nice night. The rookie back now has 105 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries (4.56 YPC) through two preseason games. He's done enough to secure a roster spot, and is likely making Vick Ballard expendable.
Aug 22 - 11:17 PM

Colts RB Vick Ballard rushed twice for four yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bears.

It was the injury-prone Ballard's first appearance of any kind since Week 1, 2013. With the Colts' running back corps deeper than it's been in recent seasons, Ballard appears to be a 53-man roster long shot.
Aug 22 - 11:16 PM

Donte Moncrief had one catch for 20 yards on three targets in the Colts second preseason game.

It was Moncrief's preseason debut after sitting out the opener. The Colts started Moncrief over Phillip Dorsett in three-wide sets. Moncrief has had a nondescript training camp, but didn't do anything to hurt his chances for the No. 3 job.
Aug 22 - 9:48 PM

Colts.com's Kevin Bowen expects second-year OLB Jonathan Newsome to have an expanded role this season.

Newsome had 6.5 sacks in a situational role last year. He’ll continue to get regular sub-package snaps until Robert Mathis (Achilles) returns in late September. Newsome was a top-25 pass rusher in PFF’s 2014 ratings.
Source: colts.com
Aug 22 - 3:57 PM

Vick Ballard (hamstring) is expected to play in Saturday’s preseason game.

It’s Ballard's first appearance in almost two years after consecutive ACL and Achilles injuries. Ballard saw his most extensive action of training camp this week and should be close to 100 percent. He reportedly spelled Frank Gore with the first team. Ballard needs to prove he can stay healthy to secure a roster spot.
Source: colts.com
Aug 22 - 3:38 PM


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