Mewelde Moore picked a bad time to get hurt.
Moore, who is currently battling Delone Carter to be the Indianapolis Colts’ No. 2 running back behind Donald Brown, probably won’t play when the Colts travel to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field for Sunday night’s nationally-televised game. He suffered a rib injury in the team’s 38-3 preseason win over St. Louis.
The injury could prevent the ninth-year NFL veteran from getting a leg up on Carter, who is also expected to miss this week’s game with sore ribs. It would also keep him from getting a chance to face his former Pittsburgh teammates. Moore played for the Steelers from 2008-11 after beginning his NFL career with Minnesota (2004-07).
“It’ll be good to go back and see everybody,” the former Tulane running back said Tuesday. He added that while his ribs are feeling better, there is no timetable on when he’ll be able to play.
“[The ribs are] good. They’re doing well,” he said. “Right now, it’s just day-to-day [on when he will return]. Just doing everything that I need to do to get back out there.”
The Colts added Moore to the roster right before the start of training camp. Indianapolis’ decision to add him to its pool of running backs was a natural one. He is familiar with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, having played for him in Pittsburgh.
“I think I have a good idea on what it is he wants to do and what he wants from me. The beauty of it is, it’s a variety of everything. Being able to do a lot of jobs, a lot of tasks that he asks me to do,” Moore explained.
“I’m more than equipped to be able to provide that. It’s just all about me going out there and doing what I’m being asked to do and execute.”
Arians likes having the former Steeler around since he can fill a variety of roles within the framework of the offense. Moore can be a primary every-down runner. He can be the pass blocker in the backfield. He can be the short-yardage and goal-line specialist. Or he can be that runner to come into a game late in the fourth quarter and be the closer.
“I’ve been playing football for a while and the experience factor is a big key. Especially in the third down packaging, blitzes and recognizing what is going on. Being able to give assistance in that type of thing. I think the other part is being able to give valuable information to all the guys that are in your meeting room, in your group,” Moore said.
“Also, communication-wise, a clear understanding of what is going on, with defensive looks and potentially what they are going to run on us. Just being able to have that ability to see what individuals may bring to the table as far as the one-on-one match-ups and stuff like that. There are a lot of key things that experience brings to the table and I’m just really excited and happy to have the opportunity to provide that.”
I I I
n Arians goes back to Pittsburgh — The Colts’ first-year offensive coordinator is treating Sunday night’s game as just another road trip.
Pittsburgh and Arians parted ways after the 2011 season after eight seasons, the last five as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator.
“I don’t think anything about Pittsburgh until we play Sunday night,” he voiced after Tuesday’s afternoon practice.
Looking back at the Colts’ preseason win over St. Louis and ahead to the Steelers game, Arians says there’s a lot of work to be done.
“I thought we played fairly fast. Obviously made some explosive plays. But we lacked consistency. There was enough similar plays out there to make. Didn’t handle some of [the Rams’] blitzes very well. So we’ve got a lot of improvement to do,” he said.
“We’ve got to run the ball better. Each week just continue to improve. Maintain what we’ve done is fine and improve on our weaknesses.”
Arians, though, wasn’t happy about the performance of several of the Colts’ young receivers Tuesday because of too many dropped passes during the afternoon workout.
“I thought we were very lackluster in practice today, especially the rookies. I think they read the paper and fiddle-farted around out here and had a really poor practice,” he voiced.
“The veterans came out and practiced real good. Most of the rookies, especially the receivers, had a very poor day. We can’t be up-and-down with those guys. You’ve got to come out and practice every single day.”
n Fokou, Freeman inside — With starting inside linebacker Pat Angerer sidelined for at least six weeks with a fractured foot, former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Moise Fokou and ex-Canadian Football League standout Jerrell Freeman are expected to get an opportunity to step up.
Fokou worked primarily with the first defensive unit during Tuesday’s afternoon workout. Freeman, though, is listed as a first-team inside linebacker on the team’s updated depth chart. Mario Harvey, who can play inside or outside linebacker, is also getting a long look.
“The players respect the [heck] of out [Angerer],” defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said Tuesday. “He’s a good family man, he’s a good football player and he’s a great guy. And that’s what we’re going to miss about him for these next couple of weeks. But we’re expecting him to come back and play at a high level when he gets back.”
Manusky says that whether it’s Fokou or Freeman taking over for Angerer and lining up next to Kavell Conner inside, the Colts can’t afford much of a letdown in performance.
“Well it looks [Freeman will replace Angerer] for right now because he’s had the most reps underneath him going through [organized team activity practices] and mini-camp and then coming through training camp. So now is his time to shine and get in there and step into the starting unit and role with it, which I’m sure he can do it,” the Colts’ defensive coach said.
“From a speed, knowledge, across the board, he’s accepted the role. He knows what his role is and now he’s got to step up as a starter. He knows what he’s doing and he’s playing at a fast tempo right now, which I like and he’s got to continue to get better. With [Harvey] and with Fokou, we’re going to look at those two guys and they’re going to get a decent amount of reps in the walk-throughs and during practice and during the game.”
n Colts say no to Spann — Former Indianapolis North Central High School and Northern Illinois running back Chad Spann had a workout with Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Team officials, however, opted to go in a different direction after reportedly working out three running backs. Spann was with the Colts in training camp last year but was released before the start of the regular season. He also played briefly with Pittsburgh in 2011.
n Olympic guest — Tumua Anae, the sister-in-law of Indianapolis defensive end Fili Moala, visited Colts camp Tuesday afternoon.
Anae was a goal keeper for the U.S. Olympic women’s water polo team, which won the gold medal in the recently completed London Summer Olympics.
She posed for pictures with several players, who all wanted to take a look at her gold medal following the afternoon practice.
n Injury list — Among those sitting out Tuesday were outside linebacker Justin Hickman (knee), running back Delone Carter (ribs), Moore (ribs), Angerer (foot), inside linebacker Scott Luttrus (knee), offensive guard Mike McGlynn (ankle), wide receiver Donnie Avery (hip) and wide receiver Jarred Fayson.
Seth Olsen took over at right offensive guard Tuesday for McGlynn, who is expected to miss a couple of weeks.
n Keeping up with Luck — Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck completed 25 of 33 passes with a pair of touchdowns and an interception during Tuesday’s practice.
So far in camp, Luck has connected on 259 of 363 passes (with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions) thrown during seven-on-seven and 11-and-11 drills. Those numbers don’t include Sunday afternoon’s 10-for-16 and two-TD performance against the Rams.
Running back will not play in Sunday night’s game
Mewelde Moore picked a bad time to get hurt.
Luck having fun with his first OTAs
A year ago, quarterback Andrew Luck was unable to attend the Indianapolis Colts’ organized team activity practices due to school commitments at Stanford.
Luck, though, went on to have a stellar year for the Colts despite the lack of summer work with the team. Still, in a sense, he is a rookie during this year’s OTA workouts.
“These are my first OTAs. I missed these last year, so I think it’s great. It’s great to get on the field with the defense and trouble-shoot some stuff. Obviously, some of us ran some of this stuff [offense] at Stanford [under new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton]. But to get out there with the defense and trouble-shoot some stuff is good,” Luck said Wednesday as the team wrapped up its first week of on-field voluntary practice sessions.
Colts' coordinators enjoying getting rookies acclimated
While the Indianapolis Colts put their rookies and a handful of second-year players through workouts this weekend at the team’s Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, a pair of first-year coordinators are getting a chance to do some valuable on-field work as well.
Werner, 36 others open Colts’ mini camp
The Indianapolis Colts welcomed 37 players to the start of the team’s rookie mini camp Friday at the West 56th Street headquarters.
Colts hoping for more high marks on draft picks
A year ago, the Indianapolis Colts received high marks for the impact players the team added through the NFL draft.
Of the 10 players selected, five ended up either starting or seeing extensive playing time (quarterback Andrew Luck, tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and running back Vick Ballard) during the Colts’ 11-5 season.
While this year’s class may not rival that group in terms of name recognition and flash, it may produce just as many major contributors once the 2013 season gets underway.
Werner at top of game
Bjoern Werner was a late comer to football. But after being selected in the first round of the 2013 National Football League draft by the Indianapolis Colts, Werner realizes that he has reached the pinnacle of the sport in a relatively short amount of time.
Colts select pass rusher Werner in first round
The Indianapolis Colts selected Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound defensive lineman can also play left outside linebacker.
Colts in wait-and-see mode for tonight’s NFL draft
As the 2013 NFL draft gets underway tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the Indianapolis Colts are continuing their wait-and-see stance in regard to the first-round pick.
The draft begins at 8 p.m. — televised by the NFL Network and ESPN — with the Kansas City Chiefs making the night’s first selection. Teams will have 10 minutes to make their decisions during the first round. Indianapolis will have the 24th overall pick in the first round.
There will be only one round tonight. The second and third rounds are scheduled for Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with seven minutes allotted per pick in the second round and five minutes allowed in the third. The final four rounds are slated to begin at noon Saturday with four minutes between selections.
As it stands now, Indianapolis does not have a second-round pick. It was traded to Miami last fall in exchange for veteran cornerback Vontae Davis. But second-year general manager Ryan Grigson has nut ruled out the possibility of trading down from the first round if the Colts aren’t satisfied with the players available.
Direction clear for Colts in 2013 draft
The Indianapolis Colts head into the 2013 NFL Draft with some definite plans.
Colts veteran among those excited to see Luck's growth in 2013-14
Veteran defensive end Cory Redding is a big fan — literally and figuratively — of Indianapolis Colts second-year quarterback Andrew Luck.
Redding, who has become one of the Colts’ lockerroom leaders after just one season with the team, thinks he has some reasonable expectations of Indianapolis’ former No. 1 draft pick.
Heyward-Bey feeling fortunate to hook up with Luck
Add one more player to the list of veteran free agents signed by the Indianapolis Colts this offseason.
Former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey agreed to a a deal with the Colts late Monday evening. Bey, who played collegiately at Maryland, was the seventh player selected in the first round of the 2009 National Football League draft.
Colts sign nose tackle
Another day, more player signings for the Indianapolis Colts.
Nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin agreed to terms with the Colts on Tuesday evening and officially signed with the team Wednesday. Franklin (6-1, 315) is a 10-year NFL veteran with stops in Baltimore (2003-06), San Francisco (2007-10), New Orleans (2011) and San Diego (2012).
Colts sign Matt Hasselbeck to back up Luck
The Indianapolis Colts’ roster moves just keep coming.
While the Colts haven’t yet added that big-name wide receiver that team owner Jim Irsay hinted at in tweets over the weekend, Indianapolis has addressed one area on offense.
Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had agreed Monday night to be the Colts’ primary back-up to second-year starter Andrew Luck. He officially signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the team Tuesday morning.
“We are very pleased to announce the signing of Matt Hasselbeck,” general manager Ryan Grigson said in a prepared statement. “His body of work, intangibles, and extensive league experience speak for themselves. Those factors, plus his familiarity with our offensive scheme, will make him a great asset to our team and its vision as we move forward.”
Colts likely done signing free agents, for now
With the possible exception of adding a few lesser-priced players, the Indianapolis Colts’ big-time foray into the veteran free-agent marketplace is pretty much done.
Landry, Jean Francois join Colts defensive unit
After adding five veteran free agent players to the Indianapolis Colts roster on Tuesday, general manager Ryan Grigson plucked two more plums late Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon.
New York Jets safety LaRon Landry and San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois both signed contracts with the Colts. Landry, a strong safety who appears to be a bigger version of former Indianapolis Pro Bowler Bob Sanders, and the versatile Jean-Francois are expected to make immediate impacts on the Colts’ defensive unit.
Colts introduce free-agent signees
What the Indianapolis Colts accomplished last season — posting an 11-5 record and earning an AFC wild-card berth with a young team plus having that kind of success without its head coach on the sidelines for 12 games — didn’t go unnoticed by players around the NFL.
That was especially true for the five veteran free agents who were added to the Colts’ roster Tuesday. Offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus (Detroit), cornerback Greg Toler (Arizona), outside linebacker Erik Walden (Green Bay), offensive guard Donald Thomas (New England) and linebacker Lawrence Sidbury (Atlanta) admitted as much Wednesday.
“I felt like this would be the best fit for me at this point in my career. I really liked what I saw was happening with the program here and the way things have taken shape. I feel like we have a really great team here and it’s on the rise. I really wanted to be a part of that,” Thomas said during a teleconference interview with the Colts’ media.
Colts sign five free agents, filling needs at offensive line, cornerback
The Indianapolis Colts were a busy team on the opening day of the National Football League’s veteran free agent market, which got underway at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Jeff Saturday retires as a Colt
An Indianapolis Colt for life. Pencil in Jeff Saturday for that honor.
The 14-year veteran center in the NFL put an official stamp on a career Thursday that began in Baltimore in 1998 and ended in Green Bay in 2012. But it was those 13 seasons in between — from 1999 to 2011 in which he played for Indianapolis — when Saturday earned his greatest rewards.
Saturday thrilled to retire as a Colt
The 14-year veteran center in the National Football League put an official stamp on a career Thursday that began in Baltimore in 1998 and ended in Green Bay in 2012. But it was those 13 seasons in-between — from 1999 to 2011 in which he played for Indianapolis — that Saturday earned his greatest rewards.
Saturday to retire as Colt on Thursday
Former Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday will make his retirement from the National Football League official on Thursday.
Indianapolis franchises punter McAfee
A week ago, Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano said it was a priority that the team retain the services of punter Pat McAfee.
McAfee, an unrestricted free agent who’s contract is due to expire March 12, was designated as the Colts’ franchise player Friday. The move allows Indianapolis extra time to work out a long-term deal for the team’s special-teams ace.
“He’s huge. He’s a major priority in free agency. Obviously, we’ve reached out and are working to get Pat re-signed,” Pagano said during the National Football Scouting Combine. “We saw what he did for us last year. He’s a great weapon, not only kickoffs and touchbacks.
Colts GM enjoying time at combine
Indianapolis Colts second-year general manager Ryan Grigson makes no bones about it. He enjoys watching prospective football players strut their stuff.
Colts keeping eye on large crop of talented linemen in NFL Draft
According to most National Football League draft observers, this year’s crop of prospects is deep with quality offensive and defensive linemen.
Among the offensive line candidates who have been showcasing their talents at the National Football Scouting Combine, which began in earnest Thursday and wraps up on Tuesday, the spotlight has been on the offensive tackles. Offensive left tackles in particular.
Colts' Pagano back to full work schedule at combine
Back and ready to go.
That’s the attitude Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano is taking during the National Football Scouting Combine, which completed its second day of operations Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium. During a wide-ranging press conference at the combine, Pagano confirmed that he is back to a full work regimen after missing 12 games last fall as he battled a rare form of leukemia.
After undergoing cancer treatments that featured heavy doses of chemotherapy, the second-year head coach was able to return to the sidelines for Indianapolis’ final regular-season home game against Houston and for the team’s AFC wild-card matchup with eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore.
Colts looking forward to different approach to draft in 2013
A year ago, the Indianapolis Colts had the first overall pick in the 2012 National Football League draft.
It was a foregone conclusion that the Colts would select former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the selection. While Indianapolis front office and player personnel officials certainly had to do their due diligence in preparing for the draft, the Colts find themselves this year in a bit different situation.
The team will have the 24th overall pick in the first round, which is a double-edged sword. Indianapolis picks lower in the round due to a successful season. But the pool of available can’t-miss talent isn’t quite as plentiful as drafting earlier in the round.
Former Pro Bowl selection Freeney won't return to Colts
The news coming out of the Indianapolis Colts headquarters Friday afternoon was not totally unexpected. Team officials have confirmed that two veteran players – former Pro Bowl defensive end/outside linebacker Dwight Freeney and wide receiver Austin Collie — will not be returning for the 2013 season.
Colts’ new offensive coordinator will offer variety
Quarterback Andrew Luck running the Pistol offense? Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton lining up in the Wildcat?
Colts moving on to the off season
Moving on. That’s the immediate plans for the Indianapolis Colts as they head into the off season.
Baltimore ends Indy’s playoff run early
The Baltimore Ravens want one long final ride for Ray Lewis. Having disposed of Andrew Luck and the Colts, they now face a more imposing challenge.
Next up, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Switching sides: Colts-Ravens matchup includes old friends on new teams
Just as Baltimore Ravens players and coaches will be seeing some old friends returning to M&T Bank Stadium today, several Indianapolis Colts veterans will also have an opportunity to renew acquaintances with a familiar face.
Pagano prepares Colts for tough crowd in Baltimore
As a former resident of Baltimore, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano knows all about the hard feelings that still run strong about the move of the Colts franchise to Indianapolis in 1984.
- More Colts Headlines
- Luck having fun with his first OTAs