INDIANAPOLIS – It will be a short turnaround for the Indianapolis Colts this week as they battle the Washington Redskins on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the nation’s capital.
Players had the day off from the practice field on Monday as coaches broke down film from the Colts’ 26-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
As is the case on many Mondays around the NFL, Head Coach Chuck Pagano addressed his team’s injury situation.
“Austin (Collie) did suffer a concussion,” Pagano said. “He came in today, felt really good, was examined by the doctors and basically is going to be day-to-day. He felt really good coming out of the game this morning after being evaluated today.”
“(The) MRI came back and (Redding’s) got a mild MCL sprain. It could be a week or so. He’s in here treating it right now, so he’s got a mild MCL. We’ll see how that thing progresses,” Pagano said. “(Robert) Mathis is fine. We had a bunch of guys with nicks and bruises but basically those (Collie and Redding) are the two major ones.”
Fans and those associated with the Colts organization held their breath when Collie went down midway through the first quarter on Sunday night and Pagano made it very clear that the wide receiver will be monitored closely, given previous concussions.
“Again, player safety is first and foremost. We are always going to error on the side of caution,” Pagano said.
“I’m more interested in the health of these guys then just throwing them back out there. Obviously, (Collie) came in and felt really good today, which was positive for us. We’ll just take it day-to-day with him, but we’ll be smart.”
With the injury news aside, Pagano was pleased with how his team responded on the road, down two touchdowns early in the contest.
“It just shows this team’s fortitude and resiliency and they’ve got great heart,” Pagano said. “Obviously, we were real excited about the performance of the team coming off of such an important start.”
“As a quarterback, you never want to throw a pick-six or any interceptions, even if they are tipped or bobbled or whatever,” Luck said following the game. “We’ve got to cut down on those, but I think we showed we can bounce back from those mistakes and sort of climbed out of the hole, which is a good sign.”
The Colts now will finish camp the next two weeks back in Indianapolis at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center.
In returning to the practice field tomorrow, the Colts will have three straight days of two-a-days before traveling to Washington D.C. on Friday.
Beginning with the Steelers game on Sunday evening, the Colts are in a midst of three games in 12 days, concluding with the preseason finale at Lucas Oil Stadium against Cincinnati on August 30.