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Colts Daily Headlines: December 18th Edition

Posted Dec 18, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts will begin a week of outdoor practices this afternoon. Today's news looks at the growth of Bjoern Werner and how the Chiefs are viewing Sunday's matchup with the Colts.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, December 18th.

Colts rookie LB Bjoern Werner finally setting in


By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star


Bjoern Werner recorded his first full NFL sack on Sunday and the Colts 2013 first round pick is picking things up down the stretch.

As if making a switch from defensive end to outside linebacker wasn’t enough to deal with, Werner saw his progress further impeded when he tore the plantar fascia (the ligament that connects the heel to the toes) in his right foot Sept. 29 against Jacksonville. He was idle for three games.

“The injury kind of set me back,” he said. “The first few games back were so-so, but now I feel like I’m making progress every game, every game.

“I’m playing freer.”

Rather than thinking too much or worrying about his foot, Werner simply is reacting within the scheme of the defense.

“He’s playing fast, physical,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “He’s gaining confidence. Last three weeks, you could see it. Each and every week, he’s gotten better.

“He’s certainly trending in the right direction and playing a physical brand of football the way we want to play it.”



Chiefs have a lot to gain by beating Colts

By: Adam Teicher, ESPN.com


Here’s the Chiefs perspective on what is at stake for Kansas City heading into its Week 16 matchup with the Colts.

Both teams can improve their playoff seeding. The Chiefs would most likely be the No. 1 seed in the AFC if they can win the division title. The Colts can still get a first-round playoff bye.

So there’s still much at stake for both teams. In the case of Sunday’s game, though, the matter is a little more complicated. As the situation stands, the Chiefs and Colts would also meet in two weeks in a wild-card playoff game. That one would be played in Indianapolis.

Normally, under such circumstances, one team or both might back off Sunday, hold back certain plays or even rest some key players in wait for the game in two weeks with even more at stake. But at least in the case of the Chiefs, they won’t do that Sunday.

“I don’t think you do," coach Andy Reid said. “We’re far enough along in the year. You have enough in the playbook that you can draw from on both sides of the ball and special teams-wise. I don’t think there’s any reason to do that.

“Plus, the season is still alive. I mean, you want to go in and give it your best shot. I’ll probably tell you the same thing that I told you when we played Denver: You give it the best shot your first time, and then you come back two weeks later and give it your best shot then. That’s how we’ll approach it.”
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