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Colts Daily Headlines: December 5th Edition

Posted Dec 5, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts were outside for practice on Wednesday in some misty conditions. Today’s news looks at the elevation of Daniel Adongo, more lineup changes and the Bengals offensive line.

Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, December 5th.

Daniel Adongo ‘excited’ for chance


By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com


Roster moves this late in the season don’t typically garner many headlines but the elevation of Daniel Adongo to the Colts active roster certainly did.

Daniel Adongo, who played rugby at the highest level in South Africa, was added to the Colts' active roster.

But now, four months and a transcontinental flight later, the Kenyan former rugby standout has been added to the Colts' active roster.

"I think back to his very first workout when we first brought him in after 17-hour flight to Atlanta and catch a connection up here and come right in and go to indoor facility to try out, from what we saw to right now, it's night and day," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said.

"The guy is a smart guy, we know from a physical standpoint he's very, very athletic. He can run, he's big, he's strong and he's a tireless worker."



Colts notes: More changes to come?

By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star


Chappell looked at some more possible lineup changes that the Colts could implement on Sunday afternoon.

At wide receiver, signs point toward more of rookie Da'Rick Rogers and less of veteran Darrius Heyward-Bey. Rogers made his NFL debut last Sunday against Tennessee when he was on the field for 13 offensive plays. He failed to catch a pass, but drew a 26-yard interference penalty against Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner in the second quarter that led to one of Adam Vinatieri's five field goals.

"More snaps means more opportunities to make plays," Rogers said. "I just want to get out there and do the right things and be in the right place for Andrew (Luck).''

Coach Chuck Pagano was non-committal when asked if Rogers might see more playing time and Heyward-Bey less Sunday at Cincinnati.

"We've got four guys on the 53-man roster right now at the wide receiver position and we've got to do a great job of playing to their strengths," he said. "We're going to need them all."

Heyward-Bey has gone through a tough stretch since Reggie Wayne suffered a season-ending knee injury Oct. 20 against Denver. Over the past five games, he has been targeted 26 times but managed just nine receptions for 96 yards. He also suffered a glaring drop against the Titans. Luck's passer rating while targeting Heyward-Bey during that stretch: 30.3.

"I stay out of that process," Luck said of whom might start alongside T.Y. Hilton against the Bengals. "I have 100 percent confidence in anybody that comes in to play. Hope they have 100 percent confidence in me to do my job."



Whitworth’s shuffle to guard might stick

By: Paul Reedy, Cincinnati Enquirer


The Bengals have only had one offensive lineman in the lineup for all 12 games this season.

After Andrew Whitworth’s performance at left guard in last week’s 17-10 win over San Diego and the success of the run game, many have wondered if he would remain there and Anthony Collins would take over at left tackle.

That may happen this week as Whitworth said he will take snaps at guard. Kevin Zeitler was the only Bengals player who did not practice on Wednesday.

He was on the field at the start of practice for stretching and then did work on the side.

After saying on Monday that “we expect Zeitler to be back and playing this week,” Marvin Lewis has revised that forecast and said there is a chance he could be ready. Thursday’s practice will be a better indicator of if he will be ready.

“As far as health, I feel pretty good right now. I’m just hoping to get back out there and finish the season off right,” said Zeitler, who has missed the past two games with a foot injury.

So that means for now it could be Collins and Andre Smith at tackle, Whitworth and Mike Pollak at guard and Kyle Cook at center.

That combination last week did not allow a sack and helped the run game post its second-highest total of the season with 164 yards

“I would love the opportunity again, but however it shakes out, it shakes out. And wherever I’ll play, I’ll expect to play winning football,” Whitworth said. “A lot of things you can do at guard, you’re not allowed to do at tackle. You can’t grab and throw guys, you can’t really drive on guys that much. You just don’t have that leeway because the position you play a lot of the times, there’s no way.”
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