INDIANAPOLIS – Readers of Colts.com may submit questions during the week and have a chance to have them answered during the middle of each week. Submit your question here. Here are responses to some of the questions received recently. We thank you for your interest in the Colts.
TROIT S. (from Texas) No question. I want to applaud the Colts for being quick to give Josh McNair an opportunity. This man is to be greatly admired, and so is your organization for stepping up to the plate. Thank you.
A: One of the great letters we’ve ever gotten. Josh is a really good story and a wonderful example for many of us. He has served his country and fulfilled obligations. Josh is working with the inside linebackers and has adapted quickly back into the football mode. With
A: Ahmad should be ready to go in about a week, according to his estimation. Vick has been doing well, and the competition is friendly and spirited among all the backs. I think the duration of camp will provide that answer. We’re not to the first game yet. The winner will be the team since we will have quality backs.
KERVENS F. (from Fort Pierce, FL) What do you see the Colts record being this season? Is Ahmad Bradshaw the starting runner back or Vick Ballard?
A: I don’t like to ever project results. It’s better to attack each week and add everything up at the end. That’s how Bruce Arians portrayed it last year while subbing for Chuck Pagano. I overheard
NOAH S. (from Michigan City, IN) What do the orange and green caps in walk-throughs mean? When do the Colts release their first official depth chart?
A: In practice when the offense works against the offense (this is in the early stage before the defense and offense meet), players wear caps to designate the different positions across the scrimmage line. Orange hats may mean a linebacker, red may mean defensive back, etc. The players with the caps are part of the “look” team to help the offense identify what it is seeing. This is the first week of preseason play, so the depth chart was issued yesterday. We always wait until the first week to do so. Even in the regular season it fluctuates so if you see it, don’t jump to too many conclusions.
A: Tony already is in the Ring of Honor. He was inducted in 2010. He is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in discussions at the upcoming Super Bowl. As for our Ring of Honor this year, I have heard of no plans for an induction. Last year when we inducted Edgerrin, we announced it before training camp. I would not look for anything this year. It can be an annual thing, but it doesn’t have to be. The years we have had inductees are 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
A: Thanks for sharing. A lot of things go on at practice. You have to keep your eyes peeled, and there are all forms of instruction. Guys like Andrew and Peyton are engaged in the process completely. Those are things that fans should watch at practices.
JAMES M. (from Haslet, TX) Is
A: Bjoern is doing well here in camp. We’re seeing multiple looks defensively, but it looks like we will leave him behind Robert Mathis at the ‘rush’ position. You won’t have any worries about Bjoern playing. There will be ways to get him on the field.
CARL F. (from Tampa, FL) I think our defense is going to be one of the scariest defenses in the league this year because of the additions Ryan Grigson made this offseason. Because of the success
A: That’s a load of questions, Carl. Darius and Greg both are having good camps. A great number of the DBs are. They’ve been doing well in drills against the offense. I do think Greg will be the starter, unless something dramatic happens. Just my opinion. I answered the LB question from a previous reader. Heading into preseason games, a lot is to be determined with the running backs. Their coach, David Walker, termed the competition “spirited and friendly,” and said no player should be comfortable in how the rotation will shake out. Bradshaw should be healthy soon. Whether he plays in preseason or not, we’ll see. He does not see too eager to do so, but he was kidding about it. Vick has looked good, and so has Donald. I think a lot of fans are eager to see how this unfolds, and we have four games to do it. Again, that’s the value of preseason games. They get a knock from some people, but they are vital. There have been a number of Pro Bowlers who were undrafted free agents.
MARY H. (from Martinsville, IN) Will the Colts be wearing a special 30th Anniversary patch on their jerseys this season?
A: Yes, there will be a 30th Anniversary patch worn this season. We did this in 1993 for our 10th season, too. We also had a patch on the jerseys in 1997 to honor the memory of Robert Irsay.
NICK M. (from Virginia) I love reading the mailbag, so I decided to see if I could get my first question answered. My question is the injury status of some of our players such as Brandon McKinney. Can he come off injured reserve, or is he done? I was really hoping he would have a comeback, and any news on
A: Brandon and the club have parted ways, and we wish him all the best. Brandon is a quiet guy and a battler. I was pulling for him because of that two quality. I hope he can come back next year in the league. Ben has been in every practice thus far. It’s great seeing him out there. He’s making his best effort to continue his career after two very tough knee injuries. I hope he gets a big hand and some playing time on Sunday.
RON L. (from Dover, DE) I know he is not with the team anymore, but would you have any idea how I could write to Bill Polian to get an autograph? I consider him one of the top talent appraisers in the history of the NFL. I love what Ryan Grigson is doing and hope he can approach what Polian brought. Looks promising!
A: Though he is not with the team anymore, you may direct the letter to us at: P.O. Box 535000/Indianapolis, IN/46253 and we will make sure to get it to Bill. He had an outstanding career, and Ryan Grigson is off to a terrific start, too. Both of them have put building blocks in place to make Sundays fun for a lot of us.
SACHIN D. (from Australia) Are there any future plans on the Colts playing Down Under? Are there any streaming sites to watch Colts games Down Under besides Gamepass, as there are not many Colts games on?
A: Sachin, there are no plans at the moment for the Colts to visit down there. I never have heard of any NFL plans that relate to Australia, but everyone knows there is a hearty appetite for life and sports there. As for games, it sounds like you are on top of what is available. Should I hear any other options, I’ll pass them along.
ROBERT G. (from Baltimore, MD) How is
A: Darrius has a knee sprain. The MRI results were negative and he is day-to-day. He viewed practice on Monday and Tuesday and stood with his teammates. If the injury were more severe, he would not be out there. We can’t help reports that go beyond the facts. I hope this helps you and others. I know he wants to get back out there, too.
CHRIS M. (from Sioux Falls, SD) Now that
A: Josh should get a pretty good chance on Sunday against the Bills. I talked about him earlier in the mailbag and Coach Pagano says the position for the moment will be split among Josh,