INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts spent their special teams portion of practice outside on Thursday afternoon before heading back into their indoor facility.
On Friday, the Colts will have a final practice in the morning before a Saturday walk-through.
Here are a few headlines from Pep Hamilton, Greg Manusky and Ahmad Bradshaw talking to the media on Thursday:
Pep Hamilton on looking back at last year's loss to the Patriots:
"We hope that with…the guys that we have at the quarterback's disposal it'll be a lot easier for us to find a matchup for him that should be in our favor."
Bowen's Analysis:* *When asked about last year's divisional loss, Hamilton wanted to take blame for not getting Andrew Luck into more of a flow. Hamilton says that the Patriots do a great job in disrupting the rhythm of a quarterback/receiver so that will be a focus early on Sunday.
In what Hamilton calls a "60-minute chess match" against the Patriots, the Colts offensive coordinator wants to take advantage of "non-traditional" matchups. A perfect example of that would be isolating one of the Colts tight ends against a defensive back, or getting T.Y. Hilton matched up versus a linebacker on a crossing route. This chess match will certainly evolve over the 60 minutes on Sunday night.
Greg Manusky on how the defense will incorporate LaRon Landry on Sunday:
"Sergio is going to start and then we're going to just substitute Landry in.
"We've got a couple of packages for him so we'll see how that goes."
Bowen's Analysis: For the first time in six games, Landry will return to the lineup. Manusky offered how the Colts will try to incorporate Landry into the defensive rotation with Brown maintaining his starting spot.
Landry does have some familiarity going up against the Patriots. During Landry's 2012 Pro Bowl season with the Jets, he combined for 20 tackles in his two games versus New England. Landry is scheduled to meet the media tomorrow afternoon.
Ahmad Bradshaw on returning from the bye week:
"We're taking it upon ourselves to get 30 minutes extra a day.
"That's how important this game is, how important these last seven games are of the season."
Bowen's Analysis: Bradshaw opened up a bit on what the stretch run means to this Colts team. Players realize the opportunity they have down the stretch and the importance of being on top of their games in all aspects.
Of course, Bradshaw has some history with the Patriots. He was the leading rusher against the Patriots in both of the Giants' Super Bowl victories (2007, 2011). Bradshaw calls Sunday night a "Super Bowl" type of game for the Colts.
Here's the injury report from Friday's practice:
-DNP: Gosder Cherilus (groin)
-Cherilus has battled some injuries this season but hasn't missed a game in his two seasons with the Colts. If the right tackle can't go on Sunday night, Joe Reitz and Xavier Nixon are the next men up.
-LIMITED: Arthur Jones (ankle) and Erik Walden (quad)
-Good news for these two front seven members after they both missed practice on Wednesday.
-FULL: Victor Butler (hamstring), Henoc Muamba (toe), Josh McNary (ankle), Reggie Wayne (rest)
-The trio of linebackers all play special teams roles for the Colts.