INDIANAPOLIS – As the Colts walked out of their indoor practice facility on Friday, they hoped it wouldn't be the last time they gather on the field this season.
The Colts have only one player ruled out for this weekend but Trent Richardson was a surprise addition to the injury report on Friday.
Here's a rundown of what Chuck Pagano, Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton had to say to the media on Friday.
Reggie Wayne on having momentum heading into January:
"There's nobody around here that's tight, in a panic mode and that's good."
Bowen's Analysis: On Sunday, Wayne will tie Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday for the Colts franchise record of most career playoff games played (19). Wayne is a mainstay near the top of several NFL receiving records in the postseason. He can become the NFL's second-leading receiver in postseason history on Sunday with 74 receiving yards.
As far as the team is concerned, Wayne said the vibe was a loose one this week inside the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Wayne was staunch on Friday in his belief that this team has the makeup to make a deep playoff run. Check back with Colts.com later today for more from Wayne on yet another postseason matchup.T.Y. Hilton on the intensity level climbing in the playoffs:
"It has to go to another level.
"I like to wreck games so this is a game I'm looking forward to wrecking."
Bowen's Analysis: With his Lighting backpack from the movie "Cars" on Friday, Hilton is ready to return to the spotlight he made even brighter last year. Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of Hilton piling up 13 catches for 224 yards in a performance that cemented him as one of the game's most electric game breakers.
After missing Week 16 with a hamstring injury and not having a catch in his half of action last week, Hilton's says his hamstring will be 110 percent come Sunday. The Colts have struggled in hitting on some chunk plays in recent weeks so a healthy Hilton should be able to stretch the Bengals defense this weekend. Chuck Pagano on Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green:
"We plan on him playing."
Bowen's Analysis: After practicing in a limited role on Thursday, Green took a step back on Friday in not participating. He still is under the concussion protocol and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Colts.
Vontae Davis said on Friday that he hasn't been told whether or not he will shadow Green. Of course, that is dependent on Green playing this weekend. Earlier in the week, it looked like Green would be ready to go but that is trending in the opposite direction after the Pro Bowler missed Friday's practice. In all likelihood, there will not be another concrete update on Green until the Bengals inactives are announced on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. EST.INJURY NOTES
Here is the Colts final injury report of the week:
-OUT- Hugh Thornton (shoulder).
-Thornton left the regular season finale with a shoulder injury and is the lone player ruled out for this week.
-DOUBTFUL- A.Q. Shipley (ankle)
-Shipley did not practice all week after he left the Titans game with an ankle injury.
-QUESTIONABLE- Trent Richardson (illness)
-Richardson missed Friday's practice with an illness. Pagano wouldn't say one way or another if Richardson would play this weekend.
-PROBABLE- Dwayne Allen (knee), Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), Joe Reitz (ankle), Erik Walden (knee), Reggie Wayne (groin) and Bjoern Werner (shoulder).
-All in all, it's a pretty good Colts injury report with some key guys returning to action after practicing all week long.