A Categorical Look at the Day in Colts Camp
EYE ON CAMP
As to the exact whereabouts of Peyton Manning, Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy declined to say.
Dungy on Monday did say this:
The eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback very definitely isn't moving around much.
Manning, an 11-year veteran who hasn't missed a regular-season start in 10 NFL seasons, underwent routine surgery to remove a bursa sac from his left knee a week and a half before the Colts reed to 2008 Training Camp at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute this past Thursday.
He did not report to camp Thursday, remaining immobilized in Indianapolis. While Dungy declined on Monday morning whether or not Manning had reported, he said he most certainly is still not moving much.
"He is doing fine and we're still trying to keep him immobile," Dungy said. "That's the biggest fight. The farther away we can keep him, the better chance we have of keeping him immobilized.
"I'm not at liberty to say where he is, but he's immobile at this point. I can tell you that."
Dungy said he doesn't yet know exactly how long the team's starters will play Sunday in the preseason opener, but he did say one thing is certain.
Quarterback Jim Sorgi will play a lot.
At the least, he'll play more than Manning would have played in a similar situation.
Manning in the preseason opener typically plays a series or two.
"We do want Jim Sorgi to play," Dungy said. "He'll play more than Peyton would have played. I can promise you that."
IN THE NEWS
Linebacker Philip Wheeler returned to practice Monday afternoon and safety Melvin Bullitt likely will return to the Colts "sooner than later," Dungy said Monday.
Bullitt, a second-year safety who has been working with the first team in the absence of Bob Sanders, sustained a thumb sprain last week and Wheeler – a rookie from Georgia Tech – sustained a knee injury.
"They both look like they're going to be back sooner than later," Dungy said between practices Monday. "Melvin was in getting looked at in Indianapolis (Sunday and Monday), but he'll be back (Monday night) and we'll hopefully have him back next week."
Also, Dungy said linebacker Clint Session returned after missing Saturday and second-year defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock has yet to report.
"He's going through some personal things and he's going to let us know when he can be back," Dungy said. "That's really all I can say at this point.
The Colts held two practices Monday at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute – a one-hour, full-team session at 9:30 a.m. and a two-hour session at 3:30 p.m. The Colts will practice at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The temperature in Terre Haute on Monday reached 84 degrees. According to weather.com, the forecast for Tuesday calls for a high of 93 degrees.
WHO'S COVERING THE COLTS
Media in Terre Haute Monday covering the Colts included Trey Wingo and Cris Carter of ESPN and Jim Miller and Solomon Wilcots of the Sirius Radio.
PLAY OF THE DAY
The Colts only practiced for a little more than an hour on Monday morning, but in that time, Roy Hall turned in the most spectacular play of the first three days of training camp.
Hall, a second-year wide receiver who spent much of last season on injured reserve, ran a deep route down the right sideline and from around the offense's 40-yard line, quarterback Quinn Gray threw a high, arching pass.
Hall, at 6-feet-4, 240 pounds the Colts biggest wide receiver, leapt in the air, and caught the pass as he landed on his back inside the 10-yard line.
--- Wide receiver Marvin Harrison had another productive day, catching several long passes over the middle in the afternoon practice from quarterback Jim Sorgi.
--- Wide receiver Courtney Roby had an acrobatic touchdown reception in the afternoon practice.
--- Safety Matt Giordano had an interception in the morning practice.
--- Cornerback Antonio Smith had an interception in the morning practice.
--- Wide receiver Reggie Wayne had several long receptions over the middle in the morning and afternoon practices.
--- Linebacker Philip Wheeler had a hard hit on running back Clifton Dawson after an incomplete pass in the afternoon practice.
--- Wide receiver Devin Aromashodu had a long reception in the afternoon practice.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"You've got to get the work in, so you put the pads on, put the harness on. If we're playing somebody at the end of the week other than ourselves, it's a game week. We're ready to start hitting other people instead of ourselves."
--- Colts Defensive End Robert Mathis
When was the last season the Colts did not have either a 1,000-yard rusher or a 1,000-yard receiver?
"He (running back Dominic Rhodes) really doesn't look that different. He's very comfortable with the offense. He's still running with a lot of energy. He still enjoys being out on the field, so all in all, it doesn't look like he's missed a beat. It has been (having him back). He's one of the guys you enjoy being around. I think our players enjoy him and he's looking forward to this year, so it's been good to have him."
--- Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy
FOR THE FANS
Colts City was open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Indiana All Sports Day II and is scheduled to be open again on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. for the Night Practice Party. Elements on Wednesday evening are scheduled to include Colts Inflatables (Mountain Slide, Football Bouncer, Quarterback Throw), Colts in Motion traveling museum, Colts Kids Club, Colts Retail Express (Merchandise Sales), Rock Climbing Walls, Kids Pavilion, Sponsor Booths, Live Entertainment ("The MacDaddies)" from 5-7 p.m., Special Colts Give-a-Ways (while supplies last) and a fireworks show following the practice with other interactive elements to be announced.
The season was 1996, when running back Marshall Faulk led the team with 587 yards rushing and wide receiver Marvin Harrison led the team with 836 yards receiving.