A Categorical Look at the Day in Colts Camp
EYE ON CAMP
He's not in Colts Training Camp for the first time since 1999.
But that doesn't mean linebacker Rob Morris is forgotten. Nor does it mean the Colts necessarily have ruled out a return for the 2000 first-round draft selection.
"I know (Colts President) Bill (Polian) has had some conversations with him," Dungy said. "I think he's going through did he want to play or not, but he's a name to keep in the back of your mind."
Morris played eight seasons with the Colts, starting at middle linebacker from 2001-2004, then playing as a reserve until starting at outside linebacker late in the 2006 season. He started for the Colts during the Super Bowl run that season before sustaining a season-ending knee injury in September of last season.
The Colts did not re-sign Morris this past offseason. He is currently a free agent.
Dungy said with a series of injuries at the linebacker position, the team may look into signing another player at the position.
"We'd like to bring one in to at least practice," Dungy said.
Starting middle linebacker Gary Brackett missed practice Thursday morning after sustaining a hip injury, and linebacker Clint Session (calf) likely will miss a week or so, Dungy said.
"We're getting thinner," Dungy said.
Dungy said Brackett likely will be out this week and said he doesn't expect it to be a long-term situation.
"I don't think it's a point where we need to be concerned," Dungy said.
Dungy also said the team may consider signing a kicker to relieve 13-year veteran Adam Vinatieri at times.
"It's something we would probably like to do," Dungy said. "We're going to have to see where we are at other positions."
The Colts held two practices Thursday at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute – a one-hour, full-team session at 9:30 a.m. and a special teams practice at 3:30 p.m. The Colts will hold a full-team practice at 8:30 a.m. and another at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
The temperature in Terre Haute on Thursday reached 86 degrees. According to weather.com, the forecast for Friday calls for a high of 90 degrees with isolated thunderstorms.
PLAY OF THE DAY
The Colts held just one full-squad practice on Thursday, a one-hour session in the morning.
During that practice, quarterback Jim Sorgi – after looking impressive with several long passes the night before – continued to throw with accuracy, throwing touchdown passes to rookie tight end Zac Herold and rookie wide receiver Sam Giguere.
--- In the morning practice, reserve quarterback Quinn Gray threw a short touchdown pass to rookie running back Chad Simpson.
--- Later in the morning practice, Gray threw a short touchdown pass in the middle of the end zone to tight end Dallas Clark.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It's just an opportunity to go out and see how you've picked up everything and how well you can apply the practice to the game situation. It's basically just going out, making the right reads, getting the right run checks and putting the offense in a good situation instead of a bad one."
--- Colts Quarterback Quinn Gray
Not including end-of-regular-season games in which he left the game in the first half, how many times in his NFL career has Colts quarterback Peyton Manning had back-to-back games without a touchdown pass?
"We don't usually practice the morning after a night practice, but we had some things we wanted to get done and a lot of looks to get to, especially our second group. We got that done today. This has been a good first week. This is the end of the first week with us coming in on Thursday (July 24). We've got done what we normally do in a week. I've been pretty pleased."
--- Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy
FOR THE FANS
Colts City is scheduled to be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Kids Day. Elements on Friday are scheduled to include Colts Inflatables (Mountain Slide, Football Bouncer, Quarterback Throw), DJ Entertainment, Kids Pavilion with Face Painters, Colts In Motion traveling museum, Colts Retail Express (Merchandise Sales), Colts Kids Club and Sponsor Booths.
Once in 2005, when he had no touchdown passes in back-to-back games against Jacksonville and Cleveland in September.