INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in more than a month, the Colts did not celebrate a "Victory Monday."
Instead, players and coaches were present Monday morning dissecting film from the 51-34 loss to the Steelers.
Here are a few headlines from Chuck Pagano meeting the media on Monday, starting with an injury rundown:
Vontae Davis (knee): Day-to-day. Nothing major on Davis' MRI.
Trent Richardson (hamstring): Richardson will be ready to go this week.
Erik Walden (hip flexor): Week-to-week.
Reggie Wayne (elbow): Wayne is ahead of schedule. Day-to-day. The hope is to get him back out there this week.
Bowen's Analysis: Let's start with Richardson and Wayne. Sounds like good news on that front after those two starters missed Sunday's game. Pagano said with Richardson missing all of practice last week, the head coach didn't want to force any snaps upon him on Sunday. Hence, Ahmad Bradshaw and Boom Herron getting the running back reps against the Steelers.
If Walden is out, Pagano mentioned Andy Studebaker and Jonathan Newsome as the guys next up opposite Bjoern Werner. Davis looks like he will be the one to watch this week on the injury report with his presence clearly a major loss for the Colts defense.
Chuck Pagano on looking back at a 5-3 first half of the year:
"We are one game up in our division. We are 5-3 and we've got a big game coming up against the Giants on Monday night that we are all excited for and probably can't get to fast enough to get this taste out of our mouth."
Bowen's Analysis: The 24-hour rule following games was cut short by a few hours on Monday. Colts players wrapped up their Steelers film sessions around 2:00 p.m. EST with total focus now shifting towards the Giants.
Pagano was adamant throughout his Monday presser the importance of being ready to face a well-coached Giants team coming off their own bye week. The Colts will be looking to get back to winning ways before a Week 11 bye and then a visit from New England looming on 11/16.
Chuck Pagano offered this update on LaRon Landry's four-game suspension being over:
"He's exempt, per the commissioner, so we basically have a week, to give us time to work through roster mechanics, if you will.
"Then getting him back in the building and seeing where he's out from a physical standpoint, get his sea legs back underneath him. It gives us roughly a week to see exactly where he's out."
Bowen's Analysis:* *It will be evaluation time for the Colts coaching staff this week as Landry returns from his four-game suspension. It will be both a physical and mental test to see if Landry is ready to be on the 53-man roster come Monday night.
Pagano cautioned that while the Colts want Landry back for the Giants game, just because the safety's suspension has concluded doesn't necessarily mean he will be ready for game action after a month away from football. If that's the case, the Colts will have until Tuesday (11/3) to make a final roster move to bring Landry off the exemption list.